For many years, I’ve been convinced that Microsoft had won the war of the Web browsers with its Internet Explorer. Sure, a handful of people use Safari or Mozilla Firefox, or some other browser, but according to Net Applications, Internet Explorer accounts for about 73% of the usage share in Web browsers (Mozilla Firefox 18%, [...]

When I was writing Deconstructing Golden Tee LIVE, I interviewed several game designers who all told me the same thing – users go through a period during which they resist change before they embrace it. I’m wondering whether the same thing is occurring with Windows Vista. Many die hard Windows XP users I’ve talked with [...]

My daughter returned home from a Spanish class trip to Costa Rica with over 250 photos on our neighbor's new digital camera – Olympus Stylus 790SW 7.1MP Waterproof Digital Camera with Dual Image Stabilized 3x Optical Zoom. We downloaded them to her computer and backed them up to a recordable CD and returned the camera. [...]

On March 18, 2008, Microsoft released Windows Vista Service Pack 1. Unless you disabled Automatic Updates in your version of Windows Vista, it is automatically set up to download and install important updates, so Service Pack 1 already should be installed on your computer. However, Service Pack 1 may not be installed and may not [...]

Whenever I encounter a problem in Microsoft Windows, the first place I turn to is Microsoft’s Knowledge Base – an incredible resource for articles on troubleshooting and correcting problems in Microsoft Windows and other Microsoft programs. To access the Knowledge Base, take the following steps: Fire up Internet Explorer or whichever Web browser you use. [...]

If you're a parent, you probably want your kids to have access to all the good content the Internet has to offer but none of the bad content. Unfortunately, achieving that goal is nearly impossible, especially if all you have to work with is Internet Explorer's Content Advisor – perhaps the worst tool ever created [...]

For old-school Microsoft Office users like me, upgrading from Office 2003 to 2007 was a traumatic experience. Microsoft decided to take away our menus and replace them with incomprehensible ribbons - essentially task-based toolbars. It took me 10 minutes to figure out how to insert the date and time. Finally, I stumbled across a Microsoft [...]

Before you take the plunge to upgrade your computer from an earlier version of Windows to Windows Vista, determine whether your computer has what it takes to run Vista. You don't have to try to decipher the gobbledygook on Vista package – the Minimum System Requirements. Microsoft has a nifty (FREE) tool you can download [...]