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So about that 2009 Federal Budget

So about that 2009 Federal Budget

Have you had a chance to look at the President's proposed 2009 budget? Aside from the hundreds of billions of dollars going to defense and the War on Terror, there are a few particular items of interest in the Department of Education section.

February 5, 2008 by

Vista SP1 highlights in 60 seconds - The reasons why I'll be applying the service pack

Vista SP1 highlights in 60 seconds - The reasons why I'll be applying the service pack

So, yesterday Microsoft announced that SP1 for Vista had gone RTM. This means that the first service pack for Windows Vista has been finalized and this is what we'll have to live with until we see SP2. I've been plowing through the masses of SP1 related documentation to come out of Redmond and come up with a shortlist of reasons why I'll be applying SP1 as soon as I get my hands on the code.

February 5, 2008 by

Toshiba Satellite Pro U300

Toshiba Satellite Pro U300

The U300 is available in a wide range of configurations, making it a flexible option. The build quality could be better in places and the keyboard is distinctly spongy. It's a good performer, though, and nicely designed.

February 5, 2008 by

SuperDuper: Backup of the Gods

SuperDuper: Backup of the Gods

Maybe it's experience, maybe it's wisdom, maybe old age but I'm absolutely obsessed with backups. Part of it comes from a bad experience with data loss many years ago (sounds like Tequila, doesn't it?

February 5, 2008 by

Nokia launches N-Gage First Access for N81 owners, social networking included

Nokia launches N-Gage First Access for N81 owners, social networking included

I received a Nokia N81 8GB device to evaluate as part of the Nokia Nseries Blogger Relations program and posted my first impressions and initial thoughts, but wanted to hold off on a more detailed review until the N-Gage functionality was available since that is one of the major functionalities and selling points of the N81 with its gaming buttons and design. I found out from my buddy Rafe on All About Symbian that N-Gage First Access went live yesterday. So last night I installed the new N-Gage release on the Nokia N81 8GB and plan to post some video content soon so you can see the trial games in action on the device.

February 4, 2008 by

Symantec: Europe becomes king of spam

Symantec: Europe becomes king of spam

Symantec released its February state of spam report and Europe has become the center of the spam universe.In its report, Symantec said:The percentage of spam messages that claimed to originate from Europe is now significantly greater than the percentage of spam messages originating from North America.

February 4, 2008 by

Opera Mobile 9.5 to be shown at Mobile World Congress 08

Opera Mobile 9.5 to be shown at Mobile World Congress 08

It looks like Mobile World Congress 2008 is shaping up to be quite an event with rumors of Windows Mobile 6.1, demos of S60's touch UI, and lots of software and services. Opera just announced that Opera Mobile 9.5 will be available for trials at MWC 08 in Barcelona. I use Opera 8.5 on the HTC Advantage and it offers a much better browsing experience than Internet Explorer Mobile. Check out the video demo to see the improvements in Opera Mobile 9.5.

February 4, 2008 by

New ways emerge to head off datacenter problems while improving IT operations

New ways emerge to head off datacenter problems while improving IT operations

IT executives are seeking more automated approaches to not only remediate problems, but also to get earlier detection. These same operators don’t want to replace their system’s management investments, they want to better use them in a cohesive manner to learn more from them, and to better extract the information that these systems emit.

February 4, 2008 by

Easy ways to improve your Wi-Fi performance

Easy ways to improve your Wi-Fi performance

Last week a friend called me to report that her router had was down again. She asked what she should do to fix the problem and the only advice I could give (without actually looking at the set up) was to reboot.

February 4, 2008 by

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