Welcome to the 207th 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!
We're now into October and the last couple of days have been about 30°
C. I had turned my air conditioner off a week or so ago, but had to put it back
on. The beautiful days seem to be good for Andrew as he is growing like a weed!
I'll have some new pictures up soon. I'll also have pictures of the deck I built
at the front of our house. My Dad and a friend at church helped me and it looks
Next week's issue won't be a regular issue. I will send out the pet peeves
that I was asking for a few weeks ago. If you decided you wanted to share some
of your technology pet peeves, you can still email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
"A federal court on Monday handed the wireless industry a victory in
its efforts to fight claims that mobile telephones pose a health risk, dismissing
expert testimony in a key lawsuit.
U.S. District Judge Catherine Blake dismissed the testimony and scientific
evidence offered by a Maryland doctor, Christopher Newman, who filed an $800
million lawsuit against Motorola, alleging its cellular phone caused him to
have brain cancer."
"Instead of paying for purchases with a credit card, some online consumers
now have another option: a 'bill me later' button.
Some seven Internet merchants, including MyMusic.com, have been testing the
new feature, which was developed by start-up company I4 Commerce, since earlier
On Tuesday, payment-processing company CyberSource announced that it has integrated
the 'bill me later' feature into its service and has begun marketing it to
its merchant clients, which include Home Depot, Overstock.com and Nike."
"Some popular online services are using a new kind of software to divert
sales commissions that would otherwise be paid to small online merchants by
big sites like Amazon and eToys.
Critics call the software parasite-ware and stealware. But the sites that
use the software, which is made by nearly 20 companies and used by dozens,
say that it is perfectly legal, because their users agree to the diversion."
I have excel on one of my computers, I would like to have it on another one.
I lost the installation CD. I have a CD burner on the computer that has Excel.
Is there some way to make a CD of Excel from the computer that has Excel on
it? and then use the CD to put Excel on the other computer?
No. Excel must be installed using the Office Setup program. It requires the
MSI installer (Windows Installer) to integrate with the system.
PCIN.net FreeHelp Forum Update
(I've updated the forum and there is a new calendar feature. If you go and
edit your profile to add your birthday, it will show up on a public calendar.
Kind of neat!) http://PCIN.net/help/forum/
There is a lot of concern these days with data security. Whether it is virus
attacks, capturing data transmitted on the web, or unknowingly allowing access
to your personal PC while online, most people are worried. Your first line
of defense should be a solid password scheme. A good password will be at least
8 characters long, not contain words (most password cracking software will
use a dictionary brute force attack) and contain a mixture of numbers, letters
and symbols. It is a good idea to mix in upper case and lower case letters
as well. Along with this, you should regularly change your password. How important
your data will determine how you set your passwords, and how often you change
them. There is a good article showing how more complex passwords are harder
to crack at http://www.lastbit.com/psw.asp
I'm sure many of you subscribe to the LangaList, a newsletter by well-known
computer technical writer Fred Langa. He writes for Information Week magazine
online, and has a good article about ways to stop junk mail. Check it out
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