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Faster Forward: December 2, 2007 - December 8, 2007

Verizon's Security Software: Any Good?

I've had a lot of readers ask me what security software they should use on their PCs once they get hooked up with Verizon's DSL or Fios broadband service: Verizon's current program or the "Verizon Internet Security Suite." Problem is, I've never subscribed to either Verizon's DSL or Fios. So,...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  December 7, 2007; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  Telecom  
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Book 'Em!

Reading books, newspapers, a magazine and a blog on Amazon's Kindle brought more annoyances than I'd expected, as I outline in today's column. Ultimately, I only found one way in which this clearly trumps a printed book--the fact that you don't need an opposable thumb to turn the page. Allow...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  December 6, 2007; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Digital culture  
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Google Gets Chatty With AOL

Yet another reason to evict AOL's software from your computer: You can now use your AOL instant-messaging account in Gmail. Google and AOL first revealed plans to link their instant-messaging networks at the end of 2004, and once promised to have the job done by the end of last year....

By Rob Pegoraro  |  December 5, 2007; 11:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  The Web  
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Microsoft Relents on Vista's "Reduced Functionality"

Microsoft announced this morning that one of the least popular features of Windows Vista--its "Reduced Functionality Mode"--will go away when the company ships the Service Pack 1 update to this operating system next year. This egregiously misnamed feature will lock you out of all but the most minimal use of...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  December 4, 2007; 10:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (127)
Categories:  Windows  
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Help File Help: Nuking a Windows Nag?

Yet again, I'm turning to the collective brain of this blog's readership in the hope that you all can point me to a solution to a problem I want to address in Help File. This time around, the issue is the way Windows reminds you -- constantly and perpetually --...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  December 3, 2007; 10:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Tips  
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