Don’t Get Tricked: protecting your PC from being a Zombie

Last year, Microsoft teamed up with the FTC in the “Don’t Get Tricked on Halloween” campaign to crack down on illegal methods used by spammers to distribute unsolicited e-mail. As October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, only fitting that I replay this blast from the past…  Timed to coincide with National Cyber Security Awareness Month and Halloween on…

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Of Interest: Jim Allchin blogging on Vista

If you haven’t seen it on the http://windowsvistablog.com/blogs/, Jim Allchin (Co-President of the Platform and Services Division) is blogging now. From Jim: “Welcome to the new and improved Windows Vista blog.  A few months back, I pushed our team to bring the blog from the blogging Dark Ages into something a little more modern.  The blog…

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What I’ve read and caught up on (102906)

A sunny then rainy weekend, filled with costume making and Halloween prep. Here are a few articles from the reading file and ones I re-read during the commute last week. Thankfully, most are available for download, making it easy to save for later reading on mobile devices. BusinessWeek Bill Gates Gets Schooled – “Why he and…

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Your questions: do I need to do anything for IPv6?

I was asked this week: “What is IPv6 and what do I have to do to my PC now to support it?” So first, what is it? In the simplest terms, Internet Protocol version 4 an 6 (IPv4 and IPv6) are the Internet network standards that are and will be used (resp) by any device connected to the…

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CNET review: T-Mobile Dash vs. Motorola Q

Email this afternoon on my Smartphone: “I am thinking about switching providers. Which of the new Smartphones should I get: the Dash of the Q?” OK, last Dash post until we get one: we decided this weekend that this is the phone for my wife. As noted previously, the new T-Mobile Dash Smartphone is now…

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Your questions: Should I upgrade to Windows Vista?

I was asked via email this week a couple of times for my opinion on whether consumers should upgrade their Windows XP computers to the upcoming Windows Vista. Today in the Seattle Times, there’s a question from a reader of the Personal Technology Q&A column who asks “whether there would be any advantage to my…

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The best kitchen PC… a laptop?

Here’s a blast: in 2002, Jerry Honeycutt wrote that he was putting together the kitchen computer that he’d been dreaming of. “I want to build one that fits unobtrusively next to the mixer until I call it into service to browse the Internet, check mail, and chat with friends.” “For all my effort to make this computer as…

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Problems accessing the Internet with Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor? Try this

Yesterday I recommended the Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor in my post “How can I find out if my PC is compatible with Windows Vista?” A reader commented that he having difficulty using the application, getting an error msg that he “didn’t have an internet connection and it can’t contact the web service.” So I tried it out…

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Of interest: Dvorak on the best digital SLR camera for the money

John C. Dvorak wrote in his Inside Track column (v25n10) about the Best Camera for the Money Dept. Now, this was from May when he noted that at a keynote address at one of the largest users groups still operating that “every other member was shooting photos, and all of them were using the same camera:…

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"How can I find out if my PC is compatible with Windows Vista?"

The New York TimesTechnology section has an article online today “On the Horizon: A Vista Upgrade.” In it, the author provides some answers to the question: How can I find out if my current computer hardware (including my scanner and printer) will be compatible with the coming Windows Vista system? Will this be as simple as…

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