XO COMMUNICATIONS & CARL ICAHN

The New York Times has an article today about XO Communications, a company that most of you have never heard of. It gave me a little wave of nostalgia – XO is irrelevant now but I still have accounts there and it meant a lot to me in the old days. […] continued

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GRANDCENTRAL & GOOGLE BLACK HOLE

GrandCentral is a wonderful free service for handling phone calls. When you sign up, you pick a new phone number and do a few minutes of easy setup. Then when someone calls that number, all of your phones ring simultaneously and you can answer any of them.

I’ve relied on GrandCentral for more than a year. […] continued

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SETTING UP A WINDOWS LIVE ID

Windows Live ID is a single sign-on service from Microsoft that allows people to log into many websites and services with one account. A Windows Live ID is an email address and a password stored in Microsoft’s servers. It’s free.

Most people will have a single Windows Live ID. I’m setting them up routinely for each employee in my clients’ offices. […] continued

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NATURAL LANGUAGE SEARCH IN VISTA

search4_nl2Windows Search 4 is an important upgrade for Windows Vista and Windows XP, enabling lightning-fast searches through your files and email for any word or phrase, anywhere. Here’s more information about Windows Search.

It’s possible to do natural language searches in Vista with Windows Search! Natural language search lets you search using expressions like email from maddie yesterday or music by bowie or stones or email sent directly to me.  You can search for files by typing modified yesterday, modified last week or files created last month. […] continued

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AT&T TECH SUPPORT vs. ETERNAL DAMNATION – A TOSSUP

I’m occasionally asked why I have such a negative opinion of AT&T’s DSL service.

This chilling account should answer that question – a complete log of one person’s experiences on two different occasions, dealing each time with more than a dozen customer support reps over a period of more than three hours each, on problems that should have been simple. […] continued

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MICROSOFT OFFICE ULTIMATE DISCOUNT

If you’re sending a student off to college with a new laptop, Microsoft has a pretty good deal. A student with an email address at an educational institution (typically the email addresses end in .EDU) can buy a copy of Microsoft Office Ultimate 2007 for $59.95 through this web site. […] continued

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ANATOMY OF A MALWARE SCAM

Jesper Johansson has been working in information security for more than 20 years and has earned a good reputation for doggedly identifying and chasing the bad guys. He’s written a fascinating article about his attempt to track down the details of a bit of malware. It starts as a simple link in a blog comment but leads to IP addresses in Singapore, servers in Kuala Lumpur, domains registered in the Ukraine, and payment centers in Barbados. […] continued

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DIFFERENCES BETWEEN SBS 2003 & SBS 2008

Small Business Server 2008 is nearly here! The final code was released to manufacturing yesterday. I wrote an overview of SBS 2008 last month.

Here’s an exhaustive rundown of the specific differences between Small Business 2003 and Small Business 2008 – not the marketing materials but the nuts and bolts details for SBS specialists and consultants. […] continued

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GLITCHES & ANNOYANCES

Tough week! Here are the kind of things that fill my days. And bear in mind, these are all stories about software and services that I love dearly – this is the good stuff, these are what I recommend because they’re better than the rest!

Client with hosted Exchange mailbox at 1and1.com. […] continued

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VISTA SERVICE PACK 1 CLEANUP

If you’re running Windows Vista, here’s a safe way to reclaim some hard drive space.

Before Vista Service Pack 1 is installed, Vista makes an extra copy of all the system files that are updated by the service pack. They’re used to restore the system if you decide to uninstall Vista SP1. […] continued

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VERIZON MOBILE WIRELESS FUN

I have a Verizon mobile wireless adapter built into my Dell Latitude D630. I pay sixty bucks a month so I can connect to a reasonably fast EVDO broadband connection from just about anywhere. It’s becoming a standard accessory for business travellers who don’t want to hassle with conventional wireless.

A few days ago, there was a lengthy delay when I clicked the Connect button – “wait while your equipment is updated,” something like that. […] continued

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NEW DELL LATITUDE NOTEBOOKS

Dell introduced seven new models of Latitude business notebooks today. There are details, videos, and some screen shots on this page.

Here’s a partial list of new and improved features:

  • Vastly improved battery life, in some cases up to 19 hours.
  • Lots of connectivity options – Wi-Fi (802.11n), mobile broadband, WWAN, Ultra-wideband, Bluetooth, WiMAX, GPS. 
  • Lots of security options: smart card and fingerprint readers, hardware-based disk encryption, smart card.
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OFFICE LIVE WORKSPACE UPDATE

Microsoft Office Live Workspace is one of the more interesting ways to store documents online and share them easily. Access is obtained through your Windows Live ID, the password that is becoming increasingly important as Microsoft pulls the various Windows Live services together. Here’s some background on Office Live Workspace. […] continued

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JUNGLE DISK ONLINE BACKUP

jungledisklogo Take a look at Jungle Disk, a service for online backups with a good reputation. I’m testing it now and finding a lot of things to like.

The idea is simple – back up folders to a secure place online at regular intervals, and retrieve them any time but especially in the event of a computer crash. […] continued

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OLYMPIC TECHNOLOGY

By the close of the 2008 Olympic Games, NBC will have broadcast 2,900 hours of live coverage – more than the total number of US television hours for all previous summer Olympic Games combined.

In addition to the broadcasts on the primary NBC channel, video coverage will be virtually nonstop on NBC’s Spanish-language outlet, Telemundo, and on five of seven major NBC Universal-owned cable channels. […] continued

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