Tico Byte
April, 2007

Dear members,

This month's meeting of the PC Club of Costa Rica will take place at the Pan American School, beginning at 8:30am, this Saturday, April 21st. This month we will have some follow up to the Mac presentation by Alfonso Perez, a presentation on the newest operating system, discussion on online photo editing options, online document creation, with special time for special groups for special people like you. Bring your ideas, questions and suggestions to be discussed in the last hour of the meeting. As usual, we will have lots of time for talking about what's new and exciting in computing. So come early -  bring a friend.

Now on with the Byte.

Item 1: Microsoft's own flash

Microsoft's answer to Adobe Systems' Flash Player has an official name--Silverlight--and a coveted target audience: media and entertainment companies bringing video to the Web.

http://news.com.com/Microsoft+sheds+light+on+Flash+rival/2100-1012_3-6176022.html?tag=nefd.lede

Item 2. Theories

"There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened."
-- Douglas Adams

Item 3. Saving memory in Firefox

Most of the time, Firefox doesn't use abnormal amount of system memory, however it does sometimes due to other sources, like number of plug-ins, themes and extensions. It is also highly recommended that you have the latest version of Firefox as the memory usage is minimized.

Here's how to solve memory overuse: http://www.zolved.com/synapse/view_content/24939/How_to_reduce_the_memory_usage_on_Firefox

Item 4. Oh, you Mac users; you are always so verbal

Mac users, whether casual or fanatic, aren't taking the bad news sitting down. When Apple Inc. announced Thursday that it will delay the release of Mac OS X 10.5 "Leopard" by four months, they jumped on their soapboxes -- the Internet's forums and news story comments and blogs -- to rant and sometimes even rage at the Cupertino machine.

http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9016618&source=rss_news50

Item 5. Want to see some really weird computers?

http://gizmodo.com/gadgets/pcs/samsungs-concept-pcs-the-wizard-of-odd-252551.php

Item 6. Intel's new mobile PCs

UMPCs have yet to take off, yet Intel's already launching an alternative to the overgrown handhelds—the Mobile Internet Device ( MID). These mini-tablets will run Linux, not Vista, as their operating system.

http://gizmodo.com/gadgets/gadgets/intels-new-mobile-pcs-will-ditch-vista-for-linux-252494.php

Item 7. A stance angle chair. You gotta have one of these.

This is the Stance Angle Chair, a piece of furniture which will make La-Z Boy owners look like athletes. It comes up with just about every position you can think of that is acceptable in the modern workplace . As well as foot rests, there are knee rests (useful should you want to bring out your inner Lewinsky in front of your boss). You can even be supported standing up should you need a rush of blood to the butt.

http://gizmodo.com/gadgets/gadgets/stance-angle-chair-park-your-ass-every-which-way-you-want-252471.php

Have fun. Love your dog. And come to the meeting of the PC Club this Saturday, April 21st, 8:30am.

See you there,

Chuck