ONECARE SUBSCRIPTION EXTENSIONS

If you have a subscription to Windows Live OneCare, you are covered until the choices for security software are more clear towards the end of 2009. Keep using OneCare.

Your OneCare subscription will not expire. Starting last month, Microsoft began extending OneCare subscriptions automatically for six months for free. You’ll get an email to confirm that before your subscription expires. […] continued

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WINDOWS 7 – UPGRADE POSTSCRIPT

Starting now, you can buy a new computer with Vista and get a free upgrade to Windows 7 when it’s released in late October. Here are the details of Dell’s offer, for example. It will not apply to every new computer but similar deals will be widely available. Shop carefully! […] continued

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WINDOWS 7 – UPGRADES

Pretty tempting, eh? For the next ten days or so, you can pre-order Windows 7 Home Premium upgrades for fifty bucks, or Windows 7 Professional for a hundred bucks. It’s a really truly cheap sale, a limited offer from Microsoft scheduled to end July 11, and only continuing “while supplies last.” No one knows how many units are being sold by Amazon and a host of other retailers but a report came in from Japan tonight that the discounted upgrades were sold out in that country in less than two days. […] continued

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WINDOWS 7 – BACKGROUND

windows7-boxes-threeset-small Windows 7 is coming. It’s been almost eight years since Windows XP was released, and we’ve spent more than 2 1/2 years with Vista already. New details are appearing daily about Windows 7 – its development status, availability, pricing, versions, promotions, and much more. It’s the beginning of a huge wave of coverage in the months ahead. […] continued

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BACK TO WORK

Thank you for your patience! I’m back at my desk now. I won’t desert you again, I promise.

Princeville Zip 'N Dip Expedition

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ACROBAT.COM PAID ACCOUNTS

There will be some new experiments with subscription fees for online services, after the last few years when it seemed everything online would always be free or could be financed by online advertising. Adobe has just turned on “premium” subscriptions for Acrobat.com, its portal for file sharing and collaboration. Here’s what I wrote about Acrobat.com when it first appeared last year. […] continued

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LIFE IN PARADISE

There’s nothing more exciting than finding out how someone else’s vacation is going, right?

Hanalei Bay

Quite nicely, thank you! (Family and friends can find more photos here.)

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MICROSOFT SECURITY ESSENTIALS

On June 23, Microsoft will release a beta version of Microsoft Security Essentials, the free antivirus program that is replacing Windows Live OneCare.

Microsoft is now allowing journalists to write about the new program so a flurry of stories appeared today from people who have been testing it for the last month. […] continued

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BEHIND THE SCENES: DATA CENTERS

I love occasional glimpses behind the scenes. In The Wizard of Oz, I would have been Toto, pulling back the curtain to figure out what was running the big head. The New York Times gives us a fascinating look at the data centers powering the online services that drive our world – Google, Microsoft, Amazon, and more. […] continued

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MICROSOFT DISCONTINUES MS MONEY

Have you noticed the collapse in the market for boxed software? We used to go to Best Buy or Staples or Costco and buy the latest programs in boxes. The only time we do that now is for Quicken and Quickbooks. Just about everything else is either preinstalled on our computers or downloaded. […] continued

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FIRST INFORMATION ABOUT MICROSOFT ANTIVIRUS

Windows Live OneCare will be completely off the market at the end of June (although Microsoft will continue to issue virus definition updates for another year). When Microsoft announced that it was killing OneCare, the company added that it would be releasing free antivirus software in 2009 based on its enterprise-level Forefront security engine. […] continued

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BRUCEB ON VACATION JUNE 13-25

hanalei I’ll be out of the state from June 13 through June 25.

I’ll be answering the phone, responding to emails, and working with you remotely, just like always. But I’ll be slow to respond some days, and you won’t want to ask leading questions like “How are you?” or “What can you see from your window?”

If you have an emergency or something needs hands-on attention, call my friend and colleague Mike Cook at (707) 827-1524. […] continued

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HOW DO WE SURVIVE?

I wonder sometimes if the relentless onslaughts by the bad guys will ever be beaten back so we can use our tools in peace. This group of news items caught my eye today in an email newsletter – yeah, it was a busy day, but this is the interesting updates for just one day. […] continued

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WINDOWS XP MEMORY UPGRADES

There are a lot of 3-5 year old Windows XP computers out there. They are due for a replacement; the time to do that will be after October 22, when Windows 7 will be on the market.

Many of you are finding that your Windows XP computers are insufferably slow. […] continued

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PATCH TUESDAY

Microsoft will release ten updates for Windows and Microsoft Office tonight, following its usual monthly schedule. Leave your computer on and expect it to restart overnight.

In addition, Adobe will release updates on Tuesday, the first quarterly security updates for Adobe Reader and Acrobat. Those won’t be automatically installed. If you’re not prompted to install them on Wednesday from an Acrobat icon in the lower right corner, then open Adobe Reader or Acrobat and click on Help / Check for Updates. […] continued

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