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GOOG-411 graduates from Labs

The idea is so simple and yet brilliant. Call the toll free number 1-800-GOOG-411 (4664-411) and using just your voice, get information about local businesses. It even dials for you. The voice recognition is excellent...

Make UAC Prompts Less Ugly

Is it me or is the UAC prompt jarring? It dims the entire screen but instead of a smooth transition, it flashes. It then pops up a dialog and after you click “Continue”, it “flashes”...

Vista Firewall Control 32-bit version

Microsoft has been touting the new Windows Firewall in Windows Vista, which it says for the first time includes an outbound filter as well as an inbound filter. Outbound filters are important because it keeps...

Laptop Keyboard Issue

I mentioned in an earlier post that the new laptop I purchased has the FN and CTRL keys in the wrong position (IMHO). The CTRL key should be the left most key. I thought after...

Three Useful Programs

Now that I have my shiny new laptop I’m revisiting many of the programs I use. Over the last couple of days I’ve found some new and useful programs. jZip - A relative newcomer in...

New Notebook, New Operating System

My former laptop had a sudden “issue” that ultimately led me to buy a new laptop. I did the usual research and settled on a Gateway NX570X with Vista Home Premium, 2 GB of memory,...

Improve your Wireless for Free

In the “Why didn’t I try this sooner” column add this tip. Improve your wireless signal by moving the antenna. Yeah, brilliant you say. Really though, if your wireless throughput is lower than you’d like,...

.NET Tip of the Day

Just tripped across a nicely put together tip site for .NET called (what else?) .Net Tip of the Day. The tips are really good and the format is no-nonsense, get straight to the point. ASP...

Komodo Edit is Free

Komodo Edit, from Active State is the editor used in their flagship Komodo IDE product. The editor is now a separate download and is used as an enticement to buy the IDE product. This is...

Day of .NET returns to Ann Arbor

Day of .NET is a FREE .NET-only conference that is held annually in the Spring. Apparently it was so successful that it is being held biannually. I attended the event this Spring and was delighted...
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