ONLINE FILE HOSTING & SHARING

Slowly but surely the world is migrating away from software running on your computer to services hosted online. The only divisions at Microsoft that are profitable rely on sales of software – Windows, Office, and Windows Server – but even Microsoft has begun to acknowledge that the future belongs to web-based services. […] continued

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OS STATISTICS

As you can imagine, different people interpret these statistics differently. I’ve seen articles in the last few days that reach dramatically different conclusions. You decide which ones are meaningful.

  • In the latest quarter, Apple Macintosh computers garnered almost 3 percent of the worldwide PC market for the first time in a decade and exceeded 5 percent in the US.
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GOOGLE AND WIRELESS BROADBAND

In 2009, new frequencies will become available in the US for handling voice and data. The frequencies are currently being used for analog television, but the FCC decided years ago that analog television would no longer be supported after 2009; the frequencies are being reclaimed and resold in an FCC auction. […] continued

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VERIZON BROADBAND FOR THE HOME

Broadband coverage is stalled. If you don’t have access already to DSL service or cable Internet service, there’s no reason to think it will be available tomorrow, or next year, or ever. Paul Krugman recently summarized the statistics – broadband coverage in the US lags far behind many other parts of the world, and broadband speeds are frequently less than those readily available in much of Europe and Asia. […] continued

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USING SKYPE

Skype is well-known free software for making phone calls from your computer. Most people use it to make calls to other Skype users – always free, anywhere in the world. Calls are made from your computer and travel over the Internet; sound quality is surprisingly good. The software is simple and intuitive. […] continued

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NOISE CANCELING HEADPHONES

I had my first experience with noise canceling headphones on airplanes and was impressed by how effectively they cut down the effects of jet lag and made the flights more pleasant.

This isn’t news – the technology has been around for years – and frequent travellers pull them out routinely. Last month David Pogue, a marvelous technology columnist for the New York Times, wrote an article about several new models and apparently raised their profile; most outlets immediately sold out of the two that he praised, and Amazon immediately raised its price on those models by sixty bucks each. […] continued

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BRUCEB RETURNS

A pleasure to be back! I assume you turned off your computers while I was gone; feel free to turn them back on again now.

I apologize if anyone sent me an e-mail message and got a non-delivery notice in response; my e-mail server went down shortly after I left and there were some odd side-effects. […] continued

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BRUCEB ON VACATION JULY 6-23

I will be on vacation starting Friday, July 6. I’ll be back in the office on Monday, July 23. (Look for us on the webcam: http://tinyurl.com/3369d8)

Please don’t do anything that makes you miss me! Procrastinate on buying new equipment. Don’t install new programs. Turn off your computers. E-mail is overrated. […] continued

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WHY CAN’T IT JUST WORK (REVISITED)

You’ve heard me complain about things that don’t work – programs that are badly written, hardware that breaks, things that conflict in mysterious, unreproducible ways, USB devices that suddenly aren’t recognized, devices that work on one computer but not on the one next to it. It makes people frustrated and angry with their computers. […] continued

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GOOGLE ACQUIRES GRANDCENTRAL

Google announced on Monday that it has acquired GrandCentral, the remarkable collection of telephone services. Here’s Google’s announcement of the acquisition, and here’s GrandCentral’s announcement. I wrote about GrandCentral a few weeks ago; my experience with it has been flawless and I’m still learning new tricks that make it even more valuable. […] continued

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VIRUS ALERT – IT’S RAINING POSTCARDS

The latest barrage of virus-laden spam e-mails announce that you’ve received “a postcard from a family member.” Here’s a security vendor confirming what you already knew – if you click on the links in the messages, you’ll be taken to web sites that will attack your computer with dozens of exploits, searching out computers that haven’t gotten all of their security updates. […] continued

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