Tico Byte - April, 2009
Dear PC Club members,
The next meeting of your club will be this coming Saturday, April 18th, at 9am at the
Now on with the byte.
Item 1: social networking works
Penny Ireland's family is so scattered around the world that Facebook, the popular social networking site, has become the family's No. 1 way to communicate. "We call it our living room," the 56-year-old mother said by phone from her home in
Item 2: We all need this (Actually, I see this as big in the future.)
Starting in March, Ford (F) began offering Web access through an optional, $1,195 in-dash PC to buyers of some of its trucks, including the F-150 pickup. Aimed at small business owners such as contractors, the PC lets users surf the Web using the Opera browser on Sprint Nextel's (S) wireless network. "There's a need for productivity, a need for connectivity," says Ed Pleet, a product manager at Ford. Other automakers, wireless service providers, and a host of companies hope to tap into that same need, equipping vehicles with a broadening array of high-tech services, such as Internet access and TV services. "One could see countless opportunities when you put Internet in the vehicle," Pleet says.
Item 3: This is practical
Consumers are cooling to cable. And they're not very satisfied with satellite TV. In fact, according to consumer research firm GfK Roper Consulting, about 40% of those surveyed during mid-2008 and early 2009 said they'd be willing to do without cable or satellite TV. Instead, they'd just as soon watch programming on free sites like Google's (GOOG) YouTube or buy videos à la carte from Netflix (NFLX). Of those surveyed, only 37% said they were getting good value for the price they pay for cable or satellite subscriptions. The trend is showing up at some of the biggest cable and satellite TV providers. Subscriber totals dropped last year for Comcast (CMCSA), Dish Networks (DISH), and Cablevision Systems (CVC), while Netflix sales are growing apace, and traffic to video sites including Hulu, owned by General Electric (GE) and News Corp. (NWS), is surging.
Item 4: Nice video on Windows keyboard shortcuts at http://cnettv.cnet.com/2001-1_53-50005770.html
Item 5: Did you all see the new add image function in Gmail??
Go to your gmail account and go to 'Tools'. Look for the add image option and enable it. It allows you to put images directly into your email. It's neat.
Item 6: For those of you into 'cloud computing', here's an interesting site
Windows/Mac/Linux: If you're interested in the idea of cloud computing and remote access to your files but a bit paranoid about putting your data on some third party server, Tonido is a great compromise. Tonido brings cloud computing home by using your computer as the storage server and host for the applications. Once you've installed Tonido, the only function the Tonido servers themselves perform is keeping track of your IP to make remote logins easier for you. Tonido has a juke box for remote media streaming, a photo organizer, a blog-like personal journal that has support for web clippings and Twitter integration, easy file sharing with Webshare folder management, and a workspace with calendar, notes, and task lists. In addition to making it easier for you to remotely access your files and work with them regardless of the applications available on the remote machine you're using, Tonido has a built in P2P service which allows you to network with friends and colleagues to share files and collaborate on projects.
Item 7: An interesting
Wired.com photographer Bryan Derballa reports from an isolated farming community coming to terms with videogames, the internet and global communication.
Item 8: The best computer friend you ever had
At the next club meeting. Come and find him or her. They are there.