Welcome to the 309th 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!
Graham is busy today, so I am sending out the newsletter again.
We had an excellent time in London. We had great weather, met a lot of nice
people and had no problems with anything. I have posted a few more of my 850
photos I shot while I was there. You can view them at http://gallery.chrisempey.com/categories.php?cat_id=27.
I will post more over the coming days.
"Winding your way beneath the stands of Louis
Armstrong Stadium at the U.S. Tennis Association's National Tennis Center,
you'll eventually come to a fluorescent-lit room dubbed "mission control" by IBM
staff. Inside the sparsely decorated and, thankfully, air-conditioned room sits
a bank of more than 35 IBM ThinkPads, flat-screen TVs, Blade servers and a dozen
technicians. These are the guts of a tech operation that handles everything,
including scoring, recording serve speeds, monitoring webcams and running the
site that tracks the most important two weeks in U.S. tennis: the U.S. Open
championship at Flushing Meadows in Queens, New York.
Like the penny, the floppy drive is hardly worth the trouble, computer
"Open-source browsers Mozilla and Firefox have won over a significant number of defectors from Microsoft's
Internet Explorer in the past nine months, Web site metrics suggest.
The gains for Firefox, which was released in a version 1.0 preview on Tuesday, and for Mozilla are most noticeable
at Web sites popular by geek-chic early adopters. For example, W3Schools.com, a Web development tutorial site found
that Mozilla-based browsers were used by 18 percent of its visitors in September, up from 8 percent in January.
Internet Explorer use dropped to 75 percent from 84 percent in the same period"
"The U.S. information tech sector lost 403,300 jobs between March 2001 and this past April, and the market for
tech workers remains bleak, according to a new report.
Perhaps more surprising, just over half of those jobs -- 206,300 -- were lost after experts declared the recession over
in November 2001, say the researchers from the University of Illinois-Chicago.
"Quite a while ago we reviewed Email Saver Xe
1.6, a utility to help users backup their email data. At that time was program
was by Amic Games, but it is now offered by WinGuides Software. You may
recognize WinGuides from their excellent site that has hundreds of registry
tweaks. Email Saver Xe will allow you to back up your email data and settings
from many email programs such as Microsoft Outlook (97, 98, 2000, XP), Outlook
Express (5, 6), Eudora (5, 6), Netscape Messenger (6, 7) and Opera (6,
7). Email is a critical form of communication. If you've ever lost an
important email, you know how frustrating it can be. If you don't have any
utilities to help you backup your email data, then Email Saver Xe 2.0 is a
valuable tool to own."
Check out the full review at http://pcin.net/help/software/emailsaverxe2.php
Free IT "Courses"
"Try our free
Computer Engineering courses. Download as many as you wish, pass them on or even
upload them to your own website." We haven't tried these ourselves, but the
site has several free tutorials such as Windows Share Security, Windows XP
Installation, Windows XP System Restore , and PC Assembly
it out at http://www.bteccomputerengineering.co.uk/Freecourses.htm
received an email from Uniblue Systems (the makers of WinTasks, WinBackup,
etc): "We have now released a new site that I think your visitors will find
very interesting and useful. ProcessLibrary.com is a free service site that
provides the user with detailed information about every common process. In
the recesses of most computers, 20-30 invisible processes run silently in the
background. To know what every process is doing is the best way to ensure that
the system is clean from adwares, spyware, viruses, trojans and other unwanted
processes. We have spent a lot of resources for completing this free site
over the last six months and intend to update the process library weekly to make
sure that every new process gets listed."
it out at http://www.processlibrary.com/
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the Editor, Graham Wing and the Assistant Editor, Chris Empey. Graham Wing
and Chris Empey accept no responsibility for the results obtained from trying
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