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January 2009
Inside
CES Overview of Computers ........1
Video of CES ...............................11
CES Storage ................................12
Smart Computing Tips .................16
How To Allow Email Attachments After You’ve Have Been Scammed Recover A Word Document Connect Your PC To A Stereo Media Show 4 from CyberLink....18
Using CrossLoop to Troubleshoot
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Your California Legislators Need
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Boost your efficiency with Crabby’s
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CyberLink DVD Suite 7...............24
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CES 2009 Computers
By Terry Currier
CES even with the economy cut
backs was still interesting. There
were many companies that cut back
on the floor space from what they
have had in the past. Some did not
even have floor space. Companies
have been renting space in other
hotels and having mini-exhibits
there. Others take a suite in the
Hilton or other hotels and invite
selected guest to come see them.
ActionTec began that almost 10
years ago with Comdex. They
said they could do that and send a
limo for guest cheaper than getting
space on the floor. Viewsonic has
been off in a suite for two years.
Belkin this year, look for more
to start doing this. The number
of people attending the show this
year was so reduced that the hotels
lowered their normal convention
overpriced rates. I could walk
around the convention floor, not
squeeze around.
Netbooks was definitely the hot
item vendors were showing.
Asus www.asus.com
The Eee PC S101 has a Fast
Bootup Time and intuitive pointand-click user interface that even
first-time PC users will find
extremely easy to use. Fast startup,
get onto the Internet in mere
seconds from the time you press
the power button. The Super
Hybrid EngineSuper Hybrid
Engine (SHE) provides you with
more power per charge: up to 5.4
hours of mobile usage.
• High-performance Solid
State Drive (SSD) of up to
64 GB
• 30 GB free online Eee
Storage
• Longer battery life with
ASUS Exclusive Super
Hybrid Engine
• 10.2 inch widescreen matrix
LED backlight display.
1024 x 600 resolution
allows you to view a single
A4-sized page without the
need to scroll left or right.
• 4-in-1 card reader for
MMC, SD, Memory Stick
and MS-PRO
• Just 1.8 cm thin and
weighing a mere 1 kg
Board of Directors
President
Steve Dela
stevede(at)aol.com
Vice-President
Terry Currier
winnersug(at)aol.com
Secretary
Gerry Bretts
gbretts(at)juno.com
Treasurer
Max Lockie
mlockie(at)pobox.com
Board Members
Ethel Kamber
ethel(at)kamber.fastmail.fm
Ken Kamber
kenkamber(at)mail.com
Louise McCain
LMcEnterprises(at)ol.com
Ed Koran
edk246(at)aol.com
Charles Schreiber
cschreib(at)csulb.edu
Robin Theron
rtheron(at)gmail.com
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AMD (Advanced Micro Devices)
www.amd.com
AMD today launched “Dragon”
platform technology for desktop
PCs featuring the new AMD
Phenom™ II X4 processor. Even
the most demanding users such as
enthusiasts and high-end gamers
desire affordable systems capable
of delivering HD entertainment,
graphic-intensive game play at the
highest settings their monitors can
handle, as well as quick and easy
transfer of video entertainment to
and from mobile devices. Dragon
platform technology provides the
power to do it all by combining the
Phenom II X4 processor, with ATI
Radeon™ HD 4800 Series graphics
and AMD 7-Series chipsets.
HP, Dell and Alienware plan to
offer Dragon platform technologybased desktop systems in the first
quarter of 2009, with Dell offering
immediate availability in its Dell
XPS desktop line.
The heart of Dragon platform
technology features intelligent
multi-core technology that
automatically provides processing
power where it’s needed most
during multitasking among
demanding applications. Offering
frequencies up to 3.0 GHz
with significant headroom for
overclocking, without skipping
a beat. The platform offers
fast DirectX® 10 graphics to
improve integrated graphics
processor performance, even at the
highest game settings on display
resolutions beyond HD, limited
only by the resolution of their
monitors.
AMD Phenom II CPUs feature
AMD Cool’n’Quiet™ 3.0 which
automatically provides dramatic
power management improvements
with minimal performance impact.
Its efficient multi-core design offers
low processor temperatures and
quiet fans, even when computing
in HD.
Free Software Supercharging
• AMD OverDrive™ -- Highlycustomizable utility with greater
functionality that can help powerusers take system performance
even further, with advanced overclocking controls that can be turned
on and off with a single click.
• AMD Fusion Media Explorer
Beta -- Simplifies the entertainment
experiencing by enabling a simple
but powerful way for consumers to
interact with their music, photos,
movies, TV and social media
on their PC. This utility offers
one-button postings of photos to
Facebook™ accounts as well as
automatic related media searches
when the system is online, plus
much more.
In addition to Dragon platform
technology, individual AMD
Phenom II X4 processors will
be available from AMD channel
e-tailers at launch:
AMD Phenom II X4 940 Black
Edition processor – (3.0GHz) –
$275 MSRP
AMD Phenom II X4 920 processor
– (2.8GHz) – $235 MSRP
AMD also announced the
availability of the AMD platform
for ultrathin notebooks, enabling
exceedingly thin and light OEM
designs with rich entertainment
capabilities at an affordable price.
The platform is based on the new
AMD Athlon™ Neo processor,
ATI RadeonTM X1250 integrated
graphics and optional ATI Mobility
Radeon™ HD 3410 discrete
graphics. The AMD platform
debuts within the HP Pavilion
dv2 Entertainment Notebook PC
ultrathin notebook, which measures less than oneinch thick and weighs less than four pounds. The HP
Pavilion dv2 also comes equipped with a 12.1-inch
diagonal LED BrightView display, nearly full-size
keyboard, and optional external optical disc drive with
Blu-ray capability.
The AMD platform for ultrathin notebooks allows
consumers to enjoy true HD entertainment with
available smooth 1080p HD playback, sharp images
and vibrant colors. The platform also delivers a robust
casual gaming experience with realistic 3D graphics.
Likewise, with advanced digital outputs including
HDMI and DVI, consumers can connect to their
favorite devices such as an HDTV for an immersive
home theater experience.
EMTEC www.emtecelectronics.com
They unveiled the Gdium, an ultra-portable, affordable
netbook computer, designed to be smart, reliable
and stylish. Weighing in at 2.6 pounds and boasts
a compact size (9.8 x 7.2 x 1.25 inches), while still
offering a web-optimized 1024 x 600 resolution on
a notable 10inch screen.
It also comes
equipped with a
full, comfortable
keyboard.
The software
application
package included
with Gdium is
based entirely on Open Source software. It includes
an extensive variety of programs: Firefox internet
browser, Thunderbird e-mail client, instant messaging,
VoIP, blog editor, audio/video players and security
utilities, as well as a complete Open Office suite of
applications for word processing, spreadsheets and
presentations.
The Gdium integrates an energy efficient processor
and operating system. The processor, based on MIPS64 architecture, is provided by ST Microelectronics, a
tier-one top-quality chip maker. It runs on a dedicated
and optimized version of Mandriva Linux OS,
specially designed for the 64-bit processor.
The G-Key is a unique bootable USB key on which
the Linux operating system, applications and personal
data are stored. The G-Key allows each user to store
their personal information and preferences securely,
without leaving a trace on the computer.
They have a dedicated website, which features an
online, social networking environment and provides
multimedia resources as well as educational content
aimed at students. The website provides a range of
communication tools and services, from e-mail to chat
forums, social networking, blogs and dedicated news
forums in a safe, user-friendly environment.
Fujitsu www.fujitus.com
Its new LifeBook ® A6220 notebook can be
personalized
and still be cost
effective. You
can now select
a Color Lid to
personalize and
help protect the
outer surface of
your notebook.
The gestureenabled touchpad
makes it easy to scroll and zoom. It has a HDMI port
and Blu-ray™ capabilities along with wireless USB.
Features include:
• Intel® Core™ 2 Duo Processor P8400 (2.40
GHz), or P7450 (2.26 GHz) each with 3 MB
L2 cache, 1066 MHz FSB
• Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium
Service Pack 1 (64-bit)
• 15.4” Crystal LP View WXGA display with
Tartan Indigo color lid
• 4 GB DDR3 1066 MHz SDRAM memory (2
GB + 2 GB)
• 320 GB S-ATA, 5400 rpm hard drive1 with
Shock Sensor protection
• ATI Mobility™ Radeon® HD 3470 with a
maximum 128 MB GDDR3 memory dedicated
VRAM (up to 1.9 GB total available graphics
memory using HyperMemory™ technology)
• Integrated webcam and digital microphone
• Gigabit Ethernet LAN
• Integrated Intel® Wi-Fi Link T5100
(802.11a/b/g/draft-n) wireless
• Four USB 2.0 ports, IEEE 1394, Memory
Stick®/SD slot, PC Card slot, ExpressCard®
slot
• Fast E-SATA port
• One-year International Limited Warranty
The 1.32-pound limited-edition tokidoki® branded
LifeBook U820 convertible mini notebook with
integrated Garmin Mobile® GPS navigation combines
computing
power with
a fun fashion
statement. It
is WiMAX,
designed
to make
computing
easier for
seniors with
little prior
computing
experience.
A novel
approach to cooling notebooks is showcased with
the LifeBook N7010 notebook, the industry’s first
water-cooled portable. The limited-edition LifeBook
U820 tokidoki-branded mini notebook, priced starting
at $ $1,124 for a base configuration. Powered by
the Intel(R) Atom(TM) Z-series processor which
supports lower power consumption, fewer chips, VT
Technology and integrated support for 1080p HD
video decode. Other features include:
• Touch screen capability with a 5.6-inch
WXGA touch screen display.
• Long battery life - delivers up to 7.5 hours of
battery life with four-cell battery or 3.5 hours
with new 2-cell battery option.
• Light weight, starting at 1.32 pounds
• Convertible form factor offers keyboard, touch
or pen input.
• Security features include a fingerprint sensor,
BIOS lock and Kensington lock.
• Hard disk drive up to 120GB or solid state
drive up to 64GB.
• Webcam with 1.3 mega-pixel (640x480)
resolution.
• Zoom utility for easy viewing.
HP (Hewlett-Packard) www.hp.com
The all new HP Mini 2140 is designed specifically for
the mobile professional. With a 10.1-inch diagonal
scratch-resistant display, available in either standarddefinition (1,024 x 576) or high-definition (1,366
x 768) resolutions. It has a 92 percent of full-size
QWERTY keyboard, a touchpad, increased battery
life and a range of hard-drive options including an
optional high-capacity 80 GB solid-state drive, the allaluminum cased HP Mini comes with all the features
needed to keep on-the-go professionals productive
and connected. Powered by the latest Intel® Atom
processor, the HP Mini includes wireless technologies
as well as an integrated VGA Webcam.
Other features include:
• HP 3D DriveGuard, featuring a three-axis
digital accelerometer chip that sends a signal
to shut down the hard drive upon sudden
movement or shock.
• Two battery solutions – three-cell for lightestweight configurations or six-cell lithium-ion
battery for longer life.
New accessories designed for the Mini include an
HP USB Docking Station, USB-powered HP Mobile
Audio Speakers and HP USB optical disk drive that
can read and write CD and DVD formats, as well
as offer HP LightScribe capability to burn content
directly onto discs. The HP Mini 2140 starts at $499
and is expected to be available by February.
The HP Pavilion dv2 is a highly mobile notebook
that’s made to travel and priced within the reach
of consumers.
Measuring less
than 1-inch thick
and starting
at 3.8 pounds,
it provides a
full notebook
experience with
powerful discrete
graphics, highcapacity hard
drive up to 500 gigabytes (GB.) In addition it supports
optional built-in WWAN for wireless connectivity
and includes an HP Webcam and microphone. An
optional lightweight, external optical disc drive with
Blu-ray capability also is available. The notebook
is powered by a specially designed new AMD
Athlon™ Neo Processor-based platform and features
a sturdy magnesium casing, 12.1-inch diagonal LED
BrightView display and a nearly full-size keyboard.
It will be available in two finishes with matching
HP Imprint designs on the palm rest: Espresso and
Moonlight. The dv2 is expected to be available in the
United States in April with a starting price of $699.
The HP Pavilion dv3 was designed to support
consumers’ on-the-go lifestyle featuring a 13.3-inch
diagonal BrightView LED backlit display, a built-in
optical drive and a lightweight magnesium casing.
Weighing 4.35 pounds, it includes processor and
graphics performance that can power a wide range
of productivity or entertainment applications. It is
based on the AMD Turion™ Ultra X2 notebook
platform. Optional features include solid state drive
for faster boot up time and lighter weight and a
backlight keyboard for working in low light. The dv3
is available today in the United States at
www.hpdirect.com with a starting price of $799.
The new HP Pavilion dv6t notebook PC has a 16-inch
diagonal widescreen display and is the first of its size
in the Pavilion family. An updated HP Pavilion dv7t
notebook PC offers a 17.3-inch diagonal, 16:9 aspect
ratio display and improved graphics processor.
The HP Mini 1000 Mi Edition is a uniquely simple,
mobile Internet companion built on Linux it includes
an Ethernet jack, two
USB ports, Wi-Fi and
optional Bluetooth®
wireless capabilities.
Designed for photo
and video editing,
music creation,
gaming, and other
demanding tasks,
the HP Firebird
with Voodoo DNA
is the newest highperformance PC. An
advanced thermal
management system,
which includes
everything from its factory-sealed liquid cooling
system to the energy-efficient components and
external power supply, helps keep the PC running cool
and can keep it quieter at full crank than most gaming
PCs do at idle. Its Intel® Core 2 Quad processor, dual
NVIDIA GeForce 9800S small form factor graphics
cards in SLI configuration and hot-swappable 320 GB
dual hard drives provide customers with performancegrade operation. available online at
www.voodoopc.com starting at $1,799.
The new HP MediaSmart
Server ex485/ex487
automatically centralizes
and stores digital media
files and other documents
on Windows® and Mac
computers. The server easily
publishes photos to popular
social networking sites,
remotely streams photos
and music to any Internetconnected PC or Mac, and
centralizes iTunes music libraries for playback to
any networked computer running iTunes. With
the MediaSmart Server, consumers also can back
up networked PCs and Macs, as well as duplicate
designated folders to Amazon’s S3 online backup
service for an additional layer of protection.
HP also introduced the market’s first all-in-one, touchenabled desktop PC for businesses. Through the use of
interactive technology, the HP dx9000 TouchSmart
Business PC can transform a business’s end-customer
experience, allowing customers to connect, select and
interact with vendors and each other. Customers can
have a hand in, for example, placing orders with a
retailer, conducting virtual video service calls, using
touch to teach or utilizing social networking for
business. In addition to its easy-to-use touch screen
capability, the all-in-one PC includes the hardware and
monitor in one space-saving device, while offering a
full suite of business-ready software applications and
built-in multimedia features tailored for small to
medium-sized business environments.
The HP TouchSmart for business is pre-loaded with
Windows Vista® Business 64, a powerful Intel® Core
2™ Duo P8400 processor, 4 gigabytes (GB) of
memory, a 320 GB high-speed hard drive and a Virtual
LAN (VLAN) driver. Its 22-inch diagonal highdefinition, widescreen HP BrightView LCD display
tilts up or down for maximum viewing. The system’s
integrated five-in-one Media Card Reader lets users
easily transfer photos, files and videos to their
computer from various types of memory cards.
Available in North America in February at a starting
U.S. street price of $1,399.
Accessories from HP
• Women’s edition mobile mice with lacquer
finishes, chrome accents and flower imprint
designs, to mice designed for comfort, to
keyboard and mice combos. Mobile mice in
bronze and titanium are designed to match HP
notebooks. The energy-efficient HP Wireless
Eco-comfort Mobile Mouse uses a single AA
battery and is designed to last up to 7 months.
The product is built using 30 percent recycled
plastic and its packaging consists of 75 percent
recycled materials and is fully recyclable.
• The HP Wireless Elite Desktop is the same
keyboard and mouse used with the HP
TouchSmart PC. The keyboard has low profile
scissors keys for ultra-fast response, 12 hot
keys for multimedia control and two different
adjustable height positions.
• HP Wireless Comfort Desktop consists of a
wireless wave keyboard and laser mouse
set. There are 31 pre-programmed hot
keys for multimedia, easy web navigation
and a better Windows Vista® experience.
The keyboard, which has a cushioned
wrist rest, adjusts to three positions. The
precision laser mouse offers better control
and accuracy and the smooth and fast scroll
wheel has a four-way tilt scroll wheel for
easier navigation.
• HP also is shipping a new slim line
DVD drive, the DVD 555s, which is an
ideal companion for an HP mini PC. The
drive is available now for $100.
• In addition, HP c485w USB Flash
Drive are available 2 gigabyte (GB), 4
GB, 8 GB and 16 GB sizes and offer
security protection with 128 AES hardware
encryption. The flash drives are expected to be
available in spring and priced between $15 and
$75 based on memory size.
Expected to be available in spring, all mice start at
an estimated $40. Keyboard and mouse combos are
priced from $80 to $90.
HP PCs are backed by HP Total Care, a suite of inor-out-of-warranty service and support options. With
HP Total Care, consumers can reach support agents
24/7 by phone, email or real-time chat. They also
introduced its Consumer Buyback and Planet Partners
Recycling Program, which offers consumers in the
United States a simple way to receive cash for their
unwanted technology equipment or, if there is no
value, recycle it. Through the program, consumers
can receive cash back for, or responsibly recycle, their
unwanted PCs, monitors, printers, digital cameras,
PDAs (personal digital assistants) and smartphones of
any brand.
Intel www.intel.com
Intel featured their newest processors. The Core
i7 processor is the first member of a new family
of Nehalem processor designs and is the most
sophisticated ever built, with new technologies that
boost performance on demand and
maximize data throughput. The
Core i7 processor speeds video
editing, immersive games and other
popular Internet and computer
activities by up to 40 percent
without increasing power consumption.
Intel’s Turbo Boost automatically adjusts the clock
speed of one or more of the four individual processing
cores for single- and multi-threaded applications
to boost performance, without increasing power
consumption. It has the latest Intel power-saving
technologies, allowing desktops to go into sleep states
formerly reserved for Intel-based notebooks.
Designed with Intel’s Hyper-Threading Technology,
the processor also allows multiple computing threads
to run simultaneously, effectively enabling it to do
two things at once. As a result, the Core i7 quad-core
processor delivers 8-threaded performance.
Announced in March of 2008 the Intel® Atom™
processor in making big inroads with netbooks. All
the computer companies were showing them. They are
designed specifically for small devices and low power,
while maintaining the Intel® Core™ 2 Duo instruction
set compatibility. The design also includes support for
multiple threads for better performance and increased
system responsiveness. All of this on a chip that
measures less than 25 mm.
Shuttle us.shuttle.com
H7 5800 - Powered by the Intel Core i7 so you can
enjoy all your favorite gaming entertainment wherever
you please without a lag. Your choice of either the
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280
or ATI Radeon HD4870 lets
you experience every bit
of detail in high-definition
quality for lifelike worlds
and characters – right on
your gaming monitor.
Multi-tasking and
multimedia is a breeze
with up to 16GB of DDR3
memory, you can run more programs at the same time.
With the many hard drive options, there’s space to
store all your music, photos, videos, and even games –
no matter the size of your collection. Immerse yourself
into the game and hear every blade and gunshot thanks
to the 7.1 channel high-definition audio that comes
standard.
Sony www.sony.com
VAIO P Series – Sony calls it the world’s lightest
miniature notebook
• 1.33GHz Intel® processor
• 8” LED backlit 1600 x 768 display, 1.4 lbs.
• Up to 60GB hard drive, available 128GB SSD
• Up to 4-hour battery
• 2GB RAM
• Starting at $900
• Resolution up to 1600 x 768 resolution easily
displays the width of an entire page.
• Built-in GPS technology, your current location
is found and real-time, on-screen directions
lead the way. No internet connection required.
• Windows Vista® operating system
• Media reader
• Built-in MOTION EYE® webcam and
microphone
Connectivity
• Wireless LAN4: Atheros 802.11 b/g/n
• Integrated Stereo A2DP Bluetooth®
• Wireless WAN: Integrated Mobile Broadband
VGN-CS Series
• Starting at $790
• 2.80GHz16 (T9600) - 2GHz (T5800) Intel®
Core®2 Duo Processor
• Up to 1066Mhz Front Side Bus Speed
• 2MB - 6MB L2 Cache
• Up to 320GB hard disk drive available
• Up to 4GB DDR2 SDRAM
• 14.1” Screen - 1280 x 800 Resolution
• Estimated Battery Life: 1.5-4.0 hours (standard
capacity battery). Up to 2.5-6.0 hours with
large capacity battery
• EpxressCard® 3/4 slot
• Biometric Fingerprint Sensor Trusted Platform
Module(TPM) TCG Ver 1.2 compliant
• Media reader
• Built-in CD-RW/DVD-RW drive or Blu-ray
Disc® (Read only) drive
• Built-in MOTION EYE® webcam and
microphone
Connectivity
• Wireless LAN: Intel® WiFi Link 5100AGN
(802.11a/b/g/n)
• Integrated Stereo A2DP Bluetooth®
• Ethernet (RJ-45) Protocol T/100Base-TX
• Integrated V.92/V.90 Modem (RJ-11)
Touch-sensitive controls with 12 bright LED
• Up to 500GB HDD available or up to 128GB
SSD available
• Up to 8GB DDR2 SDRAM
• Estimated Battery Life: Up to 6 hours
(standard capacity battery), Up to 8 hours
(large capacity battery)
• XBRITE-FullHD technology
• UP TO 5.5 HOURS - standard power
• Three exclusive software packages included
with every FW notebook. VAIO® Movie Story,
VAIO® Music Box, and Click to Disc Editor
software Video editing and movie creation.
• 5.1-channel Dolby Sound Room technology
• ExpressCard® 3/4 slot
• Media reader
• Built-in 1.3 megapixel MOTION EYE®
webcam and microphone
Connectivity
• Fast Ethernet (RJ-45) Protocol
• 10Base-T/100Base-TX/1000Base-T (Gigabit)
• Integrated V.92/V.90 Modem (RJ-11)
• Wireless LAN: Intel® WiFi Link 5100AGN
(802.11a/b/g/n)
• Integrated Stereo A2DP Bluetooth®
technology (2.1 + EDR) (select models only)
indicators that light up as you glide your finger to
change tracks, scenes or adjust the volume.
It has a 12-tone music analyzer that translates your
music into a colorful light show.
FW series
• 16.4”1 display with 16:9 aspect ratio
• 2.20Ghz (T6400) - 2.93Ghz (T9800) Intel®
Core™ 2 Duo Processor
• 1066Mhz-800MHz Front Side Bus Speed
• Up to 6MB L2 Cache
VAIO® LV Series PC/TV All-in-One
Intel® Core™2 Duo Processor E8500 (3.16GHz, 6MB
L2 Cache)
Windows Vista® Ultimate
Series Features: 24” XBRITE-FullHD™ LCD,
4GB RAM, 1TB hard drive, Blu-ray Disc™ record/
playback, 256MB NVIDIA graphics, HDMI™ in and
TV tuner. Equipped with a Blu-ray Disc™ optical
drive and NTSC/ATSC television tuners, you can
watch high definition Blu-ray Disc movies and record
TV, movies and photos to Blu-ray Disc media. Easily
hook up your PLAYSTATION®3 system or settop box via the HDMI™ input. Designed for media
enthusiasts, it has a built-in DVR with a 1 terabyte
hard drive stores up to 100 hours of HDTV. Tackle
virtually any graphics requirement with a NVIDIA®
GeForce® 9300M GS graphics card and 256MB of
dedicated video RAM.
TT series
An 11.1” notebook weighing just 2.87 pounds with
Blu-ray. Intel® Centrino® 2 processor technology and
an ultra low-voltage Core™ 2 Duo processor combine
for maximum performance from minimal power.
A built-in sensor monitors ambient light, adjusting
the brightness of the LCD and conserving valuable
battery life. When you customize a TT with Microsoft
Windows Vista Business or Ultimate, you also get a
copy of Windows XP Pro on disk.
Select TTs feature a dual-channel 256GB4 (128GBx2)
SSD with RAID (Random Arrays of Independent
Discs) technology for even quicker boot-ups,
application launches and overall performance.
Features include:
• 800MHz Front Side Bus Speed
• 3MB L2 Cache
• 2nd Hard Disk Drive option available up to
320GB
• Up to 4GB DDR3 SDRAM
• Estimated Battery Life: Up to 4.5-7.5 hours
or up to 6.5-12.0 hours with a large capacity
battery
• Media reader
• Biometric Fingerprint Sensor Trusted Platform
Module(TPM) TCG Ver 1.2 compliant
Built-in (640 x 480 pixels) MOTION EYE® camera
and microphone
Connectivity
• Fast Ethernet (RJ-45) Protocol
• 10Base-T/100Base-TX/1000Base-T
• Integrated WWAN using optional Sprint®
Mobile Broadband Service
• Wireless LAN: Intel® WiFi Link 5100AGN
(802.11a/b/g/n)
• Integrated Stereo A2DP Bluetooth®
technology
Toshiba www.toshiba.com
For multimedia enthusiasts and mainstream gamers,
Toshiba announces support for the ATI Mobility
Radeon™ HD4000 series of graphics processors.
With support for DirectX® 10.1 and highly efficient
performance-per-Watt. The ATI Mobility Radeon
HD4570 and HD4650 will be available on Toshiba’s
Satellite® P300 line of desktop replacement laptops
exclusively through www.toshibadirect.com in
February.
Toshiba Qosmio® X305-Q725: A technically
advanced multimedia platform for the gaming and
entertainment enthusiast, the Qosmio X305-Q725
blends features built for fidelity and speed, including:
a 17-inch diagonal widescreen TruBrite® display,
high-performance NVIDIA® GeForce® 9800M GTX
graphics, an Intel® Core™ 2 Quad processor, a 64GB
solid state drive, premium Harman Kardon® stereo
speakers and much more. The Qosmio X305-Q725 is
available now for $2,700 MSRP. The Qosmio X305
series of gaming laptops is available in a range of
configurations starting at $1,449 MSRP.
Toshiba Satellite E105-S1402: Built with the
consumer in mind, this thin and light laptop is less
than five pounds versus an industry average of six
pounds and features a built-in Webcam with face
recognition for a unique and secure way to log on. But
it still offers heavy-duty capabilities, starting with a
longer battery life that runs up to four and a half hours
on a single charge. Available now exclusively at Best
Buy and bestbuy.com.
For consumers who want to personalize their laptop
experience, the Toshiba Portégé® A600 family offers
models with different color options such as Pink,
White and Black, while the Toshiba Satellite M300
is available in Ruby Red and Frost White on www.
toshibadirect.com.
dynadock™ U Universal USB Docking Station:
Compatible with all versions of Windows® XP and
Vista®, along with six USB 2.0 ports, the dynadock
U helps laptop users easily stay connected and
productive. They can dock, undock and recharge MP3
players and cell phones with the touch of a button
and by acting as a conduit for add-on peripherals, the
docking station expands a laptop workspace into a
dynamic PC system. Available now for $150 MSRP.
Some future laptops will feature a fast charge system
– SciB. It takes in a higher wattage and yet they said it
would not deteriorate the battery itself.
Via Technologies www.via.com.tw
They demoed new mobile systems based on the VIA
Nano processor, as well as VIA C7® processor-based
mini-note designs from the Global Mobility Bazaar
program. Among the key mobile systems is the new
Dr. Mobile FreeStyle 1300n thin and light notebook.
Powered by a choice of 1.2GHz or 1.3GHz VIA Nano
processors, it weighs less than 1.3kg and delivers
stunning HD video performance through its 11.6”
screen.
The New VIA ARTiGO A2000 is a barebone storage
server. The sleek, black, 2-bay system supports up
to 3TB, ideal for PC enthusiasts seeking compact,
power-efficient home media storage. It can also
serve as a headless Network Attached Storage box or
media storage and streaming device in home server
applications. Measuring just 5.3”x4.7”x10.2”, it
is powered by a 1.5GHz VIA C7-D processor and
supports up to 2GB of DDR2 SO-DIMM 667/533MHz
memory. Two Serial ATA bays with integrated power
ports are mounted within the case, and a type I
Compact Flash socket is located discreetly beneath the
motherboard.
Connectivity includes a Gigabit Ethernet port, and
support for a wireless 802.11 b/g module, while two
USB 2.0 ports at the back are supplemented by one
port at the front. Multimedia is provided through
the VIA VX800 system media processor, featuring
DirectX 9.0 3D graphics support through the VIA
Chrome9™ integrated graphics, hardware video
decoding acceleration of multiple video formats, and
VIA Vinyl HD audio. It supports Microsoft Windows
XP and Vista, Ubuntu 8.04, SUSE Linux Enterprise
Desktop 10 (Service Pack 2) and FreeBSD.
The VIA Trinity platform couples a power efficient
VIA processor like the VIA Nano™ processor with
one of VIA’s highly integrated unified digital media
chipsets, and adds the power of an onboard S3
Graphics PCI Express discrete GPU to bring the latest
in x86 technologies to even smaller spaces. This is
coupled with one of the VIA system media processors,
all-in-one, highly integrated digital media IGP chipsets
featuring the 800MHz VIA V4 front side bus.
The VIA NSD7800 home server, supporting up to
8 full sized hard drives with a fraction of the hassle
associated with larger servers, enabling system
integrators to offer the ideal solution for SOHO and
family storage needs. Measuring 13.4” x 13.4” x
5.9”and powered by an energy-efficient 1.5GHz VIA
C7-D processor.
Stated prices are rounded up to the nearest dollar.
CES 2009 Video of different booths
By Terry Currier
To see the videos go to
http://www.windowsusers.org/ces2009_video.html
Top Five videos (these are at a higher quality so the
files are bigger than the others)
HP – new netbook and a really great touchscreen
computer
Intel – Atom chip and watch the virtual demo that
looks like the movie Minority Report
Ridata – great USB drives, including a USB/eSATA
drive, SSD drives and solar panels
Wildcharge – charge your iPod, cell phone even
computers without directly connecting it to an
electrical outlet
Windows 7 - Demo
3M micro projector – small projector
Aiptek – small projector, and cameras
Astak EZ reader – electronic
Asus – cool souped up motherboards
Avermedia – TV cards and devices for your computer
Bogen Imaging Clothing – clothing for your
electronic gadgets
Boxee – download old movies, or TV shows
Celestron – telescopes
Clickfree Backup – an easy to use backup program
Creative – gaming screen, and portable video camera
Dakim Brainfitness – shows video to test memory
Device VM – lets you get to your applications quicker
Electronic Arts – games for kids
EMTEC – a cool new netbook
Excalibur – fun and cool toys, and gadgets
Fast Finger – a keyboard that can be switched
between QWERTY and alphabetical
Flashlighter – works in the car cigarette lighter to
charge devices, and can also be used as a flashlight
Flexcord – ever have too much cord that just gets in
the way, you won’t with this product
Ford – announcements, with cool add-ons
Fujitsu – interesting notebooks
Gaming – some really fun stuff in the gaming section
Garmin - GPS
Goscam - fun and cool toys and gadgets
Hauppauge – TV cards & devices for your computer
Hitachi – a 1.5” TV, and TV with intergraded
communications
HopeLab – developed a game to help kids with cancer
understand the illness
iLIVE – portable DVD players
IOGEAR – USB display extender, KVM switches,
SATA cards, USB charging hubs, digital pen, hubs
Iomega – external hard drives, media servers, wireless
TV signal transfer
iUFO – toy animals that move to music
Kidthing – online games for kids
KidZul – online games for kids
Kingston – USB drives, computer memory, digital
camera memory
Knowledge Adventure – games for kids
Kodak – digital picture frames, printers, camera
LG – USB drives, wireless HD TV, external hard
drives, DVD players
Microsoft surface demo – really cool
Navjack – copy your hard drive over to a compact
flash, or SD drive
Nextar – small projector, and more
Norton – showing Internet security for parents to
protect their kids
Nvidia 3D – showing it for gaming
Optoma - Pico Projector
Panasonic – DVD players, thin TVs, solar charged
Blue Tooth car kit, music players, video camera watch
PBS – PBS online demo
Phara Surveyor - It can help you find out if a drug is
affecting your health
Pioneer – amps, TV, stereo players
Plannon – portable scanner
Roland – cool musical instruments
Safe Eyes – helps protect your children
Sakar / Vivtar – digital camera, fun toys
Samsung – TVs (everywhere), 3D TV, slim TV, home
theater, media player, mobil accessories, projectors,
3D TV, DVD players, cameras
Shapeways – make up a object, send them the
drawing and they will make the product for you
Skype – demonstrating the new Skype 4.0
Sony – TVs, mobile accessories, projectors, 3D TV,
DVD players, cameras, notebooks, Blu-ray, OLED
Speakal – MP3 players in animal shapes
Super Talent – SSD cards and memory
Toshiba – notebooks, projectors, hard drives, cameras,
TV controlled by hand gestures
Trendnet – networking devices
Victoriox – Swiss army knives, and USB flash drives
Vuzix – projector glasses to watch a movie
Wow Wee – toy robot
CES 2009 Storage
By Terry Currier
Advanced Media (RITEK USA) www.ritekusa.com
Its RIDATA USB Drive with Micro SD slot is now
available in 8GB capacity. The drive allows users to
securely store and transfer data from a cell phone or
other MicroSD
or MicroSDHC
enabled device.
A key concern
with any flash
storage device
is security. For
privacy and
protection, the
USB Drive
features advanced partition and security functions
that make it possible for users to create passwordprotected sectors for the storage of personal or highly
confidential material. A power-saving mode reduces
power consumption. All are EMC compliant meeting
CE, FCC, VCCI, C-TICK, and BSMI regulations.
The drives are now available at many retail outlets
in up to 8GB capacities. The drives are available in
several fun colors, weigh less than 10 ounces and
come with a two-year warranty.
Adding to their Ridata brand of Blu-ray media is a fast
6X single layer Blu-ray disc. The disc offers up to a
216 Mbps data
transfer rate. All
Ridata Blu-ray
discs feature
a hard coating
that protects
the discs from
scratches.
Multiple audio
and video streams, up to 7.1 channel surround sound,
and user-friendly graphical interfaces are just a few
more Blu-ray technology advancements. Available
in Q2 2009. Also introduced was 4X Inkjet White
Printable Blu-ray Discs, available in Q1 2009.
Cirago www.cirago.com
RST1000, External RAID Storage USB 2.0 / eSATA
Series
Benefits and Features
• Reliable, high-speed storage solution
• Efficient cooling and low-noise fan
• Supports PC (Windows 95/98SE/ME/2000/
XP/Vista), MAC (MAC OS 9.x or above) and
Linux
• Active LED power and access indicator
• Aluminum Case for efficient cooling
• Active LED front indicators
• Interface eSATA / USB 2.0
• Support RAID levels RAID 0, RAID1 and
RAID 0+1, RAID1+BIG
• Hard drive Interface SATA
• Hard drive 7200 rpm
• Form Factor Dual 3.5”
• Warranty 3 year
Iomega www.iomega.com
Starting at $160, the Home Media Network Hard
Drive is available as a 500GB or a 1TB single-drive
device. Consumers with multiple computers can use
the Home Media Network Hard Drive to centralize
their computer storage as well as access files on
everything from a laptop
to a big screen TV to a
Microsoft Xbox 360 or a
Sony PlayStation 3.
It uses EMC’s LifeLine™
Home software, a custom
Linux operating system
and application suite that
can be set up in three easy
steps: simply plug the
Home Network Hard Drive
into a router, power on, and install the software CD. A
friendly user interface screen makes it easy to access
files on all networked computers, as well as control
which family members have access to certain folders.
Supports iTunes™ and Universal Plug and Play
(UPnP) and Digital Living Network Alliance™
(DLNA) certified devices. It has a Gigabit Ethernet
connection that plugs directly into a router, and a fast
processor so users can save and access large media
files quickly, as well as a USB port to add a shared
network printer for multiple computers, or an external
USB drive for incremental storage capacity.
They include EMC Retrospect® Express backup
software for data backup and protection. For added
protection users also get online backup with EMC’s
MozyHome™ online backup service (2GB of free
online storage.) The 500GB is available for $160; the
1TB is $230.
LaCie www.lacie.com
High capacity storage system for users who want
advanced RAID features with consumer-level ease of
use and style LaCie announced its Hard Disk MAX. It
delivers 2 TB (terabytes) of storage capacity in a
package that will satisfy high-performance
requirements for the discriminating user.
It includes two large-capacity disk drives that can
be set in either a RAID 0 or RAID 1 configuration
with the simple flick of a switch on the back panel.
Included is the LaCie Setup Assistant for quick, easy
and customizable formatting of the disk drives. The
system also ships with Genie Backup Assistant for
PC and Intego Backup Assistant for Mac. The multipurposed blue LED stripe provides ambient light and
changes to red to warn of potential problems. The
suggested retail price starting at $270 USD.
Suited for all fans of digital movies, music, and
photography LaCie announced the LaCinema Classic
Hard Disk. It has up to 1 TB (terabyte) of capacity,
yet weighs a mere 33 ounces. Customers simply load
content from their PC or Mac on it and connect it
to their TV for instant playback. No configuration
required. Users will also enjoy HDMI 1080p upscaling
of movies and photos. An SPDIF coaxial cable is
included to maximize the audio experience.
DivX-certified so customers can watch DivX
transcoded videos with high quality and resolution.
It comes in 500 GB (gigabyte) and 1 TB models,
offering the Hi-Speed USB 2.0 interface for PC or
Mac. Available now and retails for $170.
LG www.LGusa.com
Their N4B1 Network Attached Storage (NAS), is the
world’s first NAS device with a built in Blu-ray drive
and burner. It offers advanced data management with
data archiving and automatic disc back up features.
This unique drive has up to 4 TB of storage through
four-bay configurations,
allowing a multitude of
business data to be stored in
the system without having
to delete files to make room.
The built-in Blu-ray rewriter
serves as a secondary
storage medium with each
disc holding between 25 and
50 GB for home and small
business users who manage
large amounts of data.
They also had some interesting flash drives. The M5
has built-in anti-virus, the H1 can also be used as a
mobile phone charger. They also had a security drive
with built-in biometric fingerprint reader.
nDigitus www.ndigitus.com
Fitting into any 5.25” drive bay the iM-Boot Duo
offers users security for trying two different operating
systems. You can also setup your computer as two
different systems. While other products address
multiple operating systems with a software only
solution, the iM-Boot Duo is all hardware; easy to
install and easy to use. It sits between the motherboard
and two SATA drives. The front switch controls
which drive the
computer boots
from.
Check at the
website to see
when it will be
available. They
are also working
on a M-Boot
Quad will
support selecting
between up to
four different
hard drives on the same computer. Also a iM-Boot
Dual RAID will support RAID levels such as RAID-0,
RAID-1, and 3 Disk RAID-5 sets while still allowing
the computer to boot two different operating systems.
SanDisk www.sandisk.com
Never back up because it’s too hard? SanDisk just
made it easier for you with the world’s first backup
USB flash drive. No cables are required and the
SanDisk Ultra Backup flash drive does not come
with any complicated software to install. The backup
application
is onboard
the drive. It’s
activated by
pressing a
button, so it
doesn’t need
to be installed
on a PC. The
flash drive
has capacities up to 64 gigabytes (GB). No software
installation is needed. The drive protects onboard
digital content with a dual layer of security, including
password-protected access control and ultra-secure
AES hardware-based encryption. When plugged in
to a host device, a glowing, amber-colored LED light
alerts users that the drives are ready for reading or
writing data. This LED light rapidly pulses when data
is being transferred, and slows down when the drives
are idle, providing users with a clear indication of
device activity. The new SanDisk USB product family
includes three different product lines:
1) Cruzer® USB flash drive plus access to a variety of
U3™ applications.
2) Ultra Backup USB flash drive offers added
protection.
3) Extreme® Contour™ provides increased security
protection and higher performance levels.
Application screen shot – first basic configuration
screen:
The SanDisk Cruzer has been redesigned with up to
32GB of storage. The design include a bright red USB
connector and a simple cap-less design, which exposes
the USB connector. They will continue to have U3™
Smart technology. Transfer speeds at 25MB/second
read and 18MB/second write. It also includes superior
security with 256-bit AES USB hardware encryption
and password-protected access control. Available in
April 2009 The SanDisk Cruzer drive will be available
in capacities of 4GB-32GB with MSRPs ranging
between $25 and $100. The SanDisk Ultra Backup
drive will be available in capacities of 8GB-64GB
with MSRPs ranging between $40 and $200. The
SanDisk Extreme Contour USB flash drive is available
in major retailers today.
Compatible with the Nintendo® Wii™ console the
2GB Rock Band® 2 SD™ Gaming Card makes it
possible for gamers to take advantage of the over 300
additional songs that will be available for download.
The card works in compatible digital cameras,
allowing users to fill the card with images and then
post their pictures on the Wii’s photography channel.
SanDisk and Sony have co-developed two expanded
Memory Stick™ formats. Expanded format for
“Memory Stick PRO” is capable of storing up to
2 terabytes (TB) of data, and “Memory Stick HGMicro” offers a 60MB/s transfer rate, making it one of
the fastest-smallest memory card formats announced
to date.
SSD’s
Advanced Media (RITEK USA) www.ritekusa.com
Expected to will be especially popular with users
of the latest generation of notebooks that feature
an eSATA and USB combination port is the Ridata
eSATA SSD flash. No external power or battery is
needed, as it is powered
by either the eSATA or
USB bus. As a result,
there is very low power
consumption.
Data transfer rates
while using the eSATA
connector of up to
79MB/s reading and up
to 45MB/s writing are
assured. When using the
USB connector, a read
data transfer rate of up to 24MB/s and write speed
up to 12MB/s can be achieved. The unit is in full
compliance with USB spec. 2.0.
The Ridata eSATA SSD flash drive supports multiple
operating systems. No driver is needed in Windows
ME®, Windows 2000®, Windows XP®, Windows
VISTA®, Mac 9.x or later, Linux Kernel 2.4 or later. It
also supports 1-port 1.5/3.0Gbps SATA I/II interface.
It is shock resistant and noise-free, and offers longtime data retention. It may also be used as a bootable
device while in Fix mode.
Available in 16GB and 32GB capacities, it measures
3.5”x1”x0.3” (lwd) and weighs 0.6 ounces.
Kingston www.kingston.com
With the SSDNow E
Series and SSDNow
M Series, they
are shipping the
first two products
in its SSDNow
line of solid-state
drives (SSD). The
SSDNow E Series
is specifically
designed for the enterprise server environment while
the SSDNow M Series is built for the road warrior
who demands ultimate performance from a notebook
PC. Kingston is using Intel’s solid-state drives.
The drives have greater input and output operations
per second (IOPS). For enterprises they can fewer
SSDs compared to standard hard disk drives (HDD),
which also leads to energy savings in a server
environment. For the notebook user it allows for faster
boot times and quicker application load times.
It uses a standard SATA hard disk drive interface
but unlike an HDD, they are very rugged and can
withstand shock and extreme environments as there
are no moving parts. They come equipped with
S.M.A.R.T (Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting
Technology) to monitor the integrity and reliability
of the drives. The drives are backed by a threeyear warranty, 24/7 tech support and KingstonCare.
Features and Specifications:
• SSDNow E Series: 32GB,250MB/sec. read,
170MB/sec. write
• SSDNow M Series: 80GB,250MB/sec. read,
70MB/sec. write
• Form factor: 2.5”
SanDisk www.sandisk.com/ssd
They unveiled its third-generation family of solidstate drives (SSDs), using multi-level cell (MLC)
NAND flash memory technology. Designed as
drop-in replacements for hard-disk drives (HDDs)
in notebook PCs, each are available with a SATA-II
interface. Available
in capacities of 60,
120 and 240GB,
the unit MSRPs
are $149, $249 and
$499, respectively.
The G3 SSDs are
more than five
times faster than
the fastest 7,200
RPM HDDs and
more than twice as fast as SSDs shipping in 2008,
clocking in at 40,000 vRPM and anticipated sequential
performance of 200MB/s read and 140MB/s write.
SanDisk G3 SSD is significantly more reliable than a
hard disk drive. It is 5 time more rugged, withstanding
shock and vibrations, and its MTTF (mean time to
failure) is 6 times better than HDDs. The G3 SSDs
provide a Longterm Data Endurance (LDE) of 160
terabytes written (TBW) for the 240GB version,
sufficient for over 100 years of typical user usage.
Toshiba www.toshiba.com
Expanding their line up of NAND-flash-based solid
state drives (SSD) with the industry’s first 2.5-inch
512-gigabyte (GB) SSD and a broad family of fast
read/write SSDs based on 43 nanometer (nm) MultiLevel Cell NAND. The SSD family also includes
capacities of 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB.
It utilizes an advanced MLC controller that achieves
higher read/write speeds, parallel data transfers and
wear leveling
to optimize
performance,
reliability
and
endurance.
The
maximum
sequential
read speed
is 240MB per
second (MBps) and maximum sequential write speed
is 200MBps.
They did an interesting show of putting a SSD on a
vibrator to show it would not affect performance.
Smart Computing Tips
• How To Allow Email Attachments – A fairly
common problem people run into is the
inability to save attached files to their PCs.
This may happen to you if your email client is
configured—for security reasons—to prevent
you from opening file attachments of a certain
size, content, or type. You can disable this
setting in Outlook Express by opening the
Tools menu and selecting Options. Click
the Security tab, deselect the Do Not Allow
Attachments To Be Saved Or Opened That
Could Potentially Be A Virus option, and click
OK. To avoid viruses, worms, spyware, and
other types of nasty code, be sure to scan the
saved file for malware before opening it.
• Where To Go If You May Have Been
Scammed- If you filled out a form or provided
personal or financial information in response to
an email request and you think you may have
been the victim of a fraud, call the company
that appeared to be requesting the information
right away. Explain the situation. If fraud
is involved, the bank, credit union, or other
financial institution that was spoofed (gained
access to a network or network services by
posing as a legitimate user) should freeze your
accounts to protect your funds. You also should
report the incident immediately to the FBI at
www.ic3.gov.
• Recover A Word Document- Word gives
you an option called Recover My Work And
Restart Microsoft Word when Word crashes
and the crash dialog box appears. Select the
checkbox to effect this process. You also
have the option of whether to send a report
about the crash to Microsoft. Click Send Error
Report or Don’t Send. Whichever option you
choose, Word then restarts and displays the
Document Recovery pane on the left side of
the Word workspace. The pane will contain
one or two versions of each document that was
open when the crash occurred. The file name
will be followed by the word [Recovered] or
[Original]. The recovered file contains changes
in the document that you hadn’t saved but
were recorded by AutoRecover. The original
file is the one that contains the changes you’d
made the last time you manually saved the
file. Check versions of the file to see if you
want to keep one or both versions. Click the
file name or click the arrow on the right side
and choose Open. Save a file by clicking
the arrow and selecting Save As. You are
presented with a dialog box that prompts you
for a file name. Change the name if you want
or leave it the same to overwrite the file. The
Document Recovery pane presents recovered
and saved files for you to choose from.
Abandon a recovered file by clicking the arrow
and selecting Close. Word then prompts you
to choose Save As or Delete. Choosing Save
As brings up a dialog box that gives you the
option to rename the file and place it where
you choose on your PC.
Connect Your PC To A Stereo
Revive Your Records, Transform Your Tapes, Or Just
Play
Over the years, you’ve amassed an eclectic music
collection to rival that of your favorite radio station.
If you’re the person your friends turn to for a rare
Beatles B-side or an import CD that’s impossible to
find in any music store, you probably have enough
LPs and cassette tapes to fill a closet or two. But
now that we’re firmly entrenched in a digital age of
music defined in terms
of CDs and MP3 players,
those classics you have
preserved on vinyl have
been collecting dust.
Getting your music fix
while you’re working
on your PC can be as
simple as buying and
downloading songs from
Apple iTunes (www.apple.
com/itunes) or ripping (the
process of extracting audio
data from an audio CD to
store on your PC) a CD to
your hard drive, but transferring music from analog
cassettes and LPs to your PC is a slightly trickier (you
can’t exactly create an LP drive you can cram into
your PC) task. So, you’ll have to make an additional
purchase to build a pipeline from your stereo to
your PC, but all you need is an inexpensive cable or
adapter, about 10 minutes to set up a connection, and a
little time to download and install recording software.
Mind Your Y’s
Assuming your PC has three audio portsLine In, Line
Out, and Mic Inbuying a Y-adapter is probably the
cheapest and easiest way to link your PC to a stereo or
an audio component such as a turntable or a cassette
deck. When connecting most audio components
together, the inputs and outputs remain identical. For
example, if you wanted to add a CD carousel to your
stereo receiver, you would probably connect them
with RCA, or composite, audio cables. Typically, these
cables will have left and right plugs for two separate
channels. Because receivers have composite inputs,
connecting audio equipment is exceedingly easy. If
all sound cards for PCs had composite audio inputs,
connecting stereo equipment to your PC would be just
as simple. No such luck. The Line In, Line Out, and
Mic In ports use a single 3.5mm plug instead of RCA
plugs. To make a connection from an audio device, we
bought a Y-adapter audio cable, which has RCA plugs
for RCA outputs on an audio component and a 1/8inch plug for a PC’s audio port.
to the player’s red female output and did the same
with the white male plug and female output. Once we
finished connecting our record player to our PC, we
needed software to harvest our tunes.
Send In The Songs
Technically, you can use
Windows XP’s Sound
Recorder to record music
to your hard drive, but
we don’t recommend it
because it isn’t designed
for serious recording needs
or converting album after
album to a format you can
easily store on your PC.
Instead, we downloaded
Audacity 1.2.3. Not only is it free, but it’s also opensource software, so advanced users can use their
programming skills to make improvements to it. From
Audacity’s home page (audacity.sourceforge.net/), we
clicked Download Audacity 1.2.3 and Audacity 1.2.3
Installer. When we reached the Web page with a table
of host sites (sites with servers that store data you can
retrieve online), we found a U.S. host and clicked the
file icon under the Download column. We waited a
few seconds and clicked Run from the File Download
dialog box.
We connected a record player that uses RCA
outputs to our PC. (The same
process applies to any audio
component with RCA outputs.)
First, though, we connected
our adapter to our PC’s Line
In port. The Line In port is
usually blue, but you should
check your PC’s manual. Don’t
confuse this port with the Line
Out (typically green) port
that’s often used to connect PC
speakers to a PC; the Line Out
port will sit on the sidelines for
most of this project.
After we downloaded the installer, we clicked
Next and the I Accept The Agreement radio button.
Following the wizard’s steps, we clicked Next, Next,
Next, Next, Install, and Finish. When we opened
Audacity, we selected English from the drop-down
menu and clicked OK. From Audacity’s interface, we
opened the File menu and clicked Preferences. In the
dialog box, we clicked the Channels drop-down menu,
selected 2, and clicked OK. Next, we selected Line
In from the drop-down menu in the Audacity toolbar.
When we started playing a record/tape on our player,
we clicked the Record button on Audacity’s interface.
When it finished, we clicked Stop. Because MP3 files
are compressed to save space, we chose to export the
project as an MP3 and clicked File, Export As MP3,
and Save.
Next, we attached our adapter cable to the record
player. We connected the adapter’s red male RCA plug
Audacity also let us record an entire album and break
each track down into its own MP3 file. We clicked
and dragged to select recording portions we wanted to
export, and then we clicked File, Export Selection As
MP3, and Save. We had to listen to our recording to
know where to break it up, but doing this let us record
an album and split the tracks up at our convenience.
Media Show 4 by Cyberlink
Although we were able to record tracks by connecting
the turntable to our PC, we recommend that you first
pass the turntable through a phono pre-amplifier or a
receiver with a phono input for a far better signal.
This article has been obtained from APCUG with
the author’s permission for publication by APCUG
member groups; all other uses require the permission
of the author (see e-mail address above).
Other Options
There may be hundreds of ways to gather, store, view,
edit and show off your pictures and videos. This is one
of the best and easiest I have found so far. Your own
operating system will do a fairly good job of getting
your pictures and videos into your computer for you.
On the net you also have programs that are free like
Picassa, Flickr and You Tube which all do a very good
job of storing and displaying your own work to family
and friends.
The method we described is one of the simplest to
implement, but there are sound cards that have a
plethora of inputs that let users directly connect analog
audio components to PCs without using adapters or
pre-amplifiers. Companies such as Creative Labs
(www.creative.com) and M-Audio (www.m-audio.
com) make sound cards with these inputs. For
example, Creative Labs’
Sound Blaster Audigy 2
ZS Platinum(creative.com)
has these audio inputs:
composite, optical and
coaxial SPDIF (Sony Philips
Digital Interface Format),
MIDI (Musical Instrument
Digital Interface), Line In,
and Microphone In. It also
has software for recording
your own music. Sound cards
like this may be expensive, but they offer enthusiasts
more options.
A review by Terry Oden, President, Macon Computer
User Group, Georgia
www.mcug.org
terryo (at) brmemc.net
One of the things that I liked best about Media Show
was ease of operation. There are only 5 buttons to
control the whole program. Below you’ll find a screen
shot of the second screen you’ll see select the Pictures
button.
Starting with the # 1 button, or the Home button here
you can see all of your different folders and how many
pictures or videos you have in each folder.
Transferring piles of analog tapes and records to your
PC can be a time-consuming endeavor, but if you have
a little time to set up the right equipment and a lot of
patience, you can consolidate those stacks of vinyl and
piles of cassettes into a single, convenient, and digital
location.
by Vince Cogley
Reprinted with permission from Smart Computing
For
the # 2 button you have Create. Here you can do
things like make your own Screen Saver, compose a
movie or DVD. You can print your own pictures or
order prints on line.
Next you have the # 3 button or the Share button. Here
you can share your pictures with friends and family or
up-load them to Flickr. Also, you could upload them to
U-tube with a single click of your mouse, if desired.
The next button # 4 is the View button, here you can
adjust the size of your thumbnails or add any captions
to your pictures. You can also change the color of the
skin of the program (appearance).
The last button or # 5 is the Folder Tools button. Here
you edit, sort, locate, delete or hide some pictures if
you like.
This Media Show 4 is one of the top programs when
it comes to ease of operation, not to mention what the
finished product will look like. To create a movie or
slideshow with sound and motion, fading or cell you
only have to make about three clicks of the
mouse. First you have to decide if you want
background music or not, next select what format
you want to use, and where to save your work in your
computer. Yes, you do have to tell it what pictures
or videos to use! At last, all you do is click the Burn
button and that’s it. Zap you’re done!
Yes, you do have to tell it what pictures or videos to
use! At last, all you do is click the Burn button and
that’s it. Zap you’re done!
To create a DVD it’s very easy. First decide a name
for your DVD. Then pick out a menu style for your
DVD. Now comes the hard part. You must decide
which videos you want to use and if you want any still
pictures in it or not. Yes, once again you have to tell
the program which videos or pictures you want to use.
Next. click on the preview button to see what your
work looks like. If you like it, click on the burn button
and you’re done.
System Requirements
1. Operating System- Windows Vista / XP (with Direct
X 9 or above)
2. Screen Resolution- 800 x 600
3. Printers- All
4. CPU- Intel Pentium D 3.0 GHz, AMD Athlon 64
3500+ or above
5. Sound Card- PCI sound card or on-board audio
6. Memory- 512 MB RAM minimum, 1GB
recommended
7. Hard Disk Space- 1 GB required, 20 GB
recommended for DVD production
8. Graphics Card- Intel 945GM or above-64
MBVRAM or above
9. Optical Drive- A DVD burner (DVD+R/RW or
DVD-R/RW) is required to burn content onto DVD’s
10. Import Devices- Cameras via removable disk
interface-Cameras support Windows Portable devices
interface-Camcorder DV devices via IEEE 1394
(Firewire)
11. Internet Connection- An Internet connection is
required for some upload/download features.
As for the overall way the program works, I’ve not
found a program this large at this cost that operates
so easily and simply. I have found no shortcomings
with this program yet. This is the best program for the
money that can be found, under $50.00.
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Using CrossLoop to Troubleshoot
and Control Remote Machines
By Vinny LaBash, Member and Contributing
Columnist, Sarasota PCUG, Florida
www.spcug.org
vlabash(at)comcast.net
Obtained from APCUG with the author’s permission
for publication by APCUG member groups.
Third party Windows applications are rarely examined
in this column, but CrossLoop is too good a utility to
ignore. Trying to walk someone through a computer
problem over the telephone is often an exercise in
frustration. There is no substitute for seeing what is
actually on a user’s screen to find out the root cause of
a problem.
Vista has a built-in support tool known as Remote
Desktop, but far from making the process easy, it
has a tendency to confuse those with no technical
background. Remote Desktop makes it rough on
those who don’t know how to handle the added
complications of firewalls and routers. CrossLoop,
which is a free remote support utility, could be an
excellent solution.
CrossLoop shields users from tricky situations
involving communicating through routers,
firewalls, and other potential obstacles. Setting up
a communications session between two computers
physically separated, but connected through the
internet, is reduced to a process hardly more complex
than turning on your TV. Those concerned about
security can relax. CrossLoop uses something called
TightVNC which safeguards data with 128 bit
encryption.
Crossloop is useful for people who want to train or
support others remotely. If you’re an experienced web
surfer, for example, and need to show someone how
to access a disk drive or retrieve a lost document,
CrossLoop allows you to take control of their
computer screen, and show them exactly how to do it.
Hard core geeks may not be satisfied with CrossLoop.
It’s not complicated enough. It works better
than most similar commercial utilities, and your
technically challenged friends and relatives will find it
aggravation free.
Another benefit of TightVNC is the built-in 128 bit
encrypted security. When you begin a communications
session, the program generates a new 12 digit access
code. The access code then generates the encryption
codes giving you an additional layer of security. Not
bad for a free utility.
Running the program is so easy it’s almost boring.
As you can see from the illustration, the interface is
simple and straightforward. Assuming you started the
session, the next step is to communicate the access
code to the person you are communicating with. You
can do this by email, telephone, screaming into the
next room, etc.
After starting the session, your friend types the access
code into the box and clicks Connect. When the
Connect button is clicked on both sides the two PCs
are linked.
This method of troubleshooting a remote PC
eliminates all the hassles of trying to interpret what
an inexperienced user is attempting to explain. It’s
difficult to imagine anything less complex than a one
button interface. With 128 bit encryption built in, it’s
tough to beat.
Other applications that make such connections
possible have been available for years, but nothing
I’ve seen makes it as simple as CrossLoop.
You can download the program without charge from
http://www.crossloop.com. The site has a video that
demonstrates how to install and use the program
which is very helpful for technophobes.
Once you’re up and running, the interface presenting
itself is a model of simplicity which effectively masks
the complexity behind the scenes. As mentioned
earlier, security and remote control is handled
by TightVNC. VNC stands for Virtual Network
Computing, and is a very well designed software tool
that easily allows remote access to Operating Systems
with a graphical interface. The technical specifications
say you need Windows 98 or higher. A broadband
internet connection is also a requirement. Dialup
connections won’t work. Drive space, processor speed,
and memory requirements are negligible given the
general power of today’s computers.
This article has been provided to APCUG by the
author solely for publication by APCUG member
groups. All other uses require the permission of the
author (see e-mail address above).
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Your California Legislators Need Your Help
With the extended California budget crisis word has come out that the legislators themselves might not get paid.
We need to show we care. It’s just not right, and we all can help.
Your commitment of:
• One hundred dollars will help them afford the gas for the Lexus SUV which we are already making lease
payments on.
• Two hundred dollars will enable our legislators to be able to afford that lunch at the Ritz. Note: For another
two hundred dollars they can get that fine French wine they like so much.
• One thousand dollars will help pay for the 50” big screen TV they want to get from Circuit City. That way
they can keep up with the news of unemployment rates.
• Three thousand dollars will allow them to pick up that that Armani suit they had to put on lay-away.
• Five thousand dollars they can finally go on the “fact finding” mission to Paris and find out if the French
really do eat more cheese.
HOW WILL I KNOW I’M HELPING
Well since they call a press conference for everything but taking out the trash so you will be able to see in the
news.
HOW WILL THEY NOW I’M HELPING?
Every month you will get a postcard from your legislator with the salutation “To my fellow Americans” – gives
you a warm feeling, doesn’t it.
Simply fill out the form below.
YES, I want to help!
My preference is checked below:
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You may request a autographed picture of the legislators you’ve sponsored. For $50 you can get a bumper
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Mail completed form to your legislator or call 1-888-TOOMUCH now to enroll by phone (Children under 18
must have parent’s approval)
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“Efficiency” is a big buzzword around my office, and
I imagine it’s being bandied about in your world, too.
But what does it mean to be efficient? Is it about speed
or is it about competence? Perhaps it’s a little of both.
Applies to
2007 Microsoft Office system
The word “efficient” has many meanings, all of
them subtly connected. It can indicate effectiveness,
power, proficiency, and even shrewdness — as
in being calculating. To me, the meaning of the
word “efficient” is like music or art — it has many
connotations, and it can be somewhat hard to pin
down or even talk about. Maybe I should just let it
flow through me, and let the gods and goddesses of
economy and performance guide the way.
(Or, better yet, perhaps we need some tools to help us
achieve that perfect sense of efficient-osity.…)
Office can help
You have two hands, two eyes, two ears, one brain
… and 17 things that must get done before the end
of the day. If you’re like me, you try to tackle nine of
them all at once, eventually losing track of what got
done — and what didn’t. I’ve figured out a few ways
to manage all my tasks by making the most of my time
and using the tools that I have access to. I have yet to
achieve perfection through efficiency, but I’m darned
close.
Make a list
Some of the things you set out to do for yourself
today can maybe wait until tomorrow … or the next
day. No, I’m not saying put off today what you can
do tomorrow. What I AM saying is that you are not a
machine. Hey, we’re all very busy and we all have a
lot to do. Meetings, tasks, messages to follow up on
— it’s enough to make a person freeze from indecision
about what to tackle first. But if you don’t take the
time to negotiate your chores (and BREATHE), you
may find that you get none of it done in the time you’d
like.
Office can help by …
Outlook 2007
implemented
a new feature
called the ToDo Bar. And
surprisingly
enough, it
does just what
it implies: It
keeps all of
your to-do
items in one
spot. Prior to
Outlook 2007,
you may have
had tasks,
appointments,
and flagged
messages, but
you had to go
from view to
view to keep
track of all of
them. Well,
no more. The
To-Do Bar in
Outlook 2007 integrates everything right there. And,
as a bonus (if you act today … or really, any other
day), it also integrates all of your OneNote, Project,
and SharePoint Services workspaces.
I’m guessing you can see how the To-Do Bar can
make you more efficient. I mean, no more hopping
around from window to window to try to find what
needs to get done today or even this week.
Take the easy way
Now, I’m sure your parents, bosses, teachers, and
coaches wouldn’t be too thrilled with me if they knew
I was telling you to take the easy way. However, the
easy way doesn’t mean the road more traveled; it can
also mean the road less traveled, and thereby the one
that makes all the difference. In other words, why
spend all that time reinventing the
wheel like your cohorts do every time
you need to create a presentation, a
document, or a brochure?
Office can help by …
Here at Office Online, we have little
template elves whose main job is
to crank out helpful, inventive, and
useful templates that you can use as a
starting point for all your Office needs.
These helpful creatures take care of
the formatting, measuring, element
combining, and so on. All you need to
do is pick the template that best suits
your specific project, download it, and
away you go. You say you don’t like
some of the templates our elves have
created for you? Then change what
you don’t like and create your own
template. Contrary to popular belief,
we don’t keep track of who downloads
what, and we are not going to be tsk-tsking over your
shoulder if you decide that you don’t like the fonts
or the too colorful … colors. A template is merely a
starting point; it will save you time — and make you
look good.
Recycle
I hope I’m correct in assuming that everyone reading
this has hopped on the recycling bandwagon (a
bandwagon made of recycled newspaper, wood, and
bicycle tires). Expand your green-focused mind a bit
to include recycled parts of documents. If you have
items that you constantly reuse — logos, headers and
footers, tables of contents, for example — it would
get mighty tedious (and time consuming) to have to
recreate them in every single document you create.
Office can help by …
In a word (or two): building blocks. These handy little
things are parts that you have predesigned and that
can be popped into any document. It’s like building a
house: Every time you need a brick, you don’t head
out to the field to find your clay and mud, pop the stuff
into a mold and then stick it into a kiln. No; you have
premade bricks — building blocks — on hand. You
just need to put them into place ... brick by brick.
Some building blocks come with Word 2007 — the
ones we thought you might need the most. You can
take these as they are, customize them, download
more from Office Online, or create some of your own.
It’s very simple: You create, just one time, the item
you need to reuse in other documents (such as your
logo that contains an image, a hyperlink, formatting,
and so on). You select that item and then use the Quick
Parts tool to save it as part of a gallery. Next time you
need to insert that item, you simply open up the Quick
Parts galleries and pick the building block you need.
Now this is efficiency at its most powerful. Think of
how many keystrokes and how much brain power
you’ll save by automating with building blocks.
Put things in easy reach
If you’re constantly trying to find commands and
menus while you’re working in an Office program,
chances are you’re spending too much time in the
chase. It used to be that some of these things —
margin settings, mail merge, even word count — were
hidden deeply in the recesses of the various commands
and menus. You (and I) were always having to reach
way far out to accomplish even the simplest of tasks,
and frankly, it was eating up our time. Hey, I have an
idea: Why don’t we make the commands that we need
the most readily available?
Office can help by …
The last lesson in how to be efficient comes to you
by way of the Ribbon, which is part of the Microsoft
Office Fluent user interface. I wrote about the Ribbon
when the 2007 Office release first came out, and
some of you already love it (while others, well, not so
much). Hopefully, those of you who’ve been working
in the 2007 release for a while now love the Ribbon
and can’t imagine ever going back to the old way.
The main purpose of the Ribbon is to make the
commands you need the most, available at your
fingertips. In earlier versions, you often had to use the
Tools | Options menus to hunt for what you needed to
do. And sometimes the command you needed wasn’t
even there, and so you had to continue your search.
With the Ribbon, everything — or mostly everything
— that you need to do is organized in logical groups.
And if the Ribbon, as it is, doesn’t provide enough
options for you, you can create a Quick Access
Toolbar, which contains any command available in
Word. It’s like your own personalized Ribbon.
Of course, as with anything else, you need to take
a little time to familiarize yourself with how the
Ribbon and the Quick Access Toolbar work. If you
don’t do that, you may find yourself cursing these
handy helpers rather than praising them. An ounce of
prevention (training yourself and customizing your
workspace) is worth a pound of cure (the cure being
your increased efficiency, of course).
Final words
And those are my four methods for making sure
you’re getting the most out of your time at work. And
I didn’t offer these so that you can work more hours
in a day, strapped to your chair in an airless room
for days on end. I want you to figure out ways you
can work smarter so that you can finish your work,
get up and out of that chair, and go on with your
life. All work and no play make Jack and Jill very
dull storybook characters (and you, one inefficient,
ineffective, and inadequate part of the workforce). A
little thought to how you can organize your time and
your tasks will save you time and frustration later on.
I suggest you give it a try.
CyberLink DVD Suite 7
By Terry Currier
If you have CyberLink DVD Suite 5 or 6 and just read
the features for version 7, you would probably think
the only changes between them was that they added
support for Blu-ray discs. Well that is partly true, but
they have improved many of the things the product
does and did a good job of modernizing the interface.
My favorite part of the suite is PowerDirector now 7.0.
It makes editing your videos easy. There is a picturein-picture (PiP) feature which makes the video more
interesting. It’s also very easy to create a slide show
“Do not be awestruck by other people and try to copy disc of digital pictures you’ve taken. There are wizards
them. Nobody can be you as efficiently as you can.”
to help you clean up video (lighten, color fix), or audio
— Norman Vincent Peale
(background noise.) Want help with editing? There is
a wizard for that also, including putting a style to it.
About the author
Output it to DVD, iPod, iPhone, PSP, tape, MPEG,
Annik Stahl, the Crabby Office Lady columnist, takes AVI, or even YouTube.
all of your complaints, compliments, and knee-jerk
The Slideshow Designer has been enhanced with more
reactions to heart.
styles to choose from. PhotoNow will let you edit
1. Select Source – choose from files to folders
2. Select Destination – disc, or another hard
drive (much faster). What I like is that you can
include a restore tool (executable file) with the
backup.
3. Select Method – full, differential, or
incremental
4. Back Up Files
images (stills.) You can resize, crop, rotate, remove
red eye, adjust color, brightness and more. They show
you the original and new image side by side so you
can decide how it compares. Magic Motion will add a
motion effect to the photos.
Once you’re done burning the movie watch with the
PowerDVD DVD (including Blu-ray) viewer. It will
also work on other video formats such as MPEG, or
WMV and others. With it you can speed up, slow
down, or pause viewing of the video, and also do
screen captures.
CyberLink DVD Suite 7 allows you to create backups
of your (non-copy protected) disc. It will manually
or automatically shrink large amounts of content into
a set disc space. You can also create a label for the
disc, with paper label or it supports LightScribe and
Labelflash compatible discs.
There is a module for music. It helps you rip CDs,
or create standard, MP3, WMA, or WMA CDs. To
backup up your data you can easily create data disc
onto CDs, DVDs, or even Blu-ray disc.
Their PowerBackup is what I use the most. It is a
simple four step process to back up your hard drive.
The backup can be password protected. You also have
the choice of an drive image back up.
Testing was done on a computer with Vista Business
and 2GB of RAM.
The Ultra version is $109.95 (includes HD support).
The Centra version is $79.95.
You can get it at http://www.cyberlink.com
PlumChoice
By Terry Currier
I must admit I never heard of PlumChoice before I
met with them at CES. PlumChoice provides 24/7
PC support services for home, home office and small
business customers. Just as you’d expect, their people
are all trained and ready to help you fix problems
with your computer. They can help you with anything
from printer problems to getting onto the Internet.
If need be they are able (only with your permission)
to log onto your computer. They see what you see.
During the session, you are in control the whole time.
You can end a session by simply closing the support
window on your desktop. Further still, you are always
in control of your mouse (cursor). During your session
you will see the technician using your cursor to locate
and fix problems. At any time, you can override mouse
control by simply moving your mouse. PlumChoice
support has received Editor’s Choice Awards from
both Laptop and PC Magazine.
So what is the cost?
Well first off they will provide a preliminary free
consultation to the customers. You describe the
problem, and they’ll walk you through what needs to
be done to fix it. They will also provide you with an
estimated quote prior to performing any work.
Service prices range from $25 to $129.00. Many
of the services are priced at a flat rate, including PC
set-up, PC tune-up and spyware and virus removal.
They offer a monthly subscription package for
$24.95 a month for continuous, unlimited service and
maintenance. I had a friend bring over a laptop with
spyware on it. Bestbuy’s Geek Squad quoted him $250
to fix it.
They can work with 374 software and 17 hardware
platforms. Some of the services include:
• locate and remove viruses and install and
configure anti-virus software
• stop pop-ups, remove adware/spyware and
install/configure anti-spyware software
• install home and small office networks
(including wireless networks)
• fix email and software problems
• fix printer, scanner, digital camera and other
peripheral problems
• help with MP3 players (iPod), PDAs and other
mobile devices
• speed up your computer and increase
performance (PC tune-up)
• perform standard maintenance, Windows
updates/patches
• install, configure and train you on new
software and hardware
• assist in data back-up processes, transferring
data from one PC to another
• set-up secure wireless networks
• provide training, or take you shopping online
to find the right product that meets your needs
• fix error messages or frozen screens and much
more!
If they can not fix it on-line they can send a certified
technician to your home or office anywhere in the
continental United States. Most service requests are
fulfilled within 24 hours. ‘Physical’ onsite computer
support fees are $119/hr, and $59.50 for each
additional 30 minutes.
New at CES they announced a new remote PC
support capabilities enabling consumers to receive
on-screen alerts about critical security, backup and
disk health problems, along with instant technician
assistance. The PlumChoice SAFElink™ platform
can display on-screen alerts that warn users about
changes in their virus and spyware protection, protect
a customer’s data by providing timely backup status,
and alert users to changes in a computer’s disk health.
Examples of disk health alerts are high fragmentation
levels, low free disk space, and hard disk error
conditions indicating that the hard drive is in danger of
catastrophic failure.
PlumChoice technicians then offer immediate
assistance to get rid of viruses and/or malware that
may have been caused by the security exposure, and
reestablish the correct protections.
www.plumchoice.com or call 1-888-PLUM-HELP
Are you ready for Southwest
2009?
This year’s event will be held on May 29, 30 & 31 at
the beautiful Town and Country Resort & Convention
Center in San Diego. In this time of economic decline
the registration and hotel room rates remain the same.
Registration is $75.00, however if you register by May
1, the Early Bird special is $60. (Many people have
already registered.) You will find the registration form
at: http://theswcc.org/registration/registration.htm
To obtain the same conference rate as last year ($119
single or double), hotel reservations must be made by
May 1. http://www.theswcc.org/hotel/hotel.htm
Everyone is welcomed - you do not have to be a
member, so bring you wife, husband, brother, sister or
even that neighbor that keeps asking you technology
questions. It really is a lot of fun, and you can learn
something also.
Mr. Bicep, the Muscleman of Technology and
television personality, will kick off the conference
on Friday afternoon with his infamous Gadgets
workshop.
Keynote Speakers
Friday, May 30 4:45 - 5:45
Dixie L. Faries
Management & Program Analyst
National Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)
Coordination Center
U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Dixie Faries is the Management & Program Analyst
for the National IPR Coordination Center in U.S.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE),
Department of Homeland Security, Washington
D.C. The IPR Center is responsible for coordinating
a unified U.S. Government response regarding IPR
enforcement issues.
Saturday, May 31 Breakfast Speaker
Andy Marken
President Marken Communications
Storage: Where Will You Put Your Stuff So You Can
Find It Tomorrow?
2009 Tentative Workshops Topics
IPod / ITunes / IPhone and why they are so much fun
Virtual Reality
Texting
Social Networks - Facebook or You Tube
Green Screens
Preventive Maintenance
Kindle
Viejas Casino and Shopping Outlet
On Thursday, May 28, 2009, a special day trip to the
Viejas Casino and Outlet Center for a fun afternoon of
gaming and shopping is planned. The charter bus will
pick up passengers at the Town & Country at 1pm,
drop them off at the combined casino & outlet center
and return to the Town & Country about 7pm. Seating
is extremely limited so reservations are necessary
and must be made ahead of time. You must be at least
18 years of age and have photo identification. The
casino has 11 slot and video game areas, Vegas style
blackjack tables and a room for serious card players
where they deal Caribbean Stud, Let It Ride, Pai Gow,
Super Pan 8 and baccarat as well as a huge bingo
parlor and an off track betting facility.
In order to confirm your reservation, a non-refundable
deposit of $20.00 is required. Each person will receive
a casino “Fun Book” and discount coupons for the
60-store outlet center plus $10.00 cash to spend as you
like. If the excursion is canceled your deposit will be
refunded. The $20.00 pre-registration fee is due by
April 1, 2009 For more information or to register go to
www.theswcc.org
Golf
Are you interested in joining Al Hill on Friday, May
29 for a round of golf at the Riverwalk Golf Club in
San Diego? It’s just across the street from the Town
and Country Resort & Convention Center.
We can have starting times at 9:00A, 10:00A, 11:00A
or noon. Price is approximately $95, which includes
cart and range balls. If we start at 9:00A we can
have lunch at the Club. The festivities for the SW
Computer Conference begin at 6:00P. If we have 5
foursomes, we can have some prizes. We’ll play a
scramble format. If you are interested, e-mail Al Hill
at booteral@aol.com by April 1 and he’ll send you
more information as it becomes available. Be sure to
indicate your preferred starting time. The most votes
wins!
Digital Photo Contest 2009
Artistry through Technology
ELIGIBILITY
• All conference attendees are invited to enter
the Digital Photo contest.
• A user group with at least one member in
attendance at the conference may also enter
their club’s Digital Photo Contest 1st, 2nd and
3rd place winners.
CATEGORIES
• People
• Nature & Landscape (These pictures include
flowers, landscapes, outdoor scenes, nature
images, sunsets, urban landscapes, seascapes,
cityscapes - to name a few.)
• Animals
• Digital Art (This category is appropriate for
those who dramatically change a photo in
software such as Corel® Painter or Adobe
Photoshop®. This is a category exclusively
showcasing such art. If the digital darkroom
work is the main attraction of the photo, or
plays a big part, enter it here.)
PHOTO FORMAT
• Entries must be taken with a digital camera
• Printed size may be 5x7 to 8-1/2 x 11,
maximum
• Color or black and white
• Do not add borders or frames to the
photograph
CONTEST RULES
• The photo may only be entered in one
category; one entry per person in each
category
• The photographer’s name, name/description
of the photo, category and user group must be
noted on
• the back of the photo
• By entering the contest, you are allowing the
Southwest Computer Conference to publish
the photo on
• its Web site or in other electronic promotional
materials or print media
• Four copies of the entered photo must be
received at the below address by April 25.
Judy Taylour
18727 Nadal Street
Canyon Country CA 91351
Three judges will receive one copy of each photo that
is entered in the contest; one photo will be displayed at
the conference for attendees to vote for Best of Show.
Why do we ask for copies of your photo? Images look
different from one monitor to another. What may be
dark on one monitor may appear extremely light on
another monitor.
• A JPEG (no larger than 5 MB) of each photo
submitted for the contest should be sent to
judytaylour@theswcc.org by May 1 to be
displayed on the conference Website – postconference
• Photos will not be returned
• Copyright photos will not be accepted
JUDGING
Photos will be judged on the print(s) submitted (please
submit your best print(s) using the following criteria:
• Composition (5 points)
• Technical Skill (5 points)
• Visual Impact (10 points)
AWARDS
• 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place will be awarded in each
category
• Best of Show will be awarded to the
photograph that receives the most votes from
the conference attendees
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KIDS JUST SAY THE FUNNIEST THINGS!!!!
1) How Does a Person Decide Who to Marry?
"You got to find somebody who likes the same stuff.
Like if you like sports, she should like it that you like
sports, and she should keep the chips and dip coming." Allan, age 10
"No person really decides before they grow up who
they're going to marry. God decides it all way before,
and you get to find out later who you're stuck with."
Kirsten, age 10
2)Concerning the Proper Age to Get Married
"Twenty-three is the best age because you know the
person FOREVER by then!" Cam, age 10
3)How Can a Stranger Tell if Two People are
Married?
"Married people usually look happy to talk to other
people." Eddie, age 6
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