December

FALLOUT 3

Sometimes it seems impossible to find a a couple of hours that can be spent away from the real world. People over 25 might find time for a good book but computer gaming belongs to the young – almost any good computer game requires at least a few hours to learn the controls and become familiar with the setup, and the best of them can easily hold your interest for anywhere from 20-60 hours. […] continued

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WALLACE & GROMIT NEWS

There will be time next year for news about technology that affects your business. Let’s focus on something more important.

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On Xmas day, a new Wallace and Gromit short film, “A Matter Of Loaf And Death,” was broadcast on British television! This is exciting news for anyone who enjoyed A Grand Day Out, A Close Shave, The Wrong Trousers, and The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit. […] continued

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM BRUCEB CONSULTING!

xmascard2003 Starting in the late 90s, I sent Christmas cards to my clients and friends that I painstakingly created onscreen and printed out on an inkjet printer. When I started, few people had begun to explore the world of graphics and photos on computers, so it was interesting to get something created at home with a personal touch. […] continued

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COMPLAINT FOR XMAS DAMAGES

Plaintiffs, consisting of the class of all children who on or about Dec. 24, 2008 were hanging stockings by the chimney with care in the reasonable belief that St. Nicholas soon would be there, sue defendant and allege:

1.    This is an action for an accounting, damages and injunctive relief.

2.    Upon information and belief, defendant is a citizen and resident of the North Pole, where he maintains his principal place of business.  The court has subject matter jurisdiction of the amount pursuant to 28 U.S.C. […] continued

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PRINTER SOFTWARE & SLOWDOWNS

The headline tells the story of this Microsoft Knowledge Base article:

Severe system performance problems occur on a Windows Vista or Windows XP-based computer after you install HP printer software, version 11 (Microsoft KB960673)

To be honest, I don’t know if I’ve ever seen this problem in the real world. […] continued

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QUICKBOOKS PRO 2009 – FREE!

quickbooks2009 On Monday, for one day only, you can pick up a copy of Quickbooks Pro 2009 for free at Staples.

This appears to be a real offer. Staples stores will sell Quickbooks Pro 2009 for $159, after applying a $40 “instant rebate.”

There will be coupons in the store to mail in for a $159 rebate. […] continued

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ANOTHER IE PATCH

This morning Microsoft released a patch for Internet Explorer to prevent an exploit that became publicly known in the last couple of days. The fear is that the bad guys will quickly come up with ways to demagnetize your credit cards and kill your pets if you don’t install the patch. […] continued

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OUTLOOK EXPRESS & OTHER OLD THINGS

Lately I’ve seen this message turn up out of nowhere on Windows XP computers that do not run Outlook Express.

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I don’t know why it’s turning up now after years of staying quiet but it reminds me that Outlook Express is one of several obsolete Windows components that can be safely removed from most Windows XP computers. […] continued

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TROUBLESHOOTING A SLOW INTERNET CONNECTION

Sometimes you’ll hear me groan or sob quietly when you describe a simple problem. Let me give you an idea of some of the things that go through my head when a problem comes up. Take this as an example:

slowinternet “My Internet connection is slow.”

Your Internet connection is fine; your computer is slow.

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DISNEY VIRAL VIDEO

A lot of companies are trying to cook up the next viral video, the link that will be passed from person to person until we’re all heartily sick of it. I wouldn’t expect the Disney corporation to be successful at that – but I have to admit, this is a very nice piece of work. […] continued

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WINDOWS LIVE SYNC ARRIVES

Microsoft has released Windows Live Sync, a free utility that syncs folders among two or more computers and makes it possible to share synced folders with others. It is the successor to Foldershare – and really not much more than a facelift for Foldershare. It accomplishes an important goal for Microsoft, though, by integrating the service with the Windows Live ID authentication that is driving all the other online services from Microsoft. […] continued

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WINDOWS & MESH UPDATES

Ho hum. Another day, another batch of updates.

Microsoft released its regularly scheduled monthly updates last night. Your computer may have restarted automatically last night or it will tonight.

If you are using Live Mesh, there is an update that reportedly improves a number of features. Mesh may prompt you to install it at some point soon – I’m not sure if it’s completely automatic. […] continued

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PAYPAL STUDENT ACCOUNT

I’ve been using my PayPal account more frequently to buy things online. It’s connected to my checking account, so a payment made with PayPal is withdrawn directly from the bank account. Typically the payment requires a transfer to a different browser window for the PayPal authentication, then back to the merchant’s web site, which in the past had sometimes been a tricky dance for Internet Explorer to handle. […] continued

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SBS 2008 – ONECARE POSTSCRIPT

One glitch in the SBS 2008 migration nagged at me – it didn’t make sense that the computers with the individual version of Windows Live OneCare were not reporting in to the SBS 2008 console, which tracks the security status of all the workstations on the network.

This is a sample of the new console for managing workstations in SBS 2008. […] continued

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