Good day, members of the PC Club of
The next meeting of the club is this coming Saturday, Oct. 18th,
at 9 a.m. at the
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
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.
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
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.