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Faster Forward: February 18, 2007 - February 24, 2007

When An Install Stalls

My friend Randy was thrilled when Sprint released a new ExpressCard for its Mobile Broadband service--finally, he could use that fast connection with his MacBook Pro laptop. After successfully coaxing a Sprint rep into giving him the new-customer discount (why do wireless carriers try to jerk around their best customers...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  February 24, 2007; 10:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Gripes  
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More Patent Pain

Alcatel-Lucent won the tort lottery yesterday when a federal jury in San Diego ordered Microsoft to pay it $1.52 billion. The jury found that the MP3 software in Microsoft's Windows Media Player program violated two Alcatel-Lucent patents that describe ways to store music as compressed digital files. Microsoft can't be...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  February 23, 2007; 2:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  The business we have chosen  
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Vista Vistas

Earlier today, the Ars Technica tech-news site pointed to a fascinating photo gallery of pictures taken for use as desktop backgrounds in Microsoft's Windows Vista operating system. Photographer Hamad Darwish's shots are worth spending some time to look over, both because they're beautiful and because they show how much work...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  February 22, 2007; 3:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Windows  
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2007: A Rebate Odyssey

I'm always looking for ways to save money in my gadget shopping, which means I routinely subject myself to the prolonged ordeal of waiting for a rebate check to arrive. Here's how my most recent experience went: 11/6/06: I order a new computer online 11/9/06: The computer arrives. 11/20/06: I...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  February 21, 2007; 1:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The business we have chosen  
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How Does Yahoo Spell "Spam"?

The spam filter allegedly protecting my Yahoo Mail account from unsolicited commercial e-mail rarely fails to amuse me with its periodic ineptitude. That is, while it does keep most of the junk out of my inbox, it still lets in some of the most obvious junk mail imaginable. (Not that...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  February 21, 2007; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Gripes  
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Satellite Radio Gets the Urge to Merge

The news of satellite-radio competitors XM and Sirius proposing to merge is all over the papers today; the parties involved all say that this combination can only be good news for consumers. I'm a little skeptical about that. History has taught that anytime two large corporations assure everybody that they...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  February 20, 2007; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
Categories:  Telecom  
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