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Outlook Needs Extra Help with Daylight Saving Time

March 12, 2007

View Larry’s CBS News video for more details The Daylight Saving Time switch took place early Sunday morning and as most experts predicted, the world didn’t come to an end. Computers that had been “patched” with the latest updates automatically adjusted to the new start of daylight saving time. But just because your PC’s operating system is up-to-date doesn’t [...]

Is your microwave’s clock flashing 0000 – Retrevo can help you find that manual

March 12, 2007

A lot has been written lately about the switch this past weekend from standard to daylight-saving time – three weeks earlier than past years. Some PC and PDA software needed to be updated, but what about all those other devices in your home? Like most consumers, I have a microwave, DVD player, a couple of VCRs and plenty of other devices whose clocks need to be set. Most of these devices [...]

Microsoft’s antivirus deletes users’ e-mails: ZDNet Australia: News: Software

March 11, 2007

This ZDNet Australia story is quite disturbing.  My first impression of OneCare was quite positive but I uninstalled it after having some problems with my video card that seemed to be related. But this story is horrendous. The idea that a security product could destroy your data is off the charts.  Security is necessary but does it also have to be evil?   [...]

Get Ready For The Big Time Switch, Tips On How To Adjust Your PC & Gadgets To New DST

March 8, 2007

by Larry Magid As the 20th century drew to a close, some prophets of gloom and doom warned that a Y2K technology meltdown loomed for that much anticipated moment when the calendar was to move from 1999 to 2000. Disaster did not ensue. And regardless of whether Y2K’s dangers were overhyped or merely averted through many hours of prevention, the new millennium was ushered in with good cheer [...]

Ning.com lets you run a MySpace of your own

March 5, 2007

By Larry Magid Special to the Mercury News Move over MySpace — there’s a new social networking service and I’m running it. Well, that’s a bit of an exaggeration. My new “service” (costcotips.ning.com) isn’t likely to attract the 100 million-plus users of MySpace, but like anyone else who sets up a service using Ning.com, mine offers all the basic features [...]

At Tax Time, Tax Man Isn’t The Only Worry

March 2, 2007

It’s income tax season once again – which means millions of people will be using tax software like TurboTax or TaxCut and taking advantage of the numerous online filing sites like TaxActOnline.com or Turbotax.com. In fact, our friends at the IRS are encouraging us to use PCs to prepare our taxes and again this year are offering the “freefile” program (click on [...]

Social Networking Without The Big Boys, Ning Allows Users To Build Their Own Communities, Outside MySpace And Facebook – CBS News

March 1, 2007

Here’s a link to an AP story on CBSnews.com. My column on Ning will be in the San Jose Mercury News (and here) on Monday. In the mean time, here’s a link to my CBS News audio interview with Gina Bianchini, co-founder of Ning. After months of fine-tuning, Ning is finally ready to make its big push with a free toolkit designed to make it easy to launch a social network with a few mouse [...]

High-def DVD player is good but overpriced

February 26, 2007

I just tested a product that I love, but there’s no way that I’d recommend it unless you have more money than you know what to do with.The product is the Panasonic DMP-BD10 — a very nice Blu-ray high-definition DVD player. The picture quality is incredible, especially if you’re watching DVDs encoded for Blu-ray on a 1080p high-definition TV, but even standard DVDs look a [...]
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