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By JULES ALLEN
Published June 21, 2004

Safe computing

slate.msn.com/id/2102230/

Here's a quick and effective roundup of three techniques that will help keep your PC safe from spyware and viruses. The author claims you're a mere 20 minutes away from locking things down, so it would be time well spent. The only thing I'd add is modifying the first step to not use Outlook or Internet Explorer at all. Try a browser such as Mozilla or an e-mail program such as Eudora instead.

Party like it's 1998

www.StanaPhone.com/

Oh, no, here we go again. The economy is picking up, and people are giving away all kinds of free stuff to get you to use their services. Sound like recent history repeating itself? How about a free phone, Mr. Consumer? Yes, you can make and receive domestic and some international phone calls to your little heart's delight. Call me skeptical, but I wouldn't get too attached to this service if I were you.

Objective thinking

www.SensoryImpact.com/

You may be hooked on a few blogs already. But if you dream of open surfaces and swanky furniture, this might be great bookmark fodder (or RSS fodder if you take your blogging seriously). It's mostly a collection of aesthetically designed furniture. During my visit, there were some great pieces such as lighting and a very scary-looking extension cord.

Gadgets of yesteryear

DigiBarn.com/collections

I'm a sucker for online museums but this one makes me want to drop an e-mail and beg for an audience with the real thing in Santa Cruz. This is a Web-based front end to an honest-to-goodness collection of some of the coolest and dumbest personal computing devices ever. If you have an appreciation for the subject, be sure to peruse the Print Documentation area. AT&T's 1928 definition of a high-speed line is quite quaint.

Mac-flavored PCs

EnGadget.com/entry/8828351836181248

Aren't you envious of that Apple OS X user interface? Don't worry. If you've got a Windows computer, there are some widgets you can throw at it to make it look just like a Mac. Of course you won't be as virus resistant and you'll still have to deal with all that spyware. But at least it'll all look good. Here's a roundup of all the add-ons you'll need and a nifty, if not slightly technical, installation guide.

- Jules Allen has been building Web sites since 1994 and has been writing for Personal Tech since 1997. Send suggestions by e-mail to personaltech@sptimes.com or write P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731.

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