Welcome to the 302nd 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!
Chris still has 2 GMail invitations.
Send us tips, a software recommendation, a helpful web site, or anything that
you think other PCIN subscribers would find useful and we'll send you a GMail
invitation. Subscriber and co-worker Pat Clary also thought people might want
to check out http://gmail-is-too-creepy.com/ I've
been using GMail quite a bit over the last couple of months, and I don't think
it's creepy, but you can decide for yourself.
"The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has given
the green light to a project that will build the largest ever supercomputer
based on Silicon Graphics Inc.'s (SGI) 512-processor Altix computers.
Called Project Columbia, the 10,240-processor system will be used by researchers
at the Advanced Supercomputing Facility at NASA's Ames Research Center in
Moffett Field, California.
Scientists will use Columbia to design equipment, simulate future space missions
and model weather patterns. A portion of the $160 million system will also
be made available to other government agencies and educational facilities,
said Bill Thigpen, manager of Project Columbia. 'We need to look at working
with other agencies to provide them with access to this system because it
is a unique system,' he said."
"Major Internet search engines were crippled Monday morning by a variant
of the MyDoom worm, rendering Google inaccessible to many users and slowing
results from Yahoo.
The attack also affected smaller engines, including Yahoo's AltaVista and
Google representatives confirmed that the MyDoom worm affected performance
of the search engine. Despite numerous e-mail complaints received by CNET
News.com that Google's search engine was down for hours, the company down
played the impact of the worm and said it had been not widely affected by
"A new Web log is posting what it purports are pictures, documents
and letters from U.S. soldiers and military bases in Iraq and elsewhere--all
of which the site's operator claims to have downloaded from peer-to-peer
networks such as Gnutella.
The 'See What You Share' site has been online for a week and has published
photos ranging from a crashed military jet to a screenshot of a spreadsheet
file that appears to include names, addresses and telephone numbers of marines.
The site's operator, a 30-year-old named Rick Wallace, wrote in a blog posting
that he is trying to help the military understand how serious a security
risk unmonitored peer-to-peer file sharing can be."
Many people are aware of the numerous ways MS Word allows you to format
your text. There are easy ways to copy those formats within your document.
The first is the format painter which we featured in a previous newsletter
The second is to use word Styles. There are many built in Styles, all can
be modified to suit your taste with any option available for formatting including
font and paragraph formatting. To access the styles manager, click on Format
from the menu, and choose Style (or in Office 2003, Format, then Styles and
Formatting). You can now make adjustments to your styles that can be applied
throughout your document. This is a nice way to keep your formatting consistent.
One of Marian Baade's favorite FREE utilities
"EMAIL STRIPPER! http://www.papercut.biz/emailStripper.htm
Teach your email buddies to use this to strip out all that junk before they
forward messages to you."
From the site:
" emailStripper is a free program for cleaning the '>' and other formatting
characters out of your emails. It will restore 'forwarded' or 'replied' emails
back to their original state so they're easier to read."
Software Recommended by Larry Leach
"Here is a neat, small software that I use quite a bit. It is called
'chainsaw' and it is freeware. The URL is: http://www.schmeusser.siw.de/software/chainsaw.html
I can't tell you the number of times I have a file that is just a little
too big for a floppy."
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