Welcome to the 280th 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!
I had a nice relaxing week off. We hung out around the house for most of the
week, but did spend a couple of days visiting Lisa's parents. The only problem
with vacations is that they just aren't long enough!
Tomorrow Chris and I will be in Toronto for a Microsoft security event with
Steve Balmer as the keynote speaker. I doubt think he'll share anything earth-shattering
with us, but we've never heard him speak before so we are looking forward to
"Britain's net industry has named internet domain giant Verisign as
its villain of the year.
It won the accolade for a system it set up that hijacked mistyped web queries
and sent people to a Verisign-run site.
Hero of the year was Steve Linford who runs the Spamhaus Project that attempts
to thwart peddlers of unwanted mail.
The two awards were given out during the annual ceremony in which the UK
net industry picks out the best and most innovative in its business."
"Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates predicted the demise of the traditional
password because it cannot 'meet the challenge' of keeping critical information
Gates, speaking at the RSA Security conference here on Tuesday, said: 'There
is no doubt that over time, people are going to rely less and less on passwords.
People use the same password on different systems, they write them down and
they just don't meet the challenge for anything you really want to secure.'"
"Yahoo's decision to break away from Google and use its own internet
search technology signals a new 'search engine war' in an increasingly lucrative
segment of cyberspace.
The move marks a new direction for Yahoo, which had previously relied on
Google, the new powerhouse, for many of its web searches.
'Everybody had thought of Yahoo as the web, and they kind of lost a bit of
that,' said Brett Tabke, founder of WebmasterWorld.com, a news and discussion
forum for internet professionals.
Google is the direct website used for searching by 39% of US internet users,
compared with 30% for Yahoo, according to Nielsen/Netratings.
Yet because Google is an underlying engine for Yahoo, AOL and others, it
powers some 79% of all searches, according to Searchenginewatch.com."
"A French court has ruled against Linux distributor MandrakeSoft in
an intellectual-property dispute with United States-based Hearst Holdings
and King Features Syndicate.
The decision could force the Paris-based software company to surrender its
trademark and domain names and to pay nearly $90,000 (U.S.) in damages to
the U.S. companies, holders of the rights to the comic strip character Mandrake
the Magician. The comic strip marks its 70th anniversary this year."
"In early January 2004, Search Engine Watch members were invited to
nominate search engines in various categories for the 4th Annual Search Engine
Watch Awards. They could choose from a list of search engines that Search
Engine Watch editors thought were good for within a particular category or
suggest new services.
In late January 2004, anyone subscribed to one of Search Engine Watch's newsletters
was sent a special email allowing them to vote in the final round. Each person
was only able to vote once using a unique voting URL.
Search Engine Watch editor Danny Sullivan and associate editor Chris Sherman
made the final decisions about award winners. Our selections were influenced
by reader votes, though the final decisions over winners isn't always the
same as the voting. More details about how decisions were made are described
in each category below."
Check them out at http://www.searchenginewatch.com/awards/article.php/3309841
Remember DOS/Command Shell Commands
Windows NT, 2000, XP, and 2003 don't have the traditional DOS environment.
They have something called a Command Shell. It looks the same, and you can
do most of the same things. For those familiar with DOS, there was a small
program called DOSKEY that
you could load that would remember what commands were entered. Then by pressing
the up or down arrows, you could scroll through these commands. Windows NT,
2000, XP, and 2003 doesn't require the old DOSKEY program to do this. It
has this feature built-in. You can also press F7 to have a small window pop
up that will show all of the recent commands. You can then easily choose
the one you'd like to run again.
In case you are interested, these newer operating systems have an enhanced
version of DOSKEY that does much more than before.
DVD Hidden Features
"Some DVD discs contain hidden features that are more or less easy
to find. Well, some are rather obvious, but others are quite a tricky beast.
On this page we want to help you find some of the so called 'Easter Eggs'
on currently available discs so that you, too, can take a look at those special
features the publishers are hiding there."
Check it out at http://www.dvdreview.com/html/hidden_features.shtml
PCIN is brought to you by Graham Wing. The opinions expressed are those of
the Editor, Graham Wing and the Assistant Editor, Chris Empey. Graham Wing
and Chris Empey accept no responsibility for the results obtained from trying
the tips in this newsletter.
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