I just went and checked the status of satellite Internet connections, since my DSL line may go dead any day now. I’ve got lots of clients growing old waiting for DSL and cable in their areas.Read more
Notebook computer users that are frustrated with their touchpad or pointing stick might want to check out the Super Mini Optical Mouse. Two and a half inches long, an inch wide – in the pictures they show it resting on the palm rest of a notebook. Looks like a good bet for traveling or using a notebook comfortably on an airplane. […] continuedRead more
Adobe Photoshop is legendary. Graphics professionals can do magic with it, and they turn up their nose at anything else. I’ve tried to learn it repeatedly, and I remain firmly convinced it is the least intuitive, worst designed, most annoying program in the world. Did I mention that it’s incredibly expensive? […] continuedRead more
Personally, I blame Pacific Bell. A year ago business was thriving for Northpoint and Covad, who acted as wholesalers and contracted with ISPs to set up and maintain DSL connections. The wholesalers were required to rely on Pacific Bell for one phase of the work, though, and Pacific Bell used that as leverage to put them out of business. […] continuedRead more
Windows 2000 is so stable that it’s easy to forget to keep it up to date. If you’re running Windows 2000, visit Microsoft Windows Update and check for critical updates. (If you haven’t installed Service Pack 1, it’s a good idea, but not if you’re on a dialup connection – it’s a big download.) And if you’re a gamer, look for “Application Compatibility Updates.” They allow more than 180 programs to run that initially weren’t compatible with Win2K – especially games. […] continuedRead more
Another Symantec bulletin uses plain English to describe how hackers look for a computer to attack over the Internet, what might make you a target, and steps you can take to protect yourself. This is also highly recommended reading.
Symantec circulated a very nice list of basic ways to protect your computer and preserve your data. This is highly recommended reading. Common sense, plain English descriptions about backups, creating Windows startup disks, updating virus definitions, preventing hackers, disabling the Windows Scripting Host, and more. Check it out!
Windows 2000 Professional is the most stable operating system ever released for a personal computer. It’s a joy. But it’s missing some of the cuddly features that home users appreciate, it wasn’t marketed aggressively to small businesses, and many users were left out because upgrades from Windows 98/ME to Win2K are virtually impossible. […] continuedRead more
I know a couple of people who picked up the Logitech cordless keyboard/mouse combo over at Costco. Thumbs up all round, so far. Tomorrow Logitech will introduce a wireless optical mouse. “Optical” means it doesn’t have a ball on the bottom, and it doesn’t need a mouse pad. No cord, no mouse pad – pretty tempting, eh? […] continuedRead more
I’ve already had some evangelists tell me that Apple’s new operating system, OS X, will be the jewel that restores Apple’s market position and credibility. (It will be sold at retail starting next week, and shipped with new systems starting this summer. A network server version will follow eventually.) Apple zealots are a special breed. […] continuedRead more
OnStream made tape backup systems. I loved them. Unparalleled reliability. A unique tape format, but I never had a problem with one of their cartridges. When I think of the hours I’ve lost wrestling with conventional Travan tape drives . . . well, OnStream was like a breath of fresh air. […] continuedRead more
Google continues to provide search results that are so accurate that it’s spooky. It bears repeating – as much as I hate screen clutter, I recommend the Google Toolbar, a browser addon that puts a slender Google search bar across the top of the screen. Not only do you get easy access to Google, it also lets you search for words on the page you’re viewing at that moment, as well as allowing you to search only the pages of the web site you’re visiting. […] continuedRead more
Prices on flat-panel monitors are finally falling. and it looks like this summer will be the time to buy one. The prediction is that a 15″ flat-screen monitor will be in the $400 range, and 17-18 inch monitors will be $700 or so. (Don’t forget that the measurements are different on the LCD monitors, so a 15 inch flat screen has almost the same amount of screen area as a 17″ conventional monitor.) Click here for more info. […] continuedRead more
Norton Antivirus offers a feature called “e-mail protection” that I routinely turn off. It’s a service that scans e-mail for viruses as messages come into your system – an appealing idea, but it’s implemented badly. It changes the settings for your POP3 server and frequently prevents e-mail from being retrieved at all. […] continuedRead more
Napster is gone. Its death may be more or less protracted, but it’s all over. There will now be a period of confusion – most of you will be well served by waiting until the dust settles. I’m a big fan of Media Jukebox, so I like their offer of $3 billion to the record industry to begin a new subscription-based source for legal online music. […] continuedRead more