ADOBE READER 6.0.1

Adobe released a minor update to Adobe Reader (formerly “Acrobat Reader”), from version 6.0 to 6.0.1. If you use Reader, you might get a popup notifying you of the upgrade.

A number of people are reporting problems with the upgrade on Adobe’s forums. After installing the upgrade, some people can no longer open PDF files in Internet Explorer. […] continued

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OUTLOOK 2003 ANTI-SPAM UPDATE

Microsoft Outlook’s 2003 has been doing an extraordinary job of filtering my spam – almost no false positives and a 95%+ job of sending spam to the junk folder. My fear, tough, was that it would start to falter as the spammers became familiar with it and found holes to drive spam through. […] continued

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REALNETWORKS SUES MICROSOFT

RealNetworks has filed a $1 billion antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft, alleging that Microsoft stifled RealNetworks’ attempts to develop a market for its RealPlayer software and RealOne service.

I wish I could be sympathetic. Digital media functions don’t necessarily have to be handled by the operating system. It seems intuitive that Windows Media Player is a separate product from Windows, not an integral part of the system. […] continued

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WINDOWS XP – THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN STANDBY AND HIBERNATE

Notebook computers with Windows XP can be set to “hibernate” when the lid is closed. The system memorizes what the computer is doing and saves that information, then turns off all power. When the computer is restarted, it immediately goes back to exactly where you left off. It’s a huge timesaver for notebook users. […] continued

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COMCAST CABLE INTERNET

Comcast claims to be moving forward to roll out Internet service on its cable systems in Sonoma County. If you’re in a rural area and you haven’t checked out cable or DSL availability lately, it’s worth a couple of calls. Comcast predicted my area would get cable Internet access in the first quarter of next year, which is a far more optimistic forecast than I expected. […] continued

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DELL PROMOTIONS & MICROSOFT SMALL BUSINESS SERVER

It’s a good week to buy a computer at Dell.

Computer prices don’t change very much from week to week – they just keep going down at a pretty steady rate. Dell’s promotions are mostly perfectly nice and the price tends to be consistent regardless of whether the promotion is described as “free memory” or “double your hard drive” or whatever. […] continued

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AMERICA ONLINE WOES

The online-advertising market is beginning to rebound, and profits are on the rise at Yahoo and MSN. Meanwhile, things keep getting worse and worse at AOL. Ad sales were down 50% in the third quarter compared to a year ago, and analysts expect sales to be down 33% in the fourth quarter. […] continued

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MORE URBAN LEGENDS

Time for our annual reminder that most e-mail warnings of bad things are false, ranging from the intentionally harmful to benign urban myths. An e-mail message is circulating widely about an alleged phone scam, where pressing the wrong button during a recorded message results in alarming phone bills. It’s just another hoax, nothing more. […] continued

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DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY

Microsoft has put together a rich source of information about digital photography on this page. It includes a fair amount of advertising for Microsoft products and partners, but there’s also wonderful, clearly-presented information about resolution, file formats, scanners, and a lot more.

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NEW LOOK FOR HOTMAIL

Hotmail got an overhaul yesterday, including a new interface that resembles Microsoft Outlook 2003. Theoretically the junk mail filter keeps improving, grouping and viewing of contacts has been improved, and the calendar can now be shared with other users.

(Is it coincidence that I can’t get Hotmail to load this morning? […] continued

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SPAMMERS HAPPY WITH FEDERAL LAW

As you watch Congress and the President congratulate each other over the new federal anti-spam legislation, keep in mind that the spammers are thrilled with the new law. Here’s an article from Direct Marketer News that will chill you.

“Marketers roundly praised the bill, particularly its pre-emption of more onerous anti-spam legislation in more than 35 states.

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MASTER & SLAVE

I’m a fan of politically correct speech. I think it’s important to avoid using expressions that perpetuate stereotypes, even if it’s reasonably clear that the words are meant kindly or inoffensively.

But.

Following complaints by someone within the bureaucracy, the County of Los Angeles has ordered vendors to discontinue use of the words “master/slave” to describe two hard drives sharing a cable. […] continued

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YAHOO AND PRIVACY

Here’s a good description of why Yahoo just sent out millions of notices about its “privacy policy.”

“One time Pac-Bell (now under SBC name umbrella) users were promised “incredible new services” last fall if they signed up for the new co-branded SBC/Yahoo service. What they weren’t being told (at least very clearly) is that they were be opted in to the massive Yahoo marketing universe.

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WONDERFUL WORLD

The Guardian reports that a media watchdog group is investigating a new ad from Intel showing mountaineers on Mt. Everest accessing the Internet using a Centrino wireless notebook. Almost a hundred people have complained that such a thing can’t be possible.

What a wonderful world! Everest’s base camp is wireless-ready, at 17,400 feet. […] continued

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CAMERA PHONES

Here’s an article about cell phones with cameras, which are the fastest-growing consumer technology ever, according to a recent study.

Eighty million camera phones have been sold worldwide. This year more camera phones will be sold than digital still cameras.

I’m not using a camera phone. You’re not using a camera phone. […] continued

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