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Hotmail down

It would appear that Hotmail is down .. at least for me. Anyone else?

5:30 pm Palo Alto, Ca.

Restored 6:17 pm

Ooops. Spoke too soon. It’s back down again…

Restored 7 pm

… One more example of why “cloud computing” is NOT (IMHO) a marvelous idea. (But not the only reason. There are those pesky issues of security, data custody, regulation…)

September 8, 2010 Posted by | computers | 7 Comments

How To Remove Windows Live Messenger

(or other ‘Live’ program)*

Microsoft’s Instant Messenger (IM) program, “Messenger” is now a part of the “Live” family of download-able programs and utilities, (see, The “Live” Line – Microsoft’s *New* Product Family) and like the others, is now re-named to add “live” in front — “Live Messenger”. The “Windows Live” programs you can download are: Messenger, Mail, Writer, Photo Gallery, Movie Maker, Family Safety, and Toolbar.
(Toolbar?! Uh, no.)

Some of those are keepers for sure, but renaming Messenger to “Live Messenger”, and giving it a fancier look, um, er, well, let’s just say I don’t want it on my machine. If you have it, and do not want it either, keep reading.

How To Uninstall Windows Live Messenger (or other Live program):
1) The normal way to remove (technically, “uninstall”) programs from your computer is to use the “Add/Remove Programs” tool in the Windows Control Panel (called “Programs and Features” in Vista/Win7). And this is where you go to uninstall Live Messenger too.

But Paul! I looked there already! Messenger isn’t there!“, you say? Well, yes it is, but it’s kind of hidden. So click Start > Control Panel > Programs and Features >Uninstall a program. And let the list “populate”.
The “pack” of downloadable “Live” programs – including Live Messenger – is called “Windows Live Essentials” so that’s is what you want to look for. (Click on images to see larger versions.)


2) Click on “Windows Live Essentials” to ‘select’ it, and then click the “Change/Remove” button. A new window will open.


3) Select the “Uninstall” ‘radio button’ (if it isn’t already) and click “Continue”.


4) Place a check in the checkbox for Messenger (and any others you no longer want) and click “Continue”. Follow the steps until it says “Finished”, reboot if necessary, and that’s it, you’re done. Live Messenger will be gone.

Today’s free download: For my Instant Messaging (aka “chat”) needs, I use Trillian Astra, which lets me monitor multiple ‘identities’. (Works on Macs now too.)
Connect to IM & Social Networks. Trillian lets you connect to multiple IM and social networks at the same time, managing contacts and real time status feeds efficiently.

In The News:
* Dell finally gives up on Windows XP

“Dell said on Tuesday that it plans later this month to stop selling PCs downgraded to Windows XP, ahead of next month’s deadline to stop nearly all shipments of PCs running the older operating system….”

* New antibiotics might come from the brains of cockroaches

“British researchers discovered that molecules found inside the brain tissues of insects can fended off unwanted bacteria….”

* Orig post: 4/2/2010

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September 8, 2010 Posted by | computers, how to, software | , , , , , , | 4 Comments