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Ultranote has posted some pictures from the first real Personal Digital Assistant.  Check out the article for all the pics.  (Photo courtesy of Ultranote) Read more »

In DAILY FEEDING, I’ll attempt to help you simplify some of the more daily and mundane tasks of computing. To kick things off, I’ll start with protecting your data through regular backups.

I consider myself somewhat of an expert on this topic – why? I’ve lost way too much data due to poor back-up practices. But the past few months have brought some break-throughs that will hopefully help you avoid my mistakes.

I actually lucked out about 5 months ago: I’d just run my first backup of my Home folder (after having my powerbook for almost 2 years), when I hosed myself the very next day. Thank goodness I’d made a backup the night before! And oh yes – the biggest issues arise from user-error, and I generally know what I’m doing on a computer… Read more »

Bill Gates announced the next version of the Internet Explorer will be in beta by this summer.  Gates announced Internet Explorer 7.0, designed to add new levels of security to Windows XP SP2 while maintaining the level of extensibility and compatibility that customers have come to […] Read more »

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Raise your hand if you’ve ordered a book from iPhoto. My father-in-law ordered one right after installing and opening iPhoto 5. He got it in about a week later and called me. He was not impressed (mind you, he’s a huge Apple nut). I figured he […] Read more »

While Hewlett Packard is having a bad week or so, Apple stands to gain some firepower. HP’s senior vice president of marketing, Allison Johnson will be moving to Apple to breath some new life into Apple marketing. In her new position, she will be responsible for […] Read more »

David Rothman runs a great site called TeleRead that covers all things ebooks.  There are always interesting articles and posts on his site and I just found an article TeleRead is running by Jon Noring that addresses why we won’t see a cheap dedicated ebook reader […] Read more »

Trolltech announced over 50 companies are planning to release phones with the Linux powered Qtopia graphical interface.  Motorola is already selling Qtopia phones in China and Trolltech expects other OEMs to begin releasing products soon.  Last year Archos released a portable media center that runs the […] Read more »

Last year I ranted about the way Socket handled the drivers for their CF Bluetooth card and the problems I had trying to get it to work on the Sony U.  I have a CF card that I have used for a long time with my […] Read more »

In what appears to be an answer to Apple’s Mac mini, Japan’s Soldam has released the Lepty PC. It comes in a casing that has the option of a Pentium M or Celeron M process and a DVD-+R/RW/RAM burner. One plus (for the Jr. High girl […] Read more »

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Happy Valentine’s Day to all jkOTR readers and especially to my better half, Sheri.  That should be good for massive brownie points.  :) Read more »

Cell phone giant Nokia and Microsoft announced an agreement that will put Microsoft’s Windows Media Player 10 on Nokia cell phones.  This is a very big deal for two reasons- Nokia is simply huge in the cell phone arena and Microsoft agreed to introduce open standards […] Read more »

Motorola has just officially announced the E1060 phone, with support to play iTunes music. The phone comes with a 1.3 megapixel camera that can be used to take still photos or to participate in a video conference. Other features include bluetooth and a/v streaming. The phone […] Read more »

I recently bought some Radtech OmniCleanz cleaning solution. In the past I have tried pretty much everything to clean my notebook displays, with no avail. Soapy water leaves residue, and is water… which is bad for electronics. Alcohol leaves streak marks. Along with my order I […] Read more »

The podcast world is all atwitter over the announcement over the weekend that The Podcast Network (TPN) has gone live and I am ecstatic to add two of my own announcements to that pot.  jkOnTheRun is proud to announce the soon to be released techADDICTION (TA) […] Read more »

A French consumer group has filed suit against Apple and Sony over their music services. The group argues that the companies are deceitful in the fact that their music will only work on their own players. This is the second challenge to Apple in the French […] Read more »

McAfee has a web-based WiFiScan that analyzes your wireless network for potential security problems.  WiFiScan can also be used to scan Hotspots to notify you if there are possible threats on the open network and suggest actions you can take to help minimize your risk.  Does […] Read more »

Sony Ericsson has unveiled their new PC Card that works on UMTS/EDGE/GPRS networks providing connectivity on both 2G and 3G networks.  The coolest feature of the GC95 UMTS/EDGE PC Card is the ability to switch from one type of network to another without any configuration changes […] Read more »

Just got word from the O’Reilly people that their new magazine MAKE has now officially gotten underway.  MAKE is a magazine for tech oriented do it yourselfers and showcases various projects you can build on your own and create gadgety goodness. The premiere issue of MAKE […] Read more »

We received a number of very good entries to the contest for the True Launch Bar giveaway and choosing a winner was a difficult task.  It was so difficult to decide that I put all members with entries into a hat and drew the winner randomly.  […] Read more »

Reading over this post gives a decent overview of why you might initially think porting MacOS to other hardware platforms is a good idea. Oh, other hardware is so much cheaper, it would offer such great competition. MacOS should stay firmly where it is: on Apple-controlled […] Read more »

I remember hearing rumors of Apple building and testing x86 based PowerMacs with an x86 build of Mac OS X back months before the announcement of the PowerMac G5. Well now in an interview on Fortune (subscribers only for full article) it is mentioned that Apple […] Read more »

Touchscreen enabled computers and Tablet PCs are only as good as the ability of the hardware and software to handle ink input and convert it accurately to text.  First generation Tablet PCs and other touchscreen devices did a much better job at handwriting recognition (HWR) than […] Read more »

Speculation has arisen in the Mac community that Apple is planning to release a Powerbook with a display capable of high definition video. MacosXrumors has received an email from a very observant reader: I noticed the new powerbook manuals have changed their wording from referencing the […] Read more »

Last year I (bluntly) ranted about trying to activate Microsoft Reader on a new computer and being locked out because I ran out of activations.  Six devices can be activated after which your attempts at new activations fails and you fall into a Microsoft bit bucket.  […] Read more »

Anybody who has listened to the G’Day World Podcast with Mick Stanic and Cameron Reilly will surely agree that their shows are the most entertaining and delightful podcasts on the Internet.  Their lastest brainchild is The Podcast Network and an email I received from Mick today […] Read more »

Guest contributor Pete Rooney recently got a ThinkOutside Bluetooth Keyboard and shares his first impressions of the portable input device. First 24 hours with the Think Outside Stowaway Bluetooth Keyboard by Pete Rooney (aka Road Runner) Having had this for a few days, I’m now in […] Read more »

Most people who spend any time at all on the internet are familiar with the Wikipedia.  This collaborative effort is one of the most remarkable reference works in existence with information available about any subject you can imagine.  Jon Udell has studied one Wikipedia page and […] Read more »

Mobile technology is about to get one of those jolts that open up avenues of utility the full implications of which can’t even be imagined.  The Xerox Research Centre Europe in Grenoble, France, has perfected technology that lets any cell phone camera with at least a […] Read more »

Check this out. This guy turned his Mac mini into a “mini” server. The Mac mini he used get’s ripped to shreds. Good times. Read more »

Skype is one of those technologies that sucks you in with its simplicity and utility and once you start using it you wonder how you lived without it.  The ability to make free phone calls to other Skype users world-wide is extremely liberating to say the […] Read more »

This is the first web mention by someone I don’t know and have never spoken with personally (actually the very first one appeared here) that refers to a post in the jkOTR forums. How cool is that?  Thanks, Joe and Kevin! Read more »

Our Freeware of the Moment today comes from jkOTR forum moderator LiquidBlaze and is no doubt one of the most powerful utilities you will ever find.  nLite is a free program that lets you do a number of very useful things, as long as you are […] Read more »

I have previously discussed my specifications for a mini Tablet PC that I feel would make the perfect compromise between mobility and functionality.  jkOnTheRun reader Matt has pointed me to an interesting Tablet PC that fits most of the criteria mentioned in my specifications for a […] Read more »

Apple today announced a 2 for 1 stock split, approved by Apple’s Board of Directors. The number of authorized Apple common stock was proportionally increased from 900 million to 1.8 billion. All shareholders on record at the close of business on February 18 will receive one […] Read more »

Mauricio Freitas of Geekzone has written a great article detailing how to enable the Always Up to Date (AUTD) functions of ActiveSync for those who use Exchange Server 2003.  AUTD is in essence a "push" capability that insures you will receive your messages as soon as […] Read more »

A service that allows seamless roaming between GSM and WiFi networks will be demonstrated at the 3GSM World Congress 2005 in Cannes, France next week.  The demonstration will show BridgePort Networks and PCTEL using their combined technologies to provide roaming that always connects to the highest […] Read more »

The good folks at GPS Passion have posted a couple of pics in their forums of the new HP hw6500 Windows Mobile Phone Edition device with an integrated GPS receiver.  It is reported the hw6500 will be introduced in the US in the second quarter of […] Read more »

An innovative free service has sprung up called smashthetones that allows you to upload any MP3 from your computer and convert it into a ring tone that is then sent directly to your cell phone.  If you have a favorite song that you want to convert […] Read more »

Okay, so Napsters CEO doesn’t “directly” call iPod users stupid, but in an interview Chris Gorog talks about Napster’s newest marketing ploy which will “be communicating to people that it’s stupid to buy an iPod.” Stupid? Napster will be selling music on a subscription based model […] Read more »

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