DELL SUPPORT INFO RE SERVICE PACK 2

If you’re looking for information about Windows XP Service Pack 2, before or after you install it, Dell has an SP2 page with a wealth of information, clearly presented and full of useful links.

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QUICKBOOKS SIMPLE START

Intuit will release Quickbooks Simple Start next week, a simplified $100 version of Quickbooks aimed at sole proprietors and very small businesses currently keeping paper records. It will use the same database format as the more complex Quickbooks programs, making it easier to upgrade in the future when the business grows. […] continued

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DON’T INSTALL CRAP ON YOUR COMPUTER

You can still screw up your computer after you install Windows XP Service Pack 2.

Web sites might ask permission to install “ActiveX Controls” or other kinds of programs. Trustworthy web sites can use ActiveX controls to offer valuable services; you should trust them and follow their instructions.

Bad people will make bad programs look friendly, or they’ll try to confuse you. […] continued

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MICROSOFT .JPG PATCH

Microsoft released a critical update yesterday for an intriguing problem. Microsoft discovered a flaw in the way various Microsoft operating systems and programs process .JPG images – theoretically allowing a bad guy to run a malicious program on your computer simply by viewing an image. Your computer could be attacked just by visiting a web site that has these specially-designed malicious images. […] continued

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ADOBE PREMIERE ELEMENTS

Not everyone would have predicted it a few years ago, but digital cameras have become a matter-of-fact item in many homes. Normal, non-tech people have learned to unload pictures from a memory card, view them on the computer, and print them on a color inkjet. Ambitious home users can use a program like Adobe Photoshop Elements or Microsoft Digital Image Pro to crop the photos, correct lighting problems, or even manipulate them a bit. […] continued

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APPLE VS. APPLE

An interesting lawsuit may be nearing settlement soon. Baby boomers with long memories will recall that the Beatles’ record label was “Apple Records,” and their company was “Apple Corps.”

When Apple Computer started up, the Beatles’ company sued Apple Computer and settled the case for a huge cash payment and an agreement that Apple Computer would use the name and logo only in the computer business, while Apple Corps. […] continued

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PRICE DROPS ON MEMORY DEVICES

Prices are down and capacities are up on memory cards and devices. Here’s some random examples from a sale at Buy.com tonight:

1Gb Compact Flash card for $82. It was impossible to get a gigabyte on a memory card until very recently, and this is marked down from the previous list price – of $700.

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SHAREAZA FILE SHARING

The program getting the best word of mouth right now in the P2P world is Shareaza – available through the Shareaza home page, or here at Download.com.

Kazaa and eDonkey are popular services, but their software arrives with unwanted adware and spyware. Shareaza has an appealing interface and it has no adware or spyware at all – and since it’s being developed as open source software, it’s likely to stay that way. […] continued

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TECHNICAL DETAILS ABOUT SERVICE PACK 2

Most of the changes in Windows XP Service Pack 2 are under the hood. If you’re a network administrator, an IT professional, or just an interested computer user who can tolerate some technical details, you can get a wonderful overview of SP2 from this Powerpoint presentation put together by Mark Minasi. […] continued

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SYMANTEC AND WINDOWS XP SERVICE PACK 2

Symantec is dragging its feet about allowing its programs to communicate with the new Windows Security Center – resulting in the balloon in the lower right corner of the screen that says your computer “might be at risk.” I don’t know why Symantec is alarming you instead of solving this problem. […] continued

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INTERNET PORN AND JOB TERMINATION

Here’s an interesting article about how the flotsam and jetsam that accumulates on computers can be used as a reason to terminate an employee.

Your computer has several places holding files related to Internet browsing. When you view a Web page, each image on the page is saved in a deeply-hidden folder on your system. […] continued

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CASSETTES TO CDs

The kind of service that you knew somebody had to offer – www.cassettes2cds.com converts old cassettes into audio CDs or .mp3 files. Presumably there’s a company somewhere converting videocassettes and camcorder tapes into DVDs, right?

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MICROSOFT ENTERS ONLINE MUSIC MARKET

Today’s quiz: I’ll describe a familiar scenario. You decide if it’s ancient history or current news.

Apple sells devices manufactured by Apple, running software designed by Apple, sold in a store that belongs to Apple. Nobody else is allowed to use Apple’s technology. It gains a reputation for being cool.

Microsoft comes in later with something that is similar to what Apple has been marketing. […] continued

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LASER MOUSE

Most of you have switched over to an optical mouse – no more gunk clogging up the ball, no more jerking the mouse hard to force the cursor to move, right?

By now you’ve found out that the optical mouse is not quite as forgiving as they made it sound, and in fact it’s rather picky about what surface it’s on. […] continued

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