Welcome to the 339th 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!
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Chris and I visited Brick
City today. It's a new attraction here in Niagara
Falls. It's better than what it replaced, but it is still quite price
Some schools go high-tech to make up for lost field trips
"Jacy Borlik and her sixth-grade classmates watched as a curator for
the Indiana State Museum showed how a 30,000-year-old dinosaur bone is excavated
and then catalogued.
'It was cool,' Jacy said.
But the students never left their school 15 miles southwest of South Bend
and the curator never left the museum in Indianapolis. They were connected
from North Liberty Elementary School by interactive videoconferencing, which
educators say is becoming more common as firsthand learning experiences like
field trips are cut from tight school budgets."
"Before business trips, Suneet Tuli used to leave behind a long list
of numbers where he could be reached and told important clients to ring him
on his cell phone. The routine was cumbersome and cost him about $800 a month
in phone bills.
Now, he has local numbers for New York, London and Mexico City despite no
permanent presence in any of those cities. The lines automatically forward
to another number that seamlessly transfers to a cell phone with the best
rates for wherever he happens to be.
Because Tuli's calls are routed mainly over the Internet instead of the traditional
voice network, he can make changes to the elaborate setup simply by visiting
a Web site. And he's cut his phone bill by about 80 percent."
"People may not like spam, but they are increasingly learning to live
with it. A new report by the Pew Internet and American Life Project suggests
users do not hate spam as much as they did a year ago and that their reaction
to it is softening."
"Sony Corp said on Wednesday it was open to discussions to create a
single standard for the next generation of DVD discs, a move which could
head off the looming threat of a major format war among the world's biggest
'From the point of view to provide the best service to the consumer one format
is better than two. We're open to discussions,' Yukinori Kawauchi, general
manager in charge of the next DVD format at Sony's Video Group, said in an
But he added that specific proposals had yet to be tabled."
"Why bother seeing the world for real?"
I first saw this mentioned on Ed
Bott's blog. The sight is very neat. Using the Google Keyhole data, the
blogger is showing interesting shots of earth (army testing grounds, odd
colours, etc.). Check it out at http://www.shreddies.org/gmaps/
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