applications

Fri
16
Mar
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Microsoft Pays Big Bucks to Acquire Tellme Networks

Microsoft has reportedly made its most pricey acquisition since 2002. The Redmond-based company purchased Tellme Networks, and although the price remains undisclosed, it is estimated to be upwards of $800 million. (Source: theregister.co.uk ) Tellme ... Networks is a voice recognition company and has made a name for itself by becoming a leader in recognizing and responding to voice inquiries on the telephone. Tellme currently powers over 40% of all directory assistance calls in the US. (Source: arstechnica.com ) Meanwhile, Microsoft has been experimenting with voice recognition capabilities for ... (view more)

Wed
28
Feb
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Microsoft Releases Vista-Compatible Apps List

If you're wondering how compatible a number of applications are with Vista, you'll be pleased to hear that Microsoft's latest operating system supports most notable entries. The company has recently released an official list, which includes 100 of ... Microsoft's own products. In addition, a number of surprises appear from direct competitors of the Washington state based company, like Google Toolbar. The list Microsoft has comprised is officially called its "Certified" applications. The titles that make the grade have been labeled "Certified for Windows Vista", in a somewhat similar manner to ... (view more)

Thu
16
Nov
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The Time Has Come: Thoughts on Vista, Microsoft, and Web 2.0

"The time has come," the Walrus said," to speak of many things. Of shoes and ships and sealing wax, Of cabbages and kings..." Not that I liken myself to the Walrus in Lewis Carroll's 'The Walrus and the Carpenter', but it is still time to speak of ... many things. In fact, things are changing with the speed of a run-away freight train, and you need to know the facts before things get out of hand. This is truly a cautionary exercise and not a case of 'Chicken Littleism'. Microsoft and Novell Microsoft and Novell entered into a collaborative agreement a couple weeks ago to develop a set of ... (view more)

Tue
18
Apr
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Linux 101, Part 2

In my previous article , we discussed choosing a Linux 'distro'. As I pointed out, the choice is highly personal and depends upon your needs. The next step of course is installing Linux. With that said, I've highlighted key differences between the ... types of installations commonly bundled with Linux distributions. The Linux Desktop: Choose between Gnome, KDE, and XFCE Let's start with the Desktop. There are several to choose from. If you were to ask twenty people that used Linux regularly, which they would recommend, you would get a handful of answers, but the two that would get the most ... (view more)

Thu
13
Apr
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Linux 101

Linux is on the rise and we can all thank Microsoft for it! People around the world are tired of Microsoft's heavy handedness in their marketing ploys and in foisting off a lousy Operating System commonly known as Windows. After years of putting up ... with high pricing, program bloat, and the constant need to Update and Upgrade because of coding errors and insufficient operation, people are turning to Linux in greater numbers. Are you one of them? This article is offered to help you decide which Linux will be right for you and to give you a few resources so you can make an educated decision. At ... (view more)

Tue
28
Feb
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'Send To Commander', and 'Applications Priority Master'

Send To Commander Take the full control of your SendTo right-click menu and customize it by organizing better its shortcuts. http://users.spark.net.gr/~stamatb/freesoft/sendto_commander.htm Applications Priority Master Run programs with your ... desirable pre-defined priority. http://users.spark.net.gr/~stamatb/freesoft/app_priority_master.htm (view more)

Tue
15
Nov
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Spyware Infection Symptoms

Below you will find some of the most common indicators of malware infection. Should you be experiencing any of these symptoms, I strongly suggest you run your anti-virus scanner, along with your anti-spyware scanners. A combination of more than 2-3 ... of any of these symptoms could mean a major clean up is in order. -The homepage of your browser is changed suddenly, and you have no clue as to how it happened. This is commonly called a browser hijack , and one of the most notorious of these infections is CoolWebSearch. -You suddenly notice an 'extra' toolbar on IE and once again you didn't ... (view more)

Thu
02
Jun
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'Online Pdf Conversion', and 'Unofficial Web Applications List'

Online PDF Conversion Makes it possible for anyone to instantly convert their files to PDF or Image without the need of installing special software. http://convert.neevia.com/ Unofficial Web Applications List Folks like OddPost and Google have also ... been pushing the boundaries of browser-based technologies really hard, with the result that we have seen some really amazing web applications in recent years, such as Google Suggest and Google Maps. There is no doubt the feet of progress will continue to march on, and we should see even more fantastic web applications in the coming years. This site ... (view more)

Wed
27
Oct
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More Security Issues concerning the new Windows Firewall

Recall -- Yesterday, I posted a comment on the fact that the new Windows Firewall (present in XP Service Pack 2) does not monitor outgoing traffic. As we discovered, this is especially problematic for Spyware attacks, as it may be possible for a ... Spyware program to extract personal information from your computer and relay it to a third party -- all without you knowing about it. Infopackets Reader Tom M. writes: " Dennis: [in reference to your original article], you mused as to why Microsoft hasn't followed the ideology of full firewall protection. Might I cynically speculate that it may ... (view more)

Thu
19
Aug
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CD Mastering Software

Since writing this newsletter, I have received a number of questions with respect to burning CD recordable discs. One question came from Infopackets Reader Bob T., who recently asked how it was possible to transport movie files from his computer ... onto his DVD player. Bob writes: " Dennis, I have a number of .MPEG movie files that I've downloaded through Kazaa. Friends tell me it is possible to play these files using my DVD player, but I need special CD burning software to do it. Is this true? If so, what program do you recommend? " And Infopackets Reader Sheila S. asked how to ... (view more)

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