Tico Byte for March, 2009

Good day, PC Club members,

Happy St Patrick's day.  May the luck of the Irish fill all your days this year.

The next meeting of your fun computer club is this coming Saturday, March 21st, at 9am at the Pan American School in Belen.  Come one, come all!  We will have a lovely time, with free donuts and coffee, demos, talks  and a spirited exchange of friendly advice and helpful hints to make your computer experience more enjoyable.  I hope to see you there.

Now, on with some interesting news:

Item 1. If you are interested in solid state drives (SSDs) and making sure you get what you think you are getting:

How to avoid a lemon
Calypso wants to get business from everyone who makes SSDs - so they didnít finger the bad guys. But their results suggest a strategy for getting what you think youíre paying for: a high-performance flash SSD.

Article here: http://blogs.zdnet.com/storage/?p=423 

Item 2. Here's an article and info on Win 7 and how it compares at this stage of its development.

Story here: http://blogs.zdnet.com/hardware/?p=3857 

Item 3. Now for the weird (maybe it's the leprechaun in me)

A small industry has grown to support the needs of those wishing to make arrangements for friends to be contacted in the event of their death.

If you died unexpectedly, would your friends from social networks or online games ever get to hear what had happened to you?

Story here: http://www.geek.com/articles/news/email-your-online-buddies-from-beyond-the-grave-20090316/ 

And here: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29681926/ 

Item 4. Is your income tax worth doing yourself??

Apparently not all tax preparation software is created equal. A recent review of several popular packages turned up discrepancies, most notably H&R Blockís TaxCut Online and Intuitís TurboTax Online came up with a difference of $857

Story here: http://www.geek.com/articles/news/income-tax-return-software-worth-doing-it-yourself-20090316/ 

Item 5. And the news at Apple  (The recession blues)

Itís been a fast paced start to the year for Apple.  The electronics superpower has rolled out a new laptop, new desktops, and even a new iPod Shuffle -- priced for the recession at $79.  However, what would normally make for another record setting start of the year for Apple is fast turning south as fears of the recession has sent customers fleeing from Apple's pricey luxury lineup.

Story here: http://www.dailytech.com/Mac+iPod+Sales+Drop+16+Percent+in+February/article14600c.htm 

Item 6. Interesting people: William Gibson  (Not tech; yet is.)

Like Pattern Recognition before it, William Gibson's eighth novel, Spook Country, feels like dictation from the zeitgeist. Its "illegal facilitators," nonexistent magazines, terrorists, pirates, junkies, mad art dealers, and WMD are all woven together into something more unsettling and blackly comic than anything he's done before.

Story here: http://www.wired.com/culture/culturereviews/magazine/15-08/pl_print 

Item 7. My laptop acquisitions

Come to the next meeting and let's talk about laptop acquisitions.  I'll show mine; if you'll show yours.

Saturday; 9am; Pan American School