Bob Rankin: Free Internet Faxing

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By Bob Rankin

PC Pitstop is proud to welcome Bob Rankin as a new guest contributor. Bob Rankin is a technology writer and computer programmer who enjoys exploring the Internet and sharing the fruit of his experience with
others. His work has appeared in ComputerWorld, NY Newsday, and other
publications. Bob is the author of several computer books, and offers
free tech support at AskBobRankin.com

Why use an expensive and complicated fax machine when there are so many Internet alternatives? Some even allow you to send and receive faxes online for free. Here’s a roundup of free Internet fax services…

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Technologizer: Dell’s Streak–Is It a Huge Smartphone or a Tiny Computer?

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By Harry McCracken

The time I’ve spent with Verizon Wireless’s Droid X has made one thing clear to me: I like great big smartphone screens. As impressively elegant as the iPhone 4′s 3.5″ retina display is, the X’s 4.3″ superscreen makes for larger type and easier tapping. It’s like the difference between a highly refined sportscar and a roomy SUV. I hope phones in both sizes flourish.

And then there’s Dell’s Streak…which makes the Droid X look like a pipsqueak. At five inches, its screen is so expansive that it’s not clear upon first glance whether this device is a phone. It is. Or at least it can be one: The Dell executive I spoke with at a demo yesterday described the Streak as being “capable of making phone calls.” In other words, Dell sees it as a data device that does voice rather than a phone that does data.

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Dodge Retort: Droid X versus Droid Incredible

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By John Dodge

What difference does an ounce make? When it comes to smartphones, a lot.

The Droid X made by Motorola and sold by Verizon Wireless is lot of smart phone for 200 bucks: its big 4.3 inch display is brilliant and crisp. The X’s thin design is sleek and a major improvement upon the brick-like profile of its original Motorola Droid. Verizon Wireless loaned me a review unit late last week and I’ve been putting it through its paces.

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iPhone4 Complaints Soar

iPhone4 sales and complaints soar!

DON’T TOUCH IT! Obviously just purchasing a special dock for your iPhone isn’t enough. Now it seems that on the go users will need special tools for holding their phone during calls. This will result in flurry of strategy meetings for less competent engineers of Droid and Mobile Windows devices.

Pesky Apple continues to lead the way

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Chris Pirillo Video: Skype Phone

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There are hundreds – if not thousands – of services that allow you to chat in real time. The one that tends to rule the roost is Skype. Nearly everyone seems to have a Skype account these days. Let’s say you have a Skype account, but you’re traveling. Yet, you still want to get ahold of your contacts without having to pay a lot of money to do so. What you need is a device that allows you to access your Skype account over Wi-Fi, instead of using a computer!

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Bits from Bill Pytlovany: Verizon Droid Day One

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By Bill Pytlovany

If you’re looking for a full review of the Droid this isn’t one of them. There are hundreds of them online that review specs and typical review topics. This is as the title says Day One and I’ll tell you what I like along with all stupid things I still haven’t figured out. Watch for Day Two through Four and more as I explore more and learn how to unleash the full potential of the Droid.

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PC Pitstop Community Offers $ Saving Tips

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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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PC Pitstop Newsletter February 2009

February 2009 Newsletter
*Windows 7 Beta Put to the Test
*Ask the Pros – Drivers
*Time to Kick IE8 to the Curb?
*Billions for Broadband on the Way
*Bits from Bill: Protection for Win32/Conficker.A
*TechBite: Cardinal Rules of Email
*Technologizer: 10 of 10,000 MSFT Patents
*New Survey – Technology & The Economy
*Research – Men are Still Smarter
*Survey Results – PC & Cell Phone Usage
*Tip #1: Getting Rid Of Thumbs.db Files
*Tip #2: Little, miscellanies, but powerful
*Tip #3: Scheduled and Hidden Scheduled Tasks

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Identity Theft – Be Scared

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Are you worried about having your identity stolen? I am. It
has happened to two people that I know. My mother and a friend
of mine in in Myrtle Beach. Once your identity is stolen, your

life is forever changed. Even after you spend weeks upon weeks

squaring everything away with your credit card company, things

will never be right. You begin to dread answering the phone

because it may be someone that erroneously thinks you owe them

money. My mother was close to tears still getting phone calls 5

years after the alleged deed took place. It certainly wears on you.

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Death To The Desktop

THE SHAPE OF COMPUTING

Strewn across the floor and stacked in my closet are 100’s of lifeless parts. Processors, cords, connectors and fans, dead and lifeless now, they were once proud warriors of the desktop era. Striving to be faster in a technical world consumed by speed, I greeted new processors and motherboards like a lion greets wildebeasts. Today those dark ages are gone, replaced by the Renaissance of Mobility, or as the techies would say, “let me grab my portable”.

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