GETTING RID OF AN IE ANNOYANCE

When I’m online with Internet Explorer, I frequently see this warning before a page is displayed:

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Some security measures – like Vista’s UAC – are momentary pauses for a second thought about whether you truly initiated some action on purpose. Some people object to the Vista UAC warning box but I find it to be a worthwhile compromise for the security it provides. […] continued

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LITTLE BROTHER

Cory Doctorow is one of the most interesting science fiction authors working today, as well as an editor and frequent contributor to Boing Boing, one of the most popular blogs in the world.

littlebrother His new book, Little Brother, is a young adult novel about a high school student caught in the aftermath of a major terrorist attack on San Francisco. […] continued

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FLASH PLAYER SECURITY WARNING

Adobe Flash Player is installed as an add-on to Internet Explorer on almost everyone’s computer. It’s become the ubiquitous way to display online videos from YouTube and all the other sites streaming video.

Now there’s another security flaw that has the researchers getting all excited. There are reports of bad guys setting up web sites that feed malformed strings to Adobe Flash. […] continued

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AT&T DSL & MAIL WOES

AT&T has a special place in my heart.

One of my clients is a small business with its own domain name and several users receiving POP3 mail addressed to that domain name – gertrude@businessname.com, for example.

The business has an AT&T DSL line.

A couple of months ago, they started having trouble sending mail – AT&T’s SMTP server refused to take outgoing messages from Outlook. […] continued

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VISTA vs. XP

I’m starting to get annoyed when I sit down at a Windows XP computer because it’s missing so many things that I take for granted in Vista. I just reformatted a hard drive and installed Windows XP from scratch for a client and it required far more work than it would have been to do a fresh install of Vista on newer hardware. […] continued

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DELL LAPTOPS & POWER MANAGEMENT

On a Dell laptop, it is crucial to DISABLE one “power-saving” feature guaranteed to drive you mad.

In Vista’s “Power Options” panel, the bottom item on the left is “Dell Internal Network Card Power Management.” It is intended to save power by disabling the network card if no network cable is plugged into it. […] continued

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VISTA POWER MANAGEMENT

Vista is very smart about power management! Use the default settings, you might be pleasantly surprised.

As always, the goal is to make a computer more like other appliances – ready to be used within a few seconds after turning it on.

Any computer – Windows XP, Vista, or Mac – will be slow to start and be usable after it has been turned completely off. […] continued

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NORTON ANTIVIRUS & XP SP3

A number of people have had the same problems after installing Windows XP Service Pack 3:

  • Device Manager is empty
  • System Restore is empty
  • the Network Connections screen is empty
  • other USB devices are not working
  • in some cases, My Computer will not open up or starts slowly

Almost all of those people had a Norton product installed – Norton Antivirus, Norton 360, or one of the others. […] continued

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GOOGLE WEB HOSTING

If you’re looking for a quick way to get something online, take a look at what Google is doing.

There’s no shortage of ways to get started online with a web site, a blog, a place for collaboration, a shared calendar, a shared photo gallery, or any of a hundred other things. […] continued

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USB HD PREVENTS BOOT

The same problem has now turned up twice in two weeks. So far I’m not aware of any recent update or change that makes this happen, but keep this in the back of your mind in case it comes in handy.

The symptom is a black screen and a blinking cursor after the computer restarts or is turned on. […] continued

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GRANDCENTRAL GOES OOPS

GrandCentral is a phenomenally useful service for some people. The service assigns you a free phone number; you can route calls so when that number is dialed, the phone rings at any number of places you choose. When you call my GrandCentral number – the only number I give out now – both my office phone and my cell phone ring, so you can reach me wherever I am, crucial in an area like Sonoma County where cell phone coverage is spotty. […] continued

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ADWARE – NOT DEAD YET

The best security software will not protect you if you click “OK” and install something from a web site.

Adware/spyware was at epidemic levels until a couple of years ago when Microsoft released Windows Defender and the antivirus vendors reluctantly stepped up with their own products, and bitter experience taught us to surf with a high degree of paranoia. […] continued

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WINDOWS 7 WILL BE SWELL!

The latest wave of media overcoverage concerns Windows 7, the followup to Vista, which Microsoft hopes to have ready in 2-3 years. The theme of many blogs and news articles is that Vista is obviously a horrible, misguided mistake but it’s okay because Windows 7 will be swell.

This article in Business Week is typical:

“CLOSING THE DOOR TO MICROSOFT VISTA
“A number of companies are opting not to embrace Redmond’s latest operating system and, like GM, are waiting for Windows 7 instead

“General Motors may take a detour around Vista, the latest computer operating system from Microsoft.

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WINDOWS VISTA TOOLS

We have learned a lot about Windows XP in the last seven years. I can work deeply in Windows XP with confidence, and I’ve developed a pretty good collection of tools for troubleshooting – some from third parties but a lot that are included with Windows XP and tucked out of sight in nooks and crannies. […] continued

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EMAIL NO LONGER RELIABLE BUSINESS TOOL

An interesting problem has developed, and there’s no good answer in sight. Email is no longer a reliable business tool. We’re going to keep using it but there will be more occasions when I have no good answer to mail-related complaints.

Spam is the primary reason that things are falling apart. […] continued

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