The next general meeting of the PC Club of Costa Rica will be this coming Saturday, July 21st, at the Pan American School in Belen, at 8:30am.
We will have presentations covering 'the dark web', the many offerings that are available to you on the Internet these days from your friends at Google, including gmail, Google docs, Google calendar, Google notebook and others that interface to provide you with a suite of options. We will be showing and discussing websites of topical interest for us all. Ken Booth will make a small group presentation in the last hour on developing and working with newsletters using Microsoft Publisher. We will have a presentation covering the latest Ubuntu activities. We invite anyone with hardware or software problems to our free clinics to help you with any problems you may be having. We will have lots of interaction time between members. And there will be your favorite coffee and donuts available. So, it should be a pleasant and enjoyable time; bring your friends and neighbors and we'll all have a good time.
Now on with the Byte
Item 1: This month, it's been all about the iPhone
Apple's iPhone could emerge as the most successful product introduction of the 21st century, new research suggests.
Lightspeed Research surveyed 39,000 people on its U.S. online panel in the days following the launch of the device on June 29-- and the research findings are staggering.
Thirty-two percent of those surveyed who do not currently own an iPhone stated that they do intend to purchase one, with 8 percent planning to purchase in the next three months and 22 percent planning to purchase "some time in the future" the researchers said.
Item 2: Microsoft protection hacked again
Microsoft Corp. is once again on the defensive against hackers after the launch of a new program that gives average PC users tools to unlock copy-protected digital music and movies.
The third version of FairUse4M has a simple drag-and-drop interface. PC users can turn the protected music files they bought online — either a la carte or as part of a subscription service like Napster — and turn them into DRM-free tunes that can be copied and shared at will, or turned into MP3 files that can play on any type of digital music player.
Item 3: Received an email from some "Hosting Business server" telling me that I have sent an infected email to someone, and to please take action.
It's possible that the e-mail was fake--- a kind of phishing or social engineering spam designed to trick you into replying or opening an attachment. You might try picking out unique phrases from the actual e-mail and searching online for them. It may bring up comments or information from others who may have received the same message.
Item 4: Make your gmail searches work for you.
It's no surprise that the killer feature in Google's email offering, Gmail, is its search capability. Google's king of the web because it makes information on its billions of pages findable; likewise, Gmail makes the megabytes of messages that get pumped into your inbox every day manageable through laser-specific search. If you know how to construct the right query in Gmail, you can slice and dice your messages any way you see fit.
Item 5: For sale; next meeting
If you have anything you would like to sell related to computing, why not bring it to the next meeting and offer it to the members. I will be bringing a full-fledged copy of Microsoft Office 2003 with Publisher and a 3 in 1 HP printer/copier/scanner. If you have something you think will interest members, bring it to the meeting.
Item 6: Can't remember your Windows XP admin password? TechTrax has a neat little trick that will get you back in.
This method is easy enough for newbies to follow - it doesn't require using the Recovery Console or any complicated commands. And it's free - I mention that because you can pay two hundred dollars for an emergency download of Winternals ERD with Locksmith which is a utility for unlocking lost Windows passwords.
Item 7: Oh yeah, you Mac people can lose your password too. Here's what to do.
If you've ever forgotten your user account password in OS X, the Hackszine weblog details the simple process of resetting or changing your password. All you need is to remember your username (you do remember that, right?) and then reboot your computer. From there it's command line work:
Item 8: Don't forget the free donuts.
Meeting this Saturday; bring a friend. You'll both learn a lot. Guaranteed, I do.