Plus! subscriber Phil Prince asks:
A lot of people are up in arms,
outraged by the new business practices described in "Peer-To-Peer’s Dark
Side" at http://www.byte.com/column/BYT20010222S0004
.That article is about Juno (the giant ISP) inventing and implementing a new
kind of business model whereby they can take over their customers’ CPUs in an
aggressive and stealthy manner (using a kind of "peer to peer," or
"P2P" technology), and sell their users’s aggregate computing power to
You might be tempted to blow this
off with the thought "Hey, Juno’s a free ISP, and people who use it deserve
what they get."
[this item not of major concern to
Last week I rebuilt my office LAN
almost from the ground up, and was trying a number of iterations of various
configurations to see what would work best for the mongrel mix of systems I have
Reader John Collins did some digging
after our discussion of "Cool Tools" ( http://www.winmag.com/columns/explorer/2001/05.htm
) and turned up this way to speed reinstalls of Windows. It’s also not a
novice-friendly tool, but if you find yourself setting up Windows the same way
over and over, it can be a major time saver:
We’ve talked about Cacheman many
times before ( http://search.atomz.com/search/?sp-q=cacheman&sp-a=0008002a-sp00000000
): It’s 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.
Yesterday, I selected a random
winner from all those who used the "recommend" form at Langa.Com.
(Once I get a confirmation back from that person, I’ll tell you their name.)
In "Time To Upgrade Your Search
Engine" ( http://www.winmag.com/columns/explorer/2001/01.htm
) we discussed many of today’s best search engines— and also offered tips on
You folks— the Plus!
subscribers— are gems. Instead of ad clicks, you’re chipping in a direct
payment to defray my costs in bringing you these Plus! editions. I can’t thank
you enough for your direct support: It means a lot to me.
Wow— you really put the server
through its paces: At three separate periods, so many of you were downloading
your own private copy of the LangaList archives that you completely maxed out
the available bandwidth of the Freetune server!