Welcome to the 295th 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!
"According to new research into chemical residue found in the dust
collecting on computers and other electronics devices, the PC that you're
using to read this story could pose a long-term threat to your health."
Here's good news for surfers stressing over spyware that surreptitiously
slips onto their PCs to track their whereabouts and serve up advertising:
A legal noose is starting to tighten around its purveyors.
Utah has made installing programs on a PC without the user's approval a $10,000
offense. California, Iowa, and New York are considering similar laws, and
Congress is weighing federal legislation.
'Using underhanded tactics, these companies are not only invading your privacy
but hurting legitimate online companies,' says Utah state representative
Steve Urquhart, sponsor of that state's Spyware Control Act."
"Domain name buying is back in fashion once again--with registrations
reaching levels last seen in 2000.
While domain name carpetbagging became a sport during the dot-com boom, as
entrepreneurs snapped up URLs they hoped to sell for thousands of dollars,
today's buyers are generally legitimate and simply want a Web address in
order to publish a Web site.
More than 4.7 million new registrants joined the list of owners in the first
three months of this year--an all-time high, according to VeriSign's latest
domain name report."
"The notion that ideas can be protected, like land or gold, from bandits
predates Gutenberg's printing press. But only in the digital age has the
concept of intellectual property set off an international free-for-all.On
the one side are the intellectual property holders, predominantly citizens
of Western nations. They're squaring off against IP outlaws, who tend to
live in developing countries. The propertied class loudly asserts its ownership
and control. The insurgents cry for openness and exploit technological loopholes
"Comcast's high-speed Internet subscribers have long been rumored to
be an unusually persistent source of junk e-mail.
Now someone from Comcast is confirming it. 'We're the biggest spammer on
the Internet,' network engineer Sean Lutner said at a meeting of an antispam
working group in Washington, D.C., last week.
Lutner said Comcast users send out about 800 million messages a day, but
a mere 100 million flow through the company's official servers. Almost all
of the remaining 700 million represent spam erupting from so-called zombie
computers--a breathtaking figure that adds up to six or seven spam-o-grams
for each American family every day."
Google is the number one search engine on the Internet, and many people
make a lot of money consulting to firms on how to rank higher in the Google
listings. This Google Blog provides an insight into the people working at
Google, and their thoughts on Google and some of it's products.
Recently the guy who makes the Google logo changes on special occasions (Google
Doodles) posted some comments. You can view the Google Doodles Post at http://www.google.com/googleblog/2004/06/oodles-of-doodles.html
View the Google Site Feed at http://www.google.com/googleblog/atom.xml
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
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