Welcome to the 335th 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!
Speaking of family stuff... Lisa and I will celebrate our 8th wedding anniversary
We're not sure what we're going to be doing yet. Monday night is usually Family
Home Evening night with the family, my sister Julia,
and Holly. We'll either
get Julia and Holly to babysit while we go out, or we'll still do FHE and go
out another night. We'll see...
Lastly, I messed up on the poll last week. I created a new poll on the site
but didn't put it in the newsletter. I've corrected it this week, and have
left last week's poll the same so more people will vote.
"At first glance, digital music is the field in which Sony's considerable
assets seem best suited, with a little rearrangement, for a comeback. On
one side, Sony has 50 years of experience in producing portable music players,
beginning with transistor radios in the 1950's and extended by its Walkman
franchise that has sold more than 340 million players. On the other, it owns
one of the world's largest music labels to supply content. Yet in the iPod
era, Sony's headstart counts for nothing. It's as if the company were the
Sony Graphophone and Wax Record Company."
"House Commerce Committee Chairman Joe Barton said Tuesday he plans
in the coming weeks to introduce legislation to complete the transition to
digital television by the end of 2006.
Current law requires television broadcasters to give up their old analog
airwaves by the end of 2006, or when 85 percent of the country can see the
new, higher quality signals, whichever comes later.
U.S. communications regulators expect it could take a decade for the transition
to be completed under that scenario and they, along with some lawmakers,
have been pushing to set a final deadline.
"It wasn't too long ago that a kid with a stereo and television in
his room might have been the coolest on the block. Now, that just makes him
one of the crowd.
In the past five years, many children's rooms have evolved into multimedia
centers, with cable or satellite hookups, computers and video game consoles."
"Even skeptical locals, who've become wary over the years of city slickers
with big ideas for their town, perked up when Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos
made his pitch -- a spaceport for commercial travel into the beyond.
Bezos flew into this West Texas town a few weeks ago to tell key leaders
how he planned to use his newly acquired 165,000 acres of desolate ranch
land. He also gave his only interview so far on the spaceport to the Van
Horn Advocate, the weekly newspaper Larry Simpson runs from the back of his
Radio Shack store."
"I use Outlook Express and I love having spell-check for my emails.
I am quite good at spelling but I tend to type with letters transposed and
make frequent typos.
Unfortunately spell-check is only installed into Outlook Express when you
purchase MS Office. My husband didn't have Office installed on his new comp
and wasn't happy about not having a spellchecker. I found a handy little
FREEWARE program that works in email and it also works in forms and online
It so nice that people spend time writing good programs and are willing to
Google Labs has a new way to search. GoogleX pays tribute to Mac OS X by
using a similar interface to their programs bar. I have never used one, but
have always liked it when I saw it. Many Google options in one place.
Check it out at http://labs.google.com/googlex/
The 2005 Bloggies
"Where can you find the most interesting weblogs? Which blogs have
made their mark this year? Who will do anything for a nomination? Those questions
will be answered in the one and only...
fifth annual weblog awards
the 2005 bloggies"
Check it out at http://2005.bloggies.com/
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