Tico Byte
September, 2008

Good morning members,

Next meeting of the P C Club of Costa Rica will be this coming Saturday, Sept. 20, at 9am, at the Pan American School.  Please come and enjoy friends of like minds and similar interests.  We will have presentations and answer all your questions as best we can.  There is lots to learn and lots to enjoy.

Speaking of learning:

Item 1: One Laptop Per Child is going to Peru; and Windows is helping.

Microsoft and the One Laptop Per Child project announced Monday that Peru will be the first country to try out XO laptops running Microsoft Windows as part of a nine-month pilot program. The companies said they are still trying to determine the size of the trial. Microsoft has been working for some time to port Windows onto the XO devices and the two companies announced in May that OLPC would start selling a Windows-based XO laptop to interested countries.


Story here: http://news.cnet.com/8301-13860_3-10041858-56.html


Item 2: Amazon and free movies


Amazon.com said on Monday that its subsidiary, Internet Movie Database, would allow users to watch feature films and TV shows for no charge on its Web site, imdb.com. Over 6,000 titles will be available, the company said, citing recent episodes of popular television shows like "24" and "Heroes" or classic films like "Some Like It Hot." IMDB also said that the first episodes of new fall television shows like "Lipstick Jungle" and "30 Rock" will be available for free viewing before their first air date.


Story here: http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20080915/wr_nm/amazon_imdb_dc;_ylt=ApjyouLE8a0cVuh5Zczw6QkjtBAF


Item 3: Something is going on here: Mac sales may hit record highs despite decline in consumer spending


Rising energy and food prices may finally show their ugly face in the retail space, as consumers are adjusting their spending, ChangeWave suggests. It’s once again the time for discount retailers, which will grab market share from established chains, the market research firm said. Consumer electronics spending will be weak over the next 90 days, according to the forecast, but it seems that Apple might see little impact – and some of its products may actually see record sales. 


Story here: http://www.tgdaily.com/content/view/39317/98/


Item 4: Wall street and technology


Folks are waking up Monday to a Wall Street meltdown as Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy, Bank of America acquired Merrill Lynch and companies ranging from Washington Mutual to AIG are on the ropes. While the technology industry is removed from this carnage it will still feel considerable ripples–some tech giants sooner than later.


Story here: http://blogs.zdnet.com/BTL/?p=10024


Item 5: Microsoft may deliver a new operating system for testing within the next two months (told ya Vista was @%$@%)


Microsoft won't likely miss the chance to showcase Windows 7 in the next two months at a pair of tech conferences, and it will give developers code for hands-on work, an analyst said today.

Windows 7, the follow-on to Vista, is already on the agendas of the Professional Developers Conference (PDC), scheduled for Oct. 27-30, and the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC), slated for Nov. 5-7, but Microsoft will likely provide early code to developers at one or both of the shows, said Michael Cherry, an analyst at Directions on Microsoft.


Story here: http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9114732&intsrc=hm_ts_head


Item 6: Apple gets its update out


Apple has updated Mac OS X Leopard, bringing the current version of the operating system to 10.5.5. The 136MB download addresses 33 issues with the operating system. This update fixes problems with several of the applications found in Mac OS X, but the one that users may be interested in the most is MobileMe. Updates to the online service in 10.5.5 fixes overall sync reliability and Back to My Mac reliability, according to Apple.


Story here: http://www.pcworld.com/article/151101/mac_os_x_1055_update_addresses_over_30_issues.html


Item 7: (Techbucal article) Citrix XenDesktop 2.0 leverages streaming applications, server virtualization, and swift tools for a scalable and manageable virtual desktop infrastructure solution. It seems that the whole world has been talking about VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure), with very different views of what VDI actually means. If virtualization itself is an adolescent, VDI is still an infant, and thus there are still plenty of growing pains to come.

Story here:

Item 8: The best coffee and donuts on Saturday starting at 8:30; and they are free to all members.

Come early.  It's a lot of fun.