Welcome to the 301st 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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"Criminal background checks aren't just for Little League coaches and
church volunteers any more. Now they are another way to vet prospective online
Earlier this year, online dating upstart True.com announced it would use
technology to protect members from flirting with felons. New members must
submit to criminal background checks, and if they fail the test, they're
out. The site also plans to add systematic screening for marital status soon.
'I wanted to provide a wholesome environment for courtship,' says CEO Herb
Vest, who actually met his wife on a blind date. 'There are a lot of predators
in this world. The first thing to do is to screen out people who are married
"Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates plans to give himself a $3 billion bonus.
But unlike many top executives in Corporate America, the world's richest
man doesn't plan to keep a penny of it.
As part of a plan announced Tuesday to distribute $75 billion to shareholders
during the next four years, stockholders will receive a one-time dividend
of $3 per share. As the company's largest
stockholder, with 1.1 billion shares, Gates stands to earn about $3 billion.
Gates said Tuesday that he plans to donate the windfall to the Bill & Melinda
Gates Foundation, which works to expand access to technology through public
libraries and to help fight diseases around the world. The foundation estimates
its endowment at $27 billion."
Open-source software running the Internet under the radar
"It powers more than 70 percent of all Web servers and routes much
of the world's e-mail traffic. It makes surfing the Internet simple and provides
the muscle behind Google Inc.'s search engine and countless e-commerce sites.
It's open-source software, a wide spectrum of programs developed not under
the lock and key of a single company but by the communal efforts of volunteers
who often start with little more than common interests and e-mail discussion
"Lindows Inc. settled a trademark infringement case with Microsoft
Corp., maker of Windows software, and set terms for a $48 million public
offering on Monday, the company said.
The San Diego, California-based software company, which develops a version
of the Linux operating system for consumers, had been planning to go public
over the last few months, even as the dispute over whether its name and products
were too similar to Microsoft's 'Windows' tied up senior management.
'We are pleased to resolve this litigation on terms that make business sense
for all parties,' Michael Robertson, chief executive of Lindows, said in
Although Microsoft originally sued Lindows, it will pay the smaller company
$20 million as part of the settlement, according to the settlement agreement
filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission."
Protect Your Computer From Internet Explorer Vulnerabilities
Subscriber and co-worker Pat Clary sent me this: http://www.smallbizpipeline.com/news/23900886
"Over the past few weeks more Internet Explorer vulnerabilities have come
to light. Bob Matsuoka, President and founder of Runtime Technologies, offers
some detailed advice."
Windows XP A to Z
"Windows XP A to Z - Tips, Tweaks, Articles, Downloads, Wallpapers,
Visual Styles and Software Reviews for Microsoft Windows XP
Welcome to WindowsXPAtoZ.com! Here you will find tips and tweaks to improve
and customize Microsoft Windows XP."
Check it out at http://www.windowsxpatoz.com/
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