Leo Laporte's 2006 Technology Almanac

Leo Laporte's 2006 Technology Almanac

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Leo Laporte is TV and radio's most recognized and prolific technology personality, best known for his humor, wit and ability to teach both newcomers and grizzled PC veterans. In Leo Laporte's 2006 Technology Almanac, Leo provides a year's worth of anecdotes, tips, factoids, and musings about the machines at the center of your life.



A page is devoted to each day of the year, and each page includes several elements: typically a single-topic essay that takes up most of the page (on subjects as varied as ergonomics, Easter eggs in popular programs, processor overclocking, and discount-travel Web sites), and hints, tips, references to worthwhile software, and goofy trivia.
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  • Paperback | 408 pages
  • 175.3 x 231.1 x 27.9mm | 635.04g
  • Que Corporation,U.S.
  • United States
  • English
  • 2006 ed.
  • 0789733978
  • 9780789733979

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Leo Laporte is TV and radio's most recognized and prolific technology personality, best known for his humor, wit and ability to teach both newcomers and grizzled PC veterans. In "Leo Laporte's 2006 Technology Almanac," Leo provides a year's worth of anecdotes, tips, factoids, and musings about the machines at the center of your life. A page is devoted to each day of the year, and each page includes several elements: typically a single-topic essay that takes up most of the page (on subjects as varied as ergonomics, Easter eggs in popular programs, processor overclocking, and discount-travel Web sites), and hints, tips, references to worthwhile software, and goofy trivia.
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Table of contents

Introduction.

January 2006.

Testing Your Connection Speed

On This Day: Millennium Bug Doesn't Bite (2000)

Blog of the Week: Slashdot

Broadband Internet

On This Day: Micro-Soft Named (1975)

Fact of the Week

Internet Explorer Keyboard Shortcuts

On This Day: TIME Names Computer "Man of the Year" (1983)

Gadget of the Week: Citizen TASER X26c Pistol

Mozilla Firefox: A Better Browser

On This Day: HP-35 Calculator Introduced (1972)

Hardware of the Week: Linksys WRT54GS Wireless Router

Firefox Tips and Tricks

On This Day: Amy Johnson Dies (1941)

Software of the Week: WS FTP

The Wayback Machine: A Blast from the Past

On This Day: Peter Denning Born (1942)

Website of the Week: THOMAS

Anybody Remember Archie and Veronica?

On This Day: Hollerith Tabulating Machine Patented (1889)

Blog of the Week: Boing Boing

How Digital Sampling Works

On This Day: Galaxies Are Accelerating (1998)

Fact of the Week

Lossy Digital Audio Formats

On This Day: 45 RPM Record Introduced (1949)

Gadget of the Week: StikAx Music Mixer

Lossless Digital Audio Formats

On This Day: Smoking Causes Cancer (1964)

Hardware of the Week: Creative I-Trigue Speaker System

Online Music Stores

On This Day: First X-Ray Photo (1896)

Software of the Week: Album Art Fixer

File Trading Networks

On This Day: Adding Machine Patented (1874)

Website of the Week: Allmusic

Internet Radio

On This Day: NCSA Opens (1986)

Blog of the Week: Fluxblog

Yahoo! Search Shortcuts

On This Day: Dian Fossey Born (1932)

Fact of the Week

Navigating! Yahoo!

On This Day: Computer Discovers New Planets (1996)

Gadget of the Week: Survival Kit in a Sardine Can

Yahoo! Maps

On This Day: Harvard Mark I Outlined (1938)

Hardware of the Week: Logitech MediaPlay Cordless Mouse

Yahoo! Search Meta Words

On This Day: Apple Lisa Introduced

Software of the Week: Yahoo! Toolbar

Yahoo! My Web

On This Day: Buzz Aldrin Born (1930)

Website of the Week: My Yahoo!

Yahoo! Briefcase

On This Day: First Commercial 747 Flight (1970)

Blog of the Week: Yahoo! Search Blog

Why You Need Service Pack 2

On This Day: Integrated Circuit Conceived (1959)

Fact of the Week

Using the Control Panel

On This Day: IBM Dedicates the SSEC (1948)

Gadget of the Week: Global Pet Finder

Enabling ClearType

On This Day: Flouridated Drinking Water (1945)

Hardware of the Week: APC Uninterruptible Power Source

Using a Web Page as a Desktop Background

On This Day: Internal Combustion Auto Patented

Software of the Week: Theme Manager 2005

Adding Special Effects

On This Day: Jim Clark Leaves Silicon Graphics (1994)

Website of the Week: Microsoft

Moving and Hiding the Taskbar

On This Day: First Gaslit Street (1807)

Blog of the Week: LonghornBlogs.com

Show Album Art in My Music Folders

On This Day: Douglas Englebart Born (1925)

Fact of the Week

Remove the Shortcut Arrow from Desktop Icons

On This Day: First Primate in Space (1961)

Gadget of the Week: SCOTTeVEST Clothing

February 2006.

Closing Stuck Programs in XP

On This Day: Java Development Starts (1991)

Hardware of the Week: USB Mini-Aquarium

Add a Background Graphic to the IE Toolbar

Use a Web Page as a Desktop Background

On This Day: First Use of Lie Detector (1935)

Software of the Week: Tweak UI

Activating XP Special Effects

On This Day: First U.S. Weather Satellite (1966)

Website of the Week: TweakXP.com

Change Owner Information

Adding Programs to the XP Start Menu

On This Day: First Removable Shirt Collar (1825)

Blog of the Week: TechWhack

What's a Blog?

On This Day: Golf on the Moon (1971)

Fact of the Week

Why Blog?

How Blogs Are Organized

On This Day: First Untethered Spacewalks (1984)

Gadget of the Week: Precision Shots Laser Slingshot

Creating Your Own Blog

Best Sites for Blogging

On This Day: Harvard Mark I Patent (1945)

Hardware of the Week: AeroCool AeroBase UFO Gaming Pad

Exploring the Blogosphere

On This Day: David Wheeler Born (1927)

Software of the Week: Newsgator

Political Blogs

On This Day: Wilhelm Roentgen Dies (1923)

Website of the Week: The Weblog Review

Moblogs and Photo Blogs

Leo's Favorite Blogs

On This Day: Boston Computer Society Founded (1977)

Blog of the Week: Photoblogs.org

All About Podcasts

On This Day: France Goes Atomic (1960)

Fact of the Week

Preparing to Podcast

On This Day: ENIAC Revealed (1946)

Gadget of the Week: Edirol R-1 Portable Music Recorder

Recording a Podcast

On This Day: Mustard Arrives (1758)

Hardware of the Week: Griffin radio SHARK AM/FM Radio/Recorder

Publishing Your Podcast

Learn More About Podcasting

On This Day: First Man-Made Diamonds (1953)

Software of the Week: Audacity

Where to Find Podcasts

On This Day: First Car Starter (1911)

Website of the Week: iPodder

Podcasts and iTunes

On This Day: Vacuum Cleaner Patented (1901)

Blog of the Week: Adam Curry's Weblog

POP vs. Web-Based Email

On This Day: Elevator Patented (1872)

Fact of the Week

Email Acronyms and Protocols

On This Day: First Flying Car (1937)

Gadget of the Week: VoiSec Refrigerator Voice Recorder

HTML Email

On This Day: Amerigo Vespucci Dies (1512)

Hardware of the Week: Seagate External Hard Drives

Managing Mass Mailings in Outlook Express

On This Day: First Cloned Sheep (1997)

Software of the Week: Mozilla Thunderbird

Troubleshooting Email Problems

On This Day: Steve Jobs Born

Website of the Week: Gmail

Emailing Anonymously

On This Day: SGI Buys Cray (1996)

Blog of the Week: Gawker

Before You Upgrade

On This Day: David Sarnoff Born (1891)

Fact of the Week

Upgrading System Memory

On This Day: Core Memory Patented (1956)

Gadget of the Week: Ultra Antistatic Wrist Straps

March 2006.

Adding New Ports

On This Day: Direct-Dial Transatlantic Phone Service (1970)

Hardware of the Week: Sunbeam 20-in-1 Superior Panel

Upgrading for Digital Video Editing

On This Day: First Push-Button Phone (1959)

Software of the Week: Aloha Bob PC Relocator

Upgrading Your Hard Disk

On This Day: First Meeting of the Homebrew Computer Club

Website of the Week: Tom's Hardware Guide

USB: The Easy Way to Upgrade

On This Day: Stapler Patented (1868)

Blog of the Week: Tech Blog

How Big Is Big Enough?

On This Day: Michelangelo Virus Strikes (1992)

Fact of the Week

CRT Projection

On This Day: Cornflakes First Served (1897)

Gadget of the Week: Couch Potato Tormentor

DLP Rear Projection

On This Day: von Zeppelin Dies (1917)

Hardware of the Week: ATI HDTV Wonder

LCD Rear Projection

On This Day: PowerOpen Association Formed

Software of the Week: Cinemar MainLobby

Plasma Flat-Screen Displays

On This Day: Uranus Has Rings (1977)

Website of the Week: AVS Forum

LCD Flat-Screen Displays

On This Day: Luddite Riots (1811)

Blog of the Week: Home Theater Blog

Identity Theft

On This Day: Henry Shrapnel Dies (1842)

Fact of the Week

Preventing Identity Theft

On This Day: Giant Brain Completed (1955)

Gadget of the Week: TrimTrac GPS Security Locator

Dealing with Identity Theft

On This Day: Adobe and Aldus Merge (1994)

Hardware of the Week: Keyspan USB Mini Hub

Privacy in the Workplace

On This Day: First Liquid-Fuel Rocket Flight (1926)

Software of the Week: NSClean

Old Postings Can Come Back and Bite You

On This Day: Rubber Band Patented (1845)

Website of the Week: Electronic Frontier Foundation

Phishing Schemes

On This Day: First U.S. Railroad Tunnel (1834)

Blog of the Week: Privacy.org

Five Ways to Speed Up Your PC

On This Day: Theory of Relativity Published (1916)

Fact of the Week

Maintaining Your System Unit

On This Day: Teaching of Evolution Prohibited (1925)

Gadget of the Week: TomTom Navigator 2004

Maintaining Your Keyboard

On This Day: Pentium Chip Ships (1993)

Hardware of the Week: IOGEAR MiniView Micro KVM Switch

Maintaining Your Mouse

On This Day: Cold Fusion Claimed (1989)

Software of the Week: PC Certify

Maintaining Your Printer

On This Day: Tuberculosis Bacillus Announced (1882)

Website of the Week: PC Pitstop

More Basic Maintenance

On This Day: Titan Discovered (1655)

Blog of the Week: Doc Searl's IT Garage

Why You Need a PC in Your Living Room

On This Day: Alaska Earthquake (1965)

Fact of the Week

Buying a Media Center PC

On This Day: Three Mile Island Accident (1979)

Gadget of the Week: Philips RC9800i WiFi Remote Control

Building Your Own Media Center PC

On This Day: Coca Cola Created (1886)

Hardware of the Week: Denali Edition Media Center

Using Media Center as a DVR

On This Day: Meter Defined (1791)

Software of the Week: Tweak MCE

Media Center My Music

On This Day: Daylight Savings Time Begins (1918)

Website of the Week: The Green Button

April 2006.

Media Center Add-Ins

On This Day: First Photograph of the Sun

Blog of the Week: Matt Goyer's Windows Media Center Blog

Skeletal Systems

On This Day: First Mobile Phone Call (1973)

Fact of the Week

The Death Clock

On This Day: Netscape Founded (1994)

Gadget of the Week: Motorola Ojo Personal Videophone

Dumb Auctions

On This Day: Oppenheimer Wins Fermi Award (1963)

Hardware of the Week: ActionTec Internet Phone Wizard

UglyDress.com

On This Day: Windows 3.1 Released (1992)

Software of the Week: Marine Aquarium Screen Saver

Museum of Bad Album Covers

On This Day: IBM Announces System/360 Mainframes (1964)

Website of the Week: Today's Front Pages

Daily Rotten

On This Day: Presper Eckert Born (1919)

Blog of the Week: Dave Barry's Blog

DVD Easter Eggs

On This Day: First Synthetic Rubber (1930)

Fact of the Week

CD Easter Eggs

On This Day: Apollo 13 Launched (1970)

Gadget of the Week: Eva Solo Magnetimer Kitchen Timer

Game Easter Eggs

On This Day: First Internet Spam (1994)

Hardware of the Week: USB Cafe Pad

Software Easter Eggs

On This Day: First Elephant in America (1796)

Software of the Week: Coffee Break Worm

Literary Easter Eggs

On This Day: China's Great Software Purge Begins (1995)

Website of the Week: The Easter Egg Archive

Sexually Explicit Easter Egg

On This Day: LISP Language Unveiled

Blog of the Week: Engadget

eBay News and Announcements

On This Day: Benjamin Franklin Dies (1790)

Fact of the Week

Using Feedback

On This Day: Albert Einstein Dies (1955)

Gadget of the Week: SportVue MC1 Heads-Up Display

Birddogging for Bargains

On This Day: First FORTRAN Program (1957)

Hardware of the Week: Logitech diNovo Cordless Desktop

eBay PowerSellers

On This Day: Whirlwind Computer on TV (1951)

Software of the Week: eBay Toolbar

Finding Stuff to Sell

On This Day: First Revolving Restaurant Opens (1962)

Website of the Week: Indale

eBay Trading Assistants

On This Day: Wilhelm Schickard Born (1592)

Blog of the Week: Outrageous eBay Auctions

iPods Rule!

On This Day: Apple IIc Introduced

Fact of the Week

Using Your iPod with a Windows PC

On This Day: Integrated Circuit Patented

Gadget of the Week: Griffin BlueTrip Audio Hub

Creating Playlists for Your iPod

On This Day: Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster (1986)

Hardware of the Week: Apple AirPort Express

iPod Speakers

On This Day: Microsoft Purchase of Intuit Blocked (1995)

Software of the Week: iArt

Cool iPod Accessories

On This Day: Kurt G'del Born (1906)

Website of the Week: iLounge

More Cool iPod Accessories

On This Day: George Stibitz Born (1904)

Blog of the Week: iPoditude

May 2006.

How Instant Messaging Works

On This Day: First Computer Timesharing (1964)

Fact of the Week

Instant Messaging Clients

On This Day: Microsoft's Two-Button Mouse (1983)

Gadget of the Week: Tivoli Model One

Group Chats in AOL Instant Messenger

On This Day: First Comic Book (1934)

Hardware of the Week: Logitech QuickCam Orbit

Sending Files via Instant Messaging

On This Day: Commodore Sold (1995)

Software of the Week: mIRC

Tips for Chat and IM

On This Day: Scopes Arrested for Teaching Evolution (1925)

Website of the Week: Cybermoon Studios

Online Chat Communities

On This Day: Hindenburg Disaster (1937)

Blog of the Week: Jake Ludington's Media Blab

Digital Television

On This Day: Metric System Established (1790)

Fact of the Week

Comparing Digital Television Formats

On This Day: Birth Control Pill Approved (1960)

Gadget of the Week: Monster PowerCenter

Why HDTV Is Better

On This Day: Transcontinental Railroad Completed (1869)

Hardware of the Week: TViX Digital Movie Jukebox

How HDTV Works

Learn More About HDTV

On This Day: VisiCalc Demonstrated (1979)

Software of the Week: Movie Label 2006

Progressive Scanning

On This Day: Dvorak Keyboard Patented (1936)

Website of the Week: HDTVoice.com

Square Programs on a Rectangular Screen

On This Day: Table Knife Invented (1637)

Blog of the Week: High-Definition Blog

I Hate Spam!

Learn More About Spam

On This Day: Listerine Trademarked (1923)

Fact of the Week

How Spammers Get Your Address

On This Day: Root Beer Invented (1866)

Gadget of the Week: Oregon Scientific AWS888 Weather Forecaster

Protecting Your Email Address

On This Day: John Deere Dies (1886)

Hardware of the Week: Griffin PowerMate USB Controller

Blocking Spam in Microsoft Outlook

On This Day: Mount St. Helens Erupts (1980)

Software of the Week: Email Sentinel Pro

Anti-Spam Software

On This Day: Lawrence of Arabia Dies (1935)

Website of the Week: Spamhaus

Trace and Report

On This Day: Levis Patented (1873)

Blog of the Week: Spam Kings Blog

Advanced Google Searching

On This Day: Toothpaste Tube Invented (1892)

Fact of the Week

Google Images

On This Day: Bifocals Invented (1785)

Gadget of the Week: Wallflower 2 Multimedia Picture Frame

Google Maps

On This Day: First Telegraph Message (1844)

Hardware of the Week: Western Digital Media Center

Personalize Your Google Home Page

On This Day: First International WWW Conference (1994)

Software of the Week: Google Desktop Search

Gmail

On This Day: First Middle East Oil Strike (1908)

Website of the Week: Google Language Tools

Other Cool Google Sites

On This Day: Jell-O Introduced (1897)

Blog of the Week: The Unofficial Google Weblog

Choosing a Digital Camera

On This Day: Hilary Conquers Mount Everest (1953)

Fact of the Week

Prosumer Cameras

On This Day: Krypton Discovered (1898)

Gadget of the Week: SanDisk Photo Album

Digital SLRs

On This Day: John Kemeny Born (1926)

Hardware of the Week: Epson Perfection 4180 Photo Scanner

June 2006.

Better Lighting = Better Pictures

On This Day: FM Stereo Broadcasting Begins (1961)

Software of the Week: Paint Shop Pro

How to Take Great Digital Pictures

On This Day: Velveeta Cheese Invented (1928)

Website of the Week: Digital Photography Review

Digital Photo Vaults

On This Day: Robert Noyce Dies (1990)

Blog of the Week: PhotographyBLOG

Digital Video Formats

On This Day: Apple II Introduced (1977)

Fact of the Week

Choosing the Right Video Camera

On This Day: First Household Detergent Introduced (1907)

Gadget of the Week: Sunpak Readylight 20

High-Definition Camcorders

On This Day: First Solar Power Plant (1980)

Hardware of the Week: HP dc5000 Movie Writer

Prosumer Camcorders

On This Day: Alan Turing Found Dead (1954)

Software of the Week: Adobe Premiere Elements

Recording Better Sound with Your Movies

On This Day: First Automat Opens (1902)

Website of the Week: CamcorderInfo.com

Stop Shaky Pictures!

On This Day: Speak & Spell Introduced (1978)

Blog of the Week: PVRblog

Fun with GPS

On This Day: 3Com and U.S. Robotics Merge (1997)

Fact of the Week

High-Tech Running

On This Day: First V1 Bomb Attack (1944)

Gadget of the Week: SoundSak SonicBoom

High-Tech Fishing

On This Day: Univac 1 Dedicated (1951)

Hardware of the Week: Act Labs Light Gun

High-Tech Boating

On This Day: Ben Franklin Flies a Kite (1752)

Software of the Week: Fish-N-Log Professional Suite

High-Tech Scuba Diving

On This Day: CTR Incorporated (1911)

Website of the Week: GORP

High-Tech Camping

On This Day: Amelia Earhart Crosses the Atlantic (1928)

Blog of the Week: Die Is Cast

Apple History (Part I)

On This Day: Blaise Pascal Born (1623)

Fact of the Week

Apple History (Part I-A)

On This Day: Trans-Alaska Pipeline Opens (1977)

Gadget of the Week: GarageBand Guitar Cable

Apple History (Part II)

On This Day: First Ferris Wheel Opens (1893)

Hardware of the Week: Apple 30-inch HD Cinema Display

Apple History (Part III)

On This Day: Konrad Zuse Born

Software of the Week: SuperDuper

Apple Portables

On This Day: Saxophone Patented (1848)

Website of the Week: Think Secret

Troubleshooting Mac OS X

On This Day: Barbed Wire Patented (1867)

Blog of the Week: The Unofficial Apple Weblog

I SpyOESpyware!

On This Day: Bar Code Debuts (1974)

Fact of the Week

What Damage Can Spyware Do?

On This Day: Chlorophyll Synthesized (1960)

Gadget of the Week: JB1 James Bond 007 Spy Camera

How to Defeat Spyware

On This Day: Mackinac Bridge Dedicated (1958)

Hardware of the Week: Panasonic BL-C30A Network Camera

Anti-Spyware Utilities

On This Day: Pygmy Mammoth Discovered (1994)

Software of the Week: Active@ Eraser

Legitimate Spyware Programs

On This Day: Leap Second Added (1972)

Website of the Week

July 2006.

Official U.S. Government Spyware

On This Day: IBM 650 Announced (1953)

Blog of the Week: Spyware Warrior

Creating Numbered Lists

On This Day: Foam Rubber Developed (1929)

Fact of the Week

Using Styles

On This Day: First Direct Keyboard Input (1956)

Gadget of the Week: VIOlight Toothbrush Sanitizer

Adding Background Colors and Graphics

On This Day: Intel Price Cuts (1994)

Hardware of the Week: Logitech Laser Cordless Mouse

Using Section Breaks

On This Day: AOL Settles Lawsuits

Software of the Week: Wordware

Using Headers and Footers

On This Day: Phillips-Head Screw Patented (1936)

Website of the Week: Woody's Office Portal

Creating a Multiple-Column Layout

On This Day: Tron Released (1982)

Blog of the Week: The Office Weblog

Why It's So Hard to Find What You Want Online

On This Day: Telstar Launched (1962)

Fact of the Week

Search Engines and Directories

On This Day: Surgical Zippers Announced (1985)

Gadget of the Week: Oakley THUMP

Top Search Sites

On This Day: Smoking (Officially) Causes Cancer (1957)

Hardware of the Week: Deck Keyboard

Metasearch Engines

On This Day: Erno Rubick Born (1944)

Software of the Week: WebFerret

The Correct Way to Search

On This Day: Dynamite Demonstrated (1867)

Website of the Week: Search Engine Watch

Boolean Searching

On This Day: ENIGMA Encodes First Message (1928)

Blog of the Week: Search Engine Blog

Using a Home Page Community

On This Day: Major Email Disruption (1997)

Fact of the Week

Finding a Web Host

On This Day: Intel Founded (1968)

Gadget of the Week: ProAim Golfing Goggles

Understanding HTML

On This Day: Samuel Colt Born (1814)

Hardware of the Week: Griffin AirClick USB Remote

Common HTML Tags

On This Day: Man Walks on Moon (1969)

Software of the Week: HotDog PageWiz

Inserting Hyperlinks

On This Day: Xerox Withdraws from Computer Market (1975)

Website of the Week: Web Pages That Suck

Changing Font Type and Size

On This Day: Typewriter Patented (1829)

Blog of the Week: Thomas Hawk's Digital Connection

Choosing a Video Game System

On This Day: Instant Coffee Introduced (1938)

Fact of the Week

Video Games: The Next Generation

On This Day: Microsoft Revenues Exceed $1 Billion (1990)

Gadget of the Week: Spherex RX2 Game Chair

Building the Perfect Gaming PC

On This Day: Carl Jung Born (1875)

Hardware of the Week: Atari Flashback

Choosing a Game Controller

On This Day: Grasshopper Plague (1931)

Software of the Week: RollerCoaster Tycoon 3

Popular Game Controllers (Part I)

On This Day: Tricycle Crosses English Channel (1883)

Website of the Week: IGN.com

Popular Game Controllers (Part II)

On This Day: First Asphalt Pavement (1870)

Blog of the Week: GameBlogs

Hard Drive Players

On This Day: First Close-Up Moon Pictures (1964)

Fact of the Week

August 2006.

MicroDrive Players

On This Day: Atomic Energy Commission Established (1946)

Gadget of the Week: AudioTronic iCool Scented MP3 Players

Flash Memory Players

On This Day: Greenwich Mean Time Adopted (1880)

Hardware of the Week: Razer Diamondback Mouse

Portable Video Players

On This Day: Radio Shack Announces TRS-80 (1977)

Software of the Week: Blaze Media Pro

Better Earphones = Better Sound

On This Day: Champagne Invented (1693)

Website of the Week: MP3.com

Celebrity Playlists

On This Day: First Electric Traffic Lights (1914)

Blog of the Week: MP3 Player Blog

Citywide WiFi

On This Day: Harvard Gets a Giant Brain (1944)

Fact of the Week

Finding a WiFi Hotspot

On This Day: Netscape Goes Public (1995)

Gadget of the Week: Canary Wireless Digital Hotspotter

Troubleshooting a Bad Connection

On This Day: Marvin Minksy Born (1927)

Hardware of the Week: Linksys Wireless Adapter

Setting Up a Wireless Home Network

On This Day: Leo Fender Born (1909)

Software of the Week: LucidLink Wireless Client

WiFi Security

On This Day: Steve Wozniak Born (1950)

Website of the Week: Wi-Fi Alliance

What's With All Those Letters?

On This Day: IBM PC Introduced (1981)

Blog of the Week: WiFi Networking News

Matrix Surround Sound

On This Day: Social Security Act Signed (1935)

Fact of the Week

Discrete Surround Sound

On This Day: Panama Canal Opened (1914)

Gadget of the Week: Sony Surround Sound Headphones

Comparing Surround Sound Formats

On This Day: Queen Telegraphs President (1858)

Hardware of the Week: USB Alarm Clock

Fantasia! The First Surround-Sound Movie

On This Day: Pierre de Fermat Born (1601)

Software of the Week: Cubase SX

The History of Surround Sound (Part I)

On This Day: Hewlett-Packard Incorporated (1947)

Website of the Week: The Surround Sound Discography

The History of Surround Sound (Part II)

On This Day: Condensed Milk Patented (1856)

Blog of the Week: wilwheaton.net

Troubleshooting Tips

On This Day: Adding Machine Patented (1888)

Fact of the Week

Dealing with a Dead Computer

On This Day: First Computer User Group Founded (1955)

Gadget of the Week: Venexx Perfume Watch

Troubleshooting in Safe Mode

On This Day: Galileo Demonstrates Telescope (1609)

Hardware of the Week: Marathon Computer RePorter

Page Fault Errors

On This Day: Windows 95 Ships (1995)

Software of the Week: PC Certify Lite

Creating an Emergency Startup Disk

On This Day: Paris Liberated (1944)

Website of the Week: Microsoft Knowledge Base

PC Survival Checklist

On This Day: Compaq Introduces Presario (1993)

Blog of the Week: RescueComp Blog

First Generation (1972-1977)

On This Day: Worcester Sauce Introduced (1837)

Fact of the Week

Second Generation (1977-1982)

On This Day: First Russian Atomic Bomb (1949)

Gadget of the Week: Jakks TV Games

Third Generation (1982-1984)

On This Day: First African-American Astronaut (1983)

Hardware of the Week: Classicade Upright Game System

Fourth Generation (1985-1989)

On This Day: First Car on the Moon (1971)

Software of the Week: Atari 80 Classic Games

September 2006.

Fifth Generation (1989-1995)

On This Day: Virtual Library Project Starts (1994)

Website of the Week: Video Game Museum

Sixth Generation (1995-1998) to Today

On This Day: Ferdinand Porsche Born

Blog of the Week: Video Game Blog

Different Types of Notebooks

On This Day: Geronimo Surrenders (1886)

Fact of the Week

Shopping for a New Notebook

On This Day: On the Road Published (1957)

Gadget of the Week: Targus DEFCON MDP Motion Sensor

Notebooks for College

On This Day: Margaret Sanger Dies (1966)

Hardware of the Week: LapCool 2 Notebook Cooler

Upgrading Notebook Memory

On This Day: First Baby Incubator (1888)

Software of the Week: RMClock

Printing on the Road

On This Day: Ford Pardons Nixon (1974)

Website of the Week: NotebookReview.com

Stretching Notebook Battery Life

On This Day: Lincoln Highway Opens (1913)

Blog of the Week: Laptop Review

Encourage Safe Computing

On This Day: First Remote Computation (1940)

Fact of the Week

Safe Searching for Kids

On This Day: Test of First Integrated Circuit (1958)

Gadget of the Week: Hasbro VideoNow Color

Online Libraries

On This Day: First Auto Accident Death (1899)

Hardware of the Week: Logitech Football Mouse

Help with Homework

On This Day: First Lobotomy (1936)

Software of the Week: Microsoft Student 2006

Kids' Sports

On This Day: ACM Founded (1947)

Website of the Week: Kids' Space

Computers Make Kids Dumber?

On This Day: RCA Exits Computer Market (1971)

Blog of the Week: "Hey That Smells Great"

Audio/Video Receivers

On This Day: Jimi Hendrix Dies (1970)

Fact of the Week

Digital Video Recorders

On This Day: First Underground Nuclear Test (1957)

Gadget of the Week: Logitech Harmony 880

Shopping for a DVD Player

On This Day: First FORTRAN Program (1954)

Hardware of the Week: Sonos Digital Music System

Choosing a Speaker System

On This Day: Galileo Ends Mission (2003)

Software of the Week: Meedio Essentials

Setting Up Your System

On This Day: Peace Corps Authorized (1961)

Website of the Week: AudioREVIEW.com

Universal Remote Controls

On This Day: Dirigible Demonstrated (1852)

Blog of the Week: eHomeUpgrade

HDTV Programming

On This Day: IBM Announces MCA

Fact of the Week

Showcase DVDs (Part I)

On This Day: Jean Hoerni Born (1924)

Gadget of the Week: Laserpod Light

Showcase DVDs (Part II)

On This Day: Kevin Mitnick Indicted (1996)

Hardware of the Week: Logitech Z-5500 Speakers

Showcase DVDs (Part III)

On This Day: Seymour Cray Born (1925)

Software of the Week: ReaderWare

Showcase CDs (Part I)

On This Day: Enrico Fermi Born (1901)

Website of the Week: Metacritic

Showcase CDs (Part II)

On This Day: First Nuclear Sub Commissioned (1954)

Blog of the Week: Jazz & Blues Music Reviews

October 2006.

CD Ripping and Burning Software

On This Day: Concorde Breaks the Sound Barrier (1969)

Blog of the Week: Online Music Blog

Configuring Windows Media Player for Ripping

On This Day: ENIAC Retired (1955)

Fact of the Week

Ripping CDs with WMP

On This Day: Transistor Patented (1950)

Gadget of the Week: Darth Tater

Burning Your Own Music CDs

On This Day: John Atanasoff Born (1903)

Hardware of the Week: Pocket CDRW

Burning CDs with Windows Media Player

On This Day: First Non-Stop Pacific Flight (1931)

Software of the Week: Easy Media Creator

Copying Entire CDs

On This Day: Thor Heyerdahl Born (1914)

Website of the Week: freedb.org

Writing to a Data CD

On This Day: Carbon Paper Patented (1806)

Blog of the Week: PostSecret

Cellular Network Technologies

On This Day: Calliope Patented (1855)

Fact of the Week

Dual Band and Dual Mode Phones

On This Day: Billiard Ball Patented (1865)

Gadget of the Week: FreePlay FreeCharge

Choosing a Mobile Phone

On This Day: H.J. Heinz Born (1844)

Hardware of the Week: Verbatim Store `n' Go Pro

Smartphones

On This Day: NeXT Computer Introduced (1988)

Software of the Week: Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Game

Choosing a Headset

On This Day: First Aerial Photograph (1860)

Website of the Week: The Mobile Phone Directory

Favorite Cell Phones

On This Day: Edison Electric Light Company Founded (1878)

Blog of the Week: Mobile Burn

Are You Infected?

On This Day: First U.S. Birth Control Clinic (1916)

Fact of the Week

Practicing Safe Computing

On This Day: Mae Jemison Born (1956)

Gadget of the Week: ScanGauge Automotive Computer

Antivirus Utilities

Learn More About Protecting Your Computer

On This Day: Babbage, Binet, and Edison Die

Hardware of the Week: WD Passport Pocket Hard Drive

Repairing an Infected Computer

On This Day: Sir Thomas Browne Born and Died

Software of the Week: NOD32 Antivirus

Finding New Viruses

On This Day: Monterey Bay Aquarium Opens (1984)

Website of the Week: Virus Bulletin

Signature Scanning

On This Day: First Trimline Telephone (1963)

Blog of the Week: Worm Blog

Fixing Only Part of the Picture

On This Day: Mr. Tornado Born (1920)

Fact of the Week

Soften Your Edges

Learn More About Fixing Bad Digital Pictures

On This Day: First Nylon Stockings (1939)

Gadget of the Week: Bose Noise Canceling Headphones

Removing Red Eye

On This Day: First Microwave Oven Sold (1955)

Hardware of the Week: Graphire Bluetooth Tablet

Removing Wrinkles

On This Day: C.W. Post Born (1854)

Software of the Week: Adobe Photoshop Elements

Removing Skin Blemishes

On This Day: ARPANET Crashes (1980)

Website of the Week: Planet Photoshop

Create a Glamour Glow

On This Day: Statue of Liberty Unveiled (1886)

Blog of the Week: The Unofficial Photoshop Blog

The War of the Worlds

On This Day: Ballpoint Pen Patented (1888)

Fact of the Week

Virus Hoaxes

On This Day: Vatican Admits Galileo Was Right (1992)

Gadget of the Week: Suunto Smart Watch

November 2006.

How Urban Legends Become Legendary

On This Day: First H-Bomb (1952)

Hardware of the Week: LaCie Bigger Disk Extreme

Favorite Urban Legends

On This Day: George Boole Born (1815)

Software of the Week: Wallperizer

More Favorites

On This Day: First Frozen Food (1952)

Website of the Week: Snopes

ICE on Your Cell Phone

On This Day: Ancient Beer Discovered (1992)

Blog of the Week: UFO News Blog

Cycle Your Background Colors

On This Day: Microsoft Contracts with IBM (1980)

Fact of the Week

Add a Watermark to Your Web Page

On This Day: Tacoma Narrows Bridge Collapses (1940)

Gadget of the Week: palmOne LifeDrive

Make the Page Background Scroll Automatically

On This Day: Jack Kilby Born (1923)

Hardware of the Week: Dell UltraSharp 24'' LCD Display

Display a Mouseover Alert

On This Day: Carl Sagan Born (1934)

Software of the Week: JavaScript Menu Master

Open Link in New Window

On This Day: First Motorcycle (1885)

Website of the Week: JavaScript.com

Add Music to Your Web Page

On This Day: Jack Ryan Born (1926)

Blog of the Week: The JavaScript Weblog

Create a Self-Running Presentation

On This Day: Artificial Snow Produced (1946)

Fact of the Week

Create a Branching Presentation

On This Day: First BBC Broadcast (1922)

Gadget of the Week: Dell Axim X50v

Adding Music to Your Presentation

On This Day: Tobacco Discovered (1492)

Hardware of the Week: Wacom Touchscreen Display

Add Depth to a 2-D Chart

On This Day: Gene Amdahl Born (1922)

Software of the Week: Crystal Graphics PowerPlugs

Publish Your Presentation to the Web

On This Day: Mouse Patented (1970)

Website of the Week: Clipart Connection

Printing Professional Handouts

On This Day: Vitamin C Wards Off Colds (1970)

Blog of the Week: Beyond Bullets

How Satellite Radio Works

On This Day: Edwin Hubble Born (1889)

Fact of the Week

XM Satellite Radio

On This Day: Edison Invents Phonograph (1877)

Gadget of the Week: Delphi XM MyFi

SIRIUS Satellite Radio

On This Day: S.O.S. Adopted (1906)

Hardware of the Week: Soundblaster Audigy 4

Satellite Radio in the Car

On This Day: Pencil Sharpener Patented (1897)

Software of the Week: Replay Radio

Satellite Radio at Home

On This Day: Origin of Species Published (1859)

Website of the Week: XMFan.com

HD Radio: Digital Radio Without the Satellite

On This Day: First Lion in America (1716)

Blog of the Week: Orbitcast

Why Online Shopping Is (Generally) Safe

On This Day: Electric Motor Invented (1834)

Fact of the Week

Product Reviews Online

On This Day: Mariner 4 Launched (1964)

Gadget of the Week: GoDogGo Automatic Fetch Machine

Comparison Shopping Online

On This Day: PONG Announced (1971)

Hardware of the Week: MSI Bluetooth Star USB Hub

Using Online Coupons

On This Day: Mason Jar Patented (1858)

Software of the Week: Best Price

December 2006.

Reduce Your Shipping Costs

On This Day: First White House Telephone (1878)

Website of the Week: SalesHound

Tracking Your Shipment

On This Day: John Backus Born (1924)

Blog of the Week: Shopping Blog

Shopping for Your Favorite Geek

On This Day: Omar Khayyam Dies (1131)

Fact of the Week

Shopping for a Computer Geek

On This Day: Folding Chair Patented (1854)

Gadget of the Week: Scooba Robotic Floor Washer

Gifts for the Road Warrior Geek

On This Day: First Sound Recording (1877)

Hardware of the Week: Buffalo TeraStation Storage Drive

Gifts for the Hard-Driving Geek

On This Day: Jet Stream Discovered (1934)

Software of the Week: Picasa

Gifts for the Music-Lovin' Geek

On This Day: Eckert-Mauchly Computer Corp. Incorporated (1947)

Website of the Week: Craig's List

Gifts for the Home Theater Geek

On This Day: First Non-Solar Planet Discovered (1984)

Blog of the Week: Gizmodo

Navigating Amazon

On This Day: Last Moon Mission (1972)

Fact of the Week

Today's Deals

On This Day: Golf Tee Patented (1899)

Gadget of the Week: Robosapien V2 Toy Robot

Clearance Merchandise and the Friday Sale

On This Day: Werner von Siemens Born (1816)

Hardware of the Week: Creative GigaWorks PC Speaker System

Buy It Used and Save

On This Day: Planck's Quantum Physics (1900)

Software of the Week: FeedDemon

Save Money on Shipping

On This Day: First Street Cleaning Machine (1854)

Website of the Week: Amazon Watch

Become an Amazon Associate

On This Day: End of the World (1919)

Blog of the Week: Blog of a Bookslut

Gift Ideas

On This Day: First Celestial Photograph (1839)

Fact of the Week

Christmas Crafts

On This Day: Altair 8800 Introduced (1974)

Gadget of the Week: Sleeptracker Watch

Holiday Greeting Cards

On This Day: Broadway Lights Up (1880)

Hardware of the Week: USB Christmas Tree

Online Greeting Cards

On This Day: Snow White Premieres (1937)

Software of the Week: Creating Keepsakes Scrapbook Designer

Santa Claus on the Web

On This Day: Lincoln Tunnel Opens (1937)

Website of the Week: Christmas.com

Holiday Meals Online

On This Day: Man Orbits the Moon (1968)

Blog of the Week: Make Blog

There's No Need to Fear

Learn More About Your New PC

On This Day: Centigrade Scale Devised (1741)

Fact of the Week

Taking a Look Inside

On This Day: Radium Discovered (1898)

Gadget of the Week: Egg & Muffin Toaster

Your PC's Microprocessor: The Main Engine

On This Day: Johannes Kepler Born (1571)

Hardware of the Week: Logitech MX3100 Cordless Desktop

Computer Memory: Temporary Storage

On This Day: First U.S. Test Tube Baby (1981)

Software of the Week: WinZip

Hard Disk Drives: Long-Term Storage

On This Day: First Transistorized Hearing Aid (1952)

Website of the Week: Tech Support Guy

Turning On Your PC For the First Time

On This Day: Monopoly Patented (1935)

Blog of the Week: Biggeststars Blogs

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About Michael Miller

Leo Laporte is an author, speaker, and broadcaster focusing on technology topics. Leo currently hosts The Tech Guy technology talk show on Los Angeles radio station KFI AM 640, every Saturday and Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. He also appears regularly on many television and radio programs, including G4's The Screen Savers, ABC's World News Now, and Live with Regis and Kelly. Leo has also written three bestselling Technology Almanacs and is the author of a new series of Leoville Press books covering gadgets, TiVo, Mac OS X Tiger, personal security and PC troubleshooting. More information can be found at his Leoville Web site, located at www.leoville.com.
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