WEB MAIL GROWS UP

Microsoft and Yahoo have both begun testing overhauls of their web mail clients. Here’s an article about the new look for HotMail, scheduled for rollout next year.

The new Hotmail closely resembles Outlook 2003, and supports drag-and-drop, right-clicking, selection of multiple items, and full-featured contacts and calendar folders.

More of you are demanding 24×7 access to your Outlook folders. […] continued

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PHOTOS AND PRINTERS

Printer prices are in free fall – down by 30% in the last few months. But here’s an article going over the numbers to explain why more people are taking their camera’s memory cards to Costco or getting their prints from an online service instead of reaching for the print button. […] continued

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SENDING LARGE E-MAIL ATTACHMENTS

E-mail was not designed to exchange large files. Many people attempt to send big files by e-mail – 10 or 20 or 30Mb of photos or PDFs or the like – and feel disappointed when the recipient never gets the message. Or perhaps you’ve been on the receiving end and had your mail delivery disrupted by a large attachment that pushes you over your storage limits or causes your mail program to time out. […] continued

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HOW CHEAP IS TOO CHEAP?

Price should no longer be the factor that drives your technology purchases.

Technology is cheap. Printers are best described as disposable cartridge holders – for many, many models the printer’s cost is roughly identical to the cost of replacement ink cartridges for it. Much software is literally free, given away with computers or cameras or printers or scanners. […] continued

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MS OFFICE 2003 SERVICE PACK 2 – NEW PHISHING PROTECTION

If you’re using Microsoft Office 2003 – and especially if you’re using Outlook 2003 – you should install the updates released by Microsoft today. You can install them by going to the Office Update page, or by using the new Microsoft Update service.

Your goal is MS Office 2003 Service Pack 2, plus an update to Outlook’s junk mail filter. […] continued

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DELL ADDS XPS BRAND

Dell has turned the “XPS” name into a separate brand for upper-end PCs, notebooks, displays, and televisions. Here’s an article about Dell’s new push into the top of the market.

As of tonight, Dell’s Small Business division doesn’t yet list all the XPS models on its website. The Home Division includes three XPS desktop models, plus the other XPS peripherals. […] continued

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WINDOWS VISTA

Microsoft is slowly moving forward with Windows Vista, the official name of the next Windows operating system. The release date is impossible to guess; beta testing is in the very early stages and the feature set is still in flux. We’ll have a better idea in a year of what to expect. […] continued

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GOOGLE BLOG SEARCH

Google has set up a separate page specifically for searching blog posts. Google will attempt to index blogs much more quickly than other types of pages that change less frequently – virtually in real time, according to Google’s product manager for blog search. Here’s an article about Google’s rollout today. […] continued

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MICROSOFT WINDOWS ONECARE LIVE

Microsoft has begun beta testing of its Windows OneCare Live service. Windows OneCare combines antivirus protection with an adware/spyware monitor, scheduled PC maintenance, an enhanced firewall, and other tools. It will be sold as a subscription service for an annual fee. (If you’re feeling brave, you can submit an application to be a beta tester.)

My loyalty to Symantec and Norton Antivirus is fading fast. […] continued

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INTEL ANSWERS AMD

Intel filed its answer to AMD’s complaint for unfair competition. An answer is always more dry than a complaint, but the first seven pages are interesting reading, as Intel lovingly alleges that AMD’s market failures are the result of poor planning and bad decisions instead of some nefarious conduct by Intel. […] continued

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GUIDE TO DIGITAL RIGHTS MANAGEMENT IN ONLINE MUSIC

There are a variety of options for purchasing music online – iTunes, RealNetworks, Yahoo Music, Napster, and others. The files arrive encumbered by serious restrictions on your ability to play them, copy them, burn them onto CDs, and share them, but frequently the restrictions are not explained clearly.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has assembled a User’s Guide to DRM in Online Music. […] continued

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GOOGLE PURGE

The hard-working reporters at The Onion bring us news of the latest step in Google’s expansion effort.

Google has announced Google Purge, a far-reaching plan to destroy all the information it can’t index.

“As a part of Purge’s first phase, executives will destroy all copyrighted materials that cannot be searched by Google.

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MICROSOFT PHISHING FILTER

If you use the MSN Search Toolbar, Microsoft has just released a beta of a Phishing Filter to protect against suspicious web sites masquerading as legitimate sites. The same technology will be built into Internet Explorer 7 when it arrives in a few months. This is a tempting addition to the protection we all need online, but in a world filled with toolbars, MSN Toolbar isn’t my first choice and this isn’t enough to make me change. […] continued

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QUICKBOOKS 2006 vs. MICROSOFT SMALL BUSINESS ACCOUNTING

The stage is set for a showdown in the next few months.

Intuit will release Quickbooks 2006 this fall with an extensive facelift, the first significant changes in the program in several years. The early screenshots look promising. There will be more editions for specific industries, a new database engine for better support of multiple users, and Intuit claims to have improved integration with Word, Excel and Outlook. […] continued

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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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