Welcome to the 480th 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!
Sorry for not getting this out on time yesterday. We had a big get-together
Christmas Eve, and over the next 24-48 hours 6 of us got pretty sick. We're
not sure exactly what it was, but I was pretty much out of commission yesterday.
I hope you all had a Merry Christmas. If you got any new "toys",
drop us a line. We'd love to hear about it!
As I mentioned last week, this is a shorter version of the newsletter. I have
a few news stories, and Chris has his Digitial Photography Tip of the Week.
The remaining regular features will return next week.
First-year medical students are some of the biggest hypochondriacs around.
Bombarded with information about every disease under the sun, they start
to imagine they have them all. In their minds, every mole is skin cancer.
A nosebleed is surely a sign of a tumor. Headache? Must be skyrocketing blood
"People get terribly anxious," says Dr. Arthur Barsky, professor of
psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. "One woman who came to see me was
convinced she had melanoma. She brought in 20 pages of color photos of various
skin lesions, trying to figure out which one looked most like hers."
And now, because of the Internet, we can all be first-year medical students.
Younger gamers looking to con a Wii out of parents this year by selling
them on the physical benefits of "active" gaming, it's time to
dream up a new strategy. A UK study entitled "Energy expenditure in
adolescents playing new generation computer games" reveals that a round
of Wii Sports doesn't work the body nearly as hard as proper exercise. While
it expends more energy than "idle" gaming with a controller, the
difference is negligible.
Britain's 81-year-old Queen Elizabeth II, considered an icon of traditionalism,
launched her own special Royal Channel on YouTube Sunday.
The Queen will use the popular video-sharing Web site to send out her 50th
annual televised Christmas message, which she first delivered live to the
nation and its colonies on Dec. 25, 1957.
Buckingham Palace also began posting archive and recent footage of the Queen
and other royals on the channel Sunday, with plans to add new clips regularly.
For the past few years, I have created a small wall calendar for friends an
family. I have used 13 images, one for each month and one for the cover. I
created the calendar pages in Photoshop including such customizations as birthdays
and anniversaries, printed them first 6x4 (6x8 calendar) and later 7x5 (7x10
calendar), then had them bound by a local copy store. I realize I have a certain
amount of bias but I do feel they have been a nice gift.
This year I have created a small, full year, calendar, 4x6, with a single
photo and all 12 months of the calendar year. I downloaded a calendar template
from the web, then customized the calendar with my name and web site address
then laminated the calendar to a magnet. I am sending these calendars to new
clients as a small thank you and a year long reminder of my services. For my
existing clients, I have customized their calendar with a photo from one of
their sessions over the previous year.
Use of your photos does not have stop with a picture in a frame. Local labs
and online printing services offer a very expansive range of products to use
with your photographs, though you do not always have pay a lot for them. A
little bit of time on your own and you can have a few nice products to pass
around to your friends and family.
This is my last tip for 2007. I wish everyone a happy Christmas and holiday
season. If you happen to receive any new photo goodies over the next little
while, remember to read the manual... there is a wealth of information included
in that little book.
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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and Chris Empey accept no responsibility for the results obtained from trying
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