WEBMAIL ADVANCES

Many of us cannot imagine life without Outlook. In addition to e-mail, it handles our calendar and address book and to-do list; it fills our handheld devices and addresses envelopes in Word. But it typically lives on a single computer and is not readily accessible anywhere else.

Small Business Server users have it easy: they can use Outlook Web Access, a reasonably good imitation of their Outlook folders presented in Internet Explorer; and Outlook can be set up on a notebook or home computer with a live connection over the Internet to Small Business Server at the office, allowing Outlook to be used from anywhere. […] continued

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MEDIA IN THE LIVING ROOM

Here’s an article that describes the struggle to involve a computer in the living room, delivering photos, music and movies. The struggle is not going well. Hewlett Packard just announced that it is ending development of its Digital Entertainment Center line of PCs – the ones designed to look like living room A/V components, plugging directly into the TV and controlling all TV and media functions, using Windows Media Center Edition. […] continued

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PEARLS BEFORE BREAKFAST

This has nothing to do with technology – it’s just a fascinating, thought-provoking story.

The Washington Post arranged for violin virtuoso Joshua Bell to play in a DC subway station during the morning rush hour, like any other street musician, and filmed the reaction. Joshua Bell is considered one of the best classical musicians in the world; he played beautiful (and difficult) music that morning on one of the most valuable Stradivarius violins ever made. […] continued

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“NETWORK OR FILE PERMISSION ERROR”

All right, now I’m getting angry.

Like most of my business clients, my documents are stored on a network server. When I click on “My Documents,” I’m taken to \brucebserverusersbruceb. My clients store business documents in \serverCompany or \serverfirmdocs. Those shared folders are frequently mapped to a drive letter, so the M: drive also takes me to my document folder. […] continued

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MOSSBERG ON NEW COMPUTERS

Walter Mossberg is an influential tech columnist for the Wall Street Journal. Today’s column is a well-justified complaint about the process of setting up a new computer.

Mossberg is moderately complimentary about Windows Vista; although the most time-consuming part of a new computer is the process of moving files and settings and reinstalling programs, Mossberg notes that “Vista has actually made moving files and settings easier, and it isn’t different enough from Windows XP to make for a steep learning curve.” […] continued

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BLOGS & TUMBLR

Many people feel left out by the world of blogs, unsure how to find blogs to read and completely adrift about how to start writing one.

Want to read some blogs? You could do worse than adding Memeorandum (political blogs) and TechMeme (technology blogs) to your favorites list – they’ll plug you into hundreds of blogs, including many of the most popular ones. […] continued

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KODAK PRINTERS & REALITY

Kodak announced its new line of photo printers with bold promises – here’s my writeup about an exciting world where photos could be printed for half the cost of materials compared to other inkjet printers and where the obnoxious profit margins on ink cartridges would finally be reined in.

That would be a nice world, but apparently we don’t live there. […] continued

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AMICUS V SUPPORT ENDING

Law office alert: According to this blog, Gavel & Gown will be ending technical support for Amicus Attorney version V on June 1, 2007.

That creates a business-critical problem for law offices using Amicus – the simple reality is that database-driven programs develop problems that require the support of the manufacturer. […] continued

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OFFICE 2007 MOMENTS

The “ribbons” in Microsoft Word 2007 and Excel 2007 are better organized than the menus and toolbars in Office 2003, but I’m also going through odd moments of confusion or frustration. I’m still not ordering Office 2007 on new office computers.

A few random examples:

  • Adobe Acrobat 8 Professional is polished and wonderful – but it does not integrate with Office 2007 yet.
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GOOGLE ANNOUNCES FREE WIRELESS BROADBAND

A potentially world-changing announcement from Google today – the launch of Google TiSP, a free in-home wireless broadband service that delivers online connectivity via users’ plumbing systems. A simple fiber-optic cable running through any toilet on a municipal sewage system can be used to make the connection with a TiSP Access Node. […] continued

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