Welcome to the 470th 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!
Everything is still going well for Lisa and Christine. I'm back at work now,
and Lisa's mother is here helping. I think they are all having a good time
I just got a new computer at work. My old computer was just not powerful enough
for some of the things that I was doing. The new one has plenty of power. It
also came with a flat screen monitor (as almost all new computers do). I used
to have a huge 19" CRT monitor, so it's weird having all that extra space
on my desk!
A recent study says that the average woman owns five electronic gadgets.
So, ladies, what's your tech style?
That's the question asked by AOL's Consumer Advisor, Regina Lewis, who thinks
there are three distinct tech personalities she sees among women. She visited
the Saturday Early Show to explain the differences between them.
If your hipbone is connected to your BlackBerry or your thighbone is connected
to your cell phone, those vibrations you're feeling in the car, in your pajamas,
in the shower, may be coming from your headbone.
Many mobile phone addicts and BlackBerry junkies report feeling vibrations
when there are none, or feeling as if they're wearing a cell phone when they're
Professors asking students not to bring laptops to class
A silent college classroom is rare.
The lecturer pauses for a sip of water. Students aren't talking. And no one's
cell phone is vibrating, trilling or playing the latest Billboard-chart
Yet, the faint clatter of typing rises from at least one set of fingers -
an ever-present sign that today's students would rather come to class with
laptops than with a pen and paper. After all, it's awfully hard to check
your e-mail, surf the Web or chat with friends using a spiral notebook.
But a growing number of professors, including some at Seattle's three universities,
are asking students to leave the laptops in their bags or at home.
The ultrahigh-speed Internet2 network just got 10 times faster, partly in
anticipation of rising demand for capacity after the world's largest particle
collider opens near Geneva next year.
Until recently, the Internet2 had a theoretical limit of 10 gigabits per
second, which is thousands of times faster than standard home broadband connections.
By sending data using 10 different colors, or wavelengths, of light over
a single cable, operators are boosting the network's capacity to 100 Gbps.
Google's much-hyped entrance into the office tool market dominated by Microsoft
doesn't seem to have worried CEO Steve Ballmer, who dismissed competitors
as not "even as good as 'me too'" in an interview Wednesday.
When asked about the challenge Google poses to Microsoft, Ballmer acknowledged
that Google is the clear leader in search and advertising. Then he said Microsoft's
products for productivity and business computing remain far superior to competitors.
As mentioned in the past, I am President of the Niagara
Falls Camera Club. As part of our move this year to digital competitions
using projected images, I recently put on a program at the club covering
some basic digital editing using Adobe
Photoshop Elements 5.
In my program I covered topics including red eye removal, cropping, straightening,
using level for setting white balance and minor exposure adjustment, using
layers for non-destructive editing and finally creating a step mount on a digital
I have made an archive of my speakers notes and sample images for you to follow
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
he can address in the newsletter, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Back in the day, Windows came with a file manager that seemed to have more
features than the current Windows Explorer. You can view 2 different drives
or folders at a time, making it very easy to copy files between locations.
There are many 3rd party file managers out there, and one I heard of recently
is xplorer² lite.
All the shell goodies from windows explorer - none of the hassle! Plus
all the features you would expect from a powerful tabbed dual-pane file
manager, including Omni-Finder, a find files module that simply outclasses
all known search tools. Don't take our word for it, seeing is believing!
I haven't tried the software, but if you are interested in this sort of
thing, then you should check it out.
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and Chris Empey accept no responsibility for the results obtained from trying
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