[original story appeared at: PC World Online]
Expand Your Desktop
Get your files and
favorite Web sites without going through Windows menus.
by James A.
Martin, special to PC World
December 2, 1998, 7:47 a.m.
While Microsoft has been busily
protecting its turf from the Justice Department, a little-known
company has taken a tiny but important piece of desktop PC real
estate away from the software giant.
The Pixel Company announced
Tuesday that MySpace version 2.0 is now available for free
downloading from the company's Web site. MySpace is a Windows
95/98 software application that places a customizable bar at the
bottom of your screen.
Icons on the bar provide direct
links to Web sites, applications, files on your hard drive, and
even Java applets and other operating systems--allowing you to
access these items without having to use Windows menus or
controls. The MySpace bar is always accessible, regardless of
what you're doing on the computer.
MySpace uses the black space
around the edge of a computer screen known as the overscan area.
The MySpace bar adds about 30 pixels to the bottom of the
display. Your display is automatically, though only slightly,
squeezed to make room for the bar; nothing is cropped or
overridden. Along with the horizontal MySpace bar at the bottom
of the display, users may see vertical black bands on the left
and right sides of their screen.
The MySpace bar looks like a
rotating cylinder, and includes programmable buttons. By default,
MySpace contains buttons that can take you directly to a number
of Web sites, including Merriam-Webster OnLine, CNN Interactive,
Amazon.com, Nasdaq-Amex.com, Disney, and ESPN. You can add URLs
by dragging and dropping them onto the MySpace bar; you can also
program the bar to access files on your PC.
Packard Bell and other vendors are
expected to ship PCs with MySpace preinstalled, though a Pixel
Company spokesperson couldn't say when those systems will be
MySpace is not compatible with the
Canopus Screamin' 3D and Diamond Stealth 64 graphic boards.
Another caveat: If your PC uses an ATI Rage II or S3 Trio V64 PCI
video adapter, MySpace will run in share mode, meaning it must
share the existing screen area with Windows rather than always
being available at the bottom of the screen
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