R.I.P. ENCARTA

Microsoft announced today that it is discontinuing its Encarta encyclopedia in all of its various incarnations. The DVDs will be off the market by June, existing subscriptions will stop getting updates later this year, and the MSN Encarta web sites will be turned off...

PAYPAL STUDENT ACCOUNT

I’ve been using my PayPal account more frequently to buy things online. It’s connected to my checking account, so a payment made with PayPal is withdrawn directly from the bank account. Typically the payment requires a transfer to a different browser...

LITTLE BROTHER

Cory Doctorow is one of the most interesting science fiction authors working today, as well as an editor and frequent contributor to Boing Boing, one of the most popular blogs in the world. His new book, Little Brother, is a young adult novel about a high school...

COSTCO DEAL ON ONECARE

Costco doesn’t always have great deals on software any more, but occasionally something turns up. If for some reason you haven’t bought your copy of Windows Live OneCare yet, you can buy it at Costco through Sunday for $4.99. No rebate – that’s...

PARENTAL CONTROLS & TIME LIMITS

Vista has built-in parental controls that do certain chores very well. Parents can filter web sites, monitor web surfing and other computer activity, and limit what programs and games can be run. Vista also makes it easy to limit a child’s use of the computer to...