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Faster Forward: July 8, 2007 - July 14, 2007

New iTunes, Almost the Same Installation Annoyances

I'm happy to have Apple's iTunes as the default music player on my Windows machines, but I'm not so thrilled about this program when I need to update it. It's not the 81.2-megabyte size of the latest such download that bothers me--although anybody on dial-up will need to leave their...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  July 13, 2007; 12:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  Gripes  
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Intel's Little Idea

Until this week, I'd never managed to spill anything on a computer keyboard, despite numerous close calls. But there I was Tuesday, gently tipping a cup of water over the keyboard of a new Intel laptop called the Classmate PC. The laptop's sealed keyboard, advertised as water-resistant, lived up to...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  July 12, 2007; 8:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Computers  
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Who's Tops In Photo Sharing?

I was floored to read this blog post yesterday about photo-sharing sites from Web analyst LeeAnn Prescott, a research director at the market-study firm Hitwise. The post leads off with the growing popularity of Yahoo's Flickr site, fueled by users of the soon-to-be-closed Yahoo Photos site moving their pictures over...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  July 11, 2007; 10:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  The Web  
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Second Acts For Past Pests?

There are a couple of new programs that I've been meaning to put through some serious testing... but even if I wind up liking them, I may have a hard time convincing people to try them out. That's because former versions of these products--Plaxo and RealPlayer--spent a long time annoying...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  July 10, 2007; 11:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The business we have chosen  
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Help Me Try Out a Help File Recipe

I've got an unusual request here today--I'm inviting you to tell me if this Help File idea is worth taking into print or too esoteric for bother with. The topic in question covers those Mac programs that require you to run an installer. That's not the usual state of affairs...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  July 9, 2007; 10:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Mac  
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