Welcome to the 315th 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!
It still seems like a lot of people aren't getting the newsletter for some
reason. Everything seemed correct, so I deleted the original list and recreated
it. Hopefully everyone is reading this now. I don't think many (if any) HotMail
subscribers received the last 2 issues of PCIN. And since only 14 people have
participated in the poll, I can only assume that there are many others who
haven't received them. PCIN gets sent out every Wednesday evening. If you ever
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"Since 1977 the Star Wars saga has been followed by hundreds of millions
of viewers and grossed more than $3 billion.
Now the original trilogy is out on DVD, and the hype for this matched that
of the biggest Hollywood premieres.
Far away from the hype there is a back lot in Burbank, California, where
a lot of the hard work was done.
The 70 MB per frame of film requires an enormous amount of storage, and fortunately
there is an impressive 400 terabytes sitting just down the corridor.
The processing power is quite formidable too. The brains of the facility
are 600 Apple G5s, each a dual processor 2GHz machine.
Blue Screen of Death: Why your computer still crashes
"There's nothing like an untimely computer crash to ruin your day -
or at least ruin your reputation for keeping cool on a deadline. Crashes
can range from moderately frustrating application shutdowns and 'not responding'
pop-ups to the fearsome Blue Screen of Death, which brings your entire PC
to a complete halt. Even my supposedly robust Mac isn't immune to this sort
of fatal system failure. My machine has seized up at least once a week for
the past two years, covering the screen with a transparent panel that says
'You need to restart your computer' in four languages."
"Someone gained unauthorized access to Purdue's computer network, prompting
school officials to urge all students, staff and faculty to change their
'We have confirmed that some computer passwords have been obtained by unauthorized
users accessing a number of computer systems,' said Scott Ksander of Purdue's
information technology office."
"What's one of Steve Ballmer's biggest headaches? It's not Linux or
security breaches. It's piracy, the Microsoft CEO said Wednesday.
'The biggest problem we have right now is that people who should be paying
for software aren't,' Ballmer told an audience of technology executives at
an industry conference here sponsored by market researcher Gartner.
One way to stem piracy is to offer consumers in emerging countries a low-cost
PC, Ballmer said. 'There has to be...a $100 computer to go down-market in
some of these countries. We have to engineer (PCs) to be lighter and cheaper,'
I've seen this mentioned on several different blogs and web sites, but just
in case you missed it, be sure to check out the Google Cheat Sheet. It shows
you all the different searches you can do with various operators (AND, OR,
DEFINE:, SITE:, etc.) and examples for each. http://www.google.com/help/cheatsheet.html
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The only stop for technical information related to the PC computer. You will
find brief descriptions of each technology, technical information, interface
pinouts, signal descriptions and more. We also have a large database with
links to most major manufacturers and other related material."
Check it out at http://www.ctips.com/
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