Tico Byte

November, 2005


Hello members,


First I want to remind all of you that next Saturday, November 19th, is our regular meeting at the Pan-American School at 8:30AM. The meeting is shaping up to be quite interesting. We will be introducing a number of new members to the club. Also, we will be breaking into groups of interest levels so as to accommodate everyone from beginners through advanced. We will have a demo on Skype from Ed Reames, a Linux install on a laptop of a new member, and talks about programs you can use. Also, we will have information about the Christmas part (December 10th, at my house) and we will hold the elections for your President, Treasurer and a Fiscal position. Besides that, there will be a sharing of information as to what's happening with Racsa and WIFI. And much more. So come and bring a friend.


Now, on to the Byte:


Item 1. Pop ups from flash


Lately smart programmers have found a way to make pop ups happen through flash, and your browser may not be able to stop them. However, here is a workaround that should stop them if you are using Firefox or Mozilla:


While in Firefox:

   1. Type “about:config” into the Firefox location bar. Up comes a page of setting for Firefox

   2. Right-click anywhere on the page and select “New” from the box that appears. Another box will appear and you will then select “Integer”.

   3. It will ask for a name. Copy the following text and paste it into the box for the name:  privacy.popups.disable_from_plugins

   4. After you hit enter a box will ask you for a value. Set the value to 2.


The possible values are:


    0: Allow all popups from plugins.

    1: Allow popups, but limit them to dom.popup_maximum.

    2: Block popups from plugins.

    3: Block popups from plugins, even on whitelisted sites.

Then put in any URL and continue. You will be protected from further pop ups from flash plugins.


Item 2. A neat site is www.howstuffworks.com Here's how Microsoft works.


So Microsoft rules the world, but just what does it do, anyway? In this article, we'll take a look at the history of Microsoft and find out how it competes in the market. We'll also explore how Microsoft's corporate culture factors into its success. Finally, we'll look at Microsoft products to find out how they benefit from the company's core advantages.


from http://money.howstuffworks.com/microsoft.htm/printable


Item 3. Domain name fun. Have you ever seen a funny domain name?


Care should always be exercised when registering a domain name: DNS is case-insensitive and the modern trend of words run together with intercapping can be misinterpreted when converted to lowercase.


For example: Who Represents, a database of artists and agents, chose


Experts Exchange, the programmers' site, famously had http://www.expertsexchange.com;

Pen Island unwisely chose http://www.penisland.net;

A therapists' network thought http://www.therapistfinder.com looked good and of course the Italian power company PowerGen Italia became http://www.powergenitalia.com.


From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domain_name


Item 4. Did you know that Sony is spying on you?


Sony is spying on thousands of listeners who buy and play its music CDs on their computers, a leading computer security firm said recently.




Item 5. But Sony isn't all bad. Look what they are doing with others.


IBM, Sony Corp., Philips N.V. and Linux distributors Red Hat Inc. and Novell Inc. announced Thursday that the companies would be forming a new company “Open Invention Network” to share Linux patents without charging for royalties.




Item 6. Did you all read about caffeine, cola and women?


TUESDAY, Nov. 8 (HealthDay News) -- Women who love drinking coffee can keep on loving it, researchers say.


Too bad the same isn't true for those who can't get enough of caffeinated colas, however.


A new study has found that regular coffee drinking has no links to temporary hypertension or persistent high blood pressure.


In fact, women who consume the most coffee may even get a protective cardiovascular effect from their cup of java.


The rest of the article: http://www.healthday.com/view.cfm?id=528992


Item 7. Anyone want to buy a Direct TV satellite TV setup? $250. We have one. Chuck/Dianne Jennings 266-0123


Item 8. Oh, yeah. Microsoft is protecting you from the above-mentioned problem with Sony.


Sony's controversial anti-piracy CD software has been labeled as spy ware by Microsoft.


Entire article: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/4434852.stm


Item 9. Come to the next meeting; it will be fun.