TREO 650 – NOTES FROM THE FIELD

I’ve used a Treo 650 for a few months now. The Treo 650 is one of the most popular devices combining cell phone and organizer functions, and all of the major cell carriers are now offering their own versions of the Treo 650. Here’s a few notes for anyone considering them. […] continued

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GOOGLE TALK

Google has unveiled Google Talk, its own instant messenger program. There’s no surprises in it. Here’s an article summarizing the new service.

If you have a microphone on your computer, you can talk to the person on the other end, but there’s no other telephony or VOIP built into Google Talk. […] continued

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GOOGLE DESKTOP 2

Google has released an upgrade of its original desktop search program, with enough new features that it’s essentially a different product. Here’s the page for downloading Google Desktop version 2.

The desktop search has been enhanced in nice but modest ways – better integration with Outlook, a little more flexibility in searches. […] continued

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MICROSOFT STUDENT 2006

Microsoft Student 2006 is on the shelves now for under a hundred dollars. Parents of middle-school and high school students should take a long look. Here are some notes to understand what it is and how to work with it.

  • The heart of Microsoft Student is the premium version of Microsoft’s wonderful encyclopedia, Encarta 2006.
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WINDOWS INTERNET EXPLORER 7

Microsoft will release Internet Explorer 7 in a few months. (If you’re interested in marketing, you should note that the name has been subtly changed to “Windows Internet Explorer 7,” since it will not be released for other platforms, and that the icon has been tweaked. Here’s the unveiling of the new look.)

The IE team has been working on one long-standing source of frustration that has affected every browser: printing web pages that are cut off on the right, or that spill over onto a nearly empty second page. […] continued

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MOVING PICTURES FROM CAMERA TO COMPUTER

There are a thousand ways to transfer photos from your camera to a computer. None of them are wrong, but it’s all too easy to get lost in a blur of unfamiliar programs fighting for control of the process and making it confusing.

I have a recipe that has proven to be very successful for many people. […] continued

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MICROSOFT UPDATE

Microsoft released a new batch of security updates for Windows and Internet Explorer yesterday. If you have Automatic Updates turned on and your computer is left on overnight, the updates are installed automatically. If you see the little gold shield with an exclamation mark down by the clock, click on it and install the updates. […] continued

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REMOTE ACCESS WITH MYWEBEXPC

More and more people are looking for remote access to their office computers to run programs or work on files from outside the office.

Microsoft Small Business Server users have it best. The remote access offered by SBS works like a dream.

If you’re an individual or working in a small office that hasn’t graduated to a server yet, you have some tempting options. […] continued

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COMCAST PROBLEMS IN BAY AREA

Comcast is having trouble with Internet service in the Bay Area. Problems began on August 2 and became widespread enough that Comcast was forced to admit it yesterday. Here’s a short article noting the problem but without any explanation from Comcast. The Comcast forum on BroadbandReports.com is the most active discussion I’ve found. […] continued

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MICROSOFT SYNCTOY

Microsoft has released an interesting new utility named SyncToy – the “toy” part is because it’s part of the PowerToy series of utilities, not because it’s playful.

SyncToy is an easy to use, highly customizable program that helps keep multiple copies of files organized. It was designed by photographers who wanted to keep an extra copy of their photos on an external hard drive. […] continued

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FIVE STARS FOR J RIVER MEDIA CENTER

CNet’s Download.com gives J River Media Center 11 a five-star review. “Boasting an attractive interface and an extensive feature set, J River Media Center leads the pack of media browsers.” Get over there and get a copy!

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