HAPPY THANKSGIVING

All my best wishes for a peaceful Thanksgiving, surrounded by family, happy computers, and cooperative turkeys.

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SNAGIT 9

Vista’s built-in utility for screen shots is just perfect for most people. If you haven’t found it yet, click on the Start button, type in Snip, and click on Snipping Tool. It’s got all the basic tools to capture an entire window or a region, add some simple annotations, and do something interesting with it – send it by email, save it as a JPG, or put it on the clipboard so you can paste it into another program. […] continued

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SBS 2008 & VIRTUALIZATION

I’m posting a bit slowly this week. Small Business Server 2008 was released on November 12 and I’m getting ready for my first migration of an existing SBS 2003 server to the new platform – trying to learn the quirks ahead of time and getting my first glimpse of the server software. […] continued

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WINDOWS LIVE SYNC REPLACING FOLDERSHARE

There was finally an official notice and some details about the plans to replace Foldershare with a new program named “Windows Live Sync” in December. Here’s the blog post with the announcement today. If you’re unfamiliar with Foldershare, I wrote this description a couple of years ago.

The program(s) do a simple job: they keep a folder in sync on more than one computer. […] continued

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FINAL GOODBYE TO PC MAGAZINE

PC Magazine - first issue

The publisher of PC Magazine announced the end of the print edition – the last copy will be printed in January. I ended my subscription and wrote a eulogy for PC Magazine earlier this year but it still makes me sad to see it go – I’m old school and I like things printed on paper. […] continued

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ONECARE FOLLOWUP

Information will be coming out rapidly to fill in the details of Microsoft’s surprising announcement yesterday. Over in the OneCare forum, someone pointed out to me that the OneCare blog post says: “Microsoft has committed to making sure you are protected for the life of your subscription.”

That probably means that OneCare will be kept current and fully updated at least through June 2010. […] continued

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MICROSOFT PROMISES FREE SECURITY SOFTWARE, KILLS ONECARE

OneCareRIP That rumbling you feel is a seismic shift in the field of security software. This will affect every single one of you and cause major changes in the entire industry.

Microsoft announced today that it will deliver free antivirus and anti-spyware software for all Windows computers, beginning in the second half of 2009. […] continued

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MICROSOFT ONLINE SERVICES

Microsoft Online Services

I am happy to announce that Microsoft formally unveiled Microsoft Online Services today.

I am a Microsoft partner authorized to sell and support Microsoft Online Services. I expect to set up many of my clients with Exchange Online for their mail. If you’re interested, please call me or drop me a note! […] continued

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WINDOWS LIVE SKYDRIVE UPDATE

Microsoft is updating and integrating all of its “Windows Live” services. The results are overwhelming and quirky but the changes  include some things that are even attractive for cranky old folks like me that have no idea what to do with a “social network.” (I’m not sure but I think it requires friends, so I have no reason to go there.) In particular, Windows Live Skydrive is getting some exciting new features but there is still some confusing overlap in Microsoft’s services for storing and sharing files online. […] continued

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SPAM HOST CUT OFF

The volume of junk e-mail sent worldwide plummeted on Tuesday after a company providing the servers for the spammers was taken offline.

The bad guys install malware on computers that they can control in vast networks, primarily to send spam for counterfeit pharmaceuticals and designer goods, fake security products and child pornography. […] continued

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FREE COMICS

Finally, some online technology that you can use!

image In the last ten years, many newspapers, magazines, and other publishers experimented with putting material online behind walls set up for subscribers only. One by one, the experiments failed to attract much interest and frequently instead drove consumers to free alternatives, so for the last few years more and more content has been made available for free, albeit surrounded by ads. […] continued

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HOW SPAMMERS MAKE MONEY

Spam spam spam spam Spammers can turn a profit even if they only get one response from every 12 million emails they send. When you see a ridiculous spam message and think, who in their right mind would respond to that?, the answer is, almost no one – but it only takes a handful of responses for the spammers to think their campaign was worthwhile. […] continued

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ACROBAT BINDERS & PORTFOLIOS

Acrobat 9 Professional builds on the features in Acrobat 8 that made it an important tool in many offices, especially law offices. There is a vastly improved document comparison routine and enhanced Bates numbering, for example, along with small improvements in transfers to Word, file splitting, and other features.

Acrobat 8 introduced PDF “packages,” single PDF files that contain multiple PDFs assembled from multiple sources. […] continued

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HOPE

 

If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible, who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time, who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer.It’s the answer told by lines that stretched around schools and churches in numbers this nation has never seen, by people who waited three hours and four hours, many for the first time in their lives, because they believed that this time must be different, that their voices could be that difference.

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WINDOWS AZURE & LIFE IN THE CLOUD

“Windows Azure” is a terrible name but you need to be aware of it anyway. Windows Azure is a breathtakingly ambitious platform outlined by Microsoft at last week’s Professional Developer Conference, another attempt by Microsoft to position itself to profit from a paradigm shift that will be just as important as the move to the Internet in the 90s. […] continued

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