Tico Byte

November, 2009



Good morning, members,


I hope you are having a nice run-up to the holidays.  Not too long til Thanksgiving and then the Christmas party (at my house, Dec 12th at 12 noon) and then the Christmas/Hanukkah festivities, followed too closely by the new year (oh no; not another one).  Oh well, life moves on.


This coming Saturday is your November monthly meeting of the PC Club of Costa Rica at 9am at the Pan American School.  The doughnuts and coffee begin at 8:30, warming up to the meeting at 9.  This looks like a relaxing and yet informative meeting this time.  So bring any problems, questions and sharing that you want.  All are welcome.  I hope to see you there.


Now, on with the Byte.


Item 1: What's in a name?


(I report this news piece because it goes right along with other things technological: Chinese is showing through.  Names in the future will look a little foreign to you.  So . . . just get used to it.  It's where we are all going.)


The acquisition of Chi Mei Optoelectronics by Innolux over the weekend will heat up the competition between Taiwanese and Korean flat panel manufacturers.

Innolux paid $5.3 billion for Chi Mei putting it ahead of the existing market leader in Taiwan, AU Optronics. And it also puts more power in the hand of Terry Gou, who not only heads up Innolux but is also the founder and chairman of massive manufacturer Hon Hai (Foxconn).


Story: http://www.tgdaily.com/hardware-features/44680-innolux-becomes-new-lcd-giant



Item 2: Microsoft's answer to Apple's ads


(OK.  This is really stupid.  Look at the video, if you can stand it.)





Item 3:  Hitachi 2 terabytes hard drive


(You get one of these and you don't need anything else in the way of a hard drive.)





Item 4: the all new, all wonderful Barnes and Noble . . .  "Nook".  Ta da!


Itís not definite yet, but several tech sites are reporting that the Barnes & Noble e-book reader, Nook, could start shipping as early as November 30. A release during the biggest shopping time of the year is sure to throw the eReader market into a frenzy.

PC World still thinks that we wonít see one in stores or available online until December 18. But I4U (via Computer World) is reporting that there are signs with a sooner release date popping up in stores. Has anyone seen one? If the product is ready-to-go, earlier shipments would be in B&Nís favor, giving customers more of a chance to purchase and ship/receive one before December 25. But with the same price as Amazonís Kindle ($260), sales could go straight down the middle.





Item 5: Now for you that want to take it with you.


The laws are complicated, and not stacked in your favor, but if done carefully itís possible to leave a huge death benefit payoff from your life insurance policy to your cryonically-preserved self. And since life insurance can also be used to finance your cryopreservation, you need not wait until you are rich to sign up. Most in the middle class, if they seriously want it, can afford it now. So by taking the right steps, you can look forward to waking up one bright future morning from cryopreservation the proud owner of a bank account brimming with money





Item 6: Wallet of the future  (You knew this was coming . . . didn't you?)


These days, it seems that most Americans carry three things in their pockets or purses at all times: keys, a wallet and a phone. But, in the not-too-distant future, you may be able to leave the wallet and the keys behind. The mobile phone is staging a coup.





Item 7: Fishing . . .  I mean phishing.  How to recognize it.


If you have received an e-mail from the Internal Revenue Service or the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, chances are it was a phishing attempt. If you received e-mail from your bank, PayPal, or Facebook urging you to immediately verify information or risk having your account suspended, it was undoubtedly phishing.





Item 8: Tech bargains  ( Get ready.  Black Friday is almost here.)





Item 9: Saturday fun at the Pan Am School.  Be there or be square.  (I'm old; what can I say?)


From your friends: Ken, Dick and Jane (no not really.) Chuck