October 2006 Newsletter

In This Issue

  • Commentary: Playing With Fire
  • Vista Readiness Center Update
  • Research: Portable Usage With and Without Batteries
  • Windows Tip: Open Multiple Programs Simultaneously
  • Windows Tip: Can You Ever Have Enough Hard Drive Space?
  • Research: Wireless Networking Survey Results
  • Survey: Portable Computer Safety
Commentary: Playing With Fire
Amid the recent flood of battery recalls, Rob offers practical advice for all portable users.
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Vista Readiness Center Update
Is your PC ready for Microsoft’s Vista? How many upgrade options will you have? Now, test your system’s readiness for Vista, determine your upgrade path options and pre-order the new OS – all in one Pitstop.Learn more.
Research: Portable Usage With and Without Batteries

It’s no secret that portable PC’s are becoming more popular with users. With the recent portable battery recalls, we analyzed how people’s portables were powered up while running our on line tests. Learn More

Free Spyware Scan
If your PC is acting strangely, or acting sluggish, quite often spyware is the root cause. Check out our new spyware scan, Exterminate. It’s free and features a step by step analysis of any unwanted pests installed on your computer.
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Windows Tip: Open Multiple Programs Simultaneously

Paultx passes along a tip for opening multiple programs simultaneously from the Windows All Programs list. Learn More
Windows Tip: Can You Ever Have Enough Hard Drive Space?
In these days of photos, MP3s, videos and more consuming space on PCs – additional room on a hard drive is always valuable. Indy shares a tip for freeing up significant storage space. Learn More

Free Driver Scan
Hardware manufacturers frequently update their Windows drivers to improve the performance and stability of their products. If you have a peculiar problem with your PC, quite often it can be resolved by an updated driver. Check out your PC’s driver status, with a free driver scan.
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Research: Wireless Survey Results

Are public wireless hotspots being used? How secure is the typical wireless network? The results of our September wireless networking survey are in and the responses provide intriguing insight into the world of wireless networking. Survey Results

New Survey – Portable Computer Safety

This month we put together a short survey about portable computer safety. One lucky participant will receive a $100 Amazon gift certificate, and results
will be published in next month’s newsletter. Click here to take survey

Free Privacy Scan
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