This week’s email newsletter articles are:
- New Study on Lithium Battery Dangers
Back in 2006, PC Pitstop sponsored research by D2 Worldwide into dangers of lithium ion batteries, which can fail with catastrophic results. You may recall that the mid-2000’s had a number of reports of lithium battery failures, fires and battery recalls.
This year (2013), PC Pitstop sponsored another look at lithium ion batteries, to see if the safety situation had improved. D2 Worldwide again performed the study.
The results were released on July 24th, with a video showing the dramatic fire and explosion caused (intentionally, for the demonstration) by overheating the lithium ion battery in a laptop. […]
- Firefox as an Alternative to Adobe Reader
I stumbled across an alternative for reading PDF files the other day — and it wasn’t FoxIt Reader (which I also sometimes use).
In this case it was Firefox, the web browser that I normally use. Yes, FIrefox actually has a built-in reader for PDF files. You don’t have to download anything else […]
This Week Online — Blast From The Past
A Look at Articles from Past Newsletters
- Giganews for Usenet, VPN and Online storage
I’ve been using the Giganews Usenet news servers for over six years. They just keep getting better and better… What’s so great? Well, first, there’s their main service they provide — access to the thousands and thousands of newsgroups, at times when most ISP’s are dropping Usenet […]
- Wireless Network Having Problems
Long-time subscriber Art Wood wrote recently with a wireless networking problem. Unlike networking using wired connections with Ethernet cables, wireless networking sometimes works beautifully…and sometimes it either doesn’t, or it has the unusual problems.
Such was Art’s case:
I have a Samsung Wireless allinone PC. My Wife has a Laptop ,there is less than 6ft between Computers, my Wife`s Computer states that her Computer is unable to connect to the Internet because there is a problem with a cable.
- .NET Security Update Won’t Install
Long-time subscriber Richard wrote with a .NET Framework 4 problem I hadn’t experienced, but had read about…
Security Update for Microsoft .NET Framework 4 on XP, Server 2003, Vista, Windows 7, Server 2008, Server 2008 R2 for x64 (KB2804576)
I can’t get the above update to install. I’ve tried everything I can think of (or can do with confidence..!!) including:
- Where is the My Documents Folder?
While using a file synchronising application I’ve come up against an issue that might well concern others who’ve transferred their files from an XP computer to a new Win7 PC. I simply copied mine to the new machine as uncompressed files from backup disks.
As you know, under the XP OS files were located in folders named “My Documents”, “My Pictures”, and so on. On my Win7 PC, however,[…]
- Creating A Shortcut Symbolic Link in Windows 7
What is a Symbolic Link?
Actually, we’ve seen and used them in Windows for ages. We simply have not used the term. In Windows-speak, they’re called Shortcuts. We’ve seen them on the Windows Desktop and in folders since the early days of Windows.
But, Windows 7 and Windows 8 will also create a symbolic link within the DOS Shell/Command Shell. These symbolic links can be used from either the command shell or within the Windows graphical user interface (GUI).
A symbolic link appears to be a file or directory- but it really is […]
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