PC Club of Costa Rica

Tico Byte – October 2005


Hello computer users,


The October monthly meeting will be this Saturday, October 15th, at the usual place, the Pan American School in Belen at 8:30. Bring a friend. This month's meeting will include the usual hardware and software clinics and discussion of news of the computer world. Also, we will have presentations of software you can use. There will be a continuation of the beginner's class for newbies and those of us who want to refresh our understanding of operating principles. Additionally, we will have an advanced user's group discussion. Come and have fun with your neighbors who are interested in things that compute.


And now on with the Tico Byte:


Item 1: Yahoo news search and blogs


Today Yahoo! began integrating blog search results within Yahoo! News Search. The Yahoo! Search Blog wrote:

"Now when you search on Yahoo! News you will see blog results as well as content from thousands of trusted news sites. The experiences and opinions published on blogs make a great addition to the mainstream news people read everyday."


Full article here: http://blogs.zdnet.com/web2explorer/index.php?p=28


Item 2: New Thunderbird


THE Mozzarella Foundation has released the final beta of Thunderbird 1.5 which is the next major update of its email client.

There are no new features to the update but it does have improvements to auto complete, an enhanced automated update system, and performance and security updates.

Full story here: http://www.theinquirer.net/?article=26830


Item 3: Google news reader


Google has unveiled a beta of its Google Reader, a web-based RSS reader, to the search engine's registered users.

The reader is similar to the online service offered by NewsGator, allowing users to subscribe to RSS feeds and receive a notification when a website publishes an update. 

Full story here: http://www.vnunet.com/vnunet/news/2143477/google-launches-rss-reader


Item 4: Connecting your computer with your coffee pot (OK, teakettle)


Scientists have invented a kettle that can be turned on by text message.

You can turn it on without getting off the couch or on the way home from work by texting the words "switch on".

Story here: http://www.int.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=29&art_id=iol1128940144675A551


Item 5: “Dual core” (words you will be hearing more and more in the future)


Have you been lusting after a dual-core processor but are unwilling to pay the premium price? Your wait may be over. New dual-core CPUs from AMD and Intel are showing up in desktop systems priced around $1500, within the budget of mainstream computer users. Our first tests of such systems indicate that dual-core chips provide good value.


Story here: http://www.pcworld.com/news/article/0,aid,122700,00.asp


Item 6: Indexing the world


Google to index the world by 2310

From the Web

10 Oct 2005 21:25

Good news for people who like making lists: Google's Eric Schmidt says that it will take another three hundred years before all the information in the world is neatly indexed and searchable.

Story here: http://www.tgdaily.com/2005/10/10/google_index/


Item 7: Microsoft security patches


As part of its monthly patching cycle, Microsoft on Tuesday plans to release eight security alerts for flaws in the Windows operating system.


Story here: http://news.com.com/Slew+of+Windows+patches+coming/2100-1002_3-5890442.html?part=rss&tag=5890442&subj=news


Item 8: Should the PC Club use it's site as a mailing list site for its members?


Come to the meeting on Saturday and find out.


See you there,