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Login Fatigue

Do you suffer from “login fatigue?” I know I do. Login fatigue is that overwhelmed feeling produced by having too many computer login names, passwords, and codes to keep track of. (A Google search for “login fatigue” resulted in 75,400,000 entries, more than a hundred times higher then when I last checked. I am sure […]

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Computer Rage

We’ve all heard of road rage—and I suspect have on occasion had that split second impulse to ram our car into an offending driver. (Please tell me that I’m not the only one.) Fortunately, common sense and civility prevail and actual vehicular assault is rare, being caused by limited number of drivers who should not […]

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When Innovation Falls Short

I recently bought a laptop and included a carrying case with my order. There would be two shipments, first the case and a week later, the laptop. I was given shipping dates for both. The case arrived a day before it was promised, which impressed me. I like to say, “Under promise and over deliver.” […]

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Long Live Xmarks

A few months ago, I lamented that Xmarks would be shutting down.  Xmarks is a free Web service that synchronizes web browser favorites and info between multiple computers and multiple browsers.  For a person who bounces between computers and uses four browsers,* Xmarks is a handy tool, greatly saving me time and easing frustration. The […]

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The Best Laid Plans

Having decided to forgo Windows Vista on my desktop computers (which are my primary work computers), I’ve been holding out for Windows 7.  Towards that end, I had a plan.  It considered idea timing, low hardware costs, and software availability; the plan was to: Buy a new computer during the holiday sales (addressing the cost […]

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Windows 7

I don’t know about you, but I’ve started receiving promotions to pre-buy Windows 7. Although I’m not anticipating on upgrading any of my existing computers to it, I am planning to buy a new computer with Windows 7 once the general release occurs. After panning Vista (repeatedly), I eventually relented and upgraded my “Vista ready” […]

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The Highs and Lows of QuickBooks

When I am pleased with a company or product, I like to trumpet my delight.  When I am displeased, I prefer to not name names.  However, what should I do when a product that I really like, really disappoints me?  (As too often occurs with Microsoft.) This is also the case with QuickBooks.  I use […]

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An Ironic Conflict from Microsoft’s Internet Explorer

Earlier this week, I confessed to feelings of computer rage in dealing with three mystifying technical issues.  The second of three issues first surfaced when trying to do a Microsoft update from their Website.  I am an enthusiastic fan of the browser Firefox, only keeping Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) around for those times when Microsoft […]

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Microsoft Live OneCare and Error Message 2100

In past blogs I first pondered about Microsoft Live OneCare, then reviewed it, next grumbled about error Message 2100, and most recently resolved the problem of not being able to subscribe to it. Doing a Google search for Live OneCare Message 2100 produced 7,940 matches.  Of the results I checked, the problem was presented, but […]

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Take My Money, Please!

Last summer I mused about Windows Live OneCare, a Microsoft solution that is an all-in-one service package that includes anti-virus, antispyware, firewall, performance tune-ups, and database backup and restore.  After ranting about Microsoft charging a fee to protect users from the inherent weaknesses in their own software, I confessed that I would likely give OneCare […]