SLO Bytes Newsletter - August 2007 - PUSH Article Descriptions
New Safari Browser for Windows by Ira Wilsker,
APCUG Director (approx. 1,206 words). Apple recently released a free version of
its Safari 3 browser for Windows. While this is the first public release of an
Apple-produced browser for Windows, many already have Apple software on their
computers such as Quick Time. This browser might be one that you would like to
check out since there is no conflict in having more than one browser on your
A router can help protect your computer by Sandy Berger, CompuKISS www.compukiss.com (approx. 904 words). A
few years ago you had probably not heard the term ‘router’ unless you used one
in your wood working class in high school. Today, you hear much more about the word
‘router’ when it is used in conjunction with computers and the Internet.
Backing up a computer –
Cloning vs Imaging by Al Edmister, a member
of the Napa Valley PCUG, California www.nvpcug.org (approx. 1,660 words). Backing up your computer has always been an important
and sometimes confusing subject. As most people know by now, backing up on the
same HD only helps when the main file gets corrupted which really doesn’t
happen very often. It is of no help when an HD fails; Al has had two HDs fail!
RAID, Zip drives and more is covered in this article.
Blurbs from Bass by Steve
Bass, PC World Columnist and Author (approx 970 words). Steve accumulated
several of his blurbs and asked me to send them to you. Wonderful: Microsoft’s
free Virtual PC; Gotcha! Geek Squad Caught Stealing Porn and other short
blurbs, plus links to time killing videos, useful tools, and free directory
Building a PC for Vista by Dan Hanson, the Great Lakes Geek (approx. 669 words). The Great Lakes Geek
needed to build a new PC for the Computers Assisting People Resource Center. It
will be used for CAP operations but also so that the volunteers and others can
become familiar with Windows Vista and learn about it the CAP way – hands on.
Dan steps us through the process of building that PC.
Express by Dick Maybach, Columnist, Brookdale Computer User Group, New Jersey www.bcug.org (approx. 1,104 words). You can
greatly improve your e-mail experience by properly configuring Outlook Express,
which is the default Windows e-mail client and Dick shows us just how to do
Things to Avoid While Using Your Computer by Vinny La Bash, a member and regular columnist of
the Sarasota PCUG, Florida www.spcug.org (approx. 1,042 words). To paraphrase a recent TV commercial, we all do dumb
things, but doing them with your computer doesn’t have to be one of them. Check
out his Dumb Mistakes to make sure you aren’t doing some of them.
Windows Explorer – Part 2 by Jim Sanders, Vice President, North Orange
County Computer Club, California www.noccc.org (approx. 1,224 words). The first part of this series was in the June PUSH. Jim
further explains how to use the ‘real’ Windows Explorer
Computing Pleasure with Free Widgets for Windows and Mac by Ira Wilsker, APCUG Director; Columnist, The Examiner, Beaumont
TX; radio and TV show host (approx. 1,106 words). Many of us are extremely busy
and often lack the time to search the Internet for items of frequent interest.
Many of us have dull and boring desktops displayed on our monitors, often using
the default images of our computer or software maker. Fortunately for us, there
is a free service offered by Yahoo!, called widgets.
The New, the Best, and the
Worst by Pim Borman,
Webmaster, SW Indiana PC Users Group, Inc. http://swipcug.apcug.org/ (approx. 1,441 words).
This article contains many lessons re Digital Cameras. We’ll all be taking
better digital pictures after reading this article.
The Nightmare by Barry F.
Phillips, a member of ccOKC and a frequent
contributor to the eMonitor, Computer Club of Oklahoma
City www.ccokc.org (approx. 602 words).
Barry’s computer growled like some prehistoric monster rebelling at being
awakened from a deep slumber and then checking my financial data online almost
by habit. Terror pulsed through his veins as he no longer existed; all his
personal data had been deleted! Another Fun, tongue-in-cheek article by Barry.
This and That by Elizabeth B.
Wright, a member of ccOKC and a frequent contributor
to the eMonitor, Computer Club of Oklahoma City www.ccokc.org (approx. 782 words). How much
time are you spending upgrading both hardware and software? Elizabeth has found
that much time and money are invested in trying to keep up with the times. Are
you in the same boat or are you happy using the operating system and programs
that you currently have on your computer.
DustKleenTM by Neil Longmuir, Winnipeg PCUG, www.wpcusrgrp.org (approx. 1,304 words). DustKleen is an innovative stand-alone application from
Image Trends Inc. It will automatically remove most dirt and dust from any
scanned images regardless of the source. Neil’s rating is 5 Stars +
Review: I Move Me by Frank Petrie (approx. 737 words). Remember when you
were a kid and dinosaurs roamed the Earth. What was on TV? Mainly cartoons and
claymation. And with the advent of YouTube, et al., they’re both making a
comeback. I Can Animate lets you create stunning movies using a variety of
Network Warrior by David Boyes (approx. 1,373 words). This book is a collection of notes and
process recipes to solve common problems found in commercial networks. Overall,
the book provides a large number of useful bits and the last three chapters on
how to work the system ought to be required reading for just about anyone in
the IT world who actually has to deal directly with customers or other
technicians (i.e., everyone).
Photoshop CS3 by Ton Ekvall, newsletter editor for Northeast Wisconsin PCUG www.webpages.charter.net/newpcug (approx. 1,391 words). Some things just keep getting better. And the latest
release of Photoshop CS3 is no exception. The new release offers major
enhancements that will appeal to present Photoshop users as well as to those
interested in transitioning to Photoshop CS3 from Photoshop Elements or other
Ronnie Ugulano, Fresno PCUG, California, newsletter editor
http://fresnocomputerusers.org (approx. 836 words). I didn’t have time to monkey around, it had to work out of
the box. Ronnie got an email from the FPCUG Board saying that they would like
to be able to offer the newsletter in PDF for easy printing. The dilemma was
what to use that would easily turn into a PDF. Ronnie remembered that OpenOffice,
the available-free office suite program, has a PDF converted built into it’s
word processing program, and there’s a Windows version and the rest was
WildForm WildPresenter Pro by Gregory West, Editor, SCUG Report, Sarnia CUG, Canada
(approx. 648 words). Flash is one of the most widely utilized and viewed
multimedia formats on the Internet today. There are a lot of video copying and
video presentation programs boasting to be the best. However, the question one
must ask is “Do they do what they claim to, and do they actually accomplish
these processes with ease and professionalism?” The answer to t his I will
leave alone for you to decide. However, I personally can speak for
WildPresenter Pro, version 3.204: It accomplishes both with a relative ease and
simplicity requiring little computer knowledge to create professional Flash
Tycoon 2: Zookeeper’s Collection by Rhonda and James Winterhalter, ICON
Computer Users Group, Missouri www.icon.org (approx. 1,728 words). This game could easily capture the interest of all age
levels. Grandparents looking for a great item to have around for the
grandchildren should be sure to read this review!
Steve Bass –stevebass(at)earthlink.net)
VinnyLa Bash –vlabash(at)comcast.net
Dan Hanson – cap(at)magnuminc.com
Elizabeth B. Wright –james(at)qns.com
Brian K. Lewis –bwsailat yahoo dot com
Barry F. Phillips –bfpdata(at)1access.net
Sandy Berger – sandy(at)compukiss.com
Jim Sanders –vicepresident(at)noccc.org