Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Looks like we all survived Cyber-Monday. Here’s what got my attention this morning:

  • Microsoft looking into Windows ‘black screen of death’ problem
    “Microsoft says it’s looking into reports that its latest security updates are causing some Windows machines to stop working and display a mostly black screen with no desktop icons, taskbar, sidebar or other elements — seizing up and displaying just a “My Computer” Explorer window, if they’re lucky.” (source: TechFlash)

    • HTD : While patches are always important to install, sometimes they just “go wrong”. It’s impossible to test all of the combinations and permutations of computers hardware/software out there so it is not surprising that something like this happens. I always recommend installing security patches and most of the time, you are safe to do so. This looks like an exception.
  • Office 2010 confirmed for June 2010 release
    “Late last week, a beta tester pointed out that Microsoft was planning to release its Office 2010 suite in June 2010, according to Fudzilla. Previously Redmond had only been quoted as saying “the first half of 2010″ but more recently the company apparently posted the following message on one of the Office 2010 beta webpages: “The final version will be available to the public for purchase in June 2010.” We browsed various Microsoft Office webpages, and even did a search, but we couldn’t find the quote, so we contacted Microsoft directly.” (source: ArsTechnica)

    • HTD: I have been beta testing Office 2010 (press preview version) and associated online Office sites and I must say that this release is looking really solid. It will definitely give Google Docs a run for the money (provided you don’t mind running Silverlight all of the time for the full functionality. There are lots of flavors it will come in, including a free (Office Starter) version that will replace MS Works. Is it worth the upgrade, I’m not sure yet, but they definitely have streamlined the online purchasing process from what I have seen.
  • Google hopes to compete with iTunes, offer pay TV on YouTube
    “Google is reportedly looking to get into the pay-per-episode TV business with YouTube by offering streaming content for purchase via a service that would compete with iTunes downloads. According to Peter Kafka of MediaMemo, multiple sources have indicated that YouTube hopes to offer streaming TV episodes for a fee. The plan would be similar to what Apple already offers with iTunes: a $1.99 cost per episode. Both sides are said to currently be in early negotiations, but are “optimistic” that a deal can be reached.” (source: AppleInsider) [click to continue…]

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If you have or are planning on getting a new iPhone for the holidays, you should spend a couple extra dollars to get a good case to protect your investment. If you drop your phone, it’s better to break the protective case than the phone itself. But why spend any money for it since TODAY, for Day 2 of my Giveaway (more details), I’m giving away three (3) Speck Award-Winning CandyShell cases. When I read the description below, I think of an M&M, hard shell on the outside, soft on the inside:

speck_candyshell The buzz around Speck’s soft-meets-hard CandyShell cases has grown to a roar since their release earlier this year, recently collecting not only the iLounge 2009 Reader’s Choice “Best Case” award, also all-around “Best Accessory!” CandyShell’s innovative design pairs a rubbery interior for superior shock protection with a hard, slick exterior that slips in and out of pockets for super sweet functional fashion!

NOTE: You have the choice of iPhone or iPod Touch cases & you can mix and match as well!

But it’s better to see a few pictures of the different available colors in the CandyShell style.

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