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Reid Goldsborough, March 2004
Attract Surfers Through Web Forums »

The one feature that most distinguishes the Internet from any previous communications medium is its interactivity. The ’Net is two-way. You give, and you receive. Savvy organizations and individuals have long recognized this, making it easy for people to contact them and diligently responding to e-mail. Organizations on the vanguard have set up discussion forums …

Reid Goldsborough, February 2004
SAVVY COMPUTING
Boosting the Power of Your Word Processor »

In the competitive world of personal computers, software companies act like little empires, conquering related programs and gobbling up the territory they once held. Programs continually add features, causing other software that once consisted of only those features to go away. The most commonly used office-type program, the word processor, is a case in point. …

Reid Goldsborough, January 2004
Savvy Computing
The Brave New World of Book Buying »

“Society never advances. It recedes as fast on one side as it gains on the other…. For every thing that is given, something is taken,” wrote Ralph Waldo Emerson in his 1841 essay “Self-Reliance.” The newest application of this old wisdom involves the world of book buying, now that Amazon.com, the Web’s best e-commerce site, …

Reid Goldsborough, December 2003
Savvy Computing:
Arming Yourself in the Virus War »

They’re a scourge upon our land. It’s difficult not to catastrophizethe virus problem. Computer viruses, worms, and other forms of malicious code have become so prevalent that the government, which typically acts only in response to disasters, has begun to act. One of the latest threats involves the release of viruses in e-mail attachments that, …

Reid Goldsborough, October 2003
Savvy Computing
Signs of an Impending Hard Disk Crash »

If you’ve worked with computers for any length of time, you’ve undoubtedly heard the warnings and the recommendations. Data stored on PCs can disappear in a nanosecond. You need to back up any crucial data you can’t risk losing. Ideally, you should store at least one set of crucial backup data off-site in case of …

Reid Goldsborough, August 2003
Search the Web Like a Pro »

When searching for information on the Web, do you just fire up Google (www.google.com) and type in a word or two? You’re not alone. Despite Google’s effectiveness as an Internet search tool, you probably could be a lot more productive in finding the information you’re after–using Google or any other search site. So says Paul …

Reid Goldsborough, July 2003
Savvy Computing
Learning the Lingo of the Electronic Age »

As if the world of computers and the Internet isn’t difficult enough, it also comes with its own vocabulary. Just as with any other field, you can’t walk the walk unless you talk the talk. Acronyms, jargon, and buzzwords serve several purposes. They condense complicated concepts into shorthand words and phrases, saving time. They help …

Reid Goldsborough, June 2003
Savvy Computing
Should You Upgrade Your Software? »

The buzz these days among many computer insiders is about the coming releases of upgrades to Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office. Windows Server 2003, an operating system designed for computer networks, was scheduled to be released in late April. Office 2003, combining word processing, spreadsheet, and other programs, should be out this summer. And although …

Reid Goldsborough, April 2003
Fighting Surf Wars »

The metaphor comparing the business world to a battleground is overused. But it’s not trite to say that a fierce struggle is raging between Web advertisers trying to capture your attention and Web consumers who want to surf unfettered. The stakes are high. With the collapse of the dotcom economy based largely on the simple, …

Reid Goldsborough, March 2003
Savvy Computing
Getting Rid of Spam »

Imagine that every time you pick up a ringing phone, you have to listen to a half dozen ads before you talk. This is becoming the situation with e-mail today. Spam–unsolicited commercial e-mail–bombards us every day, sapping both patience and productivity. Most of us spend at least 10 minutes each day dealing with spam at …

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