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More Software Opinion

  • Opinion: Microsoft Office: 32- or 64-bit?

    Björn Odent asked if he should install the 32- or 64-bit version of Microsoft Office 2010 on his 64-bit PC.

  • Opinion: Facing Closure, OpenOffice.org Makes a Plea for Survival

    The OpenOffice.org office productivity suite has had something of a wild ride ever since it fell into Oracle's hands with the acquisition of Sun early last year, and now it looks like that ride may be coming to an end.

  • Opinion: Did iOS 5 Delete Your Apps, Music, and Data? Here's Help

    Apple's iOS 5 is supposed to take the hassle out of updates and backups by handling it all automatically through iCloud. But to get iOS 5, you've still got to go through iTunes, and if something goes wrong, the update may erase your apps and data in the process.

  • Opinion: Microsoft Releases Security Update for IE9

    Microsoft has released a cumulative update to its Internet Explorer web browser. The company says the update will address eight privately-reported security vulnerabilities found in the software.

  • Opinion: Cool Features Your iPhone 4 Gets After Downloading Apple iOS 5

    Apple's major overhaul of its iOS operating system arrives today, but amidst the excitement comes a major concern: Will iOS 5 function properly on older model iPhones? Or will there be an added circle of bricked-iPhone hell comparable to what happened in 2010 when the iPhone 3G took on iOS 4?

  • Opinion: PDF-Xchange Viewer

    Adobe's popular PDF format makes files look great--at least, when the original material does--and Adobe Reader lets everyone look at the files for free. However, you can't make annotations to those documents unless someone with the full Acrobat program has saved the PDF in an editable form. If you've got a locked-down PDF, you're out of luck... unless you've got Tracker Software's free PDF-Xchange Viewer.

  • Opinion: MMORPG NEStalgia Looks Like 1987, Plays Like 2011

    NEStalgia may be something unique, or at least rare: a game that takes a modern genre, the graphical MMORPG, and transports it back in time to the late 1980s, well before even the oldest MMOs were envisioned. Text-based MU*s were around, of course, but 'MMORPG' generally refers to consumer games with graphical interfaces. Many older MMORPGs, such as Meridian 59, are still kicking but NEStalgia goes them one better creating an MMO in the style of 8-bit NES games such as the earliest iterations of Final Fantasy.

  • Opinion: Copy Mail's autocomplete database to a new Mac

    You've just started using a brand-new Mac. You launch Mail.app and start to compose an email to a friend. That's when it hits you: You haven't yet sent any messages on the new machine, so Mail.app hasn't had any addresses to remember, so it can't autocomplete your friend's address when you begin to type his name. Drat! Fortunately, as Marco Arment recently blogged, there's a way to copy Mail.app's autocomplete database from your old setup to your new one. (Marco also happens to be the developer of Macworld favorite Instapaper.)

  • Opinion: Few Businesses Have Unified Communications: Poll Results

    Two days ago, we asked both business managers and IT managers about how much they had unified their various communications services. Based on the responses to the polls, very few have integrated some combination of voice, fax, email, video conferencing or instant messaging services.

  • Opinion: iOS 5 vs. Android: Similar Features, Different Approaches

    When Apple launches iOS 5 next week, iPhone and iPad users will get a bunch of features that Android users already enjoy, including notifications, wireless syncing, and PC-free operation.

  • Opinion: Want to Revive an Old Netbook? Try Lubuntu

    Raise your hand if this sounds familiar: You bought a netbook a couple years back, thinking it would be your go-to travel PC, but quickly became dissatisfied with its sluggish performance--and stuck it in a closet.

  • Opinion: Get Started With the Vim Text Editor

    A couple of years ago, I took an Introduction to Software Development class, in which we covered Unix and used Vim to write a few simple programs. I didn't really get the point of Vim at the time; I simply thought that it was the only way to edit files in the Terminal. But after looking back and spending some more time with it, I can understand why there are so many die-hard Vim fans out there.

  • Opinion: Critical Updates Coming from Microsoft Next Week

    Next Tuesday is the second Tuesday in October, and that means it is Microsoft Patch Tuesday. Overall, it is a moderate month in terms of patch volume, but the couple that are rated as Critical should be addressed quickly to prevent exploits.

  • Opinion: Five Unique Features that Set 'Mango' Apart

    With the attention on Apple this week and the unveiling of the iPhone 5...I mean iPhone 4S, it is easy to forget about other mobile devices. But, Microsoft is pushing out "Mango" to current Windows Phone 7 users, and new Windows Phone 7.5 "Mango" devices will be hitting shelves soon as well--probably about the same time that the iPhone 4S officially launches.

  • Opinion: Siri: FAQs About the iPhone 4s Personal Assistant

    Apple baked in iOS 5 a surprise feature that allows you to have a conversation with your phone. It's called Siri: a voice-enabled personal assistant feature that uses the built-in Apple apps on an iPhone to find the information you ask it for. Here's what you need to know about Siri:

  • Opinion: Make Open Tabs Reappear When You Restart Your Browser

    I tend to keep a lot of tabs open in my browser. Some of them are pages I haven't had a chance to read yet, while others are items I'm queuing to write about in the coming days. The thing is, I don't want to leave my computer running just so I can keep all these tabs "live." Nor do I want to bookmark them, as I don't intend to store them permanently.

  • Opinion: Adobe Eyes Creatives With Cloud Service, Photoshop App

    If you are a Web designer, graphic designer, or other creative professional, most likely you work with the Adobe suite of products. Up until now, you haven't been able to migrate your work to your tablet PC of choice. That's about to change. Adobe on Tuesday announced two products available in the coming months that will drastically shift how creative professionals will work: Adobe Creative Cloud and Adobe Touch Apps for tablets.

  • Opinion: Exec: Apple--Not Piracy--Is Movie Industry's Big Problem

    Piracy is less of an issue for the movie industry than is the dominance of the digital distribution channel by a single company, such as Apple.

  • Opinion: Browsing Tips: Slow-Loading Sites, Google Chrome Tweak

    True story: I'd been getting fed up with Firefox, in part because it was acting sluggish and flaky, so I decided to give Google's Chrome browser a try. And by "try," I mean make it my primary browser for a couple weeks.

  • Opinion: Apple Seeds Final iOS 5 Gold Master Beta to Developers

    iOS 5 won't be out until October 12, but if you're a registered iOS developer, you can get your hands on the gold master release today.



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