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March 22, 2007
  • Adobeversusmicrosoft For those of you that questioned my assertion that many Adobe products will not work or be supported on Windows Vista, CNET and Information Week reported this today:

    Adobe to CS2 users: Want Vista? Upgrade
    Adobe Has No Plans To Make Current Products Windows Vista Compatible

    While some people might find the following statement amusing:

    "Another reason is, how many customers are really on Vista in the installed base, and is it worth the work, especially in the creative customers? And we have no desire to really showcase Microsoft's technology," Chizen said.

    I personally find that sort of statement to be offensive and anti-customer. Why? Adobe Creative Suite cost customers a thousand-plus dollars per copy, while Acrobat, Photoshop (fill in the product blank) customers paid hundreds per copy. Now, if customers want to to use Windows Vista - whether via upgrade or new machine - along with current Adobe software (not just older versions) they must upgrade (translation: spend thousands more). Products  like Creative Suite, Photoshop, InDesign, and Dreamweaver must all be upgraded to the new - yet unreleased - version.

    Mar 22, 2007 at 01:00 AM in Business, Companies, Software
March 11, 2007
  • MacBook ProI am not an Apple Fanboy – but I am a fan of innovation, choice and knowledge. When thinking about my next laptop, more and more I am strongly considering something that was not a possibility a couple of years ago. I am seriously considering an Intel based Apple MacBook Pro. As someone using Windows, .NET, ASP .NET and having decades of intellectual and financial investment in the PC platform, a move like this is not to be taken lightly. I will not and cannot throw that all away, but not only do I not have to but I am excited to expand my knowedge by the potential move to an Apple laptop.

    In some ways it will be going full circle because I first started using and developing software with the Apple II. Once high school courses started, PCs were the primary machine, but I remember thinking what trash they were compared to the Apple II GS OS. The DOS and Novell driven PCs looked and felt terrible compared to my Apple II GS. I debated with classmates about why the Apple was superior (yes, I know, I know) but alas a prettier UI, better user experience and technical superiority does not necessarily matter. The law of numbers and practicality do.

    Accordingly, Apple became less and less viable as a platform and a lot of us moved to the PC where the majority of jobs and high growth areas were. Whether you wanted to start a new software company or work in an office, many times that dictated that you use a PC. Today is different and it is time to reevaluate and (dare I say) “think different”. Why?

    Mar 11, 2007 at 10:54 PM in Computer Hardware, Mobile, Software
March 08, 2007
  • Pdfpowerpack I have slogged along using either Acrobat Reader (now just Adobe Reader) or Acrobat Professional for years. For years, I have endured ever increasing bloat, performance-degrading, teeth-grinding frustration, all for the ability to either read or print-to a PDF. Having moved my system to Windows Vista and Office 2007 means I cannot even use all of the features because Adobe has dropped the ball and will not provide support until sometime in the first half of 2007. Furthermore, if you are an Acrobat 7 user and are considering Office 2007 – forget about it; you will never be supported and are expected to fork over your upgrade tax.

    For me, the days of using Adobe Reader and/ or shelling out hundreds of dollars to create a simple PDF are over. I now want to pass along the options I have chosen that enable me to read, write and annotate for free, free and nearly free.

    Mar 8, 2007 at 11:55 PM in Software
March 04, 2007
  • Quicken 2007After having a bad experience with Microsoft Money 2006 that caused me to recreate 9 months of data, I decided I would give Quicken 2007 a try. Doing some quick research, it seemed to be relatively popular and also fit my requirement that it work with Windows Vista (although it was not certified at the time of purchase). I generally had moved away from using Quicken due to what I deemed to be clunky interface and poor usability. That being said, after the problem I had with Microsoft Money, I decided I could not care less about usability if the product actually worked and I could track my data. After all, what good is a pretty product if it does not work?

    After purchasing Quicken Home & Business 2007 I began entering the required information, including that needed to take advantage of the much touted online banking. As described in the feature list:

    With over 5,124 participating partners, download your business and personal banking, credit card and investment information directly into Quicken

    My first experience with this feature led to numerous errors stating the Quicken server was temporarily down or issues not unlike those described here and here. Once I actually got the connection to work however, a new more disturbing problem reared its head and led me (and perhaps you should consider doing the same) to switch back to Microsoft Money.

    Mar 4, 2007 at 10:02 PM in Software
February 01, 2007
  • Wmdc Given the site design change, I have other things I plan on writing about - however, since I referenced the lack of mobile syncing capability in Windows Vista two times, I thought it would be prudent to share that the WMDC was released earlier today. Download it here.

    Feb 1, 2007 at 05:41 PM in Mobile, Software
September 29, 2006
September 19, 2006
  • Do you have a nice Windows Smartphone such as the Q or a PDA? Do you use ActiveSync to work with your contacts, favorites, install software etc.? Are you a software developer that uses ActiveSync to get your builds on the device? You are out of luck with Windows Vista RC1.

    The Windows Mobile Device Center is not part of RC1 and will be released as an update. You are warned, while RC1 is labeled a release candidate, this major feature is not available. ActiveSync is not compatible as the WMDC has replaced it. That means you are able to do nothing more than copy over some files (such as pictures and music) unless you use Exchange. No contact syncing, no software installs... Nothing. I will post when the update is released.

    Sep 19, 2006 at 03:50 PM in Electronics & Devices, Microsoft & Related, Software
May 31, 2006
  • 27l4226box

    If you have a laptop or computer that does not have a floppy drive along with a SATA and or RAID hard drive system, then you are going to have issues when attempting to do a clean install of Windows XP. The problem is that Windows XP (all editions) does not contain native support for SATA nor many moden RAID configurations. This means that during a clean install you must press F6 at the initial screen to install third party drivers that support the RAID/SATA controller. However, Windows XP will only accept drivers from the A: drive... cleary this is a problem if your machine does not have a floppy drive.

    So the question is, how can you install the SATA/RAID driver from a floppy drive you do not have? This is the problem I encountered while trying to do a clean install of Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005 on a Toshiba Portege M400 and for which I will share the issues and solution because it is not as simple as it may seem...

    May 31, 2006 at 12:51 PM in Computer Hardware, Software
May 03, 2006
  • I have been taking Office Live for a test spin. I am not going to delve into the why or anything like that, rather I want to take the time to help out anyone else who perhaps has found a major annoyance when using Office Live. Specifically, when attempting to navigate to any page of Office Live a yellow alert like the pop-up one displayed below has the following message:

    To help protect your security, Internet Explorer has blocked this website from displaying non-secure content

    This is more than a little annoyance, it essentially makes Office Live unusable while navigating with Internet Explorer 7. I immediately began searching and altering security settings in hopes of making it go away, but nothing worked. I added to my trusted sites. No dice. I added my specific subdomain of No again. I unchecked the need for HTTPS and put the non-HTTPs sites as trusted. The message still appeared.

    I finally gave in and contacted Microsoft and received an email which in part read:

    May 3, 2006 at 11:31 PM in Microsoft & Related, Software