Welcome to the 195th 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!
I was in Toronto today attending Comdex Canada 2002. They say that the PC Industry
is in a slump right now. Well the problem is that there are no companies creating
anything new and interesting for the PC so we have no reason to get a new PC.
All of the exhibits were using the same tired, old marketing phrases and were
promoting the same tired products. There were a few things that we might take
a look at for work, but other than that, it was very uneventful.
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"In one of the first legal decisions to ban so-called deep linking,
a Danish court has ruled that a news site cannot provide hyperlinks to certain
Web pages without the permission of publishers.
Under the ruling, news aggregator Newsbooster is banned from providing some
deep links--or links to Web pages other than a site's front door--from its
site or newsletters."
"Record labels hell-bent on strangling unauthorized music copying on
the Internet are considering widening their legal efforts to include lawsuits
against individuals, according to industry sources.
The move comes as the industry wrestles to contain the effects of peer-to-peer
software applications that allow consumers to link their PCs into massive
cooperatives where millions of music titles can be found and copied for free.
Despite legal rulings that have helped the labels shut down some of the most
popular providers of file-swapping services, such as Napster, such networks
have grown unabated."
"Microsoft appears to be changing its tactics in its ongoing spat with
the Linux and open-source world by taking a booth at this August's LinuxWorld
Expo for the first time.
The Windows giant has never ignored the Linux show, often sending executives
along to scope out the terrain and pitch Microsoft's point of view, but it
has never taken the step of renting a booth. Senior executives, including
chairman Bill Gates, have long preferred a more caustic form of engagement
with open source and its underlying philosophy, calling it a 'cancer' and
arguing that 'Free Software' goes against everything that capitalism stands
Last week, however, Microsoft finalized its plans for establishing a small
presence in the 'Rookery' area of the conference, which showcases first-time
exhibitors. On display will be Microsoft's embedded offerings, including Windows
CE .Net and Windows XP Embedded; the former is aimed at handheld devices,
and the latter is a modular form of Windows XP that can be customised for
everything from cash registers to Internet fridges."
"Like many of its customers, auction giant eBay has decided to use PayPal
as its electronic payment system.
On Monday, eBay said it is acquiring online payments company PayPal in a deal
valued at $1.5 billion. eBay will also phase out its own competing service,
eBay Payments by Billpoint.
PayPal, which went public earlier this year, allows consumers to make and
accept payments over the Internet without using a credit card. The bulk of
its business comes from eBay auctions."
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I received a press release from Sabeena Taharally, the Director of Industry
Relations at MicroElectronicDesign that claims they have a perfect product
for talking over the Internet. I haven't tried the product, but I thought
I'd share some of the press release:
"MicroElectronicDesign has created the ideal PC accessory for anyone
who wants to clear up their voice quality on the Internet. The device is called
"WebPhone Jack" and uses advanced proprietary digital signal processing
algorithms with audiophile class components to clear up conversations over
the World Wide Web.
Originally designed to interface Microsoft's Netmeeting product with speakerphones
in the corporate environment; this stand-alone hardware DSP based device happily
interfaces with all H.323, SIP and other VoIP software including Microsoft
and Yahoo Messenger programs.
Unlike competitive units, which use simple, out-dated echo cancellation circuits,
WebPhone Jack's DSP automatically adjusts for variations caused by Internet
traffic and telephone set quality in real-time."
Check it out at http://www.microelectronicdesign.com/
Helpful Excel Tips
Have you ever tried to fill a selection of cells either sideways or down,
and all of a sudden hundreds of cells go whizzing by? Well, to avoid that,
press the ALT key while you are doing that and it will stop the screen from
going out of control
By default, when you drag a selection, you move it to the new location.
To copy it, press the CTRL key while dragging it.
To show/hide formulas press the CTRL key and the `/~ key
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and Chris Empey accept no responsibility for the results obtained from trying
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