DRUG PRICE INFORMATION ONLINE

The government has revamped www.medicare.gov. Among other things, it now has comprehensive information about prices on a variety of prescription drugs in thousands of pharmacies, with and without various discount and Medicare cards. Here’s a New York Times...

A9.COM SEARCH

Amazon.com has unveiled its own search engine, www.a9.com. Search results are drawn from Google as well as Amazon, and include search results from inside books indexed by Amazon. If you sign in with your Amazon account, you can store your search history, annotate web...

MICROSOFT PASSPORT TO NOWHERE

Microsoft’s Passport was envisioned as a central place for your personal information, safeguarded by Microsoft, which would then be accessed during your online shopping so you wouldn’t have to type in your name and address and credit card information at...

MORE AOL INSTANT MESSENGER GRIEF

AOL Instant Messenger was updated recently to version 5.5 – and apparently it secretly installs Wild Tangent, a “game content delivery service,” along with the IM program. Wild Tangent is typical adware – software you didn’t ask for and...

AOL INSTANT MESSENGER ADWARE

There’s a new irritant spreading in the AOL Instant Messenger network, pretending to be a web-based game named “Night Raptor” from a service named “BuddyLinks.” DON’T CLICK ON IT! Once installed, you are barraged with popup...

AOL INSTANT MESSENGER ANNOYANCES

AOL’s new 9.0 software continues to underwhelm me – I have yet to meet a computer that seems happy about having it installed. Too many times I’ve seen slowdowns and crashes where AOL 9.0 seems pretty clearly to be the culprit. On the other hand, AOL...