Welcome to the 390th 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!
Here's a bit of useless information that someone told me at work. Today there
was a 1:02:03 and it was 04-05-06 (one, two, three, four, five, six, all in
order). Hmm... probably means nothing, but I figured I'd share it with you.
Last week I mentioned that Julia got a new Dell, but the LCD display was dead.
Well, they quickly sent a new one, and everything is working great. Now she
is in front of the computer all day admiring her screen, and one of my other
sisters is now coveting the screen. I sense some sibling rivalry.
We have some reviews to finish, so over the next several weeks we should start
publishing them. We have the latest Nero, Microsoft Streets & Trips, and
a couple of Pocket PC titles. Hopefully there will be something there that
Maureen Silliman felt her empty pocket and gulped: Her new $300 iPod must
have bounced out as she ran to catch a train. While she sobbed, her boyfriend
suggested a message on the lost-and-found section of Craigslist, an online
bazaar of classified ads.
"No," the 24-year-old Silliman said. "Nobody would ever turn in
Her boyfriend posted the message anyway. Within 24 hours, Silliman's iPod
In an increasingly cynical world, there are still places where people try
to do the right thing.
A showdown may be looming over a free wireless Internet network that New
Orleans set up to boost recovery after Hurricane Katrina pummeled the city.
Calling the network vital to the city's economic comeback, New Orleans technology
chief Greg Meffert is vowing to keep the system running as is, even if it
means breaking a state law that permits its full operation only during emergencies.
He says he's ready to go to court, if necessary.
If you can get to the Net, you can do business," Meffert said.
The system, established with $1-million (U.S.) in donated equipment, made
its debut last fall in the wake of the hurricane disaster. It's the first
free wireless Internet network owned and run by a major city.
One of the great things about Steve Jobs is what comes out of his mouth.
The CEO of Apple Computer is a master of hype, hyperbole and the catchy phrase.
Even when he's trying to talk normally, brilliant verbiage comes tumbling
Here's a selection of some of the most insanely great things the man has
said, organized by topic: innovation and design, fixing Apple, his greatest
sales pitches, life's lessons, taking the fight to the enemy and Pixar.
Most digital cameras have settings that affect how the camera renders colour
in the final image. One such setting is saturation. Saturation refers to the
amount of grey in a colour. The more grey in the colours, the less saturated
and the the less vivid the colour appears.More grey in a colour increases saturation
and makes the colours appear more vivid. Changes in saturation should not affect
the hue of the colours though.
Adjusting saturation in your camera can help improve your photos too. Increasing
saturation will make your colour more intense. Decreasing saturation will provide
you with more subdued colours. Over saturation of colour will often create
an image with unnatural looking colours while complete desaturation will produce
a black and white image.
A few situations I encounter where I like to adjust saturation are when shooting
nature or when shooting portraits. I find when shooting nature scenes, increasing
the saturation a little gives a little more snap to colours and creates a punchier,
more vibrant, more dramatic photo. When shooting portraits, I like to decrease
my saturation a little bit. Too much saturation often creates unnatural looking
skin tones that are too red. These of course are both guidelines. Traditional
film photographers often picked their film based on the saturation of the film. Fuji
Velvia is one of the most widely used films for nature photography because
of it's high saturation, while portrait photographers like to shoot with a
less saturated film such as Kodak
This is another spot where digital photographers have an advantage over film
photographers. They have the ability to adjust saturation on a shot by shot
basis whereas film photographers have to shoot an entire role of the same film
type. Another use of saturation is through selective saturation or desaturation
in your photo editing software. With selective saturation, you can create a
black and white image with just a small colour portion, or a colour image with
selections in black and white.
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.
Medcyclopaedia.com is a text, media and feature rich web site addressing
the information needs of medical professionals around the globe. Here, among
other high quality pieces of content, you will find the complete on-line
edition of the Encyclopaedia of Medical Imaging, the complete on-line edition
of A Global Textbook of Radiology, as well as several hundred carefully chosen
chapters from the ESNR CD-ROM series.
We are glad to announce the release of our new product: Ads Filter
- the powerful content/banner filter designed for MS Internet Explorer.
It allows user to block unwanted adverts and other annoying content while
browsing with IE. The Ads Filter prevents downloading tons of ads, saves
your internet bandwidth and improves the page load time. Ads Filter shrinks
wasted space earlier used by adverts for more informative page look and
less scrolling. Our program keeps pages always clean, small and more informative.
See more information at http://www.adsfilter.com/en
CyberMatrix Corporation has released version 2.00 of VirusCop.
VirusCop is a freeware Windows program for reporting e-mail virus spam,
Usenet spam, erroneous e-mail bounces and other spam. This latest release
contains several important new features. There is now an automatic bulk
reporting feature. This feature allows you to save many spam messages to
a folder. The program will then automatically send complaint reports to
the Internet Service Providers of the spam senders. VirusCop works in conjunction
with SpamAssassin, automatically removing SpamAssassin headers before reporting.
Spam that cannot be reported can be automatically forwarded to another
spam reporting service such as SpamCop. VirusCop allows you to paste in
the headers from spam and the relevant ISP e-mail contacts. If you prefer,
VirusCop can even automatically find the email complaint contacts for you.
The included complaint messages can be edited to suit your particular tastes.
Multiple SpamCop reporting links can be conveniently launched from the
VirusCop reporting window.
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and Chris Empey accept no responsibility for the results obtained from trying
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