March

GOOGLE LAUNCHES FUTURE SEARCH

Google Australia launched Gday today, a new search engine that allows users to search content on the internet before it is created.

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googlegdayreaction“Google spiders crawl publicly available web information and our index of historic, cached web content. Using a mashup of numerous factors such as recurrence plots, fuzzy measure analysis, online betting odds and the weather forecast from the iGoogle weather gadget, we can create a sophisticated model of what the internet will look like 24 hours from now.

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WINDOWS SEARCH 4

Microsoft released a preview of Windows Search 4 today, an update to the Windows Desktop Search program that is built into Windows Vista and can be installed separately on Windows XP. The search programs index everything on your computer that matters – the full text of your documents, the tags on your photos and music files, every word of every item in Outlook – and do lightning fast searches for anything, as fast as you can type in the letters of a search term. […] continued

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THE END OF WINDOWS XP

Windows XP will stop being sold by computer manufacturers (Dell, HP, and the rest) on June 30, 2008.

Too many people have been writing too much nonsense about Windows Vista, creating the perception that it should be avoided. The approaching deadline will cause a flurry of articles and much handwringing about Microsoft’s evil motives in forcing people to move to the terrible horrible no good very bad Vista. […] continued

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THE ART OF THIN

An effective ad from Lenovo to demonstrate that the Thinkpad X300 compares favorably to the MacBook Air.

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ONENOTE FOR LAWYERS

Here’s a short article from the ABA’s Law Practice magazine noting the many ways that Microsoft OneNote 2007 can be used by lawyers for everything from trial notebooks to business transaction notes. There are law-specific templates available for OneNote (as well as templates for the other Microsoft Office programs) on Microsoft’s Office Templates page. […] continued

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VISTA SP1 SUPPORT

If you have any difficulty installing Vista Service Pack 1 or dealing with problems after installation, Microsoft is offering unlimited installation and compatibility support until March 18, 2009. Support by email or online chat is available for anyone; phone support is only available to tech professionals and companies with support contracts. […] continued

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VISTA SP1 & SEARCH

Searching in Vista quickly becomes second nature. Clicking the Start button and typing the name of a program brings it up immediately – no need to hunt through the long list of program folders. There are immediate results from opening the “Documents” folder and typing a word in the upper right hand corner, or by searching all locations with a click on Search on the Start menu. […] continued

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APPLE UPDATES: SAFARI INVASION

A client asked me about an update window that had popped up so I sat down in front of “Apple Updates” and stared at the three programs listed – “updates” to iTunes, QuickTime, and Safari. I’m as burned out as anybody on the unending stream of updates but okay, iTunes and QuickTime might plausibly have updated versions available. […] continued

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WINDOWS VISTA SERVICE PACK 1 RELEASED

Windows Vista Service Pack 1 is available today through Windows Update.

Here’s the announcement of the general release of SP1, and here’s a technical note about a handful of reasons that might account for SP1 not being displayed to you on the Windows Update page. Generally that’s because another update has to be installed first. […] continued

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WINDOWS HOME SERVER DATA CORRUPTION

The products developed using Microsoft’s Windows Home Server software do a number of extremely useful things – backups, remote access, file and photo sharing, and file storage – using a very smart mixture of new and old technology.  Here are some notes about Windows Home Server from last year.

Unfortunately, a bug has been identified the causes data on the server to be corrupted in rare circumstances.  It affects a very small number of people and only occurs under very specific conditions, and it has been very difficult for the Windows Home Server team to track down.  But the effect is potentially devastating – especially to WHS’ reputation – because a server that cannot be trusted to save files is useless. […] continued

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R.I.P. PC MAGAZINE

I can’t let the moment pass without acknowledging the loss of a dear friend.

Magazines were a crucial source of information in the primitive days before the Internet. PC Magazine was a trusted advisor, devoured eagerly every two weeks for details of the latest processors and programs in the heady days when hardware and software were going through fundamental changes constantly. […] continued

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TALES OF WOE: SOFTWARE DEPT.

My office computer is a powerful Dell tower, with an Nvidia video card and too much software.  I choose software carefully, but I use a lot of programs and there is an alarming number of icons down by the clock.  I am constantly installing new software, upgrading programs or installing security updates, and removing things that don’t pass muster.  It doesn’t surprise me when things get a little messy and I have to troubleshoot problems that develop.  Lately, though, it feels like everyone is in the same position and we’re all seeing strange conflicts and crashes and unresolvable problems. […] continued

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TALES OF WOE: HARDWARE DEPT.

My stick doesn’t work.

The Dell Latitude D630 is my favorite laptop, just the right combination of light weight and computing power and screen size, with nothing left out – a full complement of USB ports and an integrated DVD drive and a hefty battery. The super lightweight laptops (the MacBook Air and the Thinkpad X300) are sexy but a lot of things are left behind to get that sleek design. […] continued

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FOLDERSHARE UPGRADE

FolderShare, Microsoft’s invaluable free utility for syncing and sharing folders among multiple computers, has gotten a long overdue upgrade.

foldershare Foldershare starts with a free account – just a login name and a password. It is not yet tied in to the “Windows Live ID” that Microsoft uses for other services; that will likely happen at some point. […] continued

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SONIC & SATELLITE SERVICE

Sonoma County’s broadband coverage is spotty. Comcast and AT&T are not doing anything to expand cable and DSL service to new areas. There are too many areas with no good options. Random examples: most rural areas in West County; anywhere more than a mile or two from downtown Petaluma or Healdsburg; odd holes near Santa Rosa (Old Redwood Highway north of Fountain Grove, Cleveland Avenue north of Coddingtown); and many more. […] continued

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