Tico Byte, August, 2010

 

Dear Members,

 

Your regular monthly meeting of the PC Club of Costa Rica will take place this coming Saturday, August 21st at the Pan American School in Been at 9am.  Come early for free coffee and donuts and to talk with friends.  We are always happy to see your smiling face.

 

Now, for your information:

 

Item 1.  Screen capturing . . . the long way.

 

If you frequently find yourself trying to capture the contents of scrolling windows such as long or wide web sites, DuckCapture offers excellent capture abilities for larger-than-screen snapshots. You'll find no shortage of screenshot tools that work just fine for snapping what is visible on the screen. DuckCapture excels by offering capturing of not only scrolling regions, like lengthy web pages, but also multi-page documents. Whether your capture region is tall, wide, or segmented into multiple pages, DuckCapture can copy the capture to your clipboard or save it as a

PNG file. DuckCapture is freeware.

 

Article: http://lifehacker.com/5613900/duckcapture-is-a-screen-capture-tool-for-long-and-multi+page-documents

 

Item 2. There’s a new standard coming up for websites.

 

HTML5 is currently under development as the next major revision of the HTML standard. Like its immediate predecessors, HTML 4.01 and XHTML 1.1, HTML5 is a standard for structuring and presenting content on the World Wide Web. The new standard incorporates features like video playback and drag-and-drop that have been

previously dependent on third-party browser plug-ins such as Adobe Flash, Microsoft Silverlight, and Google Gears.

 

Read about it here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTML5

 

Take the test (a fun thing to do; don’t have to do anything, as it does it for you);

here: http://www.html5test.com/

 

Item 3. We all like good ‘deal sites’

 

Today's deal-hunting web sites have changed the once hit-or-miss aspect of scoring an amazing deal into more of a whenever-you-want affair. Check out these five popular deal-hunting sites to score deep discounts and bargain-basement prices.

 

Article here: http://lifehacker.com/5613275/five-best-deal+hunting-sites

 

Item 4. For our Mac friends

 

How many applications are installed on your Mac? How many are from Apple, Microsoft, and Adobe? How many apps are from 3rd party developers? The total should be a few dozen.

 

Article here: http://mac360.com/index.php/mac360/comments/the-top14-most-important-mac-apps-of-all-time/

 

Item 5. Pasting multiples in Microsoft Word

 

Microsoft Word has a hidden feature that most people probably don't know about: a way to collect text on the clipboard from multiple locations, and then paste it all at once into your document.

 

Article here: http://lifehacker.com/5614132/use-the-spike-feature-in-microsoft-word-to-copy-and-paste-text

 

Item 6. Free audio books online

 

This is a listing of 64 sites that legally offer free audio books, either for online listening or for download.

 

http://www.techsupportalert.com/free-books-audio

 

Item 7. Mobile phone calls are decreasing (remember I told you about text messaging?)

 

According to Nielsen, the average number of mobile phone calls we make is dropping every year, after hitting a peak in 2007. And our calls are getting shorter: In 2005 they averaged three minutes in length; now they’re almost half that. These new forms of communication have exposed the fact that the voice call is badly designed.

 

Article: http://www.wired.com/magazine/2010/07/st_thompson_deadphone/

 

Item 8.  There is a lot of fun here:

 

PC Club, this Saturday, 9am

See you there.

 

Chuck, Ken and your board