Tico Byte

PC Club of Costa Rica

September 14th, 2005


Hello members of the PC Club,


Below you will find this month's Tico Byte with everything you need to know about computing in Costa Rica. Well, ...OK, maybe not everything; but some good stuff.


Remember that this Saturday is the monthly meeting at the Pan American School in Belen, starting at 8:30. Look for the sign giving directions to the new room at the school as we are getting a better, quieter and nicer room from now on. This meeting will have a lot of good stuff for newcomers and those of us who need review of computer basics. So, talk to your friends and bring any of them that think they need computer help. However, that's not all. We will also cover downloading pictures from your digital camera. Anyone with questions about how to work with their camera and pictures should bring it and the cords that came with it and we will go over any difficulties you may have. Ken Booth will talk about using Excel for certain uses he puts it to and that may be of use to others. We will also discuss the new discount charges from RACSA and ICE.


Now the Tico Byte:


Item 1: How to take great pictures of sunsets


We get a lot of questions at the Institute about how to take great photographs of sunsets. The truth is, it's easy. The hard part is finding a great sunset and being ready at the right time. We promise that if you follow the tips in this article, you'll be ready when you find the perfect sunset.


Full article: http://www.ritzcamera.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/StaticView?storeId=10001&staticPage=%2Fetc%2Farticles%2Ftips%2Fsunset-photography.html&langId=-1&catalogId=10001


Item 2: Some helpful hints from Fred Langa


I am running a P4 2.4 XP Pro SP2 machine w/512mb ram. Unfortunately I am on dialup internet since there are no broadband options available where I live. I use FireFox 1.06 and Thunderbird 1.0 for my browser / email clients.

My problem is that periodically I experience extreme slowdowns in internet response times. This is evidenced by more and more frequent "time out errors" when I try to open a new URL. In fact, I first tried to contact you through Langa.com but could not load it.

Full article here: http://langa.com/newsletters/2005/2005-09-05.htm#2


Item 3: The news on flash memory


Who would have thought a few years ago that flash memory chips would one day be poised to replace hard disk drives? But after Samsung Electronics announced it developed a 16 GB flash memory chip, the product is poised to revolutionize everyday life.

Full article here: http://english.chosun.com/w21data/html/news/200509/200509140024.html


Item 4: Nobody ever said Microsoft will be cheap


Twenty months after entering into the Linux market by acquiring Suse, Novell has outlined its strategy to counter Microsoft in 2006.

Jack Messman, chief executive of networking software vendor Novell says that 2006 will see widespread adoption of Linux on the corporate desktop. According to Messman the catalyst will be the release of Microsoft Windows Vista and the high costs associated with upgrading.

Full article here: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2005/09/13/linux_migration_opportunity/


Item 5: What is Internet2?


Internet2 is a non-profit consortium which develops and deploys advanced network applications and technologies, mostly for high-speed data transfer. It is led by 207 US universities and partners from the networking and technology industries (such as Comcast, Intel, Sun Microsystems, and Cisco Systems). Some of the technologies it has developed include IPv6, IP multicasting and quality of service.


Full story here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet2


Item 6: And wouldn't you know it


Google Inc. has launched this week a separate search service for people and information in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.


Full story here: http://www.informationweek.com/story/showArticle.jhtml;jsessionid=5ZVRZJCOL3OKYQSNDBECKH0CJUMEKJVN?articleID=170703015


Item 6: From Sid Matthews



A successful rancher died and left everything to his devoted wife.

She was a very good looking woman, and determined to keep the ranch, but knew very little about ranching, so she decided to place an ad in the newspaper for a ranch hand.

Two men applied for the job. One was gay and the other a drunk.

She thought long and hard about it, and when no one else applied, she decided to hire the gay guy, figuring it would safer to have him around the house than the drunk.

He proved to be a hard worker who put in long hours every day and knew a lot about ranching. For weeks, the two of  them worked, and the ranch was doing very well. Then one day, the rancher's widow said to the hired hand, "You have done a really good job and the ranch looks great.

You should go into town and kick up your heels."

The hired hand readily agreed and went into town one Saturday night. However, one o'clock came and he didn't return. Two o'clock and no hired hand. He returned around two-thirty and upon entering the room, he found the rancher's widow sitting by the fireplace with a glass of wine waiting for him. She quietly called him over to her.

"Unbutton my blouse and take it off," she said. Trembling, he did as she directed.

"Now take off my boots." He did as she asked, ever so slowly.

"Now take off my socks." He removed each gently and placed them neatly by her boots.

"Now take off my skirt." He slowly unbuttoned it, constantly watching her eyes in the firelight.

"Now take off my bra." Again with trembling hands he did as he was told and dropped it to the floor.

"Now, she said, "take off my panties." By the light of the fire, he slowly pulled them down and off

Then she looked at him and said, "If you ever wear my clothes into town again, I'll fire you on the spot."




Hahahaha..........gotcha, didn't I ?


Item 7: Dianne Jennings has a one year old Bosch automatic washing machine for sale. Front loading, high quality, heats its own water, many cycles, good machine. Paid over $600; sell for $350. Call 266-0123. See at: http://www.ogormans.co.uk/bosch4.htm


See you all on Saturday.