PC Club Tico Byte


June 14, 2010


Happy World Cup!  Dear members,


Your monthly meeting of the PC Club of Costa Rica is this Saturday, June 19th, at 9am at the Pan American School.  Come at 8:30am if you want to chat with friends and partake of the free coffee and donuts. Now some interesting items that you might be interested in, being the tech types that you are.


Item 1.  Even though you may never get involved in owning these Apple products nor get caught up in all this cutting edge technology, why not take a look at this Steve Jobs video explaining the technology behind the Iphone 4th generation.





Item 2.  You may not want to Twitter at this time as it is in overload these days. Twitter is warning that the World Cup could lead to outages, after a week in which the site has been up and down like a soccer ball. The fail whale has made regular appearances over the last week, as an internal network hit capacity. it had apparently put two critical, fast-growing, high-bandwith components on the same segment of the network. It's now improving monitoring, doubling capacity and rebalancing traffic. But, says Twitter, the World Cup could put an unprecedented strain on the system.Whole story here:





Item 3.  The government and your Internet. The State Department has made Internet censorship a key pillar of its foreign policy and now factors the issue into its diplomatic relations with every other nation, a senior official from the department said on Friday. In every meeting with foreign dignitaries, "this issue is on the table," Alec Ross, senior advisor for innovation to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, said here at an event hosted by the Media Access Project, a nonprofit law firm and advocacy group. "Internet freedom has gone from being something that's a piece of what could at best be called a piece of foreign policy arcanum -- a little thing that a handful of people work on -- to something becoming increasingly central in our foreign policy," Ross said.


Article: http://itmanagement.earthweb.com/entdev/article.php/3887326/Net-Censorship-Central-to-US-Foreign-Policy.htm

Item 4.  There are still XP dangers out there after all this time (consider Win7 in your near future) Microsoft issued a Security Advisory Thursday afternoon to warn Windows XP users of a serious threat to security caused by the disclosure of a previously unknown flaw in the system's Help and Support Center. The flaw was revealed Wednesday night, along with a working exploit showing how to take advantage of it, by Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) security researcher Tavis Ormandy, who is no stranger to Microsoft's (NASDAQ: MSFT) security team. In January, he revealed a 17-year-old security flaw that he found in virtually all versions of Windows.


Article: http://www.esecurityplanet.com/features/article.php/3887231/Microsoft-Warns-of-Security-Flaw-in-Windows-XP.htm

Item 5.  Photo managers. Here's a good discussion of the various photo managers that we all ought to be aware of.  The discussion comes from the question:"I have a photo project of over 7,000 photos. I want to tag them based on location, time of day, who's in them, etc. Doing this by hand one at a time through the Windows 7 interface in Explorer is practically madness. There has to be a better way. Is there a photo manager that can easily group and manage file tags? And most importantly, something that stores the tag and other data (description etc.) in the file, not just a database? I don't care if the thing has a database, but the data must be in the file so when I upload the files to the Internet, the tags are in place."



Item 6.  Walmart, Walmart and your new Iphone. In a coup for Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer will begin selling the new iPhone 4 on June 24, a spokeswoman for the retailer said on Friday. Wal-Mart didn't reveal any price discounts or bundles for the new Apple iPhone 4, saying only that the company would sell it at 1,500 locations. (Wal-Mart has more than 2,500 stores within the U.S.)


Article: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2364962,00.asp

Item 7.  Do you buy this?? You may reject the idea of a microchip implant, but your grandchildren could embrace them, according to an Australian professor. Katrina Michael, associate professor of the University of Wollongong's school of information systems and technology, and author of scientific paper Towards a State of Uberveillance, said subdermal chip implants in humans could be commonplace within two to three generations.


Article: http://www.pcworld.com/article/198664/the_next_generation_may_be_chipped.html


Item 8.  Good stuff coming at the next meeting of your club on Saturday.  See you there.