BLACKBERRY – THE ENVY & THE REALITY

blackberry Blackberry is making some very appealing phone/mail devices.

They don’t work the way you think they do. Some of you won’t have any fun with them at all.

Businesspeople have made Blackberries into corporate icons, as omnipresent as iPods on 24-year-olds. Serious users aren’t bothered by jokes about “crackberry addicts” – they just keep on moving their thumbs with their heads down through meetings and in airports and on dates and riding ski lifts and during dental surgery. […] continued

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WIRELESS NETWORKING DEMYSTIFIED

rangemax Although the technology is widespread and mature, 802.11 wireless networking is confusing for many people – and frustrating for nearly everyone. It hasn’t helped that the next generation of 802.11n networking equipment seems to be stuck in an endless development cycle, resulting in hundreds of routers and access points and adapters on the market that are not quite compatible with each other. […] continued

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DIGITAL MUSIC NOTES

There have been a lot of changes in digital music recently, many of them favorable for consumers.

People are recognizing the value of the MP3 format, free of any licensing restrictions. If you are ripping your CDs, make sure you use the MP3 format at a high enough bit rate to preserve the quality of the music! […] continued

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VISTA HOSTILITY

The hostility toward Vista is almost palpable now. Support representatives sigh deeply when customers say they’re running Vista. Computer magazines and tech web sites proudly trash it as the worst product of the year. The word of mouth that I overhear is dreadful.

A blogger picked up on something that reflects the shameful role that Microsoft has played that led to this position. […] continued

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HP MEDIASMART SERVER

I’ve been involved in the setup of two HP MediaSmart EX475 Windows Home Servers recently. The Windows Home Server software is simply elegant, and HP has enhanced it to make setup go remarkably smoothly.

WHSbook At a couple of points I marveled at the technology that made some steps seem easy during setup. […] continued

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DELL PHONES HOME

Dell made an unwelcome phone call to one of my clients about the order for his new home computer. I’d hate to think Dell is going to make a habit of it.

I’ve been involved in ordering hundreds of computers from Dell over the years.

Orders placed online with a credit card have always gone through correctly.

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SHOPPING AT BEST BUY

Sonoma County has a serious shortage of places to buy technology. It was a little upsetting when CompUSA announced it was closing, since it had a better inventory of network equipment than anywhere else nearby for those days when things have to be bought on short notice. It’s gone now. No more dealing with the obnoxious clerk that tried too hard to sell extended warranties. […] continued

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MICROSOFT SMALL BUSINESS SERVER 2008

Next month Microsoft will release Windows Server 2008, a dramatically improved product over its predecessor, Windows Server 2003. It is one of the more important releases in Microsoft’s history; Microsoft and many other vendors will use it as a platform to deliver the new web services and business applications that will occupy us for the next five years or so. […] continued

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WINDOWS LIVE ONECARE 2.0 OVERVIEW

I have championed Windows Live OneCare since its release in November 2005. It arrived when Norton and Mcafee were disgracing themselves with increasingly poor security suites and took over chores that are critically important but easily overlooked. Antivirus protection, adware/spyware protection, firewall protection, security updates and patches, and system maintenance (including disk defragging), reduced to a single icon, with clear explanations of what to do if some task had to be performed. […] continued

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WINDOWS LIVE ONECARE 2.0 UPGRADE TIPS

After the upgrade to version 2.0 is installed, OneCare will demand answers to a number of questions. These steps will get you through with a minimum of fuss, and return you to the simplest setup.

  • If you are asked for a Windows Live ID name and password to activate the program, you’ll have to deal with it.
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DELL & BEST BUY

dellbestbuy Dell has partnered with Best Buy to sell some of its desktop and laptop computers in stores and through the Best Buy web site, following deals with Wal-Mart and Staples as well as other retailers around the world. Dell claims its products are now in more than 10,000 stores worldwide. […] continued

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FRONTRUNNING

There is no end to the games played by bad guys and big companies alike at the expense of consumers and small businesses. You may run into the latest shenanigans if you try to register a domain name. The system is rigged.

“Domain kiting” has been widespread for a couple of years. […] continued

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NOTEBOOKS & LAPTOPS

I get asked all the time whether there’s a difference between a “notebook computer” and a “laptop computer.” There’s no difference; the terms are interchangeable. There’s no consistency in how they’re used.

I just got this notice from Dell’s affiliate program. I have no idea what it means or why this is the new marketing strategy. […] continued

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HOW BIG IS THE REGISTRY?

Many of you have been exposed to the registry in Windows XP, the database that holds all of the information, settings, and options for the computer hardware, the Windows OS, and most programs. It can be manually edited using REGEDIT.EXE or REGEDT32.EXE and there are lots of online instructions about how to change this or that in the registry to fix a program or remove spyware or change a Windows feature or the like. […] continued

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