I’d like to take a tour of an Amazon warehouse! I placed an order on December 21 at midnight and got the shipping confirmation at 10:30 in the morning. How do they do that?Read more
The New York Times has a fascinating article comparing the methods used to preserve 35-millimeter movies and digital master records of movies. Conventional film can be stored in a limestone mine for almost nothing and last for decades. Pure digital storage is far more expensive and is likely to be more ephemeral. […] continuedRead more
David Byrne, former leader of Talking Heads, has written an article for Wired Magazine about the long-term prospects for the music industry when the costs of producing and distributing music are both approaching zero. What is the role for a record company when an artist can produce professional-quality music with laptop computers and distribute it worldwide through an inexpensive web site? […] continuedRead more
There’s another example in the news of bad guys turning away from attacks on Windows and finding vulnerabilities in other programs. In my mind, it’s another striking reason to remove every bit of preinstalled software from new computers and remain very conservative about installing anything new, especially the software bundled with new hardware. […] continuedRead more
Microsoft has a name problem.
I used to think that Microsoft had learned a lesson from the years of confusion and frustration caused by the similar names for “Outlook” and “Outlook Express,” two programs that were not even remotely related.
The same people must have been on the committee that decided “Windows Mail” (the free program included with Vista) would be on the market at the same time as “Windows Live Mail,” the similar but not identical free program for Vista and Windows XP. […] continuedRead more
By now you’ve installed the updates and patches released last Tuesday on Microsoft’s regularly-scheduled “Patch Tuesday.” Some of you with new computers might have also found Microsoft Office 2007 Service Pack 1, an unexpected addition to the list of optional updates. If you’re not in a hurry, you’ll still deal with it eventually – Office 2007 SP1 will be installed as an automatic update in the next few months. […] continuedRead more
The upgrade to Windows Live OneCare 2.0 is being rolled out this week to many OneCare users. A few of them have reported confusion or problems with the upgrade. Here are some of the situations I’ve run into recently.
WHAT TO DO IF THE UPGRADE FAILS
A few people are having trouble – OneCare reports that antivirus protection isn’t turned on, or that it can’t connect, or that it can’t complete the installation. […] continuedRead more
J River Media Center is the only important program on my computer developed by a small company. J River just released Media Jukebox 12, a simpler free version focused on music that you might want to consider if you’re not already using Media Center.
Media Center is the only program I use for music. […] continuedRead more
Monday, December 10 is expected to be the busiest online shopping day of the year.
Can I ask you for a favor?Read more
The music industry is in complete disarray; the shift away from CDs is irreversible and most consumers simply expect music to be free. The recording industry’s hostility, arrogance, and litigation tactics have alienated everyone, making it harder for the industry to imagine a business plan that works – especially while it’s controlled by executives who freely admit they don’t understand these new-fangled Internet tubes. […] continuedRead more
It’s easy to start using Adobe Acrobat 8 Professional, but it is also full of features that only emerge after a little digging. Here are some cool things that I didn’t know about – if you’re already using Acrobat 8, see if any of them will make your life easier!Read more
Verizon’s announcement that it would open up its network next year to devices not sold in Verizon stores made headlines and generated lots of online buzz. It is a welcome development from a notoriously closed company and Verizon deserves kudos for stepping forward. Verizon might just be trying to polish up its image before the important 700Mhz spectrum auction coming soon, which looks like a battle between Verizon and Google after other major players decided not to bid. […] continuedRead more
The New York Times has a software-based version of the paper that – for the first time – makes it possible to imagine mornings without a newspaper printed on dead trees.Read more