Articles By Bob and Joy Schwabach

Coming soon, to a card table near you

ATI's newest version of its All-in-Wonder card, the 2006, lets you capture TV programs and burn them to a DVD that can be played in your own computer or a regular DVD player

Published on: September 13th, 2005 Bob and Joy Schwabach

Private Internets

We found three services that let you establish a private meeting place on the Web. There you can engage in live chat and share photos and files and your thoughts with family, friends

Published on: August 24th, 2005 Bob and Joy Schwabach

Laptops considered

Laptops now outsell desktops in computerland, and most of them are surprisingly heavy. So the first and main thing to decide is how often you want to move one.We recently got a Toshiba

Published on: August 17th, 2005 Bob and Joy Schwabach

Putting yourself in the picture

The latest version of Camtasia Studio allows you to use the ""picture in picture"" technique of television to augment presentations and training programs.This program is very popular with teachers creating instructional programs, but

Published on: August 10th, 2005 Bob and Joy Schwabach

Cruzing for storage

Sandisk has lit up our life with a couple of remarkable new products: a one-gigabyte photo memory card and a thumb drive that literally requires your thumb, or at least one of your

Published on: August 3rd, 2005 Bob and Joy Schwabach

Without a trace

Trace! is a free program that checks documents and e-mails for possibly sensitive items. These could be Social Security numbers, profanity, racial comments and items that may violate privacy laws.It's from Workshare (,

Published on: July 27th, 2005 Bob and Joy Schwabach

Voice controlled computing

It seems like Dragon Naturally Speaking has been around almost as long as, well, dragons. It's still not perfect, but each edition gets closer.We're up to Dragon 8 now, and it comes in

Published on: July 20th, 2005 Bob and Joy Schwabach

The image business

If you want to back up a computer, there's nothing more direct than making a copy of the contents. It's the easiest way to go, and often the fastest.We used Acronis True Image

Published on: July 13th, 2005 Bob and Joy Schwabach

To blog or not to blog

We're bubbling over with enthusiasm for Bubbler, a blogging program for the blog impaired. It lets you post video, photos and, of course, your opinions to the Web as easily as if you

Published on: July 6th, 2005 Bob and Joy Schwabach

PC Confidential

Winferno's new PC Confidential erases your tracks when you're on the Internet and securely shreds your personal files when you want to. The program also destroys records of any chats you had on

Published on: June 29th, 2005 Bob and Joy Schwabach

The connected calendar

Called simply Active Desktop Calendar, this program is what Joy uses all the time for appointments and our to-do list.What she likes about it is that it's always in your face. Meaning: Instead

Published on: June 22nd, 2005 Bob and Joy Schwabach

It’s not your father’s cell phone

We spent a few days recently trying out a new mobile phone for Internet calls.It looks like a cell phone, but it's designed to make calls over the Internet using VoIP (Voice over

Published on: June 15th, 2005 Bob and Joy Schwabach

It’s another wonder

Markham, Ont.-based ATI has a new All-In-Wonder card that has been sweeping ""best of everything"" awards from all the trade shows and magazines. It's a display card that can turn your Windows machine

Published on: June 8th, 2005 Bob and Joy Schwabach

PDFs are here to stay

Sending a document in PDF has become standard. PDF stands for ""Portable Document Format,"" and using it ensures that a document's typefaces and layouts are preserved. There's no better way, and nobody does

Published on: June 1st, 2005 Bob and Joy Schwabach

Fire the Web site designer

Macromedia has the niftiest Web site control program we have ever seen. It's called Contribute, and it lets you dismiss the person who updates your Web site and make any changes on your

Published on: May 25th, 2005 Bob and Joy Schwabach