March 20, 2009

Spring at Last (2009 edition)

It's Spring!

OK, campers, you long-suffering shivering creatures of the night, huddled underneath your blankets for warmth. The wait is over. Although our handy spring countdown timer doesn't say it (it's set to record the first FULL day; that's something we'll have to fix) it is now officially spring! The blessed event happened in the northern hemisphere (so your mileage may vary if you're reading this from Shanghai) as of 7:44 AM EST today.

This week has been busy with Spring preparing to bloom and all, so here's some tips to get you back on track. First, since it is spring, start by doing some spring cleaning. No, not in your house (we trust you do clean that from time to time -- however that milk is probably past its prime) but on your PC. Actually, your PC can help get rid of the physical clutter in your house, so consider that a two-for-one. While you're offloading all your junk onto your PC, consider the use of a USB drive to handle most of it, just make sure it's properly encrypted and has all the apps you need on it. Portableapps.com is a good resource once you're ready. Finally, your operating system may need to be upgraded, but if you've been hanging onto XP because of the Vista horror stories. you may want to look closely at Windows 7.

In the rumors-come-true department, AT&T mentioned that it IS going to offer a no-contract iPhone. That's the good news. The bad? It costs at least $599. Now we know what the cost of a subsidy really is from the handset makers. Still want it? Nah, we didn't think so.

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