TechnoZen

Still having trouble with email?

Email. It haunts us all. Especially the piles of it sitting in our inboxes. Imagine what a physical mailbox would look like if its owner opened and read each message, then put it back in the mailbox. We can’t do that with physical mail, so we don’t.

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Belated announcement: 2010 Kenneth R. Wilson Magazine Award

Editors at National Magazine, the official publication of the Canadian Bar Association, nominated my article on Canada’s best law firm websites for a magazine award, and I’m happy to have earned an honorable mention (page 13)! Thanks to the judges who provided their input and to the

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Say no to crapware

Windows computers ship with the Windows operating system, and if the buyer asks for it, preinstalled software like Microsoft Office. They also ship with preinstalled software that few, if any, buyers know they’re getting, much less want. The usual culprits include DVD burning utilities, anti-malware protection and

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The point to instant messaging

One of my clients told me the best way to reach him is via Microsoft Messenger. Not phone. Not email. Messenger. And that’s fine with me. When you balance creative work with the need to answer people’s questions, IM is the best way I’ve found to field

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Switching email addresses is a headache, so avoid ISP email addresses

When you move to a new home, you need to tell people your new address. It’s a headache, but it can’t be avoided. The same doesn’t have to be true for email addresses, though.

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Illegitimate software – don’t go there!

Ever get spam email selling name-brand software at discount prices? You might get offers for products from Microsoft, Adobe and other major publishers at half the ordinary price, or better. Sounds too good to be true? Well, it is, for several reasons. First, here’s what you’re likely

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The case for a second monitor

Back in 2006, I interviewed a fellow who used a big widescreen TV as his computer monitor. How big? Picture a typical executive’s desk, then imagine not being able to see the executive unless you stood at the side of the desk. I remember thinking “Wow! Cool!”

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Entourage: a eulogy

This fall, Microsoft will release Office: Mac 2011, which coincides with Microsoft Office 2010 for Windows. To me, the most notable change will be the reintroduction of Outlook to the Mac and the dropping of Entourage. From what I’ve read about this, I might be the only

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Use your firewall

Firewalls are tools, built into either hardware or software, that prevent your computer from engaging in unauthorized and potentially dangerous exchanges with other computers. Most computers come with firewalls that users can turn on to increase the security of their computers. How you can use this tip

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Do Macs need anti-virus protection?

The short answer is no. Macs and Linux are similar in that they both occupy a small part of the overall computer market. Microsoft Windows is the market leader by far, so people who create “active attacks” or malware in general do so for the largest possible

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