Tue, 16 Nov 2004

 

Hello PC Club members and friends,

 

Our last regular meeting of the year happens this coming Saturday, Nov

20,  as usual: 8:30am, at the Panamerican School. As this is an

important meeting for developing direction for the whole of next year,

please come and participate. There are some changes afoot and your input

is essential. This meeting will have Rhoda teaching a beginner's class

on Outlook. There will be a hardware clinic, with demonstration of new

Digital Light Projection. As always, bring your questions and members

will try to answer them. The Christmas party will be discussed. This

year we project Dec 11th, at my house, in San Jose de la Montana, with

lots of social fun. Come and learn about that.

 

And now on to information that I hope you will find useful:

 

Item 1:  From Kim Komando comes this about the new search engine from M/S:

 

I read a story this week that said Bill Gates has a baseball cap

with the Google.com logo displayed prominently on his desk. I suppose

he keeps it there as a reminder of his competition in the online search

business. That's because Microsoft, which long ignored the search

business, unveiled a new search program this week. It's trying to

capture more advertising as it competes with Google.

 

The site got off to a shaky start. It crashed a few times the first day

it was available to the masses. That wasn't a big deal, though. After

all, the site is still in beta, or in its testing phase. Try it out at:

    http://beta.search.msn.com/

 

Item 2: From Fred Langa on spyware comes this:

 

Spyware Countermeasures

 

     I would like to bring your attention to this site which offers

     links to some of the more popular anti-malware programs and

     also easy to understand tutorials for using them in an optimal

     manner. I have it right at the top in my favorites in a folder

     named AAAAA., Bruce

    

     http://snipurl.com/a1yd

 

Item 3: From our own Roy Lent we get this:

 

There was once a young man who, in his youth, professed a desire to

become a great writer. When asked to define "great" he said:

 

"I want to write stuff that the whole world will read, stuff that people

will react to on a truly emotional level, stuff that will make them

scream, cry, wail, howl in pain, desperation, and anger!"

 

He now works for Microsoft, writing Excel error messages.

 

Item 4: Something I found:

 

In my need to translate, I am constantly looking for an easy way to switch between reading an article on the La Nacion newspaper site ( www.nacion.com ) and some kind of translation program. I found this URL

( http://education.yahoo.com/reference/ ) and I open it in its own browser window and then switch between the two windows, using ALT+TAB, to highlight>copy>paste into the translation page. That way I can read the newspaper article and translate those words I don't know quickly and easily. It helps me keep going on the thread of understanding the article and also learn new words at the same time. If this is not clear, I will demonstrate it at the next meeting.

 

Item 5: From Kim again on the subject of Word and how to have documents show in the task bar:

 

OPENING WORD DOCUMENTS IN SEPARATE WINDOWS

This week, Ed in my office told me a story. He cured something that

had been irritating him for ages. On his office computer, when he had

two Word documents open, they showed up as two windows in the taskbar

at the bottom of the screen. When he wanted to open the one that was not

on the screen, he clicked it on the taskbar.

 

However, at home, Word only showed him one window, no matter how many

documents he had open. That meant he had to click Window, in the top

menu bar, then select the file he wanted. As Ed said, "It made me grit

my teeth. Arrrh!"

 

On Wednesday, one of my guys, Ted, told Ed how to fix it. He clicked

Tools>>Options. On the View tab, he found "Windows in Taskbar."

When that is selected, documents have separate Windows.

 

So, with that checked, Ed can easily jump between Word documents

when he's working on two things. To switch back and forth, he clicks

the buttons on the taskbar, or presses Alt+Tab. Now, Ed is happy.

 

 

Item 6: Firefox is getting great reviews; users should consider it:

 

Firefox, the free Internet browser, has been released in its final

form. Servers at Mozilla.org, the group that led the effort to build

Firefox, were overwhelmed this week by download requests.

 

Many people consider Firefox more advanced than Internet Explorer.

That's not surprising--Microsoft simply stopped developing IE several

years ago after it vanquished Netscape in the browser wars.

 

Aficionados believe Firefox is much more secure than Internet Explorer.

That's hard to say definitively. But I think it is much less likely to

be attacked than Internet Explorer, because it only has a sliver of the

market. IE remains a very big target. You can download Firefox at:

    http://www.mozilla.org/products/firefox/

 

Some of the programs that run with Firefox, called extensions,

do not work with the finished version. Presumably, the programmers

who developed the extensions will update them soon.

 

Item 7: For you AVG fans, we read from Fred Langa:

 

Farewell, Free AVG?

 

  Hello Fred, It is with much regret that I heard that as of the end

  of this year, AVG 6 will no longer be offering free virus

  definition updates to its users. Indeed in order to get these

  updates users will have to upgrade to AVG 7 which is, of course,

  [not freeware].

 

  Whilst one is surfing the web one can fall prey to loads of nasties

  lurking out there such as viruses, trojans, spyware, adware and

  with regards to e-mail, spam.

 

  There is however and excellent free anti virus program out there

  namely Avast Home Edition and it can be downloaded from

  http://www.avast.com/ and I hope that you cam pass this information

  on to your readers in a future newsletter. Regards, Trevor Davies

 

While it's true that the current free version of AVG will no longer be

updated or supported, there is a replacement in the works. Until it

ships, we won't know what it does or how good it is, but there will at

least be some kind of alternative available:

 

  New Generation of AVG Free Edition to Replace Current 6.0 Free

  Edition: GRISOFT is pleased to announce that the next generation of

  AVG Free will be available soon!... AVG Anti-Virus 6.0 FREE Edition

  will be discontinued on December 31, 2004, and virus database and

  program updates for this edition will no longer be

  available...[more info:

  http://free.grisoft.com/freeweb.php/doc/5443/lng/us/tpl/v5 ]

 

But there are other free antivirus tools available too, including Avast,

as mentioned. Also, the free "Microsoft Partner Pack" includes a copy of

Computer Associates' "eTrust 2005" with a one-year free subscription to

updates. You can download a copy at

http://www.majorgeeks.com/download4390.html or http://langa.com/u/6q.htm

or direct from Microsoft at

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/partnerpack/ (although the official

Microsoft downloads are actually more cumbersome than the third-party

sites.) You can also order the "Partner Pack" on CD

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/partnerpack/cd.aspx ; the CD is free,

but you have to pay shipping. eTrust isn't generally regarded as a top

choice among AV tools, but still, it's a cheap way to get a year's worth

of at least basic antivirus protection.  8-)

 

Lots more free antivirus tools and info:

http://www.google.com/search?as_q=free+antivirus&as_sitesearch=langa.com

 

Item 8: Come to the meeting on Saturday, there are lots of new things to talk about.

 

See you there.

 

Chuck