QuickTime and iTunes are third-party applications that most Windows
users have installed, and it’s critical that you keep them updated.
QuickTime, especially, is an active hacker target, and you must keep up to
date with patches to protect yourself.
Some parts of the Internet are incredibly dangerous, but there’s
help along the way to protect you.
This week, I’ll tell you about a half-dozen excellent free security tools
that help defend you against phishing scams, spyware, adware, and
One of Vista’s best new timesavers sits hidden in an obscure Windows
You can make the new Windows Explorer show you high-quality previews of
files and PDFs before you open them — if you know
Office pranks — not to mention hardware
sabotage — are liable to get you fired from many companies. But, that didn’t deter the folks at Metacafe from showing how to hijack a keyboard to make the Caps Lock key play a goofy
The gimmick involves finding a high-tech greeting card, the kind with hardware built in to play music or sound effects. You’ll also need an NPN switching transistor from your local electronics store and a few tools to disassemble and reassemble the keyboard. Got all that?
You can try this at home, but you may find it safer just to watch the video explaining how it all works.
Reader responses poured in after last week’s article about the steep
academic discounts available for Windows and other software.
Some readers felt that we took a U.S.-centric view. It’s true —
educational pricing isn’t limited to the United States. This week, I’ll
also tell you where to find some of these deals in the U.K.
In last week’s issue, I told you how to get great prices on Windows
and other software using educational discounts. Unfortunately, not
everyone has the credentials to get these discounts.
For those lacking the academic qualifications, Original Equipment Manufacturer
(OEM) discounts offer a tempting alternative.