TicoByte for August, 2011

Dear Members of the PC Club of Costa Rica,

The next club meeting will be this coming Saturday, August 20th, at the Pan American School in Belen at 9am.  Coffee and snacks will available from 8:30 AM for anyone who wants to come early and chat.  If you have anything that you would like to sell or give away (having to do with computers), feel free to bring it and we will have a separate table where you can display it.

Here are some items I thought you might like.  Some are directly related to computing and others, well ….

Item 1. How do you remove a word from your Firefox dictionary?

Bill Vorth asked this question at the July meeting and he has found an answer from Firefox. The first sentence tells you to open your profile folder.  The instructions for finding your profie folder can be found here. Thanks, Bill, for sharing with us.

Item 2. How much do you know about the Eiffel Tower

Coming on the heels of an item about Zeppelins, I found this technological wonder really interesting, even though it was built 122 years ago by the guy who designed the interior structure of the Statue of Liberty.  Did you know there is a military bunker beneath it?

Item 3.  There is an easy way to reinstall Windows 7, if your copy is corrupted, without reformatting the hard disc.

This article describes the procedure that has not been revealed by Microsoft for some reason. You need your Windows 7 installation DVD, your unique product key, and a good backup before you begin.  Thanks to Ed Reames for pointing this one out.

Item 4. Will the Space Shuttle be replaced by a Russian knock-off?

Fox News is reporting that a contender for the crew delivery role to the International Space Station Destiny, called the Dream Chaser, was designed from spy photos of a 1980s Russian vehicle, the BOR-4. This reminds me of the Russian Buran spacecraft, which was a copy of the US Space Shuttle, that made one flight before the program was cancelled.

Item 5. How will Microsoft’s alliance with Facebook fare against Google+?

Have you been keeping up with the social networking software wars?  Debra Littlejohn Shinder, of the Republic of Tech, says Google’s new social networking tool, Google+ will push Facebook and Microsoft closer together to face the competition.  Facebook was invented at Harvard by Mark Zuckerman who ran it from his dorm room and now it’s worth $13.5 billion.

Item 6.  We need more Apple content in our club.

Apple has released the OS X Lion, it’s newest Operating System.  We would love to hear reviews. We often get in a rut of just talking about PCs and you could help us broaden our horizons.  We’re looking for more Mac users to liven things up.  If you know someone who knows what’s happening in the Mac world, invite them to our meeting.  We’re open to suggestions about how to make our meetings more Mac-friendly.

Item 7.  Could you use a few Linux applications?

Here is a collection of 10 useful little apps for Linux that might help you do stuff.  From controlling a scanner to syncronizing files and burning CDs, these apps offer new solutions to old problems.

Item 8.  NASA has selected the landing site for the next Mars rover.

Wired Magazine reports that the Curiosity rover will land in the giant Gale Crater on Mars that is particularly interesting to scientists.  The mission is planned to launch in late November with an all-new tech package. Curiosity’s twice the size of previous rovers and it’s nuclear-powered. Be sure to check out the awesome JPL video on the page: it’s definitely worth your time. Here’s another JPL video if you like that one.

Item 9. Chrome overtakes Firefox in UK.       (Item 9?-since when?)

I had to add this breaking news: Google Chrome has become the 2nd most popular browser in the UK, now following only Internet Explorer. Chrome closed with and squeaked past Firefox to claim the #2 spot. I got this tip from the Linux Forum Daily eMail. It was a little above Harry Potter, RIP.

Dick Sandlin

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