‘Microsoft’ Calling? Don’t Believe It

Some people deal with pesky (and usually illegal) telemarketing calls by simply not answering the phone when their Caller ID displays an unrecognized or “private” number. I answer and even engage, so I learn more about telephone scams de jour. But these calls usually end the same way: After I hear their claims, obviously conning callers get their own earful: A blast of a portable air horn into the handset. You know, the kind favored by sea-stranded sailors because it …

Douglas Engelbart: The Man Behind Your Mouse (And a Lot More)

If it weren’t for Douglas Engelbart, the computer on your desk might still be little more than a glorified typewriter, and you might still be struggling to remember arcane DOS commands so you could type them into a luminous green C:\ prompt on a black screen. And the multimedia marvels of the Web might not have ever existed. As computer historian Howard Rheingold once wrote, “We wouldn’t be sitting in front of personal computers today if it wasn’t for him.” Back …

Could That Be a $671,400 Relic in Your Garage?

If you were one of the 200 or so people who bought an Apple-1 computer back in 1976 or 1977 and still have it on a shelf in the back of your garage, guess what? You’re in the chips. And we don’t mean microprocessor chips, either. The technology news website ZDNet reports that a surviving Apple-1, the computer giant’s first product, fetched a breathtaking $671,400 at a German auction. Other Apple-1s have fetched six-figure prices in the past, but this …

Augusta Ada King: If You Can Read This, Say Thanks

If you’ve done a Google search today, you may have been puzzled by the odd illustration on the search engine site’s web page. Who is that woman in the Victorian gown and hair in a bun, scribbling what appear to be equations? Google’s decorative design is a tribute to one of the lesser-known giants of modern technology: Augusta Ada King, born on December 10, 1815, who made possible a world in which we can type a few keystrokes and dig …

Kids Say The Darndest Things…

Guest blog by Jacqueline Beauchere, Director, Privacy, Accessibility & Online Safety, Trustworthy Computing Communications, Microsoft Corporation We all know that old saying … And, as those kids move into their teen years, their remarks become that much more intelligent, insightful, and astute.  Never was this more apparent to me than at a roundtable discussion led by Microsoft in partnership with AARP, with a group of 18 American teenagers in New York City.

Tech Tips: Hack Your Mac

Just got a new Mac? Learning to use the one you got? We’re posting simple tips every week (for Windows users too!) You can bookmark our tech blogs here. Look up in the right corner of your screen. See the magnifying glass? Consider that magnifying  glass your own personal Google. The magnifying glass is called Spotlight, and it’s one of my favorite things about using a Mac. See, I’m lazy. I don’t always have the right program already pulled up, …