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Welcome the newest Edition of the Newsletter!

Not only have we given a much deserved redesign, but as you can see we've also updated your favorite tech newsletter with a similarly clean new look. I hope you like it. :)

The Weekly Tech Tips are still here, and the High Tech Low Down is still as informative as ever (this week it covers new broadband technology which could deliver web pages at up to 70MBps). There are a few changes of course, the most important of which is the shiny News button at the very top of the newsletter. PCstats has the latest tech news posted through out the day so be sure to stop by the news section at at least once a day to see what the newest developments are.

This issue is 100% Guides, so feel free to browse through the four articles that our newest member of the team has spent so much time putting together. If you like what you see, or need an answer to a different topic altogether then send an email off of Mike (his email is at the top of the article), and he may just use it for a future guide.

Now this is a little off topic but perhaps someone can help me find out a little information.... Like the Mitsubishi commercials featuring 'Just Breathe' by Telepopmusik and "Start the Commotion" by The Wiseguys, or the Saturn Ion commercial where 20-somethings leave childhood with "We've Been Had" by The Walkmen playing in the background, a series of current 7up commercials have some really tasty music playing in the background.... and I must know what group(s) actually recorded them!

If you know who does the music for the 7up commercial which features a guy standing in front of the radio where a DJ girl takes a sip of the 7up and blows cool air through the radio to the guy and they say "Now that's refreshing" please let me know! Enjoy this weeks newsletter and get ready for a little FX5900 action next time!

Beginners Guides: Installing Windows XP
Installing Microsoft operating systems has never been a particularly trying task, assuming that your hardware is working correctly. Keeping Microsoft operating systems from acquiring an assortment of viruses, useless icons, spyware and garbage programs which eventually clog up your beloved PC like bright green pond scum is a whole other issue. Thankfully, that's not the focus of this article. While both WinXP Home and Professional are based on the same core operating system, which in turn is based on Windows 2000, there are substantial differences in their individual capabilities. WindowsXP Pro is a direct successor to Windows 2000 Professional, with all the capabilities of the former, a business-oriented client OS. Which flavour of WindowsXP you choose comes down to where you intend to use it. WindowsXP Home Edition costs less than the Professional Version, and for average users, it should be just fine. If you are familiar with Windows2000 you'll want to stick to the WindowsXP Professional version.
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Beginners Guides: Internet Connection Sharing
Learn how to make that DSL/Cable connection go further
Internet sharing is essential if you have more than one PC in your house, and getting it to work isn't that hard once you know what steps to follow.
Setting up a computer to share its internet connection should be easy right? After all, you've successfully networked your computers together and even shared files with all your home computers, so why not the Internet? Well if you have a small home network of computers all connected and have tried to open up a browser, you've probably found out that things aren't quite as straight forward as connecting one machine with an Ethernet cable to the computer that has the DSL/cable modem.The secret is that everything comes down to having a gateway. A gateway is a computer or device than can route data between different networks. So, without a gateway there is no way for the other computers in your network to receive or pass information to the other networks, and consequently, they have no Internet access.
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Beginners Guides: Wireless home networking
As everyone knows, Wireless networking is hot. Or at least the idea of it is... Wireless networks abound in coffee franchises, Colleges and even McDonalds (in theory). And why not? It's an inherently desirable idea. No wires, minimal setup, as we said, why not? Well, price used to be the reason, but now driving this boom is the falling price of basic wireless networking equipment. The premium over conventional wired networks has dropped to a point where wireless is a valid option for most home networks, not just businesses and educational institutions. So let's look into what is involved in making your home network wireless. This article will cover purchasing and setting up home wireless equipment, look at the available standards for wireless networking, and cover some basic security guidelines. If you have already set up a conventional home network, jump right in. Otherwise you may wish to read the PCstats Guide to basic home networking to get a better idea of the basics of networking computers. Easy enough, but if you need a few ideas of what to consider, PCstats' 802.11b Wireless LAN Networking Roundup is a good place to begin. Now, let's get started!!
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Beginners Guides: Home Networking and File Sharing

PCstats guides you through the process of home networking
Networking, or connecting computers together to share information, has long been one of the more difficult areas of basic computing to get a grasp on, mainly because it is one of those points at which the generally friendly user interface of your average Windows box starts showing cracks, or possibly gaping holes ready to swallow up the unsuspecting user. Now granted, since windows 98 started the process, Microsoft's OSs have been getting progressively better at automating the process of connecting computers together, but there is still the external setup required, and if something goes wrong... well it's good to know where to look to fix it.

The purpose of this article is two-fold. First, to enable you to set up your own home network and share files between your computers, and second to make you comfortable with basic computer networking terminology and practice.
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Cleaning out WinXP Services
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I often get e-mails from users running Win2k/XP who ask me what services can be disabled. Unfortunately there is no "master" list of services that can and cannot be disabled as each computer out there is unique. Fortunately there is a way to find out what services you do and do not use. Please keep in mind this will probably take a few days before you find out what you use.

First load up your Services (make sure you have administrative access) and set all your services to manual and reboot the computer. Be warned, WindowsXP may be a bit sluggish because all the services you do use has to be loaded up manually. Use your computer like you would regularly (I'd say for about a week), and very important, leave your computer on while you're testing. If you turn it off or restart, we also have to start from the beginning.

After about a week's worth of computing you should load up services again from the administrative tools icon. Those that have been "Started" set to automatic as those are the ones you use. Once you do that your computer will run a bit more efficiently. =)

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Have you ever wondered about the technology that'd replace your modem, DSL line or cable connection? Sure, those broadband technologies are plenty fast, but they aren't particularly future-proof. In fact, it isn't particularly difficult to saturate any of the above-mentioned means of transferring data. Intel has a plan, though. It's developing two technologies that promise to change the way we connect with each other, and the speed at which we are able to do so.

The first is a means to deliver broadband wireless access, dubbed 802.16a, set to operate between 2 and 11GHz. It will be capable of 70Mbps over 31 miles of linear service area. Put into perspective, a single 802.16 node should provide 60 businesses with a T1-class connection. The technology can also be used to connect 802.11 hotspots.

Ultra Wideband (UWB) is another wireless technology spearheaded by Intel. It focuses more on short range, high-speed communications - on the order of 10 meters and 250Mbps. UWB transceivers can be used to link displays to high-definition receivers and DVD players in a mesh network that would send HD content from the living room to a television in the basement. According to Manny Vara at Intel, this sort of equipment is already running in Intel's labs.

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