Issue 195 - July 10, 2002

ISSN 1488-3163; PC Improvements © 2002
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Welcome to the 195th 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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I was in Toronto today attending Comdex Canada 2002. They say that the PC Industry is in a slump right now. Well the problem is that there are no companies creating anything new and interesting for the PC so we have no reason to get a new PC. All of the exhibits were using the same tired, old marketing phrases and were promoting the same tired products. There were a few things that we might take a look at for work, but other than that, it was very uneventful.

I think my web hosting problems are solved. I have found a new provider and this newsletter is the first one to go out from the new provider. Hopefully you are all reading this the way you are expecting. Please email me at with any problems you are having with the newsletter.

Graham and Chris

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Court cuts off deep linking

"In one of the first legal decisions to ban so-called deep linking, a Danish court has ruled that a news site cannot provide hyperlinks to certain Web pages without the permission of publishers.
Under the ruling, news aggregator Newsbooster is banned from providing some deep links--or links to Web pages other than a site's front door--from its site or newsletters."

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The record labels' new target--Joe Blow?

"Record labels hell-bent on strangling unauthorized music copying on the Internet are considering widening their legal efforts to include lawsuits against individuals, according to industry sources.
The move comes as the industry wrestles to contain the effects of peer-to-peer software applications that allow consumers to link their PCs into massive cooperatives where millions of music titles can be found and copied for free. Despite legal rulings that have helped the labels shut down some of the most popular providers of file-swapping services, such as Napster, such networks have grown unabated."

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Microsoft changes tune on Linux

"Microsoft appears to be changing its tactics in its ongoing spat with the Linux and open-source world by taking a booth at this August's LinuxWorld Expo for the first time.
The Windows giant has never ignored the Linux show, often sending executives along to scope out the terrain and pitch Microsoft's point of view, but it has never taken the step of renting a booth. Senior executives, including chairman Bill Gates, have long preferred a more caustic form of engagement with open source and its underlying philosophy, calling it a 'cancer' and arguing that 'Free Software' goes against everything that capitalism stands for.
Last week, however, Microsoft finalized its plans for establishing a small presence in the 'Rookery' area of the conference, which showcases first-time exhibitors. On display will be Microsoft's embedded offerings, including Windows CE .Net and Windows XP Embedded; the former is aimed at handheld devices, and the latter is a modular form of Windows XP that can be customised for everything from cash registers to Internet fridges."

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eBay buys PayPal for $1.5 billion

"Like many of its customers, auction giant eBay has decided to use PayPal as its electronic payment system.
On Monday, eBay said it is acquiring online payments company PayPal in a deal valued at $1.5 billion. eBay will also phase out its own competing service, eBay Payments by Billpoint.
PayPal, which went public earlier this year, allows consumers to make and accept payments over the Internet without using a credit card. The bulk of its business comes from eBay auctions."

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POLL of the WEEK

Here are the responses from the last poll:

How many email accounts does your ISP allow?

None           0.00 % (0)
1             10.53 % (4)
2              2.63 % (1)
3              7.89 % (3)
4              2.63 % (1)
5             28.95 % (11)
> 5           28.95 % (11)
I don't know  18.42 % (7)

Total votes: 38

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Does your ISP limit the bandwidth (speed or transfer) you can use?

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How do I configure my Windows 98SE system so that it prompts for Mandatory Login every time it boots?


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Updated Registry Tips (now 142)

New and Improved Links section

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Open Acrobat Reader Independently

Some people like to have PDFs open in their browser window. Others prefer to download the file and view it later. If you want to reconfigure Acrobat Reader so that it opens in its own window, visit

WebPhone Jack

I received a press release from Sabeena Taharally, the Director of Industry Relations at MicroElectronicDesign that claims they have a perfect product for talking over the Internet. I haven't tried the product, but I thought I'd share some of the press release:
"MicroElectronicDesign has created the ideal PC accessory for anyone who wants to clear up their voice quality on the Internet. The device is called "WebPhone Jack" and uses advanced proprietary digital signal processing algorithms with audiophile class components to clear up conversations over the World Wide Web.
Originally designed to interface Microsoft's Netmeeting product with speakerphones in the corporate environment; this stand-alone hardware DSP based device happily interfaces with all H.323, SIP and other VoIP software including Microsoft and Yahoo Messenger programs.
Unlike competitive units, which use simple, out-dated echo cancellation circuits, WebPhone Jack's DSP automatically adjusts for variations caused by Internet traffic and telephone set quality in real-time."
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Helpful Excel Tips

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