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Faster Forward: October 11, 2009 - October 17, 2009

Windows 7: Our Long National Vista Nightmare Is Over

You're not going to have Windows Vista to kick around anymore; on Thursday, its successor Windows 7 debuts. As I write in today's column, 7 has issues of its own. You shouldn't mistake Microsoft's new release for some transcendental reinvention of Windows, or even an advance on the order of...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  October 16, 2009; 10:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
Categories:  Windows  
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Microsoft Says It Can Recover 'Most' Sidekick Data

The hundreds of thousands of users of T-Mobile's Sidekick phones may yet recover the contacts, calendars, notes and other personal data that a server meltdown had apparently vaporized last weekend. Early this morning, Microsoft, which took over the Sidekick's data-synchronization service when it bought Sidekick developer Danger Inc. last year,...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  October 15, 2009; 11:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Gadgets  
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One Last Look at My Windows Vista Review

Those of us who write about computing for a living can be so busy trying out the next would-be-big thing that we often forget to follow up on our past predictions. So I was happy to see Technologizer tech writer Harry McCracken spent some time re-reading some of the first...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  October 14, 2009; 12:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Recommended reading , The business we have chosen , Windows  
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Microsoft to Replace Works With 'Office 2010 Starter'

One of the older products in Microsoft's stable will be put out to pasture next year when the company ships the next version of its Office productivity suite: Microsoft Works, its low-end, somewhat-simplified bundle of word processing, spreadsheet, database and calendar tools. Works -- which dates back to the days...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  October 13, 2009; 11:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Productivity , Windows  
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PostPoints tip: My usual nag--backup your data

This week began with news breaking of how Microsoft lost the saved data--contacts, calendar, to-do lists, photos, notes and more--of up to a million users of T-Mobile's Sidekick smartphones. That makes it a better time than usual to renew a reminder that should be familiar by now: Back up your...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  October 13, 2009; 9:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Sidekick Users See Their Data Vanish Into a Cloud

A server meltdown over the weekend wiped out the master copies of personal data -- including address books, calendars, to-do lists and photos -- accumulated by users of T-Mobile's formerly popular Sidekick smartphone. This computing calamity allows Sidekick owners only a faint hope of backing up the information currently on...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  October 12, 2009; 11:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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