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Faster Forward: February 25, 2007 - March 3, 2007

Buggy Justice in Connecticut

Ever gone to the wrong Web site by mistake, then thanked the deity of your choice that you were able to back out of there before any coworkers noticed? If you'd done that in a school in Norwich, Conn., you might be facing 40 years in jail. No joke: Substitute...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  March 2, 2007; 2:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  The business we have chosen  
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A Digital Deadline Dawns

You wouldn't necessarily know this from the news or what you see in stores, but analog TV tuners have now earned the status of contraband goods. Starting today, all television sets with screens bigger than 13 inches--plus anything else that can pull in a TV signal off the air, from...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  March 1, 2007; 4:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Video  
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Dasvedanya, CompUSSR

("Goodbye, CompUSA") CompUSA's "realignment strategy" will shutter 126 of its stores, leaving 103 in 39 states and Puerto Rico. In the process, it's closing all of its locations near D.C. (Vienna, Fairfax, Alexandria, Woodbridge, Rockville and Gaithersburg) leaving one only one store up in Columbia. No more shuffling off to...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  March 1, 2007; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Two Other DST Fixes

Two quick updates to last week's Help File item about getting computers to recognize the new Daylight Saving Time period effective this year: * One reader was having issues with her copy of Outlook after applying Microsoft's Windows patches. The answer was to download a separate, Outlook-only update. (Remind me:...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  February 27, 2007; 6:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Tips  
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Tech-Support Travails

I lost 40 minutes of my life to Hewlett-Packard's tech-support line earlier this afternoon, and it wasn't even the hold music (alternated with periods of total silence) that bugged me this time around. Instead, it was the gratuitous waste of time that constituted HP's screening system: First I spoke to...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  February 27, 2007; 12:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
Categories:  Gripes  
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Want an Apple TV? Tune In Next Month

Anybody looking to try out the Apple TV media receiver--the wireless gadget from Apple designed to bring your digital music, photos and videos to your television--will have to wait a little longer. Although the company had said this $299 device would ship in February, spokeswoman Teresa Brewer confirmed reports of...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  February 26, 2007; 5:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Mac  
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Reminder: Microsoft Is Not Evil

A reader recently passed on a dire analysis of Windows Vista that her son had sent. It read: It seems that Microsoft has decided that the users of its software no longer should have the privilege to have in their possession a copy of the operating system itself. What you...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  February 26, 2007; 1:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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