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Windows 8 preview downloadable tonight

Staff Reporter
Sep 13th, 2011

Curious about Microsoft's brand-new Windows 8? You can download a Windows 8 preview starting 8 p.m. Pacific Time from the Microsoft developer website.

The latest version of Windows looks to be a major "re-imagining" of the traditional PC operating system. Here are a few key points:

  • Redesigned for touchscreens for tablets 
  • Features sleek "Metro" design 
  • Improved memory use (only 300 MB, as opposed to Windows 7's 400 MB)
  • Compatible with USB 3.0, which speeds up transfer times.

This new OS would be Microsoft's first real development that goes beyond traditional laptop and desktop computers. Even Apple (currently missing its visionary CEO Steve Jobs) hasn't taken such measures yet for its OS. But is this new system really so revolutionary?

For more on Windows 8, check here.

Lots of free WiFi everywhere, but should you partake?

Tris Hussey
Apr 19th, 2010

So, Mac user, you like YouTube huh?

One of the hallmarks of the new "digital nomad" class of workers (myself included) is that we like to stay connected all the time. Well, at least when we're working that is (sadly we tend to work all the time so…). To stay connected we digital nomads take advantage of free WiFi offered by cafes, libraries, and other places. Here's the thing about WiFi, while it's awesome, especially when it's free, if the WiFi doesn't ask for a password, then a lot of the activities you do online are open to anyone with the right software to snoop in on. Does this mean that you shouldn't use free WiFi around town? Not at all, it just means that you need to use some care and caution.

Apple's iPad receives glowingly positive reviews

Tris Hussey
Apr 11th, 2010


You might have been wondering if anything interesting has been going on in the tech-o-sphere. One word: iPad.

I'm an Apple fanboy. I love my Mac and the thought of returning to the computing Purgatory of Windows would be a fate worse than death. That said, I was lukewarm on Apple's iPad when it was announced. If you haven't seen or read anything about the iPad, picture a giant iPhone or iPod Touch. That picture in mind is all we had to go on until April 3rd (iPad Day in the U.S.) The iPad has been heralded as the savior to publishing (which is good for those of us writing books) and the next revolution in computing.

And I didn't buy it. At least not entirely.

Confessions of an Olympic Curmudgeon

Tris Hussey
Feb 17th, 2010

Where there are Olympic Games, there are pins and pin traders.


Why Tweet? I'll Tell You How to Make Use of This Fun and Powerful Tool

Tris Hussey
Jan 18th, 2010

A moment in time from my Twitter stream.

For something that was so geeky when it started out that even geeks didn't know what to do with it, Twitter  sure has taken off like a rocket. When I first tried it in January 2007, I didn't get it. The idea was that your tweets  answered the question: "What are you doing?"

And what most people posted was what they were doing:

"I'm having coffee with friends."

"On my way to the office."

"Heading home."

If your friends weren't on Twitter it wasn't very interesting.

Canwest's Future Buyer Has an Opportunity to Innovate, But Will They Take It?

Tris Hussey
Jan 9th, 2010

This is one of those times when the clichéd Tale of Two Cities quotes comes to mind. I'll save you the pain and skip it. Yeah, we get it, newspapers as we know them are in trouble. Just like the advent of the telegraph changed how news was gathered, transmitted and reported, the Internet has done the same for papers.

Who wants to buy a newspaper to read news that is often stale before the ink is dry? Certainly not for the classifieds, Craigslist took care of that nicely. Weekly fliers? I get them in my email, thanks.


Great reporting, thoughtful commentary, in-depth journalism? Yeah just let me read the online version on the site, thanks. Pay for that access? Umm, yeah not so much.


Today one of Canada's largest media players put all but the National Post up for sale and filed for creditor protection at the same time.




All About Getting Your Home Office Set Up (So You Can Stay Home During the 2010 Winter Games)

Tris Hussey
Jan 6th, 2010

In part 1 of the Vancouver Observer Telelympics Tutorial, I talked about setting the stage for working at home during the Olympic games. Here in part 2 we're going to roll up our sleeves and get stuff in place and working. We've got a little over a month to go before the throngs pack our fair city to the gills, so time is of the essence.

Because working out the software bits might get a little detailed, I'm going to stick to hardware and office set up for the most part, next week we'll get geeky with it and set up some software to help you collaborate with your co-workers and the rest of humanity while you live in Olympic exile for a few weeks.

(Side note: In all honesty, I'm not going to completely hide out during the games. I have been practicing my German and Spanish to help travelers and look forward to some parts of the experience.)

Get that home office in shape!

I Have a Great New Computer! Now What?

Tris Hussey
Dec 27th, 2009

I hope all of you had a wonderful, technology filled holiday. Myself I have a much larger and stronger wireless network at home and several new movies to watch (digital copies, of course), but let's talk about you. Did you get a spiffy new computer? Nice new MacBook, netbook, iMac, Windows laptop or desktop? Not an uncommon gift for Christmas, or a post-Christmas Boxing Day gift, these days.

Computers, Macs or PCs, laptops or desktops, are all much more affordable than they used to be, not to mention easier to use and much more powerful than they once were. Of course when you get this new machine (ah the new computer smell), and the first thrill of setting it up wears off, you probably wondering, "Now what?" What should I do, download, install, delete (yes, there is lots you can delete, especially on PCs) to get the most out of your new machine.

Lucky for you (and me in fact) there are lots of great "I got a new Mac/PC, what do I do now!?!" out this year. Don't worry, all of the lists are simple and easy to understand. Here are a few of the really good ones I found in the last week or so:

Phishing: How to Avoid Getting Hooked

Tris Hussey
Dec 16th, 2009

What would you do if you got an email that went something like this:

"From American Express Cards: Warning your account has been compromised, click this link right away to verify your card and reactivate it. You won't be able to use your card until you do! Please act now!"

Would you panic? Would you click? I hope, for your sake and your credit score, that you answered "No." to both questions. That is a pretty standard "phishing" message (even though I made it up) and is just one of the many forms of social engineering that we all can fall prey to online. To help you out, and all of us really, here's a little primer on how to avoid getting scammed, bilked, or  having your computer become infected with nasties let's call it: Social Engineering 101.

Wikipedia defines social engineering as:

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