Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Click! A Brief History of Computing - Photo Gallery - LIFE

Computers are now so essential a part of the workings of the world that it's difficult to imagine a time when they weren't literally everywhere. But how did these devices, in their almost unimaginable array of shapes and sizes, make their way into the very fabric of our daily lives? Herein, a far-from-exhaustive, rigorously semi-scientific survey of the pivotal technological and cultural moments, the visionaries, and (of course) the machines themselves that transformed computers from novelties into now-ubiquitous necessities.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Office in Education - Blinded me with science: Introducing the Chemistry Add-in for Word

Want to build your own molecule image and add it to your research paper? Or how about add subscripts and superscripts to electrons and isotopes? Today, you can. Microsoft Research just released version 1.0 of their Chemistry Add-in for Word. Similar to the Mathematics Add-in for Word, when you install the Chemistry Add-in a new tab appears on the Word ribbon. From this tab you can insert and modify chemical information, such as labels and formulas. It even includes a 2D chemical editor.This is how you add structural diagrams to your document.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Internet Explorer 9: Hands On With the Release Candidate - PCWorld

The first release candidate for Internet Explorer 9 is here, five months after IE9 first went into public beta. IE9 is Microsoft's attempt to bring support newer, more modern Web technology to its browser.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Advanced Renamer

Advanced Renamer is a soup-to-nuts application that allows you to quickly and easily rename a whole host of files with far more customization than you'll ever find via Windows itself. Once you've fired up the app, you add the target files to the window on the right-hand side, then perform all your customizations—including mass case changes, renaming according to tags (like an image's width or height), and find/replace/move commands for individual characters within a file’s preexisting name—on the left-hand side of the application.

Microsoft ships IE9 RC with tracking opt-out News - PC Advisor

Microsoft has launched the release candidate of Internet Explorer 9 (IE9), saying that the browser is now feature complete and that the final build would ship shortly. IE9's release candidate, or RC, features faster performance, a small memory footprint, new support for additional web standards and the opt-in Tracking Protection that Microsoft has touted as its answer to calls for a Do Not Track feature in all browsers. Read more...

8 times Facebook has had to back track News - PC Advisor

Social networking giant Facebook has a history of backtracking. On numerous occasions, the company has made an important move - especially with regard to user privacy - only to reverse its course after a public outcry. This isn't surprising, given Facebook's shoot-first-and-ask-questions-later approach to making strategic changes to its service.

How to protect your PC from data disasters News - PC Advisor

Reformatting and restoring a PC is not fun - in the same way spending two hours in the dentist's chair is not fun. You have to back up all your data (and pray that you haven't forgotten anything), reformat the hard drive, install Windows, track down missing drivers, find and reload all your software, restore your data, and pull out clumps of hair over the things you inevitably neglected to save.

Definitely not fun - yet it's something that most PC users end up doing at least once. When your machine becomes so sluggish, flaky, malware-infested, or ill-behaved that no optimisation utility can help, sometimes the only remedy is a full system-wipe and restore. Read more...

Friday, February 11, 2011

Social media plays role in Egypt some expected in Iran - Yahoo! News

This is a great example of how digital technology has transformed the political landscape and how it helps to shape world events.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Android Market's Web Store: Convenient, With a Risk of Malware - PCWorld

For Android phone users, the newfound convenience of installing apps remotely from the Android Market Website also opens up a security hole for malware. Google updated the Android Market Website last week to include landing pages for every app along with remote installation, which lets users visit an app page on their computers and send installation instructions to their phones over the air. But as Sophos warns, there are no safeguards on the phone side to prevent someone from installing malicious software. Read more...

Patch Software to Keep It Secure With Free Secunia PSI - PCWorld

One of the biggest security threats out there doesn't come from malicious hackers or online identity thieves. It actually comes from you, the innocent PC user and your out-of-date software. But you can put an end to that threat with the free Secunia Personal Software Inspector (PSI), which identifies and helps patch the problematic programs you may be running.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Internet 'Kill Switch' Bill Reintroduced as Egypt Remains Dark — Datamation.com

Wow! This is like censorship to the Nth degree!

While Egyptians face yet another day with no Internet service due to a government shutdown, two Senators have re-introduced legislation to give the President the power to shut down the Internet in the U.S. Democrat Joseph Lieberman and Republican Susan Collins have introduced an amendment to the Homeland Security Act of 2002, which would create an Internet 'kill switch' that could be flipped in the event of a cyberattack. The Senators say the bill would not give the President the authority to shut down the Internet because of civil unrest.

Facebook Averaged Almost 8 New Registrations Per Second In 2010 — Datamation.com

Czech marketing firm CandyTech has released some new data and an infographic that displays interesting information about Facebook. Key stats include the following:

The number Facebook users skyrocketed from 337 million to 585 million in 2010.
Roughly 7.9 new users signed up for Facebook every second.
The U.S. has the most Facebook users, followed by Indonesia and the U.K.
The majority of users are between the ages of 18 and 34, but the fastest growing age group is seniors over 65.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

How to Watch TV on Your PC - PCWorld

The easiest way to watch TV on a personal computer--and the one that's most popular now--is to view programming over the Web. The major networks, a number of cable channels, and general sites such as Hulu allow you to view shows in your Web browser. If you want a more direct connection to your TV, you'll need extra hardware, namely a TV tuner. Read more...

Stream Live TV to Your PC - PCWorld

Everyone assumes that consumers want to stream Internet programs and media to the big high-def screen in the living room. Heck, these days the market is filled with set-top boxes dedicated to funneling Internet media to HDTVs. But what if you want to do the opposite, and stream live television to a smaller screen--the one connected to your computer?Read more...