February

DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME – BE CAREFUL!

Daylight Saving Time will start on March 11, three weeks earlier than usual, and it will end on November 4, 1 week later than usual. This causes some interesting problems for your Windows XP computer. Watch your appointments very carefully during those weeks!

During those three weeks, your computer should show the correct time. […] continued “DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME – BE CAREFUL!”

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HIDEOUS ONECARE BUG

Here’s a tale that will send a chill down your spine, about one of the worst software bugs I’ve ever run into. This is truly hideous, confidence shattering stuff.

The buggy software is Windows Live OneCare. Now I’m going to tell you a terrible story, but please understand: I make no apologies for this awful bug, but it has affected a very, very small number of people, it is reportedly fixed, and I plan to continue to recommend OneCare because I think it is better than the competing security products. […] continued “HIDEOUS ONECARE BUG”

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VISTA COMPATIBILITY

The PC industry is in a state of flux as hardware and software developers wrestle with Vista. The security improvements in Vista go deep into the system and the developers are having to work hard to rewrite their programs and drivers so they will work smoothly. Some developers don’t want to work hard. […] continued “VISTA COMPATIBILITY”

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SECOND THOUGHTS ON SECOND LIFE

Second Life looked like it was poised to be the Next Big Thing when the media gave it blanket coverage a few months ago. (I got caught up in the hype and wrote a description of it that was way too enthusiastic. I’m sorry.) It’s still growing and making its presence felt, but its growth numbers turned out to be exaggerated and many people have been discouraged by the difficulty of getting started and unimpressed by the experience of wandering the virtual world. […] continued “SECOND THOUGHTS ON SECOND LIFE”

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CLASSICAL MUSIC HOAX

The classical music world is in an uproar over the discovery that most or all of the recordings by acclaimed pianist Joyce Hatto are copies of recordings by other artists, either identical or digitally altered. Her career was fueled in recent years by Internet hype, and technology led to the discovery of the hoax. […] continued “CLASSICAL MUSIC HOAX”

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DELETING ONECARE BACKUP FILES

Windows Live OneCare makes it simple to back up your files to an external hard drive. The new version of OneCare allows backups to be updated automatically, every day or every week. If those backup files outgrow the external hard drive, you’ll need these tips to help start the backup process over. […] continued “DELETING ONECARE BACKUP FILES”

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MICROSOFT WINDOWS HOME SERVER BETA 2

Here’s a review of a beta release of Microsoft Windows Home Server, which continues to look like a genuinely exciting advance for home computing. Here are my earlier thoughts on the preview at the Consumer Electronics show last month.

When it is final, most of us will see it preloaded on separate, dedicated devices; there will also be a software-only version for people who want to build their own boxes. […] continued “MICROSOFT WINDOWS HOME SERVER BETA 2”

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BLU-RAY & HD-DVD SECURITY BROKEN

High definition DVDs have always had two, and only two, purposes: to impose significant new barriers to your free use of the content on them by adding new layers of DRM; and to try to create an incentive for you to replace your DVDs.

The entertainment industry absolutely adored selling us the same content a second time as we converted our collections from LPs to CDs, and from videotapes to DVDs. […] continued “BLU-RAY & HD-DVD SECURITY BROKEN”

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HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY

Happy Valentine’s Day! Stuck for a gift? I’m sure a lot of you depend on Thinkgeek.com for your last minute holiday shopping, so you’ll be relieved to know that Thinkgeek is all prepared for Valentine’s Day. For example, you might not have known where to go for a t-shirt that says:

Roses are #FF0000
Violets are #0000FF
All my base
Are belong to you

Kind of makes you all misty, doesn’t it? […] continued “HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY”

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VISTA & SHADOW COPY

Windows Vista Business edition has one of those features that you might not need right away – but if you ever do need it, it will be a lifesaver.

Vista Business (and Vista Ultimate) uses Microsoft’s “shadow copy” technology to make a copy of your files while you work – automatically, in the background – and tuck that copy away in case you need it later. […] continued “VISTA & SHADOW COPY”

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VIDEO MAY OVERWHELM INTERNET

Google is running more than 450,000 servers around the world. It’s building “Project 02,” which will be one of the world’s most powerful supercomputers, to be housed at a data center in Oregon the size of two football fields, with four-story high cooling towers. As the owner of YouTube, Google is in a good position to evaluate the burden that video places on the infrastructure of the Internet. […] continued “VIDEO MAY OVERWHELM INTERNET”

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WINDOWS VISTA BUSINESS

Strange but true: it is not easy to purchase a new computer with Windows Vista Business installed on it. It’s virtually impossible to find Vista Business on any computer sold in a retail store, and even Dell’s Small Business division installs Vista Home on many computers, with a “suggestion” that you might want Vista Business instead. […] continued “WINDOWS VISTA BUSINESS”

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NEW IMAGE FORMAT – HD PHOTO

The .JPG format is ubiquitous – everything supports it, everything displays it. Microsoft has spent six years creating a new format intended to replace .JPG in the hearts and minds of manufacturers and consumers. Here’s an article about Microsoft’s new HD Photo technology.

The HD Photo format has several advantages – it creates files that are half the size of comparable .JPG files, and it has the native ability to handle more subtle details and richer colors. […] continued “NEW IMAGE FORMAT – HD PHOTO”

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WALMART, APPLE & DRM

WalMart announced a movie download service with the obligatory noncritical media coverage, focused on how darned exciting it is that all of the major studios have signed up to supply a few titles. The details were glossed over – namely that the downloads are DRM-laden Windows Media files that won’t play on iPods, PSPs, Zunes, or computers running Mac or Linux. […] continued “WALMART, APPLE & DRM”

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KODAK PRINTERS

Kodak has done so many things wrong in the last ten years that it’s hard to trust its judgment, but it may be redefining the printer market today and doing us all a favor.

Kodak is introducing three inkjet printers with a simple message that will resonate deeply with anyone printing photos: ink doesn’t need to cost as much as printer manufacturers have been charging for the last few years. […] continued “KODAK PRINTERS”

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