Microsoft has always had “student editions” of the Office suite – same software, lower price, for full-time students and educators. In the past it’s only been available in settings where there was some small amount of control over the purchasers – campus bookstores, for example, where a student ID has to be shown at the cash register. […] continuedRead more
The December 10 issue of Forbes magazine presents an interesting theory to explain how Excite@Home wound up in its current embarrassing predicament. “A new conspiracy theory alleges that AT&T, despite controlling 23% of @Home’s common shares and 74% of the voting shares, drove the firm to the brink of bankruptcy–so it could then acquire the rest of it on the cheap. […] continuedRead more
Another virus making the rounds these days. BADTRANS is the usual – arrives as an e-mail attachment, sends itself back out to lots of people with your name on the message as the sender, does a couple of dirty deeds on your computer. If you’re infected, here’s an explanation of what the virus does and how to get rid of it. […] continuedRead more
Early this year Northpoint shut off DSL service to 100,000 customers with only a few days notice. It caused such a flap that I thought nothing like it would ever happen again. Guess what? Excite@Home says service might be shut off on Friday to 4.1 million cable Internet customers.
Now, mind you, I don’t think it will really happen. […] continuedRead more
I maintain this news page with Blogger, a wonderful free service that makes it easy to publish short, frequently updated posts arranged chronologically. Blogs can be set up to facilitate small group collaboration, or they can be online diaries full of adolescent angst, or they can be anything else dreamed up by a fertile imagination. […] continuedRead more
Windows XP supports CDRs and CDRWs. Its ability to burn CDs is relatively basic and many people will wind up enhancing it with another product – Easy CD Creator or Feurio or the like.Read more
There’s still a chance that the copyright police will be forced to back down. There’s lots of market forces favoring the .mp3 format and it’s possible that consumers will turn away from the expensive locked-down files that will be made available by the recording industry.
In the next few weeks, the record industry will finally launch two high-profile subscription services, Pressplay and MusicNet. […] continuedRead more
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“AOL released version 7 on Oct. 16, nine days before Microsoft shipped Windows XP. For the first time in five years, AOL’s client software was not bundled with Microsoft’s latest operating system.
There’s a few things to do before you upgrade to Windows XP, but here’s a couple that shouldn’t be overlooked: uninstall Norton Antivirus and PCAnywhere before you start the upgrade. Some nasty side effects if they’re still on the system when you run the setup program.Read more
Bill Gates delivered a speech yesterday where he presented a few more details about the upcoming “Tablet PC” – a flat, lightweight screen to tuck under your arm and use everywhere. Lots of cool tricks built into it for voice and handwriting recognition. Mr. G. predicts it will be the most popular form of computer in five years. […] continuedRead more
Generally I’m happy with Norton Antivirus 2002. It installs like a dream, the e-mail scanning works, and it’s easy to update.
But here’s an interesting side-effect. I just set up a new Dell Dimension 8200 – a very nice, very fast computer. Almost immediately I noticed that the clock was losing time – a lot of time, several hours every day. […] continuedRead more
Prices for DSL and cable are rising, the economy’s in the doldrums, and many people have no interest in using a broadband connection to download music, listen to streamed audio, or watch postage-stamp sized video. Small wonder that more DSL and cable subscribers are cancelling their accounts than ever before. […] continuedRead more