Welcome to the 320th 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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one. We'll have everything fixed soon. The reason why it is taking so long
is that I only send the newsletter out once a week. So as I fix a problem,
I have to wait until the next mailing to see what else there is to fix. We
appreciate your patience.
I can't believe December is here already! Christmas is
only 24 days away.
I've added some more pictures to the Wing Family web site. You can see some
new pictures of Matthew and Andrew.
Canadian Inventor Lets Everyone Be an Armchair Spy
"New Internet-based technology could soon turn regular computer users
into armchair spies, a Canadian inventor said on Monday.
Vincent Tao, an engineer at Toronto's York University said he has invented
a mapping and surveillance tool called SAME (see anywhere, map anywhere),
that produces images so sharp that geographic co-ordinates typed into a Web
site can reveal the make of a car parked on the street."
"Sony unveiled its first MP3-compatible, hard-disk Walkman music player
on Tuesday in an attempt to recover ground lost to Apple Computer's iPod.
The world's biggest consumer electronics maker aims to reclaim the market
for portable and personal music devices, which it helped to launch 25 years
ago with its first Walkman."
"A group of researchers have found a way to quickly transfer huge amounts
of data over computer networks, paving the way for greater global scientific
cooperation and future commercial uses.
By shuttling data at a sustained rate of 101 gigabits--the equivalent of
three DVD movies--per second between Pittsburgh and Los Angeles, the so-called
High Energy Physics team shattered a record for data transfer and won the
Supercomputing Bandwidth Challenge, a contest geared toward improving network
connection speed for grid computing."
"The Chinese government is blocking one of Google's (Quote, Chart)
more popular sites, the company confirmed Tuesday.
Debbie Frost, a Google spokesperson, told internetnews.com that the company
has been fielding reports of outages of the main Google News site from the
region for a couple of days.
The search engine also said its Google News China, Spain and other national
versions of the site have been inaccessible from China. In a statement, Google
said it's aware of the problem and working to 'understand and resolve the
I don't really use Messenger that much, but it is useful to talk with some
of the younger people at Church, so I usually have it running. Within the
last week or so MSN has launched a web only version.
Search and enjoy: 7 search toolbars reviewed
"If you're still going to the Google or Yahoo home page to do Web
searches, you're missing half the fun--and you're unnecessarily exerting
your fingers. Toolbar plug-ins for Microsoft Internet Explorer--and now Firefox--make
it easy and fast to look up Web references without having to type in another
Check out this review by CNet at http://reviews.cnet.com/4520-3514_7-5577625-1.html
Moving Office Toolbar Buttons
The Microsoft Office Toolbars found in Microsoft Office Products are fully
customizable. You can add and remove buttons or menu items and consolidate
toolbars. To do this, right click on the toolbar and choose customize. Alternatively,
you can also hold the ALT key down and move or delete buttons from you toolbars.
There are many features in the toolbars that I never use, so I remove those
buttons, then consolidate two or more toolbars across a single row to conserve
screen real estate.
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and Chris Empey accept no responsibility for the results obtained from trying
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