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Faster Forward: April 26, 2009 - May 2, 2009

Broadband Caps: Is A Meter Running While You Read This?

Today's column picks up on a concept that's been noted here before -- "usage-based billing" for Internet access. The post I did last month on the subject, noting Time Warner Cable's shelving of its plans to sell metered Internet access, generated some interesting comments that got me thinking further. That...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  May 1, 2009; 10:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Telecom  
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Microsoft Updates Office 2007 With "Service Pack 2"

This week brought a major update to Microsoft Office 2007 -- Service Pack 2, a free download that fixes bugs, improves performance and adds a few new features in the company's bundle of productivity applications (see my review). This update should arrive automatically if you use Windows' Microsoft Update option,...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  April 30, 2009; 11:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Productivity  
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Time Warner (Finally) Ready To Hit Undo Key On AOL Deal

This doesn't exactly qualify as surprising news, but Time Warner has publicly declared that it's ready to divest itself off AOL, the company it merged with back in 2001. As fellow Post blogger Michael Rosenwald notes on The Ticker, a paragraph on page 5 in its latest quarterly filing (PDF)...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  April 29, 2009; 1:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  The Web , Tips  
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Smartphone Wishful Thinking: Verizon iPhones, New Android Devices, Palm Prē Pricing

There's a lot of chatter going on around about the possibility of a version of Apple's iPhone coming out for Verizon Wireless--stoked by recent reports of the two companies discussing how to make such a thing happen. I realize the appeal of such a thing: Verizon's coverage is better than...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  April 28, 2009; 12:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Gadgets , Telecom  
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PostPoints tip: Two (or more) Gmail addresses for the price of one

If you have an account on Google's free Gmail e-mail service, you can get more use out of that account by creating extra Gmail addresses that all funnel mail to the same inbox--a helpful thing if, say, you'd like to give one address out to companies and another to friends....

By Rob Pegoraro  |  April 28, 2009; 9:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Can You Clean A Keyboard In A Dishwasher? (Updated)

For years, I've been reading testimonials that you can clean a filthy-beyond-redemption keyboard in a dishwasher. The instructions all pretty much follow this pattern: Set the machine on its delicate setting, put in a little or no soap, don't use the heated-dry cycle, give it a few days to air-dry...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  April 27, 2009; 11:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
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