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Putting Energy Hogs in the Home on a Strict Low-Power Diet

June 13, 2007

Here’s a link to my column in the New York Times I THOUGHT I was pretty good about energy conservation, but it turns out that I’ve been a bit of a hypocrite. I drive a reasonably fuel-efficient car, I work at home so I don’t use fuel to commute and I am replacing incandescent bulbs in my home with energy-efficient fluorescent bulbs. But I am also a prodigious computer user, and it looks [...]

Be Smart With Your Cell Phone

June 13, 2007

Most adults I know use their cell phones primarily to make calls. But ask any teenager and you’ll soon find out that that’s only one of many things they’re doing with today’s cell phones. One thing they’re doing is texting. That’s where they’re using their thumbs to type out messages to their friends. The technology, known as “SMS” or [...]

What’s to Love and Hate About Microsoft Vista

June 13, 2007

Houtston Chronicle tech columnist columnist Dwight Silverman, who is my friend and co-author on Microsoft Windows Vista Peachpit Learning Series wrote a great blog post called “10 Things I love, 10 Things I hate about Windows Vista.” I highly recommend [...]

Internet Security an Evolving Necessity

June 12, 2007

Although it’s always a good idea to take security companies’ dire warnings with a bit of skepticism, it’s clear to me we must take PC and Internet security seriously. It’s not a time to “be afraid, very afraid,” but it does make sense for anyone using PCs to take reasonable precautions to protect their data, their privacy, their security and their PCs. And by [...]

Thanks Dan Bricklin and Dave Winer

February 7, 2007

Well, I’m now officially a blogger. Thanks to Dave Winer for suggesting I give out my RSS feed (I almost forgot) and thanks to Dan Bricklin for helping me figure out how to house this thing. After running a website for 12 years (yes, I launched Larrysworld.com shortly after Mosiac came out) I am having to make a change. No big deal the blogosphere but a giant step for me.   My RSS is [...]

Should it be illegal to use an iPod or a cell phone on a public sidewalk?

February 7, 2007

It sounds crazy, but a New York State Senator says that there outta be a law against using an iPod and other devices while walking around New York City. New York State Sen. Carl Kruger told Reuters that three of his Brooklyn constintuents have been killed since September as a result of being distracted while using an electronic device.   I can understand the Senator’s motivation but it [...]

New Online Services Showcased At Demo Show

February 6, 2007

by Larry Magid   Palm Desert, Calif., Feb. 2, 2007         Every year, about 700 tech industry insiders gather in the desert to look at new products. The event, which is in its 17th year, is called Demo because it’s an opportunity for companies to demonstrate their wares. Before they make it to the Demo stage and exhibit hall, companies and their products have to be [...]

Turn a PC into a Personal Video Recorder

February 6, 2007

By Larry Magid Special to the Mercury News TV tuners for PCs have been around for more than a decade, but until recently they have been of questionable use. When I first reviewed a PC tuner back in the early 1990s, I wondered why anyone would want one when all they did was turn an expensive computer into an inexpensive TV set. But things have changed and they’re about to change even more. [...]

What Parents Can Do About Online Safety

February 6, 2007

November 13, 2006 It should come as no surprise that parental involvement is the key to keeping kids safe online. You can lecture your kids, you can install filters to block objectionable websites, you can spy on your kids and you even can try to keep your kid off the Internet, but none of those tactics are as effective as engaging them in conversation about what they’re doing online. This [...]
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