Saturday, March 31, 2007

Vista, Millennium Edition 2007

I remember when Windows ME hit the market in 2000. As a Business Consultant for an IT department back then, I knew better than to rush out and buy it. Techs (geeks as we are sometimes called) always have a golden rule not to put a new operating system into production until the first service pack is released.

That got me to thinking how my favorite magazine, PC WORLD, reviewed the doomed operating system back in 2001. Sure enough, I found this article that nails it on the head.

Well, then I said to myself, "Self, they are bound to have an article regarding Windows Vista. (see user survey summary)

My one concern is that since all retailers are selling Vista preloaded and it appears to work nicely at the store, what happens once you get home and start to install some of your old software? Or try to hook up your wireless network?

Right on Intuit's site, it says that the company will not make older versions of QuickBooks compatible with Vista.

Not that I will shy away from the challenge of installing Vista on older computers or set up a pre-installed new system, I just want my clients to know the hidden software/hardware expenses, the incompatibilities, the downtime anticipated and the learning curve associated with Vista.

(HP, Toshiba, IBM (to name a few) sell XP systems online at their small and medium business sites)

Friday, March 30, 2007

Watch HDTV On Your Laptop

Plextor will soon be releasing a Mini Digital HDTV Receiver. Enjoy unlimited hours of entertainment without recurring charges and expensive subscription fees. Read on...

Thursday, March 29, 2007


You know you should have your laptop in a bag that provides a built-in padded compartment but you just don't like the generic, ugly yet functional laptop bags you find at your local retailer store. No worries, we found the bag for you.

Timbuk2 offers laptop bags to fit your individual needs. You can even "build your own". How cool is that? Read on...

Thanks Bauer!

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

UPS Delivery Intercept

UPS has a fee-based service that allows you to request the intercept of packages prior to delivery. You can have your packages held, rescheduled, returned or even delivered to another address. I did not know that! Read on...

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

No Red Flags On Your Tax Return

Working on your taxes? Finishing up your tax return? Or maybe the paperwork is all still on the floor in your office? Here is an article that may keep the IRS from flagging your return for an audit. Read on...

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Backup Firefox Bookmarks

Here is a helpful tip to backup your Firefox bookmarks:

Step 1:
From the Menu Bar click on Bookmarks -> Organize Bookmarks...
This will open the Bookmarks Manager Window
Step 2:
From Bookmarks Manager Bar click on File -> Export...
and then save the file in My Documents.

Friday, March 23, 2007


Put your Windows Live Messenger 8.1 to good use. Every time you start a chat with the new version, a portion of the advertising revenue will be shared with some very worthy causes such as: The American Red Cross, Stop Global Warming, National Aids Foundation, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, just to name a few.

If you already have Windows Live Messenger, make sure to upgrade to the newer version and then just place a text code corresponding to the cause of your choice into your Display Name.

If you don't use Windows Live Messenger, please give it a try. Microsoft has set no cap on the amount they will donate to each organization. Windows Live Messenger is a pretty good chat client and what better way to help the world then to spend Microsoft's money on something that actually makes a difference.

Thanks go to for sharing this information.

P.S. The "Call Computer" feature of Live Messenger does not work once you have added the text code.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Yahoo Widgets

If you are looking to spice up your desktop with something other than shortcuts, you may want to consider adding a Yahoo Widget.

A widget is a self-contained piece of code that you can move into, out of and anywhere on your desktop.

I have a weather, clock and Office Space stapler (which when you click on the Office Space widget it plays quotes from the movie) widgets on my desktop. Just a little something different and fun.  Read on...

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Tech Oopsie Of The Day

When I see mistakes like this HUGH one regarding backups, it has to get a post on my blog.

It is important to backup regularly and to make sure your backup is readable. (As I sit here this morning, replacing a hard drive that failed and my client had never performed any backups)

Read on...

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Google Homepage

Google has just added themes for your Homepage. You have a choice of 6 new themes that are dynamic, which means they will change depending on the day.

(You can add a theme on your homepage by clicking on "Select theme", which is right next to "Add stuff")

Sure, the themes are a bit cartoonish right now, but I can see additional themes coming soon. Also, the designs will contain hidden surprises known as "Easter eggs" that will open up with an opportune click at the right time of the day. Fun! Read on...

Monday, March 19, 2007

AT&T Broadband TV

So maybe you don't want to watch TV on your cell about dropping $20 a month, to be able to watch live and made-for-broadband content via your computer.

AT&T Inc. is launching a Internet TV service in conjunction with MobiTV Inc.  Read on...

Friday, March 16, 2007

Find MP3's Using Google Hack

The hack is out! If you are looking for MP3's that are posted on the net, use Google's tool to help you. I have used it many times and found most of the songs I was looking for.

Thanks go to the downloadsquad for posting this article. Read on...

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Watch TV On Your Cell Phone

If you missed your favorite TV episode and it's a light day at work, cuddle up with your cell phone.

NBC Universal is selling episodes of prime-time television shows on-demand over cell phone networks, starting at $1.99 for a 24-hour viewing period. Read on...

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Google Image Ripper

I always seem to be looking for an image of something, whether for my website, blog or newsletter.

Google Image Ripper is a Google hack that lets you search Google Images without sifting through the thumbnails. The program searches for images that you request, (search term, image size) and loads all the images on one page.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Ready or NOT - Office Live Release

Just a shout out to Microsoft Office Live Team for moving my website to their new release. Thank you for trashing my website!

All my web pages were corrupted and then it's just been a joy re-doing my entire web site with the "flash in the pan" Office 2007 Ribbon interface. Well, that's if I could re-do my pages, since the edit feature wasn't working until I uninstalled IE 7. And then just to keep me dizzy, every time I fix one page, another one corrupts out.

Monday, March 12, 2007

MapQuest Gas Price Finder

This site, MapQuest Gas Prices, should come in handy when gas prices soar to $4.00+ this summer. Type in your zip code or the nearest intersection, and you'll see a list of gas stations with the lowest (and highest) prices in your area.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

R2D2 Goes Postal

The United States Postal Office will be getting R2D2 to help with mail collection, in celebration of Star Wars 30th anniversary.  Read on...

Friday, March 09, 2007

Download Of The Day

I check the weather daily and dress appropriately, don't you? 

Forecastfox, an add-on for Firefox, displays current conditions, radar, severe weather alerts and up to a week of forecasts.  You can customize the icons and text descriptions. Mousing over the icons brings up additional details, which are also fully customizable. Plus you can place it in your status bar, menubar or in a toolbar.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

How To Freeze It

Here is an article that comes in handy when you bought 10lbs of cherries on sale or more than you can eat rhubarb. Read on...

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Toshiba Trade-In and Recycle Program

If you are buying a Toshiba, you can now get paid cash for used cameras, servers, mobile phones and other products.  Or you may just want to responsibly recycle that old equipment. Read on...

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Confidence Booster

Everyone needs a confidence booster from time to time. Here are 7 helpful tips.  Read on...

Monday, March 05, 2007

GPS Golf Hats

I have about 25 golf hats that I wear golfing and now can own one that gives me yardage, tracks my score and record distances.  Read on...

Thanks go to Bauer for finding this article.

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Missed It

Just in case you missed the lunar eclipse, here are some pictures that show off the best views.  Read on...

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Quick Find FireFox Tip

This is a FireFox tip for using Quick Find, a little known search tool you access by pressing the forward slash key.  Read on...

Friday, March 02, 2007

Total Eclipse

Mark your calendar on Saturday for a dark red or bright orange object in the sky. That would be a total eclipse of the moon you are seeing.  Read on...

Thursday, March 01, 2007

CompUSA Closing Some Doors

If you are looking for tech stuff, you may want to check out your local CompUSA store. Within the next 60 to 90 days, 50% of the stores will be closing and "everything must go". Read on...