Welcome to the 498th issue of the PC Improvement News. PCIN consists mainly
of news highlights 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!
There has been a bug going around and it seems like a lot of people I know
have sore throats and runny noses. I haven't been feeling too bad, but with
the kids and Lisa feeling sick, I'm bound to catch something.
Only 2 more weeks until I turn 500. I'm almost as old as Papa
Who says cellphones are good only for talking? Today they are bringing together
two unlikely brand names: Nokia and Spike Lee.
Mr. Lee, the director, is teaming up with Nokia, the cellphone maker, to
direct a short film comprising YouTube-style videos created by teenagers
and adults using their mobile phones.
I don't have kids. But I'm still enough of one inside that I get a certain
amount of glee from seeing what's out there for today's generation. That,
and I tend to spoil my friends' kids silly, but so far it's been real young
kid/toddler stuff. I'm ready to step it up.
When I was a little one, there was no baby laptop, no cutesy MP3 player,
no big-button, child-friendly play cell phone. Is it me, or does it seem
like some toys encourage kids to prep for adulthood way too soon?
Steve Jobs, Apple's chief executive and field general, has Napoleonic dreams
of global conquest for his 10-month-old wonder gadget, the iPhone. So it
may be fitting that he's encountering his most serious resistance in a city
That is where, 70 miles west of Toronto in Ontario, 19 nondescript, low-rise
office buildings comprise the headquarters of Research In Motion, maker of
R.I.M. is the North American leader in building smartphones, those versatile
handsets that operate more like computers than phones. But R.I.M. may have
trouble dominating the market's next phase. Once the exclusive domain of
e-mail-obsessed professionals, smartphones are now prized by consumers who
want easy access to the Web, digital music and video even more than an omnipresent
connection to their in-boxes.
Since the iPhone went on sale last summer, amid long lines of shoppers and
media adulation, the contours of the smartphone market have begun to shift
rapidly toward consumers.
RightMark CPU Clock Utility (RMClock) is a small GUI application designed
for real-time CPU frequency, throttling and load level monitoring and on-the-fly
adjustment of the CPU performance level on supported CPU models via processor's
power management model-specific registers (MSRs). In automatic management
mode it continuously monitors the CPU usage level and dynamically adjusts
the CPU frequency, throttle and/or voltage level as needed, realizing the "Performance
on Demand" concept.
I downloaded the RAR package, extracted it and ran the program (it appears
that there is nothing to install). If you like to see the basic information
about your CPU and other hardware, along with those power settings I mentioned,
then check it out.
Crafted by our analysts and editors and tested in PC Labs, our vast list
of tips starts with the fundamentals of computing and then moves on to
multimedia, mobility, business, and online solutions for maximizing your
PCIN is brought to you by Graham Wing. The opinions expressed are those of
the Editor, Graham Wing and the Assistant Editor, Chris Empey. Graham Wing
and Chris Empey accept no responsibility for the results obtained from trying
the tips in this newsletter.
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