Issue 188 - May 22, 2002

ISSN 1488-3163; PC Improvements © 2002
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Welcome to the 188th 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!

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Many of you have noticed that I updated the FreeHelp Forums a couple of weeks ago. It is the same basic script, but instead of using Perl/CGI, it uses PHP and a mySQL database. This means it is a lot faster. It also has some extra features from an administration point of view which helps me identify problems earlier. If you haven't visited the forums for a while, check it out at One other note... in both version of the forum, you have the option to stay logged in all the time. But when you revisit the forum, it appears that you have to login again. I don't know why this is. If you click on the login link, the forum immediately recognizes whether or not you should be logged in or not. I guess it refreshes the login cookie when you click on that link.

Graham and Chris

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Cracking CDs with magic markers

"Technology buffs have cracked music publishing giant Sony Music's elaborate disc copy-protection technology with a decidedly low-tech method: scribbling around the rim of a disk with a felt-tip marker.
Internet newsgroups have been circulating news of the discovery for the past week, and in typical newsgroup style, users have pilloried Sony for using "high-tech" copy protection that can be defeated by paying a visit to a stationery store.
'I wonder what type of copy protection will come next?' one posting on read. 'Maybe they'll ban markers.'"

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Google, Dilbert Team Up for a Logo Redesign

Those looking for a little humor in the normally starchy world of information technology (IT) need look no further than Google Inc. as Dilbert, an internationally-known cartoon office worker, appears this week on the home page of the search engine as part of a redesign quest.
Beginning Monday, Mountain View, Calif.'s Google features cast members Dilbert, The Boss and Alice of the Dilbert cartoon. The Boss asks this question of knowledge searchers: 'We need a new logo by Friday. Any suggestions?'
Of all cartoon characters, why Dilbert?"

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World Cup Sets Stage for Mobile Phone Showdown

"The soccer teams of World Cup co-hosts South Korea and Japan may never meet on the playing field, but the one-month tournament will be a golden opportunity to showcase their prowess in advanced mobile technology.
The race to create a mobile World Cup has hotted up between mobile operators in South Korea and Japan, with both countries offering an array of services to allow visitors keep in touch with home."

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Poll: Nearly 60 Pct of Web Surfers Plan to Quit AOL

"Nearly 60 percent of Web surfers polled by ChangeWave, an investment and research firm whose clients include hedge funds, said Tuesday they planned to leave America Online for another Internet service.
'The findings of this survey point to a serious and ongoing hemorrhaging of AOL's Internet subscriber base. Among members using AOL as their Internet Service Provider, two out of five rate it unsatisfactory -- by far the highest negative rating of any major ISP specified in the survey,' the report said."

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POLL of the WEEK

Here are the responses from the last poll:

Are you more or less interested in computers than you were a year ago?"

More           56.58 % (43)
Less           13.16 % (10)
About the same 30.26 % (23)

Total votes: 76

Visit to participate in the new poll this week:

How satisfied are you with your Internet Service Provider (ISP)?

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Visit the new and improved PCIN FreeHelp Forum at to post your questions or answer others.


When I click on file>save as, to save a webpage in my documents and then try to open the webpage from my documents, all I get is a file with a bunch of jpegs, how can I save something like one of these forum topics?


Some web browsers don't handle dynamic pages very well (pages that aren't generated until you request them). These forums are setup so that they load the page based on your login and what you want to see.
I would suggest clicking on the Print button when you are viewing topics. This will generate a plain page with all of the responses to a topic. You should be able to save that.

To post a different suggestion, visit the How-To... forum at and click on the "save webpage to my documents" subject.

Visit to post a question of your own.

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Check out these new or updated pages on the site:

Updated FreeHelp Forum

Updated Registry Tips (now 131)

New and Improved Links section

pdf995 Software Review

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Chris Empey is the PCIN Assistant Editor. He also likes to cook. He subscribes to a daily recipe email list, and has put many of the recipes online. You can check them out at

Even More Features

In Issue 180 of PCIN (you can view the issue at I mentioned many of the special features that Google has. Well, they've added to it. They now have a "beta" area of their site where you can try out technologies that they are developing. Visit to try out the following:
Google Glossary
Find definitions for words, phrases and acronyms
Google Sets
Automatically create sets of items from a few examples
Voice Search
Search on Google by voice with a simple telephone call
Keyboard Shortcuts
Navigate search results without using your mouse

Get Windows XP Help

Visit to find out about updated drivers and software for Windows XP. There are also news headlines, as well as other useful articles.

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