Issue 192 - June 19, 2002

ISSN 1488-3163; PC Improvements © 2002
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Welcome to the 192nd 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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For the last 4 days Lisa and I have been staying with my grandmother. We had our hardwood floors refinished, and whoo hoo! They look great. Unfortunately in order to get them done, we had to empty all of the rooms (virtually the entier main floor) and now that is done, we have to carefully put everything back.

The company I work for just recently opened up some new attractions in Niagara Falls. This evening my parents, my grandmother, my three sisters, Lisa and I all went mini-putting, walked through the Movieland Wax Museum, went on the Ghost Blasters ride, and went on the Fun Express motion simulator. They were all a lot of fun. If you have the opportunity to visit the Falls, you should definitely check these out.

Graham and Chris

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Lawsuit challenges copy-protected CDs

"The five major record companies have been hit with a class-action lawsuit charging that new CDs designed to thwart Napster-style piracy are defective and should either be barred from sale or carry warning labels.
The suit was brought this week in Los Angeles Superior Court by class-action specialists at the law firm Milberg, Weiss, Bershad, Hynes & Lerach on behalf of two Southern California consumers.
It marks the first legal challenge of CD copy-prevention technology to 'tackle the issue on an industry-wide basis,'Alan Mansfield, an attorney representing the two named plaintiffs in the complaint, said Friday."

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Disney Shifting to Linux for Film Animation

"The Walt Disney Company, the doyen of animation studios, is joining Hollywood's embrace of a technological upstart — the GNU Linux operating system.
Disney's animation division is announcing today that it plans to use Hewlett-Packard workstations and data-serving computers running Linux for digital animation work in the future."

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Net activist locks horns with Web filterers

Internet activist Bennett Haselton has made a name for himself by helping minors disable filtering programs designed to block Web sites that their parents deem offensive or pornographic.
His site offers free downloads and details methods for circumventing filtering software that critics say also inevitably blocks out a range of useful, even beneficial, Internet content.
Yet while Haselton's crusade, launched six years ago while he was a college student, has made him a hero among some Web-savvy minors, he's something of a supervillain to filtering advocates.

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POLL of the WEEK

Here are the responses from the last poll:

What antivirus software do you use?

Norton            40.74 % (44)
McAfee            14.81 % (16)
Panda              1.85 % (2)
Kaspersky Lab      1.85 % (2)
Command Software   0.00 % (0)
Aladdin            0.00 % (0)
Other             40.74 % (44)

Total votes: 108

Visit to participate in the new poll this week:

Do you use a personal firewall (either hardware or software) on your PC?

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


How do I compress audio files, before burning onto a C.D?


what do u mean by this? Do u want to convert them to .mp3 format and just chuck the file onto the CD or do u want to copy them and make them into a music CD?
If compression used, the .MP3 is the best format... get urself wdac154.exe <-- search this in google, and compress it.
If u want to make a music CD (aka. play it straight on a HiFi), u cannot use compression as making a music CD is time-defined and not space defined.

To post a response, visit the How-To... forum at and click on the "File Compresion" subject.

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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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Shortcut Comments

When creating a shortcut in Windows, on the shortcut tab you can include a comment to the shortcut. This is especially useful if you are creating multiple shortcuts for the same program, such as shortcuts to mulitple computes using PC Anywhere or launching a program using different parameters for startup.

Adding Quick Toolbars

For quick access to a commonly used directory, follow these instructions:

  1. Right Click on the Windows Taskbar
  2. Choose Toolbars
  3. Choose New Toolbar
  4. Pick the Directory you would like quick access to
  5. Right click on the new toolbar and turn off Show Text
  6. Finally, move the toolbar all the way over the the right

You will now have a menu listing each item in the directory and subsequent directories available to you quickly.

The Worldwide Holiday & Festival Site

"Have you ever travelled, perhaps on business, only to find on arrival that your customers are all on holiday or that instead of five days work, you will, due to National day or religious celebrations, get only two? I have, and it's very frustrating, so I decided to try to put together a page to bring together as much information about National holidays as possible by providing either links to other pages in the net which have appropriate information or else, where that is not available, including it in these pages."

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