November 26, 2004
Dear CNET members,
In the midst of this Thanksgiving holiday season, I want to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for your incredible contribution to this newsletter and the community forums. Without your voice, this newsletter wouldn't be possible. So again, thank you! As I mentioned last week, we will not be having a Q&A this week. However, I did promise you some classic discussions to nibble on through the holiday. So check them out and add your voice. I'll see you all next week when we answer Gloria's identity theft question.
Top 10 Classic Community Buzz
This week we revisit some of our past and most popular discussions in the forums. Enjoy!
Computers: Turn off or leave on?
It's time to rally the troops, folks--time to discuss this popular and frequently asked question of whether to turn off the computer or leave it on. Jump on the bandwagon and give us your two cents about what you do, and I'll start tallying up the votes--off, on, off, on...
More from the Desktop forum
Why a member thinks people shouldn't use Windows Internet Explorer
Do you need some honest opinions? Well here it is. One of our veteran forum members tells us why he thinks people shouldn't use Windows Internet Explorer. He goes on to discuss the vulnerabilities and how it serves as a road map for writers of any Trojan horse, worm, or virus. This discussion is getting a bit heated, but it is just a matter of an opinion after all. Take a look, and if you have a cent or two to throw into the donation jar, it's wide open, so join in!
More from the Computer Help forum
XP SP2 Firewall or ZoneAlarm?
Many people use standalone firewall programs such ZoneAlarm, Tiny Personal Firewall, or BlackIce Defender, but what about the one that comes as a part of the Windows XP Service Pack 2? Does it offer you the same protection as these other firewalls? Find out in this discussion what XP users are saying, and if you've had a good or bad experience with the new XP SP2 firewall, share it with us here.
More from the Windows XP Forum
What is WD-40?
The CNET forums aren't always filled with tech advice and discussions, and here's one that kind of strayed from the norm that's about WD-40. What is WD-40, you ask? Find out in this discussion and add your comments on or experience about this product that I personally call Wonder Drug 40. Sound off right here and have fun!
More from the PC Hardware forum
I've done almost everything, yet XP still runs painfully slow
When your computer starts running slowly, you do everything in your power to remedy the problem: update all the necessary OS patches, defrag the hard drive, clean up those temporary files, and so forth, until you've tried everything--yet your computer still drags along. Frustrating, isn't it! In this thread, many of our knowledgeable members offer up their tips and tricks to help solve this problem. Maybe you can use these suggestions to rejuvenate your computer's speed once again, and if you have something to add to the discussion, we're all ears.
More from the Windows XP forum
Defragging can be bad for hard drives?
Most people would agree that you should defrag your hard drive regularly to keep it running smoothly. Recently, a member's friend said that defragging too often causes wear and tear on the drive. Could this be true? After years of telling people to defrag often, could we have been giving out misinformation? Take a look at this discussion and read what our resident experts have to say. If you're ever given information that you aren't sure is accurate, post it in the forums. Most likely, someone will be able to give you an explanation or set the record straight.
More from the Computer Newbies forum
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