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Craplets & Bloatware
What is causing your PC to feel bloated?
What's New at PC Pitstop, March 2006
Your Source for Free Online PC Tests & Diagnostics
IN THIS ISSUE
PC Pitstop's Full Tests Overhaul
We've made several changes to our full test diagnostics. There's
improved CPU and operating system detection plus several new
tips that will help your PC's performance and reliability.
Give it a whirl! Put your PC through our new and revamped tests.
Microsoft Windows Vista and Security
More than half a decade will have passed between the launches of
Windows XP and Windows Vista. Since XP was launched, an entire
spyware industry has been grown to mammoth proportions. Rob wonders
Windows Vista will introduce a new security model that will better
protect Windows users--and whether users will actually use it.
P2P File Sharing Software
Although the recording industry won against Grokster and Kazaa, our
exclusive research shows that file sharing is holding strong at 30%
of PC's tested at PC Pitstop. Additionally, the US trails the pack;
48% of Canadian PCs and just over half of Latin American PCs have
file sharing software installed. More astoundingly, 15% of work PCs
are doing P2P in the workplace.
Thanks for the Survey Feedback!
We want to thank you for participating in our survey, it was a great success. We received a lot of great feed back and plan to use that feedback to help improve our site and newsletter. The winner of the $50 gift certificate was Larry from New Caney, TX.
Windows Tip: International Characters
Have you ever wanted to squeeze special characters out of your keyboard to write mañana or résumé? In XP, go to Control Panel, Regional and Language Options, Languages tab, Details, Add. In the Keyboard Layout/IME selection, choose United States International. Click OK, and then Apply. There will now be a keyboard icon on the bottom right side of your tray. Click on it and choose United States International.
Now just type as normal, but Windows will recognize certain key
sequences as special characters.
For more special character tips, see this page at Microsoft Support:
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