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Faster Forward: December 20, 2009 - December 26, 2009

A top-10 list shows online movie availability creeping up the charts

Last weekend, the Post's arts critics weighed in with their lists of the year's best movies, music, plays, fashion and so on--which means it's time to play another round of "can I download that movie at a legitimate site, or does Hollywood only want to sell or rent a DVD?"

By Rob Pegoraro  |  December 23, 2009; 5:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Video  
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No, Microsoft Word's not going to vanish on Jan. 11

Pay no attention to headlines predicting that Microsoft Word will be banished from store shelves on Jan. 11 because of a patent ruling. The widely-used word processor isn't going anywhere, nor does today's ruling (PDF) by the District-based United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit represent any sort...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  December 22, 2009; 3:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Policy and politics  
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PostPoints tips: Ease holiday tech troubleshooting

Few family gatherings these days seem complete without a "can you take a look at the computer?" request from a host to a guest. If you, as a guest, frequently find yourself asked to provide that tech support, remember to pack two extra things in your luggage--a spare, high-capacity USB...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  December 22, 2009; 9:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Tips  
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Snowbound but not offline

As Washington-area readers can attest, we've had a little snow this weekend. As in, anywhere from 16 inches to two feet. So that's kept a lot of people in their homes, or at best in their neighborhoods--and in response, most of them seem to have jumped online to post Facebook...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  December 21, 2009; 4:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Digital culture  
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