Tico Byte - July, 2009

Good day, members of the PC Club of Costa Rica. A reminder that your next meeting of the club is this Saturday, July 18th, at 9am at the Pan American School in Belen.  Bring any questions, problems or information that you want to share with others and we will discuss them.  We will have lots to discuss and cover.  We should have lots of fun Saturday, so come early and bring a friend.  Free coffee and donuts as usual.  See you there. Now on with the Byte.


Introducing the Google Chrome OS


It's been an exciting nine months since the launch of the Google Chrome browser. Already, over 30 million people use it regularly.  Google Chrome was designed for people who live on the web searching for information, checking email, catching up on the news, shopping or just staying in touch with friends. However, the operating systems that browsers run on were designed in an era where there was no web. Today, a new project was announced that's a natural extension of Google Chrome the Google Chrome Operating System. It's an attempt to re-think what operating systems should be.




One Year From Today Microsoft Will End Support For Windows XP Service Pack 2


Windows XP is not being retired, but support for Service Pack 2 is. It may be the case, and in fact I would guess it would be the case, that from then on you will have to have Service Pack 3 in order get support, including patches to subsequently disclosed vulnerabilities. It has been policy in the past for Microsoft to retire support for service packs. You can no longer get updates for XP with no service packs (what they call SP0) or with SP1. You must have SP2 in order to get updates. After Patch Tuesday, July 13, 2010 you will have to have SP3 installed in order to get updates for Windows XP. And in fact, if a vulnerability is found in SP2 that is not in SP3, it will not be patched.

Microsoft has reached the end of the line for Windows XP service packs: After SP3 no new service packs are planned. Microsoft will end support for Windows XP itself on Patch Tuesday, April 8, 2014.




Insert a Copyright From the Keyboard

How do you enter the copyright symbol () without going through menus and the character map?  The easiest way is to simply type (c). If you're using Microsoft Word or another Office program, or OpenOffice, the program will convert it to as soon as you type the second parentheses. 





Windows 7 to Feature XP Mode for Older Applications


Microsoft will include a feature that lets people run applications in a Windows XP mode on Windows 7 to ensure that applications not designed for the forthcoming OS can run on it. A mode called "Seamless XP" allows someone to run an application designed for a previous version of Windows on Windows 7 as if it's running on XP. 






Apple 'netbook' coming in October

At $800, Apple would 'squeeze early adopters,' says analyst. Talk of an Apple netbook isn't new, but the details from the story in today's Info Times fit the vision that analysts like Technology Business Research's Ezra Gottheil have had for nearly a year. "The screen size, the fact that it will be a touch screen, is pretty much along the route I think Apple should take," said Gottheil. "The price point, though, is pretty high if Apple wants to do with a netbook]what I think it wants to do.





Microsoft Office 2010 Technical Preview


The Microsoft Office 2010 technical preview is available today. There are plenty of feature enhancements to be excited about. According to Microsoft, the focus of this update was on three things: to make work flows more efficient; to effectively use Web applications to make your work available anywhere; and to make collaboration with others much easier. In this First Take, we'll take a look at some of the notable feature changes across many of the applications. Microsoft says Office 2010 will let you use your PC, phone, and the Web to make your projects come together more efficiently. The Web applications might also give Google Docs a run for their money.



Chuck is on vacation till July 20th. Dick Sandlin will be filling in for Chuck at this month's meeting. See you there.