EXCITE@HOME TO SHUT DOWN

The game of chicken poker is over and the loser is: everybody. AT&T drove Excite@Home into bankruptcy, hoping to pick up its assets for $300 million. The bondholders objected and said the assets were worth $1 billion. The bankruptcy court gave Excite permission to play hardball, and Excite turned off Internet access to AT&T’s subscribers last weekend. […] continued

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MICROSOFT REVAMPS SUPPORT SITE

Microsoft has launched a new web site that centralizes all support services. The MS Knowledge Base, an essential tool for tech professionals, is always visible, reducing the amount of back and forth work that’s necessary to go through articles searching for a solution. There’s also links to the download sites and support newsgroups. […] continued

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GONER VIRUS

Another virus is running around today. It comes in as an attachment to an e-mail message with the subject “Hi.” The message body begins, “How are you? When I saw this screen saver, I immediately thought about you. I am in a harry, I promise you will love it!” If you click on the attachment named GONE.SCR, […] continued

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THE SCOOTER FORMERLY KNOWN AS GINGER

The “Segway Human Transporter” is out in the open now – Dean Kamen’s battery-powered, highly balanced scooter that caused a hubbub when some high-tech folks gushed enthusiastic and it leaked into the press. I kind of like the looks of it (here’s The New York Times article about it). […] continued

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CABLE CHAOS

It’s anarchy out there. Reports are coming in from all over (DSLReports.com is a good place to watch the action) about the ongoing Excite@Home shutdowns. As near as I can tell, Excite@Home decided to shut down one cable provider as an example to the others. AT&T was chosen and 800,000 cable connections were shut down by Excite@Home this morning. […] continued

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KAZAA FILE SHARING IN JEOPARDY

Kazaa is currently the most popular software for file sharing. In addition to being available under the Kazaa name, its software is licensed to MusicCity and Grokster. It is much more decentralized than Napster; in theory, users are put in touch with each other directly, with no central servers maintaining a database of users or shared files. […] continued

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WINDOWS XP CHECKLIST

If you’re considering upgrading to Windows XP, it deserves some thought and preparation. Here’s the short checklist that will help you avoid some of the problems people have run into:

— make sure your system has enough memory – 128Mb or more

— if you have a scanner, a digital camera, a fax/scanner/printer, or a brand new model of printer, check the manufacturer’s web site for information about Windows XP drivers

— back up your e-mail and address book – just in case

— uninstall any antivirus program

— uninstall any utilities that are supposed to help “rescue” things – Norton System Works, GoBack, First Aid, CrashGuard, CleanSweep, things like that

— uninstall PCAnywhere if it’s on your system

— unplug printers and scanners and the like until later, after the upgrade is done

— pay attention to any warnings that appear during the upgrade

Good luck! […] continued

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