Over the past three nights, I have watched Watson, the IBM supercomputer, make mince meat of the two most formidable Jeopardy players ever. The inherently unfair contest gave me the creeps and was little more than an ad for IBM.
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By Bill Pytlovany
The story of Bill’s family member who was the target of international wire fraud scheme.
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By Steve Bass
I found a handful, maybe a dozen, innovative and smart products in out-of-the-way booths, and a few “oh, wow, I gotta have that” gems. I’ve got a few to tell you about this week — like the gizmos that help you save energy at home and earbuds that’ll knock your sox off.
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By Bill Pytlovany
Most of the press this year has called this past CES either the “Year of the Smart TV” or the “Year of the Tablet”. Personally, I didn’t see anything that knocked my socks off. I did however notice off in the corner technology that I think will be the next big thing.
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STOP! THIEF! Grab him, he’s got his hand in your pocket right now.
The convenience of banking from your pocket is hard to beat, but be aware of new thieves and new methods.
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By Steve Bass
For the last year or so, Google Voice (formerly called Grand Central, a name I loved) was available only if someone invited you. Yeah, I know; I never did. It’s now open to everyone in the United States (stop whining) and I suggest you look at it.
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You never forget your first.
Somewhere buried in the deep recesses of your heart or your basement – is your first computer
Check out these enlightening & entertaining ‘first computer’ experiences from our staff & regular contributors.
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On Tuesday, the biggest announcement of the Google I/O Developer Show was Sony’s introduction of Internet TV. I expect this to be nothing short of life changing for all of us. From the way we watch simple TV, listen to music, and even our office and work activities. Communication and entertainment has finally completed it’s pupa stage.
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By Leo Notenboom
I’ve heard that instant messages through AOL/Yahoo/MSN can be read by hackers that “sniff” the messages leaving my network. Is this true?
It’s actually true for all the data that comes and goes on your internet connection: web pages, emails, instant messaging conversations and more.
Most of the time it simply doesn’t matter. Honest.
On the other hand, there are definitely times and situations when you really do need to be careful.
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Phase 1 of a major overhaul of the PC Pitstop website is now complete. Our new home page went live last night. This update marks our biggest
design change since we opened our doors in 2000.
Have a look and please let us know what you think.
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By Harry McCracken
Windows 7 is scarcely more than a month old. Most of the people who will eventually use it haven’t gotten around to trying it yet; those that have are still settling in. And the Win 7 experience will change rapidly as remaining bugs are squashed, missing drivers arrive, and compatibility glitches are ironed out. Even so, it’s not too early to start gauging what real people think of Windows Vista’s replacement.
So to riff on Ronald Reagan’s famous question from his 1980 debate with Jimmy Carter, Are Windows users better off today than they were a few weeks ago, back in the Vista era? We decided to ask the Technologizer community, a group of tech enthusiasts with a high propensity to acquire new operating systems quickly and push them to their limits. Starting on November 16th, we surveyed our readers (and Twitter followers) about their experiences with Windows 7. Our goal: to do a reality check on the mostly favorable initial reviews of the new OS (as well as our own survey of largely enthusiastic Windows 7 beta testers back in March).
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By Bill Pytlovany
Yea, I know may get slammed with hate mail for this one but I am open to alternate opinions. The market has been ripe for Apple to pick up a sizable portion of the computer share but it has failed. According to market researchers IDC and Gartner, Macintosh sales are up but their share is still way below 10%. That compares to PC sales by Acer and Toshiba. Why doesn’t the Mac have a larger market share?
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By Leo Notenboom
My computer was stolen. It’s password protected, what files can the thieves see?
A reader asks: “My mid-tower computer was recently stolen in
a burglary. The Windows Vista home ultimate system was
password protected at start-up. What files can be accessed
by those trying to enter the system?”
It’ll take a computer savvy thief about 5 minutes to gain
access to everything on your computer.
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The October 22nd, WINDOWS 7, release date has come and gone. Now a lot of us are getting ready to purchase and install the latest operating system from Microsoft.
So name your poison. Do you want the old tired and slow 32 bit or the Brand New, SUPER FAST, Cutting Edge, 64 Bit Version? Don’t want to be pushy, it’s up to you.
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Blogger Kristen Kenneay & Zdnet’s Ed Bott took a deep dive into Microsoft’s Windows 7 Home Premium EULA and found a clause that suggests you will be able to install one copy of the new operating system “on three computers in your household for use by people who reside there”.
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By Steve Bass
Hard drives are about as dependable as a teenager promising to come home by midnight. The more you know about your drive–the brand-specific idiosyncrasies and the diagnostic sounds that drives produce–the better prepared you are for the inevitable crash.
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Microsoft has released their pricing for Windows 7. For most users in the US, this breaks down to three important levels; retail, preorder promotion, and recent purchase upgrade.
The recent purchase upgrade is no real deal for consumers because without it, desktop and laptop sales would grind to a halt. It’s not a consumer gift, it’s a demand by systems manufacturers to insure survival.
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We’re coming into the home stretch for the release of Windows 7. Tuesday May5th, Microsoft made available Windows 7 RC 1 for everyone to download. In an attempt to avoid a server jamming rush there are no time limits on how long you have to download this release. There are no limitations on keys available and the servers are giving good to great download speeds.
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So far, over 20,000 of you have responded to our current survey about the economy. Along with the responses have come some great money saving ideas – that we have decided to share.
We will continue to add to this list as we receive more responses.
If you have yet to complete the survey for a chance to win a $100 Amazon Gift Certificate – you still have time (the survey ends on February 28, 2009). Please keep in mind all responses selected to be shared on this site are done so anonymously.
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Broadband Genie, a new PC Pitstop partner in the UK, takes a closer look at the current state of broadband technology. Broadband used to be the cutting edge, final frontier of home and business internet access, but over the past five years or so broadband has gone from being accessible only to the wealthiest homes and clients to something which is cheap or sometimes free when bundled with other telecommunications packages. With increasing speeds and new technology constantly improving the application of broadband around the home, it can be a confusing and jargon-filled world, but hopefully this guide will help you to understand some of the more widely used terms and where broadband is headed in the future.
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*OverDrive 3D Benchmark
*Virus Wars I
*IE 8 Rains on Firefox Parade
*Bits from Bill: Whats Wrong with Toolbars
*Bits from Bill: Google Enters Browser War
*Malware Survey Results
*Women Forget More Than Men
*Online Backup Survey
*Tip #1: Browser Keyboard Shortcuts
*Tip #2: XP Home Security Tab
*Tip #3: Tip for Encoding with Nero 8
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Since its release in early May 2008, there has been plenty of press concerning the issues with Microsoft’s XP Service Pack 3. Common sense would tell us that such negative press would drastically slow the rate that folks would update to the release. PC Pitstop analyzed the percentage of XP users that have updated their systems to SP3 during the first three months since its release and compared them to the adoption rates of SP2 during its roll out.
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Through our world renowned OverDrive diagnostic test, PC Pitstop has accumulated a unique view of trends in the PC industry. In this report, we take a look at several million computers to analyze the computing differences between males and females.
Surprisingly, there are some very large and real differences between male and female computers. We take a light hearted look at the battle of the sexes for computing supremacy. Roll your mouse over each chart to learn more about each and every tasty difference.
Men Are Faster than Women