NEW VERSION OF AD-AWARE

You may know about Ad-Aware, the wonderful free software that scans your system for “spyware” and “scumware” – programs, browser add-ons, cookies, and other little sneaks that might be tracking your surfing habits, sending this data to a third party, profiling your...

ANOTHER REASON TO HATE REAL ONE PLAYER

Learn to live without Real One Player. You won’t be able to play some audio and video streams – but your computer will thank you. Real Networks has earned a special place for its devious behavior – installing flashing icons down by the clock, popping up incessant...

WINDOWS MESSENGER vs. MSN MESSENGER

Microsoft has completely mucked up the marketing of its Passport service and its instant messenger products. I follow this industry pretty closely, but I’ve frequently been baffled about how the various pieces fit together. I get an e-mail newsletter from WinXP News...

MICROSOFT XMAS GOODIES

If you’re running Windows XP and you want to kill a little time, drop by www.microsoft.com/holiday for some Christmas-themed computer toys – screensavers, skins for Media Player, digital photo greeting card templates, and the like. (Be warned – the screensavers...

SOFTWARE SECURITY FLAWS

Every so often I feel compelled to respond to the incessant coverage of the security flaws in Microsoft products. It’s easy to get the impression that Microsoft products are inherently insecure and that alternative systems are better. Analysts from the Aberdeen Group...

NEW VERSION OF KAZAA

Kazaa introduced a new version of its file sharing software today. It should be available at download.com. I don’t have any information yet about any spyware included in this version – Kazaa was packing spy programs in pretty seriously for a while. There are some new...