Welcome to the 455th issue of the PC Improvement News. PCIN consists mainly
of news highlights 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!
Chris is back now and it seems like he had a nice honeymoon. Surprisingly
he didn't take his good camera with him. He did have a couple of smaller cameras
with him, so we may see some pictures later. Since Chris is back, he is back
to providing a weekly Digital Photography Tip.
Matthew just turned 3 and we had a nice family party for him. Andrew turns
5 at the end of the month, and he's having his first birthday party with friends,
so he's very excited. Speaking of Andrew, he finished Junior Kindergarten last
week. We're pretty sure he passed (phew!) :-)
So now Lisa has to find a way to entertain the two boys all summer while she's "great
with child". She's a great mom, so I'm sure she'll have all sorts of great
things to do. They have season passes to Marineland,
so I'm sure they'll go there several times.
It took Apple Inc. more than six months to build the iPhone but curious
gadget fanatics needed only minutes to tear one apart.
Within hours of the first iPhones going on sale Friday, enthusiasts scrambled
to be the first to discover what makes the devices tick, posting photos and
videos of disassembled phones on the Internet.
The information is more than just academic. Apple keeps a tight grip on information
about parts suppliers so "tear downs of its products are closely watched
by investors keen to figure out how to place their bets.
Money is the motivation for scam-spam. The motivation for clicking on it
is far less straightforward, and none of us is immune.
"It's not like certain people are going to be nailed by spam all the time.
Or that there are certain motivations that will just [always] trigger people
[who respond] to spam scams. It's really the interplay between personality and
motivation, emotion-all sorts of things," said Dr. James Blascovich, professor
of psychology at UC Santa Barbara and co-director of the university's Research
Center for Virtual Environments and Behavior.
"It's a little more complex, but not much different from the complex interplay
of psychological factors that get people to succumb to any sort of scam." ...
McAfee, of Santa Clara, Calif., throws around figures like these: If half
of the population in the United States (about 150 million people) use e-mail
on a daily basis, and if only half of them (75 million) are gullible, and
only 1 percent (750,000) buy into scam-spam on a given day, and if those
victims were to cough up a mere $20 per scam, the potential market amounts
to $15 million a day, or $105 million per week, or nearly $5.5 billion per
year in just the United States.
NASA astronauts "twittering" from the moon?
It's not such a far-fetched idea, considering the space agency's current
push to partner with Web 2.0 companies like Twitter and save itself from
turning into a dinosaur in the Internet age. Some executives at the struggling
NASA believe that if the agency can adopt Web technologies like Twitter
- a social network for broadcasting thoughts online or via text message
- then kids and the general public will be more connected to space exploration
and inspired to learn about science.
"How can NASA become hip?" NASA CoLab Project Manager Robert Schingler
asked here Tuesday at NASA's Ames Research Center. "For me, it's allowing
other individuals (and companies) to participate in the program."
Strobist.com - Lighting information for everyone - Digital Photography
Tip of the Week
I would like to thank everyone for their patience over the past little while
when I was getting married. I know that the tips had stopped, but hopefully
the reviews Graham included in the newsletter were beneficial. I had very little
activity on my own website in
that time as well and have resumed regular postings their as well.
In past tips I have spoken about the quality of light and how the relative
size of your light source affects the quality of light. I have also talked
about using on camera flashes.
There is another website that I follow very closely that offers a wealth of
information on lighting, and more specifically, lighting with small strobes
or external on camera flashes. David Hobby is the creator of Strobist and
is also a professional photographer. He has more than 600 articles and postings
on his website all about lighting your subject with small, inexpensive off
camera flash units. Last summer he ran a series called Lighting 101: Lighting
Boot Camp and is currently running Lighting 102. His work and examples can
even help photographers with point and shoot cameras and just a few controls
on their cameras.
He makes this stuff easy.
I encourage everyone to visit his site, read through his article, read Lighting
101 and follow Lighting 102. Do the exercises. They will make you a better
Mingle2 has a tool that they
say will "rate" your blog, similar to the way movies are rated.
It scans the posts and looks for objectionable words. It obviously isn't
perfect (one of my sites was warned about using the word "dead"),
but it's still kind of a fun tool. You can enter any blog URL (and any URL
for that matter) and determine their "rating".
Learn about the history of TV-set design, development and marketing.
Once you are inside a major time period, you will find photographs of
television sets from around the world, year-by-year links to important
facts, magazine covers and advertising. See examples of the world's first
television sets, up to and including HDTV models.
They have some great pictures of very old televisions, as well as a lot
of trivia type information.
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
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