Articles By Bob and Joy Schwabach

Keeping track

We're going to start out by looking at two databases that can be posted to the Web: one aimed at business, the other at social clubs.The first thing you might ponder is why

Published on: October 6th, 2004 Bob and Joy Schwabach

A hard drive for your back pack?

LockBox is Micro Solutions' latest addition to its ""backpack"" line of portable hard drives. This one checks your fingerprint before you can open any files. The 80-gigabyte version has a list price of

Published on: September 29th, 2004 Bob and Joy Schwabach

What is really behind Windows

Process Library is where you can go to find out about the stuff running in the background of your Windows computer. It's a lot of stuff, as it turns out. The Web site

Published on: September 22nd, 2004 Bob and Joy Schwabach

Microsoft excel goes interactive, sort of

XL2Web is one of those software titles that describes its purpose in techie shorthand. VARs can entice its customers with this service by enabling them to publish an interactive version of Microsoft's Excel

Published on: September 15th, 2004 Bob and Joy Schwabach

Labeling like a pro

If you burn a few CDs or DVDs for yourself or family, it's nice to have a classy label printed right onto the disk. It looks great and it wows the locals.Primera's cheapest

Published on: September 8th, 2004 Bob and Joy Schwabach

Ghost in the machine

The latest version of Norton Ghost copies your whole hard drive and does regular backups as well. At $50 after rebate, it's cheap, and the best way to go.Ghost makes disk images. The

Published on: September 1st, 2004 Bob and Joy Schwabach

New skins for old disks

We've hadn't seen these before, but they sure seem useful. They're clear plastic covers that snap onto CDs and DVDs to prevent them from being smudged or scratched. The disks can be played

Published on: August 25th, 2004 Bob and Joy Schwabach

Inexpensive custom keyboards are finally here

We've been waiting for this for 20 years: It's custom keyboards that clip onto a standard base. And it took computer gaming to make it happen. But don't move on just yet –

Published on: August 18th, 2004 Bob and Joy Schwabach

Sharing equipment on a network

Keyspan has a small black box that lets computers on a network share printers, scanners, external hard drives and just about any other peripheral.Ordinarily, networked computers can share such equipment only if it

Published on: August 11th, 2004 Bob and Joy Schwabach

Adding a calendar to your e-mail

We found two utility programs for adding an appointment calendar, to-do list and notes to the most common e-mail programs.The cheapest is OEComplete, which works with Outlook Express and adds a calendar and

Published on: August 4th, 2004 Bob and Joy Schwabach

Just out jotting

Jot+ is a new version of a nice, simple note-taking program that can handle anything from taking down a name and address to your latest novel.At US$30, it's a lot cheaper than Microsoft's

Published on: July 28th, 2004 Bob and Joy Schwabach

No thanks, we’re just browsing

A note of rising hysteria is climbing into the high-tech news these days. It's the fear of spyware, cookies, trackers, key loggers and other agents of doom.We could say that things are getting

Published on: July 21st, 2004 Bob and Joy Schwabach

The spam report

Here are the awful numbers, from a recent study by Yahoo.More than 80 per cent of all e-mail is spam. Most spam comes from the United States. And that's because about 20 per

Published on: July 14th, 2004 Bob and Joy Schwabach

The smell of a free ride

You can get a key-chain wi-fi sniffer for US$30 from ( This is a little radio transmission detector that you can carry in your pocket and it will signal when you're in useful

Published on: July 7th, 2004 Bob and Joy Schwabach

The three-computer household

We went out and bought a new computer last week, a Hewlett Packard Pavilion a450n, for US$1,000. This is not a souped-up game machine, but it is a souped-up home and small-business computer.

Published on: June 30th, 2004 Bob and Joy Schwabach