Dear members,

Your regular meeting of the PC Club of Costa Rica is this coming Saturday, February 20th.  We will meet at the Pan American School as usual at 9am. (Coffee and donuts 8:30 am) The meeting will include more information about 3G phone/Internet developments, plus talk about the new Ipad, as well as a host of other interesting topics pertinent to you and your technologically dependent world.  So come and share your knowledge and curiosity along with the rest of us.  Eat all the donuts and drink all the coffee you want.  Bring a friend.

And now . . . 

Item 1.
Battery life and components


Hardware designers have made stunning advances in designing much more power-efficient components than most of us are using in their notebooks today. Choosing the options wisely may result up to 50% more battery time in some, with little extra money spent. Unfortunately, there is very little information on these new components out there that would provide a guideline what purchase makes sense and which not. Do you know which components have the most impact on the battery time the new generation of notebooks? I bet that there is at least one you wouldn’t expect. 


The much more interesting question is: What would I have to buy to get a notebook that takes me through an entire workday on one charge – for 8 to 10 hours? Brody had some interesting recommendations, which I believe are important to pass on.


Whole story here:


Item 2. Identity fraud


Half of all victims filed a police report, and there were double the reported arrests, triple the prosecutions, and double the percentage of convictions in 2009 than in the year before. "The 2010 Identity Fraud Survey Report shows that fraud increased for the second straight year and is at the highest rate since Javelin began this report in 2003," said Javelin president James Van Dyke. "The good news is consumers are getting more aggressive in monitoring, detecting and preventing fraud with the help of technology and partnerships with financial institutions, government agencies and resolution services."




Item 3. Seven reasons to stick with XP


Last week a reader challenged me to come up with 7 valid (-ish!) reasons for users to stick with Windows XP rather than upgrading to Windows 7.




Item 4.  Learn a little about flash drives.  You ought to.  They will be big in your future.


Not only can a flash memory chip hold a huge amount of information, but it also protects your information better. Unlike a hard drive, it has no moving parts inside to damage the memory. And the chip is smaller than a push pin.




Item 5.  Might as well learn about 'cloud computing' while you're at it.


A working definition for cloud computing—a new computer technique with potential for achieving significant cost savings and information technology agility—has been released by a team of computer security experts at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).


Story:  AndCloud computing users can avoid capital expenditure (CapEx) on hardware, software, and services when they pay a provider only for what they use. The majority of cloud computing infrastructure, as of 2009[update], consists of reliable services delivered through data centers and built on servers.


Above taken from:


Item 6. And the Buzz is:


Share updates, photos, videos, and more. Start conversations about the things you find interesting.


More:   (There's a video.)
(And an article: (We can discuss this at the meeting.)


Item 7.  Streaming the Olympics


True fans of the Winter Olympics will need more than a television broadcast schedule to stay current, especially if NBC's Olympics coverage (across local and cable channels) doesn't show your favorite sports or shows them on a tape-delayed broadcast that leaves you 3 hours behind your Twitter feed. Fortunately, we have some tips to help you use your PC and smartphone to get the coverage you need--regardless of where in the world the right coverage may air.




Item 8: It's going to be a good meeting.  Come one; come all.