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Best IE Security plug-in I've seen
A commentor named Jason left the following message today: Try this. MS states that it only works in IE 5.x, but I have IE 6.0 and it works fine. Should at least allow you to manage zones easier. Fantastic. It does work on IE 6.0 (on Server 2003 SP1, so I'm guessing it'll work on any 32-bit version of IE). Unfortunately, I can't use it with Maxthon. However, it is very close to what I've wanted. Installing this tool gives you some ......

Posted On Monday, February 21, 2005 10:34 PM

SanDisk puts the Universal back in USB
Oh. My God. This is cool. It’s a standard SD card with a built-in USB 2.0 port. Amazing! Now someone put this into an itty bitty MP3 player… please ......

Posted On Monday, February 21, 2005 7:31 PM

I <3 Exchange
So I finally got around to setting up my Exchange Server. I have no-ip providing a “backup MX” server in case the server it runs on is ever down for any reason, or when it’s being moved (as it will be fairly soon). The benefits of switching to Exchange from Hotmail are huge, though. For one, the sync’ing between my desktop, laptop, and my mailboxes is far better. Second, I now have the Newsgator setup I always wanted. Both my desktop and laptop have the same RSS subscriptions, ......

Posted On Thursday, February 17, 2005 12:17 PM

IE 7.0 and free AntiSpyware!
I did it again! Remember this post? Basically, I blogged about how I wanted a way to schedule recordings on my MCE over the web. About a week later, the MSN Remote Record Service beta began taking applications (and made it onto Neowin's front page). Now look at my “Dear Microsoft” columns. Here I suggested some security updates for IE, and begged Microsoft to release an update SOON (as opposed to waiting until Longhorn - as was their stated plan until today). Here I suggested that MS ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 15, 2005 3:26 PM

Bye bye Media Center
A few nights ago I said goodbye to Windows XP Media Center Edition. We had some good times together, but unfortunately, she couldn't give me what I wanted. So I'm back to Windows Server 2003. In fact, part of the reason I switched was to test my application with Service Pack 1 before its impending release. But there are other reasons I prefer 2003, not the least of which is IIS 6.0. And I've found some good TV apps that work with my eHome Wonder card perfectly well. I haven't decided which to use ......

Posted On Friday, February 11, 2005 12:18 AM

Super Bowl ads
According to this,'s super bowl commercial was supposed to air twice, but the NFL decided during the game to pull the second ad, and Fox went along with it. Interesting. I didn't find the ad particularly, well, good... Attractive women aside, it could have been funnier. Still, I didn't think it was offensive in any way, and it seems odd that it was pulled after already airing once. As for the rest of them, I thought Ameriquest ads were the funniest. The Pepsi/iTunes spots were great too. ......

Posted On Monday, February 7, 2005 3:04 AM

Mark Morford doesn't get it.
What I'm talking about is this. Morford suggests that Macs are somehow inately more secure than Windows PCs. I disagree. I know that the NT core of modern Windows OSes is every bit as solid as Mach. I also know that Windows is targetted more by those with malicious intent because it's a far larger target. What's harder to realize is that Windows is more popular for some of the same reasons that it is a larger target. Windows has made sacrifices to its security in the name of compatability and ease-of-use. ......

Posted On Saturday, February 5, 2005 8:56 PM

More iPod/itunes discussion
My post a few weeks ago prompted an enormous response. Some of it was critical, some informational, and some just plain vulgar. But today a new comment was posted that made me do some thinking. He begins: Hello my name is Matty and I bought an iPod. This is why I bought an iPod , and what you could do to make me buy something else. Matty explains that he was introduced to iTunes first. He likes the application (he’s using the Windows version), and uses it to organize his music. He offers criticism ......

Posted On Friday, February 4, 2005 2:17 PM

The joys of public education
Since I've started taking classes at a local community college, I've discovered a new degree of boredom. Right now I'm reporting live from “Microcomputer Applications” class, where we're learning how to make the ugliest Excel spreadsheets you've ever seen. And I'm not kidding either: My required “Unix” class is far worse, though. We're learning all sorts of wonderful topics like how the “ls” command works, and how to use vi. I did meet a part-time student who was ......

Posted On Thursday, February 3, 2005 1:38 PM

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