Welcome to the 189th 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!
The company my father works for was selling some used Dell computers recently,
so I picked one up. For $325 CDN (just over $200 US)I got a Celeron 333, 64MB
RAM, 4GB HD, built in 3Com NIC, built in ATI graphics, keyboard, Microsoft IntelliMouse,
and a Dell M770 17" monitor. I couldn't pass it up for that price, especially
with the monitor thrown in. Either Lisa will end up with her own computer, or
I will use it for testing purposes. We'll see.
Speaking of Lisa, she's doing quite well. She is due July 19, so still has
about 7 weeks to go. The first 32 weeks were easy she said, but this last week
has been very difficult. The weather is getting hotter, and she is getting bigger
(not a good mix). If you want to send her any advice, best wishes, or any other
comments, you can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Every school, hospital and town hall across the European Union should have
a fast Internet connection by 2005 if the bloc wants to foster innovation
and raise productivity, the European Commission said on Wednesday.
Unveiling its medium-term strategy to boost information technology and competitiveness,
an EU executive asked member states to lead the way in the launch of high-speed
broadband Internet by modernizing their public services."
"Microsoft Corp. is aggressively lobbying the Pentagon to squelch its
growing use of freely distributed computer software and switch to proprietary
systems such as those sold by the software giant, according to officials familiar
with the campaign.
In what one military source called a 'barrage' of contacts with officials
at the Defense Information Systems Agency and the office of Defense Secretary
Donald H. Rumsfeld over the past few months, the company said 'open source'
software threatens security and its intellectual property."
"In a minor win for patent holders, the U.S. Supreme Court has cut back
a ruling that some inventors worried would lead to widespread copycatting
of their products.
The high court decided Tuesday to overturn parts of a lower court ruling that
had limited a patent's scope. Many inventors, including those who work with
tech products, feared the lower court ruling would allow copycats to rip off
their products by making only minor changes."
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How is everyone doing? Don't know about others but I think XP is one of the
worst OS ever built. I used to sympathize with Microsoft when everyone wants
a piece of them. No longer is the case, I think MS is stupid rolling out the
utterly useless XP. Does MS think all users required to have some kind of
computer software degree to operate it? The so-called latest and greatest
OS turns out to be so user-unfriendly and hard to use.
How do we, as consumers, convey our unpleasant and unhappy messages to Bill
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Visit FreeArcade.com for some more fun online games (I enjoy Collapse).
Quick IE Favorites
One of my favourite tips for IE is to drag the little IE icon from the address
bar on top of the Links toolbar. This will allow you to have several sites
Another good one is if you want to send a URL shortcut to your desktop. Rather
than shrinking the size of your browser and dragging the little IE icon to
the desktop, click on the File menu, and from the Send sub-menu, choose Desktop
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