OFFICE 2007 SERVICE PACK 2

Microsoft released Office 2007 Service Pack 2 today. There are some important fixes and performance improvements for every Office 2007 user. You should install it. You don’t have to jump to do it immediately – it will be installed through the Automatic Updates system in about three months – but download and install it manually if you have some free time. […] continued

Read more

BACKUPS – SEAGATE REPLICA

Previously:
Backups – Introduction
Backups – Data Backups vs. Drive Images
Backups – External Hard Drives
Backups – Software for Data Backups
Backups – Online Backups
Backups – Image-Based Backups
Backups – Windows Home Server
Backups – Small Business Server
Backups – Recommendations

There was an announcement today of a new backup product that caught my eye. […] continued

Read more

KAISER RECORDS IN A FLASH

Kaiser is taking an interesting step to make your medical records available to you in a flash. Let me give you some background, then tell you about yet another of the ways that the world is changing around us.

Technology is going to play a major role in the health care debate that is about to take place in the US. […] continued

Read more

WGA DEJA VU

Why is this appearing again? In the last few weeks, I’ve seen many Windows XP users confronted with a window that pops up out of nowhere to install “Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications.”

wga2

Windows Genuine Advantage is Microsoft’s antipiracy tool, designed to identify pirated copies of Windows XP and make them irritating to use. […] continued

Read more

GOOGLE PROFILES

There’s no shortage of places to create an online presentation of yourself – Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, Windows Live Spaces, and many more.

When you’re going to look for someone online, though, you still probably start by typing their name into Google. Today Google took a step to increase the visibility of your “Google Profile,” by making your Google profile visible at the bottom of the results that come up in a search for your name. […] continued

Read more

AVG 8.5 UPGRADE

If you’re running the free version of AVG antivirus, you may have seen a window appear unexpectedly in the middle of your screen.

avgupgrade85-1

That’s a legitimate message. But let’s take a step back, because it reflects poor judgment on AVG’s part. That’s not how I expect to be notified of a program upgrade. […] continued

Read more

COMPUTER SHOPPING 2009

computer_shopping Let me give you some updated generalizations that may help you get started when you’re shopping for a new computer.

Generalizations are dangerous things. Not everyone ought to make the same choices. You’ll be driven by your budget, your level of tech knowledge, any specific goals or desires that drive you, considerations of style or size or weight, and many other things. […] continued

Read more

SURGE PROTECTOR FAILURE

In one of those odd coincidences, I’ve dealt with four or five surge protectors in the last few weeks that have failed in the same way – by having one or two outlets go dead, even though the other outlets are still passing current through them and apparently working fine.

It’s the weirdest thing to try to pin that down when I’m troubleshooting a device that won’t turn on! […] continued

Read more

UPDATES

Microsoft will release security updates on Tuesday night for Windows and Office, following its normal monthly schedule. Your computer will restart tonight.

You should be installing the updates for Windows and other Microsoft products when they’re released. Take a minute to check your settings!

(1) If you’re running Windows Live OneCare, the icon should be green.

[…] continued Read more

INTERNET EXPLORER 8 UPDATE

Internet Explorer 8 is the latest version of Microsoft’s web browser, released in final form a few weeks ago. Starting soon, it will be offered to you by the Automatic Update system. The rollout will begin in the third week of April but it will not hit everyone at the same time – you may not see it for several weeks after that. […] continued

Read more

Outlook Auto-Complete

You know the drop-down list in Outlook when you start to type a name in the TO: box? It’s not an address book! Use it for convenience but don’t rely on it! You’re setting yourself up for heartbreak. I hate being the bearer of bad tidings when those names disappear unexpectedly. […] continued

Read more

SUBSIDIZED NETBOOKS

Netbooks will be widespread by the end of the year, shaking up the PC market and changing our world in ways that will be more dramatic than you expect. You might not have foreseen one of the ways they’ll be distributed – sold and subsidized by the cell phone carriers.

verizonmodem Many notebook computer users are familiar with the concept of a separate “mobile broadband” device built into the notebook, or plugged into a USB port, that gives the computer an Internet connection anywhere within a cell phone carrier’s network. […] continued

Read more

NETBOOK FEVER

The world is changing in front of our eyes again. Let me give you a preview of some technology that is going to change the computing landscape permanently – and do it before the end of 2009. This is a big deal! Take a minute to read this – it will help you understand what’s happening when things start to move quickly this fall. […] continued

Read more

DOWNLOAD WITH WINDOWS LIVE PHOTO GALLERY

Windows Live Photo Gallery is Microsoft’s free program for simple photo management, a great choice for doing basic photo editing, viewing slide shows, and sharing photos online. It’s easier to use than the best-known consumer program, Adobe Photoshop Elements. (Almost everything is easier than Adobe Photoshop Elements. Quite a lot of rocket science is easier than Adobe Photoshop Elements. […] continued

Read more

BACKUPS – IMAGE-BASED BACKUPS

Previously:
Backups – Introduction
Backups – Data Backups vs. Drive Images
Backups – External Hard Drives
Backups – Software for Data Backups
Backups – Online Backups

If you missed the earlier lectures, then go back and review the class notes about the difference between backing up individual data files and backing up an image of your entire hard drive. […] continued

Read more