Welcome to the 341st 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!
Not much to say this week. We've been getting a lot of rain. It doesn't make
for enjoyable walks at lunch, but it does make the grass beautifully green.
I know I've been plugging this a lot lately, but I've added even more features
to the AccessNiagara.com web
site. I'm still working on it, but I've added an image
gallery of all the various attractions I've
been to along with some great pictures of the Falls
and along the parkway. Currently there are over 650 images in over 50 categories.
You can rate images, leave comments, and send e-cards. Check
"Researchers at the University of London Institute of Psychiatry have
found that the constant distractions of email and texting are more harmful
to performance than cannabis.
Those distracted by incoming email, phone calls and text messages saw a 10-point
fall in their IQ, more than twice that found in studies of the impact of
smoking cannabis, according to the researchers."
Microsoft: 'Trusted Windows' still coming, trust us
"After nearly a decade, Microsoft's vision for how to protect especially
sensitive information within Windows remains largely that--a vision.
For years, the software giant has promised to deliver a secure way to shuttle
around key bits of information. Once known as Palladium and more recently
dubbed the Next Generation Secure Computing Base, or NGSCB, the approach
was once a key part of Longhorn, the next version of Windows. Although the
first piece of that is arriving in Longhorn, it's only a thin sliver of what
Microsoft has been working toward since describing its idea of "trusted
Windows" a decade ago."
"Roger Green and David Cook seem like your run-of-the-mill high tech
execs -- well dressed, well spoken, bright guys. That is, until they tell
you their business plan. (I heard it at a party last night here at the Gartner
conference, then did a quick interview with them.) And then you have to wonder,
are these guys whacked?
Here's their basic idea:
Take a used cruise ship, plant it in international waters three miles off
the coast of El Segundo, near Los Angeles, people it with 600 of the brightest
software engineers they can find around the world (both men and women), and
run a 24-hour-a-day programming shop, thereby avoiding H-1B visa hassles
while still exploiting offshore labor cost arbitrage and completing development
projects in half the time they'd take onshore or offshore."
"Looking for love in all the wrong places?
A few states could soon help save the lovelorn from heartbreak. According
to Monday's Los Angeles Times, a handful of state legislatures around the
country are mulling legislation that would require online dating sites
such as Match.com and Yahoo Personals to conduct background checks on all
members, or prominently warn users that they do not."
"It's been 22 years since Superman first flew onto the big screen, but he's
as popular as ever online, where fans have collected enough stories and photos
about the ''Super'' flicks to fill a Sunday edition of the Daily Planet. At Superman
Cinema, scene-by-scene analyses of all four film installments plus ''Supergirl''
point out inconsistencies and flubs, while articles and interviews provide eyebrow-raising
insight into the turmoil that often plagued the productions."
There is also a site where you can get more information Superman. They used
to have a freely available re-edit of Superman II, but Warner Bros made them
take it down. Check out the site at http://www.supermancinema.co.uk/ Comment on this tip: http://www.pcin.net/update/index.php/2005/04/23/superman_on_the_web
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