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Faster Forward: February 11, 2007 - February 17, 2007

Cleaning Up Our (Computing) Language

The computer industry is rife with abbreviations--so many that we have an abbreviation ("TLA") to describe a subset of them. Sometimes people will even try to, er, acronymize a perfectly normal noun by typing it in all caps--all y'all calling an Apple computer a "MAC," please stop; it's not an...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  February 17, 2007; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The business we have chosen  
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Readers Continue the DRM Debate

I've received some interesting comments in response to my column Thursday about the role of "digital rights management" software, which I'd like to share. One reader wrote that the column glossed over one of the basic assumptions of the pro-DRM argument: That file-sharing translates into lost sales. As this reader...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  February 16, 2007; 11:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Quicken, Quickly Retired

It's one of the computer industry's less-anticipated rites of spring -- Intuit's yearly retirement of old versions of its Quicken personal-finance software. (Here's the story we did on this topic in 2005.) This time around, it's Quicken 2004 that gets escorted out of the building -- so, while users can...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  February 15, 2007; 4:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Windows Vista Compatibility Watch

It's now been two weeks since Windows Vista arrived in stores and on new PCs--and several months since Microsoft wrapped up development of this new operating system--but that doesn't mean that developers of Windows programs have updated all their software to function correctly in Vista. Some programs--not just the obvious...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  February 13, 2007; 2:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Windows  
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Google Maps Marches On

As (ahem) much of the rest of the blogosphere already noted, Google Maps just rolled out a couple of neat new features. The site now displays train stations -- light rail, subways, commuter rail and Amtrak -- and the outlines of buildings in some cities (you'll need to zoom in...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  February 13, 2007; 11:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Monday Morning Mailbag

Yesterday's Help File -- in which I outlined how to get your songs from your iPod to your computer and explained how to turn off pop-up previews of Web links offered by some pages--provoked an unusual reaction: none. No e-mails, no phone calls. Three possible explanations come to mind: 1)...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  February 11, 2007; 11:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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