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1 Hardware Guide
Changing the look of your computer Part 2 - The
Keyboard and Mouse
Do you work in the dark a lot, have a PC in a bedroom,
pub, club, restaurant, somewhere with minimal light or do you want to
impress your friends, then this is for you.
Many styles are available pictured above and below are just a few.
Believe it or not changing the keyboard and mouse can make your computer look
something special, making you the envy of all your friends and family.
The above keyboards can be bought from
in the UK
The above mouse can be bought from here http://www.boysstuff.co.uk/gifts-gadgets/Neon-Opti-Glow-Mouse.asp
The keyboards and mouse pictured above here can be bought in the USA
Changing your keyboard and mouse is a very visible change which
can improve the look of your computer. It will also impress your friends
and family and depending on what you buy may improve the functionality
of your PC by adding customizable keys to your computer.
So upgrade you will not regret it.
2 Tips & Tricks
Need to send files by email, want to make room on your
hard drive, then why not compress your files.
In XP it is very easy to do this, simply select the
files you wish to compress, (you can individually select by holding the
CTRL key and clicking on the files you wish to compress) right click,
select SEND TO and the click on COMPRESSED FOLDER.
You will now have a new file in the folder from which
you compressed the files. You can now use it as you please.
3 Buyers Guide
Buying a new mouse, then what should you look for ? This
month we will look at the options.
Mice : The few things you should look for in mice
are the option to use it in both USB and PS2. Most good manufactured
mice will have both options.
Buying a new mouse can be an important decision,
remember that when using your computer, what is in your hand almost 100%
of the time. You mouse. So buy one that is comfortable to you, and with
as many options as possible.
4 Game Preview
Soldiers: Heroes of World War II
Make the Guns of Navarone look like a walk in the
park with Soldiers: Heroes of World War II
If you're a fan of wartime-based combat games and want more than the
staid 'trial & error' nature of the genre so far, stand by to have
your preconceptions blasted to kingdom come when Soldiers: Heroes of
World War II, with its daring missions, explodes onto the PC this June.
With an exciting mix of third-person, action-packed missions set in
realistic, fully-destructible environments, Soldiers: Heroes of World
War II improves upon the 'select and direct' control method by enabling
gamers to take full control of each member of their crack squad of
commandos. And there's no single "correct" way of completing
mission objectives. Missions are always against the odds, so bold
decisions and reckless heroics are the order of the day.
In one mission, you're briefed to take out a lighthouse to prevent it
giving your position away. Do you tackle it with stealth, swimming
quietly to the shore and using your knife to remove any enemy presence
before you find a way to sabotage the lights? Or commandeer a boat and
use its torpedoes to clear a path towards a massive artillery gun, and
then use that to bring the lighthouse crashing down. But there's a third
– maybe even a fourth, or fifth – way to do it too. Later on in the
same campaign, your mission is to steal an enemy plane. But how best to
do it? Get your thinking caps on and steel yourself for some heroics.
Soldiers: Heroes of World War II not only dispenses with the "do it
our way or fail" prescription for game play, but actually rewards
gamers taking the initiative.
The obvious way is not necessarily the most likely to succeed but it's
almost always the most likely to attract attention! Look around,
consider your options carefully, and very often there's a smarter tactic
waiting for you to put it to use in a cunning plan. And every time you
play, the enemy AI will react to what you do, not a pre-determined
script, putting you right at the centre of the action. If you go loud,
so will they, and your life has just become a whole lot harder!
Every item in the game is modelled precisely on its real-world
counterpart, from faithful firing characteristics of weaponry and
accurate ballistics for the ammunition to operating requirements for
tanks and full damage physics modelling on all the buildings.
Developed by Ukrainian company Best Way, Soldiers: Heroes of World War
II will beach-land with a bang when it's published by Codemasters this
June, exclusively for PC. Sign up for duty at www.codemasters.co.uk/soldiers
KEY GAMEPLAY FEATURES:
- The thrills of a 3D shooter with the depth of a real-time strategy
- 'Direct Control' mechanic, so you can jump right into the thick of
- Freedom to complete missions though different tactics, use
anything in the game world – commandeer enemy ordinance, weapons
- Advanced AI: enemies will use formations, covering and ambush
- More than 30 missions, huge array of vehicles and weapons .
- Fully destructible environment. Everything can be fully, or
- Multiplayer: LAN and online (up to 16 players), co-op or
5 Virus & email Warnings
Not again I hear you all say, but yes I am going to
mention the dreaded worm viruses, netsky, blaster, welchia, to name but
a few. The reason I am bringing this up again is simple, I am receiving
dozens of mails a day from people with this lovely array of viruses
Why do people not have virus checkers ? why are you not
updating your virus checker ? These are very important questions you
should be asking your self.
So I will give you a very quick guide to keep yourself
Get a good virus program, and update it every week.
Use a firewall and keep it updated.
Download all the latest Microsoft product updates.
Its simple, viruses slow down your computer, slows down
internet browsing, and worst of all they send itself to all your
friends and family. So if you find yourself in trouble then try using
the following links.
Virus removal tools : (very useful for getting rid of
these pesky threats)
Free online detection and removal :
Virus information and latest threats :
Free Anti-Virus Software
Maria’s new lifestyle: Short story about the benefits
shopping on the Net has given to a dedicated artist.
I’ve got this strange friend; her name is
Maria. Maria’s always been a little weird but now things have gotten
unworldly altogether. You see, Maria’s an artist; she’s into
sculpture in particular, of which she specializes in the manipulation of
Perspex with a blowtorch. Lately I haven’t seen too much of her as
she’s hooked up the Internet. Actually not many people at all have
seen her recently; she says she’s working on a big project.
Now that she’s got the Internet she reckons she can focus a lot more
on her work without distractions. She doesn’t ‘waste’ time doing
grocery shopping anymore. Now she orders all her food and household
items. She says if she’s extremely busy, her weekly list is saved into
the computer, and she just clicks on ‘order’ and the usual stuff is
delivered to her door every week. No more driving, parking, searching
for stuff, standing in line, dealing with bored and under slept
cashiers. I’m starting to think it’s not such a bad idea. Maria is
pretty proud. She’s now organizing for a local greengrocer to deliver
her fruit and vegetables too.
Maria has always had a ‘thing’ for Donald Duck. On the Net she’s
found all these rare collectable dealers like Ebay. When she’s not
warping Perspex into postmodern configurations representing the need for
a more spiritual existence, she’s thriving in the consumerist world of
finding and bidding for Donald Duck comic books from the 1950’s. Last
I heard a friend said she’s actually starting to look like a duck
All this Internet shopping is pretty new to me, it sounds like it really
could help a lot of people out. However for recluse artists it could be
the final straw for friends and family who may never see their buddies
again! Nah, its cool-I just hope Maria’s new project isn’t a giant
Perspex Donald Duck. I don’t think the world needs any more Donald
I just got back from Maria’s place. You’re not going to believe what
I saw. She was actually having a party, and I wasn’t invited. Maybe
she thinks I’m boring compared to her new friends. She says she met
them on the Internet, a whole bunch of people into Donald Duck! One guy
was actually dressed up like Yosemite Sam-gun belt and all! It seems
I’m the odd one out.
Before I left her place she showed me her new sculpture. I
underestimated her newfound love. It’s a giant computer; inside it is
filled with the heads of all her friends (me included). Of course none
of us had human mouths, smiling duck beaks adorned all the heads, a
definite sign of the Internet’s powerful influence, and of the
collective warping of today’s society!
Jesse S. Somer is a human hoping to show his fellow Earth citizens the
beautiful opportunities the Internet is making available for all our
Office 2000 service packs
Is your office up to date, I doubt it, a lot of bugs, and
security problems are fixed in these updates. At the moment service pack 3
is available for Office 2000, but you can't just install the service pack
3, you must have service pack 1 first. To download service pack1 click on
the link below.
- Updates for the various Office 2000 programs, including Microsoft
Word, Outlook®, Access, Excel, PowerPoint®, FrontPage®*, and
- Security updates, including the Excel 2000 SYLK file security
updates and the Worm.Explore.Zip (Pack) Virus Alert, and the ODBC
- Office 2000 system-level components that are updated to Windows®
2000 system levels
Once you have installed service pack 1, go to the link
below below and download and install service pack 3.
You can also download individual updates from the link
Add-ins can be downloaded from this link :
If you are having problems converting office 2003 files
or want Quickbook files etc on your system then click on this link :
Well we hope that's enough to keep you and your Office
2000 package happy, and working for the next few years.
Well that's it for this season, next issue will be
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