Windows Me, You Jane: How do you tame the new 800-pound gorilla from Microsoft?

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98Lite Me is produced by Shane Brooks, a developer in Maryland. I originally wrote about his earlier product, 98Lite, which demonstrated in March 1999 that visible portions of Internet Explorer could easily be removed from Windows 98 (see "Cut Internet Explorer from Windows 98 with your own bare hands").

By inserting programs such as Media Player into the Add/Remove Programs control panel, 98Lite Me gives you the best of both worlds. You can uninstall these and other programs to gain valuable disk space and snappier performance. And then, if you ever want them back, you simply reselect a check box to install them once again (from the original Windows Me setup filess).

Brooks says he easily runs Windows Me in less than 70MB of disk space, even with Me's version of Internet Explorer retained.

Brooks' previous product, 98Lite III, still works on all versions of Windows 98. The new 98Lite Me is specially tailored for Me.

To get either one, go to www.98lite.net/products.html. The registered version is priced at $25, and registered users of 98Lite III can upgrade to 98Lite Me for free.

And the best is yet to come. A major company is about to sign an agreement with Brooks to compress Windows into a 32MB space called DiskOnChip (see www.m-sys.com/docfam.asp). This will give handhelds fixed-disk-like storage and long battery life without the moving parts of hard disks.

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