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New Plaxo puts extra power in data syncing

June 25, 2007

Plaxo has a somewhat controversial past, but based on my experience with its 3.0 version launched today, it deserves a terrific future. The original service, which was launched in 2003, was designed to help people keep up with contact information by sending e-mail to friends asking them to update their profiles on Plaxo’s servers so that you would always know their up-to-date phone number, [...]

Entrepreneurs Betting On

June 22, 2007

June 21, 2007 As anyone who’s ever raised a child can testify, parents sometimes need a bit of help and advice. After all, kids don’t come with a user manual.A new website launched Wednesday – with advertising and a big boost from venture capital – is designed to provide a bit of help and support. is an editorial site with over 4,000 reference articles about [...]

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 [...]

My new Vista book (with Dwight Silverman) is out

June 6, 2007

Microsoft Windows Vista: Peachpit Learning Series by Larry Magid and Dwight Silverman Microsoft’s Windows Vista offers users hundreds of new features, with a new user interface, new search features, and new security tools. Whether you want it or not, Vista is likely to be your next operating system if you buy a new Windows PC. Best-selling authors and respected tech journalists Larry Magid [...]

Can take a bite out of Google?

June 5, 2007

Once upon a time, over 40 years ago, Avis was drowning in a sea of red ink – 13 years of losses – as it struggled in the long shadow cast by Hertz. Then came the ad campaign that saved the day: “We’re Number 2 – We Try Harder.” Today, – the search engine that used to be called AskJeeves – is in a similar tight spot: dwarfed by competition from Google, armed [...]
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