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Windows 8 To Be Released In October 2012

frontwave Re:Remember when Win95 was supposed to be Win93? (5 comments)

Interesting how the version numbers are confusing:
The first "usable" Windows was 3.1
Windows 95 was a big success but not so powerful
98 and "Me" were just makeup
2000 and NT worked fine...
XP was just a rework of 2000 and NT, but with a few nice tools
and VIsta.... well.. you know

more than 3 years ago
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FCC Will Tackle Cell Phone 'Bill Shock'

frontwave Re:The root of the problem is infinite credit (477 comments)

A year ago, a council member of a Spanish city had a 35,000 EUR charge over three months because her daughter used her 3G USB data device, over the cellular network, to download "lost". The service was paid by the municipality, and they asked her for the money. The girl used her mother data card on her laptop since the Wi-Fi signal of the house did not reach her room.
Why the cellular company did not disconnect the service after some overuse?

http://www.formulatv.com/1,20090309,10634,2.html

more than 3 years ago
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FCC Will Tackle Cell Phone 'Bill Shock'

frontwave Go Prepaid!!! (477 comments)

Actually, go prepaid.. I gave up my Verizon plan and went to PagePlus (pagepluscellular.com) keeping my phone and still using the Verizon network. Now I just add the minutes I need. 400 minutes for $25.. I don't need more and they are valid for 4 months.
There are other services such as Free Talk offering similar services. SEE: http://technorati.com/technology/article/is-your-cell-phone-bill-outrageous1/

more than 3 years ago
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Facebook introduces one-time passwords

frontwave Good idea, same with Credit Cards (4 comments)

Actually AMEX has been providing a similar service for online purchases for several years. You get a temporary CC number linked to your account, for one use only, and with the limit of your purchase. Some banks in Europe provide the same service. I like the temporary password idea. It should be adopted by more sites, such as Google Accounts and Gmail.

more than 3 years ago
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How to find your lost cellphone?

frontwave Try the airport Lost&Found (1 comments)

Last year I left my laptop at the gate security at Amsterdam airport. They collect over 100 computers per day. I contacted the Lost&Found dept. and, after identifying my laptop, they arranger for UPS to collect it and delivered to my office in Denmark. What happened to you is very common on airports, I'm sure there is a similar facility in the one you forgot your phone.

more than 3 years ago
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Google To Shut Down 411 Service

frontwave Re:what? (156 comments)

Actually Google was running TV ads just a few weeks ago. It is a great service, and connects the call for free, so if you don't have long distance and need to call a business outside your home calling area is great. About free services, Google Voice is great, if you live in the US or Canada, have a Gmail account and don't have a Google Voice number get one now! look at the features, it is great.

more than 3 years ago
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Hackers trying to unlock WikiLeaks Insurance file

frontwave I believe the key will be released soon (1 comments)

You can't keep everyone wondering what is inside. The principle of WikiLeaks is free information, not secrecy. Why are now holding all that data? Negotiation? Blackmail?

more than 3 years ago
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Has Google Taken Too Long to Deliver Chrome OS?

frontwave Waiting for tablets (1 comments)

I believe Chrome OS will be the choice for the upcoming tablets. The Android OS will do the job initially, but it was designed for smaller screen sizes and mobile use. With many Android tablets coming, mostly based on Hummingbird and Tegra processors, and screen sizes from 7" up, the move to Chrome is natural. See my previous posting on "the year of the tablet"

more than 3 years ago
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2011, Year of the Tablet?

frontwave Re:Another overblown bit of hype (324 comments)

The BBC called the iPad "a glorified toy", but the numbers are there: 4 million units in less than 5 months. I just try to look at the business market. Tablets are for hardware vendors what 3D is for TV now: an opportunity to raise profits. The mobile market is where people make money now

more than 3 years ago
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Texting On the Rise In the US

frontwave Re:50 texts per day, on average?? (468 comments)

I believe it is a lot, and if you take out the time during class (many schools ban cell phones in the classroom) then is more than 10 msgs per hour. Heavy users can send 2-3 text msgs/minute. What do they say? "I'm texting again"?

more than 3 years ago
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Texting On the Rise In the US

frontwave Re:This is news? (468 comments)

I'm from Spain, and you are right about that, but now they like to text as much as possible. Texting in Spain is still expensive (15 eurocents) and they don't offer unlimited packages.

more than 3 years ago
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Texting On the Rise In the US

frontwave Re:Honest question (468 comments)

Europe was using ETACS for many years, and 450MHz and 900 MHz bands, but GSM was the real Universal system, and the one you could actually travel with.

more than 3 years ago
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Ryanair's CEO Suggests Eliminating Co-Pilots

frontwave This is only publicity... for free (553 comments)

C'mon... this is all about free publicity... RyanAir know that will "not fly"... 90% of their suggestions are just to attract media attention, and they are doing it quite well. They don't care about reputation, they only care about being seen as "the cheap" airline...

more than 3 years ago

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Legislating Technology = Trouble

frontwave frontwave writes  |  more than 2 years ago

frontwave writes "No se pueden poner puertas al campo. This old Spanish refrán (saying) means you can’t place gates in the open country, because people will find a way around them. Legislating technology is nearly impossible, but that doesn't seem to stop governments from trying."
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Egypt: Lack of a Living Wage Desperate Measures

frontwave frontwave writes  |  more than 3 years ago

frontwave (1895050) writes "Could you live off a basic monthly minimum wage of $6.35? (I had to check a couple of sources to verify there wasn'(TM)t a typo) No joke. That's what the minimum wage is in Egypt and has been since 1984. Rioting in the streets in Egypt today did not suddenly emerge as an idea tossed around the social networking sites. It’s been simmering for decades."
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Internet in Egypt mostly down

frontwave frontwave writes  |  more than 3 years ago

frontwave (1895050) writes "But some people still can get access using dial-up accounts. Basically DSL and other broadband are shut down by the government to stop revolts.

The recent news about the "Twitter Revolts" in Tunisia are making some governments uneasy about the way people communicate.

In some developing countries the proliferation of cell phones and mobile internet have made possible for people to organize beyondgovernmentcontrol, and now they are trying to stop it.

Do you think something similar could happen in our societies? Do you think is is right for any "state" to cut communication in case of emergency?"

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Social Media as a Weapon Against Governments

frontwave frontwave writes  |  more than 3 years ago

frontwave (1895050) writes "Twitter and tweeting and that cute little bluebird of happiness trademark conjure up a feel-good, fun, high-tech, decidedly Western cultural icon. No one would have imagined Twitter and Facebook, or any other popular social media sites, used as a control center for the common man, a tool to organize movements against governments as happened in Tunisia, Iran, Moldova and as feared in Egypt and half a dozen other troubled nations."
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Smokers Feel the Pain in Spain

frontwave frontwave writes  |  more than 3 years ago

frontwave (1895050) writes "On January 2nd, as if imposing seriously sobering New Year’s resolution on everyone, the government of Spain banned smoking in almost all public places —including bars and restaurants— imposing hefty fines for non-compliance."
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Social Networks Race to IPO to beat Facebook

frontwave frontwave writes  |  more than 3 years ago

frontwave (1895050) writes "According to Reuter's "Some of these companies want to go public because they want to beat Facebook and others out," said one of their sources. "If Facebook went public before LinkedIn, do you think anyone would pay that much attention to LinkedIn?" You might want to surpass the beast.""
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Is Apple Stock the Next Bubble?

frontwave frontwave writes  |  more than 3 years ago

frontwave (1895050) writes "The latest iPhone had several flaws when was released, most embarrassing was the antenna problem, but loyal Apple customers rushed to the stores to get one (and to get the rubber "bumper" that was the Apple fix for the problem). If Verizon launches the iPhone over CDMA in the U.S. Apple’s stock will have probably the last jump in value before declining. I would suggest holding until the Verizon announcement and offloading APPL after that."
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2010: The Year We Lost Free Use of Our Money

frontwave frontwave writes  |  more than 3 years ago

frontwave (1895050) writes "I can’t believe that in a free society we can no longer use our money to support an organization that promotes free speech and abhors secrecy.

I’m really concerned with the public complacency about the recent blocking of donations to Wikileaks by the biggest bank in the US: Bank of America, one of the leading credit card companies: Mastercard and the largest online payment provider: PayPal.

I don’t completely agree with Wikileaks' actions but, as of today, no lawsuit has been filed against the organization in any court of law, it has not been declared by any country or international organization as a terrorist group, and there is no court order anywhere in the world to freeze their bank accounts. But if I try to go to BoA with my money, and I ask them to make a wire transfer to Wikileaks account in Switzerland, they will refuse to do it.

Their PayPal account has been suspended, and Mr. Osama Bedier, a PayPal Vice President, explaining his company’s decision, said, “on Nov. 27, the State Department — the U.S. government, basically — wrote a letter saying the WikiLeaks activities were deemed illegal in the United States.” However that letter from the State Department did not argue that publication of the documents by WikiLeaks, or any media organization, would be illegal. Instead, it says that the documents “were provided in violation of U.S. law” to WikiLeaks, which means that the State Department considered the original leak of the documents to Mr. Assange’s organization to have been a criminal act.

"We must know all the facts and hear all the alternatives and listen to all the criticisms. Let us welcome controversial books and controversial authors. For the Bill of Rights is the guardian of our security as well as our liberty." — John F. Kennedy"

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A Kinder Solution for the New Year’s Resolut

frontwave frontwave writes  |  more than 3 years ago

frontwave (1895050) writes "The New Year, 2011, is just around the corner and, now that Christmas is over, a lot of people are beginning to contemplate a New Year’s resolution.

Success happens when large, not clearly defined goals, are broken into small enough steps, like a marathon training plan—with daily goals and weekly goals. And probably most importantly, I always make room for failure, as long as I stay the course 90% of the time, the occasional failure doesn’t matter and maybe it’s critical to a goal’s success to realize that."

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E-Book to Eliminate Brick and Mortar Bookstores?

frontwave frontwave writes  |  more than 3 years ago

frontwave (1895050) writes "Reading to me is a warm experience—paperback or hard cover book in my lap, a cup of tea or coffee on a side table, and an opportunity to unplug from the glare of electronic devices. If a novel is enthralling, I can imagine reading it for hours on paper. Electronic screens are irritating to me."
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Bad Economy Breeding Better Consumer Habits?

frontwave frontwave writes  |  more than 3 years ago

frontwave (1895050) writes "This shift in habits is very good in the long run for all of us. In our consumer culture of the past decades, we have consumed new products at an embarrassing rate, leaving mountains of cast-off items in landfills and junkyards and, regrettably, basements and closets filled with discarded junk.

Pickier consumers, I hope, will also equal better quality goods in the long run. Too many products hit the market at an attractive price but with disappointing long-term performance. How many times have you had to replace appliances in the last 10 years—the kind of items that used to last for decades? Vacuum cleaners are a good example."

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War on The Fourth Estate

frontwave frontwave writes  |  more than 3 years ago

frontwave (1895050) writes "Is the US government going to shut down the New York Time’s website, freeze their accounts, and prosecute their editors? By the same token they have collaborated with Wikileaks in disclosing confidential information. Are the European governments going after The Guardian, Der Spiegel, Le Monde, El Pais?

In a recent editorial, The Nation’s editors say “By and large WikiLeaks has come to embrace the ethics that guide traditional news organizations' disclosure of secrets, and it should be afforded the same protections.”, and add “Critics characterize WikiLeaks' actions as indiscriminate document dumps, but at press time WikiLeaks had released only 1,095 cables, almost all vetted and redacted by its partner news organizations. WikiLeaks even asked the State Department to help redact the cables before they were released. It refused.” In the same editorial they point out “Over the past decade, our leaders have come to see secrecy as a casual right instead of a rare privilege.”"

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Wikileaks Inspire New Generation Cyber Warriors?

frontwave frontwave writes  |  more than 3 years ago

frontwave (1895050) writes "The human brain seems to have a limitless capacity to imagine new tools and devices to create and destroy. But the power to shut down information systems or hijack data, thereby impacting millions of people, wreaking havoc without spilling a drop of blood, makes even modern warfare with state-of-the-art weapons systems and “smart” bombs look archaic and ridiculously crude and ineffective."
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Cleaning Up That New Holiday PC

frontwave frontwave writes  |  more than 3 years ago

frontwave (1895050) writes "they have sold your PC to the highest bidder long before you take it out of the box. Instead of having Windows defaults or your own preferences, the system is set up to maximize the profits of the computer maker and its business partners at the expense of your convenience"
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Christmas: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year?

frontwave frontwave writes  |  more than 3 years ago

frontwave (1895050) writes "I am sure a good number of people are as bothered as I am by the over-commercialization of Christmas that there seems to be no escape from. This Apple iPhone ad for example, lights up my 11 year-old daughter’s face"
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A Healthier, More Stable Economy Over the Long Run

frontwave frontwave writes  |  more than 3 years ago

frontwave (1895050) writes "Even though economics and moral science employs each its own principles in its own sphere, it is, nevertheless, an error to say that the economic and moral orders are so distinct from and alien to each other that the former depends in no way on the latter... "Our Economy is not efficient because it produces a lot of stuff. It's efficient because it satisfies our needs""
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Recover Performance on your PC

frontwave frontwave writes  |  more than 3 years ago

frontwave (1895050) writes "How many of you are there screaming at your system performance? Toolbars, Anti-Virus, Internet files, etc. slow your system performance.. check the latest tools and tips to clean up your system and recover the speed..."
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Thanksgiving Is Here:May your belly always be full

frontwave frontwave writes  |  more than 3 years ago

frontwave (1895050) writes "May your belly always be full and the belly of your enemies a little fuller.
  I already have a visual layout of my plate, strategically plotted out to try, yes, try to do some pre-emptive damage control before the fork hits my mouth."

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