Welcome to the 281st 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!
The Microsoft TechNet event last week was quite good. We were a little late
getting there (Chris had a flat tire), but heard half of Steve Balmer's speech.
He is a very good speaker and had some interesting things to say about future
licensing options, as well as Linux. The rest of the day was pretty good too.
The presenter, Kai Axford, was funny, and knew the material well. It was definitely
worth the trip into Toronto.
As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, I was playing around with my digital
camera and some photography equipment and took some nice shots of Andrew. There
are also some photos of me, Lisa, and Andrew in various combinations. You can
check them out at http://wingfamily.ca/lisagraham/20040301/index.html
"Microsoft is suggesting a new tactic in the fight against spam. Execs
have proposed a broad industry plan to publish technical details about big
companies' e-mail servers, in an attempt to block fake e-mail.
The plan, which Microsoft calls Caller ID for e-mail, is part of a panoply
of efforts under way at the company's headquarters, including challenge-response
software that could find its way into future versions of e-mail apps, aimed
at stemming junk mail that Microsoft says erodes customers' trust in Windows
PCs and curbs their Internet use."
Electronic Rock Band Strikes Blow For Consumer Rights
"The self styled 'progressive electronic-trip rock' band Eisbecher
have bundled two blank CD-Rs with each copy of their new album.
Whilst much of the record industry wants to turn back the clock so that they
are the only people who can make any kind of recordings Eisbech have made
a point of supporting the consumers existing legal right to fair use copies.
From their site 'We are of the opinion that the music buyers are criminalized
enough and have been made responsible for the wretched state in the music
industry. We are giving them the chance to make 2 legal copies for private
use with 'official blanks'. It can't always be that the end users have to
take the blame for something that international corporations have arranged
with their artist-burning methods." Eisbrecher's record label ZYX Music
supports this action and will deliver the first 5000 albums of the group
with 2 blanks each.'"
"The United States, Canada, China, South Korea and the Netherlands
are the top five birthplaces of spam worldwide, according to a new analysis
by security software maker Sophos.
In an analysis of junk e-mails received over two days in mid-February, the
company created a list of the 'dirty dozen' spam-producing countries."
"AskJeeves will stop accepting advertiser payments for inclusion in
its searchable Web database, a move to draw competitive lines between it
and Yahoo's new search engine.
Jim Lanzone, vice president of product management for Emeryville, Calif.-based
AskJeeves, said late Tuesday that after 18 months the Internet search company
will cease Index Connect, its paid inclusion program. Paid inclusion allows
advertisers to pay fees to have large numbers of Web addresses indexed more
regularly in search engines--a service that Yahoo just re-launched and that
No. 1 search site Google denounces."
I've been using i.Disk for a while. This is a great little (280k) program
to help identify disk hogs on your hard drive. It scans any drive you have
and show graphically what folders have the most data in them. You can expand
each folder for a more granular look at where your space has gone. I recently
used it to identify why my profile had grown to 2.5 GB.
WinZip 9.0 was released last week. A free trial is available at http://www.winzip.com/.
A free upgrade is also available at the same site for existing WinZip users.
Along with the new version, WinZip has released an update to the WinZip Command
Line tool. The new version (1.1) may be found at http://www.winzip.com/prodpagecl.htm.
There is also a beta for their WinZip E-Mail Attachment Add-On for Microsoft
Outlook. This add on allows attachments in Outlook to be automatically (or
manually) zipped prior to sending.
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The site has all kinds of helpful articles, registry tips, and lists. Check
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