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Faster Forward: February 4, 2007 - February 10, 2007

MASN on Dish? Maybe...

Today's story about the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network's broadcast schedule for Nationals and Orioles spring-training games may be annoying reading for sports fans who get their TV from the MASN-deprived Dish Network. (Disclosure: As a Nats fan, a Georgetown grad and a Dish customer -- well, it's still cheaper than my...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  February 9, 2007; 3:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Video  
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Vista's "Reduced Functionality"

Vista to user: No computer for you!!! One of the machines I used to test Windows Vista, a Gateway laptop, booted into this screen several days ago. Vista had determined that it hadn't been installed legitimately and locked the computer into what Microsoft calls "reduced functionality" mode--in which you...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  February 9, 2007; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
Categories:  Windows  
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This Looks Bad

What's the one thing anti-virus software should never, ever do? Ship with a security flaw that makes it easier for your computer to get nailed by a virus. The notice at Trend Micro's site says it all: Trend Micro has become aware of a vulnerability in its Scan Engine, wherein...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  February 8, 2007; 3:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Windows  
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What's Up With Palm?

I woke up this morning to find my Treo 650 smartphone in a catatonic state. Somehow, it had locked up in a way that caused it to drain its battery overnight--but it took me a couple of attempted resets (a chore I have grown a little too familiar with lately)...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  February 8, 2007; 11:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
Categories:  Gadgets  
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A Day With the MPAA

The Motion Picture Association of America's symposium I attended yesterday had many interesting and enlightening moments--though not all made the MPAA look that good. The various industry types who spoke did make some useful points that bear consideration. For instance, Warner Bros. CEO Barry Meyer argued, in a particularly scolding...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  February 6, 2007; 7:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Video  
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Steve Jobs To Record Labels: Tear Down This Wall!

I got back from the MPAA conference (I'll have more thoughts on that tomorrow) just in time to read a jaw-dropping essay posted on Apple's Web site. In it, Steve Jobs says that DRM--it stands for "digital rights management" but might better serve as shorthand for "digital rights minimization"--software doesn't...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  February 6, 2007; 5:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  Recommended reading  
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No business like show business

I'm downtown at the National Portrait Gallery for the Motion Picture Association of America's "Business of Show Business" conference. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) introduced a 9:30 a.m. panel discussion by holding up a DVD of "The Good Shepherd" that her staff had downloaded and burned it off the Internet. How...

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RSS, Revisited

I'm seeing a bit of confusion in the comments and my inbox about how to subscribe to this blog. I had included a quick tutorial on RSS ("Really Simple Syndication") feeds in the final edition of my newsletter this morning... but I must have left some details out. For some...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  February 5, 2007; 5:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Tips  
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E-mail security

There's a saying around Capitol Hill: Behind every letter that shows up in a senator or representative's office, you'll find a lot more people who think the same way but didn't get around to committing pen to paper. On the theory that reader e-mail works in the same way, I...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  February 5, 2007; 8:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Feedback  
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Help File's greatest hits

One of the things I want to do in this blog is complement my inbox. I read everything I get and try to answer as much of it as I can--but as many of you have doubtless noticed--I'm not always the fastest typist in the West. And even when I...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  February 4, 2007; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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