Issue 218 - December 18, 2002

ISSN 1488-3163; PC Improvements © 2002
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Economics of Kid-Friendly Domain Questioned

Now that Congress has zoned off an Internet neighborhood for children, online real estate agents are questioning whether they can attract enough tenants to make it a worthwhile place for parents to send their kids.
Authors of the Dot-Kids Implementation and Efficiency Act, which President Bush signed into law last week, envisioned the new "" domain as a sanctuary where children could explore the Internet without being exposed to its dangers.

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Google Feels a Little Froogle

Not to be outdone by rival search operation Ask Jeeves, Google has quietly launched a beta version of a new shopping search engine cleverly called Froogle, which the company says "makes it easy to find information about products for sale online."
The move follows a deal between and Ask Jeeves (Quote, Company Info) earlier this week that resulted in the launch of an shopping channel and e-commerce search operation.

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AOL Wins ICQ Patent

AOL Time Warner is the new owner of a patent that could give it an edge in the wars for control over desktop instant messaging, as well as a number of emerging areas of communications.
The patent, No. 6,449,344, had originally been granted based on work done by a team of developers at Mirabilis, which marketed the first public IM sensation, ICQ. (America Online acquired Mirabilis and its intellectual property in 1998, a year after the Israeli startup filed for U.S. patent protection.)

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POLL of the WEEK

Last Week's Poll

Where do you buy software?

Online store 31.96 % (31)
Online auction 4.12 % (4)
Local retailer 48.45 % (47)
I don't buy software 15.46 % (15)
Total votes: 97

This Week's Poll

Are you giving any "technology" gifts for Christmas?


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Some Useful Registry Tips

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Create a bootable disk for NTFS partitions

DOS does not read NTFS partitions (this is one way to format Windows NT/2000/XP partitions for better security). But there are ways around this. One of them is to follow Microsoft's instructions and make a boot disk using the files you already have on your own computer. Check it out at;EN-US;Q119467

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Customize the Command Prompt window

This is the Windows 2000 tip from Element K Journals from Monday, December 16, 2002:
"You probably already know that you can open a Command Prompt window by choosing Run from the Start menu, entering cmd in the Open text box, and then clicking OK. But did you know that there are parameters you can use to customize the Command Prompt window? For example, if you enter cmd /f:on in the Open text box and click OK, Windows 2000 will open a Command Prompt window in which you can use [Ctrl]F to scroll through the list of files and [Ctrl]D to scroll through the list of folders.
Entering cmd /t:xx enables you to set the background and foreground colors for the Command Prompt window. Replace xx with the abbreviation for the color you want to use for the background and foreground. For example, entering cmd /t:f0 will open a Command Prompt window with a white background and the text in black. Here's a list of the abbreviations you can use and their associated colors:
0 = Black
1 = Blue
2 = Green
3 = Aqua
4 = Red
5 = Purple
6 = Yellow
7 = White
8 = Gray
9 = Light Blue
A = Light Green
B = Light Aqua
C = Light Red
D = Light Purple
E = Light Yellow
F = Bright White
For more information on the parameters you can use with the cmd program, enter cmd /? in a Command Prompt window."

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