When you want to convert a long link to a short one from your computer, all it takes is a visit to one of these 10 link-shrinking sites. From a Windows Mobile phone, prospects are much more limited. Thank goodness for ceSnipURL, a free, basic mobile application that threads your gargantuan URL through SnipURL's service and quickly returns a much shorter, more manageable bite. There are a few time-saving tricks packed into this link-swapping puppy, and they're all laid out in the video above.
For one thing, the patch was released at the end of the month instead of Patch Tuesday. It turns out, according to a company spokesperson, that Microsoft releases patches twice a month, not just once a month. "While we release security updates on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, non-security updates are usually released either the 2nd or 4th Tuesday of the month." Who knew?
Since KB932823 is not a security related patch (… Read more
The VAR Guy picks up on a small but growing component of Apple's fan base: The open-source crowd. He writes, "As the Apple Macintosh nears a record 8 percent market share, The VAR Guy strongly believes open source is accelerating the Macintosh's momentum."
The VAR Guy cites Alfresco (on track to hit 80 percent company penetration by Macs) as an example of Apple's growing influence within the open-source community. We're not alone. MuleSource and other open-source peers are heavy Mac adopters. Apple finally gave Mac addicts a way to spread the religion.
It may be too early to call it a benevolent pandemic, but as I and others have called out, the Mac makes a lot of sense for open-source developers and business people alike. Developers love the speedy access to Unix and excellent development tools.
On the business side, open source is used to unseating incumbents from an "underdog" status, just as the Mac does. The Mac is a great platform from which to launch a revolution.… Read more
Motorola's Good Technology group hopes its latest update will eliminate the moment of terror experienced by a traveling salesperson who realizes the slide deck got left back at the office.
Good 6.0 will now allow Windows Mobile smartphone users to access corporate applications and their companies' shared network resources over the same secure connection that delivers their e-mail. This would eliminate the need for VPN (virtual private network) software on smartphones, said Dan Rudolph, director of product marketing for Good.
For some reason I felt the need today to run Microsoft Update (big brother to Windows Update) on my Windows XP computer. No particular reason, just felt it in my bones, even though I had run it recently after installing the Word viewer. Sure enough, it found a missing bug fix. It thinks the bug fix is critical, me, I'm not so sure.
Anyone who runs Windows Update manually, as I do, knows not to trust it all that much. It has, for example, found missing patches for software that was not installed. In April, I blogged about how … Read more
Power Downloader spends a lot of his time looking at ways to improve Windows Vista. He still doesn't use it for his primary computer, but there are some cases where it's clearly better than Windows XP. One of them, however, is not the Start menu, which barely improves on XP's five-year-old design. That's why he recommends Vista Start Menu for users who want to put a bit more zing into their Vista experience.
Vista Start Menu does away with the translucent aero theme, making it opaque, and builds it out with several levels of features and … Read more
David Card on Microsoft's plans for Windows 7.
So, apparently, the 2009-2010 version of Windows will still not have the next-gen file system I was writing about more than 10 years ago -- when "Cairo" was the lead codename -- let alone a microkernel with modules for OS "personalities" and compatibility.
You're gonna fend off Google and cloud computing with a touch screen?? Good luck. I do hope there's a skunkworks Plan B in the labs. No wonder buying Yahoo "isn't strategic."
Also amusing is the Microsoft reaction to Tiger'… Read more
Paramount is dropping sounds out of your movies; Canadian customs guards might be rifling through your laptop for ripped CDs; and aliens are real. See, now, it sounds like today's show is all made-up stories, but the first two things are true, and the last one is...well, I don't know, I guess it might be true. There's a guy in Denver who says he's got a video. YouTube it!Listen now: Download today's podcast EPISODE 735
Comcast hijackers say they warned the company first http://blog.wired.com/27bstroke6/2008/05/comcast-hijacke.html http://blogs.pcworld.com/staffblog/archives/007034.html… Read more
Glyn Moody hits the nail on the head with his critique of Microsoft's proposed approach to Windows 7: Say little so that the market expects little.
It's not an unreasonable approach, and Microsoft did get burned for actually warning the market about what it would be providing, only to have to endure the consequences of not living up to the expectations it set, but I'm not sure it can afford to go back. Stating that it will be "more careful" with Windows 7, Microsoft's representative noted:"We know that when we talk about … Read more
Ever wonder if your PC is keeping secrets from you? Wonder no more. The utility What's Running reveals all your system's active processes, services, drivers, and connections.
It's like Windows Task Manager, except far more informative. The cramped multipane interface is a bit hard to read, but even it has its good points: it lists processes in a parent-child hierarchy, not a bad way to accidentally spot malware. It also lets you choose which columns of information to display, and it makes stopping or prioritizing processes as simple as a mouse click--a right-click, to be precise. It … Read more