Time marches on.
It’s time to retire computers running Vista.
Most of them are five years old, some of them coming up on their six-year anniversary.
If you’re running Vista, you’ve probably noticed that your computer is running slowly. […] continuedRead more
Adobe has never been shy about charging high prices for its products. Artists and designers have long struggled with the high cost of licenses for Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, and other creative programs, and the $449 price tag for an Acrobat license has been a thorn in the side of small businesses for many years. […] continuedRead more
Continuing our look at a handful of new features in the updated Office suite, in case any of them get you all excited. (Hey, don’t laugh – I have to sit down and fan myself with my hand whenever I think about inline replies in Outlook.)
Outlook has a refreshed look and feel, with a text-based navigation bar at the bottom of the screen and the ability to quickly peek at calendars and contacts by hovering with the mouse over “Calendar” and “People” at the bottom. […] continuedRead more
All the attention is focused on the subscription-based licensing of the new Office suite, but at some point you’re likely to wonder if anything has changed in the programs themselves that would make you care about the upgrade.
If you’re a home user or micro-business owner with several PCs, the subscription is priced so cheaply that you have little to lose. […] continuedRead more
Microsoft Office 2013 is the new version of Microsoft’s flagship suite, with the core programs that most businesses use every day – Word, Excel, Outlook, and Powerpoint. It is available now for consumers to install. Many of you should start using it. The new version is easy to install and has some nice improvements in the individual programs. […] continuedRead more
Skype is being transformed this year into an integrated platform available on phones, tablets and computers for a variety of communications tasks. There has been a flurry of updates and announcements in the last few months – these are the highlights.
Log into Skype with your Microsoft account
Microsoft is linking many services together with your free “Microsoft account,” the successor to the poorly understood Windows Live ID. […] continuedRead more
Most of you are familiar with Skype, the program that lets you make free calls to other Skype users anywhere in the world. Microsoft bought Skype at the end of 2011 and has been slowly (very, very slowly) rebuilding it and integrating Skype with its other services. Skype is going to take center stage in 2013, with features that go far beyond simple Skype-to-Skype calls. […] continuedRead more
There are several reasons for the slow start. Computer manufacturers bear some of the responsibility.
The computer era is ending faster than expected. […] continuedRead more
Ed Bott has written a fascinating article about Java’s bad behavior – not just its security vulnerabilities, which are legion, but also its incessant attempts to install adware that mucks up your computer every time you install an update. It’s a must-read article if you want to know how your browser winds up infested with cruddy toolbars and hijacked home pages and the wrong search engine. […] continuedRead more
You can type web searches into the address bar of your browser and get the same results as if you had typed them directly into Google.
This is an old trick but it’s not well known – and it’s incredibly useful. I type search terms into my browser all day, without the extra clicks that would be necessary to go to www.google.com. […] continuedRead more
It is elegant and powerful and well-designed. It is thin and light, almost impossibly so. It has a 14” screen packed in a chassis that other manufacturers use for 13” screens. […] continuedRead more
Your brush with danger from the weekend Java vulnerability ought to help you appreciate the importance of staying up to date on all the programs targeted by malware: Windows, Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, Java, Flash, Adobe Acrobat & Reader, and the other programs that are under attack by the bad guys. […] continuedRead more
Hackers discovered a new security flaw in Java and immediately set up poisoned web sites that can compromise your computer if you click on a link. Since no patch is currently available to fix the vulnerability, it qualifies as a “zero day exploit,” the most dangerous kind of security problem. […] continuedRead more
You can open Outlook in multiple windows – one window displaying your inbox, for example, one window displaying your calendar, one window displaying your contacts. It can be far easier to switch between windows than to switch from one section of Outlook to another.
The simplest way to do that: right-click on the name of an Outlook folder and click on Open in New Window. […] continuedRead more
Previously: Clash Of The Titans: The War Of The Ecosystems
Google did something evil.
It will get undone shortly, but the fact remains that Google directly attacked a group of consumers for no reason except to gain a competitive advantage by making their life more miserable.
Sometime last week, the Google Maps web site became inaccessible from Windows phones. […] continuedRead more