The Google Book initiative is a huge undertaking. Google is digitizing tens of millions of books and promising to make them available to the world forever. Sergey Brin, the co-founder of Google, wrote an impassioned editorial for the New York Times a few days ago, citing the destruction of the library at Alexandria as evidence of how important it is to preserve books for the ages, which Google promises to do. […] continuedRead more
Google has been introducing new features and services at a rapid pace for the last couple of months, presumably to stave off any defections to Microsoft’s search site Bing. There’s a new link in some Google search results that might save you some time!
If your search results include PDF files, look for a “Quick View” link that will open the PDF in a viewing pane, courtesy of Google Docs, with a full page view, thumbnails, and links for downloading and printing. […] continuedRead more
If the idea of following blogs in an RSS feed reader is tempting and your life is spent in Outlook, you might want to consider combining the two.
Outlook has an RSS reader built into it. Take a look – you’ve never noticed “RSS Feeds” down below “Outbox,” have you? In fact, the first thing you saw when Outlook 2007 was started for the first time was a dialog box asking if you’d like to “combine and synchronize the lists of RSS feeds in Outlook and Internet Explorer.” For most people, of course, this is gibberish. […] continuedRead more
There’s an easy way for you to keep up with web sites you visit regularly. If you’re not using some kind of a news reader or feed reader to keep up with blogs, news sites, and other frequently updated web pages, it’s time for you to take a look.
If a page is updated regularly, it almost certainly has an RSS feed. […] continuedRead more
Let’s see if we can put it all together. This is informed speculation about the way things might work for small businesses and law offices before long.
You sit at your office computer and open your Documents folder. […] continuedRead more
Microsoft has several overlapping, confusing services. It’s no surprise that most of you have not started to store files online or share online folders.
Here’s a very brief description of the different ways available from Microsoft to move files around.
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WINDOWS LIVE SKYDRIVE Free online storage of up to 25Gb of files.
Microsoft introduced a limited public look at Office Web Applications this week – a “Tech Preview” for a small group of testers of versions of Word, Excel, and Powerpoint designed to run in a web browser and open files stored online.
The bad news is that the preview is surprisingly weak. […] continuedRead more
Did you notice that the Google logo on the main search page had a spaceship beaming up one of the “O”s in “Google” for a couple of days? Bless their hearts, Google can be marvelously odd sometimes.Read more
There are already too many passwords in your life, but you’ve got to sigh and get over it. You’re going to have to pick better passwords and you’re going to have to remember them. The next generation of devices and web services, arriving within the next six months, will delight you and astonish you and change your life and your business – and all of it is built on protecting your stuff with passwords. […] continuedRead more
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. […] continuedRead more
This is a cautionary tale to make you careful online shoppers. It strikes close to home for me because it involves Buy.com, a favorite of mine at one time, but the scam is also used on Orbitz, Fandango and other sites.
When Buy.com opened its online doors in the late 90s, I thought it was a great resource for computer peripherals and software. […] continuedRead more
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Just one caveat I’ve run into. A lot of the existing routers can’t handle a 50Mbps incoming signal. I have a 50Mbps account with a SonicWALL TZ 180e 25U. The ports are 100Mbps but the throughput is limited to 20Mbps. So you can get all this speed but it doesn’t do you any good if the equipment in-between can’t accept it.
Comcast Internet subscribers in the North Bay are getting a free speed increase, and some new choices for even faster Internet connections. Here’s today’s press release. The increase covers much of Northern California, including all of Sonoma and Marin counties.
Residential customers are supposed to have their speeds doubled for free, effective immediately. […] continuedRead more
Lots of people have installed Firefox to do their Internet browsing. Sometimes, out of curiosity, I ask people why they use it instead of Internet Explorer. There are people who can give an articulate, well-reasoned answer to that question, although as it happens I haven’t met any of them yet. (“My brother knows somebody who said it was cool.”) But that’s fine – it’s a lovely Internet browser. […] continuedRead more
This is not directly related to computers but it’s a nice thing to know about.
Bill Gates announced today that he has made a classic series of lectures by Nobel prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman available online for free on the Microsoft Research web site.
Richard Feynman was one of the world’s truly interesting people. […] continuedRead more