Use SFTP Rather Than FTP
uses unencrypted userids
and passwords for file transfers, whereas
uses an encrypted userid and password and encrypts the data as well.
Many may have also experienced problems with getting FTP to work through a
firewall. Steven Frank provides a list of other reasons at
as to why one should avoid
FTP when possible.
Requiem for Windows XP
published an artcile
A requiem for Windows XP
on July 1, 2008 stating that Microsoft
has held firm on discontinuing sales of Windows XP, though enterprises,
small businesses, and some consumers will still be able to install XP
as a "downgrade" to Windows Vista Business or Ultimate. System builders
will still be able to build PCs with Windows XP until February 1, 2009, so if
you purchase a PC at a computer show, such as those run by
which I attend when they are held in my area, you will still be able to get
Windows XP on such a system.
There is also a link in the article to a
Windows 7 compatibility checker, if you are interested in determing
whether a system will be able to support the next version of Windows.
Alternatives to Microsoft Office
has an article published
July 15, 2008 titled
Can you really live without Microsoft Office?
open source and cloud computing alternatives to Microsoft Office.
One of the alternatives is OpenOffice.
Though I use Microsoft Office on my Windows laptop, I use OpenOffice on other
systems, such as Linux or Solaris systems and even on one Windows system.
I've found it quite useable and, for most of the documents I work with,
able to handle documents created in Microsoft Office's applications fairly
I also use Google Docs, though just
the spreadsheet capability. I use Google Docs spreadsheets for personal use,
such as tracking my mileage and gas consumption. It works fine for that and
could also suffice for others with uncomplicated spreadsheet requirements,
but it definitely isn't on a par with Microsoft Excel's capabilities.
I haven't tried the other alternative discussed in the article yet,
Zoho. Zoho is a suite of online applications
(services) that you access from the Zoho website. The applications are free
for individuals and some have a subscription fee for organizations.
In their FAQ,
Zoho states that "We assure you that the contents of your Account will not be
disclosed to anyone and will not be accessible to employees of AdventNet.
Neither do we process the contents of your Account for serving targeted