Tico Byte

June, 2007


Good day, PC Club-ers.


Our next meeting is this coming Saturday, June 16th, at 8:30am at the Pan American School in Belen. This time we will have a lot of time for interaction about whatever is up for members, so bring your thoughts, problems and ideas. We have prepared talks on many social networking topics as well as demonstrations of social networking sites. If any member has a site that they like and would like to share that info with others, please feel free to do so. We will be happy to address hardware and software issues, so you are welcome to bring your computer or device to have it looked at either with the group or individually. So come and bring a friend.


Now on with the Byte:


Item 1: Fake Security Updates

With Microsoft Corp.'s monthly patch release expected on Tuesday, scammers are sending out fake security bulletins that attempt to install malicious software on victim's computers.


The e-mail messages claim to describe a "Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer" that fixes a critical security flaw in the browser. It comes with a link entitled "Download this update."


When users click on this link, they are taken to a server that attempts to install malicious software known as Trojan-Downloader.Win32.Agent.avk.


This Trojan software then attempts to reach out to other computers on the Internet in order to install more programs on the victim's computer.


Full story: http://www.pcworld.com/printable/article/id,132736/printable.html


Item 2: New Apple OS features shown


These screens from Apple's new Leopard preview illustrate the many new features revealed at today's WWDC. Leopard's new system for eliminating desktop clutter is called "Stacks." Click any stack you've created, and the images, folders, applications, and other files you've added to it fan out from its icon in the dock.


Pictures here: http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,132779-c,macos/article.html


Item 3: Flickr goes international

Flickr, the popular online photo-sharing site owned by Yahoo Inc., said on Monday it is moving to further internationalize its service by creating versions in seven major languages besides English.


The three-year-old service, which was founded in Vancouver, Canada by the husband-and-wife team of Caterina Fake and Stewart Butterfield, already sees more than half of its users coming from outside the United States.


Flickr said it is set to introduce sites in French, German, Korean, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and traditional Chinese, with other languages to follow. A Japanese site remains in the works with independently operated Yahoo Japan Corp.


Story hear: http://www.pcworld.com/printable/article/id,132807/printable.html


Item 4: Microsoft hires interoperability chief


This article talks about how M/S is trying to work toward interoperability with Linux. Because of M/S's past history, many people don't believe they really are. However one responder to the article says this:


"More and more I see moves by MS to work with Linux and Linux users charging every move as being evil or corrupt. I am a Linux user. I don't have MS anywhere on any of my machines, but it seems these interop attempts could be the best thing to ever happen to Linux as it legitimizes it in the eyes of many prospective users. I think MS sees GNU/Linux rising as an OS and merely wants to make sure that they can get a big chunk of the market by building software that works with it rather than driving itself away from good technology and innovation. I don't think they are trying to ruin the OSS community."


This is what the article says:


Microsoft has brought someone aboard to serve as its "Director of Linux Interoperability" and head up the Microsoft/Novell Interoperability Lab -- and his name will be familiar to people in the open-source community.


In an e-mail late Thursday night, a Microsoft representative said the role will be filled by Tom Hanrahan, who was most recently the director of engineering at the Linux Foundation, the group created through the recent combination of the Free Standards Group and the Open Source Development Labs.


The news will no doubt have the open-source world buzzing Friday morning. Microsoft's deal with Novell is controversial to begin with, largely because of the patent provisions. Hanrahan's position will focus instead on the interoperability aspects of the deal. Microsoft and Novell say the lab will help companies run the rival Linux and Windows operating systems together within corporate systems.


Whole article here: http://blog.seattlepi.nwsource.com/microsoft/archives/116377.asp


Item 5: A billion PCs in 2008


Most of us have seen a lot of PCs in our days. We are pretty used to them in our lives. I think we forget how big the emerging markets are and how much others don't know what we know. I think the computer use will simple continue to grow ... everywhere. As such, we should be aware of what we know and what we don't know when it comes to computers and their use. For this reason, we need to continue our involvement and keep up our interest in this area as the effect of computers will continue to increase in relevance in our lives. Here's and article about how large this growth really is:


Analyst firm Forrester forecasts there will be more than 2 billion PCs worldwide by 2015, with more than 1 billion of these in use by the end of next year.


New research from Forrester predicts a dramatic growth in PCs, particularly in emerging markets, with a worldwide compound annual growth rate of more than 12 percent between 2003 and 2015.


While it will have taken 27 years to reach 1 billion PCs, Forrester says it will take only five years to reach the next billion. The analyst firm attributes this boom to lower prices and growing demand as the world population becomes "technology-aware."




Item 6: Five things you never knew about flash drives


Flash drives only look like disks. In fact, nothing works the way you’d think. Flash is really different from magnetic recording, and those differences have a big impact on flash drive performance. How well vendors manage flash oddities has a huge impact on performance and even drive lifespan.




Item 7: Cool Linux product site

Below is a link to a cool Linux product site that has lots to offer Linux users, such as my latest desktop computer. I will take a look at this site at the next meeting with you. But here is the URL so you can take a look: http://www.madtux.org/


Come to the meeting and learn. There's a lot going on.


See you there,