How to be a Microsoft Beta Tester

Today I got an invitation from Microsoft to be a Beta Tester bq. You are cordially invited to join the MSN?? Beta Program. We use beta programs to help define features for future products and services. This is your chance to make a difference! Participation lets you share your ideas and plays a key role

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Looking for a PDA

When the first Palm Pilot came out, I was one of its enthusiastic users. But then over a period of time, I stopped using it. But recently I dusted the old Palm III and found that none of the new applications run on it (low memory). So I have been looking for a new PDA.

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Economy is improving

The American job market is “improving”:http://www.csmonitor.com/2003/1110/p17s01-coop.html bq. In October, the economy added 126,000 new jobs, the Labor Department reported Friday. September’s increase in private-sector payroll jobs was revised up to 125,000. The article does not break down into how many jobs were created in the Technology field. But from personal experience I can tell that

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Tax Software Woes

During the last Tax season, Turbo Tax decided to treat all their consumers as criminals. They built in many obstacles into their software that prevented even people who bought the software from using it. The software had to be activated to be used on a single machine. This meant that if you used your Home

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To an audio tape free world

If you have lot of audio tapes and want to convert them to digital format, here is a solution that I am trying now. First I got “Microsoft Plus Digital Media Edition”:http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000085AHH/jksobservat-20. This comes with an “analog recorder”:http://www.microsoft.com/windows/plus/dme/Music.asp#analog (The software costs $19.95 now, but if you “keep looking”:http://varnam.org/archives/000205.html there may be a deal in which

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Deals

If you are interested in buying electronic stuff and keep looking for good deals, here are three sites which I normally follow * “Hot Deals Club”:http://hotdealsclub.com/ * “Tech Bargains”:http://www.techbargains.com/ * “Bens Bargains”:http://www.bensbargains.net/

Why I use Firebird

“Prasenjeet”:http://chaoszone.blogspot.com/2003_08_01_chaoszone_archive.html#106070718197986260 says that “Google Toolbar”:http://toolbar.google.com/popup_help-beta.html now offers popup blocking ability, so he finds himself using less and less of “Mozilla Firebird”:http://texturizer.net/firebird/index.html. But I am still sticking to Firebird. Read this article by Ben Goodger which explains “Why You Should Switch to the Mozilla Firebird browser”:http://www.mozilla.org/products/firebird/why/ I am addicted to Tab-Browsing. You can also bookmark a

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Linux on the desktop

In May, the city of Munich decided to switch to Linux from Windows. Microsoft had agreed to upgrade for $23.7 million and the Linux deal was worth $35.7 million. Still why they decided to go with Linux for their desktop machines ? “USA Today”:http://www.usatoday.com/usatonline/20030714/5320229s.htm has an behind the scenes look at what went on. bq.

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