Issue 194 - July 03, 2002

ISSN 1488-3163; PC Improvements © 2002
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Welcome to the 194th 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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One billion PCs shipped since the Altair

The PC just turned 1 billion.
Approximately 1 billion PCs have been shipped worldwide since the mid-'70s, according to a study released Sunday by consulting firm Gartner. Seventy-five percent of these machines have gone into professional, or work-related, environments, while the other 25 percent have been for personal, or home, use. Approximately 81.5 percent of PCs shipped have been desktops.

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Microsoft Now Only Tech Company in Top 10

"This is from the July 3, 2002 issue of the WinInfo Update Daily email newsletter (by Paul Thurrott):
"A few weeks ago I mentioned that Microsoft is now the world's largest company (when measured by market value). But with falling tech-stock prices knocking down IBM and Intel, Microsoft is now the only high-tech company in the top 10. Here's the list:
1. Microsoft: $285 billion
2. General Electric: $283 billion
3. ExxonMobil: $276 billion
4. Wal-Mart: $242 billion
5. Pfizer: $212 billion
6. Citigroup: $198 billion
7. BP: $191 billion
8. American International Group (AIG): $175 billion
9. Johnson & Johnson: $152 billion
10. Coca-Cola: $140 billion
Incidentally, even the top 10 companies aren't doing great. Microsoft's market value has fallen 50 percent since last year, and the top 10 companies lost a combined $310 billion of market value in the first half of 2002. Yikes."

Yahoo relaunches with streamlined look

"Online portal Yahoo introduced a newly redesigned home page Tuesday, sporting a cleaner layout with more potential real estate for advertisers.
The launch comes a little less than a month after Yahoo first announced the changes, the first overhaul to the basic framework of the company's home page since 1995.
The redesigned home page went live late Monday, according to Yahoo spokeswoman Diana Lee."

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POLL of the WEEK

Here are the responses from the last poll:

Do you use voice recognition software (either built-in to Windows or other)?

Yes   6.67 % (4)
No   93.33 % (56)

Total votes: 60

Visit to participate in the new poll this week:

How many email accounts does your ISP allow?

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I'm running WinME - Internet explorer. For some reason I cannot save downloaded images in JPG format... My options only show BMP. Can someone tell me how to change this ? What settings do I need to look at?


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A Virtual Globe on Your Desktop is a small piece of software that shows and updated virtual globe on your desktop. It can be customized to show particular cities, as well as showing a shaded view of what part of earth is currently in darkness. Xearth also shows updated earthquake information.

The Simplest Solution

Subscriber and dearest friend Tracey Norton once came to me asking for some help with her computer because her keyboard wouldn't work. Apparently Tracey didn't realize that you need to have your keyboard plugged in to have it work. She wanted to remind everyone that sometimes the easiest, stupidest solution is the right one.
Tracey also passed along a funny image that is a cartoon of a mouse using a person as their pointing device. See it at

Previous and Next Buttons in Outlook and Outlook Express

Many people read emails in the "preview" mode of their email program. If you actually open a message in Microsoft Outlook or Outlook Express, you can use the Previous and Next buttons to read your email in sequence of how you sort your mail. For those people who do not use the preview pane in these packages, this could be a real time saver.

Last Week's Windows XP Article

Last week I shared a link to a couple of articles that explained how to upgrade your PC for $300 so you could run Windows XP. Subscriber David Brumley sent me the following:
"I checked out the two articles on upgrading an older system to WinXP; they were interesting, but I noticed that the author left the cost of XP itself out of the $300 budget."
Good point Dave!

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