Fred: One of the biggest gripes re windows is
the slow startup.
Chances are you already either have a USB "thumb"
or "flash" drive, or you will have one in
the near future— these little solid-state flash memory devices are
inexpensive, nearly ubiquitous, and very, very handy. Not only can they replace
floppy drives for casual file transfers, but the larger capacity thumb drives
also can serve as the basis for an excellent, fit-in-your-pocket software repair
kit, letting you diagnose and repair PCs, including those that might otherwise
be unbootable or that are locked by passwords or other problems.
Microsoft has been getting nervous about Google, and has
been revamping some of its products to try to stay competitive. The latest is
the Microsoft mapping/driving-directions service, now accessed via
http://local.live.com/ . The new service’s
nomenclature isn’t clear; we’ll call it Local.Live, for now.
Fred: I ran across this site, and
wondered if you might want to put it into your newsletter.
http://100-downloads.com/ It does
have a lot of good downloads in one place. Thanks, and have a good day. —Larry Mikkelsen
Hello again, Fred! I’m enjoying my second year of Plus!
subscription and even gave one as a Christmas gift this year (my brother thanks
us both!). I have had the pleasure and pride in having seen a couple of my
emails to you "published" in your newsletters. <g> I have taken more valuable
information and skills from your newsletters than any other single source. For
all this, I am grateful and always highly recommend a subscription to anyone who
quizzes me on computer stuff.
Long-time subscriber, first to the regular and now to the Plus Edition. It’s a
I’ve been a free subscriber (via another email address) for about 2 yrs and LOVE
your newsletter! I’ve passed it on to a few friends who could benefit from it,
but many of my friends are not tech enough to follow it :(
I’m an enthusiastic PLUS edition subscriber and I
really empathize with your view about the
proliferation of linux distros (and I definitely like
linux–my primary machines runs SuSE 10). Your
comments finally nudged me to contribute a link that
you may find interesting: the alpha released on a free
WinXP-compatible OS, called the ReactOS Project:
Hello fred, Just thought that I would mention one thing in response to the Wikipedia article
http://www.langalist.com/Plus/newsletters/2006/2006-01-19plus.asp ). There was a piece on NPR recently that talked about wikipedia. It included a segment where a couple of "experts" were asked to compare wikipedia to the current encyclopedia
Britannica. It turned out that both sources had about the same error rates (although the wikipedia =was= a little higher, it was not by much).
Some software just doesn’t want to quit, even when you
want or need it to. We discussed this in "AntiVirus Causes Partitioning Problems
http://www.langalist.com/plus/newsletters/2006/2006-01-05plus.asp ), and
that item brought this letter: