Welcome to the 305th 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!
Well, I'm back! Actually, I've been back since Saturday. We left Wednesday
after I got home from work. We were up at the cottage by 6:30 in the evening
and left Saturday morning at about 11:00. It rained one afternoon, and the
weather wasn't super hot (we didn't go swimming), but other than that the days
were beautiful and we had a great time. I'll have pictures up for you to see
by next week.
Chris has finished a review for Newsgator 2.0 by Newsgator Technologies. This
is one of the most popular RSS feed readers. You can read about it in the Tips
and Other Stuff section.
"With the goal of building brand loyalty in the increasingly competitive
search business, search engines are practicing an old parlor trick: mind
Expanding on the spirit of Google's 'I'm feeling lucky' button, search engines
are giving users answers to questions directly rather than sending them out
to search on the Web.
These 'shortcuts' or 'programmed searches,' as they are known, are a way
for search engines to choose what information users see first when they search
for certain subjects, such as movie show times, celebrities, or stock quotes."
Men Are Pigs, According To Password Security Researchers
"An academic study of computer password security demonstrates what
women have always known: Men are pigs.
In addition to finding that men are drooling savages, the study also found
possible security weaknesses with schemes to use sequences of images as passwords."
"This isn't your typical, humdrum, slate-colored
computer. Not only is the PC known as the hip-e almost all white, but its
screen and keyboard are framed in fuzzy pink fur. Or a leopard skin design.
Or a graffiti-themed pattern.
Sure, it's outlandish, but you won't see the hip-e in an office cubicle.
The creators of the $1,699 hip-e claim it's the first PC specifically for
Of course, teens are infamously fickle, and today's media-savvy kids are
skilled at sniffing out and rejecting things that seem contrived. Today's
teens also grew up with computers and have sophisticated demands for them."
"Unless you're extremely gullible, the promise of getting a free iPod
from FreeiPods.com looks extremely dubious.
But surprisingly, the site appears to be legitimate. The program almost certainly
isn't a dodgy pyramid scheme; it's a new form of online marketing supported
by companies like eBay, AOL and Columbia House.
And while lots of happy customers are popping up all over the internet brandishing
new iPods, analysts are skeptical of the economics."
Newsgator 2.0 by Newsgator Technologies Software Review
Newsgator 2.0 is one of the finest RSS aggregators available. It's tight
integration with Microsoft Outlook provides an easy, familiar and stable
interface to reading RSS and Atom news feeds. The Newsgator Online Services
provide many additional enhancements that will be very useful for some people.
Synchronizing feeds between machines, and having access to your feeds anywhere
you have access to the Internet are both valuable features.
Read the full review at http://PCIN.net/help/software/newsgator2.php
Using the Google Search bar to search a web page
I often want to look for certain terms in a web page. To quickly find all
occurrences of the word or phrase I am looking for, I use the Google Search
bar. Any terms entered in the Google show up on the IE toolbar and can be
searched for by clicking the words with your mouse.
Tech Time: 50 Coolest Websites
"First, a caveat. This is not a directory of the 50 greatest websites
ever. Rather, it's a tally of the best sites that launched - or piqued our
interest in some way - since last year's list. Think of it as our round-up
of 50 nifty links we think you should check out. So get clicking!"
Check it out at http://www.time.com/time/techtime/200406/
Verify Links in Outlook prior to following them
Spammers often hide true URL's in links to make them appear to be a legitimate
link (i.e. what appears to be http://www.pcin.net may point to http://3220.127.116.11/aa%20?88sjejs/)
In Outlook 2000, hovering over a link in an email will provide the real URL
the link will follow in the status bar. In Outlook 2003, hovering over a
link will show the URL in a popup. In Outlook XP (2002), that functionality
appears to be missing. Of course the safest way to ensure you are not facing
a hidden link is to type in the URL in your address bar manually.
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