Welcome to the 446th issue of the PC Improvement News. PCIN consists mainly
of news highlights 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!
A couple of random comments for today... Andrew was off school today for a
P.A. Day. It's weird that it was in the middle of the week... I cut the lawn
for the first time this year today. It looks great... I saw a porsche SUV today.
I didn't know they had such a thing.
Chris has been under the weather fighting the bug that's been going around,
so he didn't get around to doing a tip this week. Hopefully you feel better
Google has knocked Microsoft off the top spot and been named the most powerful
global brand of 2007 in a recently published brand ranking.
It's the second year in a row a tech brand has beaten household names such
as Coca-Cola, Marlboro and Toyota.
In the ranking, which factored in financial performance and consumer sentiment,
Google ranked first with a brand value of more than $66 billion, nearly double
its value in the 2006 ranking, according to market researcher Millward Brown
Thirteen-year-old Morgan Pozgar, of Claysburg, Pennsylvania, was crowned
LG National Texting champion on Saturday after she typed "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" from "Mary
Poppins" in 15 seconds.
"I'm going to go shopping and buy lots of clothes," the teen said after
winning her $25,000 prize from the electronics company LG.
Morgan defeated nearly 200 other competitors at the Roseland Ballroom in
Manhattan to become East Coast champion and then beat West Coast champion
Eli Tirosh, 21, of Los Angeles, California.
She estimated that she sends more than 8,000 text messages a month to her
friends and family.
A survey of 1,500 UK office workers by market research firm Tickbox.net,
on behalf of ergonomic monitor firm ViewSonic, shows a link between poor
ergonomics knowledge and ailments such as headaches, eye fatigue and backache.
The study reveals that 46% of office workers spend six or more hours in front
of their computer screens each day, and 51% of these are not scheduling appropriate
breaks according to ergonomic guidelines.
Around three-quarters of respondents said they suffered from headaches (67%),
eye fatigue (77%) and backache (71%).
The Internet superhighway has broken another speed limit -- twice in as
many days. The Internet2 Consortium announced Tuesday that an international
team led by the University of Tokyo transmitted data at speeds of 7.67 Gbps
late last year, and then at 9.08 Gbps the very next day.
The first record-breaking transmission took place on December 30. The 20,000-mile
roundtrip path, using standard TCP, began and ended in the NTT building in
Tokyo. The second one took place the next day, on New Year's Eve, over the
same path but using modified TCP.
The path crossed six international networks, and covered 75 percent of the
This site is a fabulous resource
for free fonts. There are 5 pages with samples of fonts. To download the
font, you just click on the sample and a ZIP file will download. The site
explains how they determine which fonts are "tops":
Top 500 is calculated based
on download counts from some of the web's biggest free font archives.
My wife loves changing fonts when she is typing something up. I'd better
not show her this site! :-)
I found this a while ago through a
link from Pirillo's Picks. Undelete
Plus is a free utility that tries to recover previously deleted files.
I tried it out for the first time today on my 1 GB USB drive. It took about
5 minutes to scan the drive. It scanned what it said were 550,000 files
and then an error came up saying that it was out of memory. I then applied
a filter to the search and tried again with the same results. I then tried
it on my C: drive (a local rather than removable drive), and had the same
I'm not sure why I couldn't run the software, but after searching for more
information on Undelete Plus,
it appears that many people have used it successfully. Give it a try...
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and Chris Empey accept no responsibility for the results obtained from trying
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