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Faster Forward: April 15, 2007 - April 21, 2007

E-cycle Your E-Junk

Sunday is Earth Day, but it and Saturday can also be "Get Rid Of Your Old Electronic Gear Day": * At the Environmental Protection Agency's Capital Area eCycling Event, you can drop off old computer hardware (including monitors, but not stereos or TVs) at Freedom Plaza (13th and E Streets...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  April 20, 2007; 1:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Tips  
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Michael Dell, Linux User

The tech-news site Slashdot pointed early yesterday to a page on Dell's site listing the computers that Michael Dell uses at home, at work and on the road. As you'd expect, the Dell founder and chief executive uses high-end Dell machines that have been suped up with every available upgrade....

By Rob Pegoraro  |  April 20, 2007; 9:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  The business we have chosen  
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The Wireless World Widens

For years, I've had free WiFi on my street--courtesy of neighbors I know only as "Default," "Linksys" and "NETGEAR." Home wireless networks unintentionally left open are not too reliable or fast, but they can be a decent backup if your own Internet connection goes down. (I feel guilty about not...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  April 19, 2007; 9:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Telecom  
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It's April 18. Do You Know Where Your Tax Return Is?

We've got a story this morning about a meltdown in Intuit's tax-filing system that may have delayed the returns of many TurboTax users who tried to file electronically yesterday. (Also, see this Slashdot discussion.) I may be among the TurboTax users affected--I tried to file three or four times before...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  April 18, 2007; 12:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  The business we have chosen  
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Copyright Board to Web Radio: Drop Dead

When it comes to copyright policy, it seems that no idea is too stupid to get a second hearing. Most of the time, the greedy proposals foisted upon us by Big Copyright are appropriately ignored even on the first go-round, but every now and then some foolishness slips by. Which...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  April 17, 2007; 2:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  Music  
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Tax Follow-Up

On this rainy, windy Monday morning, we can all give thanks to the District of Columbia--since today is Emancipation Day, a legal holiday in D.C., we all get one more day to finish our taxes. And once again, I could use that extra time. As I wrote last month, my...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  April 16, 2007; 12:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Gripes  
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