October

KEEPING UP WITH BLOGS

Let’s talk about blogs and RSS feeds. It might have more relevance than you think.

If you’re like most people, most of your web surfing time is spent visiting the same few web sites every day. That might start with news pages and weather, then a few pages that are updated frequently with items that interest you. […] continued

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APPLE DOES A FUNNY


Those funny guys at Apple! It’s just a laugh a minute over there.

In Mac OS 10.5 “Leopard,” this is the image used to represent each Windows computer on a network. It’s an old CRT monitor displaying a Blue Screen Of Death, the screen that Windows 98 displays after a hardware failure or catastrophic driver crash forces the computer to shut down unexpectedly. […] continued

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RESPONSIBILITY FOR OUR COMPUTERS

I wish we could count on the software and hardware vendors to play fair and treat us well, but it’s not happening. We have to take responsibility for our computers.

When Windows XP and Vista are installed on freshly formatted hard drives, they are secure, rock-solid, and fast. Both operating systems are loaded with features. […] continued

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LEOPARD VS. VISTA

The nonstop criticism of Vista has been getting me down, and Apple’s release of Mac OS 10.5 “Leopard” has been greeted with so much overhyped enthusiasm that I began to wonder if I was missing something.

As always, what’s missing from the Apple hype is perspective.

Mac OS 10.5 is a fine operating system, with several incremental improvements over Mac OS 10.4 “Tiger,” although even the most ardent Mac fans are a little embarrassed over the list of “300 new features,” which adoringly describes really, really trivial changes. […] continued

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THE WIRELESS FUTURE

Wireless technology is a blur of confusing acronyms and frequent frustration, but we are making progress and there continues to be hope that more and more wires will disappear in the future.

Wireless Internet connections for our computers are slowly becoming more comprehensible and easier to manage, although the word “wireless” is still used for too many different things. […] continued

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ACROBAT 8.1.1 UPDATE

Do not open unexpected PDF e-mail attachments!

Do not open any unexpected e-mail attachments!

Got that? Good. Then we can move on to an important security update from Adobe.

  • If you are running Windows XP and Acrobat 8 (any version), then open Acrobat and click on Help / Check for updates.
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SEND TEXT MESSAGES BY E-MAIL

You can send e-mail messages and have them show up as a text message on an SMS-enabled phone, if you know the cell phone carrier used by the recipient. Here’s a list that may come in handy, courtesy of a post on the QuarterToThree forums:

T-Mobile
Format: 10-digit cell phone number @ tmomail.net
Example: 3335551111@tmomail.net

Verizon Wireless
Format: 10-digit cell phone number @ vtext.com
Example: 3335551111@vtext.com

Rogers Wireless
Format: 10-digit cell phone number @ pcs.rogers.com
Example: 3335551111@pcs.rogers.com

Sprint PCS
Format: 10-digit cell phone number @ messaging.sprintpcs.com
Example: 3335551111@messaging.sprintpcs.com

Cingular Wireless
Format: 1 + 10-digit cell phone number @ cingularme.com
Example: 13335551111@cingularme.com

AT&T PCS
Format: 10-digit cell phone number @ txt.att.net
Example: 3335551111@txt.att.net

Bell Atlantic
Format: 10-digit cell phone number @ message.bam.com
Example: 3335551111@message.bam.com

Bell Mobility (Canada)
Format: 10-digit cell phone number @ txt.bell.ca
Example: 3335551111@txt.bell.ca

Cellular One
Format: 10-digit cell phone number @ mobile.celloneusa.com
Example: 3335551111@mobile.celloneusa.com

Comcast
Format: 10-digit cell phone number @ comcastpcs.textmsg.com
Example: 3335551111@comcastpcs.textmsg.com

Fido
Format: 10-digit cell phone number @ fido.ca
Example: 3335551111@fido.ca

Telus
Format: 10-digit cell phone number @ msg.telus.com
Example: 3335551111@msg.telus.com

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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA FIRE MAPS

The Google Maps team put together this list of maps that have information about the devastating fires in Southern California. According to the Los Angeles Times, almost a million people have been evacuated as of Wednesday night. We hope for everyone’s safety and a quick end to this tragedy.

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SAMSUNG i760

For some reason Verizon has not attempted to generate any excitement about the new Samsung i760 cell phone/PDA, even though it looks very nice and perhaps is even a worthy competitor to the iPhone. Why is Apple the only company that knows how to market successfully?

The i760 was demonstrated briefly at a trade show early in 2007 and got a bit of attention online, but no information was forthcoming about its release date. […] continued

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BITTORRENT & BAGGAGE NEUTRALITY

Advocates of “network neutrality” have trouble conveying the real world implications of an arcane-sounding technical issue. Two items in the news help illustrate why it’s an issue to fight about.

“Network neutrality” is the underlying principle of the Internet as we know it – generally, the idea that all bits of data are treated equally, unaffected by the various companies involved in carrying the traffic from one place or another. […] continued

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WINDOWS LIVE PHOTO GALLERY

Microsoft has an appealing new program for displaying and sharing your photos. There is no shortage of photo programs and online services, but if you haven’t committed to any of them yet, Windows Live Photo Gallery looks like a reasonable place to start.

Windows Vista ships with a very nice, simple program for photos, Windows Photo Gallery. […] continued

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HACKERS MOVING AWAY FROM WINDOWS

There’s some evidence that Windows has become secure enough that the bad guys that write viruses and rootkits and phishing attacks are looking elsewhere.

It’s anecdotal so far and the defenders of other OSes will find other explanations, but the idea makes sense. In fact, Windows defenders have long said that attackers would move on as soon as other OSes were easier to attack than Windows, and as soon as they became more popular. […] continued

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RIAA SUES USENET.COM

The first rule of Usenet is, you don’t talk about Usenet.

Careful observation of that rule has allowed Internet newsgroups to avoid getting involved in the entertainment industry’s freakish litigation war on its customers. Now a new lawsuit suggests that the RIAA can’t stand it any more.

It’s time to talk about Usenet. […] continued

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TOP 100 BLOGS

Looking through blogs (“web logs”) occupies most of my web-surfing time these days. Everybody has heard the term but some people aren’t sure what a blog is or where to find one.

Whether you realize it or not, you’ve already started reading blogs. That’s what this news page is – entries in chronological order, most recent at the top. […] continued

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LOGMEIN FREE

LogMeIn Free is a completely free service that gives you remote access to your home or office computer, any time, from anywhere.

Remote access services run software on your home or office computer that discreetly maintains a connection with the online servers run by that service. When you’re at another computer, you browse to the service’s web site and log in with a name and a password. […] continued

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