Hello PC Clubbers,
The next meeting of the PC Club of
The first item on the Tico Byte menu is:
Item 1: From our inimitable Dick Sandlin
Windows 7, An update. Last month I reported that my installation of Windows 7 Release Candidate (W7RC) was mostly successful on an older laptop. I picked that machine because I knew that it was the lower end of the target population. All went well except that I couldn’t find a driver for the display adapter, so the more ziffy-wow graphics didn’t work or were really slow.
This month, I was able to download the release version and, to my
surprise, there were no surprises. It works just like the RC and I still
haven’t found a driver for the laptop’s display adapter. The release does
not upgrade from the RC, but it does from
Windows 7 looks very much like
Item 2: It behooves us to keep abreast of computer technologies. Wanna know why? Look:
After relying on a pacemaker for 20 years, Carol Kasyjanski has
become the first American recipient of a wireless pacemaker that allows her
doctor to monitor her health from afar -- over the Internet. When Kasyjanski
Rest of the story: http://tech.yahoo.com/news/nm/20090811/tc_nm/us_pacemaker
Item 3: Keep your mind open and active; you'll live longer. Huh, what?
Item 4: And you thought Microsoft knew how to stay safe.
According to a recently released report by KnujOn and LegitScript, 90% of the Bing sponsored pharmacy ads were rogue ones, shipping counterfeit prescription drugs, with the bogus companies participating part of larger affiliate networks like this one analyzed last year.
The report also details a brand-jacking scheme allowing bogus advertisers the option to choose their own “Display URL” and a separate “Destination URL” for displaying their ads.
Full story: http://blogs.zdnet.com/security/?p=3993
Item 5: Blogging? What's that? Oh yeah, the thing young people do who have too much to say. Or not . . .
Blogs for all. Did you ever want to have your own blog? It is easy to do and it can be free, if you work it right. There are several good tools available to help you. You can publish “posts” on any topic that you like and wait for your readers to comment on them. Check out my website at http://www.sandlindata.com for more details on how to do it. You can see my blog at http://ricardosandlin.wordpress.com. It's called "Half Full or Half Empty?"
Ask Dick Sandlin about this, if you want more information, at the next meeting.
Item 6: Cell phones and life
At the next meeting we are going to talk about the cell phone technology and how it may interact with your life. Don't think so? Think again. Anyone with cell phone experience and knowledge, bring them both and share. You will all be surprised what's out there and how it works. Come and figure it out (before your grandkids do).
I hope to see you at on Saturday. If not . . . you will miss a good time.
Chuck, Ken and Dick