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May 7, 2012 by

How much do DVD and digital media playback features really cost?

The amounts required to license digital media decoders on Windows PCs seem like chump change. But multiply those pennies times hundreds of millions of PCs, and the bill for Microsoft and its PC OEM partners could be as much as $800 million per year. Who pays, and who gets paid?

April 24, 2012 by

What does Creative Cloud mean for desktop apps?

Adobe Creative Cloud is a way to pay for Photoshop and the rest of the Creative Suite in monthly installments. It's also a way to sync and share the files you make with Adobe tools, and there are some nice extras like live previews of files instead of unhelpful icons.

March 9, 2012 by

FOSS v proprietary software: image editing

To do a professional job, you need professional-level tools. With software, that generally means proprietary applications, which tend to be expensive. Free and open-source software is available for a wide range of tasks — but does it have the capability and support to offer a realistic alternative? We start with a look at Photoshop and GIMP.

March 1, 2011 by

Should you install Windows 7 Service Pack 1?

Last week, Microsoft released Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. Since then, I've been monitoring the release. As with any major update, there are some issues, but are they widespread or isolated? And how can you ensure a trouble-free SP1 install? I've got the answers.

August 24, 2010 by

Dell S300WI Interactive Projector

If you're looking for a portable alternative to an interactive whiteboard, consider Dell's S300WI. It works well and has some excellent features, despite a few minor design niggles.

June 2, 2010 by

Malware Watch: Free Mac OS X screensavers bundled with spyware

Researchers from Intego have discovered the OSX/OpinionSpy spyware in 29 free Mac OS X screensavers currently online at 7art-screensavers(dot)com. Upon execution it sends data about files it has scanned locally, and also sends e-mail addresses, iChat message headers and URLs, as well as other data.

March 15, 2010 by

Updates that boost Mac searching and content discovery

Searching for data with Spotlight and the Finder provide Mac users with a capable base set of tools and features such as Spotlight's Smart Folders and the Finder's Quick Look. However, Mac users who really want to find data quickly may be interested in third-party tools that build on Spotlight's technology, several of which were updated recently.

December 6, 2009 by

The 'black screen of death': fact, fiction, or FUD?

Worried about the Black Screen of Death? Don't. Startup problems are not new to PC hardware and operating systems, and the phenomenon definitely isn't limited to the Windows operating system. Blank or black screens can strike Macs, Linux, and Windows. Fortunately, they're relatively rare. Here's what to look for and how to troubleshoot a black screen if you encounter one.


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