The usual year-end dearth of technology news seems to bring out poorly considered stories — even from well-known sites.
Case in point: I ran across an article — published by a site that should know better — extolling the virtues of “software’s auto-update era,” most notably Microsoft’s automatic patch-update system. And I couldn’t more strongly disagree.
Microsoft has effectively driven a nail into Windows Home Server’s coffin and alienated WHS fans (including me!) with word that the next version of WHS will lose important functionality.
Be of good cheer. What Microsoft has torn asunder, you can join again with a minimum of fuss and surprisingly little capital.
I’m happy to report that Hotmail finally — finally — offers an optional secure Internet connection.
There’s just one little problem: enabling secure Hotmail breaks other features and applications you might need.
If you qualify, a Microsoft TechNet subscription lets you download nearly every application Microsoft sells, all for a paltry $199.
It’s completely legitimate — so long as you’re not using the software for work but rather evaluating its features, testing its performance, or otherwise assessing its suitability for yourself or others.
With the official consumer release of Office 2010 now in full swing, sticker shock awaits. Office 2010 may be many things, but cheap ain’t one of ’em.
If you act immediately on Microsoft’s model-end clearance sale, you can save a great deal of money — more than $200 in one scenario.
No doubt you’re the designated techie for your family and friends, so when they have a question or problem with their PC, you’re the first call.
By installing the right utilities on their PCs, you can reduce your tech time and have more social time.
Microsoft officially allows you to run the new Office 2010 — the whole enchilada — for up to 30 days, without entering an activation key.
Unofficially, there’s a little-known trick allowing potential Office 2010 buyers to rearm
trial copies, thus letting them kick the tires for half a year without spending a penny.
To thrive and grow, small organizations — clubs, charities, or any group with a common interest — need easy-to-use, easy-to-access ways to communicate and share information.
For group discussions, e-mail is popular but often clumsy and chaotic; simple online bulletin boards, on the other hand, provide structure to discussions and are surprisingly easy to set up.
If you’ve made the jump from Windows XP to Win7 and are asking yourself, “Why did I do this?” perhaps you miss familiar XP controls.
Well, take heart — there’s an excellent free application that will give you back some of the better features in XP’s Start Menu and Explorer.
Malicious applications posing as antivirus software are not new, but they’re more common than ever — and more sophisticated.
They pop up on your screen, warning you that your system is infected with all kinds of viruses. It’s true, your PC is infected — but the infection is the warning, itself.