Welcome to the 372nd 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!
Keylogging programs are the epitome of online stealth, and they're also
a mushrooming problem on the Internet, where identity and intellectual property
thefts are fueling an explosion of key-capture tools.
Reports of new keylogging programs soared higher this year, as part of a
wave of multifunction malware with integrated keylogging features, according
to VeriSign Inc.'s security information company iDefense Inc. The programs
often evade detection by anti-virus tools and can be difficult to detect
once installed, experts warn. However, at least one anti-spyware company
believes that reports about the danger posed by keyloggers are overstated.
Everywhere you look, the electronics industry seems to be playing its own
mutant variations of limbo. But the question isn't "How low can you
go?" At Dell, it's "How cheap can you go?" At Apple, it's "How
cool can you go?" And at Microsoft's Windows division, it's "How
slow can you go?"
Among the Asian makers of Windows laptops, though, the game for some time
has been, "How small can you go?"
Turns out the answer is, "smaller than you'd like it."
The jukebox at the bar Brian Toro manages isn't gathering dust just yet
-- but it may only be a matter of time.
The popular nightspot is among a growing number of places across the country
where people can bring their iPods and other portable music players and,
for as long as the bartender allows, share their personal favorites with
France leads the rest of Europe in the numbers of hours spent online by
Internet users, followed by Britain and Spain, a study revealed on Tuesday.
The study by European Interactive Advertising Association (EIAA) showed that
the French user now spends 13 hours a week online, compared with 11 each
for Britain and Spain and a European average of 10-1/4 hours.
Italians spend the least time online with an average of only eight hours
per week, according to the study which involved 7,000 random telephone interviews
with 1,000 respondents across Europe.
The software is really a combination of two products, Adobe Photoshop Elements
Editor and Adobe PhotoShop Elements Organizer. Together they form an indispensable
set of tools for the digital photographer. Tagging your images with keywords
for easy identification and sorting, variable thumbnail sizes, automatic download
of images and red eye reduction when you connect your camera are a few of the
features of the Organizer.
The editor offers many of the features available in Photoshop
CS2. RAW support, smart blur, Photoshop compatible filters are some of
the features of both programs. However, Photoshop Elements 4.0 also offers
a magic selection brush to quickly select objects in your image, and a magic
extractor tool to remove an object completely (useful for pasting into another
image when creating a montage.)
There are many more features to both products that make the low cost (as low
at $69.99 US,
plus a $20 mail in rebate for those upgrading) of Adobe Photoshop Elements
a great buy. I feel that this product will meet all of the needs of almost
all amateur serious hobbyist photographers and only those that have a comfortable
working knowledge of Photoshop CS2 will miss any feature not in Elements 4.0.
The digital photography tip of the week is written by the PCIN Assistant
Editor, Chris Empey. Chris is a long time photographer and is currently
the vice-president of the Niagara Falls Camera Club. You can see more of
his photography at his Photo
of the Day website.
If you have a tip to send Chris, or a question about digital photography
he can address in the newsletter, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is original fifties clipart? Most communities in the fifties had
small town print shops that doubled as printers of local news and advertising
papers. These printers could not afford graphic artists so they used stock
clipart supplied by large companies who distributed common graphics for
use in advertising sections of the papers. They were provided for the printer
in lots of categories to meet any advertiser's needs.
I can't vouch for the accuracy of this
resource, but it sure does look comprehensive. Definitely a good
starting point if you're stumped by what one of those obscure BIOS
options really means.
Consider this and similar sites as reference tools, not as a bible. For
what it's worth, I don't recommend spending a lot of time and energy tweaking
BIOS settings for better performance. The odds that you'll screw something
up and hose your system are much greater than any minuscule performance
gain you're likely to see. But sometimes you can fix a conflict or provide
a better configuration for a specific piece of hardware than the default
As always, Ed's blog is great!
Check out both Ed's blog, as well as the link he refers to.
I had mentioned this before in my BIOS
I find myself browsing through the Google
Video blog tonight as a last-ditch avoidance of sleep. (I hit Starbucks
at 7pm; a lethal REM-killing tactic.) I can do without the Hilary Duff
video of which Google seems to be proud. And all those cooking clips?
Please - enough. But the 2005
World Yo Yo Contest champion ... Oh. My. Gawd. If you have ever touched
a yo yo in your life, you must watch this astounding display of stringy
artistry. I never got the hang of "Walk the dog." This kid
will explode your mind.
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