In "A CD That Holds 1,000
Gigabytes?" ( http://www.langa.com/newsletters/2001/2001-03-01.htm#7
) I told you about an emerging technology that will allow a normal-seeming CD to
have up to about 100 thin optical "platters" embedded inside it,
allowing the CD to hold over a terabyte of information!
Remember Juno’s plan to consume all
the spare CPU cycles in their subscriber’s PCs? (See "Peer-To-Peer’s Dark
Side" at http://www.byte.com/column/BYT20010222S0004
In "A Window-Positioner, And
More" ( http://www.langa.com/newsletters/2001/2001-02-15.htm
) we talked about Zmover, a $10 shareware "program to position windows
automatically and keep them there (for example, IE5 puts new windows in
different places, which is very annoying)."
When you read this, you’ll know why
I’m offering it to the small group of Plus! readers instead of the to the full
A few weeks back, I told you about a
new version (4.0) of Cacheman, a free tool that helps you experiment with
various settings for Windows’ disk cache: The idea is to help prevent excessive
swapping of data from RAM to disk and back again, and thus improve performance.
In "A Rosetta Stone" ( http://www.langa.com/newsletters/2001/2001-03-08.htm#6
) we discussed a way to obtain all the keywords to the complex Microsoft
KnowledgeBase: Knowing the keyword system lets you avoid off-target searches and
zero in on just what you want.
Long-time readers know I’m a major
fan of ZoneAlarm, the personal firewall from ZoneLabs. (See http://search.atomz.com/search/?sp-q=zonealarm&sp-a=0008002a-sp00000000
I’ve made some, er, unflattering
remarks about WinME lately, and each time I’ve gotten emails from people for
whom WinME runs fine. And that’s great: Whenever you find a tool that does the
job you want in the way you want, grab it and stick with it, no matter what
anyone else says. (Including me!)
"Explorer" column at WinMag.Com ( http://www.winmag.com/columns/explorer/2001/06.htm
) discusses how heat is the enemy of electronic devices— including the CPU
chip inside your PC. That article also shows you where to get software that can
monitor the temperatures inside your PC, or even help to cool your CPU through a
special software instruction that prevents "rapid idling" when your
CPU briefly is between tasks.