Tico Byte for May, 2006


Dear Members,


The May meeting will be held this coming Saturday at the Pan-American School, in Belen, at 8:30am, per usual. This time we will be discussing things like: what to do if you suspect a hard drive failure, more on digital image manipulation, some basics workings of your computer that we often forget, hardware repair, problem solving with Win XP, how to set up that wireless network (from your favorite Ed) and much more. Come and bring a friend; it's always more fun that way. See you there.


Now, on with the Byte:


Item 1) What do you get when you put up to 2GHz of pure Intel Core Duo power, an iSight camera, Front Row, iLife 06, and a 13-inch glossy widescreen display into a sleek case? Starting at $1099.


(I'll bet you'll never guess.)


Well, for you Mac lovers, droolers and us poor folk, here is the URL:




Item 2) What:

    * Turns off anti-virus applications

    * Deletes files off the computer

    * Steals information

    * Drops more malware

    * Reduces system security

    * Installs itself in the Registry?


Its called Troj/Erazer-A and it may be coming to your local computer soon if you don't take the steps we talk about in the meetings. You can read all about it here: http://www.sophos.com/virusinfo/analyses/trojerazera.html


Item 3) Yippee, hoooorah, good for us; Skype is offering free Skype Out in the US and Canada


Full story: http://news.com.com/2100-7352_3-6072256.html?part=rss&tag=6072256&subj=news


Item 4) 8 million books onto a cartridge half the size of a VHS tape


If you wait long enough, these things happen: http://www.wired.com/news/technology/1,70904-0.html


Item 5) A new search tool


A brand new site and concept of searching: http://www.snap.com/


Who knows, you might like it.


Item 6) Window's Media Player 11, yall...


Windows Media Player 11, which on Monday was released in beta version for Windows XP, uses a graphical interface that is more visually appealing than previous versions.


Story here: http://news.zdnet.com/2300-9588_22-6072445-1.html


Item 7) A prominent Republican on Capitol Hill has prepared legislation that would rewrite Internet privacy rules by requiring that logs of Americans' online activities be stored,


(Another reason to be glad you live in Costa Rica.)


Story here: http://news.zdnet.com/2100-9588_22-6072601.html


Item 8) Imagine this: You hit the power switch on your Windows or Linux PC, and the system starts to boot, but stalls. The power's on, the hard drive is spinning, but nothing's happening. You restart the PC, but the same thing occurs--what next?


Well, Fred Langa has the answer for those of you who like the techie part of computing:




That's about it for this one. I hope to see you all at the meeting on Saturday.