ON SALE

Costco has been carrying Sylvania conventional and flat screen monitors for a while now – and they’re perfectly good, in my experience. Today, though, the 17” monitors in stock were manufactured by Princeton Graphics – with fabulous specs, and on sale dirt-cheap at $129.99. And they’re black, so they color-coordinate with your new Dell or Gateway. […] continued

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INSTANT MESSAGING IN THE DOLDRUMS

At one time it appeared that instant messaging would be standardized and as a result would become a mainstream tool, widely adopted by businesses and as common as e-mail. Then it stagnated – the programs have not significantly changed or improved in the last couple of years, and there’s no progress towards making the various services interact. […] continued

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WORDPERFECT: THE DEATH WATCH CONTINUES

Corel has announced a couple of bundling deals for slimmed down versions of the WordPerfect suite. Hewlett Packard is installing WordPerfect on all of its Pavilion computers, and Dell is including WordPerfect on its budget Dimension model. In each case, WordPerfect is replacing the Microsoft Works suite. Here’s an article about the bundling deals. […] continued

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MORE INFORMATION ABOUT PALLADIUM AND “TRUSTED COMPUTING”

Here’s an extensive discussion of the “Palladium” software that Microsoft is developing for future versions of Windows, to work with hardware designed by the “Trusted Computing Platform Alliance” led by Intel. It is promoted for its “security,” but that has deep meanings you don’t suspect. And its digital rights management features will complete the transfer of control from consumers to copyright owners in ways that will leave us pining for the good old days. […] continued

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AOL RENEGES ON COMMITMENT TO OPEN UP INSTANT MESSAGING

As a condition of approving the AOL Time Warner merger, the Federal Trade Commission required AOL to open up its AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) network to MSN Messenger, Yahoo Messenger, and other competitors, allowing users of the other networks to exchange text messages, files, and other data with AIM users.

AOL blithely announced this week that it has no plans to do so. […] continued

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MEDIA JUKEBOX

Media Jukebox is the most heavily used program on my computer. If you’ve got more than a handful of mp3 files, it does a better job than any other program of organizing and playing them. And the more time you spend with it, the more you’ll discover – “it can organize songs and video clips; create smart playlists; play streaming media, including RealMedia, Windows Media, and QuickTime. […] continued

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MEDIA JUKEBOX VERSION 8

During the last year, not much has changed about the software designed to play .mp3 files. The market leader is MusicMatch Jukebox, which has such a quirky interface that I find it unusable. RealJukebox was weak, and now it’s been replaced by RealOne, which is horrible beyond belief. Windows Media Player looks pretty, but it’s missing many features and provides no ability to manage a large number of .mp3 […] continued

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KAZAA SPYWARE

Kazaa is one of the popular file sharing programs that took over after Napster was gunned down. It had always had a reputation for installing “spyware” – nasty little programs that monitored your web surfing and downloads and reported back to somewhere without your permission. But recently folks learned about a bigger invasion of your privacy. […] continued

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PHOTO SOFTWARE

Here’s an article about photo editing software that makes good suggestions. The best choice for many non-professionals is Adobe Photoshop Elements, a very powerful program without the steep price or hideous complexity of the full Adobe Photoshop program. On the other hand, Microsoft Picture It Platinum Edition is loaded with features and is incredibly easy to use. […] continued

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NORTON ANTIVIRUS & E-MAIL SCANNING

By default, Norton Antivirus 2002 scans outgoing e-mail for viruses. I’ve become unhappy with the way it handles that outgoing mail scan. It typically takes 10-30 seconds before anything happens to a message in the outbox, and then a big window appears in the middle of the screen while NAV scans – a window that sits on top of everything else onscreen and can take 5-15 seconds to go away. […] continued

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AOL AND WINDOWS XP

This was apparently reported first by Betanews.com a few months ago, but I spotted it in an article today on Newbytes.com:

“AOL released version 7 on Oct. 16, nine days before Microsoft shipped Windows XP. For the first time in five years, AOL’s client software was not bundled with Microsoft’s latest operating system.

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NORTON ANTIVIRUS 2002

Generally I’m happy with Norton Antivirus 2002. It installs like a dream, the e-mail scanning works, and it’s easy to update.

But here’s an interesting side-effect. I just set up a new Dell Dimension 8200 – a very nice, very fast computer. Almost immediately I noticed that the clock was losing time – a lot of time, several hours every day. […] continued

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NORTON ANTIVIRUS 2002

Last year’s version of Norton Antivirus was a fine piece of work – easy to use, easy to keep updated, and way ahead of the mish-mash of products put out by Mcafee. But it had a couple of problems: its method of scanning e-mail was clumsy and frequently stopped e-mail from functioning; it could significantly interfere with some database-driven programs; and it was not compatible with Windows XP. […] continued

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REAL NETWORKS INTRODUCES NEW MEDIA PLAYER

Real Networks is introducing a new product today that blends RealPlayer and RealJukebox into a single program – and starts a steady flow of money out of your pockets. This is the first real demonstration of the future as envisioned by the copyright holders. Instead of selling the software, RealNetworks will claim to be selling a “service” on a subscription basis, starting at $9.95/month […] continued

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WESTLAW CITELINK

Lawyers: there’s a new version of Westlaw Citelink, a free utility that works with Word and WordPerfect to check case citations, construct a Table of Authorities, and the like. If you’ve got Office XP, the new version of Citelink also turns on “smart tags” for your citations, giving you right-click access to the wealth of West resources related to your cases. […] continued

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