WINDOWS 7 FOR STUDENTS

Microsoft has had aggressive prices for college students for years. Today it announced that college students can buy Windows 7 Home Premium for $29.99. It’s all part of the marketing that is ramping up for the Windows 7 launch on October 22. It’s probably not a...

LICENSE TIP FOR WINDOWS UPGRADES

When I upgraded my office computer to Windows 7, I installed a new hard drive and left the original hard drive in the case as a second drive. That’s the easiest way to make sure that no files are left behind during the upgrade, since they can be copied into place from...

BAN THE CHECK

I started to install an update to Java tonight. (Java is up to version 6, update 15. Sometimes it feels like Java updates are issued two or three times a day. It’s okay to install Java updates when you’re prompted by the icon in the lower right corner. It’s boring and...

iPHONES AND CARRIERS

I ran across an interesting article about the effect Apple is having on the wireless business. The conventional wisdom has been that AT&T and Verizon are abusing their market power when they enter into exclusive arrangements with handset manufacturers. A letter...

HOW DO WE SURVIVE?

I wonder sometimes if the relentless onslaughts by the bad guys will ever be beaten back so we can use our tools in peace. This group of news items caught my eye today in an email newsletter – yeah, it was a busy day, but this is the interesting updates for just one...