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  • Opinion: Windows 8 Gets Sad New Blue Screen of Death

    Microsoft's next release of their flagship operating system, Windows 8, will sport an updated error screen, most commonly referred to as the 'Blue Screen of Death' (BSoD). For those fortunate enough to not run into the infamous error message over the years (anybody?), here's a little history lesson:

  • Opinion: PR Uncial Is a History Lesson in Digital Font-Making

    Canadian font designer Peter Rempel brings his love of handwritten letterforms to the screen with a free download of PR Uncial, a playful introduction to the art of calligraphic forms.

  • Opinion: TechCrunch Disrupt Startups Show Small Business Tools

    At TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco this week, start-ups presented a slew of new cloud-based services built to help small businesses. These include business management, analytics, and conferencing tools. The freemium payment model, whereby a free service has premium features available for a price, is the model of choice. Here are some highlights from the start-ups with tools and services for small businesses.

  • Opinion: Windows Server 8: What We Know So Far

    I know it is not as glamorous or flashy as Windows 8 with its Metro UI, and touchscreen magic, but Microsoft has some other tricks up its sleeve for this BUILD conference. The day 2 keynote focused on Windows Server 8 which is just as bold an evolution--if not moreso--than its desktop sibling.

  • Opinion: MS Planning 'Significant' Ad Platform for Windows 8 Apps

    Microsoft's store for Metro-style applications will play a big role in Windows 8, so it's no surprise that the company is planning a first-party ad platform for app developers. At a session on the Windows 8 app store at Microsoft's Build conference, Partner Director Ted Dworkin teased the company's plans.

  • Opinion: New 'Freemium' Cloud Music Service Works on All Devices

    A new music service that allows members to store their music in the cloud and play it anywhere on any device was launched today by a company called TriPlay.

  • Opinion: Windows 8 Will Take Laptop Touchpads to the Next Level

    If you've used a Windows 7 laptop with a "multitouch" touchpad, you've likely been a little disappointed to see that it offers only a few gestures: pinch to zoom, twist to rotate, two-finger scrolling, maybe three-finger swiping. The functionality is handy, but it's a long way from having a touchpad that behaves like a little multitouch touchscreen.

  • Opinion: Windows 8: Way Too Early for the Hype

    Windows 8 looks awesome! I watched the keynote--a couple times actually. I am impressed. There are too many cool, "gee whiz" features and capabilities to even cover in a single post. Even with all that, though, I am having trouble getting caught up in the breathless excitement of it all.

  • Opinion: Quickly Strip Double-Spaces from Word Documents

    If you're over the age of 40, you probably took a typing class in school--and learned that it's proper to leave two spaces after a period.

  • Opinion: Create a looping slideshow

    Reader Katie Peterson seeks help with a family issue. She writes:

  • Opinion: Windows 8 App Store: What We Know So Far

    Wondering what buying apps in Windows 8 will be like using Microsoft's new app store, dubbed the Windows Store? Microsoft shared some details Tuesday about its plans during the company's keynote at the BUILD developer conference.

  • Opinion: Windows 8 to Natively Support USB 3.0, Mobile Broadband Modems

    Windows 8 should make using your peripherals easier and more efficient, especially if you use a USB 3.0 device or a dongle-style modem to connect to a mobile broadband network.

  • Opinion: Windows 8 Features for Laptop Users

    Microsoft showed off many tablet-centric features from its radical redesign of Windows 8 at its BUILD developers' conference on Thursday, but still promised to support desktop and laptop users who own interact with their computers using traditional keyboards and mice. All the swiping and pinching aside, the BUILD conference gave us a peek at some advantages the upcoming operating system might have for laptop users.

  • Opinion: Why Be a Pirate? Use Open Source Software Instead

    Close to half of all computer users around the world tend to get their software illegally, and business decision-makers are no exception.

  • Opinion: Five Cool Services Unveiled at TechCrunch Disrupt 2011

    The TechCrunch Disrupt 2011 conference, held this week in San Francisco, is known as a gathering where high-tech start-ups can strut their stuff.

  • Opinion: Windows 8 Preview Release Downloadable Tonight

    Want to give Windows 8's new look a try? Starting tonight, you'll be able to download a Windows 8 developer preview release straight from Microsoft.

  • Opinion: Fine-Tune Windows AutoPlay, Restore System Tray Icons

    It's been a while since I've gathered up Windows tips for you. I know, I've been remiss. So this week I've got a great tip on fine-tuning Windows Vista and 7's AutoPlay settings, and I help a reader find his missing Windows 7 system tray icons.

  • Opinion: Store and Share Your Media With Free 4Shared

    4Shared is more than just a virtual drive for storing your digital content. And it's more than just a service for sharing that content with friends and family. 4Shared (free) accomplishes both of these tasks, but with its browser-based sharing of audio and video, it also does more than that.

  • Opinion: My Circles for iPhone

    If you’re one of those “power” iPhone users who likes to send text messages and emails in bulk, the free my Circles offering from Vine Creative is a handy tool.

  • Opinion: Identity Finder 5.1 helps keep your personal data secure

    Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of your hard drives? Identity Finder, that's who. This scanning program is dedicated to rooting out personal information cached without encryption anywhere on your computer's internal and attached disks. It can also securely delete, encrypt, or move files with troubling personal details.



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