Secondly, make sure you visit your computer's manufacturer's site to check for any XP SP2-related news updates. While you are there, make sure you get the latest drivers for your hardware and upgrades for any pre-installed software. Microsoft has posted a list of software programs that are known to have compatibility problems after the SP2 update at http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?kbid=842242.
I feel really bad for the folks using dial-up who want to do the upgrade because this upgrade is huge - 75MB in size. If you are one of the dial-up folks, I hope you have plenty of free time and a really good connection to your ISP. Otherwise, I would suggest that you have Microsoft send you a free copy of Windows XP Service Pack 2 on CD by visiting www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/downloads/updates/sp2/cdorder/en_us/default.mspx. It will take about four to six weeks before it will arrive. After you're done with it, you can let another dial-up friend borrow it.
The system requirements posted on Microsoft's site for this update are: a 233MHz processor, 64MB RAM and 1800MB of free hard disk space. Especially take notice to the hard drive space as the other two requirements should have been met prior to installing XP.
In closing, I would suggest that if you are currently working on a big project on your XP system, wait until after it is completed to do the update and as always, backup your files. Better safe, than sorry.
* Last Tuesday, Apple revealed its newest iMac G5. The system is a sleek, all-in-one design where the display also holds all the inner computer components such as the processor, hard drive, etc. Check it out at www.apple.com/imac/.
* Microsoft launched the beta version of its online music store called MSN Music. Internet users can purchase songs for 99 cents each. The launching comes at the same time that Microsoft has launched the latest version of its Windows Media Player 10. Learn more at http://beta.music.msn.com/.
* Lindows is now officially Linspire worldwide. Learn more at www.linspire.com/lindows_news_pressreleases_archives.php?id=144.
Adelphia soon will be offering AT&T CallVantage Net phone services as an add-on to its broadband Internet offerings. Learn more at http://zdnet.com.com/2100-1103_2-5340713.html.
Sites to see
* FunBrain.com has a great, educational cyber-detour for kids. In its Kids Center, a ton of great games can be found to help with their homework in a fun and entertaining fashion. Visit the site at www.funbrain.com.
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