Looking for a new computer system? Our local Big Lots - yes, you read right - is offering a Compaq computer system for only $449. Sorry, I don't have the model or the specific specs because, unfortunately, they didn't have any flyers available about the system when I last visited. However, I do remember glancing at the specs and thinking to myself that it was a decent offering.
* Tuesday, Microsoft released a patch to fix four new security holes. Three of the four were considered critical, so be sure you get your Windows systems patched. Read more at www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=internetNews&storyID=3799936.
* The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is rethinking its decision on the patent it awarded to Eolas Technologies Inc. The patent involves the technology found in Web browsers used to display multimedia content. If the patent stands, there possibly could be a major disruption in the Web because everyone with multimedia content would have to rework their Web pages. Read more at www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=internetNews&storyID=3815531.
Quick tip for disappearing taskbar
The taskbar is the bar located at the bottom of your screen. It begins with Start button and ends with the clock. Sometimes it accidently gets relocated to the sides or top, or is not visible on the screen. To find and relocate it, try this using the following keystroke combinations: Ctrl + Esc, Alt +space, S, and use arrow keys to enlarge taskbar, enter.
Live MSN chat events
Nov. 19: Actress Dana Delany chats at 7 p.m. Go to http://chat.msn.com/msnlive_feature.msnw?id=artist/danadelany_2003. Singer Cyndi Lauper chats at 8 p.m. Go to http://chat.msn.com/msnlive_feature.msnw?id=artist/cyndilauper.
Nov. 20: Music group Blink 182 chats at 7 p.m. Go to http://chat.msn.com/msnlive_feature.msnw?id=artist/blink182_2003. Country music singer Reba McEntire chats at 8 p.m. Go to http://chat.msn.com/msnlive_feature.msnw?id=artist/rebamcentire_nov2003.
Nov. 21: Rock group Puddle of Mudd chats at 5 p.m. Go to http://chat.msn.com/msnlive_feature.msnw?id=artist/puddleofmudd_nov2003.
Sites to see
* Curious about when a particular plane will arrive or depart? Check out FlyteComm at www.flytecomm.com/cgi-bin/trackflight. The site will let you track the status of any flight arriving or departing the United States or Canada.
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