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

Facebook Revamps Home Page, Invites Grammatical Anarchy

During this week, Facebook has been rolling out a new home page design to its users, and my turn came yesterday afternoon. It was a discombobulating experience. Instead of the usual tidy arrangement of stacked, sortable boxes of content, the home page was dominated by a single column listing all...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  March 13, 2009; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Digital culture , The Web  
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Tax Prep Software Must Die

This morning's rant should look familiar to regular readers -- I wrote about the same thing last year, and the year before. And yet every March and April finds me hunched over the keyboard, a folder of documents to my left and a tax-prep application on the screen, and wondering...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  March 12, 2009; 11:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Gripes , The business we have chosen  
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Apple Renews iPod Shuffle With Spoken-Word Performance

Apple introduced its first new iPod Shuffle music player in about a year this morning, further shrinking the already-tiny device and adding a VoiceOver feature that lets it speak the title of a song or playlist. The new Shuffle -- portrayed on Apple's site as being smaller than a regular...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  March 11, 2009; 11:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Mac , Music  
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Hear Me Out On "The Future Of The Book"

A quick (self-promotional) programming note -- I'll be on the air from noon to about 1 p.m. today on WAMU's Kojo Nnamdi show, talking about "The Future of the Book" with a couple of experts who have studied the issue in far more detail than I have. You can tune...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  March 10, 2009; 11:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Digital culture  
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PostPoints tip: Stop using AOL's software

A long computer-troubleshooting conversation with a friend over the weekend revealed one easy way for him to free up some disk space on his Mac: uninstall his copy of AOL's software. Ever since AOL began allowing users to get and send e-mail with any standard program (see about.aol.com/faq/openmailaccess for instructions...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  March 10, 2009; 9:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Tips  
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Getting Our Clocks Cleaned By Daylight Saving Time

Despite the best efforts of myself and my far more diligent wife, two no, three at least four timepieces in our house are set to what we still call "Standard Time," even though it now constitutes only a minority of the year. Were that chore up to me alone, only...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  March 9, 2009; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  Digital culture , Gripes  
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