Welcome to the 371st issue of the PC Improvement News. PCIN consists mainly
of news 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!
I've added a few more images this week to the tips section. All of the images
in the newsletter are loaded over the web, so the size of the email is still
fairly small. If you are connected to the Internet, then the images will load.
I won't be having a lot of images in the newsletter. It's just that this week
each tip had a logo or screenshot.
"Romeo, Romeo -- wher4 Rt thou Romeo?"
It could be the future of Shakespeare.
Dot mobile, a British mobile phone service aimed at students, says it plans
to condense classic works of literature into SMS text messages. The company
claims the service will be a valuable resource for studying for exams.
Academic purists will be horrified. Hamlet's famous query, "To be or
not to be, that is the question," becomes "2b? Nt2b? ???"
Ever since Edward R. Murrow and Ed Sullivan were doing their thing in black
and white, the living room television has been the centerpiece of home entertainment.
Then, somewhere along the way, a lot of folks in the high-tech industry got
it into their heads that families should gather around the PC to watch their
favorite TV programs.
Guess what? The tube still rules. So it's little surprise that the tech industry,
led in a most unlikely way by computer networking giant Cisco Systems, is
looking to the TV to finally, once and for all, get out of the home office
and into the living room.
Video Games Are Their Major, So Don't Call Them Slackers
"So you have these four basic types that occupy the environment: the
Achiever, the Explorer, the Socializer and the Killer."
Nick Fortugno, the 30-year-old teacher, turned away from the whiteboard and
faced the 14 undergraduate and master's-level students in his Thursday seminar. "Killers
act like predators, and like any ecosystem, if you increase the number of
killers and facilitate them, you decrease the number of achievers and socializers."
A forestry class on the ecology of the African savannah? No. A psychology
course on the ways of the grade-school playground? Closer, but not quite.
Rather, in his video game design seminar at Parsons the New School for Design
in Greenwich Village, Mr. Fortugno was recently explaining the basic taxonomy
of players in online role-playing games like World of Warcraft or Lineage,
games that millions of people around the world play every day.
In a deal aimed at reducing illegal Internet traffic in pirated films, Hollywood
reached an agreement Tuesday with the creator of the popular file-sharing
The agreement requires 30-year-old software designer Bram Cohen to prevent
his Web site, bittorrent.com, from locating pirated versions of popular movies,
effectively frustrating people who search for illegal copies of films.
Last week I discussed flash use in digital photography. This week I will discuss
some of the many ways you can use your digital photographs this coming Christmas.
The photographs you make may be printed, put in an album and emailed to friends.
But what else can you do with them. With Christmas coming up, it is a good
time to explore that. Most of the labs using a digital processor can now add
fancy borders and messages to your print. With those, they usually offer calendars
and greeting cards featuring your images. Why not give someone a coffee mug
with one of your photos printed on it. Mouse pads, pillows and even blankets
with you photo can be purchased as well.
If you are doing you own printing at home, you can purchase greeting card
paper to make your own holiday cards or iron on transfers to make your own
photographic T-shirts. Custom CD and DVD covers, personalized gift tags can
be made at home as well. Canvas and silk papers
can be purchased for an art look to your photos (would make a nice gift) as
well as magnetic and adhesive papers for fridge magnets or home-made bumper
stickers. Scrapbooking has
become a very popular hobby, so why not make your own scrapbook pages?
Looking for something a little more unique? Why not have a coffee table photo
book created. There are several companies on the web that offer this service.
Try photoworks.com, shutterfly.com or kodakgallery.com,
though I have not tried any of these yet myself.
There are endless possibilities to what you can do with your photos, all you
need is a little creativity.
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 vice-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.
As the world becomes one big marketplace, it becomes increasingly more important
to understand things as simple as time zones and business hours around the
world. One of the first
reviews I ever did was for a product called ActiveEarth by Logos
Systems Research. They have since moved on to other software, but one
of the original programmers got the rights to the software and has updated
it. I recently had the opportunity to review ActiveEarth
2.0 by Norris Family Industry.
I've been doing some cleaning on my system, and I've been looking for files
that are over a certain size. I kept having ZIP files appearing, along with
the files that are inside them. Windows XP has some native ability to see
inside ZIP files. But when you are searching, having a ZIP file along with
the files that are inside it is kind of redundant. I did a quick search on
Google for Don't search in zip files
windows xp. The 9th result was from the MVPS.org website
and an article called Prevent Windows
XP from searching inside ZIP and CAB files, without breaking Windows XP's
native ZIP / CAB support. It mentions a little utility called NoFindInsideZip.
There is nothing to install. You just run the executable and you can choose
to search inside ZIP and CAB files or not. Very handy!
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
the tips in this newsletter.
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