LIFE IN HELL WITH SYMANTEC ANTIVIRUS

A brief recap.

  • Norton Antivirus is still the easiest antivirus program to use and keep up to date. Symantec has tightened the screws on licensing and the program is getting more bloated as the years go by, but it’s still a step ahead of the competitors for ease of use.
  • Other Norton consumer products are a complete mess.
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MSN VIRTUAL EARTH

Microsoft opened MSN Virtual Earth today in response to Google Maps, Google Earth, and Google Local. Here’s an article about the new service. On first glance it doesn’t come close to the elegance of the Google services, but it’s nice to have competition – for any given location, either might have better closeup pictures or local information or the like. […] continued

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OUTLOOK “PERSON NAMES SMART TAGS”

Microsoft Outlook XP and 2003 added a feature called “Person Names Smart Tags” which occasionally can cause delays when opening messages. The tags add an icon by a sender’s name in the preview pane; it’s primarily there for integration with Windows Messenger or MSN Messenger to tell you if the sender is online. […] continued

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TOP TEN WEB FADS

If you’ve been online for a few years, the odds are you’ll have a twinge of nostalgia for some of the things on this list of the Top 10 Web fads. The Dancing Baby, Hampsterdance, All Your Base Are Belong To Us – ah, the good old days.

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AMD vs. INTEL

Litigators (and some normal people) should browse through the complaint filed by AMD against Intel for unfair competition, monopolistic bullying, name-calling, and child abuse. (I’m not sure all of those are in the complaint, but it’s something like that.)

It’s written more as a showpiece than a serious complaint, so it’s surprisingly good reading. […] continued

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GOOGLE MAPS HYBRID VIEW

Google Maps has added a hybrid view today that combines their satellite and map views, so you can see both at the same time.

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MICROSOFT VIDEO SCREENSAVER

There have been screensavers for a long time that would display a slide show of your photos. Now video is coming into its own, as evidenced by the Microsoft Video Screensaver. It comes with canned movie footage from countries around the world, but it can be configured to play your own video files. […] continued

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DELL SUPPORT SLIPPING

Dell has been on top of the computer retailing world for years. It has had a well-deserved reputation for providing better support than the other PC manufacturers.

There are signs that Dell’s crown may be slipping – although unfortunately there is no one else stepping up to do a better job. […] continued

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GOOGLE MOON

In case your travels take you really far, Google has just opened Google Moon, with the same interface as Google Maps. Hidden joke alert: when you first check it out, make sure you zoom all the way in for a close look, then go take a look at new Google job listings. […] continued

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MEDIA CENTER 11

J. River Media Center 11 was officially released today. The new release has been in development for more than a year; it’s rock solid, draws from extensive feedback from its user community, and has been significantly improved from previous versions. Here’s the press release, and here’s the page for more information and downloads. […] continued

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MICROSOFT MEDIA CENTER KEYBOARD

Manufacturers are releasing dozens of products to convince you that it’s natural to move computers into the living room. Microsoft has a lineup that is complex but thorough and well-designed, beginning with a “Media Center PC” and soon to add the redesigned XBox as part of a family of hardware and software that can move audio, video, and pictures around the house in a fluid way. […] continued

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MICROSOFT OFFICE EXTRAS

Microsoft Office has several extra programs that can be quite handy, but they’re easy to overlook. Here’s an article about items on your Start menu that you might want to check out. Take a look at the Office Picture Manager, for quick and dirty photo review and editing, and Office Document Scanning, for scanning and doing OCR on text documents. […] continued

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PRINTER DEALS

Prices on printers are in endless freefall. We’re edging closer to the time when it will be cheaper to replace a printer than to replace ink cartridges.

Recent examples:

– Costco has Samsung’s color laser printer, the CLP-510, for three hundred dollars. I bought last year’s model of this printer last year – it’s slow to warm up and print the first page but speedy after that, with good print quality and built-in duplexing. […] continued

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MICROSOFT AND CLARIA

Microsoft is reportedly in talks to buy Claria Corp., one of the worst distributors of spyware in the world. It is utter lunacy, the single most destructive and humiliating thing that Microsoft has done in years. Claria is responsible for Gator, exceptionally irritating software that was partially responsible for Kazaa becoming unusable, in addition to a host of other software with dozens of names. […] continued

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MICROSOFT STUDENT 2006

Microsoft will release a new product later this month, Microsoft Student 2006. Here’s an article about the new software.

It’s a big package, and a relatively pricey one – retail price is a hundred bucks. At its heart is a set of tutorials, toolbars and templates that integrate with Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint for reports, projects, presentations, and foreign language assignments. […] continued

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