Welcome to the 294th 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!
Last Thursday after dinner, I suggested to Lisa that we walk to the closest
7-11 and get a Slurpy. It's probably a 20 minute walk there, and when we were
about 3/4 there, Lisa was walking off the sidewalk to cross a side street and
she tripped. She didn't want to fall on her belly, and hurt the baby, so she
turned and ended up falling on her side. She scraped her face in two places,
scraped both knees, and broke the little finger on her right hand. We went
to the hospital (don't get me started on how terrible and experience that was!)
where they set the finger and put it in a splint. Yesterday she went to the
plastic surgeon who set the finger again, and put her hand in a cast. She'll
have it in a cast for 3 weeks. She's doing fine, and the baby is fine as well.
The only thing is we were hoping to have the baby a little early, whereas now
we want to wait until the cast is off. Hopefully the baby will co-operate!
Many of you know that my Dad collects an antique glassware with a design called
Hughes Corn Flower. It has been a long time since I've updated the site, but
I'm finally getting around to improving the gallery. You can check out the
new gallery (I'm still working on it) at http://hughescornflower.com/gallery2/
"Linda Palmer never wants to give up her America Online.
A subscriber since 1994, she pays AOL $24.95 monthly even though she no longer
needs it to get online. She added high-speed DSL service a year ago, at
$39.95 a month.
'I can't give up my AOL e-mail address,' says Palmer, a Los Angeles novelist.
'Too many people write me there. Plus, I don't like change.'
AOL became a household name by offering consumers an easy way to get onto
the Internet. Now, it is scrambling to hold onto to its 24 million members
as many ditch dial-up for broadband service.
After the spectacular crashes of big-name Internet grocers in the late 1990s,
the dream of a grand new wave of on-line food stores appeared to fizzle.
But with intentionally meager fanfare, grocers have made Internet shopping
available to tens of millions of consumers across North America, and upcoming
expansions will expand it to millions more.
Industry watchers say it's no longer a question of whether Internet grocery
can be successful, but rather of how big it will become.
"With identity theft rampant, we need to be cautious with our personal
information. But consumer advocates say there's something else we ought to
be vigilant about: expensive services for identity theft protection.
The prevalence of credit card fraud and other identity-related crimes has
given rise to a cottage industry of services aimed at protecting people from
"Politics Watch - Canada's Political Portal"
On June 28, 2004 Canadians will be voting in a federal
election. PoliticsWatch.com has links to many articles as well as the
Vote Selector Quiz.
"The PoliticsWatch 2004 Vote Selector Quiz is a best-effort design to give
you a fair, unbiased and entertaining view of Canada's federal political leaders.
You answer the questions. We rank the leaders and parties for you based on
Check it out at http://www.politicswatch.com/ and http://www.politicswatch.com/VoteSelectorQuiz2004.html
I'm sure there are a lot of opinions on whether using ink refill kits are
a good idea, or if they do a good enough job. I'm just sharing my experience.
Recently my father bought me an IMS Ink Refill Kit. I have an HP DeskJet
990 printer, and followed the instructions provided. It couldn't have been
any easier. The ink bottles come with a syringe attached, so there is once
you figure out how to "open" your cartridge, you just insert the
syringe and fill it up.
Since it was my first time filling them up, I put too much ink in and had
to use tissue to absorb the extra ink, but now that I've done it once, I
know not to overfill.
I'm not terrible picky about my printing, and I didn't do any comparative
tests, but I did print out a page with large cyan, magenta, yellow, and black
rectangles, and the colours look excellent. And if you think the colours
are off, most printers have a way to adjust colour output.
My Dad purchased the kit at Costco, but you can read about it http://www.ims-ink.com/
LDS Music site
Let me first preface this tip/link with this... anyone who knows me
knows that I'm a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
(the Mormons). I don't use the newsletter to share any spiritual message
or try to force my beliefs on anyone. I'm sharing this because it is neat
technology. It seems like for the last year or two, there has been very little innovation
in web site design and other web applications. However, recently while searching
our church website, I came across something I've never seen before, an interactive
music player. The official web site for the LDS
Church has a fascinating interactive music player. The entire Hymn Book
(about 340 hymns) as well as the entire Children's Song Book (about 290 songs)
can be pulled up. You can then listen to the song, separate the various parts
of the song (tenor, soprano, bass, alto), change the key, as well as the
tempo. It is very impressive as I've never seen anything like it.
Check it out at http://www.lds.org/cm/display/0,17631,4996-1,00.html
PCIN is brought to you by Graham Wing. The opinions expressed are those of
the Editor, Graham Wing and the Assistant Editor, Chris Empey. Graham Wing
and Chris Empey accept no responsibility for the results obtained from trying
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