April

Smartphones And Money

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HP is buying Palm. Synergy! Patents! Engineers! Vision! Innovation! New smartphones computers tablets slates operating systems! Whee!

I was idly reading stories about the deal when a sentence jumped out at me from the New York Times this morning. If this is true, it explains everything you need to know about what is happening around you and where the world is going. […] continued “Smartphones And Money”

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REDACTION DANGER

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In December the Transportation Security Administration released its airport security screening procedure guidelines with redactions that failed to remove the underlying text. (Boing Boing: “Unfortunately, the security geniuses at the DHS don’t know that drawing black blocks over the words you want to eliminate from your PDF doesn’t actually make the words go away, and can be defeated by nefarious al Qaeda operatives through a complex technique known as ctrl-a/ctrl-c/ctrl-v.”) It has happened over and over in lawsuits and releases by high profile government agencies. […] continued “REDACTION DANGER”

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J RIVER MEDIA CENTER 15

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Long time readers know that periodically I mention J River Media Center, the program I’ve used for many years to organize my embarrassingly large music library. If you’re not familiar with the program, then please go read my write-up a few months ago, where I tried to make it clear who it might appeal to – and more importantly, who should not consider it. […] continued “J RIVER MEDIA CENTER 15”

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Sending Photos Online With Windows Live Photo Gallery

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Last month I described one way to move photos online with Microsoft’s free photo program, Windows Live Photo Gallery, using the built-in option to publish photos on Skydrive.

It turns out that Windows Live Photo Gallery can also send photos online to a number of other services, making it even more flexible than I realized. […] continued “Sending Photos Online With Windows Live Photo Gallery”

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MCAFEE KILLS WINDOWS XP COMPUTERS

04-21-10macboxFrom Engadget:

“We’re hearing from all over that a bad McAfee for Windows XP update is causing computers worldwide to shut down. Apparently DAT update 5958 deletes the svchost.exe file, which then triggers a false-positive in McAfee itself and sets off a chain of uncontrolled restarts and loss of networking functionality. […] continued “MCAFEE KILLS WINDOWS XP COMPUTERS”

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FUJITSU SCANSNAP S1500 FOLLOWUP

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Last year I wrote critical comments about the Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500 desktop scanner’s lack of a TWAIN driver. There’s a way around that shortcoming – one of those tips that’s easy when you find out about it but apparently not obvious, since Fujitsu’s Product Marketing Manager felt he had to write a blog post to point it out. […] continued “FUJITSU SCANSNAP S1500 FOLLOWUP”

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Microsoft Fix-It Center

microsoftfixitlogoMicrosoft has started broad beta testing of Microsoft Fix It Center, an automated tool for fixing common problems with Windows.  I don’t know that everyone will want to rush to install it (I’d hate to have my clients forget that I am their automated tool for fixing problems), but you might want to take a look. […] continued “Microsoft Fix-It Center”

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SEARCHING AND MARKING MULTIPLE WORDS IN A PDF

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Law offices and small businesses are using Acrobat very aggressively to archive email folders and preserve business documents. Lawyers are more likely now to handle case documents onscreen with PDF files than to touch real paper.

The Acrobat For Legal Professionals blog has a tip today that could be invaluable for law professionals with a certain amount of Acrobat expertise: how to search case documents for words or phrases and mark the terms so they can be reviewed later. […] continued “SEARCHING AND MARKING MULTIPLE WORDS IN A PDF”

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Verizon – HTC Droid Incredible Confirmed

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Click here to go to the official Verizon page for the newly-renamed “Droid Incredible.” Click the phone images above for a high-resolution look at the phone. Click here for the background about why this looks like the best alternative to the iPhone for the foreseeable future.

The specs are way ahead of any other phone on the market – the newest version of Android, an updated Sense UI, an 8 megapixel camera, fast processor, 3.7 inch 800×480 screen, 8Gb of built-in storage, 802.11b/g/n wireless, and more. […] continued “Verizon – HTC Droid Incredible Confirmed”

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WINDOWS 7 SEARCHES – SEARCH TECHNIQUES

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Previously:
Windows 7 Searches – Small Business
Windows 7 Searches – Libraries

You’ve got a Windows 7 workstation in a small business or law firm. The network server is running Windows Search 4 and you’ve added the network locations with shared files to your Documents library. All the pieces are in place! […] continued “WINDOWS 7 SEARCHES – SEARCH TECHNIQUES”

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MICROSOFT AND ADOBE PATCH TUESDAY

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Your computers will likely restart tonight after Microsoft delivers the monthly crop of updates for Windows and Office. It’s a particularly busy month – eleven patches, five of them critical, although the importance drops if you’re running Windows Vista or Windows 7. Newer versions have better armor against security attacks.

Adobe will deliver updates for Acrobat and Reader tonight as well. […] continued “MICROSOFT AND ADOBE PATCH TUESDAY”

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WINDOWS 7 SEARCHES – LIBRARIES

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Previously: Windows 7 Searches – Small Business

When you click on Documents in the Start menu in Windows 7, your cursor arrives blinking in Libraries. I’ve been annoyed by that for months, but I finally had an “ah-ha!” moment when I discovered what libraries can do for searches. Let me give you some background about libraries, from the perspective of a small business or law firm user. […] continued “WINDOWS 7 SEARCHES – LIBRARIES”

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WINDOWS 7 SEARCHES – SMALL BUSINESS

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If the right elements are in place, Windows 7 can be used for lightning-fast searches through shared folders in small businesses and law firms. There are a couple of tricks to that process; it will take a couple of days to give you the background and show you some search techniques. […] continued “WINDOWS 7 SEARCHES – SMALL BUSINESS”

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TEMPTED BY SMARTPHONES

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Here are a few sentences that stuck in my head about how the iPhone’s App Store helps convince some people that they want a smartphone.

“[Y]ou might think 1,000 apps should be plenty to fit everyone’s needs, but then you misunderstand how the iPhone’s App Store contributes to Apple’s success. In short, 100,000 apps is a really, really long tail, and in that tail everyone can find one or two goofy, niche apps that they really like.

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SMARTPHONE UPDATE

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These are the first looks at screens from the HTC Incredible, a Verizon phone that will go on sale at Verizon stores and Best Buy on April 29. Verizon has not acknowledged the existence of the phone or made any official announcement about its release but the most active forum thread about the new phone has people reporting every conversation with a loose-lipped Verizon employee, every blurry photo of an inventory sheet, every mockup of an advertisement – more than 25,000 forum messages in the last few weeks. […] continued “SMARTPHONE UPDATE”

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