Will Vista Have Its Day?

I'm sorry to announce that this is the final edition of Community Scoop. I have enjoyed reading all of your comments, and I hope that you will continue making the PC World Community a great place.

Are you feeling sneaky? We've got a list of 12 sly Web tricks, and not everyone is happy about them. Are these cool tricks, or irresponsible pranks? Join the discussion.

Comcast is capping monthly broadband usage. Is this something for the everyday user to be concerned about? Let us know what you think.

Recent Product User Reviews

Asus M50Vm-B1 Notebook: For anyone looking for a good all-around notebook, the ASUS M50Vm-B1 is hard to beat. With outstanding performance from the new Centrino 2 platform, it is perfect for watching DVDs, listening/storing music, and moderate 3D game playing. Add in the 2-year warranty and free 1-year accidental damage policy and you have a great package. Also, Asus includes some nice extras--a mini-mouse, nylon carrying case, Vista reinstall CD, and a CD with all the drivers on it. And a full owners manual--none of that PDF online stuff!
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E-Mail Hoaxes, XP Buyers, and Symantec's Buy

Just how gullible is the general public? Very--as we found when putting together our report on e-mail hoaxes that millions of people have fallen for. What crazy hoaxes have you seen? Have you ever fallen for one? Join the discussion.

One third of new PC buyers are opting for Windows XP. Is this because of a bad economy, because of people sharing bad experiences with Vista, or something else? If you were buying a new PC today, would you go for XP, Vista--or maybe Linux? Let us know.

Symantec bought PC Tools, and most of our readers aren’t happy about it. Do you use PC Tools software? What do you think about Symantec buying the company? Share your thoughts.

Recent Product User Reviews

NC Soft City of Heroes: You can usually find fun people to team with, but you can just do your own thing if you want. Players tend to be a little older than you usually find on online games, and most are willing to help. You can play hard-core or be a casual player and still enjoy the game.
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Tech on the Big Screen and the Small

What are your favorite movies that star computers? Emru Townsend made his list, and now it's your turn to add to it and discuss your favorites.

The Olympics are under way, and there's some great (and not-so-great) technology at the games. Tell us what you love or loathe about the Beijing Olympics.

Do you have a goofy e-mail address? It may reveal more about you than you intended. Some people feel that some e-mail addresses are unprofessional, while others feel that they are too personal to change. Do you have a goofy e-mail address? Join the discussion.

Recent Product User Reviews

Aliph Jawbone Wireless Cell Phone Headset: Passes "mom" test. When I would talk to my mom while driving, she would always complain she couldn't hear me. With this, she couldn't even tell I was in the car. We could hear each other great.
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Apple iTunes, ID Theft, and Free Speech on the Web

Now that Apple's iTunes is the 800-pound gorilla of digital media management, we've come up with 11 things we hate about the software. Many readers chimed in with their own gripes. Tell us what you hate--or love--about iTunes.

Identity theft on a grand scale is becoming a huge problem, and many readers say that companies need to be more about protection than reaction. What do you think? Let us know.

A woman who pled guilty to having "obscene" stories on her Web site was sentenced to 5 years' probation. Many readers are irate that she was brought to trial, citing First Amendment rights. What's your opinion? Join the discussion on free speech and obscenity.

Recent Product User Reviews

DeskDrive: Not very useful for encrypted pen drives, which should become standard at some point.
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End of Windows, Gas Crisis Scams, Laptop Seizures

Microsoft is preparing for the end of Windows with a cloud computing project called Midori, and some readers are not happy about it. Is this an inevitable evolution or a wrong direction for most real-world users? Tell us what you think. (And don't miss what longtime contributing editor Steve Bass and his blog readers have to say about Midori in Tips & Tweaks.)

Feeling the pinch at the gas pump? Many of us are, and high prices are fueling Web sites with dubious offers to reduce the cost. Do techniques like HHO conversion work, or are they just a waste of money? Join the discussion.

Can airport security seize your laptop and keep it indefinitely? The U.S. Department of Homeland Security says they can, and many readers are outraged. Should airport officials be able to take your hardware in the name of security? Tell us what you think.

Recent Product User Reviews

Samsung LN40A450 40" LCD TV: Out of the box the colors were too saturated and the backlighting was maxed out. But after using a calibration disc the picture was perfect. You can get deep blacks from this set. I would recommend this TV to anyone looking for a good, reasonably priced TV.
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New Search Site, Vista Redux, Guitar Hero Preview

There's a new search engine called Cuil, developed by a former Google search index leader. However, early tests by our readers suggest that it's not really all that great. Give it a try, then tell us what you think.

Have you upgraded to Microsoft Windows Vista? If not, are you willing to give Vista a chance? As usual, some readers say that Vista's terrible, and others say that it's really not all that bad. Join the discussion.

What do you want to see on Guitar Hero: World Tour? A possible set list has been leaked and readers are already starting to weigh in on the options. Tell us what you want to see on the next Guitar Hero, and why.

Recent Product User Reviews

Dell Vostro 1000 Notebook: This is the worst computer purchase I have ever made.
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Printer Ink, Prohibitions, and a 108-Inch LCD

Welcome to another edition of Community Scoop.

Longtime PCW contributing editor Steve Bass noticed that although his Brother inkjet's cartridges still had ink in them, the printer said it was out of ink. Rather than just be annoyed, he contacted the vendor--and the explanation he got was a doozy. Read his Tips & Tweaks column, then let us know what you think about Brother's inkjet cartridges--or printer consumables in general.

Sharp debuted a 108-inch LCD at a Tokyo cinema complex. Would you get one if you could, or is it too big for you? Share your point of view.

Recent Product User Reviews

ThreatFire (formerly Cyberhawk): I would be willing to try it again if the scans didn't impact my system so much. I think the way it detects threats by actions rather than signatures is superb; it just needs refinement.
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