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Tue
08
Dec
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Migrating to Win7: How to Mount Your XP Drive Image

I've decided to put together step-by-step instructions on how to use Acronis True Image 2010 to migrate from Windows XP to Windows 7. I'm doing this for two reasons: 1. We currently have a sale on Acronis True Image on our website at 25% off . The ... proceeds will go directly to support our site. 2. Most folks will have time during the holidays to perform the Windows XP to Windows 7 upgrade . It will take a few days to do because it will require you to do a fresh install of Windows. But before that you need to backup what you have and then be able to access the data later after Windows 7 is ... (view more)

Fri
25
Sep
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Bing Search Continues to Bang Away at Google's Lead

Microsoft's new search engine Bing continues to take small but steady steps towards chipping away at Google. Since its release in June, Bing has inch by inch racked up increasing market percentages each month, with August being no exception. Last ... month it was reported that Microsoft's short but impressive gains for July moved to 8.9 per cent of the total market, according to research firm ComScore. That was up nearly an entire percentage point from the days of Live Search, the name bequeathed to Microsoft's search engine before the arrival of the more cutting-edge Bing mid-summer. Bing ... (view more)

Fri
18
Sep
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MS Targets Scareware Peddlers with 5 New Lawsuits

Microsoft is hoping to cleanse the Internet of malicious advertisements after filing a series of lawsuits against five companies accused of tricking innocent people into installing malware and spyware onto their computers. Microsoft has targeted ... DirectAd Solutions, Soft Solutions, qiweroqw.com, ote2008.info and ITmeter, claiming that these companies have used their advertisements to "distribute malicious software that peddles 'scareware' to unsuspecting Internet users." (Source: networkworld.com ) Scare Tactics Trick Users In a nutshell, scareware ads are dubious messages that "scare" ... (view more)

Wed
16
Sep
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Bing's New Visual Search: Attractive, but Limited

Microsoft has launched a new feature for its Bing search engine that displays results as images rather than a list of websites. While the images are attractive, its appeal is likely to be limited. This isn't the same feature as the image search ... options available on most major websites, including Bing (which was recently accused of using explicit language to attract visitors). Those look specifically for images which best match the search term. Instead, the image results involve displaying specific categories of information in a visual form. For example, somebody searching for information on ... (view more)

Mon
07
Sep
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Microsoft Rallies for Bing, iPhone Integration

Microsoft wants more iPhone applications to use Bing as their default search tools. While not developing apps itself, Microsoft has released a toolkit to allow independent firms to power their apps' searching with Bing. At the moment, Google is the ... default search engine on the iPhone, with Yahoo the alternative option. Anyone wanting to use Bing must use the web browser to type in the site's address rather than using search bars. That's not easy with smartphones such as the iPhone where small and fiddly keyboards make manual searches inconvenient. Many users prefer to use dedicated ... (view more)

Mon
31
Aug
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'Vista Services Optimizer', and 'Search Select'

Vista Services Optimizer By default, Windows Vista (out of the box) runs very slow on a new PC. To optimize Vista, you can disable unwanted Windows Vista services, reduce CPU usage and save system memory using Vista Services Optimizer. ... http://smartpcutilities.com Search Select Select text in a document or website and then search for it with favorite search engine using CTRL + SHIFT + C. No more having to copy the text, open a web browser, go to Google (or similar), paste text into search box, and hit enter. Just highlight and press a key combo. Easy! Switch search engines with a click of the ... (view more)

Wed
26
Aug
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Yahoo Reasserts Identity, despite MS-Yahoo Search Deal

After making strides to revamp their search functions in order to better compete with Google and Bing, Yahoo has gone on public record to describe their current deal with Microsoft as "purely business." It's an effort by the company to show the ... public that it is not (yet) merely a 'subject' of the Redmond-based software giant's spreading kingdom. Yahoo plans to "put a new face" on Yahoo Messenger and Mail, while adding even more functions to its search engine. This doesn't mean that Yahoo will not rely on Microsoft to power their search queries. Yahoo only wishes to clarify that, as one ... (view more)

Fri
07
Aug
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'CopyMark', and 'Firefox Super Search'

CopyMark CopyMark is a benchmark program used to simulate of real world file transfer performance. It generates files and then transfers them using the Windows Shell or Finder in Mac's OS X. A report can be generated into .CSV (comma space delimited ... file) and has an optional plotting feature. http://sourceforge.net Firefox Super Search FSS is a Firefox add-on that combines over 160 of the top search engines and people searches in one convenient utility. It includes 67 searches that can be done right from the toolbar without having to visit each site and retype the name or search term. http:// ... (view more)

Fri
31
Jul
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MS Uses Internet Community to Improve Bing Results

In an effort to solve a number of early computational problems, Microsoft has now called upon the Internet community to help improve the accuracy of current and future Bing -generated search results. Microsoft is set to release a new online game ... called Page Hunt that is designed to illicit user interaction and responses. The information extracted from this game will provide query alterations for use in search refinement and identify other vital issues. (Source: yahoo.com ) Generate a Hit Word, Find the URL The game seems quite fun. A player is shown a random web page with only the URL missing ... (view more)

Fri
17
Jul
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MS, Yahoo Rehash Search Merger, Deal 'Closest Yet'

Some senior Microsoft search bosses have reportedly flown to California for face-to-face talks with Yahoo management over a search merge. The two sides are said to be at their closest point to a deal to date. According to a report by the All Things ... Digital site, the two sides are being even more secretive than usual. However, it quotes a source as saying "It is down to the short strokes, for sure; it is just a question if we can finally close this." (Source: allthingsd.com ) Naturally, the finer points of any potential deal are under wraps at the moment. However, some general principles have ... (view more)

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