New economics, Gmail goes offline, IE8 RC1, Windows 7 UAC, iTunes Plus, and more.
Do More with Less: How to Survive in Today's Economic Reality
- A Microsoft marketing mantra becomes a life mantra for all of us
- Stretching PC/technology lifetimes
- Saying no to new gadgets ... Every time we peddle something people don't need, we lose a slice of our soul
- Reassessing what it is you really need to get work done
- Paul's "28 Days Later" concept: Revisiting things Paul's reviewed or recommended: Do they stand the test of time?
- Next "Everything Must Go" event: Late February
- Not just about spending less - decrease tech life's overhead as well
- v. small ex: Paul doesn't install/configure any Firefox add-ons - 7 less things to do on reinstall
Related: Gmail goes offline: Long expected, but this is a game-changer
Internet Explorer 8 RC1 release
- Near-final, "platform-complete" version of Microsoft's next browser
- For XP, Vista, 2003/2008 not Windows 7
- A few new functional changes but mostly about performance and fit and finish
Is Windows 7 UAC dangerous ... or just useless?
Rafael Rivera and Long Zheng have discovered that the dumbed-down UAC in Windows 7 is easy to bypass and could be used to compromise PC
Also in Windows 7 news...
- Windows 7 public beta set to end February 10
- Rumors of a Netbook SKU
iTunes Plus goes a la carte
- Previously, you had to upgrade your entire collection in order to get DRM-free 256 Kbps AAC tracks. Now you can pick and choose
- iTunes now a first-class choice for online music w/ Amazon MP3 and Zune Marketplace
News: Dell will sell a smartphone based on either Google Android or Windows Mobile. Paul's advice: Don't
Tip of the week: More Windows 7 theme packs ... many are based on Mac wallpapers
Software of the week: Gladinet
Many readers have recommended this: It lets you access SkyDrive from Windows Explorer (and other things).
Audible picks of the week: The Ultimate Cheapskate's Road Map to True Riches: Enjoying Life More by Spending Less and Elsewhere, U.S.A.: How We Got From the Affluent Society to the Home Office. For a free credit toward the audiobook of your choice, visit Audible.com/windows.
Check out Paul's blog at the SuperSite for Windows for more information.