Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Google Notebook

If you use Firefox 1.5+ or Internet Explorer 6.0 as your browser and have a Google account, you can download Google Notebook. This service from Google Labs allows you to easily copy information to the Notebook (keeping the URL), add notes, and organize information you find. Your notebooks are stored on a Google server, thereby allowing you to access them from any computer. You also have the option of making your Notebook public or subscribing to others' notebooks. This can be a big help is you research topics in various locations on the web. Although you can copy and paste information elsewhere, this service brings the URL with it and allows notes. You can create multiple Notebooks on different subjects.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Microsoft Office 2007 Beta 2 Available

Update: PCMag.com has posted a review of Beta 2. Before you download and play with it, you might want to read through this. **************** If you want to check out the functionality of Office 2007, the second beta version is available. It has the full functionality. [from Microsoft Inside Office Newsletter]

Sunday, May 21, 2006

802.11n Fails

The new wireless draft standard, 802.11n, failed on its first ballot through the IEEE standards process. In order to pass, the draft standard needed at least a 75% approval rate by its members; instead, it received 46%. According to an article in ExtremeTech, technical draft standards generally go through this process a few times before being ratified. On the consumer side, be careful if you are purchasing "802.11n-compliant" equipment. This is equipment that is built to the draft standard. It will be called "802.11n-compatible" when it adheres to the ratified standard.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Consumer Reports' "Easy PC Fixes"

The June 2006 issues of Consumer Reports includes an article on "Easy PC Fixes." It describes five steps that help you determine if you can fix it yourself or find help. It also includes 11 remedies for common computer problems:
  • Trouble starting the computer with Windows XP
  • No video or other display problem
  • No sound
  • Printer isn't working
  • CD or DVD won't play
  • Windows taskbar disappears
  • Pointing device doesn't work or jumps around
  • A hardware device won't work
  • Wi-Fi connection isn't working
  • Can't connect to the Internet
  • Virus or spyware infection

Consumer Reports' "The End of Privacy"

The June 2006 issue of Consumer Reports has a good, understandable article about RFID and privacy. It discusses the basics of how RFID works, how and in which areas it is proliferating, why privacy is an issue and how information can be stolen. Good overview for those that know little about the technology.

Game Controller Keyboard

Those of you who are comfortable using a game controller might also be interested in the AlphaGrip AG-5 keyboard from AlphaGrips, Inc. At a cost of around $100, it comes with either a touch pad or a joystick control. According to the review in ExtremeTech, it is one of the best keyboard alternatives available, however, there is a steep learning curve.

Friday, May 12, 2006

Google Search Poster

I may be the last to see this. Google is providing a very nice poster that briefly explains basic searching:
  • Exact phrase
  • Excluded words
  • Similar words
  • Multiple words
  • Numerical ranges
  • Find meanings
  • Site specific
  • Linked pages
  • Math answers
  • Conversions
Very nice looking poster available in both 8.5" x 11" and 17" x 22".