IDG’s PCWORLD.COM Launches Home Office Newsletter

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – DECEMBER 13, 2000 – Today, ( launched a new email newsletter: Steve Bass’ Home Office ( Delivered free every Wednesday, the snappy commentary covers high-tech products, strategies for getting the most out of them, and the "gotchas" that can cause computing misery. The newsletter is written for the growing number of Americans who telecommute or work out of their homes-and is expected to attract 25,000 subscribers by the end of the year.


With his signature humor and take-no-prisoners style, Bass considers the latest topics, ranging from broadband (how to live with it) to Windows Me (how to live without it) to digital video (how to justify to spouse or boss). Once a month, the newsletter’s content will complement the focus of Bass’ print column—other weeks will explore a wide range of computing issues. Coming up: time-saving keyboard shortcuts and smart tips for backing up data.

A 10-year veteran of PC World, Steve Bass writes the monthly print magazine’s popular “Home Office” column. In addition, he is a frequent “Air Talk” computer correspondent on KPCC-FM, a NPR affiliate in Pasadena, California. He is also the president of the Pasadena IBM Users Group, a 2400-member organization of computing professionals in southern California.’s portfolio of free e-newsletters includes topics ranging from free software downloads to the latest high-tech news, delivering more than 4.6 million newsletters each week. For more information, go to:

PC World Communications, Inc. is the publisher of PC World and ( and is a subsidiary of IDG, the world’s leading IT media, research and exposition company. The winner of the 1999 and 2000 Grand Neal Award for editorial excellence, PC World is the world’s largest computer publication with a circulation rate base of 1.25 million. With more than 1.6 million unique visitors per month (Media Metrix, October 2000), is a leading online resource for PC-product buyers and users. IDG publishes more than 300 computer magazines and newspapers and 4,000 book titles in 80 countries and offers online users the largest network of technology-specific sites around the world through (, which comprises more than 270 targeted Web sites in 70 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related expositions in 35 countries, and research arm International Data Corporation (IDC) provides computer industry research and analysis through 50 offices in 43 countries worldwide. Company information is available at