January

GOOGLE: THE WHOLE INTERNET IS MALWARE

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From the official Google blog today:

“This site may harm your computer” on every search result?!?!

1/31/2009 09:02:00 AM

If you did a Google search between 6:30 a.m. PST and 7:25 a.m. PST this morning, you likely saw that the message “This site may harm your computer” accompanied each and every search result.

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MICROSOFT SYNCTOY

synctoy Microsoft SyncToy is the best utility you’ve never heard of.

SyncToy automates the process of copying a folder and all of its subfolders to an external hard drive or another computer on your network. Once it’s set up, it efficiently keeps the two copies in sync – adding new files, replacing files that have changed, deleting files from the copy that were erased from the source. […] continued

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OFFICE 2007 ON SALE

Prices are down on Microsoft Office 2007. If you’re considering an upgrade or buying a copy for a new computer, it’s a good time to go shopping. Costco, Buy.com, and Amazon all have similar prices.

Microsoft Office Home And Student 2007 is about eighty dollars. It can be installed on up to three computers. […] continued

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WINDOWS 7 TASKBAR vs. OS X DOCK

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The Windows 7 taskbar has been reworked, perhaps not for the better. It will display icons for frequently used programs, with no particular attention paid to whether those programs are running or not. You’ll see hype about the convenience of the “jump list” that can be accessed for each icon – a menu for access to frequently used functions and information about any open windows for that program. […] continued

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GOOGLE UPDATE

Google is going to take over the world and make all our computers unnecessary and put Microsoft out of business. Or it’s going to continue to drop just about everything it touches except the search business. It’s an interesting world!

On the “take over the world” side are the rumors of GDrive, free or cheap online file storage similar to Microsoft’s Live SkyDrive. […] continued

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EXCHANGE ONLINE INCREASES STORAGE

Microsoft Online Services offers hosted Exchange mailboxes, allowing small businesses to access their Outlook folders from anywhere – office or home computers, laptop, Windows Mobile handheld device, or remotely from anywhere with Outlook Web Access. Here’s what I wrote about Microsoft Online Services when it became available in November. Consider it for your small business or law firm! […] continued

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SECURITY UPDATE 2009

trojanSeveral people have asked me about the most recent variations on old, old themes. Email warnings about dangerous messages, like the one on the right. Newspaper articles about the latest virus.

Nothing is new. The latest threats are the same as the old threats. Let’s go through the basics of PC security in 2009. […] continued

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WINDOWS MOBILE PHONES

Windows Mobile phones are seldom considered by people shopping for cell phones. All the attention goes to Blackberrys and iPhones and the latest sexy proprietary devices with flashy screens for the kids. According to one research firm, in the third quarter Apple shipped more iPhones than all 56 device makers that make Windows Mobile phones combined. […] continued

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CHANGE HAS COME TO WHITEHOUSE.GOV

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The first blog entry on the beautiful new White House web site:

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009 at 12:01 pm

“Change has come to WhiteHouse.gov

“Welcome to the new WhiteHouse.gov. I’m Macon Phillips, the Director of New Media for the White House and one of the people who will be contributing to the blog.

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INAUGURAL ADDRESS

Full transcript as prepared for delivery of President Barack Obama’s inaugural remarks on Jan. 20, 2009, at the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C.

My fellow citizens:

I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors. […] continued

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READING THE NEWSPAPER

The newspaper business is quickly collapsing in waves of bankruptcies and layoffs and rapidly declining readership and ads. Our local paper, the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, just announced that it will be shrinking again, making it an even more pale shadow of a real newspaper.

Anything is possible in this economy but it’s impossible to imagine that the venerable New York Times won’t be the last man standing, still publishing a print edition when all the other newspapers have folded up – although even the NY Times is dealing with a crushing debt load, looking for investors and seeking to sell some of its assets to raise cash. […] continued

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THE TIES THAT BIND (AND BREAK)

This doesn’t affect you directly but it’s an interesting glimpse at How Things Work.

The vast bulk of international voice and Internet traffic travels through underwater cables. There were several reports in 2008 of broken or cut cables in the Mediterranean, giving rise to conspiracy theories and talk of terrorists, and making us wonder a bit about whether the Internet is really as invulnerable as we were led to think. […] continued

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WORD 2007 & CAPITALIZATION

It’s a little thing but it makes me cranky.

I type a lot of email addresses and login names in Word documents and Outlook email messages. Whenever I type a common first name (Richard, Michael, Dorothy), Word capitalizes it. I don’t want names capitalized automatically! Email addresses are always lowercase and frequently login names are lowercase. […] continued

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INSIDE WINDOWS 7

Windows Vista brought deep changes to security and drivers, causing some pain during the transition from Windows XP. Windows 7 doesn’t undo any of those changes; it is focused on tweaking the user interface to make it easier for people to use programs and get work done.

This article has a nice overview of the changes in the user interface introduced by Windows 7. […] continued

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WINDOWS 7 – THE JOURNEY BEGINS

Windows 7 is the successor to Windows Vista. The new version of Windows went into worldwide beta testing this weekend and you will probably be buying it on your new computers by early fall.

Why a new version of Windows? Funny you should ask.

Windows Vista has been on the market for two years. […] continued

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