Adobe’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Year

acrobat_bug Adobe Acrobat has been the target for some very nasty attacks by the bad guys this year. In March, all versions of Acrobat got a major update to close a hole that theoretically allowed a computer to be possessed just by hovering over a link to an evil PDF file. […] continued

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GOOGLE WAVE & OLD AGE

Just a quick note about Google’s announcement of a new service named “Google Wave,” intended to mash up email, instant messaging, social networks, and real-time collaboration into a single space.

“Here’s how it works: In Google Wave you create a wave and add people to it. Everyone on your wave can use richly formatted text, photos, gadgets, and even feeds from other sources on the web.

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FOCUSED SEARCHES

It turns out that there is room to compete with Google. Two services have turned up that look like interesting alternatives for online searches.

You know what it means to search for something in Google: put in a search term, get a list of results. Frequently the top result is the site you were looking for or has the information you need. […] continued

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WINDOWS VISTA SERVICE PACK 2

The tide of updates never stops. Today Microsoft released Windows Vista Service Pack 2, which Vista users will see delivered through the Automatic Update system in the next few weeks. When it arrives through Automatic Updates, it’s not a huge file but it will take anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour or more to install. […] continued

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GOOGLE ACCOUNT & WINDOWS LIVE ID

Google and Microsoft have each created a way for you to create an online “account” to tie their various services together. They’re confusing and a little frustrating sometimes. Let’s do a quick review.

Think about logging into your computer in the morning. […] continued

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MICROSOFT UPDATE CATALOG

It happens all the time. I stumble on something basic online that I’ve never seen or heard of before, even though I read about Windows technology for 16 or 17 hours every day to avoid working.

Apparently Microsoft has had the “Microsoft Update Catalog” since 2007 as a central source for IT professionals and network administrators to download hardware and software updates and drivers. […] continued

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ON-DEMAND PUBLISHING

obama Today Amazon began selling a book of photographs and essays about Barack Obama’s campaign for the presidency and his first 100 days in office. It’s not the first book like that but this one has an interesting twist, and the publishing industry is hoping you find it compelling – or if not this one, then another one that uses the same technology. […] continued

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AD BLOCKING WITH IE8

ie8toolbarMany of you have now gotten Internet Explorer 8, the latest version of Microsoft’s web browser. The rest of you can expect to see it soon, as it is pushed out through the Automatic Update system. (You’ve got IE8 if you have some extra buttons next to the “Favorites” button for “Suggested Sites” and “Get More Add-Ons.”) Here’s what I wrote about IE8 and its new features last month. […] continued

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BACKUPS – WINDOWS HOME SERVER

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 – Seagate Replica
Backups – Windows Home Server
Backups – Small Business Server
Backups – Recommendations

We’ve talked extensively about different ways to back up individual computers, but even the smallest businesses (and many homes) are likely to have multiple computers that should be backed up. […] continued

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GOOGLE SEARCHES ON BRUCEB FAVORITES

The Google search box on the bruceb favorites page now returns exactly the same results as a search on the main Google page. You’ll get images where appropriate, plus the new options to refine your search results.

If you’re really, really sensitive to change, you’ll notice slightly more white space above and below the Google search box. […] continued

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PORTABLE WIRELESS

Cell phone carriers absolutely adore monthly data plans. Want email on your new phone? Buy a monthly data plan for $40-60/month, to go along with the other charges for phone service and text messages. Want an easy Internet connection on your laptop so you don’t have to hunt for an 802.11 wireless network? […] continued

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NEW YORK TIMES READER 2.0

I’ve been a fan of the New York Times Reader for a long time. New version 2.0 was just released, bringing a few refinements to a winning presentation. The Times Reader is a software program that displays the contents of the New York Times on your computer in a way that is much more appealing than visiting nytimes.com or other news sites using your web browser. […] continued

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A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE WEB

If you have five minutes free, click here for a moderately amusing video from Microsoft about the history of the Internet.

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GOOGLE SEARCH OPTIONS

Google does not change its search results pages very often. Today it added a deceptively simple new “Show options” link that gives you some very deep ways to refine your searches.

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When you click on “Show options,” you’ll get a variety of ways to generate different views of the search results. […] continued

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GOOGLE LOCAL BUSINESS SEARCH

Small businesses should pay close attention to this article about a recent change in the way Google reports search results. Apparently Google recently began analyzing the IP address where a search originates and giving higher placement to local businesses, even if the search doesn’t include a particular location.

For your business, the process begins by putting information into the “Google Local Business Center.” Someone from your business has to log in with a free Google Account and put in a few details about the business. […] continued

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