The Apple iMac vs. Windows PC cable mess: what's real?

There is an amusing image on Apple’s web site that compares the cable mess that apparently doesn’t burden the new Apple imac as compared with the Dell XPS 410. OK, for a second, dispell belief. The Mac has a single cable coming from it, assuming that there is no wired Ethernet connection or USB peripherals, such as a…

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Moving from an iPhone to a new Windows Phone 7? Here are some tips

Get a new Windows Mobile phone but not sure what to do first? First of all, be sure to follow the instructions before turning on your new device, and possibly moving over to a new SIM card. Initially, I was wondering the best way to move from my HTC Fuze (for heavy meeting days), HTC…

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Now available: Microsoft Office OneNote for Apple's iPhone, iPad and iOS

**Free for a limited time** I love Microsoft Office OneNote on my Windows Phone 7. I f I still used my iPhone 3GS, I could now get OneNote there, too: the team has released Microsoft OneNote for the iPhone. Follow the team blog (including outside the US availability) here.  You can get Microsoft’s OneNote for…

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More info on Windows XP support, downgrades from Windows Vista

I’ve had a number of discussions over the past week over customer support and downgrade rights to Windows XP from Windows Vista, so here are a few points that may help clear things up. It’s been a busy couple of weeks, what with reviews last week and the Engineering Excellence – Trustworthy Computing Forum this…

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"Windows Defender surprise: This beta a good bet"

Today on the Seattle Times personal technology page, there’s a good review of Windows Defender, the free program that helps protect your computer against an assortment of what is thrown at us today: pop-ups, malware, spyware and other assorted bits. (The title of this post is courtesy of the Times.) From the Seattle Times: “By policing how new…

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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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Prediction: CD sales will increase as music subscription services go mainstream

In February, I wrote that pay-for-download music sites (like MSN Music) and music subscription services would contribute to a significant increases in the amount of music stored on computers: it rose by more than 20% year over year, and free streaming music grew by more than 35%. Today the San Francisco Chronicle notes that we’ll see Windows Media…

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OneCare: The simplest part of the recovery after a system crash

Last week, my wife’s Dell laptop hard drive crashed, with a thud. There was no bringing it back from the edge: all the recovery tools I had at my disposal couldn’t get the drive to mount, and a scan with a low-level tool from the drive OEM showed multiple bad sectors. OK, first good news……

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Outlook tip: Delay or schedule sending an email message

I wrote previously (on work-life balance) that “one manager I know is so serious about work/life balance that he all but forbids his team from sending emails late into the night (sure, there are exceptions to the rule). But he is able to live within the boundaries by responding to mail ofline after the family goes…

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