NETWORK-ATTACHED STORAGE

As always, there’s new technology that’s becoming commonplace even though we hadn’t really noticed it yet. Let’s start with network-attached storage – “NAS.”

Our appetite for storage space is voracious. Businesses and law firms are scanning documents furiously, continuing to dream of the paperless office that always seems to elude them. […] continued

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BRUCEB NEWS – TENTH ANNIVERSARY

I am proud – and a bit freaked out – to celebrate the tenth anniversary of bruceb news. Here’s the first page in the archives, going all the way back to the introduction of Internet Explorer 4.0. It’s sobering to realize how many of the links are dead because the products didn’t survive – raise a toast to Alta Vista Personal Search, Micrografx Windows Draw, Quarterdeck Cleansweep, and the rest.

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VISTA ULTIMATE EMBARRASSMENT

Vista Ultimate has become an embarrassment to Microsoft, a wasted opportunity of a chance to showcase Vista’s best features.

The expensive upgrade to Vista Ultimate offered two things to buyers. The first was the ability to turn on all Vista features simultaneously. Many Vista users require the ability to join a domain or want other features from Vista Business, but also might want the media features in Vista Home Premium; Vista Ultimate unlocks it all. […] continued

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APPLE BACKLASH

Apple’s rollout of the iPhone and updated iPod line generated impressive buzz, giving the impression that Apple is an unstoppable force. At the same time, though, Apple’s efforts to lock down its control over its users created uneasiness.

Two things happened today that are worth watching in case Apple’s base turns out to be more fragile than we suspect. […] continued

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ADOBE UPDATES PHOTOSHOP ELEMENTS

Adobe released Photoshop Elements 6 and Premiere Elements 4 today, giving a facelift to its programs aimed at consumers for image and video editing. They can be purchased individually but work increasingly well together; there’s a discounted update price at the Adobe web site if you own previous versions.

There’s no hands-on reviews yet but there’s a bit to learn from the screenshots and press releases. […] continued

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HALO 3 LAUNCHES

Halo 3 will be released for the XBox 360 on Tuesday. I know, you don’t play games, but this is one of those cultural events that are worth knowing about to keep from feeling old and out of touch.

It’s likely that the sales during the first 24 hours will be $155 million or more – allowing Microsoft to brag that it is the largest entertainment launch in history. […] continued

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COSTCO DEAL ON ONECARE

Costco doesn’t always have great deals on software any more, but occasionally something turns up. If for some reason you haven’t bought your copy of Windows Live OneCare yet, you can buy it at Costco through Sunday for $4.99. No rebate – that’s the price at the register.

While you’re at Costco, parents might want to take a look at Microsoft Student 2008, which includes the entire content of Encarta Premium plus homework tools, report templates, research aids, strong math and foreign language tools, and more. […] continued

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MS OFFICE 2003 SERVICE PACK 3

Microsoft has released Service Pack 3 for Office 2003. It will be included in the Automatic Update system at some point in the next few weeks, but I don’t expect it to be installed automatically – I haven’t seen it confirmed but normally a service pack will require some affirmative OK click on a license agreement. […] continued

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APPLE LOCKDOWN

It’s hard to make the stereotypes fit.

Microsoft is reviled as the big monopoly. I don’t want to suggest that Microsoft is a huggable teddy bear, but it’s worth noting that much of its success comes from the work of thousands and thousands of hardware and software partners invited to build products on Microsoft technology. […] continued

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KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS

There are a remarkable number of keyboard shortcuts built into Windows and most programs. If you prefer to keep your hands on the keyboard whenever possible, you can get all the tips you need at KeyXL, which claims to be the world’s largest database of keyboard shortcuts and commands, for all operating systems and lots of applications. […] continued

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MICROSOFT OFFICE “ULTIMATE STEAL”

Here’s an odd promotion from Microsoft: for the next few months, college students can buy the most complete version of Office 2007 for $59. The Office Ultimate 2007 suite includes Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook, Access, Publisher, OneNote, Groove, and InfoPath, with a normal retail price of $679.

This is even better than the Office 2007 Home and Student Edition that has Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and OneNote, selling for about $140. […] continued

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THE ART OF OFFICE

It’s fun to browse for a few minutes over at The Art Of Office – a collection of files contributed by artists and businesspeople, all created with Word, Excel, or Powerpoint. The files are sorted into “most useful” and “most artistic” – some of them might demonstrate an advanced Office feature, others are just pretty. […] continued

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ACROBAT & PDF CLONES

Adobe Acrobat 8.0 Professional is highly polished software for creating PDFs from scanned documents or onscreen files, and it adds the ability to use PDFs for other purposes, from e-mail archives to Bates-numbered document storage and production. Here’s my first thoughts about the upgrade to version 8.

Acrobat is an expensive piece of software – $160/computer for an upgrade version of Acrobat 8 Professional, $450 for the full version if you don’t have a license code to qualify for an upgrade. […] continued

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QUICKBOOKS & VISTA REDUX

At the beginning of the year, Intuit claimed that Quickbooks 2007 was ready to be run on Windows Vista.

That was an overstatement. Quickbooks 2007 can be made to work on Vista, but it requires elaborate workarounds.

Even worse, almost a year after Vista’s release, the solutions to the Vista issues are either buried deep in Intuit’s tech support documents – or worse, they’re just not addressed at all. […] continued

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AT&T TARNISHES iPHONE

Apple had to know that signing a deal with AT&T would lead to disgruntled customers. By definition, any customer of AT&T is an unhappy customer, right?

It started when the first AT&T bills were delivered to iPhone users. AT&T chose to itemize each and every bit of data to and from the phone – each text message, each individual ad graphic on each web page. […] continued

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