As you’ve probably heard, the
Russian Mir station will be "deorbited" soon. If all goes according to
plan (hey, what could go wrong? <g>), many tons of high-velocity,
incendiary rubble will splash down in the South Pacific. (The bigger chunks will
not burn up in the atmosphere.)
We’ve discussed Xteq’s utility in
the past ( http://search.atomz.com/search/?sp-q=xteq&sp-a=0008002a-sp00000000
). With only a little hyperbole, it’s described as "the ultimate mother of
all Windows tweaking utilities for Windows 95/98/NT/2000/Millennium."
There’s a new mail-forwarding
service just getting started: It’s intended to help you dodge spam, and it’s
Here’s the good part: The Microsoft
Knowledgebase is a vast, free online library of searchable information on all of
Microsoft products. It began life many years ago as the tool that Microsoft’s
own support technicians used to help resolve user problems: Once a fix was found
for a problem, it was entered into the Knowledgebase so others facing the same
problem could easily find and access the solution.
In a recent Plus! edition, a reader
recommended several utilities, including a commercial utility that synchronizes
your PC’s clock with any of dozens of time-reporting sites.
Reader David Miller turned me onto
an outstanding security resource that had somehow slipped beneath my radar:
The "10 Ways To Make WinME Run
Better" article ( http://www.winmag.com/windows/features/merunbetter/02.htm
) is generating a lot of email and comments.
Although more and more people are
switching to Windows 2000, the majority of readers of this newsletter still use
Win9x and— as you can see from the amount of time we spend discussing ways to
improve it— it’s an OS that needs a lot of help. <g> That applies to
both the "pure" Win98 versions and the modified version called Windows
Millennium Edition (WinME— see item #1 above).
This question crops up again and
again, so it’s worth a quick refresher: