September

THE GOOGLE BIZ KIT SCAM

Desperation leads to scams. Here’s one that turned up today after an investigation by my loyal staff. The “Google Biz Kit” has been around for a while, promising money for working at home. Other names turn up sometimes – “Google Money Market,” “Google Home Business Kit.”

It’s just a scam, just as sleazy as all the other scams over the years. […] continued

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HP DATA VAULT FOLLOWUP

Philip Churchill’s WHS blog has more details on the HP Data Vault, built on Windows Home Server. There are some fuzzy screen shots in the HP white paper showing that HP’s software has been lightly overhauled to make it look more businesslike, with less emphasis on media streaming and sharing photos and music. […] continued

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HP & Windows Home Server For Business

Devices built on Windows Home Server can be perfect for backups and file sharing in small business networks. Here’s more information about what it means to use Windows Home Server to back up workstations in small businesses.

It’s been hard to explain that to business owners. The name “Windows Home Server” does not precisely shout out, “Backup System For Small Businesses,” does it? […] continued

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MICROSOFT SECURITY ESSENTIALS NOW AVAILABLE

microsoftsecurityessentials1 Microsoft Security Essentials, free antivirus and anti-malware security software from Microsoft, is now available from the MSE web site.

Click here for the Microsoft press release, or click here for more information about Microsoft Security Essentials.

If you want to switch from another security program, remember to uninstall any existing security software before installing Microsoft Security Essentials. […] continued

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THE FUTURE OF OFFICE WEB APPLICATIONS

Previously:
First Look At Office Web Applications
The Future Of Microsoft Online Files

cloudcomputing Let’s see if we can put it all together. This is informed speculation about the way things might work for small businesses and law offices before long.

You sit at your office computer and open your Documents folder. […] continued

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THE FUTURE OF MICROSOFT ONLINE FILES

Microsoft has several overlapping, confusing services. It’s no surprise that most of you have not started to store files online or share online folders.

Here’s a very brief description of the different ways available from Microsoft to move files around.

WINDOWS LIVE SKYDRIVE  Free online storage of up to 25Gb of files.

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BRUCEB NEWS IS MOVING

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The world-famous bruceb news page is moving! Update your favorites list, change your RSS reader, tell your friends, and notify the post office – the new address for daily technology news is:

https://www.brucebnews.com

If you are subscribing by email or following links from the bruceb favorites page, this won’t affect you. […] continued

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FIRST LOOK AT OFFICE WEB APPLICATIONS

Microsoft introduced a limited public look at Office Web Applications this week – a “Tech Preview” for a small group of testers of versions of Word, Excel, and Powerpoint designed to run in a web browser and open files stored online.

The bad news is that the preview is surprisingly weak. […] continued

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SMARTPHONE FOLLOWUP

Little did I know that Google would add a new syncing feature right after my article about smartphones on Monday.

Google is now using its implementation of ActiveSync to sync Gmail, Gmail Contacts, and Google Calendar over the air to some smartphones. Here’s the official Google blog entry about the new feature. […] continued

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MICROSOFT SECURITY ESSENTIALS

microsoftsecurityessentials Microsoft will soon release Microsoft Security Essentials, free antivirus and anti-malware software for computers running Windows 7, Vista, or Windows XP. It is simple to install, effective, requires no attention, and uses almost no system resources. It is completely free – no registration, no login, no advertising for a “Pro” version. […] continued

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SMARTPHONE RECAP

Lots of people are buying cell phones to read and respond to email on the road. It makes a difference what kind of email account you have! Some phones are better than others for particular situations. I’ve written about this before but it bears repeating.

If you work in a small business and your mail is run by Exchange Server, you should only consider a phone running Windows Mobile software, or an iPhone. […] continued

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WINDOWS 7 FOR STUDENTS

windows7logo Microsoft has had aggressive prices for college students for years. Today it announced that college students can buy Windows 7 Home Premium for $29.99.

It’s all part of the marketing that is ramping up for the Windows 7 launch on October 22. It’s probably not a coincidence that the deal for students was announced shortly after Apple picked the same price, $29, for the “Snow Leopard” service pack that was released with great fanfare three weeks ago. […] continued

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The Waiting Is The Hardest Part

Two quick examples of why we’re waiting for the next generation of ultra-thin notebooks. The first models will be available very quickly after the launch of Windows 7 on October 22.

Dell Adamo, previewed today. About 3/8 inch thick.

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Sony Vaio X, introduced at a trade show last week. […] continued

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DISAPPEARING NETWORK DRIVES

[Disclaimer: This tip addresses a specific issue. If you’re not faced with this issue, don’t follow these instructions.]

In many offices, some programs are installed from a mapped network drive or require access to a mapped drive as part of installing the program. The setup program starts, the installation goes part of the way, and then puts up a dialog box for one reason or another asking where the mapped drive is. […] continued

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DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ACROBAT VERSIONS

Everyone who uses Acrobat might be interested in the charts prepared for the blog Acrobat For Legal Professionals. The first shows the features of the various versions of Acrobat 9 – Reader, Standard, Professional, and Professional Extended – with a focus on features useful to lawyers.

The chart below is even more useful. […] continued

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