Welcome to the 331st 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!
There isn't much new happening around here. Chris has been busy getting things
together for his new house. However, he's still found time to post his picture
of the day. I start vacation Thursday after work. We'll probably go to Whitby and
visit Lisa's parents and then spend the rest of the time at home. I know...
it's not very exciting, but it will be a nice break.
"Microsoft Corp. will release a new version of Internet Explorer, the
world's most widely used Internet browsing software, with new, built-in security
features, Chairman Bill Gates said Tuesday.
'We have decided to do a new version of Internet Explorer, this is IE 7,'
Gates said at the RSA Security Conference being held in San Francisco.
The world's largest software maker had not previously indicated whether it
planned to release a new version of IE.
Recently, however, Microsoft's browser has been facing competition for the
first time in years from the Firefox browser, a free Web browser developed
by a network of software programmers.
"Chinese authorities shut down more than 12,575 Internet cafes from
October to December last year for operating illegally, the government said.
The purpose of the crackdown was to create a 'safer environment for young
people in China,' the official Xinhua News Agency said Sunday. It didn't
give details of the violations, but said the businesses closed 'were mainly
located nearby primary schools and middle schools.'"
"First, a confession. Since starting to write this article two hours
ago, I have left my chair only once. But I have not been entirely present,
Each time I have encountered a thorny sentence construction or a tough transition,
I have heard the siren call of distraction.
Shouldn't I fiddle with my Netflix queue, perhaps, or click on the weekend
weather forecast? And there must be a friend having a birthday who would
love to receive an e-card right now.
I have checked two e-mail accounts at least a dozen times each, and read
eight messages. Only two were relevant to my task, but I responded right
away to all of them. My sole act of self-discipline: both instant messaging
accounts are turned off. For now.
This sorry litany is made only slightly less depressing when I remind myself
that I have plenty of company."
"While Apple is riding high on the sales of the iPod, the iconic music
player is morphing into a business tool for radiologists at the University
of California, Los Angeles.
They are teaming the devices with an open-source platform to help the medical
community cut costs.
In addition to using the iPod for storing image sets, Ratib adapted the software
to be compatible with the iPod Photo after its release in December, giving
medical staff a "cute, sexy" way to show images to other personnel."
Google has release a beta of it's newest toolbar. Now at version 3, it has
the features from before, and adds 3 new ones:
Check your spelling whenever you type in web forms
Translate English words into other languages
AutoLink (US only)
Turn street addresses into links to online maps
I installed the toolbar and enabled the WordTranslator feature. It's pretty
cool.Web pages still look the same, but if you hover over a word, you get
a translation in the language that you chose when you enabled the feature
(I chose Spanish). I hovered over the word free (as in "it's free and
takes seconds to install") and libre appeared as a tooltip-like box.
You can download the Google Toolbar 3 Beta at http://toolbar.google.com/T3/
Use wildcards when changing folders/directories
Another tip from John:
"Want to traverse several directories at the command prompt? From the root,
typing CD MYD* instead of CD My Documents will take you there in 7 less keystrokes.
It just needs enough to be unique to one directory, and you're in another directory
quick and easy. It works with absolute directory addresses, like C:\Windows or
from relative references such as (from the root) cd WIN* will take you to the
same place as C:\Windows.
You can even back up a level or two with CD ..\win* from say, C:\Program
Files will navigate you up one, and back down to Windows. I figure most readers
know the cd .. thing but many people don't know about the Win* trick. I still
think most people should try to become at least somewhat command line familiar.
I did DOS first with DOS 2.11 (I'm giving up my age, but what the heck.)"
Putting your family history files online
If you've visited the main page of our family
web site, you've probably noticed the Wing Family Genealogy link. This
was something I put up several years ago. It was quite plain and I didn't
update it very often. I had looked for a better way to present genealogical
(family tree) data online, and couldn't find anything good. Then the other
day I came across the PhpGedView script.
"PhpGedView is a revolutionary genealogy program which allows you to view
and edit your genealogy on your website. PhpGedView has full editing capabilities,
full privacy functions, can import from GEDCOM files, and supports multimedia
like photos and document images. PhpGedView also simplifies the process of collaborating
with others working on your family tree. Your latest genealogy information is
always on your website and available for others to see."
It is amazing! You can see it in action on my family site at http://wingfamily.ca/fh/ You
can see my immediate tree by visiting http://wingfamily.ca/fh/individual.php?pid=I1868
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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