August

LICENSE TIP FOR WINDOWS UPGRADES

When I upgraded my office computer to Windows 7, I installed a new hard drive and left the original hard drive in the case as a second drive. That’s the easiest way to make sure that no files are left behind during the upgrade, since they can be copied into place from the old drive. […] continued

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THE GOOD ENOUGH REVOLUTION

goodenough Wired Magazine has delivered more insightful articles in the last couple of years than any other magazine, offline or online. Take a few minutes to read a fascinating piece in this month’s issue, “The Good Enough Revolution: When Cheap and Simple Is Just Fine.”

Traditionally when we pictured high quality products, we’ve always understood that they were the products with the highest fidelity or the most power or the most features. […] continued

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BING SEARCH TIPS

Microsoft’s new search engine Bing is an interesting alternative to Google. In my experience, search results with Bing are at least equivalent to Google and frequently better in some way, particularly when the left-hand column includes a useful way to narrow down the search results. If you use bruceb favorites as your home page, you’ve probably noticed the Bing search box at the top of the page – try it instead of the Google box sometime. […] continued

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FUJITSU SCANSNAP S1500

scansnap Fujitsu introduced a new compact office scanner, the ScanSnap S1500, a few months ago. It’s inexpensive for what it does ($450 or less), and quite fast – 20 pages per minute for single-sided pages, 40 pages per minute for two-sided pages. It produces nice PDF files in a hurry from a 50-page document feeder. […] continued

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MICROSOFT – FUN WITH PHOTOSHOP

Here’s a comparison of a picture that was used on Microsoft’s US web site and the same picture on Microsoft’s Polish web site.

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Microsoft is taking some well-deserved heat today for photoshopping out the black guy’s head and replacing it with a white guy’s head. It’s probably done for a business or demographic reason instead of latent racism, but it’s still a pretty clumsy move. […] continued

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HANDS-ON WITH WINDOWS 7

I got a copy of Windows 7 last week through one of Microsoft’s partner programs. On Saturday I had a lovely day converting my primary office computer from Vista to Windows 7. There are a lot of ways to do that – I’ll tell you what I did, because I may suggest the same thing to some of you. […] continued

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URBAN & RURAL AT&T

Two articles about AT&T that tell you everything you need to know about cell phone carriers and  their concern for those of us outside the big cities.

Coverage just keeps getting better in heavily populated urban areas! AT&T completed a major upgrade of the network in New York City and is working on a similar upgrade in San Francisco, according to this article. […] continued

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NORTHGATE KEYBOARDS

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In the 1990s, Northgate Omnikey keyboards had a special place in the hearts of early computer users. They were solid and heavy and durable and the keys took just the right amount of pressure and gave just the right click. Northgate also challenged the keyboard layout introduced by IBM with small but important changes. […] continued

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SORT ITEMS BY GIVEN YOMI

This has no significance. I just love the the phrase “Sort Items by Given Yomi.”

I was talking to a client about sorting contacts in Outlook. You know that contacts can be displayed in a list, right? (Look for “phone list” over on the left or under View / Current View. […] continued

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THE WORLD IS FLAT

An interesting trend – our computers are going flat.

As display resolutions increased, Microsoft and program designers were able to get more details into icons and toolbars. Buttons and icons picked up distinctly 3D appearances, with shading and gradients and shadowed borders.

There’s a design trend back to making things simple and flat. […] continued

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RESPONSIBILITY FOR OUR COMPUTERS

I wish we could count on the software and hardware vendors to play fair and treat us well, but it’s not happening. We have to take responsibility for our computers.

When Windows XP/Vista/7 is installed on a freshly formatted hard drive, it is secure, rock-solid, and fast. The operating systems are loaded with features. […] continued

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MALWAREBYTES

Computers are dropping like flies. I’ve seen too many dead and dying computers taken down by malware in the last few weeks.

Almost all of the bad stuff lately is a variation on the same theme. You haven’t been paying attention and your computer does not have security updates for Windows or Flash or Java. […] continued

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FOLLOWUP

Gadgets and services are flooding onto the market so quickly! It’s easy to find a “review” of a new product that recites its features from a press release. It’s much harder to get feedback from people who have actually used something and learned what works and what doesn’t work in the real world. […] continued

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OUTLOOK MAIL FORWARDING

If you use Outlook, you might want to send a copy of each incoming message to a different email address.

  • Some people forward messages to a GMail or Windows Live address when they go on vacation.
  • Employers might want an easy way to see incoming messages addressed to a departed employee.
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WINDOWS 7 UPGRADES

There was some confusion when I wrote about Windows 7 upgrades a couple of months ago, so let me try to be completely clear about how you should plan to get Windows 7 later this year.

  • You should get Windows 7 with a new computer.
  • You should not plan to upgrade a computer running a different version of Windows.
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