Tuesday, July 29, 2008

The "Mojave Experiment"

In order to change the perception of Vista, Microsoft put together a focus group. They interviewed and polled 120 participants over a 3 day period in San Francisco.

Basically, they told them that they were going to review the latest version of Microsoft's operating system, called Mojave.

Seriously, how is this helping if you have to lie to me about what operating system I am reviewing and then come back and tell me it really is just Vista? Can you say bait and switch? . ...

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Anti-virus Application For Vista?

My quest to find an antivirus application that I like with Vista continues. Originally, I had considered AVG Free 8.0 but there seemed to be an issue with Internet Explorer 7.0 not being able to print. The workaround has been , but I haven't tested it out.

Previously I ran , which works wonderfully on my XP laptop but created a boot issue with Vista (Vista wouldn't load).

Ok, time to move on and try something that costs me a little coin. So I downloaded and tried for a 90 day free trial. The boot up time on Vista went from 2 1/2 minutes to almost 5 minutes. How crazy is that? So, yep, I finally uninstalled that too.

In the meantime, I use . It took about 45 minutes to run a critical system scan and found no issues.

If anyone has a suggestion for another anti-virus application for me to test, please let me know in the comments section.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

TeamViewer 3.6

TeamViewer is a simple, fast and easy solution for remote access over the Internet. I just ran a test and it worked flawlessly. If you need to remote control a PC, share files, or show a presentation, you've got to check this out. ...

Friday, July 25, 2008

Geek Tip Of The Day

My work laptop is always out on the road with me and is used on other people's networks. When I booted up my work laptop this morning, I found a couple of newly added icons to My Network Places. I don't need that nonsense and here's a quick way to fix it. ...

Thursday, July 24, 2008

IE8 Is On It's Way

I still see a lot of computers out there with IE6 and some of my clients couldn't use IE7 when it rolled out because of issues with sites they used daily.

Well, hold on to your soon to be interrupted web surfing because more fun from Microsoft is on it's way. Microsoft has confirmed that they will release the final version of Internet Explorer (IE) 8 to the Web “later this year.” ...

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Google Maps Adds Walking Directions

Not only did Google Maps add walking directions but there was a link to show me how to get where I need to go using Public Transit. It had bus information, estimated time to get there and cost versus driving. Try it yourself by heading on over to .

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Scrolling Cover Magazine

I was flipping through the TV channels the other day and paused upon "". The screen shot showed someone dropping a magazine that had a scrolling news flash about the fugitive John Anderton, aka Tom Cruise.

When I saw this article I thought it was worth a shout out. Esquire magazine will celebrate its 75th birthday this year by becoming the first print magazine to utilize electronic paper. Fascinating! ...

Sunday, July 20, 2008

YouTube Comes To TiVo

In the next couple of weeks, TiVo will being updating their services to include YouTube. ...

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

How To Get A PC With XP

To find out how difficult it is to get a new XP machine these days, PC World asked the nine largest PC vendors in the United States--Dell, HP, Gateway, Toshiba, Acer, Fujitsu, Lenovo, Sony, and Asus. ...

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Text It Via Email

Here's a handy site that gives you the 411 on sending text messages to phones via your email, even if you don't know what carrier the phone is on. ...

Friday, July 11, 2008

No LimeWire For You

You are running a small business and all your employees have Internet access. Without any policies in place, they can happily download whatever they want.

You may just want to rethink that and have your I.T. Professional come on out and maintenance your systems. Why you ask? ...

Thursday, July 10, 2008

What You Should & Shouldn't Buy Organic

Do you find yourself In a store that has a limited selection of organics? Or maybe you are looking for ways to save a few extra dollars to feed back into the "" quarterly profit pockets of the big oil companies?

This article gives you the what you can skimp on and not buy organically. ...

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

XP SP3 Automatic Download

If you haven't already installed XP service pack 3, Microsoft aims to do that for you this Thursday.

Microsoft will add Windows XP Service Pack 3 to Windows Update at that time and trigger its automatic download and installation for users who have left the operating system's update service at its default "Automatic (recommended)" setting. ...

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Lost Laptops

According to the Ponemon Institute, more than 10,000 laptops are reported lost at the 36 largest airports in the US each week. Laptops are most commonly lost at security checkpoints, according to the survey. That's a lot of laptops that disappear at a so called "security" checkpoint, don't you think? ...

Saturday, July 05, 2008

Good Enough Guide To Health

Here are the "good enough" guidelines for nine common get-fit recommendations that will ensure you're on your way to a longer, healthier life. ...

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Stay Cool - The High Tech Way

Looking for ways to beat the heat? Here are 7 high-tech cooling systems that might help. ...