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Beware the data protection scam, and a tip or two

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A warning that the bogus Data Protection Act invoicers are about. In force.The scam is that organisations with names that sound pretty much like the Data Protection Agency or the Information Commission, but aren't, email you asking for the annual fee - of between £80 and £130.As with the Great Carbon Paper Scam in times of yore, someone in the office thinks, okay must pay this, and fires off a cheque.Don't say it won't happen to you: the Information Commission currently gets 1,500 calls a week.A week.And, it says, this is the tip of the iceberg.

If we had actually believed Microsoft's announcement that from the beginning of this year it wasn't supporting Windows 98, Second Edition or ME, you might immediately have switched over to the Toys-R-Us-alike Windows XP.Millions of people didn't.Microsoft has announced that it is now supporting the three until June 2006.Gosh, kind old Microsoft. Industry cynics have another take on this turnabout.They say Microsoft is running scared of Linux; Windows XP and the 'upgrades' to associated applications such as Microsoft Office are too expensive.Windows is doing everything in its power to dump on the anti-free-market (aka free) Linux, which is getting better and better.They say the real reason Microsoft is extending support is simply because it is fearful people will upgrade to SUSE or Mandrake Linux plus Open Office instead of XP plus MS Office. I guess they are probably right.

You may know it already but I didn't, so here it is: you can scroll up and down in Internet Explorer using the sliders at the side as in the manual.But you can also use the spacebar.Hit the spacebar for down a page and Shift+spacebar for up.Nice, and possibly healthy, to vary the customary firm grip on the mouse.Oh, PgUp and PgDn, of course, work too.

And, finally, a lot of my mates make a practice of hitting Ctrl-S at the end of sentences to save their work - preferably to floppy or flash memory. I would if I could remember to.

sutherland. lyall@btinternet. com

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