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Windows Home Server RC1

Windows Home Server RC1

Yesterday, Microsoft announced a public beta release candidate for Windows Home Server, the home-networking software that Bill Gates first showed off at the Consumer Electronics Show back in January.

The application for the release candidate requires filling out a simple survey that was only 10 questions for me. The beta-testing program has apparently been quite popular, so I'm not sure how much longer the application process will be open. According to the program information for Windows Home Server RC on the... Read More »

Tags: beta , Microsoft , Windows software

Optimize your hard drive in three easy steps

Optimize your hard drive in three easy steps

I admit I'm a digital pack rat. I have a directory of images on my local drive devoted to LOLcats. I have gigabytes of FLAC files from live concert recordings and MP3 files from music sites such as CNET Music.

I'm good at regularly backing up my information to DVD and moving some files permanently to backups, but my 160GB hard drive is usually pushing full capacity. To keep my machine running at a speed I like (and deserve!), I... Read More »

Tags: Windows software , CCleaner

Will you use Safari?

Will you use Safari?

For those of us interested in software, the lack of an iPhone developer's kit announcement at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference yesterday was a bit of a disappointment.

What we got instead was Safari for Windows, which is exactly what I don't need: another Web browser. When considered with the relaunch of Netscape Navigator last week, it's clear, however, that the battle for control of your browser is still a major front in the software wars.

Internet Explorer has reigned supreme since the dawn of the new century, while Mozilla... Read More »

Tags: Apple , Windows , Windows software , browsers , Safari

'Dance Dance Immolation': Burning up the dance floor, literally

Those schools that are using Dance Dance Revolution to get their kids into shape aren't the only ones who've found a great use for the game, but it's doubtful Dance Dance Immolation will ever make it to a gymnasium near you.

Created by Interpretive Arson, a fire-art group from Oakland, Calif., Dance Dance Immolation uses a freeware version of DDR melded to pilot lights, gallons of propane, and heat-resistant proximity suits. Instead of losing points, though, a single misstep gets... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: freeware , games , Windows software

Earthcomber: Your smart phone marks the spot

I do not take directions lightly, primarily because if I did, I'd never get anywhere. For the woefully orientation-challenged (and easily frustrated) like me, legible maps and accurate instructions are crucial. Even more so is being able to access them from a PDA or smart phone when you're lost.

Thankfully, there's a proliferation of reliable mapping and GPS-locating software for mobile handsets, but today I'll focus on one that contains both downloadable and Web-based (WAP) components.

Earthcomber Pros: Broad cross-platform support;... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Windows software

Power Downloader finds the right words

Power Downloader finds the right words

When Power Downloader recently sat down to check his e-mail, he quickly noticed a message from his niece, Kitty Kilobyte. In the message, Kitty explained that she would soon be attending a summer English class, which would mean she would probably be writing a lot of papers. She went on to explain that though she was embarrassed to admit it, spelling wasn't her greatest skill, and any software he could recommend would be a big help.

Thinking quickly, Power Downloader pointed... Read More »

Tags: Windows software

Navigating back from the dead

Cue the creepy music. It's baaaaack.

After becoming the rickety, dilapidated, abandoned building of Internet browsers, the proverbial paint peeling and the windows boarded over, Netscape Navigator has returned.

The makeover started last year with version 8, but it was little more than Firefox's engine with some plug-ins embedded in the code and far less flexibility. That wasn't exactly a Klaxon call to rush out and try it.

How about now? Well, it's still built on the Mozilla engine, but the... Read More »

Tags: browser

Yahoo releases critical security patch for IM

Yahoo has issued a critical security patch for Messenger to address zero-day exploits that take advantage of vulnerabilities in its Webcam ActiveX controls.

The exploits to instant messaging surfaced Wednesday, less than 24 hours after the vulnerabilities were first reported to Yahoo by eEye Digital Security.


Download: Yahoo Messenger for Windows

People could find their systems at risk if they visit malicious Web sites or view other malicious HTML code. The attackers... Read More »

Tags: security , malware , spyware , IM , virus , Windows software , Yahoo , patch

iPhone on the way

iPhone on the way

If you read any of the Mac news sites, you probably already know the official release date for the iPhone is June 29. With the release only three weeks away, Apple has been ramping up the hype with three new commercials showing more of the iPhone's features.

I have to admit, for my part, the hype is doing its job. The latest group of ads show off the versatility of the iPhone using a number of its features together. My... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: iPhone , Apple , Safari , Leopard , Mac OS X , WWDC

Stay connected with Windows Mobile

Stay connected with Windows Mobile

Aside from keeping you in touch with your colleagues and friends, your Windows Mobile device might also be your portable music player, personal calendar, gaming machine, and, of course, your mobile gateway to the Internet.

No matter how many uses you already have for your portable device, there's always more to discover. Become a master of mobile technology with this collection of downloads designed for Windows Mobile users on the go.

PocketMirror Professional

Your contacts are the same whether you're calling from... Read More »

Tags: Windows Mobile , Skype , Windows software