I wish that kindly Inverness reader hadn't got me going, but I just have to report that Apple charges UK iTunes downloaders around .1.14 (£0.78) per track but .0.99 (£0.68) to everybody else in Europe. And it won't allow you to download from, say, a French site.
Our Office of Fair Trading has referred to the EC what seems to be a case of cross-border shopping discrimination.
I've said it before: great computer, great designer, hmm about the owners.
I was, incidentally, cheered to read a recent PC magazine leader suggesting that PC manufacturers might stop aping the Mac's cool white and design some half-stylish PC kit. Some hope.
A reader also reported back about using Adaware and Spybot on his home computer. He writes: 'While they did remove a whole host of infections that I was unaware of, neither of them was able to remove the annoying CWS spybot that reroutes the 'about: blank' page to a porn site search engine.' I hasten to add that this doesn't mean he had been viewing young persons with exaggerated features. It just happens that porn sites are major beneficiaries of scumware and account for the high take-up of spam propositions.
Our reader did a serious Google search and came up with CWShredder at www.
majorgeeks. com/download4086. html.
He reports: 'This worked wonders and my machine is now infection-free. In order to prevent reinfection, this site recommends uninstalling the Microsoft Java virtual machine module and replacing it with the Sun Java module.' I can't vouch for all this because my Win98 computer, which reroutes 'about:
blank' to Microsoft Messenger (MM), is out of action, but there's nothing like personal recommendations. I'm not too hopeful about getting rid of MM because CWShredder is designed to destroy only the CWS Trojan that does the redirecting.
Make sure that all browser and folder windows are closed before you use it. And maybe read some details first at www. spywareinfo. com/articles/cws sutherlandlyall@btinternet. com