February

QUICKBOOKS 2008 UPDATE ERROR

Intuit has caused more than its share of problems in the last few years. Its products were not designed correctly for security; it did a poor job of preparing for Vista; and there have been some nasty bugs and poor design decisions.

Now a new bug has been reported when an update for Quickbooks 2008 is installed. […] continued “QUICKBOOKS 2008 UPDATE ERROR”

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TASKBAR SHUFFLE

Here’s a little something that’s just perfect for those of you on prescription medication for your compulsive tendencies.

We’re all running more programs simultaneously than ever before. The items on the task bar at the bottom of the screen are arranged more or less in the order that programs were started, which means they’re not always consistent. […] continued “TASKBAR SHUFFLE”

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THE EBB AND FLOW OF MOVIES

Not to be missed – a demonstration of great technology used to present a huge amount of information in an enlightening way. The New York Times has an interactive chart titled “The Ebb and Flow of Movies: Box Office Receipts 1986 – 2007,” a graphical look at box office receipts for two decades. […] continued “THE EBB AND FLOW OF MOVIES”

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WINDOWS LIVE SKYDRIVE – 5GB

skydrive Microsoft has upgraded Windows Live Skydrive, its service offering free online file storage. You now can store up to 5Gb of documents, pictures and other files, using an intuitive interface – even a convenient tool for dragging and dropping files from your computer into the online folders. Here’s the announcement of increased storage space in the new release. […] continued “WINDOWS LIVE SKYDRIVE – 5GB”

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SKYPE ADD-ON

Skype is wonderful free software for making online phone calls. With a headset and a fast Internet connection, you can be talking to another Skype user anywhere in the world for free. Here are some notes about how it works and what’s involved to make calls to conventional phones.

By default, Skype loads an add-on for Internet Explorer that ought to be simple and useful. […] continued “SKYPE ADD-ON”

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GOOGLE ANDROID

Here’s a five minute film demonstrating Android, Google’s new operating system for mobile phones. Very impressive!

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VISTA SP1 & CURMUDGEONS

Walt Mossberg, influential tech columnist for the Wall Street Journal, wrote this article about Windows Vista Service Pack 1. I can’t make any sense out of what’s in people’s heads these days. Here’s his overview:

“Based on my tests of Vista SP1, I believe that for most average consumers, it will likely be a nonevent, and for others it will be disappointing.

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SECURITY SOFTWARE – SMALL BUSINESSES

I work with small businesses – typically with 1-25 workstations, 1-2 servers, and no onsite IT staff. The business owners know it’s important to stay safe and up-to-date, but there’s little desire to have me hanging around doing routine audits.

Theoretically a business with a server can manage all the workstations centrally but the reality is a little more complicated. […] continued “SECURITY SOFTWARE – SMALL BUSINESSES”

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SECURITY SOFTWARE – INDIVIDUALS

Windows Live OneCare is the only software that takes responsibility for all four of the important housekeeping functions. When its icon is green, I’m confident that a computer is protected against viruses and adware/spyware and all security updates are installed for Windows and for other Microsoft products. Regular disk maintenance – defragging and temporary file cleanup – is a nice bonus. […] continued “SECURITY SOFTWARE – INDIVIDUALS”

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SECURITY SOFTWARE – OVERVIEW

There are four housekeeping functions that require attention on every computer.

1. Antivirus protection

2. Adware/spyware protection

3. Installation of security-related updates

4. Backups

If those functions are performed, you can use a computer to accomplish wonderful creative things. If they are neglected, you will likely end up disgraced and humiliated, possibly bankrupt, maybe the tragic victim of a violent crime. […] continued “SECURITY SOFTWARE – OVERVIEW”

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FUN WITH TECHNOLOGY – CHAPTER 84

I wanted to copy a DVD. The copy would go on the airplane and I wouldn’t have to worry about damaging or losing the Netflix copy. Simple, eh?

anydvdupdateDVDs can’t be copied without running software to defeat their copy protection, but programs like Slysoft AnyDVD are readily available. Apparently SlySoft is based somewhere exotic that the movie industry can’t reach – Slovenia or Detroit or Mars or something like that. […] continued “FUN WITH TECHNOLOGY – CHAPTER 84”

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SEARCHES ON WINDOWS HOME SERVER

wdstoolbar Windows Home Server includes Windows Desktop Search 3.1 – connecting remotely to the WHS shows it sitting down on the toolbar. It’s not obvious why it’s there – you’d never do a search directly on the WHS console, right?

It turns out to be yet another smart bit of technology built into Windows Home Server. […] continued “SEARCHES ON WINDOWS HOME SERVER”

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SEARCHING FOR OFFICE 2007 FILES

If you are using Microsoft Office 2007 and Windows Desktop Search 3.1, then you should install a small update to the search program. The “2007 Office System Converter: Microsoft Filter Pack” will allow Windows Desktop Search to index the new file formats in Office 2007 – .DOCX, .XLSX, .PPTX and the rest. […] continued “SEARCHING FOR OFFICE 2007 FILES”

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BRUCEB ON VACATION

February 11-15

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I’ll be available by phone, probably only occasionally most days until late afternoon. I’ll be checking e-mail and responding in the evenings.

In an emergency, give my trusted colleague Mikel Cook a call at (707) 827-1524.

I’ll be back on Monday morning, February 18.

Please be gentle with your computers while I’m gone! […] continued “BRUCEB ON VACATION”

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