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ETHICS: The Tech Giveth, the Tech Taketh Away

by sMoRTy71 In reply to ETHICS: The Tech Giveth, ...

I think that article is a sign of the sad state of tech publishing.
Ethical or not, does that stuff really warrant a book? I think the
article reviewing the book could have covered the entire topic had they
been given a couple more pages to do it.

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WINDOWS: Spring Clean Your PC - Better Late Than Never

by HutchTech In reply to HutchTech Blog

<div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Remember how zippy that
precious PC of yours seemed the day you plucked gingerly from its
cardboard box? Now it sits, sluggishly whirring as you attempt to open
a 2KB text file. Would you like to reclaim some of it's original
luster? Sometimes it's good to get back to basics and do some simple
Spring cleaning. If you missed this recent downloadable document on
TechRepublic, there's no time like the present to get it and put some
pep back in your PC's step.<br />
<br />- Hutch<br />
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<a href="http://techrepublic.com.com/5138-10877-5778067.html?tag=nl.e103">Clean up your machine with the help of Degunking Windows - TechRepublic</a> (this document may require you to sign up for a FREE account with TechRepublic before you can download it)</div><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://hutchtech.blogspot.com/2005/07/windows-spring-clean-your-pc-better.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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LONGHORN: New Windows OS is a Room with a View

by HutchTech In reply to HutchTech Blog

<div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">After much anticipation [yawn], Microsoft has finally announced the official name for the next version of Windows (until now, codenamed <em>Longhorn</em&gt: Windows Vista.<br /><br />Here's a blurb from <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/longhorn">www.microsoft.com/longhorn</a>:<br /><br />
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<p><strong>Introducing Windows Vista</strong> </p>
<p>It enables a new level of confidence in your PC and in your ability to get the most out of it. It introduces clear ways to organize and use information the way you want to use it. It seamlessly connects you to information, people, and devices that help you get the most out of life.</p></blockquote><br />While I'm anxious to get my hands on it (along with some new hardware to really showcase the features), I'm wondering if it will live up to this simple list of promises.<br /><br />- Hutch</div>
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<div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://hutchtech.blogspot.com/2005/07/longhorn-new-windows-os-is-room-with.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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LONGHORN: New Windows OS is a Room with a View

by FreeTechie In reply to LONGHORN: New Windows OS ...

Ahh, and to think I was going to rename it myself to Windows Longshot.   <br />

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LONGHORN: New Windows OS is a Room with a View

by lordshipmayhem In reply to LONGHORN: New Windows OS ...

Now, instead of Longshot, we can call it "Hasta la Vista".  Brilliant marketing.  >:)<br />

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CELLPHONES: Surf the Web on Your Phone...And Like It?

by HutchTech In reply to HutchTech Blog

<div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">The promise of technology is great. Delivery, however, often stinks. Such is the current state of the cell phone. Even if you have one of those brick-like PocketPC/Smart Phone devices with a 240x320 screen, looking at web pages on it just doesn't bring the kind of joy one should expect. Surely the Jetsons never experienced such angst.<br /><br />Thanks to our friends over at IYHY.com you can now surf the interweb in text version alone--old school rules! Just sign up for a free account (I suggest doing this on your PC first), plug in a few of your favorite sites and IYHY will keep a list of these available for your account. Once you surf over to the IYHY.com site on your phone, log in and BEHOL Your list of sites (and the ability to plug in additional URLs) appears. Click on the link and there's your favorite site all decked out in rich, glorious text.<br /><br />Thanks to Sarah Lane (at sarahlane.com) for the tip.<br /><br />- Hutch</div>
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EARTH/MAPS: This Summer the Battle for the Earth Begins...Online

by HutchTech In reply to HutchTech Blog

<div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">As if cyberspace weren't a large enough battlefield, search giants MSN and Google are duking it out over outer space. Their current target: Earth. We've all used those various online mapping sites to get directions, and sometimes those have been less than accurate. Now imagine taking that inaccuracy and adding topographical satellite images that might be more than 5 years old and you've got the picture. <em></em> <br /><br />Both MSN and Google are now offering the ability to view your maps with topographical info. <br /><br />MSN: The Virtual Earth offered by MSN is, simply put, a lame rip off of Google Maps. They attempt to use the same tiling technology that allows you to easily grab and scroll the map your currently viewing, removing the need for clicking the pesky arrows and waiting for a screen refresh. Notice I said "attempt". While the site works, you might as well go to Google Maps. Not only will you find a cleaner look and faster refresh, in my test searches I noticed that MSN's satellite images were older than Google's. <br /><br />GOOGLE: Topographical mapping comes in two flavors from Google. You can use the standard Google Maps: do a location search and toggle street map view/satellite view. The tiling technology allows you to quickly and easily slide your view and center it the way you want. If you're up for a beefy download, you can install Google Earth (previously Keyhole) for free. This gives you not only the ability to view satellite imagery, but change your view into an almost 3D perspective. You can do a flyover of the area and get a feel for what to expect on your drive. <br /><br />We've still got a long way to go before the virtual world looks as great as the real one, but for now, if you need to go beyond the map in your glove box, I heartily recommend Google's version of earth. In this war, we all win. <br /><br />- Hutch <br /><br /><br /><a href="http://virtualearth.msn.com/">MSN Virtual Earth</a> <br /><a href="http://maps.google.com/">Google Maps</a> <br /><a href="http://earth.google.com/">Google Earth</a> </div>
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EARTH/MAPS: This Summer the Battle for the Earth Begins...Online

by dunneman In reply to EARTH/MAPS: This Summer t ...

Another thing that is in Google Earth's favor is the broad array of
overlays that are available as part of it.  Some of them are
restaurants, lodging, ATM's, etc., as well as zip code boundaries, US
congressional districts, and 3-dimensional building outlines for
selected cities.  There is also a nifty web-based BBS, which, if
you enable it, allows you to click on other people's bookmarks and then
a web page comes up where you can comment on the location or submit
your own geographic bookmark.

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EARTH/MAPS: This Summer the Battle for the Earth Begins...Online

by john_glo In reply to EARTH/MAPS: This Summer t ...

<p>MSN and Goggle have come to the party late with NASA Winds program been out there 18 mths ago.</p>
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<p>John</p>

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EARTH/MAPS: This Summer the Battle for the Earth Begins...Online

by HutchTech In reply to EARTH/MAPS: This Summer t ...

<p>Yes, but NASA's program is a HUGE download compared to Google (180MB compared to 10.4MB).  However, they're really not meant for the same audience.  Google's tool is more practical and oriented toward business, travel, etc.  NASA's tool is more educational in nature.  Both have their place, and I'll give NASA credit for being first on the scene, but they're tool is in a category all its own.</p>
<p>- Hutch</p>

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