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Faster Forward: December 16, 2007 - December 22, 2007

Reminder: Preserve Purchase Paperwork

Here's one last tip, suggested by reader "rjrjj" in his comment on yesterday's post, before this blog takes a few days off for Christmas week. Many of the services attached to a tech purchase, such as the warranty, any available rebates, a merchant or credit card's price-protection policy, require you...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  December 21, 2007; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Tips  
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Renewed Advice For New Computer Users

Today's column could double as one of my "what the heck is wrong with computers" rants. But what I really wanted to accomplish with the piece was something else: answer my reader e-mail before it can be sent. I figure plenty of people will boot up new PCs over the...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  December 20, 2007; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Tips  
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Good and Bad Betas

The meaning of "beta"--a term meant to describe a largely completed software release ready for the stress of real-world testing--has gotten awfully muddy in practice. Some applications, such as Google's Gmail, can spend years in beta status but feel as polished and stable as any 1.0, 2.0 or 3.0 release....

By Rob Pegoraro  |  December 19, 2007; 12:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Windows  
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Following Up: a PayPal Payoff, an Evite Error

In any line of work, you have to hold companies to their pledges of future improvements. But it may be more important to do so in the field of technology, where people habitually claim that the next version of a program, an online service or a Web site will cure...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  December 18, 2007; 10:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Gripes , Pleasant surprises , The business we have chosen  
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Finding Some GPS Guidance

I've been getting a lot more questions about Global Positioning System receivers this year than I'd expected--these little things have become one of the most popular electronics purchases this year. For example, as of this morning, three of the 10 most popular items in Amazon's electronics category are GPS receivers....

By Rob Pegoraro  |  December 17, 2007; 10:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Gadgets  
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