Welcome to the 431st 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!
This past Monday Lisa and I spent almost all day with a Vietnamese friend
of ours making spring rolls. They are fantastic! The only drawback is that
my hands still smell like onions :-(
Next weekend we are having a party for my grandmother (my father's mother)
as she is turning 90 at the end of the month. She suffers from serious arthritis,
but otherwise is in good health. She and my grandfather had 2 kids, and they
had 14 grandchildren and I think are around that number for great-grandchildren
(sorry, I don't know the exact number). Not bad!
More than 2,700 exhibitors descend on Las Vegas Monday, each ready to show
off their latest and greatest tricks at the annual Consumer Electronics Show.
But good luck finding many of the gizmos and gadgets on store shelves: Though
CES is supposed to give gearheads a peek at the future, it is often better
at displaying "vaporware"--would-be innovations that never materialize.
Some of this is par for the course: Much like the auto show that's running
concurrently in Detroit, CES is meant to have a fantasy element to it--stuff
that ought to be but isn't yet and may never be. The real sin is in showing
off what are supposed to be real products to retailers and press, then not
Moixa Energy's latest innovation is one of those slap- your-forehead, why-didn't-
I-think-of-that ideas that simultaneously makes sense and makes us feel good
to use: a traditional AA battery that recharges itself while plugged into
a personal computer's USB port.
Moixa, a British company, began offering its USBCell in September and, while
executives won't disclose how many they have sold, it is clear that the product
is a winner, igniting a low-energy hum among the technorati.
Yaffa Balsam was mystified.
Why did so many other family therapy websites pop to the top of Google (GOOG)
search results listings, while her site was nowhere to be found?
It's a question posed by thousands of small-business owners every day as
they seek new customers online rather than through traditional Yellow Pages
directories. These days, if a company website can't be found on Google, it
basically doesn't exist.
I've had my website up for a year, and as far as I know, I haven't found
one new client from the Internet," says Balsam, 50. "I want that to change."
Shoot at Home - Digital Photography Tip of the Week
Even though I still go out to shoot when winter rolls in (as it finally has
in my part of the country), finding subjects to photograph is difficult. Add
on to that the extra incentive needed to go out into the cold, sometimes wet
and often dark environment, and it becomes all too easy to find excuses not
It doesn't have to be like this though. Regardless of the season, there are
plenty of subjects to shoot in your own backyard. Or front yard. Or even inside
your house. All of the photos on this page have been photographed inside my
house or in my yard.
Begin to look at your surroundings. Look for shapes, textures and patterns.
Look at how colours react with each other. Use window light and create a beautiful
I have written in a previous tip not to let foul weather stop you from shooting,
but if you don't want to venture out, there are lot of other possibilities
waiting for you in your own home. Use the time to work on creative compositions
using ordinary objects. The search for photographs in places where you normally
wouldn't look can yield some beautiful images along with helping to hone your
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 email@example.com.
You can tweak the properties for any shortcut to specify the way you want
it to open—Normal, Minimized, or Maximized. Right-click the shortcut and
choose Properties from the pop-up menu. The drop-down list labeled Run
is the one that controls this setting. Change it to Maximized and click
I recently wanted to download a couple of YouTube videos so I could show
them on my Dell Axim. I did a quick search on Google and found
Vdownloader is a little freeware program that scans your clipboard for
links to youtube, google video, grinvi and dailymotion. Once it detects
such a link the movie will be automatically downloaded and converted to
the format that you specified in the settings. You may save the video as
avi, mpg or psp and change the output size and audio bitrate in the process.
It works great. There is nothing to install. You just download the zip file,
extract the program, and run it. Check
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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