Getting Serious About Audio With JRiver Media Center 17

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JRiver Media Center 17 is a Windows program for music and video. You can try it for free for 30 days. It costs $49.98.

Most of you don’t need it. There are some advantages to using iTunes, especially if you have an iPhone or iPad. It’s simple and you’re used to it. […] continued

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Windows Tip: Customize The Windows 7 Start Menu

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We have a long relationship with the Windows Start menu. It was introduced in ancient times in Windows 95 and expanded to two columns in Windows XP. We are emotionally attached to it at a deep level, as you will discover when you try to adjust to a different concept in Windows 8. […] continued

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3G, 4G, And Life In The Rural Slow Lane

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Sonoma County is a rural county. We look at Santa Rosa and our chests swell at our bustling urban metropolis (population 167,000), but make no mistake: to cell phone carriers, we are small-fry. In 2012 that has a very precise and painful meaning for your mobile devices.

We are inundated with ads touting the wonders of 4G Internet connections. […] continued

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Walled Gardens Postscript: Just Tell Me What To Do!

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Previously:
Walled Gardens, Part 1: Apple
Walled Gardens, Part 2: Google
Walled Gardens, Part 3: Microsoft

This is a transition year. There are no right or wrong answers. Buy whatever feels right and be prepared for some bumps and the possibility that you’ll replace a device or two in 2013 to consolidate everything in one garden. […] continued

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Walled Gardens, Part 3: Microsoft

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Previously:
Walled Gardens, Part 1: Apple
Walled Gardens, Part 2: Google


MICROSOFT

Set your clock ahead by eight months. It’s the holiday shopping season in late 2012.

Make two assumptions.

  • Microsoft has delivered Windows 8. In its final form, the design is solid and well accepted. The app store is lively and the cloud components work as planned.
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Walled Gardens, Part 2: Google

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Previously: Walled Gardens, Part 1: Apple
Next: Walled Gardens, Part 3: Microsoft


GOOGLE

Far more Android phones have been sold than iPhones. In fact, in the fourth quarter of 2011, while Apple was riding that tidal wave of iPhone 4S sales (with all the attendant publicity), consumers were quietly buying more than twice as many Android phones. […] continued

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Urgent Patch Issued By Microsoft

Patch Tuesday

On Patch Tuesday, Microsoft delivered a small number of fairly unimportant updates – and one security patch that is being pushed with unusual urgency.

Your individual computers are installing this automatically. If your computer restarted this week, you’re up to date. Don’t panic. If you want to see if the update was installed on your computer this week, open up Control Panel / Windows Update and click on View Update History on the left. […] continued

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Walled Gardens, Part 1: Apple

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By the end of 2012, there will be three walled gardens shaping your technology world.

Every device you buy will be in one of those gardens.

If all of your devices are part of the same garden, you will have a peaceful time enjoying the rewards of a well-groomed, beautiful landscape. […] continued

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The New iPad And A Look At Apple’s Future

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Whenever Apple releases a new product there is a tidal wave of news coverage. You already know there’s a new iPad on the way. I won’t go through the details, just comment on the big picture. If you want a rundown of the specific new features, try this.

The new iPad is a minor upgrade of last year’s iPad 2. […] continued

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Be Careful With Confidential Data On Mobile Devices

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As much as we all hate remembering passwords and thinking about security, it’s hard to ignore the constant headlines on the front page about hacking and security and privacy.

You’re getting better. You’re well trained to practice safe computing on your home and office computers. With the help of LastPass, many people have begun to use complex passwords for web services. […] continued

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Prompts for RED001 Password After Office 365 Migration

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Previously: Persistent Outlook Password Prompts For Office 365

This is a troubleshooting tip that only applies to a few people – but those few people are very glad to have an answer.

Microsoft began selling hosted Exchange mailboxes in 2008. It is now engaged in a year-long project to migrate all subscribers from Microsoft Online Services to Office 365. […] continued

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Windows Tip: Remove Unwanted Toolbars

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We are under constant assault from advertisers seeking a foothold on our computers. We invite some of them into our lives voluntarily – every time you do a Google search or check your Facebook page, you’re making advertisers very happy (and making Google and Facebook exceedingly rich).

There is, however, a bit of advertising that you can control. […] continued

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