INTEL NETWORK CARD

Network cards for notebooks can be frustrating. Typically they either require a dongle (a separate short length of wire with connectors on it that everybody loses) or a pop-out jack that everybody breaks. Intel is making a PC Card NIC that allows the cable to plug straight in – no dongle, no pop-out. […] continued

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CHEAP STUFF

Prices on computer products have fallen so fast that it can be frustrating – it’s hard to throw things away, yet the numbers sometimes require it. Want a good example? How about $9.99 for a scanner? And a pretty good one, too. The source, Insight Direct, is a for-real company that also frequently has good prices on whichever E-Machine model is one generation out of date. […] continued

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DIRECPC TWO-WAY SATELLITE ACCESS

DirecPC is the satellite Internet service offered by Hughes. It’s been frustrating up to now because it requires a dialup connection for your outgoing traffic. A two-way, always-on satellite connection will be available soon, but it appears that you’ll have to sign up with one of DirecPC’s partners to get the service at first. […] continued

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WHY MICROSOFT SHOULDN’T BE BROKEN UP

As we head into the arguments in the Court of Appeals, here’s a good article that presents the case for leaving Microsoft alone. A sample:

“STATED SIMPLY: Consumers want computers and applications that work together. They want a platform, and they want integration. Multiple companies have not been able to achieve this compatibility except with the presence of a powerful company to force standardization.

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NAPSTER DAYS ARE NUMBERED

Even if Napster survives the court case, it won’t be fun for much longer. In addition to its plans for paid subscriptions, Napster now plans to add a “protection layer” to .mp3 files during their progress from someone else’s computer to your computer. The “protection” would prevent you, for example, from making an audio CD from the .mp3 file. […] continued

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WEB LOGS

This is an interesting experiment for the bruceb news page! It’s constructed using Blogger.com, one of the most popular resources for creating an online journal. Here’s an article from MSNBC about the growth in public online journals and diaries.
Since I know you rely on my news updates, here’s a link to the old archives. […] continued

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WINDOWS 2000 PROFESSIONAL TIPS

If you’re using Windows 2000 Professional, take a look at this quick list of 10 tips put together by ComputerWorld. There’s bound to be a couple of things that will come in handy. If you’re not using Windows 2000 Professional on a business desktop – why not? Windows 2000 Professional is the most stable operating system ever released for a personal computer. […] continued

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FINDLAW ACQUIRED BY WEST

If you’ve been using Findlaw for its wealth of law-related resources (including free California cases and codes), then you may be interested to learn that West Group has agreed to acquire Findlaw. Here’s an article with all the information known to date. Reading between the lines, it looks like Findlaw was running out of cash and West saw an easy and cheap way to upgrade its current web offerings. […] continued

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PCANYWHERE TUTORIALS

Symantec has created a great resource for PCAnywhere users. There’s an extensive set of tutorials on program features and troubleshooting tips. Each one can be viewed with Shockwave animation, or with normal graphics, or with plain text. Click here for PCAnywhere tutorials.

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BUREAUCRACY

I can’t vouch for this image, but it appears to be legitimate – and a sublime example of bureaucracy at its finest. Click here and enjoy.

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