Welcome to the 352nd 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!
Graham took the day off today and what a day he picked. Most people find this
weather to be too hot, but I really enjoy it. I drink a lot more water, and
move slower, but I still enjoy the heat and humidity. Being a photographer
though, I don't have a lot of use for the haze that goes along with it. This
beautiful weather sure makes it difficult for both of us to sit indoors and
work on the computer!
It has been a while since we had a new review for you. Watch in the next couple
of weeks a review for Adobe Photoshop Elements 3.0 plus Adobe Premiere Elements.
I've been using it for the past couple of weeks and will put my findings together
in the coming weeks. Also, I was contacted by Microsoft about a possible review
of MS Encarta 2006, so hopefully we can swing that as well.
Medical advertising tends to involve glowing testimonials from fit-looking
former patients, or commercials describing vague health problems that sign
off with "Ask your doctor if our drug is right for you." Hospitals,
meanwhile, broadcast images of state-of-the-art facilities, eminent doctors
and attentive nurses
First came blogs - short for web logs, the moblogs, or mobile blogs. Now
we have vlogging, video logging. "Bloggers who previously wrote endlessly
about everything from politics to tech tips to how to fry an egg on a hot
sidewalk can now take their commentary, advice and random experiments to the
next level by filming and broadcasting their work, thanks to the latest web
trend -- video blogging"
We've all heard of road rage and now comes the new phenomenon of PC rage.
A recent survey in the United States found four out of five PC users would
swear at their machines with some smashing their keyboards, computers and
Dell's customers are lamenting about the company shutting down the Customer
Care message boards that have long been part of its Dell Community Forum,
with some wondering about Dell's service commitment.
We have mentioned before some Google Hacks. One way I use Google is when
I am looking up a definition of a word. One resource I use is Dictionary.com.
Recently though, I have been entering the seach term into Google
and clicking on the definition link displayed on the right hand side. A quick
and easy way to find the meaning of a word. Another nice Google feature is
the built in calculator. Enter your equation as the search term in Google,
and it will return the result for you.
Flickr.com is a 'the best way to store,
search, sort and share your photos'. While that can be debated, their free
accounts do provide a lot of opportunity to get your images on the web, and
their use of tags lets you search not only your images, but the images of
everybody on flickr.com.
The Freecycle Network™ is made
up of many individual groups across the globe. It's a grassroots movement
of people who are giving (& getting) stuff for free in their own towns.
Each local group is run by a local volunteer moderator (them's good people).
Membership is free.
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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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