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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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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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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 It’s connected to my checking account, so a payment made with PayPal is withdrawn directly from the bank account.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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FINAL GOODBYE TO PC MAGAZINE

PC Magazine - first issue

The publisher of PC Magazine announced the end of the print edition – the last copy will be printed in January. I ended my subscription and wrote a eulogy for PC Magazine earlier this year but it still makes me sad to see it go – I’m old school and I like things printed on paper. […] continued

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MICROSOFT ONLINE SERVICES

Microsoft Online Services

I am happy to announce that Microsoft formally unveiled Microsoft Online Services today.

I am a Microsoft partner authorized to sell and support Microsoft Online Services. I expect to set up many of my clients with Exchange Online for their mail. If you’re interested, please call me or drop me a note! […] continued

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SPAM HOST CUT OFF

The volume of junk e-mail sent worldwide plummeted on Tuesday after a company providing the servers for the spammers was taken offline.

The bad guys install malware on computers that they can control in vast networks, primarily to send spam for counterfeit pharmaceuticals and designer goods, fake security products and child pornography. […] continued

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HOW SPAMMERS MAKE MONEY

Spam spam spam spam Spammers can turn a profit even if they only get one response from every 12 million emails they send. When you see a ridiculous spam message and think, who in their right mind would respond to that?, the answer is, almost no one – but it only takes a handful of responses for the spammers to think their campaign was worthwhile. […] continued

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ACROBAT BINDERS & PORTFOLIOS

Acrobat 9 Professional builds on the features in Acrobat 8 that made it an important tool in many offices, especially law offices. There is a vastly improved document comparison routine and enhanced Bates numbering, for example, along with small improvements in transfers to Word, file splitting, and other features.

Acrobat 8 introduced PDF “packages,” single PDF files that contain multiple PDFs assembled from multiple sources. […] continued

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WINDOWS AZURE & LIFE IN THE CLOUD

“Windows Azure” is a terrible name but you need to be aware of it anyway. Windows Azure is a breathtakingly ambitious platform outlined by Microsoft at last week’s Professional Developer Conference, another attempt by Microsoft to position itself to profit from a paradigm shift that will be just as important as the move to the Internet in the 90s. […] continued

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CLOUD COMPUTING BASICS

There are lots of projects intended to move our computing lives online. Let me try to paint a picture of where our world is heading over the next 5-10 years. I’ll use Microsoft projects as examples but keep in mind that other companies have similar projects and goals.

Start with hundreds of thousands of high-powered servers all over the world, run by big companies, providing storage space and computing power to do interesting things. […] continued

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WHY PEOPLE HATE BUYING PCs, PART 37

From Paul Thurrott’s blog today.

Unbelievable.

I love Dell, I really do. I recently bought that Optiplex, which has been great. So when my dad called this morning and asked about buying a new PC, I told him I could probably get something at Dell for under $500. I headed over to Dell, went back and forth between the Inspiron and Studio desktops and then started configuring an Inspiron 518.

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THE BIG MONEY, SOUNDUNWOUND

Two new sites have been added to the bruceb favorites page.

  • The Big Money is a business web site created by the editors of Slate, intended to be an authoritative source of business news combined with interesting business blogs. It will be trying to stand out from the other big business sites – Forbes, CNN Money, and the rest.
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XO COMMUNICATIONS & CARL ICAHN

The New York Times has an article today about XO Communications, a company that most of you have never heard of. It gave me a little wave of nostalgia – XO is irrelevant now but I still have accounts there and it meant a lot to me in the old days. […] continued

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GRANDCENTRAL & GOOGLE BLACK HOLE

GrandCentral is a wonderful free service for handling phone calls. When you sign up, you pick a new phone number and do a few minutes of easy setup. Then when someone calls that number, all of your phones ring simultaneously and you can answer any of them.

I’ve relied on GrandCentral for more than a year. […] continued

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JUNGLE DISK ONLINE BACKUP

jungledisklogo Take a look at Jungle Disk, a service for online backups with a good reputation. I’m testing it now and finding a lot of things to like.

The idea is simple – back up folders to a secure place online at regular intervals, and retrieve them any time but especially in the event of a computer crash. […] continued

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