Welcome to the 175th issue of the PC Improvement News. PCIN consists
mainly of news and tips. There is something for everyone, and
if this is your first issue, I'm sure there will be something
for you. If you give me two or three issues, I know that you will
come back for more!
If you've checked out the PCIN.net web site recently, you will
have noticed that I've been changing a bunch of sections. I've
updated the PCIN.net
Home Page (now contains a list of updated pages, as well as
a PC Industry News section), added a Search
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the look of the PCIN
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Poll of the Week section. I particularly like the new polls
script. Everything is logged to a database, and this allows you
to view and even vote in any previous poll. All of the current
poll features are still there as well. Lots more to come!
The hardest part of the newsletter is finding items for the Tips
and Other Stuff section. If you have any tips, links to great
sites, or anything else that would fit in that section, email
either Chris or me. As long as we agree that it fits in that section,
we will include it.
"In keeping with its promise to keep the public updated
on its trademark infringement defense against Microsoft Corp.
San Diego startup Lindows.com released copies of its main opposition
papers before it takes on the software giant in court Feb 27.
Lindows.com Founder and CEO Michael Robertson published a letter
Thursday on the company's Web site stating its defense against
Microsoft's claims that his firm is treading on hallowed ground
by using the terms 'LindowsOS' and 'Lindows.com' to describe
a Linux-based operating system that runs Microsoft Windows applications.
The papers were officially filed Jan. 28 in a Seattle U.S. District
"The state attorneys general still pursuing the antitrust
case against Microsoft Corp. MSFT.O have asked a federal judge
to force the company to show them the inner workings of the
Windows operating system.
In a bid to pry open one of the world's most valuable pieces
of intellectual property, the states argued they need to see
the Windows source code in order to verify Microsoft's claim
that it is not technically feasible for the company to offer
a stripped-down version of the operating system."
New Vermont 'opt-in' privacy law faces legal challenge
"Beginning next week, financial services companies with
Vermont customers will face strict limits on what they can do
with the personal data of state residents. These new privacy
rules have prompted five insurance industry trade groups to
jointly file a lawsuit against state officials and warned that
the rules will raise business costs and hurt customers.
Vermont's rules set an 'opt-in' standard, which requires affirmative
customer consent for sharing customer data in certain instances.
Financial institutions in the U.S. generally follow the federal
Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act of 1999, which allows the 'opt-out' standard,
meaning that unless the customer tells a bank, securities firm
or insurer not to share data, the institution can do so."
"So PayPal brought it off, going public at $13 a share
late Thursday and raising about $70 million from investors willing
to believe that despite the lawsuits and lack of earnings, this
IPO represents the end of the Internet recession.
The Palo Alto, Calif.-based online payments firm sold 5.4 million
shares at $13 each, within the expected price range of $12 to
$14 each. Lead underwriter was Salomon Smith Barney.
The stock opened Friday at $15.41 and by mid-morning had climbed
to $18.51, up more than 42 percent."
A couple of weeks ago I shared a tip on changing directories
when using the DOS-type environment in Windows 2000/XP. Here
is another tip.
If you have TweakUI installed, click on the "CMD"
tab. You can choose a hotkey combination that will allow you
to autocomplete directories and filenames when using CMD.EXE.
I chose CTRL + F for filenames and CTRL + D for directories.
Then, when you are using CMD.EXE, you can press either hotkey
combination to "scroll" through the list of files
or directories that are in the current directory. Whatever you
have chosen for the filename hotkey also shows directories.
The directories hotkey only shows directories.
Microsoft Keyboard Shortcuts
There are many sites that have lists of keyboard shortcuts
that work with one program or another. One of the best is on
the Microsoft Accessibility site. Visit http://microsoft.com/enable/products/keyboard/keyboardsearch.asp
and then from the dropdown list, choose the program that you
are interested in. There are shortcuts for Office programs,
Internet Explorer (several versions), and several versions of
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Chris Empey. Graham Wing and Chris Empey accept no responsibility
for the results obtained from trying the tips in this newsletter.
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