Welcome to the 350th 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!
One of the women at work is getting married in November, so I put together
a countdown for her. I know it doesn't
look that pretty, but the page only took me a couple of minutes to put together.
Both the countdown and
the guestbook were open
source scripts, and I already had the web hosting space. Of course the pictures
were taken by Chris.
On Saturday we celebrated Matthew's first birthday! We can't believe he's
already a year. We always thought Andrew was good natured and happy, but Matthew
tops him. He's always smiling and laughing. We'll be celebrating Andrew's third
birthday in a couple of weeks. We'll be looking forward to the end of the terrible
twos (we hope)!
Soon after Amazon.com Inc. debuted 10 years ago, Jeff Bezos and his handful
of employees spent late summer nights packing books in a tiny warehouse,
scrambling to ship a growing gush of orders. Today, the man who has grown
accustomed to being hailed the king of Internet commerce runs a global powerhouse
that did nearly $7 billion in sales last year, dealing in everything from
banjo cases to wild boar baby back ribs.
As more businesses beef up their online operations, is the company that helped
get it all started in danger of seeing its dominance eroded by the competitors
it helped spawn?
Time will tell, but industry experts say Amazon is well positioned to maintain
a firm grip on its title as the undisputed e-commerce leader.
Richard Dinon saw the laptop's muted glow through the rear window of the
SUV parked outside his home. He walked closer and noticed a man inside.
Then the man noticed Dinon and snapped his computer shut.
Maybe it's census work, the 28-year-old veterinarian told his girlfriend.
An hour later, Dinon left to drive her home. The Chevy Blazer was still there,
the man furtively hunched over his computer.
Dinon returned at 11 p.m. and the men repeated their strange dance.
Fifteen minutes later, Dinon called police.
Doctors here in Beantown may soon turn to one of the world's fastest supercomputers
as an aid to fixing bum tickers and removing formerly inoperable tumors.
A new IBM BlueGene supercomputer, recently installed at Boston University,
could give surgeons real-time, 3-D visualizations of patients' internal organs
as they implant lifesaving devices or direct robotic instruments through
tricky procedures, scientists said.
Even in a nation where most every school has Internet access and computer
use often starts by nursery school, teachers of technology see a warning
For students in elementary and secondary schools, states have few developed
standards or required courses in computer science - a field that goes beyond
basic literacy to encompass hardware and software design, real-world applications
and computers' effect on society.
David Packer has a web site at Sheepfilms.co.uk .
The site has a collection of strange and funny short films and animations.
If you would like to learn how to create a GIF mini movie, he's written
I heard about this site on Google
Blogoscoped. You may recall that Google Answers is a service that Google
offers. You ask a question and pay, and they essentially have someone do
some research for you. Apparently, once the research has been done, the
answers are available for all to see. Best
of Google Answers is a blog where the blogger highlights some of the
best questions/answers. The posts can be sporadic, but they are great links.
In particular, the one highlighted in Google Blogoscoped was Wonders
of being a baby in the womb - and before!. The answer is quite indepth
and links to all sorts of great resources.
Welcome to Computers.net, a website designed to help regular people use
and understand computers more easily. Most websites focused around computers
are designed for the technically talented. The purpose of Computers.net,
however, is to help those of us who need computer help without the techie
It's a pretty good site with lots of information. It is essentially a blog
with daily tips. Check it out at http://www.computers.net/
I wasn't sure what to call this post. I get really annoyed when I go to
websites and they require me to register to view free content. I get even
more annoyed when sites charge you for content. This little trick doesn't
work with every site, but it does work with many of them. If you don't want
to register (or pay), then do a search for the headline of the article at
your favourite news site (I use Google News). Often if you get to the content
via another site, you can read the articles. This works for me with The
Globe and Mail, one of the daily national newspapers in Canada. Recently
they started charging for some of their content. I enjoy reading the columns
Houston, a sports columnist. Only about 10% of his articles are free.
I've found that if I do a search for the headline at Google News, and click
on the link, I can read the article for free.
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
the tips in this newsletter.
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