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What's New at PC Pitstop, February 2005
Your Source for Free Online PC Tests & Diagnostics
IN THIS ISSUE
It Pays To Read License Agreements
How did one lucky user of PC Pitstop Optimize turn $30 into
$1,000? He read the End-User License Agreement (EULA)! Our
EULA had a clause offering money to anyone who contacted us,
but it took five months and more than 3,000 sales before the
first person, Doug Heckman, dropped us a line asking about
the clause. This may be the first time that a EULA contained
really good news for users! Spyware and adware love to hide
their bad news in the EULA, and after our experiment we can
understand why. Check out our article on the danger of unread
EULAs from our esteemed guest columnist Larry Magid:
How Do You Make A Top Dawg Computer?
As we found out from last month's Top Dawg Contest, there are
fast computers, and then there are Top Dawg computers. How do
you build a PC that will tear through benchmarks in the blink
of an eye? We'll give you the inside information on the systems
that placed at the head of the pack last month. Keep an eye out
for future articles in this new section we call "MAX PC". Want
to suggest a topic for future articles? Post a message in our
forums site feedback and we'll try to make it happen!
Spyware, Adware, and Others: What's in a Name?
For simplicity, we often use the term "spyware" to refer to
any software that is installed without the complete knowledge
and approval of the user. There are some differences between
all the various types of spyware, often based on the motives
of the person putting it onto your PC or the methods used to
get it there. Find out more by reading our article on the
Spyware Name Game:
Thomas Cook Books with Claria
The "adware" companies like Claria just love it when a big
company advertises with them, since it helps establish their
legitimacy. Several big Claria advertisers like Date.com have
decided they didn't want to be associated with Claria, but
new companies are being sucked in all the time. The latest is
UK-based Thomas Cook travel and its ad agency, Oyster Partners.
Read our letter to the company and add your own opinion:
PC Pitstop's Folding Team: Almost Fifty
Folding@Home lets you use spare computer time for medical
research. Instead of having your computer sit idle while you
are not using it, why not donate that time to a good cause?
The PC Pitstop Folding@Home team has almost broken into the top
fifty teams internationally, and we could use your help! Learn more and join
the team at the Distributed Computing section of our forums!
About PC Pitstop
PC Pitstop, LLC (http://www.pcpitstop.com) was formed in February 2000, and offers users a unique way to make sure their PCs are running fast, stable and secure--all through a free, Web-based interface.
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