Tico Byte,
August, 2008


Hello all good members of the PC Club of Costa Rica,

Remember that the next meeting of your club is this coming Saturday, August 16th at 9am at the Pan American School.  Also, remember to bring your questions, your computer problems to be fixed and any friends you might have lying around so that we can all share and benefit by coming together to discuss all things computer.  See you there.

Now on with the Byte:

Item 1: Do you know about Ncomputing?  I find it fascinating.
Picture a school in India wanting to set up a 30 student computing lab. Either it can buy 30 PCs with peripherals. Or it can purchase four PCs and 26 NComputing access devices for a fraction of the cost and energy usage. Over the four to five year useful life of a PC, the school will only have to manage four PCs instead of 30. When its time to replace the PCs, the school will have to replace just the four PCs instead of 30 as the NComputing devices and peripherals (monitor, keyboard, mouse) can be continuously used.

http://www.digitallearning.in/interview/interview-details.asp?interviewid=479

 

Here is another article about it: http://www.techgazing.com/2008/01/17/is-ncomputing-better-than-one-laptop-per-child/


Item 2: What's going on with Linux on netbooks
Petite laptops with small screens and even tinier price tags may do more than shake up the computer hardware industry: They might loosen Microsoft's grip on the computer operating system.
Buyers of these laptops -- dubbed "netbooks" or "ultra-low-cost notebooks" -- are more likely to consider open-source Linux operating systems as an alternative to Windows than those who buy more powerful computers, analysts say.

"It does a lot to level the playing field," said Jay Lyman, an analyst with the 451 Group. "In fact, Linux looks to be quick out of the gate."

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ibd/20080807/bs_ibd_ibd/20080807tech;_ylt=Alkm48xqxerWNzT0l2WChXQjtBAF

Item 3: Maybe this should be titled: "What goes around, comes around" (all you Apple fans)

The status of Apple's iTunes today bears an uncanny resemblance to the dominance, influence, and nagging problems that AOL had in early 2000, when the ISP boasted 26.7 million paying subscribers and Steve Case was the Internet star of the moment.

Now, Steve Jobs is the much-admired digital maestro, with his iTunes media store and software that allows users to manage their iPods, iPhones, and Apple TV. But just as AOL reached great heights and subsequently made dismaying missteps, Apple is showing signs that it could be on a parallel trajectory.

http://www.pcworld.com/article/149453/annoying_software_is_apple_itunes_the_new_aol.html

Item 4: Small business is finally catching up with our club

As more small and medium-sized businesses embrace the power of cloud computing and other Web-based tools, a growing cadre of vendors is providing such tools -- often at low cost or free of charge.

This week MyBizHomepage announced a new online platform for small companies' financial records, aimed at small-business owners who need fast and easily understood insight into key accounting data. Founded in 2006, MyBizHomepage offers a free service that pulls data from the small businesses' QuickBooks software and pushes it to a desktop via a Web browser.

http://www.informationweek.com/news/services/saas/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=209904459

And more info here: http://www.infoworld.com/article/08/04/07/15FE-cloud-computing-reality_1.html?source=fssr

Item 5: OK.  What is transfer jet??

http://www.transferjet.org/en/tj/tj_overview.html

Item 6: What?  Me lie?  Never . . .  How to tell:

http://weblog.infoworld.com/archives/emailPrint.jsp?R=printThis&A=http://weblog.infoworld.com/lewis/archives/2008/08/ways_to_detect.html

And an example:

Sometimes deep analysis isn't necessary. Simple juxtaposition will do.

For example: You have undoubtedly read the scribblings of opinionators on the subject of oil prices and oil company profits. "Of course they make bigger profits when the price of oil goes up," they patronizingly say. "What else would you expect?"

http://www.issurvivor.com/ArticlesDetail.asp?ID=679

And this:

Oh what a tangled web we weave, when trying to determine who deceives. Virtually everyone, even those experienced at dealing with deceivers, detect others’ lies no better than would be expected by chance.

Those sobering conclusions come from the first large-scale analysis of individual differences in deception detection. It takes two to tangle

http://www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/33854/title/Lie_defectives


Item 7: Virtualization is cool.  Now let's get M/S to give us Windows so that we can run it virtually.  Now there's an idea.

Virtualization software maker Citrix Systems on Thursday called on Microsoft to offer a Windows license that would enable software vendors to sell the operating system as part of an application package that could run on any virtual environment.

Simon Crosby, chief technology officer of Citrix, told attendees at the LinuxWorld Conference in San Francisco that the future of virtualization includes the concept of a "virtual appliance," a package comprising an application, operating system, and virtual machine that could run on any hypervisor installed on a desktop, notebook, or server. Standing in the way of this advancement in portability is Microsoft, whose Windows operating system dominates the business computing market.

http://www.informationweek.com/shared/printableArticle.jhtml?articleID=209904419

Item 8: Computer fun

This Saturday.  9am (8:30 if you just want to network with friends and like minds).  Pan American School.  Donuts and coffee.

Http: seeyouthere.com

Chuck