Welcome to the 448th 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!
As I seem to mention every year, the Victoria
Day and Memorial
Day holiday weekends are the unofficial start of Summer in Niagara Falls
(where I work). The weather looks like it will be good, so I'm sure lots
of people will be around. I'm off this weekend, but will be working next
weekend. This is also the time of year when you can start planting things,
so I'm sure I'll be out working my vegetable garden.
True believers made the pilgrimage to Silicon Valley on May 10, as both
Apple (AAPL) and Google (GOOG) held their annual meetings. The companies'
fervent supporters turned out en masse. It took Google CEO Eric Schmidt a
mere five seconds to get a round of applause as he opened his shareholder
meeting-and all he had to do was mention the lunch Google had served.
Heretics were in the crowd too, however. Some shareholders have become sharply
critical of Google and Apple for practices that have recently become public.
Apple and its CEO, Steve Jobs, have come under fire for the timing of stock
options awards, while Google and Schmidt have taken criticism for the company's
policies regarding censorship in China. Never mind that both CEOs have annual
base salaries of only $1.
The buzz among bloggers and others on the Web was over the rifts that surfaced
at the annual meetings.
Michael Dell never imagined his work would end up in a museum when he was
sitting in his college dorm room in 1984, dreaming of building and selling
his own personal computers.
Now, one of his original computers is going to the Smithsonian Institution's
National Museum of American History.
42-year-old chairman and chief executive of Texas-based Dell Inc. donated
a collection of materials Wednesday to the Smithsonian, including his employee
badge, one of the company's newest computers and a PC Limited computer from
New Internet addresses for general use could start appearing in the summer
of 2008 under a timeline the Internet's key oversight agency announced Thursday.
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers invited public comment
on procedures for creating new names, the first expansion for general use
since 2000. Names added since then have been limited to specific regions
ICANN solicited additional applications in 2004 and has approved six regional
or industry-specific names, such as ".travel" and ".asia," while
rejecting ".xxx" for the adult entertainment industry.
In the back offices of the software firm Mailworkz, programmers are hard
at work developing technology to battle the fraudsters that plague Internet
The invisible enemy is known as "click fraud," where a malicious
competitor or a bogus website operator is clicking on "pay-per-click" advertisements
and listings without any intention to buy or browse, costing the advertisers
money without generating results.
Mailworkz, a small firm with five employees, wrote its first software for
e-mail marketing campaigns more than five years ago, but found its customers
started to ask for monitoring of clicks of the website links they were buying
from search engines like Google, Yahoo and MSN Sympatico.
"People realized they are spending all this money on pay-per-click advertisements
and it looks like I'm getting suspicious activity, and how do I know that legitimate
people are clicking on my ad?" says sales manager Lesley Fegerty...
Similar efforts to carefully monitor the use of Internet advertising are
under way at companies across the country.
Photographing Flowers - Digital Photography Tip of the Week
Today's tip is a simple one, yet effective one.
A bride and groom can be one of the hardest subjects to expose well. The bride
is usually dressed in a very white gown and the groom, a very black tuxedo.
Together it is an exposure nightmare. One trick to helping with this is to
place the bride furthest from the lightsource. Her gown will act as a reflector
and pop a little bit of light back into the groom's tuxedo, thereby helping
with the exposure dilemma.
The digital photography tip of the week is written by
the PCIN Assistant Editor, Chris Empey. Chris is a long time photographer
and is currently the President of the Niagara
Falls Camera Club. You can see more of his photography at his Photo
of the Day website.
If you have a tip to send Chris, or a question about digital photography
he can address in the newsletter, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
There has been a lot of feedback about the new authentication features
introduced in the latest version of the Remote Desktop Connection client.
These features are part of our efforts to improve security for Terminal
Services (TS) in Windows Vista and Windows Server code name "Longhorn",
however some users have run into a variety of problems that have caused
frustration. In order to alleviate some of the frustrations, below is an
FAQ on various symptoms users have run into, along with solutions and workarounds.
I've reviewed several products from Paragon in the past. They just recently
released Hard Disk Manager 8.5.
It is Windows Vista compatible, and allows you to perform various partition
operations (resize, remove, copy, etc) as well as perform backups and restores.
I haven't tried the product, but I've been impressed with their previous
products, so I wanted to pass this information along.
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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