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PLAN YOUR NEXT PC PURCHASE

If you've been holding out, then your next PC should be a Christmas present to yourself. When Microsoft rolls out Windows XP at the end of October, you'll see a tremendous amount...

SATELLITE UPDATE

In the last chapter, our hero had sent a purchase order to Pegasus Communications for Express Plus two-way satellite service - business class, reasonably priced. This week,...

DOUGLAS ADAMS DIES

Douglas Adams passed away on Friday. He was 49. He was the author of The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, and several other of the most wonderful books in the world. "So long,...

HOME NETWORKING

I'm convinced that home networking is going to be huge. The various wireless and phone line options to connect home computers and share an Internet connection are exciting. They...

OFFICE XP

I spent ten minutes today looking at Microsoft Office XP for the first time. Two things jumped out as features that might be worth the price of admission, if they work. I'll be...

CDR PRICES TO RISE

Stock up on blank CDRs! According to this article, a combination of circumstances is going to cause the price of blank CDRs to jump significantly in the next couple of months -...

HOMEPAGE VIRUS

There's another virus travelling around quickly this morning. It's similar to the Anna Kournikova "Love Bug" virus - annoying but it doesn't damage your computer. The "Homepage"...

DELL COMPUTERS

As other computer manufacturers fall by the wayside, Dell continues to stand out. They ship promptly, they don't make very many mistakes, and their customer support is as good as...

ORBITZ.COM

Five major airlines are working to bring Orbitz.com online next month as a one-stop source for airline reservations. Every other human being connected with the travel industry is...

EASY CD CREATOR 5 & WINDOWS 2000

Easy CD Creator is the software I use for burning CDs. It's got a reasonably simple interface and it does almost everything most people want to do with their burners. (Out at the...

WINDOWS XP PRODUCT ACTIVATION

Tech types are all atwitter over the "Product Activation" requirement that will be introduced with Windows XP. After you install a retail copy of Windows XP, you won't have...

MORE CHEAP COMPUTERS

Look, this is getting ridiculous. Costco has a few dozen E-Machines today with these specs: Celeron 633MHz processor, 64Mb RAM, 15 Gb HD, plus a DVD drive and the usual...

SATELLITE STORY, PART 5

My purchase order is in for Pegasus Express Plus service. The price has dropped a bit in the last two weeks. Startup costs are about $600 for hardware (including installation)...

CABLE INTERNET ACCESS

AT&T now owns most of the cable system in Sonoma County. They've amusingly named the cable division "AT&T Broadband," and cable Internet service has been rolled out to...

MICROSOFT & SMALL BUSINESSES

Microsoft has revamped its bCentral web site, a collection of services and resources for small businesses. One interesting example is the offer to design and host a web site from...