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Reid Goldsborough, December 2001
New Media &Disasters »

During a disaster, where is the first place you should turn to for information?   You might think the Internet would be ideal. After all, it was set up by the military in the 1960s to ensure communications during a nuclear war. Yet, as recent events have shown, during a crisis other media do a …

Reid Goldsborough , November 2001
Can the Internet Be Trusted? »

Did you know that under Bill 602P, the federal government will levy an “alternative postage fee” of five cents for every e-mail message you send?   The legislation, currently pending, would compensate the U.S. Postal Service for lost business from the growing popularity of e-mail. The government would bill your Internet Service Provider, which would …

Reid Goldsborough, October 2001
The End of the Free-Lunch Era? »

The Golden Age of the Web is over. Or is it? The ongoing tumble in the value of technology stocks and the subsequent drying up of venture capital for dot-coms have had dramatic repercussions for Web-empowered consumers and businesses. Many Web services that were once free now cost.   For instance, the formerly free …

Reid Goldsborough, August 2001
A Tricky Decision: Upgrading Your Operating System »

Should you upgrade your operating system? Computer users are faced with this question every time Microsoft, Apple, or one of the other operating-system developers releases a new version. It’s a crucial question. Answering “yes” could make productive new operating-system tools available to you, or it could create headaches if your existing programs or devices aren’t …

Reid Goldsborough , July 2001
Dealing with Hate on the Internet »

Some Web sites may cause you to shudder from the deepest part of your being. You can read, view, and hear some of the most malicious and inflammatory material imaginable. You’ll find blatant racism, anti-Semitism, Christianity bashing, homophobia, and more–all designed to pit people against one another.   Then there are critique or “rogue” Web …

Reid Goldsborough, June 2001
ComputerSavvy The Battle for Your Eyeballs »

A battle is raging between those who feel Internet users should control their own time online and those trying to wrest that control away. The battlefield is advertising. The Web can be an ideal medium for putting your message out, with its space flexibility and multimedia possibilities. But new developments in Web advertising are making …

Reid Goldsborough, April 2001
Instant Messaging for Instant Communications »

On the Internet, chat isn’t idle anymore. In approving the $103.5 billion merger between America Online and Time Warner in January, the US Federal Communications Commission stipulated that AOL must allow users of competing programs to communicate with its “instant messaging programs” when AOL makes high-speed versions available. Instant messaging, or IM, is the latest …

Reid Goldsborough, April 2001
Computer Savvy: Memory Lights the Corners of Your PC »

With personal computers, taking a stroll down Memory Lane isn’t for the nostalgic. The world of random access memory, or RAM, is future-oriented, with significant changes in the works. Change brings both opportunity and threat, and court battles are blazing. The outcome of these legal skirmishes may determine whether you’ve made a good purchase decision …

Reid Goldsborough, March 2001
ComputerSavvy: Buying & Selling on the Internet Without Cash »

For years, pundits have predicted that the digital age would usher in the paperless office and the cashless society. But computers have led to more paper not less! And though getting cash may be more convenient with computerized ATMs, the need for it is no less great. Significant change is in the works, however, on …

Reid Goldsborough, February 2001
Personal Computing – Building a Better Mouse »

Before pointing and clicking became as routine as dialing and talking, if you saw a mouse you screamed and jumped up on a table… at least according to the cliché. Today some experts think you should avoid computer mice with the same decisiveness. Ergonomically, a mouse is the most dangerous part of a computer system, …

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