November 2008 Newsletter

  • Ultimate PC Tune Up Guide
  • Fighting Scareware
  • Laptop Fires Trigger New Recalls
  • “Trail of Toxic Waste”
  • Bits from Bill: The Truth Behind Windows 7
  • Election Poll & Survey Results
  • Average Desktop CPU Speed Slows?
  • Survey: Our Digital World
  • Tip #1: Windows Recovery Environment
  • Tip #2: System Restore with No Reboot
  • Tip #3: Favorites & Good Bookmarks
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    October 2008 Newsletter

  • *Our Virtual World
  • *Save Ink, Paper & Money!
  • *Top 10 Graphics Cards
  • *Update: 3D Test Results
  • *Bits from Bill: Stopping AntiVirus 2009
  • *”Must Have Security Tool”
  • *Online Backup Survey Results
  • *PC Pitstop OverDrive Survey
  • *Tip #1: Disabling Adobe Updater
  • *Tip #2: Your HardDrive Revealed
  • *Tip #3: Over 7,000 Free Downloads
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    PC Pitstop – Working in a Virtual World


    Hello from Rio de Janeiro Brazil. I ran into an old friend on Ipanema beach and he asked me how we do it. In case anyone was wondering, PC Pitstop is a virtual company. Our company is comprised of 15 full time employees, 2 part time employees, and 2 contract employees, all run in a virtual manner from our homes. The answer to my buddy’s question is two basic things. Communication and technology. Or perhaps, better put, technology that enables communication. These are the key technologies that are the glue that keeps us running as a cohesive company.

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    September 2008 Newsletter

  • *OverDrive 3D Benchmark
  • *Virus Wars I
  • *IE 8 Rains on Firefox Parade
  • *Bits from Bill: Whats Wrong with Toolbars
  • *Bits from Bill: Google Enters Browser War
  • *Malware Survey Results
  • *Women Forget More Than Men
  • *Online Backup Survey
  • *Tip #1: Browser Keyboard Shortcuts
  • *Tip #2: XP Home Security Tab
  • *Tip #3: Tip for Encoding with Nero 8
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    June 2008 Newsletter

    *More Problems with Windows XP SP3
    *Introducing PC Pitstop Process Library
    *The Battle of the Sexes
    *Pitcrew Live Support
    *Bits from Bill: Is Vista Really More Secure?
    *Craplets & Bloatware Survey Results
    *Windows XP SP3 Survey Results
    *PC Pitstop – CPU Trends
    *Tip #1: Bootskins
    *Tip #2: Hard Drive Help
    *Tip #3: Gmail Tips

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    Printer Survey Results December 2007

    The initial analysis of our December 2007 Printer Survey results.

    Novice Users

    54.8%…All in One Inkjet
    4.3%…All in One Laser

    Intermediate Users

    47.5%…All in One Inkjet
    3.9%…All in One Laser

    The typical inkjet printer owner spends about $80 annually in the $30 billion dollar a year ink-jet cartridge market. (Lyra Research)

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    PC Pitstop Online Video Survey Results

    The PC Pitstop June 2007 survey took a look at how people are adapting to and using online video. Improvements in technologies and bandwidth have opened up a whole new way for how information is being shared and accessed on the internet. 40% of the folks that answered our survey indicate that they are frequently watching online news videos. Web sites such as and MySpace.come are basically allowing anyone, with a PC and the desire, to make and share their online videos with the world.

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    PC Pitstop Vista Survey Results

    The results of our February and March 2007 Vista Survey are in. Our initial analysis of the survey data is found below.

    In summary, the results of our survey are generally not good news for Microsoft. While Microsoft’s ‘The “Wow” starts now’ tag line for Vista marketing focuses attention to its visual and graphic capabilities, the software giant appears to have under-estimated the importance of marketing the more tangible benefits that PC users want or expect. Our survey results indicate a significant amount of uncertainty or confusion by PC users as to the benefits of upgrading to Vista.

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    Playing with Fire III

    Last night, before I went to bed, the battery in my notebook felt a little hot. All these crazy thoughts went through my head. Was this the first sign before it explodes? What would I do if my notebook exploded in the middle of the night? Perhaps, I was being paranoid, but I pulled the battery out of my portable before drifting off to sleep.

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    November 2006 Newsletter

    PC Pitstop Exclusive: Notebook PC Explodes
    Full Test Overhaul
    Playing With Fire III
    Authority on the Dangers of Li Ion Batteries Speaks Out
    New One Stop Resource for Safer Computing
    Research: Analog Modems Finally Obsolete?
    Tip: Make your Internet experience safer, faster and smarter
    Survey: Passwords
    Tip: Save Hard Drive Space and Open Files Faster

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    Wireless Networking Survey

    The results of our September 2006 Wireless Networking Survey are in. The overall survey summary results are shown below.

    Almost 49% have never used a public wireless hotspot. Nearly 26% of those surveyed admit to using someone else’s wireless connection without authorization. In addition, 39% don’t know if anyone has used their wireless network without permission.

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    July 2006 Newsletter

    Commentary: Google Boomers
    Article: Keyboard shortcuts save time
    Windows Tweak: Reduce IE loadtimes
    Optimize: Announcing Optimize 1.5
    Research: Open Office gaining marketshare
    Survey: Weigh in on our digital music survey
    Windows Alert: XP drains portable batteries
    Windows Tweak: Make your LCD screen crystal clear

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    Gator and WhenU Survey Results

    PC Pitstop has the unique ability to survey users to add qualitative information to our quantitative analyses. Since April 2004, we have been surveying Gator and When U users about their experiences with their software. The following survey question was asked to Gator users after their PC’s were tested but before their test results were displayed

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