Comparing The Tablet Home Screens

Here are representative screen shots of what tablets present and future look like side by side.

Apple iPad 2

Apple iPad - home screen

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

(standing in for all the Android tablets)

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 - home screen

Amazon Kindle Fire

Amazon Kindle Fire - home screen

Microsoft Windows 8

(a preview look at Microsoft’s tablet interface)

Microsoft Window 8 - tablet home screen

Mary-Jo Foley makes an important point:

Obviously, buying choices aren’t entirely based on just one factor.

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Amazon’s New Kindle Fire Tablet

Amazon Kindle Fire

With its announcement of the Kindle Fire tablet on Wednesday, Amazon did something worthy of Apple: it invented a niche that it is likely to control, not directly competitive with anything currently on the market.

You will see endless discussion about how the Kindle Fire compares to the iPad, or whether the Kindle Fire is an “iPad killer.” […] continued

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Google Groups, Mad Mimi, And Mailing Lists

Mad Mimi email marketing

If all goes well, Mad Mimi is going to take over the mailing list for subscribers to Bruceb News. Here’s the story that led me to the odd logo on the left.

If you send an email message to more than 25 people, most of them won’t receive it. The message will be filtered as spam and tossed into a junk mail folder. […] continued

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The Joy Of Networks, Routers, And VLANs

Cisco network equipment for small business

The request was deceptively simple:

Six very small offices want to share a single Internet connection. Each office wants to have a secure network for its own computers, not shared with the other offices. The offices want to share a single big Toshiba eStudio printer/scanner.

That shouldn’t be so hard, right? […] continued

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You Are Not The Customer

Facebook - you are not the customer, you are the product being sold

Facebook has a vision that every single thing you do will be channeled back into a record of your life held by Facebook and shared in real-time with your friends – every web site you visit, every photo you take, every movie you see and song you play and place you go, every interaction with your friends, streamed and viewed and recorded. […] continued

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Facebook, Google+, And The Tipping Point

Google+ Facebook logos

Are you a Facebook user? You probably noticed the significant makeover to your Facebook page on Wednesday. Your news feed is now formatted a bit like a newspaper or online magazine, with “top stories,” a “ticker” feature on the right, “smart lists” on the left, and what appears to be some new methods of filtering the feed to show you a small portion of the flood being posted by your six hundred friends. […] continued

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Anatomy Of A Scam Investigation

Anatomy Of A Scam Investigation

There is a fascinating and informative series of articles by a lawyer and former federal prosecutor about his efforts to unearth information about a scammer who sent a phony “invoice” to his firm. It’s a well-known and simple scam – send something that looks like an invoice for a service that was never ordered or delivered, hoping that it will get paid by someone who doesn’t notice that it’s phony. […] continued

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RAID Controllers And Hard Drive Trays


When you’re wrestling with your computer and wondering why everything has to be so complicated, maybe it will help to know that you’re not alone. It’s not any better behind the curtains where we pull the levers and pretend to be wizards. Here’s a random story about one of my frustrating moments this week. […] continued

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Patch Tuesday From Microsoft And Adobe

Microsoft & Adobe Updates - Patch Tuesday

Microsoft will deliver five run-of-the-mill security updates for Windows and Office tonight, in the regular monthly Patch Tuesday release. There’s more information about this month’s updates in Microsoft’s security bulletin here.

Close programs and save any work in progress at the end of the day. Your computer will probably restart tonight. […] continued

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Using The Favorites Bar In Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer 9 Favorites Bar

The Favorites Bar in Internet Explorer deserves some attention. It’s a simple concept that might turn out to be a good friend.

The Favorites Bar extends across the top of the browser window. It is intended to hold links to 6-8 websites that you visit most frequently.

Many of you have the Favorites Bar turned off. […] continued

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Flying High With Sonoma Canopy Tours

Sonoma Canopy Tours

Things are quiet in the technology world, so forgive me if I pass on a tip about a Sonoma County attraction. It took me by surprise when I found out about it.

Sonoma Canopy Tours has an extensive ziplining course in the redwoods near Occidental. It’s a blast! If you’re a local, don’t wait for out-of-town visitors – treat yourself to a day of flying in the trees. […] continued

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Dane Jasper And Broadband Monopolies

If you live anywhere in the U.S. other than a big city, you likely have one choice – and only one choice – for broadband service.

If you live in a rural area, there is a good chance that you cannot get broadband service of any kind.

Dane Jasper, founder and CEO of, […] continued

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Thin And Light Notebooks Go Mainstream

Lenovo Ideapad U300s Ultrabook

By the end of the year there will finally be a dozen or more reasonably-priced ultrathin, ultralight notebooks on the market, mostly priced under a thousand dollars.

Almost three years ago Apple introduced the MacBook Air, an ultrathin 13” notebook. Even with an example in front of them suitable for copying, PC manufacturers didn’t have any reasonably powered thin and light notebooks on the market until more than a year later, and even then there were only a few niche products – the Dell Adamo and one or two others. […] continued

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WordPress Takes Over The Web

WordPress is everywhere.

A few days ago, WordPress announced rather startling statistics:

  • WordPress is now powering 14.7% of the top million websites in the world.
  • 22 out of every 100 new active domains in the US are running WordPress.

Those are big numbers.

If you’re not familiar with WordPress, I’ll give you a very brief overview. […] continued

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