Welcome to the 322nd issue of the PC Improvement News. PCIN consists mainly
of news and tips. There is something for everyone, and if this is your first
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The newsletter delivery problems are fixed! So, what have you missed over
the last many weeks? Here are a few highlights:
"Computer software should not be protected by copyright laws designed
for music, literature and other creative works, according to a lawsuit filed
in a U.S. court in San Francisco.
Intellectual-property consultant Greg Aharonian hopes to convince the court
that software makers can protect their products adequately through patents,
which provide more comprehensive protection, but are difficult to obtain
and expire in a shorter period of time."
"It's no secret what the 15 householders in this tiny settlement want
for Christmas: the same thing they have always wanted year round--telephones.
Not bag phones, the primitive portable stopgap often carried around in a
canvas case, which send residents out in their pickups searching for service "hot
spots," but real telephones wired to a land line.
Alexander Graham Bell's invention of 1876 never reached Mink, a onetime trappers'
paradise in the Kisatchie National Forest in west-central Louisiana, although
neighbors just down the road on Highways 117 and 118 were wired for telephones
in the 1970s."
"Go to Google, search and scroll results, click and copy.
When students do research online these days, many educators worry, those
are often about the only steps they take. If they can avoid a trip to the
library at all, many students gladly will.
Young people may know that just because information is plentiful online doesn't
mean it's reliable, yet their perceptions of what's trustworthy frequently
differ from their elders' -- sparking a larger debate about what constitutes
truth in the Internet age."
Always thinking of new ways to search, Google has a new beta feature out.
It's a twist on autocomplete. As you enter your search terms in the Google
Search box, Google will automatically suggest possible search terms for you
and show the number of results in that search.
Check it out at http://www.google.com/webhp?complete=1&hl=en
Here is some Christmas fun... http://www.origami-club.com/xmas/
Click on any of the 16 designs
On the next page, the orange button brings up instructions on how to make
it. It is in Japanese, but you should be able to follow the diagrams on how
to fold. The purple button brings up an animation of how to do it. You can
just click the play button to watch it.
Does your browsing history say anything about you?
I've seen this mentioned around KC's
blog mainly, where she links to others who did, who in turn link to
"Clear the address bar in your browser, type in every letter of the alphabet,
and list out what is the first URL on the history list."
Here's a sampling of mine:
A - adobe.com/acrobat
B - blogger.com
E - eweek.com
J - nothing
L - ldscatalog.com
O - origami-club.com/xmas
R - RupertsKids.org
V - v4.windowsupdate.microsoft.com
Digital Photo Printing Worksheet
I recently had a print made from my digital camera. The lab incorrectly
processed the print larger than I wanted, and I was afraid the image would
have lost quality. If I had this
worksheet by craigfroehle.com, I would have known the print would still
look great (which it did). The Digital
Photo Printing Worksheet lets you put in your image dimensions in pixels,
then tells you how large a print you can make from that file.
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