Welcome to the 304th 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!
As Graham mentioned last week, I am writing this weeks newsletter. After 2
1/2 years, I think it is about time that I finally introduced myself. I've
been assisting Graham with the the newsletter and the site since February
2002, and contributed to the newsletter as far back as five years ago (to
the day) when I sent out the newsletter for Graham while he was on vacation
for Issue 44. One
of my many passions is photography, and many of my images, good and bad, can
be seen in my gallery.
In the meantime, both Graham and I are working on reviews for some exciting
products that will be featured in in the coming weeks.
Any investor intent on Google might do well to remember Gump.
When the makers of the 1994 movie "Forrest Gump" sought a plot device that
would render its main character fabulously rich, they cast him as an early
investor in what Forrest Gump described as "some kind of fruit company":
Apple Computer. By dumb luck, the movie suggested, its guileless hero had
amassed so many millions that he could finance a Gump Medical Center, build
a Baptist church and allow the family of his fallen friend Bubba to live
More people use broadband to connect to the Internet in Canada than in most
other countries, but for many, there is no choice but dial-up, a new report
In 2001, notes the TNS Canadian Facts' continuous tracking of Canadian Internet
usage, released Monday, approximately half of all households accessed the
Internet via dial-up modems; today, one in three do.
"When an average computer user thinks of databases, they probably think
of a Microsoft product, in particular Microsoft Access. But long before Microsoft
Access was dBase. It was the standard for flat-file databases, and is still
in use today. WhiteTown Software has created a powerful utility, CDBF for
Windows, that allows you to edit DBF files."
Check out the full review at http://PCIN.net/help/software/cdbf.php
Time Magazine's 50 Coolest Websites
Greatest Website Lists have been produced by just about every major magazine.
This latest one from Time Magazine has broken the list up into five categories;
News and Information, Lifestyle and Culture, Communities, Tools and Essentials
and finally Just for Fun.
Check it out at http://www.time.com/time/techtime/200406/list.html?promoid=rss_me
Recommendation for Opera by a PCIN subscriber
Subscriber R R has sent us the following web browser recommendation
I'd like to point you in the direction of Opera. It has all of Firefoxs features
plus more. Skins and toolbars galore, tabbed browsing, pop-up blocking,easily
tweaked by anyone capable of opening Notepad or Vim. I've used Opera for
the last 3 years, on *nix, windows and Mac boxes. I've also used Firefox
for the last year. After making an honest effort with Firefox I'll stay
with Opera. Trouble with extensions and upgrades make Firefox just to unstable
for me to use it. When I am online I have better things to do with my time
than search through forums for answers on why my browser is borked again.
The only problem with Opera I have is web sites that are not written to
WCC standards may not display correctly. I've also had this happen with
Mozilla, Firefox, Konquerer and Avant though. Opera isn't free. After 2
months of use I bought it, but even with the ad version it's still an awesome
bit of Software.
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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