December 23, 2005
Dear CNET members,
Well, while you folks are reading this newsletter, I'll be in entrenched in Lee's super holiday spirits mode with all smiles. And whether you are just a reader, a participant, or both, I want to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for your presence in the CNET community throughout 2005. Since this will be the last newsletter delivery of the year, I wanted to extend my warmest holiday wishes to you, from my family to yours.While we are nearing the New Year, what's a New Year without resolutions? Oh, stop dwelling on the ones you didn't accomplish this past year--the real celebration is all about moving forward. So scrounge up paper and pen, jot down all the things you'd like to accomplish this coming year, and go at it with a whole new outlook! Hmm, it's not that easy? Well, let me drop you a few hints:
Resolution 1: Visit the CNET forums when you need advice or when you have helpful
tips so that you can help fulfill someone else's New Year's resolution.
Resolution 2: Participate in our weekly newsletter Q&A or hot topic discussion if you
haven't done so already.
Resolution 3: Fill out your CNET profile so that we can all get to know who you are
in our community.
Resolution 4: Now that you've received a bunch of new tech gifts for the holidays, submit
a product user opinion and tell us what you like or don't like. Or add a
new product to your Got It list on CNET My Products.
Now, that wasn't so bad. Seriously, though, I want to wish each and every one of you a very prosperous and safe New Year, and above all, here's a toast to happiness and good health! As I mentioned earlier, we will not be presenting a Q&A this week; however, I did promise some previous community hot topic discussions that got many of you talking, so pull up a cozy chair, chime in, and enjoy! Again thanks, everyone, for your continued support and participation. I'll see you next year when we answer Joaquin's question on physically cleaning out his machine.
|Community hot topics
Here are some interesting comments you've submitted on CNET. Read up and talk about it. Have fun!
Give public biometrics the finger
Like it or not, fingerprint scanners are coming to a grocery store near you. Are they more secure? No. Would you connect your bank account to a biometric sensor at your local grocery store? Why or why not?
Are iPods overrated?
Is the Apple iPod the greatest MP3 player ever, or is it all a bunch of hype? Many community members have already left their two cents in our Make Some Noise forum; now it's your turn to bring on the heat and tell us if you think the iPod is the real deal or just fluff.
What capabilities do you really
wish digital cameras had?
Digital cameras just keep improving. Features are added as technology gets cheaper, but maybe your digital camera doesn't do everything you would like. What would you add?
Which carmaker offers the best quality?
Whether it's Chevy vs. Ford, domestic vs. foreign, or luxury vs. economy, everyone seems to have a pick for highest-quality auto manufacturer. Let your voice be heard!
Which DVD rental service
do you use and why?
Netflix was first to offer online DVD rental service, but now Blockbuster is doing the same to compete. Both offer similar plans, but do you have a preference? Is one company quicker with its deliveries? Does one have better service? Let us know!
Are video games too violent?
We've seen past and present controversies over violent video games, and when bad stuff happens, the mud-flinging usually starts. Parents blame violent games, and the game vendors point to the parents, cycling through a never-ending debate. So who's responsible? Are video games too violent?
Is cell phone radiation harmful?
In the ongoing debate over the harmfulness of cell phone radiation, opinions are all over the map. Some claim you get more harmful radiation using your computer monitor, whereas some refuse to use cell phones because of the health effects. So the question to you is: Do you think cell phone radiation is harmful?
What applications that you now use do you expect to be replaced by a service delivered over the Internet?
With more and more software being bought and delivered over the Internet, what applications do you expect to be completely replaced by Internet delivery?
Data destruction--it's harder than you think
Within Windows, it's notoriously hard to permanently delete files. For accidental deletions and criminal investigations, this is great. However, criminals know this as well. New federal rules require data destruction but provide little guidance regarding electronic data destruction. Do you destroy electronic files? If not, why don't you?
Check out next week's question:
I've had the same desktop for a few years now, and I'm worried about the machine overheating due to dust blocking the fan and getting in the case. I'd like to clean up the inside of my machine, but I afraid I'll damage it. What's the best, safest way to clean up all my PC components? (I've never touched or seen the inside of my machine.) Also, are there any additional precautions I can take to keep my PC from getting so grimy in the future?
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