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June 26, 2012 by

Why Orbitz' sneaky web tracking is your problem, too

Orbitz, the online travel site whose business model is built on the word "cheap," says it treats you differently depending on whether you're a Mac or a PC. That's just the start of a privacy problem most people never think about.

June 1, 2012 by

Windows 8 Release Preview

There's a lot to like in Windows 8, and the Release Preview goes a long way towards clearing up many of the lingering doubts. IT departments should certainly start looking at Windows 8 now.

August 9, 2011 by

Why do people fall for Trojans?

Out in the physical world, crime happens every day. People get robbed and have their pockets picked, and no one blames the victim. So why do the rules change when nontechnical PC users fall for a Trojan online?

June 15, 2011 by

As Microsoft's monopoly crumbles, its mobile future is crucial

The latest real-world data on web usage confirms that Microsoft's once-dominant position in the world of personal computing is crumbling. Microsoft's share of the web dropped below a key level for the first time this year, and Apple is dominating the mobile web. That makes Windows 8 a big and risky bet.

April 12, 2011 by

IE9 FAQ: how to install, uninstall, and tweak the final release

Microsoft released the final version of Internet Explorer 9 four weeks ago. Since then, I've been responding to a steady stream of questions from readers. Here are the answers to the questions I hear most often about how to install and tweak IE9, including a clear explanation of how to choose between the 32-bit and 64-bit installers.

February 25, 2010 by

Does that new Windows Activation update really 'phone home'?

This week, Microsoft began rolling out the Windows Activation Technologies update that it promised earlier this month. Some privacy advocates claim that the update "phones home," an expression that traditionally has been tied to spyware. I disagree with this characterization but recognize that reasonable people can find privacy concerns. Here's a background on exactly what this update does, so you can make up your own mind.

February 21, 2010 by

Risks in Google killing Adobe Flash

Google has to be very careful, now, in doing what the open source community might call "amazing." Because even open source can violate antitrust laws, when its power is abused by a dominant player.

September 28, 2009 by

Can you upgrade an old XP PC to Windows 7? Should you?

My friend Lisa has a four-year-old Sony laptop running Windows XP. This machine, once a triumph of Sony hardware engineering, could easily be deemed ready to retire. But after careful consideration, I decided it was worth upgrading to Windows 7. I tried both a clean install and a new edition of Laplink’s PCmover software, which is specifically designed to ease this sort of migration. The XP-to-7 odyssey was an interesting one, with surprising results and several lessons I can share with anyone contemplating a similar adventure.


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