Issue 189 - May 29, 2002

ISSN 1488-3163; PC Improvements © 2002
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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!

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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

Graham and Chris

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A broadband connection for every home

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."

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Open-Source Fight Flares At Pentagon

"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."

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Supreme Court rules for patent holders

"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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POLL of the WEEK

Here are the responses from the last poll:

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

Not at all      0.00 % (0)
Could be worse 17.91 % (12)
I like them    46.27 % (31)
They are great 35.82 % (24)

Total votes: 67

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When on vacation this year, will take a vacation of your email and the Internet?

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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 Gates himself?


None Posted.

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Quick IE Favorites

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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 as shortcut.

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