PC Club of Costa Rica

Tico Byte

August 2006

 

The regular meeting of the PC Club is this Saturday, August 19th, at the Pan-American

School at 8:30am. This month's meeting will include talks about a new word processor that is free of charge, a slimmed down and good looking PDF reader, 64 vs. 32 bit computers, update on the ICE bandwidth increase, and discussion on what the club might do for fun. There will be exercises and demonstrations on Ubuntu as well as the usual hardware and software clinics. In addition, we will be talking about a new format of open discussions on topics pertinent to all members. Thereís a lot to do and share. So come and bring a friend.

 

On to the Tico Byte:

 

Item 1: Do you own a Dell laptop?

Dell Worldwide has today announced the voluntary recall of approximately 4.1 million lithium-ion laptop batteries, some of which are in use here in the Middle East. According to Dell, these Sony-manufactured components could, in some rare cases, overheat and cause a fire risk.

 

These Dell-branded batteries were sold both separately and in response to notebook service calls between April of 2004 and July 18 of this year.

 

Story here: http://www.itp.net/news/details.php?id=21647&category=

 

Item 2: Homeland Security and your computer

As if Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff didn't have enough on his plate.

Not only has he had to deal with Katrina and Osama. Now he's also got to whip Steve Ballmer and the crew at Microsoft into shape. If past is prologue, that last task may be the most daunting of all.

Story here: http://news.com.com/Microsoft+security-no+more+second+chances/2010-1002_3-6104512.html

 

Item 3: Linux is growing fast

As the industry gathers for another LinuxWorld this week in San Francisco, desktop Linux watchers have a reason to feel hopeful that this might be the year.

Engineers and designers in need of a mobile workstation now have the option for a preloaded version of Novell's Suse Linux on a ThinkPad laptop computer.

Lenovo and Novell plan to announce at the LinuxWorld conference Tuesday that the ThinkPad T60p will ship with Novell's new Suse Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 (SLED). The Linux laptops will be geared toward engineers and other high-end users, but they will be available for purchase by anyone on Lenovo's Web site, said Bill Iori, worldwide segment manager for ThinkPad T Series.

Full story: http://news.com.com/ThinkPad-now+with+Suse+Linux/2100-1005_3-6105543.html?tag=nl

 

Item 4: Spring cleaning ... any time

Get your PC running like new with these easy tips for clearing the crud out of Windows, applications, and hardware.

Take a look at this article: http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,123407/article.html

 

Item 5: Here are some e-mail gaffes that drive readers crazy.

"Stop sending chain e-mails to me--no matter what the cause (little Timmy needs your old Christmas cards to live, canola oil is poison, tell someone you love them, whatever...). While I find them annoying in general, they are even worse when they are the only time you contact me. I'd rather be dropped from your little list. Think for a minute: Do I ever send you such drivel, or respond to it?" --Chuck

"Always use the subject line. I automatically delete any e-mail without a subject line." --Linda

And a whole lot more here: http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,126592/article.html

 

Item 6: Windows Vista and Mac OSX

There's just too much out there for only one site for you to look at. The more I read, the clearer the whole 'show' becomes. So here are a few sites that have interesting articles about the two largest OS's to date.

First:

The more things change, the more they stay the same. That's what I thought watching coverage of Apple's Worldwide Developer's conference opening yesterday, where banners that read things like "Hasta la vista, Vista" and "Redmond has a cat, too. A copycat" hung.

I suppose Apple's got reason enough to accuse Microsoft of copying their software. My first impression of Windows Vista was that it's a lot like OS X. But doth Apple protest too much? A bunch of features they touted yesterday have been around on other operating systems for awhile, or were just simply yawners (with one exception, in my book.) You can make a little side-by-side comparison of Leopard and Vista by following this link.

Full story: http://lifehacker.com/software/top/mac-os-x-leopard-and-windows-vista-side-by-side-192856.php

 

Second:

Sometimes I wonder how Apple CEO Steve Jobs can sleep at night. He appears to spend half his waking hours ridiculing Microsoft's admittedly behind-schedule operating system, Windows Vista, for copying Mac OS X features. But this week at Apple's annual Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC), he announced ten new features for Leopard, the next version of OS X, most of which will seem more than vaguely familiar to Windows users. I'm not dim: Microsoft does copy Apple on a fairly regular basis. But seriously, Steve, Apple's just as bad.

 

Full story: http://www.winsupersite.com/showcase/macosx_leopard_preview.asp

 

Third:

In his fifth CTP review he mainly writes about how disappointed he is in the upcoming Windows Vista release. He rambles about everything that is wrong with Vista and the company thatís releasing it. Vista seems to be just an upgraded version of XP and is released way too late. This sort of columns gives Vista a really bad name but I do agree on the things Paul writes. MS should step up and add new and exciting features to the OS just like Apple, not just copy the Tiger OS.

 

Full story: http://www.windowsvistaweblog.com/2006/04/23/critical-review-of-vista/

 

Fourth:

The visuals in [Windows Vista] are just going to blow you away."

Let those words hang in your mind for a bit. Two and a half years later, Microsoft has yet to ship Windows Vista, and it won't actually ship this system in volume until 2007. Since the euphoria of PDC 2003, Microsoft's handling of Windows Vista has been abysmal. Promises have been made and forgotten, again and again. Features have come and gone. Heck, the entire project was literally restarted from scratch after it became obvious that the initial code base was a teetering, technological house of cards. Windows Vista, in other words, has been an utter disaster. And it's not even out yet. What the heck went wrong?

Full story: http://www.winsupersite.com/reviews/winvista_5308_05.asp

Item 7: Read up

Read up on 64 bit computing. Do a Google search. Get a background. And then come to the meeting and let's discuss it. This kind of knowledge may be new to you, but then it all was once upon a time. And I can tell you that in the future you will need to know something about this subject. So do a little reading and come to the meeting to share and discuss. 8:30am at the Pan-American School in Belen.

 

See you there,

 

Chuck