Saturday, September 29, 2007

XP Lives On

Microsoft released Windows Vista more than nine months ago and it failed to WOW this blogger. Bowing further to pressure from OEMs and consumers, Microsoft has extended the life of Windows XP, which was due to end sale to OEMs on January 1st 2008, to a new date of June 30th. That's real good news! ...

Friday, September 28, 2007

Outlook Connector is NOT FREE

The other morning when I opened Office Outlook 2007, I was forced to download and install the latest Outlook Connector. In June, I that my business email wouldn't send or receive until I did so.

Well, after downloading and uninstalling and reinstalling a few times, I still couldn't get my emails. I contacted Microsoft support who got me in touch with Mark Zhang, a support professional with Microsoft who had me do the uninstall, reinstall and new profile runaround.

The results were the same. No business email. (I set it back up as an HTTP mail account so I have Outlook access to it again, for now...)

So I Googled the error message, "Outlook Connector is available only to subscribers." Guess what? Even though the download page states you can access your contacts, calendar and email for free, you can't. states you have to "upgrade" your services to do so.

Microsoft, could you please just loop me out of your faulty updates and download pushes so I can concentrate on my business and not on fixing and fussing with your software!

UPDATE* - I was again contacted by Mark Zhang at Microsoft, and he suggested I try the download ONE MORE TIME. Surprise! It actually worked this time!

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

IBM Office Software

IBM has released Lotus Symphony, a suite of free software tools for creating and sharing documents, spreadsheets and presentations. With Lotus Symphony, you can import, edit and save a variety of file formats including Microsoft Office files. You can even export your documents to Adobe® Portable Document Format (PDF). ...

Monday, September 24, 2007


Although this is in beta testing right now, it will be interesting to check it out once it is released.

360Desktop lets you expand your existing workspace past the edge of your monitor. You can either hover your mouse near the edge of the screen or use a pull-down navigation panel, which results in much quicker and smoother scrolling.
The program takes a panoramic photo and lets you treat it as an extended background. True to 360Destkop's name, your desktop is treated as a big circle. Scroll far enough and you'll wind up right back where you started. Check out the video for a demo. ... [via download squad]

Friday, September 21, 2007

Treo™ 700w/wx Updater 1.22

Ok, so I wasn't thinking (wait 2 weeks before upgrading any software after the release date) when I originally updated my Treo 700w to the latest software update in August and went ahead and sort of hosed out my connectivity to the web. (it connects when it wants and it doesn't want to most of the time) So I signed up for an email update as to when they "supposedly" have fixed this issue. Guess what? They have released an update. I feel obligated to run it just to let you all know if in fact it fixes it. Wish me luck, I'll post back later. ...

CamStudio 2.5 Beta 1

If you are looking for a way to record all screen and audio activity on your computer, check out this free tool. ... [via MajorGeeks]

Network USB Hub

This handy device will allow you to hook up network access to multi-function printers, digital cameras, external hard drives and other USB devices. Cool! ...

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

$8.965 Trillion Dollar Debt

Yes, that is correct! The United States current debt limit is $8.965 Trillion Dollars. And it is just about to hit the limit. ...

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Microsoft Office 2003 Service Pack 3

Ok, so is out there and available, but you might just want to wait a bit before you download it. The update has a few issues. ...

New York Times For Free

The New York Times will stop charging for access to parts of its Web site, effective at midnight Tuesday night. Unlimited access to its archive will be free to everyone starting tomorrow, featuring articles from 1987 till the present as well as articles from 1851-1922. ...

Monday, September 17, 2007

Free Microsoft Accessibility CD's

If you know anyone that can benefit from learning how to use the accessibility features of their computer, that makes the computer easier to see, hear and use. Head on over to Microsoft and order up a CD that offers demos and tutorials. ... [via]

Friday, September 14, 2007

Sony Smile Cameras

Sony has come out with 2 new cameras that won't take a picture until you are smiling. (Or someone in the group is) ...

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Ultimate Steal for Office 2007

If you are a student and want Office 2007, you can get it for $60. Yes, that's an ultimate steal! ...

You just need to sign up . Please note, students have to be "actively enrolled" in a higher education program and have an e-mail address from that school.

Router Default Passwords

I came across a good list of all router default access and passwords.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Government Hacks

I like this video for three reasons.

1. It shows you that government sites get hacked.

2. It warns you about crapware, (i.e. malware).

3. This guy has a great accent!

Sunday, September 09, 2007

AdBlock Plus For Firefox

I was going to try this add-on, but no good news there. Seems some websites will block you out if you can't see their crappy, commercial ads. ...

Thursday, September 06, 2007

If you use GOOGLE as your default homepage, you can now add your favorite picture. (Or use one of their custom homepages) Cool! ...

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Pop Up Ads in Firefox

Over that past couple of days I have noticed that I am getting annoying little pop up ads using Firefox. I currently have performed this , in hopes of eliminating them. Anyone have any other suggestions?

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Show All Items On The Start/Favorites Menu

Personalized Menus organizes the Start menu (Programs and Favorites) or the Microsoft Internet Explorer Favorites menu to reflect how you use these menus. When Personalized Menus is turned on, Windows keeps track of which items you access from the Start menu or the Internet Explorer Favorites menu, hiding the items you have not accessed recently while keeping all of your items easily accessible. Personalized Menus is turned on by default. This article describes how to show all items on the Start menu or the Internet Explorer Favorites menu, or turn this feature off so you always see all the menu items. ...

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Tweak XP

I am always looking for ways to speed performance and tweak out my XP system so that it runs faster. I wasn't brave enough to try all of these tweaks, but did use a few of them. from Microsoft was a handy little tool to defrag my page file. Speed Up Folder Browsing was a real good tip and Make Programs Load Faster was worth a tweak. Speed Up Boot Times III makes sense to me so I applied that too! Have fun! ...

If you try the any tweaks I haven't mentioned, holler up and let me know if you notice an improvement. (Anyone game out there to try Improve Swapfile Performance?)

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Geek Tip Of The Day

Interestingly enough, I had to repair Outlook "Sending" phantom emails that are not in the Outbox, 2 times this week. Keep this link handy for other Outlook Tips. ...