INTERNET EXPLORER 7

Internet Explorer 7 is now available as an official release. I recommend it to everyone running Windows XP SP2. Here’s an article about today’s release.

The new browser looks different! Install it when you have a few minutes to find things onscreen that aren’t where you expect them. If you’re the kind of person who will be upset that a button has moved – there’s no rush. […] continued

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SECOND LIFE

Make no mistake: MySpace is old news, YouTube is beginning its slide out of the headlines, Yahoo is over the hill, Flickr never stood a chance. Second Life is the hot online destination, the next cultural obsession, soon to be a household name.

Second Life is an online world; the visuals will remind you of online games, but there’s no gameplay, just an enormous open-ended space designed for endless exploration and creativity. […] continued

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CREATIVE REMOVES FM RECORDING FROM DEVICES

The RIAA shows no sign of slowing down in its campaign to be the most wrongheaded and evil organization of our time. The latest sign of “copyright”-driven madness will hit owners of Creative Zen MicroPhoto and Zen Vision:M devices who install a firmware “update” pushed out to them. The “update” disables the devices’ built-in ability to record FM broadcasts. […] continued

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POWER-SAVING IN WINDOWS VISTA

As Windows Vista comes ever closer, information is flowing out about its new features. This one isn’t the most important but somehow it touches people deeply: Windows Vista will support going to sleep at night in power-saving mode, while still allowing overnight installation of updates and running of utilities – virus scans, defrags, and the like. […] continued

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WIRELESS USB ON THE HORIZON

We’ve all used wireless devices – maybe a wireless keyboard or mouse, maybe a wireless network in the home or office, maybe a Bluetooth headset. It’s all wonderful technology but almost everyone discovers that it’s just not quite troublefree – life becomes a blur of power-cycling devices and changing batteries and restarting computers and occasionally light cursing. […] continued

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OCTOBER UPDATES

Microsoft released a big crop of updates yesterday for Windows and Microsoft Office programs – there are ten patches on the official list but my computer shows fifteen items ready to be installed this morning. Yesterday Microsoft was having some trouble with the Automatic Updates system but that appears to be resolved now. […] continued

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WINDOWS LIVE ONECARE BETA 1.5

Microsoft has given an early look at an upgrade to Windows Live OneCare. It’s in open beta testing but I don’t recommend that you install it yet.

For the most part there are only modest changes, but there are two important improvements in the backup system.

  • Backups can be scheduled more frequently than once a week – a big step forward in protecting your files automatically.
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INTERNET EXPLORER 7

Internet Explorer 7 will be delivered in final form soon (possibly tomorrow), and it will be installed automatically on everyone’s computers through Automatic Updates shortly thereafter. You may wake up one morning soon and be greeted by a different IE interface. Don’t panic!

Everyone’s attention is caught first by the little things. […] continued

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PARENTAL FILTERS

I’m still looking for the right filter for parents who want some control over their children’s Internet activities. I wanted to like Safe Eyes – it has a nice interface, the right features (control over Internet surfing, time online, and access to programs without being overly complicated), and many people apparently use it successfully. […] continued

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FOLDERSHARE

Let’s talk about syncing files. I’ve got a new program you ought to know about.

Imagine that you have a folder full of files and you want to have a copy of that folder on another computer. There’s a lot of reasons to do that: to take your work files or photos with you on a laptop; to have a backup of a folder with important files; or to share files with a friend. […] continued

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