Welcome to the 463rd 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!
My sister's laptop came in. It's very nice looking, and seems to run great.
She figured it would be easier to cart a laptop cross-country than her computer
when she moves out West. I'm buying her old computer off of her, and one of
my other sisters is buying mine off of me.
By the time next Wednesday comes around, Labour Day will be over and school
will have started around here. It's hard to believe that the long dog days
of summer are over!
Calisthenics for the Older Mind, on the Home Computer
When Charline and Dan Truitt of Irvine, Calif., owners of a company that
audits mortgage lenders, started misplacing their keys and blanking on names,
they made all the usual jokes about senior moments. But it was no laughing
matter when Mrs. Truitt, 62, started forgetting client appointments.
"I was honestly wondering if we would have to sell the company," she
said. Instead, she started using Brain Fitness Program, a software product that
says it can improve brain power through its regimen of mental calisthenics. After
about six weeks, she said, "I could suddenly remember where things were
and remember appointments, and didn't have any problem recalling conversations."
Americans spend hundreds of millions of dollars on brain-building digital
toys like Baby Einstein for preschoolers, so it was only a matter of time
before a parade of "Grandpa Einsteins" followed suit. In the past
year, some half-dozen programs, with names like Brain Fitness Program 2.0,
MindFit and Brain Age2, have aimed at aging consumers eager to keep their
Although Microsoft did not identify the number of affected systems Saturday,
based on the user comments and Liu's promises, it appeared to be systemwide.
If so, it would be the biggest problem so far in the developer's contentious
WGA program. Designed to spot pirated copies of its Windows and Office software,
WGA has been mandatory since mid-2005 before nonsecurity updates or files
can be downloaded from Microsoft's site.
In an update to NASA archive news posted earlier this week, the space agency
has officially announced plans to develop a massive online archive of photography,
film and video from its 50-year history. The archive will be developed under
a five-year agreement with the Internet Archive, which will host the free
site and help compile the imagery, according to NASA. The agency said it
signed a nonexclusive Space Act agreement with the Internet Archive to develop
the project, which will come at no cost to taxpayers.
Telle Whitney, president and CEO of the Anita Borg Institute for Women and
Technology, knows firsthand that women are an essential part of the Information
Technology world. Even so, she believes they aren't currently attracted to
the industry at the same rate as men, and there are several reasons why.
"Often I think of it as the perfect storm," Whitney says.
The recent media focus on IT outsourcing has convinced many women, and parents
of college-aged girls, that there isn't a solid future in the technology
fields. Secondly, there is an image problem.
My wife Lisa is a stay-at-home mom to our two sons (and soon to be new daughter).
One of her biggest challenges is keeping the boys busy. They don't mind playing
on their own, but they aren't very creative and need some help getting started.
One site she has visited lately is Everything
Everything Preschool was founded by preschool teachers and parents that
were not satisfied with the amount of preschool information available on
the web. For this reason we decided to found our own preschool site dedicated
to being a complete source for all of your preschool needs. We are not
there yet, but were getting closer every day :)
There are all sorts of fun activities which will keep the young children
entertained, as well as teach them along the way.
Dealing with physical media can be a real drag. Since switching to Windows
Vista and losing direct compatibility with the Microsoft Virtual CD-ROM
Control Panel, I have been looking for a replacement to mount CD and DVD
One tool I've found that does work within your Windows Vista user context
is Virtual CloneDrive from Elaborate
Bytes. The application installs itself as a GUI management application
and a storage controller you can see from the Device Manager. Once installed,
the application has three basic settings.
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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