Welcome to the 290th 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!
Thanks for all who wrote in to comfort me and affirm that I'm
not lame. Tracey emailed
me and conceded that I'm not lame, but cute :-) Phew!
Speaking of cute... Lisa keeps getting bigger. We have less than 8 weeks to
go until baby #2 comes along. Andrew is keeping us busy, but we can't wait
for another! The doctor has told us that it is a boy, but you never know. If
you've been a subscriber long enough, you know that I ran a Guessing Game when
Andrew was born where you could guess gender, size and date of arrival. I've
set this up for Baby #2 (to be named Matthew Joseph James Wing if it's a boy,
or Christine Lisa Wing if it's a girl) and you can start guessing at http://wingfamily.ca/lisagraham/baby2/
Given the choice at work between personal use of the Net or a morning cup
of coffee, employees say the coffee can go, according to a survey released
Wednesday by Websense, which makes software designed to let companies control
employee Net access.
The study also looked at security issues such as workers accessing online
hacking tools, surfing Web sites that contain spyware and using instant-messaging
tools that aren't sanctioned by their company. These issues are becoming
more of a problem, as companies fold the Net into the fabric of their operations.
"Students may not find Internet2 to be as hospitable to unauthorized
swapping as it appears. According to Internet2's Greg Wood, the network infrastructure
of many universities would allow them to apply restrictions at a campus level
to Internet2 as well as the commercial Internet.
Confounding efforts to combat campus file swapping, university students have
begun trading copyrighted files using Internet2 , the ultra-fast network
developed by tech companies and universities.
College campuses are the front lines of the recording industry's anti-peer-to-peer
(P2P) crusade, and many schools have placed technical restrictions on student
downloading. However, 'students often find a workaround,' Chris Hoofnagle,
deputy counsel for the Electronic Privacy Information Center, told NewsFactor.
And Internet2, known as i2hub, may prove to be that work around."
"With its popularity growing among online shoppers, online payment
play PayPal is positioning itself as the "fifth credit card" for
online transactions as it rolls out its latest beta.
The e-commerce transaction company has released three application program
interfaces (define) that developers can use in order to plug PayPal into
e-commerce sites, and help sites deploy Web services.
As a result of the latest beta releases, online customers paying for online
purchases by Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover credit cards
might in the future be paying for their purchases using the San Jose, Calif.,
company's service -- even though it's not a bank."
I saw this in the 2004-05-03 issue
of LanagaList: http://www.deepburner.com/
"DeepBurner - Powerful CD and DVD Burning Package Absolutely for FREE
DeepBurner is a powerful CD and DVD burning package that utilizes power and
efficiency. It takes away the hassle of making CDs, DVDs, autoruns, creating
and printing labels and booklets. The program supports a very wide range
of internal and external (USB 2.0 and FireWire) CD and DVD writers. Burn
audio, data and ISO CDs and DVDs with just one FREE program called DeepBurner."
Monitor the Event Logs
Windows 9x-based operating systems didn't have a very good way to log system
events. These sorts of events range from hardware problems, to services loaded
and unloaded; from security events to system uptime. Windows NT, 2000, and
XP all have several different logs, and can be used by starting the Event
Viewer. In Windows 2000 and XP this tool can be found at Start - Settings
- Control Panel - Administrative Tools - Event Viewer. Here are some helpful
sites that explain what the Event Viewer is and what some of the information
means: Diagnose System Problems with Event Viewer in Microsoft Windows 2000 http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=302542
Accessing the the Windows Event Viewer Application Log http://www.rsinc.com/services/techtip.asp?ttid=3469
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and Chris Empey accept no responsibility for the results obtained from trying
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