THE APPLE REALITY DISTORTION FIELD

What is it with Apple that causes the press to gush? It’s embarrassing. Well, nothing embarrasses the press these days, but is a sense of perspective too much to ask for when Steve Jobs says something?

The Mac Mini caused gushing about its cheap price. Why? For $499, you get a system with a 40GB hard drive, 256MB of DDR333 memory and an ATI Radeon 9200 with an execrable 32MB of video memory. […] continued

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SPYWARE RESEARCH

The folks responsible for spyware are constantly looking for new ways to get their programs onto your computer. Windows XP Service Pack 2 continues to be reasonably safe, although it will not prevent you from things you do voluntarily. Don’t install unnecessary programs or free software unless you are 100% convinced that it is not harmful! […] continued

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MICROSOFT SPYWARE TOOLS

Microsoft continues to attack security issues on the Windows platform with impressive vigor.

This week Microsoft released Microsoft Windows AntiSpyware, a program that cleans out existing adware/spyware and then runs continuously, monitoring to prevent new infestations. This is good stuff! Many reviewers are coming away impressed with its performance compared to stalwarts like AdAware and Spybot, and Microsoft’s program is free for the next seven months. […] continued

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YAHOO DESKTOP SEARCH POWERED BY X1

Yahoo released its free desktop search tool for lightning fast searches through Outlook folders and documents on your computer. It’s following closely behind the Google Desktop and the MSN Toolbar Suite.

Yahoo purchased very appealing technology from X1 for its desktop search program. The interface is intuitive and the program produces results literally as you type in the search terms. […] continued

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REGIONAL BELLS MANEUVER FOR MONOPOLY

USA Today has a story today about the efforts by the regional Bell companies to make it impossible – or at least expensive – to compete with them in building broadband networks across the country.

It’s a potent combination of pressure on federal, state and local legislators and regulators, based on threats to slow down the Bells’ plans to roll out fiber networks for higher capacity and speed. […] continued

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EXTENDING A WIRELESS NETWORK

Here’s a story about a new device that has a happy ending. If you’ve ever used a wireless network, you know the range is never as far as you thought it would be, and they’re just not quite troublefree. I had spots in the house that were out of range of my wireless access point, so I grabbed an impulse purchase off the CompUSA shelves – the Netgear WGXB102 54Gbps Wall-Plugged Wireless Range Extender Kit. […] continued

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XMAS FRUSTRATION FOLLOWUP

The Linksys WMLS11B Wireless Music System has been boxed up and returned after a few more fruitless hours of testing.

The replacement is the Netgear MP101 Wireless Digital Music Player. There’s no built-in speakers but powered speakers are cheap and easy to come by. Netgear’s server software is far friendlier and less buggy than the lame version of MusicMatch required by the Linksys. […] continued

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SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM

It’s not your imagination – the volume of spam is constantly rising and the spammers continue to find new ways to get through the filters. Here’s an article that lays out the figures – almost half of all corporate e-mail is spam and the percentage is higher for non-corporate e-mail users. […] continued

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