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  • Opinion: It's Clear Why Software Patents Need to Disappear

    If there's any lesson to be learned from Google's news-making activities these past few days, it's that software patents are a problem.

  • Opinion: Google-Motorola Deal: Pundits Weigh In

    Google's bid to acquire Motorola Mobility is a brilliant move that will stave off Android's patent attackers. Or it's act of desperation that will force Android phone makers to adopt rival platforms. Or it was simply something that Google had to do, for better or worse.

  • Opinion: Stop Gmail From Downloading Too Many Messages

    Recently I helped a family member set up a new PC, which included installing Windows Live Mail 2011 and configuring it for use with her Gmail account. Just one problem: she has something like 75,000 messages in this account, and Live Mail insisted on downloading them all. Needless to say, the program choked on that much mail; it was barely operable.

  • Opinion: Microsoft Pokes Fun at Google in Video: 'The GMailman'

    Microsoft may have taken another swing at Google and, more specifically, Gmail in the form of a spoof video that was allegedly shown to rally the Office 365 salesforce at the Microsoft Global Exchange conference last week.

  • Opinion: Download a Free Home-Inventory Spreadsheet

    In recent weeks I've had something of a wake-up call: several friends and family members have had their houses broken into and some expensive possessions stolen. I'm talking laptops, big-screen TVs, and the like. This got me wondering how prepared I'd be if the same thing happened to me. For example, would I be able to provide serial numbers to the police? And how could I prove my losses to my insurance company?

  • Opinion: Apple iPad, Day 24: Securing and Protecting the iPad

    30 Days With the iPad: Day 24

  • Opinion: AT&T Customers Attempt to Block T-Mobile Merger

    AT&T's plan to buy T-Mobile isn't just making industry rivals uneasy, it's also spurring resistance from customers.

  • Opinion: Combine Google Docs with Microsoft Office

    I'm finally starting to use Google Docs for word processing and creating spreadsheets on a regular basis. Like a lot of users, however, I'm still more comfortable working in Microsoft Office on my desktop. Google Docs however, provides a very handy service in that you can sign in from any computer anywhere in the world and access all your files. So how can you get the best of both worlds--comfortable desktop editing and the convenience of having your files in the cloud? A program called Syncdocs (free) has the solution.

  • Opinion: Sony VAIO Z Series - the ultimate, and most expensive, ultraportable notebook?

    Now Apple is the industry leader in quality notebook design, but Sony is still using its expertise to try to out-shrink the doyen of consumer electronics.

  • Opinion: Lync Is the Unsung Hero of Microsoft Office 365

    After more than eight months of hype from Microsoft and analysis from PCWorld and our peers, Microsoft's cloud-based productivity suite, Office 365, formally goes live Tuesday with Microsoft launch events from New York and around the world.

  • Opinion: How to Stop Hack Attacks In One Easy Step: Whitelisting

    Anonymous, LulzSec, and others have demonstrated time and time again over the past few months that hacking networks and compromising data is mere child's play. Does that mean there is nothing we can do, and that organizations should just accept inadequate security? No. At least one security expert believes that the answer to defending networks and data against the rise in attacks is simple--whitelisting.

  • Opinion: Invisible tablet war hots up

    It's time for tablet makers to stop telling us about their fabulous devices, and start making them available.

  • Opinion: Why E-Books Are Bad for You

    At first glance, e-readers and e-books seem like a good thing for consumers and business users. After all, they've been found to increase the amount of reading people do, and prices on the readers keep getting lower, putting them within reach of an ever-larger proportion of the world.

  • Opinion: Day 8: Setting Up E-mail in Evolution

    Time to move on. No, I haven't actually resolved all of my issues with getting Ubuntu Linux to display the way I would like it to on my external monitor, but I have wasted enough time toying with that, and frankly it's giving me a migraine. So, in fairness to Linux, I am switching gears.

  • Opinion: Is My Ex Spying on Me?

    A reader's estranged husband told her he's spying on her email. Could this be true?

  • Opinion: Sony Hacked Again: How Not to Do Network Security

    Yes. As unbelievable as it may seem, Sony was hacked again. It is not (entirely) Sony's fault that it is the target du jour for hackers everywhere. But, it is Sony's fault that its networks and servers seem to be trivial to hack and easy to pwn.

  • Opinion: Gmail Tips: Preview Messages, Insert Images, and More

    For a while now I've been stuck using my Web browser to access my Gmail accounts, rather than using Microsoft Outlook as I prefer. (It's all because of the computer meltdown I mentioned last week.) Gmail's Web interface gets the job done, but there's one thing about it that drives me nuts: no preview pane.

  • Opinion: How to get 10-meg broadband, anywhere in the UK

    As we reported earlier, Eutelsat Communications today announced affordable, always-on broadband for everyone in the UK, regardless of where they live in relation to the nearest phone exchange.

  • Opinion: Increase the Number of Visible Messages in Gmail

    The other day I told you how to show only unread messages in your Gmail inbox. Part of the reasoning behind that was that older unread mail would often get forced "off the page" by newer messages, thus increasing the chances of it getting overlooked.

  • Opinion: Day 25: Don't Lose Your Google Docs Data

    Now that I have spent the last 24 days prolifically cranking out 30 Days With...Google Docs blog posts and feature articles on various subjects, I have a fair amount of content built up in Google Docs. So, the question I inevitably ask myself is "hey, what happens if Google crashes and my data disappears?"



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