News: The Sim Franchise Rolls On

 I don’t know whether to be excited or appalled at how Electronic Arts have turned the Sim thing into such a money-making business. Purists weren’t that enamored of Sim City 4, and my computer is not really powerful enough for it to be fun, and The Sims Online has not been the great follow-up to …

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Update: X1 Improvements On Their Way

 Further to my posting about X1, the indexing program, X1’s chief cook Mark Goodstein says they are promising an update soon that includes: PDF (Acrobat_ and Zip contents indexing. Attachments indexing and display (for Outlook and Eudora). Tighter Outlook integration (responding, moving, etc., from within X1). Some improvements in the interface and performance stuff. Sounds …

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Mail: Is X1 Really A Rat?

 A reader wrote the following about X1, an search and indexing program which I reviewed recently:   I read your article, liked what I heard, and installed the product.  It is as good as you described. However, I had reason to run PestPatrol, due to some weird behavior against my ZoneAlarm Pro firewall. The run of …

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Column addon: RFID

  Further to my column in today’s FEER (subscription required) about the possibilities and pitfalls of Radio Frequency Identification, or RFID, here’s the full text of answers from Alan Melling, Symbol Technology’s Senior Director, of EPC Solutions.   What are the real benefits of this technology?    Without a doubt, the ability to achieve 100 percent real-time …

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News: Your Remote Can Now Make Coffee

  It’s inevitable, I guess, but your remote now looks more like a PDA than a PDA does. RCA have just released three new “universal learning remotes” which can control multiple components and can implement multiple commands with the SmartMacro? feature. “The new line of RCA LCD remote controls reflects a shift in the remote control …

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News: Pssst! Wanna See Some SMS?

 A sign of the times? ThreeZee Technology, Inc., a security research firm, has located a bug within the Verizon Wireless Text Messaging system which allows any Tom, Dick or Harry to “easily view mass lists of SMS messages sent to Verizon customers, including the telephone number and the text in the message”. Not just that: …

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Mail: MSGTAG “a misuse of email”

 For those of you following the discussion about MSGTAG, the service that alerts you to when emails you send are opened by their recipients, Russ Winter responds to MSGTAG’s defence of its product. Russ raises some good points.   Personally and professionally, I must admit to fundamentally disagreeing with any business or product approach that …

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Mail: MSGTAG Replies

Good software always seems to be controversial. That’s not to say there’s not two sides to the debate: Those who think Plaxo is a scam to get you to give up your private data aren’t exactly right, but they may not be exactly wrong, either: time will tell whether it becomes a great service or …

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Note: Getting Your Head Around Spam

 This is not new, but worth passing on to those folk that would like to understand spam a bit better. Spam is a pain for all of us, and it’s not likely to get better. But the more we understand it, the more we can do something about it. If you think it’s just a …

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Update: New Version of Plaxo

 Users of Plaxo, the automated contacts updating software I reviewed a few weeks back, may have noticed some new features popping up in the past couple of days. One is that Plaxo can tell you whether the email you receive is coming from an existing contact or a stranger and whether the information about them …

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