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EtherPad dies this week: Here are six great clones

At the end of this week, EtherPad shuts down for good, taking user creations with it. The online word processor, whose parent company was acquired by Google last year, has not accepted user sign-ups for months now. But just in case you're one of those users who has not moved on, or is just now discovering EtherPad's strengths, there's good news: the service has been open source for the past five months. As a result, there are a handful of open-sourced clones that provide the same EtherPad experience with a few extra bells and whistles.

One thing … Read more

Microsoft releases critical fixes for Windows, Office holes

Microsoft issued two critical bulletins on Tuesday fixing holes in its e-mail programs and the Visual Basic for Applications programming language implementation built into Office.

Bulletin MS10-030 resolves a vulnerability affecting Outlook Express, Windows Mail, and Windows Live Mail that an attacker could exploit by compromising a mail server, hosting a malicious mail server, or performing a man-in-the-middle attack to intercept communications between the client and the server.

Bulletin MS10-031 fixes a hole in Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) that could allow an attacker to remotely run code if a host application opens and passes a malicious file to … Read more

Microsoft to fix holes in Windows, Office

Microsoft on Tuesday will issue two critical bulletins that will fix vulnerabilities in Windows and Office, which if exploited successfully, could allow a remote attacker to take control of the computer, the company said Thursday.

The bulletins, part of the company's monthly Patch Tuesday fixes, affect Windows 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7, Server 2003 and Server 2008, Office XP, Office 2003, 2007 Microsoft Office System, and Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications and Visual Basic for Applications software development kit. Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 customers are not vulnerable in their default configurations, however, the company said in a … Read more

Little-known keyboard shortcuts boost Word productivity

Whenever two or more people work on the same Microsoft Word document, there are bound to be formatting conflicts. This is especially true in organizations attempting to apply singular style conventions. Most of us rely on a mouse to make format changes in Word, but we can reformat Word docs just as easily using some of the program's more obscure keyboard shortcuts.

Back in 2008, I described how to copy and paste only a paragraph's formatting, not its text. Allen Wyatt's WordTips site provides a great list of keyboard shortcuts for altering a paragraph's spacing (Ctrl+… Read more

Monitor money matters on Android with Mint

Article updated 5/3/2010 at 1:28 pm with new details about operating system compatibility.

About a year and a half after releasing a mobile version of its personal-finance service for the iPhone, is bringing its free credit-card and budget tracker to Android phones.

As with the iPhone app, passcode-protected on Android has you monitoring credit card, bank, and investment accounts; your budget; and your cash ebb and flow. The app presents your money matters in summary form, with the ability to drill down to the item level of a purchase. Follow the trail to … Read more

Office 2010: What's changed since beta

Several members of Microsoft's Office team dropped by CNET on Tuesday to deliver the final version of Office 2010 and talk about the changes that the company made since the beta test version.

To be clear, not a whole lot has changed in the version that was finalized earlier this month from the public beta version that has been downloaded some 7.5 million times. The final version of Office 2010, in its many flavors, will be made available to businesses on May 12 and hit store shelves for consumers in June.

Perhaps the most notable shift since beta … Read more

5 time-saving Outlook add-ons

Your Microsoft Outlook 2007 in-box is one of those apps that's underappreciated and easily overlooked, yet for business professionals and home users alike, it often bears the brunt of most e-mail exchange.

It's time to give Outlook--and yourself--a hand with some free, and free-to-try, add-ons that could very well smooth out your workflow. We've rounded up five time-saving Outlook add-ons for you to take on a spin. Just don't get too add-on-happy, since, as with browser extensions, a surplus of running Outlook extras can drag down the pace.

Adobe Reader, IE dominated attacks list in 2009

A hole in Microsoft's Windows SMB2 (Server Message Block) protocol was the most attacked vulnerability last year, followed by holes in Adobe Reader and Flash Player, Internet Explorer 7, and Windows MPEG2 ActiveX Control, according to a Symantec report to be released on Tuesday.

Of Web-based attacks, suspicious PDF file downloads was the top method, representing nearly half of such attacks, followed by six attacks on IE, one targeting Adobe SWF (Shockwave Flash), and two targeting MPEG2 ActiveX Controls, the Symantec Global Internet Security Threat Report found.

Despite being the most attacked browser, IE had 45 reported vulnerabilities, compared … Read more

Google Docs for the lazy: Harmony Outlook add-on

The Google Docs Web-based productivity suite blossomed thanks to its virtue of efficiency. We recently got to know a tool that layers on the convenience by giving you ways to manage Google Docs from a desktop app you already use--your Outlook in-box.  By installing the free Harmony for Google Docs beta Outlook add-on, your Google Docs show up in a sidebar, from which they can be opened and edited right in Outlook's reading pane. Clicking the Harmony button in the navigation ribbon surfaces your Google Docs in new messages as well.

Harmony is essentially inserting a browser into … Read more

Manage family schedules, play a 2D arcade game: iPhone Apps of the week

If you've been reading this column for any length of time, it should come as no surprise that I decided to buy an iPad last week. After reviewing the iWork apps on the iPad Apple loaned us for review purposes, I found that I could use it for both work and play. Now that I've had it for a week, I'm extremely happy with my purchase.

To me, buying the iPad was a pretty easy decision knowing that I would already be reviewing iPad apps for iPad Atlas, and (as I wrote in an earlier post) I … Read more