Tico Byte

       October, 2008



Good day, members of the PC Club of Costa Rica.


The next meeting of the club is this coming Saturday, Oct. 18th, at 9 a.m. at the Pan American School in Belen as usual.  This meeting will find you flying with Google Earth’s Flight Simulator, learning about new virtualization tools and getting all your questions answered. Come and visit with like minds, talk about the upcoming Christmas party, and, in general, have a good time.


Now on with the Byte:

Item 1: The new Open Office 3 is out.  

Many times, people have asked about Open Office as a free alternative to Microsoft Office suite.  But the answer as usually has been that it is not good enough.  With this new release, that has changed.

Read about it here:  http://education.zdnet.com/?p=1895


Item 2: It’s official. The final name of the product codenamed “Windows 7″ will be “Windows 7.”

I think the name choice is a good one. There’s no way Microsoft was going to stay on the Vista track, with the negative perceptions many have of the current Windows release. So it’s on to numbers now for the product that increasingly seems like the “anti-Vista.” ….

The whole story: http://blogs.zdnet.com/microsoft/?p=1639

Item 3: Privacy?  You think you have privacy?  And you think your government is taking care of your privacy?  Think again.

Private eye Steven Rambam explains what he does, how he knows everything about you and why he's not the one you should be worried about.

Story: http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=326821&intsrc=hm_list

Item 4: Economic meltdown, open source and Sun computing.  Open source will be talked about more and more.

Jonathan Schwartz thinks that the economic downturn and Wall Street meltdown will make IT managers more open to change than they may ever have been before. And that is going to benefit Sun and its open-source strategy.

Whole story:  http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9117060&intsrc=hm_list

Item 5:  Are you a terabyte person?  Do you want 'unlimited hard drive storage'?  Check this out:

It's true that solid-state drives based on flash memory have come a long ways—witness the Intel X25 80GB SSDB. It's also true that an 80GB drive will set you back about $600. Meanwhile, you can pick up the spiffy new Western Digital 1TB RE3 drive for about $210. So if you require lots of storage at affordable prices, hard drives are really the only practical solution. 


Item 6: Virtual reality available now

Culture fans thousands of miles from Beijing can now visit its famous Forbidden City, through a three dimensional recreation of the vast palace that also allows them to dress up as an imperial eunuch and meet a courtesan.


Item 7:  Saturday morning fun

9 am (8:30 for coffee & donuts) at the Pan American School




P.S., By the way, our annual membership drive starts this month. Ken Booth will be collecting your dues and issuing membership cards. Dues for 2009 will remain at $30 or 16,500 colonies. Please make life easier for Ken by bringing the exact amount.