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Faster Forward: August 19, 2007 - August 25, 2007

Help File Help: Windows Insomnia

Periodically, I use this space to try out a recipe for my Help File column... or ask for your help in crafting one. Here's another issue that's stymied so far: You set a Windows computer to go into standby mode automatically--as I've outlined before, a good idea on both environmental...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  August 24, 2007; 11:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Tips  
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Apple Reincarnates iLife

Today's column and podcast (listen/subscribe/iTunes) cover a familiar subject: Apple's iLife multimedia suite. Like other multiple-program bundles (for instance, Microsoft Office), iLife is always a pain to review, because my notes hold far more details than I cram into the paper. So here are some details that didn't make the...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  August 23, 2007; 12:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Mac  
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High-Definition Disc Disarray (Cont'd.)

The Blu-Ray versus HD DVD format war -- one of the stupidest storylines to come out of Hollywood lately -- just keeps getting more convoluted, as each side finds a new way to declare that victory is inevitable. For those of you who have remained mercifully ignorant of this mess,...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  August 22, 2007; 10:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Video  
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Buzzword In Progress: "Bacn"?

Perhaps I'm behind the times, but apparently "bacn"--the misspelling is intentional--has become a popular term of art for the automatically generated notifications from legimate, non-spam sites. BuzzFeed offers this concise definition: Bacn describes the things you signed up for but that still feel like clutter in your inbox: Email lists,...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  August 21, 2007; 3:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Digital culture  
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No Sneak Previews Of My Reviews

Most weeks, I typically get an e-mail along the following lines from the publicists for whatever product I'm looking at this week: "Would you mind giving a sense of how you liked the product, so we're not completely surprised when the review shows up?" It's an understandable request, but one...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  August 21, 2007; 11:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  The business we have chosen  
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Signing Off Made Simple

Last week, I had to make one last call to tech support at Presto, the "e-mail for people without computers" service that I recently wrote about. I needed to cancel my Presto account before the conclusion of the 90-day free trial provided by the company's PR department, after which my...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  August 20, 2007; 8:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Pleasant surprises  
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