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Faster Forward: February 8, 2009 - February 14, 2009

Google Earth Goes Into the Past, Underwater--And Deep Into Your Computer's System

Earlier this month, Google released a beta-test release of the newest version of Google Earth. Google Earth 5.0, a free download for Windows 2000, XP or Vista, Mac OS X 10.4 or 10.5, and most versions of Linux, adds some fascinating new perspectives on this planet--and one other--but I'm not...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  February 13, 2009; 12:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Productivity , The Web  
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Free Anti-Virus Protection Still Has Its Costs

You could say that today's column comes a year or so late. I last reviewed free anti-virus programs back in the end of 2005, even though I've tried out multiple "payware" security utilities since then. So this morning's review covers the free versions of the Avast, AVG and Avira anti-virus...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  February 12, 2009; 10:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Security , Windows  
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Hotmail Opening Up To Regular Mail Programs

This news comes today via the TidBits and Ars Technica tech-news sites: Microsoft's Hotmail service has quietly begun offering free offline access via any standard mail program instead of limiting that to the company's Outlook, Outlook Express, Windows Mail and Windows Live Mail -- which charges users of other mail...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  February 11, 2009; 2:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  E-mail , The Web  
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PostPoints tip: Beware of quick Registry fixes

The Windows Registry--a vast database of system settings that governs both Microsoft's operating system and programs running on it--is at the root of many common Windows ailments. It can get clogged with references to old programs, corrupted entries can lead to mysterious crashes, and the cryptic, jargon-soaked entries that fill...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  February 10, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Amazon Unveils Kindle 2

This morning, Amazon unveiled the Kindle 2, the successor to the electronic-book reader it debuted in December of 2007. The Seattle online retailer says this wireless-connected tablet -- selling for $359, shipping on Feb. 24 - -features a wide variety of upgrades over the first Kindle: * The Kindle 2...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  February 9, 2009; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Digital culture , Gadgets  
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