Welcome to the 349th 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!
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II has reportedly joined the high-tech revolution
and purchased the world's hottest new gadget - an Apple iPod.
According to the United Kingdom's biggest-selling daily newspaper, The Sun,
the 79-year-old British monarch is now the owner of a 6GB silver iPod Mini,
purchased by a staffer for £169 ($309). While The Sun reported that
the Royal iPod could hold up to 10,000 songs, Apple lists the capacity for
the 6GB model at a more common 1,500 songs.
Even as adults, we sometimes go to our mammas for help. Now Mamma.com Inc.,
a company that provides meta-search-engine and Internet-retrieval services,
is hoping that consumers will look to it for health information, one of the
most common uses of the Web by the public.
Mamma this week launched a "deep" Web and meta-search service for
health information. The new Mammahealth.com site is the first of several
specific search sites Mamma plans to unveil this year, company CEO Guy Fauré says.
One such site will focus on travel, he says.
Clock's ticking on phone virus outbreak, experts say
Companies will not have to worry about a large-scale virus outbreak targeting
their "smart" cell phones for another 18 months, security experts
However, after that, even antivirus software is unlikely to help, Gartner
analysts John Pescatore and John Girard wrote in a research paper published
earlier this month. The paper looks at how enterprises should prepare for
the growing threat from malicious software for mobile phones and PDAs. According
to the authors, a fast-spreading phone virus or worm is unlikely to appear
before the end of 2007.
The killing of a Taiwanese teenager in a brutal knife attack at an Internet
cafe over a dispute involving the Blade&Sword Online computer game has
raised concerns over violence on the normally tranquil Pacific island.
(The assailant) didn't know the difference between reality and fantasy," lamented
the Apple Daily, which splashed a graphic depiction of the assault across
its front page Tuesday.
I can't remember what newsletter or blog I saw this in, but if you want
to download some new (and free) fonts, then visit DaFONT. There are almost
900 different fonts which can be downloaded for either a PC or MAC. There
is a default preview provided, or you can type in your own word or phrase
to preview. Check it out at http://www.dafont.com/ (French)
or http://www.dafont.com/en/ (English)
Pocket PC Freeware
If you are looking for some good utilities or other applications for your
Pocket PC device, then check out http://www.pocketpccanada.com/download/download.asp.
Almost all of the software is freeware, and is divided into Themes, Productivity,
Utilities, , Internet, File Management, Task Management, Multimedia, System
I love utilities that I can just run without having to install. For some
reason it feels "safer". You don't have to worry about anything
getting messed up in the registry, or problems with DLL conflicts. I have
a folder on one of my hard drives called "Simple Programs" that
I can copy to any computer and they just run. Well, you can visit http://www.portablefreeware.com/ and
find a whole collection of these sorts of programs.
"This site is dedicated to the collection and cataloging of freeware that
can be extracted to any directory and run independently without prior installation.
These can be carried around on a memory stick / USB flash drive, or copied /
migrated from PC to PC via simple copying of files. Hence the term portable freeware."
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and Chris Empey accept no responsibility for the results obtained from trying
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