Welcome to the 289th issue of the PC Improvement News. PCIN consists mainly
of news and tips. There is something for everyone, and if this is your first
issue, I'm sure there will be something for you. If you give me two or three
issues, I know that you will come back for more!
I received a comment from a friend/co-worker/subscriber, Tracey
Norton, last week that my opening thoughts about the weather are
All I can say is that there isn't much happening these days, and I'm not
getting much help from the subscribers. Send me information... let me know
what is exciting with computers... help me not be so lame :-)
"Herds of robotic traffic cones could soon be swarming onto a highway,
closing down lanes and slowing the traffic.
The new road markers have been developed by Shane Farritor, a roboticist
at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, in a bid to help reduce the $100 billion
per year that the Department of Transportation estimates is lost to the US
economy through accidents and delays caused by highway lane closures.
The self-propelled markers take the form of robotic three-wheeled bases for
the brightly coloured barrels that are set out to demarcate road repair zones.
Farritor says they can open and close traffic lanes faster and more safely
"Google Inc.'s looming initial public stock offering is stirring tremendous
excitement, but it shouldn't be surprising if its biggest beneficiaries have
Some sobering changes are in store at the company, whose breathtaking rise
has had a distinctly funhouse flavour.
Any IPO creates major distractions and business culture transformations,
and Google's competitive edge could be dulled if iconoclastic co-founders
Larry Page and Sergey Brin are forced to march to Wall Street's prosaic beat.
An IPO 'can create more accountability, but it doesn't necessarily foster
long-term value,' said Peter Thiel, who took his Internet startup, PayPal,
public in 2002 before selling the company to eBay for $1.3-billion. '(It)
changes the emphasis from building a great business to trying to meet the
quarterly (earnings) numbers.'"
Missouri tracks scofflaws via pizza-delivery databases
"It's dinnertime, and you're hungry and tired, so you pick up the phone
and order your favorite pizza. But you might have just landed yourself a
lot more than pepperoni and cheese.
If you owe fines or fees to the courts, that phone call may have provided
the link the state needed to track you down and make you pay.
That's one of the strategies of firms such as a company being hired by the
Missouri Office of State Courts Administrator to handle its fine and debt
David Coplen, the state office's budget director, said he discovered that
pizza delivery lists are one of the best sources such companies use to locate
Provide feedback on Microsoft products:
"Let us know how we can improve our products.
Product enhancement suggestions can include:
Improvements on existing products, Suggestions for additional features, Ways
to make our products easier to use"
Fill out the form at http://register.microsoft.com/mswish/suggestion.asp
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I know there are thousands of sites online where you can play games, but
if you haven't played the games at http://www.popcap.com/ then
you are missing out. I'm particularly addicted to BookWorm and Bejeweled.
You can play online, or download versions for your Palm device or your PC.
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