October

LIVE MESH UPDATE

Windows Live Mesh has just been updated, as of about noon on Thursday 10/30. If you are using it already, you will be notified to install the update; it will stop working until the update is installed on each computer running it. If you are not using it yet, it has been fully opened up to everyone – read about it, make sure you have your Windows Live ID set up, and you are free to sign up. […] continued

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CRUCIAL MEMORY SCANNER

If you don’t have enough memory (“RAM”) in your computer, it will run very, very slowly. Once you have a reasonable amount of memory, performance won’t change very much if you add more. Memory has been so cheap for the last few years that most people don’t need an upgrade but I still run into underpowered systems occasionally, usually when someone has complained to me about how slow their computer is. […] continued

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OUTLOOK: MULTI-DAY CALENDAR VIEWS

The Outlook team at Microsoft plans to publish a series of tips in their blog about interesting ways they use Outlook. Today’s item highlights a way to display any range of dates in the Outlook calendar, even unconnected dates.

Click a day in the date picker (the little calendar in the upper left or upper right), then hold CTRL down and click additional dates. […] continued

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PDC & LIVE MESH UPDATE

If you’re using my favorite web service Live Mesh, watch for an update in the next few days. It will be required to continue using Live Mesh; file sharing and remote access will go dead until the update is installed. I’m going to do a backup of the files stored in Live Mesh folders, just in case of any problems during the upgrade. […] continued

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CRITICAL WINDOWS UPDATE

Microsoft rushed out a critical security update today that should be installed without delay on every Windows computer. It will have been installed overnight on Wednesday on many computers.

Please make sure this update is installed on your computer!

If you use Windows Live OneCare and it is green on Thursday, the patch was installed.

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WINDOWS LIVE ONECARE FOR SERVER

Microsoft Small Business Server 2008 will be released on November 12. Veterans of SBS 2003 are finding many things to like in the new version; I’ll have more to say about it in the next few weeks. Here’s an early look at the features and changes in SBS 2008.

At about the same time, Windows Live OneCare will be upgraded to version 3. […] continued

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CALIFORNIA BALLOT MEASURES

I’ve got something that might help you out when you face your California election ballot.

A good friend who has worked in state government and politics for most of his career has written an analysis of the twelve propositions on the California ballot. It’s as close to nonpartisan as anything can be today, with solid information about the background, cost, and strengths and shortcomings of each proposition. […] continued

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DELL REMOTE ACCESS

Access everywhere! Lots of interesting services are being set up to make it easy for you to have access to files, folders, photos, and computers from anywhere, whether it’s working on an office computer from home or bringing up pictures from your home computer on a mobile phone.

Dell Remote Access

The latest entry comes from Dell, strangely enough. […] continued

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FLASH 10

Adobe released Flash Player 10, a new version of its ubiquitous software for displaying video clips and special effects in a web browser. You’re using Flash every time you watch a YouTube video. There’s a long list of new features on the Adobe web site, although really all that matters is whether it will stream higher-quality video without stuttering. […] continued

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KEEPING UP WITH UPDATES

Microsoft released security updates on Tuesday night, following its normal monthly schedule. Your computer should have restarted during the night.

We’re all overwhelmed by updates but we’re stuck with them. The holes fixed today are the ones that the bad guys will be hammering on tomorrow. You should be installing the updates for Windows and other Microsoft products when they’re released. […] continued

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U3 LAUNCHPAD UNINSTALL

Some of you are running into unnecessary software included with many USB flash drives. The U3 Launchpad probably seemed like a good idea but I’m not aware of anyone who uses it, and I know a lot of people who find it irritating.

Sandisk Cruzer - U3 The U3 software is included with many popular models of USB thumb drive, including the SanDisk Cruzer series, some Kingston models, and a host of others. […] continued

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GETTING STARTED WITH WINDOWS LIVE

I routinely set up a Windows Live ID for my clients when they get a new computer. There are many programs and online services in the world; Microsoft’s programs and services under the Windows Live name are well designed, free to explore, and reasonably simple – a good choice for people who want to do some new tricks without being overwhelmed. […] continued

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GETTING STARTED WITH VISTA

microsoft_vista-logo I’ve set up more new computers in the last few months than in the year before that. A lot of you are retiring your trusty Windows XP computers and sitting down to Vista for the first time.

Welcome to Vista! It’s a great operating system.

You’ll be able to get started right away. […] continued

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WHY PEOPLE HATE BUYING PCs, PART 37

From Paul Thurrott’s blog today.

Unbelievable.

I love Dell, I really do. I recently bought that Optiplex, which has been great. So when my dad called this morning and asked about buying a new PC, I told him I could probably get something at Dell for under $500. I headed over to Dell, went back and forth between the Inspiron and Studio desktops and then started configuring an Inspiron 518.

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