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What's New at PC Pitstop, January 2006
Your Source for Free Online PC Tests & Diagnostics
IN THIS ISSUE
Taming the Wild West of the Internet
PC Pitstop CEO Rob Cheng takes a longer range look at the some of
the larger and uglier trends on the Internet, what they mean to
your privacy and safety, and what PC Pitstop is doing to help.
Europe Leads PC Technology Trends
Most hardware technologies are developed and manufactured in
the United States or the Far East, but Europe is the leader
in adopting the latest processors, larger hard drives, and
many other important PC technologies.
Tracking Sony's DRM Activity
Sony recently announced that they would stop distributing current
versions of their DRM spyware on music CDs as part of a pending
class-action settlement. In the proposed agreement, Sony will also
offer replacement CDs and $7.50 in cash compensation.
Though most of the attention as been focused on Sony's XCP software,
PC Pitstop research shows that five times more users have Sony's
MediaMax DRM software installed. In some cases, MediaMax will still
install if you decline the license agreement it shows when you
insert the audio CD into a drive!
Batteries Getting Hot--In a Bad Way
In December, Dell announced a recall of batteries used in more than
a dozen Inspiron, Latitude, and Precision portable computers. In
October, Hewlett-Packard recalled batteries for several Pavilion,
Presario, and Evo models. In both cases, the batteries may overheat
to the point of melting and potentially cause a fire hazard. You
can visit the following links to see if you have an affected system
and arrange for a battery replacement.
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