Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Monday, July 30, 2007

Office 2007

I did it, I upgraded to Office 2007 Professional. I have the system to handle the bells and whistles and it was time to do it.

I was pleasantly surprised and happy to report that the "upgrade" went very well.

The only thing that I don't have worked out yet is the Flags and Category options. Since I have always used colored flags I knew for awhile that it was going to be challenging, so I moved all my colored flags into one folder before the upgrade.

There is no longer a FIND button in Outlook. Instead it has been replaced by Instant Search. Outlook prompts you to enable it, but you really don't have to. What it does is download Microsoft Desktop Search and that was quickly uninstalled when I first beta tested this application.

You can test drive Office 2007 in your browser without having to download it by clicking here.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Strange Sights in Google Earth

PC World has taken a journey across the planet to bring you the strangest if not bizarre sites from Google Earth. ...

Friday, July 27, 2007

Cell Phone Signal Booster

As more cell users gobble up the signal strength from the cell towers, your reception at home goes to no bars. What do you do? What can you do?

Change providers? Will that really help? Is AT&T, T-Mobile or Sprint really an option?

Although this workaround is a bit expensive, we can at least keep an eye on it and see if the pricing comes down and gives you a viable solution to those dead spots in your house. ...

Thanks go to Bauer!

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

As the Broadband Turns

If you are following my posts, you may be wondering how my ordeal with ATNCRAP went. After having some Joe come out and advise that the modem I had was only used for 3 months before they figured out it was crap, (2700HGB), he replaced it. Oh I'm sure they are going to charge me for that, but it's a day late.

I switched to Cox cable services. The set up was easy and I'm good to go! Of course I signed up for the 12GB download and the 1Gb upload speed. Now I'm off to Fry's to get a new N wireless router.

Look Ma! No USB Cables

It's not far off that we can finally get rid of those USB cables. Certified Wireless USB chips, will enable cable-free connections to USB peripherals hooked up to Certified Wireless USB hubs that D-Link and IOGear also announced. ...

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Geek Only Tip

I am always looking for ways to get Windows to "oh behave"! And there are times you just can't fix what ails it unless you reinstall. If that is not an option, at least you can tweak it to shutdown faster. ...

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Windows 7 Due in 2010

Microsoft is planning to ship its next major version of Windows, known internally as version "7", within roughly three years. ...

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Goodbye AT&CRAP DSL

I am on the phone (of course I'm on hold) with AT&CRAP DSL. Just double checking there is no hidden cancellation fee.

Their DSL service has gone to the crapper since the switch over from SBC. I have enjoyed DSL since 2000 but now it is consistently losing connection, not keeping connected and when a call comes in it drops connectivity. I've called and pleaded with their tech support to check the line, but alas to no avail.

Dave, from AT&T tells me I have a $99 cancellation fee, but is willing to roll out tech support to CHECK MY LINE. (For free) Like, damn, that's all I've been asking for since January.

Stay tuned for more "As The Broadband Turns".

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Transparent Projection Screen

Here's an interesting TV that looks like a sheet of glass when you aren't watching it. ...

I am waiting for the holographic TV. (It could happen)

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Firefox Themes

Here's something Internet Explorer 7.0 can't do!

Head on over to the page and pick yourself out a new theme for your Firefox browser.

I personally like Noia 2.0 (eXtreme) and you may find something you like as well.

Once you download it, Go to Tools, Add-ons and then click the Theme Tab. You can then click on "Use Theme" and you are good to go!

Ice Cream Day

Today is National Ice Cream Day! ...

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Logitech MX Air Mouse

If we have air guitars, we might as well have an air mouse that lets you click, scroll and perform other control functions while holding the unit in the air from across a room. The mouse uses Logitech's 2.4 GHz digital cordless technology, meaning it can work at up to 30 feet away from the computer. ...

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Google Maps

Google has now added a new feature, MyMaps, that lets you create personalized maps which plot the locations of everything from cheap gas locally to the latest earthquakes worldwide. Here is the page.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Windows SteadyState

I came across this application and wanted to check it out. I have clients with kids and am always looking for ways to keep them safe on the net and with computers.

Windows can (allegedly) return your computer and hard disk to its exact condition before anyone touched it, simply by rebooting. ...

After reading through the , there were just too many issues to recommend it and so I'll pass.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Pandora Recovery Tool

I had a chance to check out this free recovery tool. Even though it couldn't find a file I just deleted, it did find a DOC file I deleted 7 months ago.

The interface is easy to use and this might just come in handy one day. ... Download here.

I like free tools!

Monday, July 09, 2007

Vista SP1 Beta

Microsoft is gearing up to drop Vista SP1 some time during the week of July 16th. Looks like it just may be time to get on the Vista wagon. ...

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Do Your Job Geek!

Nothing burns my biscuits more than reading about unscrupulous computer technicians stealing your music or pics, overcharging, selling you crap you don't need. Here is an article and video from the Consumerist. ...

You pay for what you get at these mass market, DMV style approach to computer repair.

Find a well respected professional, such as myself, who has integrity, accountability and provides  "above and beyond" customer service.

You deserve it!

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Bad Memory Erasure Drug

We've got drugs for pert near anything that aches and pains us, why not a drug to dull those bad memories?

Researchers have found they can use drugs to wipe away single, specific memories while leaving other memories intact. By injecting an amnesia drug at the right time, when a subject was recalling a particular thought, neuro-scientists discovered they could disrupt the way the memory is stored and even make it disappear. ...

Friday, July 06, 2007

Effective Security Tips

What if you could do just 5 inexpensive actions that will make your office systems more secure? Wouldn't you do it?

This article explains that by checking wireless access points, keeping your computers patched, blocking HTML email, training and using Firefox can be the simple steps you need. ...

Warning Sign of an Internet Attack

Those wacky hackers have disguised all sorts of ways to get your computer infected with viruses, malware and Trojans.

Here is an article that shows you in pictures how easy it is to get duped. ...  

P.S. Rule of thumb - If you don't recognize the email sender and there's an attachment, just delete it. And the latest email I have seen is from my "alleged" bank(s) sending me an email that my account is going to be deleted if I don't click on the link provided in the email. AS IF!

Monday, July 02, 2007

1-800-GOOG-411

Google offers a free telephone service that lets you search for businesses by voice and get connected to those businesses for free.
During your call to GOOG-411, just say "map it", and you'll get a text message with the details of your search plus a link to a map of your results right on your mobile phone.
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Sunday, July 01, 2007

Wi-Fi Phone Service

I really like this concept of being able to use your home Wi-Fi Internet access to make phone calls via your cell phone.

Too bad it's T-Mobile that came up with this and not Verizon. ...