Issue 219 - December 25, 2002

ISSN 1488-3163; PC Improvements © 2002
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Welcome to the 219th 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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Merry Christmas! I hope that in whatever way you celebrate Christmas, that God has blessed you and your family. I hope that you have taken time to think of all of the wonderful things you have in life, and no matter your circumstances, you always have something to be thankful for.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Graham and Chris

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Year in Review

The end of a calendar year always brings the traditional "Year in Review" articles. Here are a couple to check out. I'm sure I'll have more next week.:

C/Net Year in Review

ZDNet Top 10 Hype Jobs of 2002

Microsoft ordered to put Java in Windows

"Microsoft must include rival Sun Microsystem's Java programming language in its Windows operating system, a federal judge ruled Monday, handing Sun a victory as it pursues a private antitrust case against Microsoft.
Sun argued earlier this month before U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz that Microsoft has gained an unfair advantage by shipping Windows -- used by more than 90 percent of the world's personal computers -- with an outdated version of Java that's inconsistent for its users."

For more info:

Queen netted in web of bad faith

"The Queen has been condemned for acting in 'bad faith' after losing a landmark legal battle to secure the rights to an Internet web title.
Judges sitting on a UN tribunal dismissed an attempt by the Queen and the New Zealand Government to take control of the web domain name from its US owner.
A panel of international intellectual property lawyers found arguments used by the Queen's lawyers to be 'astonishing' and made in 'bad faith'.
It is believed to be the first such ruling about cyber-squatting concerning a country's name. The ruling might spark a race by governments to register rights to the names of regions and countries before private companies."

For more info:,6093,5731843,00.html

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POLL of the WEEK

Last Week's Poll

Results for "Are you giving any 'technology' gifts for Christmas?" Poll

Yes 49.38 % (40)
No 50.62 % (41)
Total votes: 81

This Week's Poll

Did you receive any 'technology' gifts this year?


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


I would like to partition my 20 GHz hard drive. I'm running Windows ME at present but I'd like to put '98 on as well.


You'll need a Boot manager. My problem is similar, only that I plan to install 3 Windows 98 on a 40-80 GB Hard Disk (1 for general use, 1 for CD writing and one for backup). I posted on another forum asking what on the available boot managers (System Commander, Bootit NG, Acronis OS Selector, Bootstar, bootmagic, etc.) is the best but was not contented with the responses (see
Reading the reviews at, it appears that Partition boot manager is best as you can use and third party partitioners.

To post a response, visit the Hardware How-To forum at and click on the "partitioning hard drive" topic.

Visit to post a question of your own.

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Check out these new or updated pages on the site:

Object Desktop Software Review

LG GCE-8400B 40x 12x 40x CD-RW Hardware Review Search

Some Useful Registry Tips

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Singing Horses

For fun, click on the horses and listen.

Build Your Own Supercomputer

Have some old computers and spare parts lying around. Go ahead and build your own supercomputer. (Thanks to MrMcTerse for sending in the link)

Did you track Santa?

I know by now Santa is already back in the North Pole, but if you wanted to check out his trip around the world with movies, pictures, and music, visit the Norad web site at Every year they track Santa and the 2002 highlights are already available at

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