Welcome to the 328th 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 know some people don't like me talking about the weather (ahem... Tracey...)
but how can I not? We've received an incredible amount of snow over the last
5 days or so. In particular, it started to snow mid-morning on Saturday, and
it snowed for pretty much 24 hours straight. Church was even closed on Sunday!
I went out briefly on Saturday night to get us some snacks, and the roads were
the worst I've ever driven on. It then snowed some more Sunday, and again yesterday,
and now again today. No wonder people think Canadians live in igloos.
Microsoft Shareholder Payout Raised US Incomes, Worsened US Deficit
"When Microsoft issued an unprecedented $32.6 billion stock dividend
payout to its shareholders in December, the company had a huge effect on
the US economy, the US Department of Commerce said this week. According to
the agency, the payout raised the average income of US citizens and will
likely worsen the nation's deficit. Overall, the US economy will 'become
more negative' because of the payout because so many of the company's shareholders
"Excessive text messaging may be bad for you, or at least for your
That's what some Italian doctors think. They are telling people, particularly
the young, that furious typing on mobile phones could lead to acute tendonitis."
"Google has launched a service designed to search TV content from US
broadcasters including PBS, NBA, Fox News and C-SPAN.
The Google Video beta enables users to search across the closed captioning
content of a growing number of TV programmes that the firm began indexing
in December 2004.
Entering a query will return a list of relevant programmes with still images
and text excerpts from the exact point in the programme where the search
word or phrase was spoken, the search giant claimed."
"Internet Explorer is continuing to lose share to the open-source Firefox
In the past month, use of Microsoft Corp.'s dominant browser fell another
1.5 percentage points to 90.3 percent. Meanwhile, the Mozilla Foundation's
Firefox browser rose 0.9 percentage points to reach 5 percent, Web analytics
provider WebSideStory Inc. confirmed Thursday.
The numbers reflect shifts that occurred between Dec. 3 and Jan. 14. WebSideStory
samples more than 30 million daily Internet users from more than 200 countries
to determine the browser-usage shares.
The percentage of users browsing with IE has steadily fallen since June,
while Firefox and some other competing browser have shown gains. Over that
time, IE use has dropped a total of about 5 percent from its perch at 95.5
back we mentioned Yetisports.org,
a site featuring online flash games featuring Yeti, an abominable snowman.
The site was relaunched yesterday with a few new games, a multiuser game
and tournament featuring the first 5 games. They also have the games available
for purchase for use on your mobile phone.
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