Microsoft announced today that Windows Vista and Microsoft Office 2007 will officially launch on November 30.
It’s a little unclear what that means, since boxed copies of the software won’t be available to purchase until January 30. The Microsoft statement was that “corporate customers, system builders, and technology journalists” will be able to get Vista on November 30. […] continuedRead more
Yesterday Microsoft added Internet Explorer 7 to the Automatic Updates system, so your computer will begin prompting you soon to install the upgrade. I suggest you install it; the new security features are important.
It is a big overhaul of your system. Don’t run other programs while it’s being installed and expect the process to take 15-20 minutes. […] continuedRead more
Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 changes many security defaults, and a few applications are having problems with that. McAfee has put up this page of instructions about how to make its products update correctly after IE7 is installed.
Go take a look at the instructions. A couple of things come to mind. […] continuedRead more
The landscape is changing for new and old players. It’s interesting to watch the ground shift and wonder where our world of information is going.
MySpace and Facebook have reached plateaus. The Wall Street Journal reports that MySpace is facing a backlash from users weary of being marketed to incessantly through fake friend requests, messages, and endless ads for Asian porn. […] continuedRead more
Microsoft released the final version of Windows Media Player 11, a free download for Windows XP. It features deep integration with the URGE online music store (similar to iTunes integration with Apple’s online store), and a very attractive interface.
I don’t plan to go near it. I don’t like it one little bit. […] continuedRead more
When my iPod stopped working correctly, I did all the troubleshooting I could before turning to Apple for support.
The experience was brilliant. Apple has a well-designed web site to answer support questions and to begin the return process. Two days after reporting the problem, I received a shipping box for the defective iPod, including a return shipping label and a cute little pack of tape to close the box. […] continuedRead more
Many people are staring at their digital camcorders, wondering how to get video off the camera for a DVD or some other project.
Adobe Premiere Elements is the software of choice for the long run. It’s the best designed software on the market, relatively easy to get started but capable of complex tasks as you grow into it. […] continuedRead more
Windows Vista wasn’t ready in time for Xmas shopping and the computer manufacturers got worried that people would begin to put off their new system purchases until the spring. Microsoft cooked up a coupon deal to entice you into buying your new computer now instead of waiting for Vista: beginning today, most PC manufacturers will give you a coupon for a discounted version of Windows Vista when you buy a new computer. […] continuedRead more
Microsoft has released a significant upgrade to its Windows Desktop Search program. It should now be considered a core component of Windows XP and should be installed on every computer. (Exactly the same technology is a core component of Windows Vista, inseparable from the rest of the operating system.) Here’s the page for downloading new version 3.0 […] continuedRead more
Lawyer alert: amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure take effect on December 1 governing electronic discovery. Here’s an article from a technology news site about the upcoming changes, and here’s a legal blog with a few more details.
Lawsuits in federal court have always required massive document productions at the beginning of the proceedings. […] continuedRead more
Microsoft has now taken the “beta” label off Windows Defender with the release of a modestly updated build of the program. Changes are minimal – a new color scheme is about the only change you’ll notice.
If you’re not running Windows Defender for protection against adware/spyware, you should be. It should be considered a core component of Windows XP, as important as any other security mechanism in the operating system; it will be included by default in Windows Vista. […] continuedRead more
Productivity is overrated. Close the e-mail program, shove those piles of paper aside, there’s more important things to do: Sam & Max are back in a new game, their first appearance on computer screens since the late, lamented Sam & Max Hit The Road in 1993. Here’s the web site for Sam & Max Episode 1: Culture Shock. […] continuedRead more
Windows Vista has an updated interface with a lot of eye candy, especially on new systems with hefty video cards to support the Windows Aero look – transparency on window borders, windows sliding and bouncing around, icons morphing and changing color.
Let’s all soberly agree: the eye candy isn’t important. All we care about is the increased security, improved functions, and compatibility, right? […] continuedRead more
What’s up with Dell lately? The last few computers I’ve ordered from Dell have been unusually slow to ship and slow to arrive. I had gotten used to seeing computers ship instantly, frequently the next day, and shipping was typically running 2-3 days. When I ordered a new system in September, it took three weeks for it to leave Dell and another full week to arrive. […] continuedRead more