Welcome to the 476th 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!
All of you received an email this past week asking you to confirm your membership
to a mailing list. The moderator was my Gmail address. I'm sorry about that.
I am testing a new web host, and I was testing their mailing list software.
I imported all of my addresses, and it sent a confirmation request out to everyone.
Unfortunately it never said anything in the documentation that it would do
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new, and no one else got your email address.
I also apologize for a mistake in last weeks newsletter. The tip on the JOCR
software had the wrong link. You can find the proper link by reading the original
In 2003, Los Angeles Times photographer Brian Walski caused an uproar when
it was discovered that his picture of a British soldier yelling at fleeing
residents in Iraq, published prominently by many U.S. newspapers, had been
Walski had combined two snapshots taken moments apart of the British soldier
urging residents to take cover as Iraqi forces opened fire. This digital
alteration is one of several in recent years to cast doubt on the old saying
that the camera doesn't lie.
Some researchers are worried that digitally altered photos could alter our
perceptions and memories of public events.
Greenpeace gave Microsoft and Nintendo abysmal rankings Tuesday on their
efforts to phase out toxic chemicals from their game consoles.
Nintendo became the first company to score zero out of a possible 10 points
in the Greenpeace ranking of 18 leading electronics companies. It provided
no information to consumers on the substances it uses in manufacturing or
on its plans to cut hazardous materials, the environmental organization said.
A flurry of blogs and news items on the Internet last week suggested that
young Internet users are increasingly relying on instant messaging, texting,
and social networking sites to communicate, often via mobile devices, and
almost to the exclusion of e-mail.
One of those blogs, by Chad Lorenz at Slate, even asserted that "e-mail
is looking obsolete," under the headline "The Death of E-Mail."
But the reality is much more complex. Some market reports and analysts predict
that e-mail accounts will continue to grow as other messaging modes gain
popularity and as use of the Internet expands globally.
Internet 'brownouts' feared by 2010 as user traffic soars
Rising demand for bandwidth-hogging Internet activities such as swapping
music files and watching YouTube videos threatens to outstrip the Web's infrastructure
within three years, creating the spectre of service "brownouts" and
potentially thwarting the development of the next Google-sized application,
an industry-funded study warns.
Despite all the talk about the Internet's infinite possibilities, a study
by U.S. firm Nemertes Research found that projected increases in Internet
traffic are poised to eclipse the capacity of the Web's broadband access
infrastructure - essentially the points where users "plug in" to
the Internet via cable, phone or fibre optic lines - as early as 2010.
One of the biggest concerns for parents is what their children are doing
on the Internet. Who is contacting them? Who are they chatting with? How
do they interact with strangers? Kim Komando talks
about this regularly.
I came across a site today where you can listen to podcast about Internet
safety called Internet Safety Podcast.
So far there are only 2, but based on the descriptions (I haven't listened
to them myself), the hosts "begin by talking about safe web surfing
and mechanisms for avoid both deliberate and inadvertent access to inappropriate
Screencast software lets you record what you do on the computer visually
so you can play it back later. It can be used for making tutorials and other
instructional material, either for yourself, or someone else (your family,
a class, etc).
I applaud TechSmith for doing this. I think more companies should be offering
their older products for free. If a user ends up liking their products, they
are far more likely to buy an upgrade to the newer version (to get the new
features) than they are to look elsewhere.
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and Chris Empey accept no responsibility for the results obtained from trying
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