Welcome to the 426th 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!
We have another review for you this week. Chris has finished the review for
the ExpoDisc White Balance Filter. You can read about it in the Digital
Photography Tip of the Week section below.
Christmas is less than 2 week away. We had our work Christmas party last night
and the boys had a great time. We've started to put presents under the tree
tonight, so I'm sure Andrew and Matthew will be very excited tomorrow morning.
What a great time of year!
Industry lore likely is wrong to attribute to IBM Chairman Thomas J. Watson
the famous misjudgment that there's a world market for five computers.
But Sun Microsystems Chief Technology Officer Greg Papadopoulos thinks the
idea will pan out eventually.
"The world needs only five computers," Papadopoulos said on his blog.
He then listed seven--Google, eBay, Amazon.com, Microsoft, Yahoo, Salesforce.com,
and what he called the Great Computer of China--but let's not split hairs. He
was trying to make the point that "there will be, more or less, five hyperscale,
pan-global broadband computing services giants."
Imagine paying $580 million for an ever-expanding heap of personal ads,
random photos, private blathering, demo recordings and camcorder video clips.
That's what Rupert Murdoch did when his News Corporation bought MySpace in
July. Then imagine paying $1.65 billion for a flood of grainy TV excerpts,
snarkily edited film clips, homemade video diaries, amateur music videos
and shots of people singing along with their stereos. That's what Google
got when it bought YouTube in October.
What these two highly strategic companies spent more than $2 billion on is
a couple of empty vessels: brand-named, centralized repositories for whatever
their members decide to contribute.
All that material is "user-generated content," the paramount cultural
buzz phrase of 2006.
How did CEO Steve Jobs rescue Apple and create the most important consumer
product of the 21st century (so far)? The answer will not be comforting to
those who work for relentless, hard-driving, impossible-to-please CEOs. According
to Levy, the iPod became The Perfect Thing and a marketplace blockbuster
because of Jobs, in all of his boss-from-Hell genius.
The University of California, Los Angeles alerted about 800,000 current
and former students, faculty and staff on Tuesday that their names and certain
personal information were exposed after a hacker broke into a campus computer
Only a small percentage -- "far less than 5 percent" -- of the
records in the database were actually accessed, UCLA spokesman Jim Davis
told The Associated Press.
Still, it was one of the largest such breaches involving a U.S. higher education
The attacks in October 2005 and ended November 21 of this year, when computer
security technicians noticed suspicious database queries, according to a
statement posted on a school Web site set up to answer questions about the
ExpoDisc White Balance Filter Review - Digital Photography Tip
of the Week
This week I review ExpoImaging ExpoDisc
White Balance Filter. Through a series of controlled tests in different
lighting conditions and real world examples, I show how this filter can improve
colour accuracy in your photographs.
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 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
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I haven't tried it myself, but it sounds interesting.
One can discuss, whether web-generators are useful or not. On the one
hand, they don't challenge our creativity, but on the other hand they make
our life easier and save our precious time. However, it doesn't matter
really. What matters is that we use them if we have to solve some problem
quickly and efficiently. We've taken a look at the most useful online-generators
for web-development and listed them below.
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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
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