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  • Opinion: Leaked Details: Dell Latitude ST Windows 7 Tablet

    Dell could be the first to release a tablet ready for Windows 8, but leaked details suggest that Dell will launch the tablet in October equipped with Windows 7. The Dell Latitude ST (the more likely official name of the device codenamed 'Peju') faces a challenging array of tablet competitors, but it caters to a different audience.

  • Opinion: Where to Watch the Last Space Shuttle Launch Online

    We're at the end of an era as the space shuttle Atlantis is set to make the final shuttle voyage to the International Space Station this weekend. NASA officials hope the launch will take off on schedule at 11:24 EDT on Friday morning but bad weather may force the launch window to roll over to Sunday.

  • Opinion: TidyTop 1.1

    When it comes to Desktop clutter, I belong to the do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do class of Mac experts. I know a Desktop packed with icons can slow down your Mac and make for a poor screenshot- and presentation background, yet I still treat it as my default dumping ground. Jörn Hartmann comes to my aid with his 99-cent TidyTop (Mac App Store link).

  • Opinion: Will an Image Backup Protect My Data?

    In Prepare Your PC for Future Data Disasters, Rick Broida recommended creating an image backup, but warned that it "isn't intended to preserve your data; that's an entirely different kind of backup." This worried Jack Maloney, who has been using Acronis True Image Home--an image backup program--for daily data backup.

  • 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: Apple iPad, Day 6: iOS Multitasking

    Desktop operating systems have been multitasking in one way or another for decades. In order for the iPad to fill the shoes of a notebook PC and act as the primary computing platform, it needs to be able to multitask as well. Apple's implementation of multitasking in iOS is not full, or true multitasking, though, so it begs the question of whether it is truly up for the task.

  • Opinion: WinPatrol Keeps Watch Over Your PC--And It's Still Free

    WinPatrol, the handy security utility that serves as a virtual guard dog is back in its 2011 version. The update adds little in the way of new marquee features, but WinPatrol (free) remains an incredibly useful way to monitor the programs running on your PC--especially those that attempt to make any changes to it.

  • Opinion: Play With an Online Simulator to Learn Camera Settings

    Modern digital cameras make photography so simple that it seems like you just need to press the shutter release to take a good photo. While that might be true for snapshots, there are many situations in which a little knowledge of photography goes a long way to helping you get a better picture. Have you ever wanted to really understand how all the variables--focal length, ISO, aperture, shutter speed, and so on--contribute to your photos? A while ago, I explained how you can use a simple point-and-shoot camera like a photo laboratory to experiment with exposure settings, but this week I've got something even cooler: a Web site that simulates the operation of a digital SLR. You can use it to tweak the settings and see the results instantly.

  • Opinion: Clipboard History Makes Easy Work of Cutting and Pasting

    Have you ever copied something to the clipboard, and then copied something else before you pasted? Or opened up Notepad just to hold some text while you copied something else? If yes to either (and I've done both), Outertech's free Clipboard History is likely to be a useful tool.

  • Opinion: Exporting email addresses from Address Book

    Reader Jim Arsenault seeks to share contacts. He writes:

  • Opinion: Ubuntu Linux, Day 30: What I Learned

    Ubuntu Linux was a pleasant surprise. If I had to sum up my 30 Days With Ubuntu Linux in a sentence, it would be "Ubuntu Linux is more than capable of being the primary desktop OS for most users, but the learning curve will have some bumps."

  • Opinion: Grab, Flatten, and Smooth 3D Animation With Sculptris

    It'll be hard not to hum the Righteous Brothers and imagine a scene with Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze after using Sculptris (free), a 3D graphics program that simulates working with real clay. The innovative and extremely user-friendly interface allows you to select real-world commands like pinching, grabbing, flattening and smoothing, and apply them to a clay ball. You can choose symmetry across any axis, create wireframes, and other advanced tools to get your clay sculpture to look exactly how you want. You can even add spheres to the object for massive customization, or change the texture of the object. Ever want to sculpt in liquid metal? Now you can.

  • Opinion: Ubuntu Linux Day 29: Things I Like About Ubuntu Linux

    As I put the finishing touches on my 30 Days With Ubuntu Linux experience, I am taking the time to reflect on the highs and lows of the last month. Yesterday I shared my five biggest complaints about working with Ubuntu Linux, and now today I will list the five things I appreciated the most.

  • Opinion: Improve Screen's Readability With ClearType Text Tuner

    If you spend all day in front of the same computer screen, you owe it to yourself to make that screen as readable as possible. Windows 7's built-in text tuning tool, ClearType Text Tuner, lets you do just that.

  • Opinion: Ubuntu Linux, Day 28: My Biggest Ubuntu Linux Complaints

    The time has come. I have reached the end of the 30 Days With Ubuntu Linux series, and it is time to wind down and reflect on my experience. Just as I did last month with 30 Days With Google Docs, I will list my top five complaints, followed by the five things I like the most, and finish up with an overall summary of my thoughts.

  • Opinion: Use Folder Checkboxes To Manage Files More Productively

    If you work with lots of large folders in Windows 7, here's a little trick that can help you manage them more easily. Buried in the Folder and search options menu of Windows 7's Explorer file browser, you'll find a checkbox labeled "Use check boxes to select items." Enable it, and you'll get a really useful tool for selecting multiple folders as you work.

  • 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: Ubuntu Linux, Day 27: Working With GIMP

    From the very beginning of the 30 Days With Ubuntu Linux series I have had readers comment, tweet, and email me to take a look at GIMP--the GNU Image Manipulation Program. So, as we wind down the 30 days, today's post is dedicated to exploring the photo / image editing tool that is installed with Ubuntu.

  • Opinion: Reader Questions on Thumbtack, Background Blur, and More

    Have a question about digital photography? Send it to me. I reply to as many questions as I can--though given the quantity of e-mails that I get, I can't promise a personal reply to each one. I round up the most interesting questions about once a month here in Digital Focus. For more frequently asked questions, read my newsletters from March, April , and May.

  • Opinion: Apples iCloud is a real memory killer

    Apple's at it again, cruelly dumping its users' memories at the altar of a few pennies more profit.



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