Welcome to the 318th 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!
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We don't go bowling very often (once or twice a year), but for some reason
Andrew is obsessed with bowling. In Canada we have 5-pin
bowling which is with a much smaller ball and there are only 5 pins. He
was able to do all this himself and had a great time. You can see the pictures
"Bill Gates has made .Net the way into Microsoft - literally. Smart
cards from Axalto have been commissioned as ID passes for all employees around
the world, and the cards will be used to gain access to the buildings, as
well as to get into software.
'The move towards smart cards is the way forward,' said Gates in his keynote
at IT Forum, in Copenhagen this morning. 'The idea is to have a smart card
that connects up in the best way - a .Net based smart card.'
Microsoft partner Axalto 'has done a super job on this', said Gates. 'We
will be using their smartcards internally - each employee will use those
to get in and out of the buildings as we used to connect to our machines.
We're requring them. We will completely replace passwords.'"
"As one of the world's most prolific spammers, Jeremy Jaynes pumped
out at least 10 million e-mails a day with the help of 16 high-speed lines,
the kind of Internet capacity a 1,000-employee company would need.
Jaynes' business was remarkably lucrative; prosecutors say he grossed up
to $750,000 per month. If you have an e-mail account, chances are Jaynes
tried to get your attention, pitching software, pornography and work-at-home
The eight-day trial that ended in his conviction this month shed light on
the operations of a 30-year-old former purveyor of physical junk mail who
worked with minimal assistance out of a nondescript house in Raleigh, N.C."
"Dean Kamen designed his Segway transporter to serve as a cheap, clean
and flexible form of urban transit, not as a platform for traversing national
parks and encountering wildlife.
But that hasn't stopped former vacuum cleaner salesman Josh Caldwell, 27,
who has put the Segway to perhaps its most grueling test yet by piloting
the scooter across the length of the United States."
I don't spend much time at all using Instant Messaging, but I have a few
friends on a few different networks. I have tried Trillian , but since they started
charging, I have no interest in the software. IM2 is
a similiar program to Trillian, but this one is free. Also, it appears to
have a better user interface. I will see how well it works when those few
friends eventually sign on.
"Simply the Best Freeware, Shareware, Affiliate programs, Free fonts,
Sounds, Hosting." http://simplythebest.net/
This isn't a fancy site, but they've got lots of interesting links and downloads.
There are games, sounds, articles and more. I found the site because I was
looking for cell phone ringtones, and they have midi files at http://simplythebest.net/sounds/
By the way... if you are interested in some fun ringtones based on arcade
games, check out http://arcadetones.emuunlim.com/
Creating Strong Passwords
Bill Gates might think that passwords or dead (see the headline above),
but it will still be years before alphanumeric passwords are extinct. You
probably use them on web sites, at work, at an ATM, etc. Some passwords (like
at an ATM) can only be a mixture of numbers 0-9, but if you are able to create
a more complex password, here are a few tips for you. I've been using some
software to "crack" some passwords (I assure this is legitimate)
and I've learned some things:
The longer the better. Have at least 8 characters. 10-12 is better
Have a mixture of letters (a-z, A-Z), numbers (0-9) and symbols (!,@,#,$,%,^,
Do not use a word that can be found in the dictionary
Do not use your first name, last name, or username
Start the password with a symbol
Although a software cracking tool won't account for this, do not use
data that will identify you (make of your car, street name, pet's name,
Change your password often
This may be make it so that the passwords are difficult to remember, but
the added security is worth the extra effort. You can still create passwords
that you will be able to remember and have them match the criteria I mention
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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