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Bill Paying Service Makes Taxes Less Taxing

March 26, 2007

by Larry Magid I don’t prepare my own tax return, but I do create a report for my accountant (who happens to be my brother). That means gathering all sorts of records about earnings and expenses. Fortunately, practically every bank on the planet now offers online bill paying, which, in addition to paying your bills, keeps an online record of your payments. That can be very handy at tax [...]

Judge rightly strikes down Internet “protection” law

March 22, 2007

by Larry Magid The March 22nd ruling by judge Lowell Reed Jr. heralds the end of a long and torturous battle over Congress’s ill-fated 1998 Children’s Online Protection Act. The law, if it had ever been allowed to go into effect, would impose a $50,000 fine to any commercial website that allowed minors to access material deemed “harmful to minors.” The idea was to require sites that had [...]

You too can post to YouTube (and other sites)

March 22, 2007

Whether your goal is to influence an election, display your creativity or just have some fun, creating and editing your own video is easier than ever. YouTube and other online video sharing services are all the rage — getting plenty of attention along with some hefty lawsuits, such as Viacom’s $1 billion complaint that YouTube has been allowing people to illegally post segments of the media [...]

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 [...] 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” ( isn’t likely to attract the 100 million-plus users of MySpace, but like anyone else who sets up a service using, mine offers all the basic features [...]
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