Tico Byte May 17, 2005

 

Hello Members of the PC Club. Hope you are enjoying the rain of late. Here follows the Tico Byte for May and information you can use.

 

Item 1: This month's meeting

 

The next meeting will take place at the Pan American School, per usual, next Saturday, May 21 at 8:30 AM. This time we will have a demonstration on the Internet phone service Skype, with an actual (if all goes as planned) connection with a person in the States. Roy Lent will give us a brief talk about the club's history. I will present a talk about the benefits and costs of laptops versus desktops. We will have our usual clinics for anyone with hardware or software problems; bring us a challenge to fix. It should be interesting, so come and bring a friend.

 

Item 2: Good buy on DSL modems

 

Through negotiations, we have made a deal with Fibrotel of Pavas, who provides DSL modems for ICE's fast Internet service. They will sell members an approved modem and splitter for $99. Come to the meeting on Saturday and we will provide the details.

 

Item 3: The good news for ISDN users

 

If you are reading the club site, (www.pcclub.net), then you already know that the government agency ARESEP, who is responsible for setting rates for government services, has approved a change in the cost of ISDN service. Shortly, the cost of the second telephone line for this service will be at a fixed monthly rate of 3,310 colones. That is supposed to make your ISDN connection competitive with all the other types of service that ICE and RACSA provide.

 

This is a long overdue, and welcomed, change.

 

Item 4: Info relevant to laptops

 

In reviewing laptops for the next meeting, I stumbled upon this site, www.laptopical.com. It seems to have neat information on lots of things.

 

Item 5: What's all the rage?

 

For the past month of so all the news has been about Ipods and music devices that are computer-like. To see what they are all about, go to http://www.apple.com/ipod/ and read about it.

 

Item 6: Microsoft security

 

Microsoft is offering a new security service for all those who would like to pay. (Imagine that!) To read about it: http://news.softpedia.com/news/Microsoft-is-planning-to-launch-security-services-1915.shtml and then see what others are saying about it: http://www.nbr.co.nz/home/column_article.asp?id=12022&cid=3&cname=Technology .

 

However, as a member of the PC Club, you already know that you need a software firewall, a good antivirus (of which, AVAST is a good free one) and know how to remove spyware. So you can save your money.

 

Item 7: Speaking of spyware

 

If you want an in-depth read about spyware, PC World's website has this:

http://www.pcworld.com/reviews/article/0,aid,119572,00.asp .

 

Item 8: Gmail

 

As you all know, I have been inviting a lot of you to the new online Gmail service. For me, this mail service has tremendous advantages for us in this day and age of spam and other email considerations. At the next meeting, we will talk about how it is helping many of us to eliminate spam and viruses on one easy stroke.

 

Item 9: As Robert Louis Stevenson said

 

“Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant”.

 

See you all at the next meeting.

 

Chuck