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Brian Livingston
Attention fellow Windows sufferers: You could win the free 'Geek for a Day' contest

I'VE NEVER SEEN a Windows system that didn't need tuning, tweaking, fixing, or at least complaining about. I thank my lucky stars that Microsoft created such a complex and cranky collection of software; Windows certainly gives me lots to write about it.

Now I'm actually going to do something about it. To celebrate a new project of mine, I will pick at random two of my readers, and fly anywhere in the United States (at my own expense) to spend the day optimizing their Windows PC with each of them.

Whether you're a corporate honcho or a home-office hobbyist, you can win my "Geek for a Day" contest. It's free, and it's easy to enter.

What am I celebrating, you ask? I'm celebrating the March 15 launch of my email newsletter, "E-Business Secrets." This free weekly will reveal little-known treasures of the Internet, e-commerce, and the plethora of devices we use to plug in to the Web. My e-business tips won't be in the print version of InfoWorld; the newsletter will be distributed by e-mail only.

For the past several months, InfoWorld has been inviting its Web site visitors to subscribe to "E-Business Secrets," "Web Technology," and other assorted titles before we settled on a name. More than 100,000 people have subscribed, site unseen (pun intended), and I hope you'll join in the fun, too.

Step 1. Go to Enter your e-mail address; other fields are optional.

Step 2. Scroll down the newsletter titles and click the Subscribe box beside E-Business Secrets. (If you like, select "Window Manager," too, while it's handy.)

Step 3. Scroll down to the Yes/No choices, then click the Submit button. That's it.

On March 31, I'll randomly select two "E-Business Secrets" subscribers to win the "Geek for a Day." In fairness to all those who subscribed earlier, I'll pick one reader who signed up before March 1 and one who joined after March 1. Of course you can unsubscribe at any time, even after just one issue.

InfoWorld's privacy policy protects your email address from being sold or given out to anyone, unless you opt-in within the Yes/No section. That policy means that even I can't get your name; so look in your first newsletter for an easy, one-click way to make sure you're entered in the contest.

Undocumented IE features

Reader Phil Smith III sent in some little-known key combinations that work in Internet Explorer (IE). His top choice is Alt+Home, which switches the browser to your home page -- convenient if you want to get back quickly to your favorite portal. (You can select any page as your home page by pulling down the Tools menu and clicking Internet Options.)

In IE 5.5, Alt+Home plays a different role when Print Preview is selected. Alt+Home jumps to the first page to be printed; Alt+End jumps to the last. Using Alt plus the left or right cursor key moves the preview from page to page. For more Print Preview shortcuts, browse

Other time-savers that Smith likes are Spacebar, which scrolls Web pages down one screen, and Shift+Spacebar, which scrolls up. I discovered these myself by accident some time ago, but never mentioned them in print because some Web sites mysteriously do not obey these Spacebar shortcuts. Does anyone know why one site does and another doesn't?

Anti-virus false positive

In my Feb. 12 column, I mentioned a program called StartStop, which is available from

Reader Michael Siersema got a warning from his McAfee VirusScan that the StartStop program contained a virus. Fortunately, this was a false alarm. According to McAfee's Avert Lab in Beaverton, Ore., "This is a false detection, and it has been corrected in the latest .dat set."

McAfee users should upgrade to the latest .dat data file. Visit to do this. Click the Download Updates button, then download any .dat file dated Feb. 12 or later.


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