Welcome to the 306th 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!
Last week one of the news pieces mentioned the free iPod site. Holly emailed
me to let me know the following:
I thought I would make you aware of what happened when I tried signing up
for the free IPod offer after reading about it in your newsletter. For starters,
after registering, when I tried to click on links to access the required
offer signup trials, none of the links will work. And within 2 minutes of
registering with FreeIPods.com the spam starting coming and hasn't stopped
since!!! And some of it, instead of appearing to be from legit businesses,
comes with the "from" line having names like Amanda or John which
is very hard to filter because of contacts having the same names. I know
it is my own fault for signing up for something so suspicious, but I thought
I would let you know so you can make readers aware of the spam attached to
this site if you sign on. As they say-"nothing's for free".
"The software giant has seen its products banned in some of the biggest
markets on earth--and it's all because of eight wrongly colored pixels, a
dodgy choice of music and a bad English-to-Spanish dictionary.
Speaking at the International Geographical Union congress in Glasgow on Wednesday,
Microsoft's top man in its geopolitical strategy team, Tom Edwards, revealed
how one of the biggest companies in the world managed to offend one of the
biggest countries in the world with a software slip-up.
When coloring in 800,000 pixels on a map of India, Microsoft colored eight
of them a different shade of green to represent the disputed Kashmiri territory.
The difference in greens meant Kashmir was shown as non-Indian, and the product
was promptly banned in India. Microsoft was left to recall all 200,000 copies
of the offending Windows 95 operating system software to try and heal the
diplomatic wounds. 'It cost millions,' Edwards said."
"Internationally acclaimed violinist and conductor Pinchas Zukerman
doesn't let a little thing like a few thousand miles stand in the way of
reaching his students.
Using high-definition videoconferencing technology available through the
Internet2 network, he can give individual instruction to students half a
world away with CD-quality sound and DVD-like images.
Zukerman accesses the network as part of a program at the Manhattan School
of Music. The school, an affiliate member of Internet2 through a relationship
with Columbia University, has been using the network to do videoconferencing
"Marina Popoey lives on the north coast of Upolu in Samoa and weaves
mats for a living.
She is waiting for an internet connection to come to her village so that
she can more easily contact her family in Australia and New Zealand.
They organise the sale of her handicrafts in overseas markets.
'At the moment a letter takes two weeks,' she says. 'With e-mail it's instant.'
Marina's wish might now be granted as Samoa has recently become one of the
first island nations in the Pacific to adopt a national strategy for information
and communications technology (ICT)."
Microsoft Windows XP SP2 was finally released a couple of weeks ago, and
Microsoft has been staggering the release of it so as to not overwhelm their
servers. They have finally setup a page where you can order the CD for free
(the shipping is even free). Even if you have a high-speed Internet connection,
it would be a good idea to order the CD as this update is very large and
Updated Excel Utilities
I recently received an email from Prasanta Das Gupta who is the programmer
of some utilities I mentioned in a previous
"PCIN had put my website details in March04 or so. I would like to inform
that I have put my newer version of powerutils ie version 1.8 with 24 more utils
ie 78. This is an Addin for MS Excel. Can you please inform your respected users." http://www.powerutilsnet.com/
Outlook Search Add-in
Microsoft recently purchased Lookout,
an Outlook plug-in that provides extensive search capabilities for not only
Outlook, but your local file system as well. Lookout can be download free
of charge from http://www.lookoutsoft.com
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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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