Welcome to the 326th 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!
"They might be one of the most timeless items of fashion, but finding
a pair of jeans that best suits an individual's body shape can be a shopping
Now, thanks to Bodymetrics, a state-of-the-art body mapping system that,
in theory, allows designers to create perfect fitting clothes, things could
be about to change."
"Police do not need a search warrant to examine an employee's computer
for incriminating files, a Washington state appeals court has ruled.
All that is necessary is the permission of the business that owns the computer,
the appeals court said in a 3-0 decision last week."
"Apple Computer Inc. on Tuesday moved to make its products more affordable
for the masses, unveiling its cheapest Macintosh computer ever and a version
of its iPod digital music player for under $100.
Apple co-founder and Chief Executive Steve Jobs, announcing the new products
at the Macworld show in San Francisco, also said Apple had sold 4.5 million
units of the various models of its blockbuster iPod in the 2004 holiday quarter."
This site was mentioned in one of the blogs I subscribe to, Unofficial
Microsoft Office Stuff. There are a collection of guides for different
operating systems. Most useful are the Services guide's, with explanation
on what each service does and whether it is safe to turn it off or not.
Check it out at http://www.blackviper.com/
Accidental IT: Spyware, Spyware Everywhere
Co-worker and subscriber Pat Clary sent us this link:
"Every day in your workplace, the curses get louder. Unwanted pop-up ads,
slow computers, PCs that crash all the time. Despite the network firewall and
the anti-virus software installed on the server and every computer, your office
is infested with spyware.
You've read the news stories. You know that spyware is not only annoying,
it's dangerous. It's certainly affecting productivity, and it could also
be recording the keystrokes of everyone in your office right now, discovering
logins, passwords, company secrets. Long story short, you need to get rid
of it. Now."
Check it out at http://www.smallbizpipeline.com/howto/56900502
Check directory size information with Diruse
This comes courtesy of the TechRepublic
Windows XP Tips newsletter:
If the vast amount of available space on your hard disk is dwindling, you're
probably wondering where all that space has gone. To figure that out, you
may open Windows Explorer and look for the folder or folders that are using
up all the hard disk space. Or, you can save some time by right-clicking
each folder, selecting Properties, and checking the Size report on the General
However, an even better way to gather the information you want is to use
the Windows Support Tools' Diruse command line tool. In its basic syntax,
the Diruse command displays the number of files in each folder and the total
size of the folder in bytes in a nice tabular format. By using the optional
parameters, you can configure the Diruse command to focus on specific folders
and report folder size in kilobytes or in megabytes. Other parameters will
even allow you to flag folders that exceed a size that you specify.
To use the Diruse command line tool, you'll need to download
and install Windows XP Service Pack 2 Support Tools (this assumes that
you've installed SP2).
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