Welcome to the 307th 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
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"The number of divorces in England and Wales continued to rise in 2003
to reach a total of 153,490, marking the third consecutive year of rising
divorce rates according to the Office of National Statistics (ONS). For the
first time, the internet, and more specifically dating sites and sites that
reunite old friends, are being mooted as factors behind the increase in marriage
'There are of course a number of reasons behind the rise in divorce rates,'
said Christine Northam, a spokesperson with Relate, a counselling firm, 'but
chat rooms and sites which reunite friends make it easier for unhappy husbands
or wives to meet other people and possibly go on to have an affair.'"
"For about $10 million, city officials believe they can turn all 135
square miles of Philadelphia into the world's largest wireless Internet hot
The ambitious plan, now in the works, would involve placing hundreds, or
maybe thousands of small transmitters around the city -- probably atop lampposts.
Each would be capable of communicating with the wireless networking cards
that now come standard with many computers."
"Have we gotten any smarter over the past quarter century, or have
instant access to information and all those wonderful technological advances
made us more confused and far crazier than we were in 1979?
That's the question that scientists, hackers and artists will debate this
week at Ars Electronica, the world's largest festival of technology and art.
This year's theme is "Timeshift -- The World in 25 Years," in honor
of the 25th anniversary of the festival, which will be held Sept. 2-7 in
Linz, Austria. The many exhibitions, symposiums and events are all intended
to identify the ideas that are likely to be the driving forces in art, technology
and society over the next quarter century.
This was taken from the August 12, 2004 issue of the "Windows XP Tips
at TechRepublic.com" newsletter:
"As you probably know, the Windows XP Search Companion provides users with
a lot of bells and whistles designed to make searching for files on hard drives
much easier. But sometimes all of these extra features just get in the way.
If you're longing for Windows 2000's basic search tool, it doesn't have to
be in vain. The basic search tool is still available in Windows XP, and you
can activate it with a quick registry edit.
Follow these steps:
Open the Registry Editor (Regedit.exe).
Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ CurrentVersion\Explorer\CabinetState.
Go to Edit | New | String Value.
Name the new value Use Search Asst.
Double-click the new value, type no in the Value Data text box, and click
Close the Registry Editor, and restart the system.
To switch back to the Search Companion, just go back to the Registry Editor,
and change the Value Data to yes."
Learn the Net
"Learn the Net, a guide to the Internet and World Wide Web: Discover
why Yahoo!Internet Life has twice named Learn the Net one of the 100 best
sites on the Web."
Check it out at http://www.learnthenet.com/
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