Newsletter (Winrag) - ( 15th December 2004 )

Season 2 - Issue 7

 (c), Mark Walmsley 2004

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Welcome, its time for issue 7, season 2. It's just over a week until Christmas, we are all up to our eyes in manic shopping. So for this years Christmas issue we have made a few deals with online software dealers to get you some nice seasonal discounts. Unfortunately we have had to put a limit on these offers to the first 1000 people who buy and the will only be valid until January 14th 2005. 

We will also be looking at up and coming technologies that maybe of interest to you in the coming year in this issue, this will be of interest especially if you are thinking of a new computer or an upgrade. Our advice, don't buy a computer yet, anything bought this Christmas will not be out of date in a few months, but will be obsolete. 

Anyway that's enough for now, season greetings and goodwill to all.  



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Seasonal Discounts - PC Tools Software


Privacy Guardian is a safe and easy-to-use privacy protection tool that securely deletes online Internet tracks and program activity records that are stored in your browser and other hidden files on your computer.
Privacy Guardian guarantees your privacy by ensuring all traces of your online Internet and computer activities are permanently erased and unrecoverable on your PC. Information from every website you visit is stored on your computer and recorded in hidden Windows locations including temporary files, cookies, system registry and the index.dat file. Web browsers only provide partial privacy protection by allowing some temporary Internet files and cookies to be deleted, but they do not clean data out of all the hidden files nor do they delete the data securely.
Privacy Guardian also restores valuable hard drive space and speeds up system performance by cleaning out old and unused temporary records. It allows you to simply and securely erase privacy sensitive files from Windows, Microsoft Office, Netscape, Windows Media Player and Internet Explorer.
Privacy Guardian is simple to install and easy to use. It is suitable for Microsoft Internet Explorer and Netscape Internet browsers and can be set to automatically protect your privacy at regular intervals. With Privacy Guardian installed on your computer you will never have to worry about prying eyes again.  

Click here to buy with 15% discount 

Registry Mechanic is an advanced registry cleaner for Windows that can safely clean and repair problems with your registry in a few simple mouse clicks! Easily fix problems with the Windows registry that are a common cause of crashes and errors. By using a registry cleaner regularly and fixing your registry your system should not only be more stable but it will also help Windows and your software run faster.
Registry Mechanic uses a high-performance detection algorithm to quickly identify missing and invalid references in your Windows registry. These problems can occur for many reasons including being left-behind after the un-installation or incorrect removal of software, by missing or corrupt hardware drivers, or orphaned startup programs.
With a few easy steps Registry Mechanic will scan your entire registry for any invalid entries and provides a list of the registry errors found, you can then choose to selectively clean each item or automatically repair them all. For your convenience and protection Registry Mechanic can also make a backup of any repairs made so that you can easily recover any changes if required.

Click here to buy with 15% discount or if you want Click here to download trial first. remember to receive your 15% discount you must return to this page.

Spam Monitor is an easy-to-use spam filter that detects and isolates unsolicited junk mail sent to your mailbox. Designed for people that aren't computer experts, Spam Monitor's powerful wizard configures your PC with the safest anti-spam settings automatically.

Click here to buy with 15% discount or if you want Click here to download trial first. remember to receive your 15% discount you must return to this page.

Spyware Doctor is an advanced adware and spyware removal utility that detects and cleans thousands of potential spyware, ad ware, trojans, keyloggers, spy ware cookies, trackware, spybots, malware and other malware from your PC. The Spyware Doctor remover tool allows you to remove, ignore or quarantine identified Spyware for free in the trial version. It also has an OnGuard system to immunize and protect your system against hundreds of privacy threats as you work. By performing a fast detection at Windows start-up you will be alerted with a list of the potential threats identified.

Click here to buy with 15% discount or if you want Click here to download trial first. remember to receive your 15% discount you must return to this page.


   Offers available only for first 1000 buyers



2  Tortuga - Pirate's Revenge


Unrest in the Caribbean

The Caribbean in the year 1660... Spain grows weaker under the pressure of the New Nations, while these attempt to secure their share of the "golden cake".

England and France have few ships under their command, and so decide to legitimize cutthroats and employ pirates, like buccaneers. Gradually, many cities turn into a paradise for criminals, becoming havens where their stolen, smuggled goods and slaves are traded.

During these darkening times most civil servants are corrupt, officers are brutal and governors are power-hungry. Worst of all is the Spanish governor DeRojas, who intends to remove the weak Spanish viceroy from power and then build his own empire, an inhuman empire of suppression and exploitation.

The Legend of the Lost Treasure Fleet
In 1572 Francis Drake, a buccaneer of Elizabeth I, raids the Spanish city Nombre de Dios near Panama and captures the Spanish Treasure Fleet. Six ships under the command of the Spanish admiral Don Pablo de Servantes escape from the English assault, yet they disappear under mysterious circumstances in the Bermuda Triangle. This legendary and deadly triangle is infested with sharks and wrecks of sunken ships lying in their wet graves.

Myths and legends evolve did monsters drag the ships to the bottom of the ocean? Did greed infest the seamen and they disappeared with all the treasure? Did a curse transform de Servantes and his ships into ghostly apparitions?

Fear and superstition ensure that most traders and sailors avoid this region. Yet six ships laden with the finest gold and silver is a booty that most pirates, privateers and even an ambitious governor cannot resist for long.

The Game
The action adventure "Tortuga Pirates Revenge" narrates the adventurous story of Aurelius, a former slave. A swashbuckler and a treasure hunter, Aurelius leads his ship through the unknown waters around the islands in the Caribbean.

"They called him 'Boy' or 'Slave'. They beat him with whips, they abducted his people, and they murdered his family. When the ageing pirate captain Diego unshackles him the tide turns: Aurelius, the black pirate captain, is now hunting down his former tormentors."

Tactical battles at sea and skill-based sword fights dominate the action segment. The extensive adventure features many main and side quests. Additionally, over 35 opening, interim and concluding sequences lead you through the game world.

"When Aurelius loots a rare artifact purely by coincidence, the story begins to unfold. The artifact, which is intended for the Spanish governor DeRojas, appears to be a clue towards the location of the legendry fleet of treasures."

System Requirements:
Operating System: Windows 98SE/ME/2000/XP

Minimum system requirements: Intel/AMD 1.0 GHz; 128 MB RAM for Windows 98SE/ME, 256 MB RAM for Windows 2000/XP; DirectX 8 compatible 32 MB graphics card; DirectX compatible sound card; 4x CD-ROM drive; 700 MB HDD space; DirectX 9 (included on the CD)

Recommended system requirements for optimal performance: Pentium IV 1.6 GHz; 512 MB RAM; DirectX 9 compatible 64 MB graphics card.












3  Seasonal Discounts - Headlight Products


Lightning Download - This is a download accelerator, manager, scheduler, and more. It helps you get better, faster downloads. Click here to buy with 15% discount 

Getright Download Manager - GetRight extends your file downloading with resuming of broken 
downloads, easy error recovery, download acceleration, and many other features to give you faster and more flexible downloads. Click here to buy with 15% discount or if you want Click here to download trial first. remember to receive your 15% discount you must return to this page.

Desktop Armor - This product protects your computer from unwanted changes (like your homepage or new programs starting when Windows starts). It helps you get rid of Hijackers, and keep them from coming back. It lets you turn off unneeded services to improve your security. It can block popup advertisements and much more. Click here to buy with 15% discount or if you want Click here to download trial first. remember to recieve your 15% discount you must return to this page.

Offers available only for first 1000 buyers



4   Seasonal Discounts - Crash Software


Speeding Up Your Computer

The most critical piece of hardware in any computer is probably the CPU. The most obvious way to improve computer speed would be to replace the CPU by a faster one. While this is by far the most efficient way to increase speed, it is also the most expensive.

Before you spend hundreds of dollars on new hardware, you should start by making sure that your current hardware is used efficiently. Because a modern computer is a very complex machine and Windows is a very complex piece of software, it most Windows PCs, there are at least twenty programs running at any time. Since most of these programs are invisible to the user, it is not very easy to know exactly what your computer is doing most of the time. By changing the process priorities you can often improve both performance and stability.

SpeedUpMyPC offers three different ways of ensuring that all your CPU resources are available to the applications that really need them. You can tell SpeedUpMyPC to automatically assign more resources to processes that are really important, such as games, CD writing software, or MPEG decoders. This can often make your favorite applications run faster and more smoothly, preventing skipped frames, gaps, and other problems.

Background Applications

If you have not re-installed your PC in at least a few months and have installed some shareware, freeware, plugins, components, and other files, you probably have a large number of unnecessary programs running in the background. These programs are often completely invisible, but they still consume valuable resources and make start-ups take longer than necessary. Some of these programs might also be spyware that monitors your surfing habits and sends personal information to remote servers. usually takes some tweaking to get the last 10 or 20 percents of performance out of your hardware.

SpeedUpMyPC makes it easy to remove all unwanted background applications permanently and helps you find spyware and other hidden programs in minutes. This will not only speed up your PC, but can also help you increase security and protect your privacy as well.



Featured Christmas Offer: We have partnered with the developers of SpeedUpMyPC and negotiated a very good price for you. For the month of December you can get a $5 discount on this great software, simply by inserting the following coupon code on the Order form:
LIUT-53TX-FJXT. Therefore, instead of $29.95, you can now get this very useful software for only $24.95.



5 Hardware Guide - PCI Express


Once upon a time, AGP graphics where the card of choice, without it your computer was old hat, and today in your local PC stores it is still the card from which most PC's are spawned, but hold your horses, a new kid is on the block. No longer is a PCI card upgrade the worst choice, because the PCI slot has a new big brother -  PCI express, a super fast slot for super fast graphics cards. The AGP X8 is not the biggest and fastest for graphics no more, because PCI express runs at, wait for it - 16X, yes that's a 4gb a second transfer rate, double the AGP maximum.

The orange connector to the right is the new PCI-Express connector. A definite choice for the future proofing a new computer or upgrade. 

The two beside it are also PCI-Express, but they only run at 1X. 

The other three connectors are standard PCI for the usual upgrades, i.e. modems, sound cards etc.

So considering a new computer then definitely wait for one with new PC-Express, coming to a shop near you soon. 

I here you say that you can't get PCI-Express boards for your AMD chips. Well just wait as these are due in the first quarter of 2005.



6  Hardware Guide - DDR2

So what's next I here you ask ? Well along with the new motherboards comes DDR2. DDR2 is he next generation of memory sticks, starting off where DDR ended. Don't be rushing out to buy it if you have an older motherboard as it will not be compatible. 

Although released sometime ago this memory type is only now creeping into the main stream. The old DDR ran at 200/266/333/400 Mbps respectively, whereas the new stuff runs at 400/533/667 Mbps.

If you decide to go for the new PCI express compatible boards then this will be the memory of choice for you. Within no time you will have a killer system, which will run every program/game on the market as smoothly as possible.

Data Bus 64 bits 64bits
Data Rate 200/266/333/400 Mbps 400/533/667 Mbps
Bus Frequency 100/133/166/200 MHz 200/266/333 MHz
DRAM Frequency 100/133/166/200 MHz 100/133/166 MHz
Package Type TSOP-II FBGA
Densities 256MB 512MB 1GB 256MB 512MB 1GB
Voltage 2.5V 1.8V
Prefetch Size 2 bits 4 bits
Burst Length 2/4/8 4/8
CAS Latency 1.5, 2, 2.5 3+, 4, 5
Write Latency 1T Read Latency -1

For all you tech junkies, I have supplied the above specs on DDR2.



7  Hardware Guide - Processors

Well along with the new motherboards, slots, graphics cards and memory that are appearing on the market come the processors. The Athlon 64 will be a processor to cross over, but the isn't due until quarter one of 2005.

Intel has already released its new range of processors, the processor numbers are 570J, 560, 550, 540, 530, 520 (these all use slot LGA775) so make sure your P4 is one of these, and look for nothing else if upgrading, at least until the Athlon 64 PCI express/DDR2 motherboards appear on the market.





Well that's it for this month, I hope you all enjoyed this issue, and we look forward to seeing you next month, 

Best Regards





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