Low End PC Archive for September 2002
Articles on Low End PC
- Replacing a totally messed up
Windows install when you need to keep your work files, Gregg
Eshelman, Low End PC, 09.25. Installing over the
broken version of Windows doesn't work, but you can't afford to wipe
the drive and lose all your files.
- WinXP ruins useful file
sharing, Mark Lim, Low End PC, 09.16. Windows XP takes a
huge step backwards on the network, losing the ability to control file
sharing for different users.
- Building up
Buttercup, Michelle Klein-Häss, Low End PC, 09.12. "My goal
was a computer that I could take places without breaking my back or my
- Picking a low end
system, Chad Page, Low End PC, 09.10. "There are many
different ways of buying an inexpensive PC, especially if one is
willing to use Linux, BSD, or older versions of Windows."
- This old Compaq sings,
Jeff Garrison, Low End PC, 09.09. "He left impressed, and I
added another notch in my belt in the war against obsolescence for
these older PCs."
- more in the August 2002 archive
Around the Web
- Web: How
to create pop-up windows, Youngpup.net, 09.19. "This is a demand
for my right as a web citizen to be able to click on hyperlinks without
- Huh?: Blondes are an
endangered species, Fox News, 09.30. German study concludes blondes
will be extinct in 200 years. No, it's not a survival of the brightest
- Review: Lapvantage Dome
laptop stand, O'Grady's PowerPage, 09.30. "This is the ultimate
desk accessory for anyone with a mobile machine as their primary
How much computing power does it really take?, Jay Lyman,
NewsFactor Network, 09.27. "...processors running at 500 MHz to 750 MHz
- only a fraction of the newest chip speeds - are sufficient for
running typical applications."
- Tech: The BSDs:
Sophisticated, powerful, and (mostly) free, Brett Glass, Extreme
Tech, 09.27. "The five best known BSDs are FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD,
BSD/OS, and Darwin."
- Rights: File
swapping services find new ways to leech off others, Bryan Chaffin,
The Back Page, Mac Observer, 09.27. "...file swapping services have
found yet another way of achieving new lows in leeching revenues."
Stealware: Kazaa et al stealing link commissions, Slashdot, 09.27.
"...if you buy a CD from an affiliate of Amazon.com, say some charity,
the software fools Amazon into crediting the commission to Morpheus,
not the charity!"
- Opinion: HTML mail,
Brent Simmons, Brent Simmons' Weblog, 09.26. "I am, like, two seconds
away from filtering all HTML email to the trash."
- Dark Side: Microsoft warns of
FrontPage flaw, Robert Lemos, ZDNet, 09.26. "...a flaw in its
FrontPage extensions could allow an attacker to take control of their
servers or cause the computers to seize up."
- Web: User-centered
URL design, Jesse James Garrett, Adaptive Path, 09.24. "The advent
of content management systems has been a boon in many ways, but the
readability of URLs is not one of them." Dark Side: History of Visual BASIC,
David K. Every, iGeek, 09.23. "If Apple didn't drop MacBASIC
immediately, then MS would pull all MS products from the Mac market for
- Deal: Western
Digital 100 gigabyte IDE hard drives: $99.99, Deals on the Web,
09.23. These 7200 RPM drives are fast, big, and very affordable.
- Rights: Hollywood
vs. the Internet, Mike Godwin, The Age, 09.21. "The Tech Faction
believes people should be able to do whatever they want with their
- Analysis: Is Bill
Gates a genius?, David K. Every, iGeek, 09.20. "...the ethics were
a little shaky, but then ethics never got in the way of Microsoft's
- Culture: Nu
shortcuts in school r 2 much 4 teachers, Jennifer 8. Lee, New York
Times, 09.19. Messaging shorthand creeps into schoolwork. What's a
teacher to do?
- Dark Side: Microsoft
baits the trap, John H. Farr, Applelinks, 09.19. "...the
manufacturer of the least secure software in the world has opened a $25
million showpiece 'Innovation & Technology Conference Center' in
- Opinion: Free
features: Choice isn't always good, David K. Every, iGeek, 09.17.
"Every feature added increases complexity, documentation costs,
potential bugs, support costs, testing time, training time and so
- Opinion: I
hate Windows; I am afraid of Linux, Robert Gering, OSNews, 09.17.
Author has lost time and work to Windows, finds Linux an endless stream
- Rights: Thinking about
deep linking, Steve Outing, E-Media Tidbits, 09.17. "My position:
if a publisher doesn't want others to link to its 'inside' content, it
should use technical - not legal - means to prevent it."
- OS: LindowsOS info
page, Alan Gilman. "...if you are using Windows and thinking about
switching to Linux, LindowsOS makes the job real easy."
- Virus: Linux worm hits
the network, Michelle Delio, Wired, 09.16. "A worm that attacks
Linux servers is being used to create a peer-to-peer network of
- Tech: BIOS Arcana:
description and translation, Wayne Hardman, ars technica, 09.12.
"Everything in BIOS alters something to do with the chipset's
behaviour." Hardware: USB cell phone
cables found, Chris G, O'Grady's PowerPage, 09.09. Finally, a
resource for USB-to-phone cables - so hard to find.
Why Windows makes mobility so hard, Larry Seltzer, ZDNet, 09.06.
"...the number of settings on a Windows notebook that might be
different for two different locations is huge."
- Rights: Judge rules PayPal
unfair, Tim Richardson, The Register, 09.09. "...there are approx.
100,000 complaints outstanding at PayPal."
- Opinion: Microsoft: Just Say
Watkins, The Practical Mac, Low End Mac, 09.10. Alternatives to
Microsoft Office XP abound, and giving PC users choices helps break the
- OS: MicroBSD,
MicroBSD.net. Release candidate version 0.6 of compact, secure BSD
weighs in at under 32 MB. more in the August 2002