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Doubleclick, Advertising.com, X10.com, Fastclick.com, Interpolls, 24/7 Media, and Avenue A. What do all these sites have in common? They produce those utterly annoying pop-up ads you find flying all over your screen when you surf the Web. Well, thanks to the Opt Out Links page, you can opt out from all the ads that are produced by these sites. No more ads clogging up your precious Internet bandwidth. And as Martha Stewart would say, "that's a good thing." :-)

And after you're done opting out, be sure to read the new announcements from SWiSHzone.com, World Wide Licenses, O'Reilly, and JASC in News.
It's that time again... Tax time. If you don't have an accountant, then you should at least be using computer software, especially when you can get it free... "2nd Story Software, Inc., a computer software developer based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, announces the release of TaxACT 2001. TaxACT is available in both a software and an online (over the web) version. Both versions are free to prepare and print an IRS-approved federal 1040 tax return. TaxACT Standard for Windows 95/98/2000/Me/XP, is a full-featured software program designed specifically for consumers to prepare their tax returns using their computer. TaxACT Online is an Internet program that can be used by anyone who has access to the Internet. Users simply need to set up an account on the TaxACT state-of-the-art secure servers and begin preparing their tax return for free.

Also, read the new announcements from Digital Leisure, Whatis.com, and Xara in News.
"Electronics: Sights and sounds of CES - Which new products are stealing the spotlight at CES 2002? CNET looks at the latest in MP3 players, digital cameras, cell phones, and more." Click here to read all about it.

Also, check out my write-up of Caligari's trueSpace 5.1 3D graphics software in Reviews.
Get this... a programmer in Thailand has created a program that produces sound, which sounds like bad noise to mosquitoes. The bugs can't stand the noise, so it drives them away. I guess it works like those noise producing devices you can buy in the store, but in this case the noise is produced by your PC speakers. You can download the program here. I haven't used it, so try the program at your own risk, but it looked like a cool piece of trivia I thought you might like to hear about.

More importantly, I've got some new announcements for you from Procreate, Extensis, Data Becker, and Adobe in News.
Happy New Year! Geez, 2001 just flew by, didn't it? The birth (or rebirth from Comp-media) of NewTechReview was only a short while ago, but we're growing at an unbelievable rate. This year I have planned many new additions to our beloved publication including daily tips, a discussion area, a links area, and of course more great contests. I think 2002 will be a wonderful year for us NewTechies. I really appreciate your support, and here's to a great new year!

The next issue of NewTechReview will be coming out soon, but in the meantime check out the new announcements from NewKidCo, O'Reilly, and Casady & Greene in News.
I'll be away this week for the holidays, so you probably won't see much of me online. But I'll be back next week with more news and reviews. The next issue of NewTechReview will be coming soon too. There's still time to get in on the SlamCam contest, so if you haven't signed up for your free subscription to NewTechReview yet, click here to do it now! :-)

Happy Holidays!
Looking for a new video card for your PC? Check out this new article over at Tom's Hardware Guide that covers 21 new boards in-depth. The article is called Win, Lose or Ti - 21 GeForce Titanium Boards.

Plus, read my write-up of the Nostromo n50 SpeedPad from Belkin in Reviews.

And a whole list of new announcements from Belkin in News.
I think I've found the ultimate technology gift... the RoboScout Personal Robot. It moves forward, back, right and left. Sensors detect obstacles and stairs. It's adjustable arms hold up to 2 lbs. of drinks and snacks on two included trays. It also includes a remote that provides both video and sound so you can see and hear what the robot is looking at and listening too. You can even talk into remote and the robot speaks in your voice. This thing is way cool. The only drawback? It's costs $900.00. A little too rich for my wallet. But if you're so inclined, you can find more info at the Sharper Image web site.

I've also posted some new announcements from Activision, Evergreen, and Sams Publishing in News.
"As a special thank-you to customers of the Windows XP operating system, Microsoft announced the new Windows Media Bonus Pack for Windows XP, available immediately for free via download through WindowsMedia.com. This special edition bonus pack offers fans of the digital media features in Microsoft Windows XP a collection of cool utilities, Powertoys, striking visualizations, new skins, sound effects and tools to further enhance the digital media experience."

And, see the announcements from Clickteam, Midway, O'Reilly, Symantec, and Caligari in News.
"SpyHunter Vintage Arcade Sweepstakes - Win a Vintage SpyHunter Arcade Unit. Want to command the old-school G-6155 Interceptor in your own home? Register at Midway.com and you'll be entered into the drawing to win a vintage SpyHunter arcade unit or a pair of SpyOptics sunglasses." Click here for more information about the contest.

Also, check out the new announcements from ATI Technologies, NetGUI, and Microsoft in News.
"PKWARE has extended the industry-standard .ZIP file format, which the company introduced in 1989 to support virtually unlimited archive size. The previous ZIP standard's limitations did not allow power users, such as system and network administrators, to create ZIP archives larger than 4-gigabytes in size or containing more than 65,000 files. With this new enhancement to the standard, archive size is only limited by the amount of space available on the storage media." For more information about the new Zip format, click here.

Also, see the new announcements from FinePrint, Intellivision Productions, PKWARE, and Ipswitch in News.
My first computer was an Atari 800. Ah, those were the good old days when everything was new to me and I was just beginning to learn all about what made these wonderful machines tick. Of course, my brother got interested in computers as well, but he decided to go with the Amiga. Remember Amiga computers? Even though they're gone, did you know you can emulate them on your PC? Yep, with a piece of software called Amiga Forever. From the description on the web site, it looks pretty cool. If you're interested, you can find more info here.

Also, be sure to read the new announcements from American Power Conversion, Microsoft, Intuit, Activision, Maxon Computer, and G-Lock Software in News.
If you are at all into web development, then you probably already know that Macromedia provides some of the best tools on the market. As a matter of fact, I use Macromedia tools (like Dreamweaver) to development and maintain this site. Well, new users will be glad to hear that Macromedia is now focusing its efforts on making it easier to use its tools. They are now providing the Dreamweaver 4 Jump Start and the Accessibility and E-Learning Solutions Kits as free resources for customers who purchase or upgrade Macromedia Flash, Dreamweaver, or eLearning Studio. These kits provide customers with free product extensions, templates, training, and tutorials. Click here for more information.

And be sure to check out the new announcements from Activision, Deneba, and Legacy Interactive in News.
About a week ago I mentioned that Microsoft's Xbox had hit the scene. Well, now the rage is Nintendo's GameCube. Gaming fans may be wondering which box they should go with. CNET has posted a couple reviews that may help you make your decision regarding the Xbox vs. GameCube war.

And I've posted some new announcements from Official Software, Intuit, Midway Games, Activision Value, and O'Reilly in News.
If you celebrate Thanksgiving, I hope you had a nice holiday. But now it's time to get back to being a techno-nerd. :-) Speaking of which, check out this outrageous bill that the entertainment industry is trying to push on us...

"The SSSCA is a bill, pushed by the entertainment industry, to be proposed in Congress by Senators Fritz Hollings (D-SC) and Ted Stevens (R-Alaska). The acronym stands for Security Systems Standards and Certification Act. The law would force all new personal computers and digital home entertainment devices sold in the United States to have government-approved policeware built-in. This policeware would restrict your use of copyrighted material on these devices -- including music files and CD's, video clips, DVD's, e-books, and more." Click here to read more, and sign the petition against this bill.

Also, check out the announcements from Activision and GlobalSCAPE in News.
Happy Thanksgiving! I will be off for the next four days to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday here in the USA. But I won't leave you empty handed...

No matter what you do with your PC, you always want it to be optimized for the best performance possible, right? Well, first you have to find out what may be bogging it down. To do that, you might want to check out the PC Pitstop web site. Here's a description of the site: "PC Pitstop runs diagnostics on your PC to identify things that might help improve performance. The process is fully automated, private and safe. After the diagnostics run, we'll give you tips for improving all kinds of things. Best of all, the service is free!"

Of course, there are some things that you can identify manually as to whether or not they're affecting your PC performance. Some of the worst culprits are the programs that run in your Windows Startup folder. If you're not sure what I mean, then take a look at the Startup List web site for a detailed explanation.

Also, check out the new announcements from Nintendo, Sonic Foundry, SimpleTech, Midway, NewKidCo, Acclaim, and Activision in News.

See ya on Monday the 26th! :-)
Do you have Harry Potter fever? You may not be able to find tickets to the movie yet, but you can play Harry Potter on your PC. Check out the new Harry Potter games from Electronic Arts, which are available for the PC, Game Boy Advance, Game Boy Color, and PlayStation.

Also, CNET covers Comdex: "Pounding the pavement in Las Vegas, our editors spotted a promising IM client, real Bluetooth products, and new virus-slaying software. Plus, watch a video of the Xbox in action. Get complete coverage of tech's premier trade show right here."

And be sure to check out the new announcements from Vivastar, Multimedia 2000, Electronic Arts, and TechSmith in News.
If you're into gaming, then you've no doubt heard about the recent release of Microsoft's Xbox. Supposedly, it is twice as powerful as the PlayStation 2. This is according to Semiconductor Insights: "Compared to the PlayStation2, the Xbox houses a CPU (an Intel Pentium III) that runs at 600 MHz -- twice the speed of the Emotion Engine. Other notable features include 64 Mbytes of Samsung DDR SDRAM (4 x 128M devices), 6.4 GB/sec memory bandwidth, broadband internet access and a Seagate 10 Gbyte hard drive." Click here to read their entire press release.

Also, check out the new announcements from Microsoft, ArialPhone, Her Interactive, Fishtank Interactive, and Corel in News.
Your computer's hard drive is a major factor in determining how well your system performs. The hard drive type, specs, and interface all play a part in how fast your computer will run. Have you ever stopped to wonder how all of these aspects come into play? If so, then check out Storage Review's Hard Drive Reference. It will tell you almost everything you ever wanted to know about how hard drives work.

Also, check out the new announcements from Intel, Electronic Arts, Stardock, Sonic Solutions, Intuit, and Activision in News.
If you're wondering which version of Windows is the best, and which version you should be running, join the crowd. Many people are confused about whether or not they should upgrade to the latest/greatest, and which OS actually runs the best. If you're one of the many, then you might want to check out this comparison article published by The Tech Report, which compares the performance of WinXP vs. Win2000 vs. WinME.

Also, check out the recent announcements I've posted from Ricoh, Alera Technologies, AVerMedia, and TechSmith in News.
We all love cool electronic gadgets, right? You probably wouldn't be reading NewTechReview if you didn't. And if you're like me, you have to struggle to keep yourself from whipping out your wallet every time you pass the electronics section of your local shopping center. Well, be sure to hang on tight to that wallet of yours before you read CNET's Top 10 Must Have Gadgets article. They pick their 10 favorite, most desirable gadgets, from souped-up smart phones to superb DVD players. I thought you might like to see what they came up with.

Also, I've posted some announcements from Polaroid, Infogrames, and Activision in News.
Are you getting ready to purchase your next PC, but you're not sure which chip to go with, the Athlon XP or the Pentium 4? Well, then you need to check out this in-depth article over at Tom's Hardware Guide, which goes into great detail about comparisons between these CPUs.

And if you're wondering if your software will run on the new Windows XP OS, be sure to stop by the Windows XP Software Compatibility Site, where you can type in the name of an application and check its compatibility.

I've also posted some announcements from Visioneer, Activision, and THQ in News.

Have a great weekend!
I hope you're enjoying the first issue of NewTechReview. If you have any comments or suggestions for future issues, just drop me an e-mail and let me know what you have in mind.

In the meantime, I've posted some announcements from Adobe, Ulead, Her Interactive, Individual Software, and Activision in News.
Issue 1 has been published! Here's what you'll find in this issue:

1. Scott's Bits - Comp-media=NewTechReview
2. NTechCONTEST - WWF Slam Cam
3. NTechNEWS - Toolbook, HomeSite, WebEditor, Moon Tycoon, and more
4. NTechFEATURE - Clean Up Your Windows
5. NTechSHAREWARE - WindowBlinds and SolSuite 2001
6. NTechFREEWARE - Download Accelerator Plus and Ad-aware
7. NTechBUYWARE - LEGO Creator: Harry Potter
8. NTechREVIEWS - Dreamweaver, QuicKeys, and more
9. NTechTIP - Adjust your CPU Priority
10. NTechFUN - How Stuff Works
11. NTechTOPIC - Windows XP Resources
12. NTechNEXT - Keeping It Private!

To read this issue, you need to be a subscriber. If you're not already, just fill in the subscription form at the top of this page. It's free!
Windows XP has arrived. I should be getting my hands on a copy in the near future. In the meantime, have you decided whether or not you'll be upgrading? Well, to help you make your decision, I've rounded up a number of resources that I think you'll find useful. The first is a site called Cheaper Windows. This site is dedicated to searching the Net to find the cheapest Windows XP prices. Before you buy, you might want to check it out. Next, you'll want to take at look at CNET's Windows XP Superguide for all kinds of information, including a review of WinXP, tips and tricks, and more. Microsoft has also put together an official Windows XP site, although keep in mind that they probably won't be providing any unbiased opinions about their own product. :-) And finally, be sure to join Woody's Windows XP Watch for tips and tricks about the new OS by sending a blank e-mail to winxp@woodyswatch.com. All those resources should provide you with enough information to help you make your Windows XP purchasing decisions.

Also, I've got some announcements for you from Click2learn, AIST, Jasc Software, and Activision in News.
The battle between Mac and PC users has been a long one. Each side believes their operating system is the best. Of course, with all of the marketing 'mistakes' made by Microsoft recently, they certainly aren't making many new friends. But that really has nothing to do with the quality of their OS. So CNET has decided to publish a feature pitting the new Mac OS X against the new Windows XP. Click here to read their article and see which OS wins. I thought you'd get a kick out of it.

I've also got some new announcements for you from Hewlett-Packard, ADS Technologies, Que, and Legacy Interactive in News.
Attention all readers! Comp-media has undergone some drastic changes (as you can see :-). The publication has a new name, format, and location. Comp-media is now called NewTechReview. We'll still be providing you with all the great technology information you've come to expect over the years, but with even more content than before. We'll also still be providing a free monthly newsletter, the first issue of which will be available shortly.

In the meantime, NewTechReview comes with a new URL (http://www.newtechreview.com/newtechreview/) and web site design. Here on the web site you'll find news and reviews of all your favorite new technology products. There will also be daily tips added in the near future, and of course we still have our monthly product contests. Please feel free to explore the site and I'll will post a notice when the first newsletter issue becomes available.

Also be sure to check out the new announcements from Macromedia, Microsoft, procreate, Activision, and Deneba in News.

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