Welcome to the 187th 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!
"Law enforcement and intelligence agents may have a new tool to read
the data displayed on a suspect's computer monitor, even when they can't see
Marcus Kuhn, an associate professor at Cambridge University in England, presented
research Monday showing how anybody with a brawny PC, a special light detector
and some lab hardware could reconstruct what a person sees on the screen by
catching the reflected glow from the monitor.
The results surprised many security researchers gathered here at the Institute
of Electrical and Electronics Engineers' (IEEE) Symposium on Security and
Privacy because they had assumed that discerning such detail was impossible."
RealNames Corp., a pioneering provider of an alternative to the domain-name
system, said it would shut down, pinning the blame on Microsoft for declining
to renew a key contract with the company.
The Redwood City, Calif.-based company said it laid off its 83 employees and
began the process of liquidating its assets. The move came after Microsoft
decided not to renew its contract with RealNames, which was the exclusive
provider of keywords for the Internet Explorer browser. The function allowed
a user to type in a company name, for instance, instead of trying to remember
if its official Internet address. A Web user looking for General Electric
would simply type the name, instead of www.ge.com.
NASA needs parts no one makes anymore.
So to keep the shuttles flying, the space agency has begun trolling the Internet
- including Yahoo and eBay - to find replacement parts for electronic
gear that would strike a home computer user as primitive.
Officials say the agency recently bought a load of outdated medical equipment
so it could scavenge Intel 8086 chips - a variant of those chips powered
I.B.M.'s first personal computer, in 1981."
Runaway executive compensation has been an issue with shareholders for years
at many American companies, and finally a CEO has bowed to the pressure and
tied his pay solely to company performance - but not without a little prodding.
The boss at E*Trade Financial Inc. (NASDAQ:ET), Chairman and CEO Christos
M. Cotsakos, is actually giving back a $21 million chunk of last year's compensation.
Of course, the company's news release on the matter followed the publication
of a Wall Street Journal story on Cotsakos saying that he is "the highest-paid
chief executive in the brokerage business, with a pay package valued at about
I have found the thumbnail view to be very usefull in windows 98
but recently it has stopped showing most of the graphics files and only showing
htm and bmp as the thumbnails.
can some one please help as I use this feature a lot to find photos quickly
and now for some reason I cannot view them in thumbnail view so have to use
paintshop pro to browse them.
It's obvious it's your jpeg association that's been messed up.
Firstly, go to start, run and type regedit then ok. Navigate to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT
and scroll through the folders to the JPG one and select it. In the right
hand pane, double click the value name 'default', and in the edit
string box which appears, change the value data to 'jpegfile'. Click
ok. Repeat this for the folders, JPE and JPEG. Exit registry and reboot for
changes to take effect.
If still no luck, then go to start, run and type regsvr32.exe /i shdocvw.dll
then press enter.
One of the problems with getting OEM products is that since they aren't "brand
name", it can be hard to find updated drivers. I was recently looking
for drivers, and all I could find was the chipset number. I couldn't tell
who the manufacturer was. When I was looking for the drivers, I found a very
good web site at http://www.modem-help.co.uk/mfc/index.html
You can find the web sites of many manufacturers, and also identify modems
by the chipset.
These games will all run inside your web browser, so there's no downloading
or installing to be done; just find a game you wish to play and it'll appear
just like any other web page. You can also rate games you've played by visiting
a game's info page!"
PC Magazine's Registry Robot
"The Windows Registry is the repository for virtually every setting
on your system. You can access many of these through Control Panel applets
or utilities. But to change others you must edit the Registry directly, and
this can be dangerous. If you make a mistake in applying a tweak, you can
cause problems instead of solving them. And unless you remember to back up
the branch of the Registry that you're editing, you may not be able to undo
This issue's utility, RegistryRobot, provides a safe interface for working
with dozens of Registry settings that you cannot change through built-in Windows
utilities. Only tweaks that relate to your operating system and Internet Explorer
version display. The tweaks appear in a tree structure organized by category
and include descriptive text so you know what the effect of each adjustment
will be. And if you don't like the result of a tweak, you can easily undo
You can read more about it and download it at http://www.pcmag.com/article/0,2997,s=1476&a=26474,00.asp
PCIN is brought to you by Graham Wing. The opinions expressed are those of
the Editor, Graham Wing and the Assistant Editor, Chris Empey. Graham Wing and
Chris Empey accept no responsibility for the results obtained from trying the
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