The Big Boys’ Mea Culpas

I find it interesting that companies can get things so wrong. News Corp just sold off Myspace for a fraction of its original price today, effectively admitting it didn’t get social media. Microsoft famously came late to the table with the Internet, and then has been late to more or less every party since. It’s …

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Vista: Preloaded With Gunk

My colleague Walt Mossberg writes a scathing piece about preloaded Vista machines; definitely worth a read. I’m trying installing Vista on a virgin machine, and the experience isn’t much better so far. clipped from ptech.wsj.com I have set up many computers over the years, so I wasn’t shocked that the out-of-box experience was less than …

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Loose Bits, Nov 28 2006

From my PR intray, some surprisingly interesting little odds and ends: LocalCooling is a 100% Free power management tool from Uniblue Labs that allows users to optimize their energy savings in minutes and as a result reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions. The software “automatically optimizes your PC’s power consumption by using a more effective power save …

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A Communicator Killer?

I tend to think of the Nokia Communicator (aka The Brick) as a somewhat retrograde device, popular to folk who haven’t quite caught up with the shape of things to come (aka The Smartphone). But Indonesians and Germans don’t agree (link to a podcast I did on the subject for the BBC), using the Communicator …

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Why It’s Called a USB Drive

The USB is finding its way into your car. CNN.com/AP reports of two new USB connections in cars: Volkswagen, Europe’s biggest automaker, is … making the USB connection an option on its Golf, Golf Plus and Touran models in December and on remaining models next year. Just plug your device into a built-in console in …

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Plaxo Etiquette: Moral High Ground Or Cheap Stunt?

Plaxo, the online contacts exchange that got some good, and bad, press two years back, is trying to brush up its members’ manners with some Plaxo Etiquette: Each and every new technology has a learning curve as we figure out how to use it, and use it well. Remember when you’d frequently see people talking …

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The End Of Free Faxing?

What’s up with eFax, also known as j2, the (supposedly) free Internet fax people? I received an email from j2 Global Communications today that said Dear Jeremy, Your account has been suspended and your eFax number 1-973-215-1210 is no longer accepting faxes. If you wish to keep your eFax account, you may upgrade and reactivate …

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How To Eliminate Offline Swaging And Avoid A P-Punch

I read a lot of press releases in a day, but usually I try to read them in the early morning, because they seem to make more sense then. Don’t ask me why. But rarely do I enjoy reading a press release; they’re boring, self-promoting (of course), hard to decipher and often not closely related …

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Gmail, Gator and Spam

Gmail: Better than spam?   ClickZ reports that an interesting side effect of Google’s new ad-supported email application, Gmail, are contextual ads from competitors. “Because the contextual ads are targeted based on e-mail message content, as determined by Google’s technology, commercial messages are the ones most likely to trigger ads. That’s because they’re most likely to …

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News: Mac New OS Scrubs Data

 Microsoft must be rubbing its hands with glee. Mac users are reporting a major problem with Apple’s new operating system, Mac OS X 10.3, better known as Panther: it erases data on external drives. For many this is fatal, Wired reports, since many Mac users backed up their files to an external FireWire drive before installing the …

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