Welcome to the 354th 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!
In the 7 years I've been doing this, I've never missed 2 weeks in a row of
not sending out the newsletter. 2 weeks ago I took the day off work and was
NY with a youth group from church,
and then last Monday a good friend of mine passed
away after a workplace accident and I was involved in getting the funeral
arrangements ready. Everything went well, and we move on as best we can.
Today is Andrew's 3rd birthday. It's funny looking back at the original pictures
in Issue 198 after he was born. He growing up fast! This past Saturday
we had a big family birthday party for him. Lisa made a Woody cake (he's a
big fan of Toy Story) and got lot's of presents. You can see all the pictures
in the family
The typical office worker is interrupted every three minutes by a phone
call, e-mail, instant message or other distraction. The problem is that it
takes about eight uninterrupted minutes for our brains to get into a really
The result, says Carl Honore, journalist and author of "In Praise of
Slowness," is a situation where the digital communications that were
supposed to make working lives run more smoothly are actually preventing
people from getting critical tasks accomplished.
People who illegally share music files online are also big spenders on legal
music downloads, research suggests.
Digital music research firm The Leading Question found that they spent four
and a half times more on paid-for music downloads than average fans.
Rather than taking legal action against downloaders, the music industry needs
to entice them to use legal alternatives, the report said.
J.D. Lasica used to visit 20 to 30 Web sites for his daily fix of news.
Now, he's down to three - yet he consumes more news online than ever. Lasica
is among a growing breed of information consumers who use the latest Internet
technologies to completely bypass the home pages of news sites and jump directly
to articles that interest them.
He can scan some 200 Web journals and traditional news sites - all without
actually going out and visiting them.
On a hot summer weekend in India's technology capital, 28,000 young graduates
converge on a suburban indoor stadium and create a stampede for jobs in the
exploding software and business service industries.
A large board advertising Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp. falls to the
floor with a thud, jostled by a crowd of graduates clutching their resumes
in search of a big break with the Nasdaq-listed company.
Cognizant was among 24 companies taking part in a job fair organized by The
Hindu newspaper last month. About 100 of its executives sifted through resumes,
interviewing candidates for quick selection and offering jobs to 150 people.
" It is like speed dating," said Gautam Sinha, managing director of
recruitment firm TVA Infotech.
How can I retrieve my Windows 2000/XP/2003 or Office 2000/XP CD Key?
Sometimes you might need to retrieve the CD Key used to install Windows
in order to find out if it's legally purchased, or just for safe keeping.
I usually find myself in that position whenever I'm at a client's location,
trying to see if the copy of Windows 2000 he's using is indeed legally
Luckily for us, some programs exist that can help you do just that - retrieve
license information from the registry, and allow you to copy it for safekeeping
or for documentation purposes.
Getting files to other people when email just isn't an option
Subscriber AGD sent me this:
a pretty useful site for getting files to other people when email just
isn't an option. It's free and requires no registration. The use that
comes to mind is when you want to send one or more people from a chatroom
a file but do not wish to share your email or web address. The test file
I sent over a month ago is still there (http://mytemp.philsworld.de/9229/text.txt,
just contains "test").
I haven't tried it myself, but if you have a need for something like this,
then check it out.
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Wing and Chris Empey accept no responsibility for the results obtained from
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