Happy New Year!
Ring it In!
12/22/2009 10:00:00 AM
Whenever I go home to visit my parents, I always assume a handful of new roles — I become the after-dinner dishwasher, the family chauffeur, and appropriately, my parents' personal tech support. As I go home for the holidays this week, I'll likely be asked to help fix the webcam that "used to be there" or make the font size "so I can see it again." I'll also perform a few regular maintenance tasks that my parents don't even know to ask about, such as running a virus scan, uninstalling unused applications and upgrading their software to the latest versions.
I know this phenomenon isn't unique to just my family. If you're unofficial tech support for family this holiday season like I am, one of the things you'll want to consider is checking that your family is using the latest version of their browser. Why? For me, an up-to-date browser makes a huge difference: not only so that my parents can get to what they need when they're on the web, quickly and easily — whether they're writing email, viewing photo albums online, reading cross-stitching blogs or checking the weather in Chicago — but also so that I can rest assured that they'll be browsing the web more safely and securely with the latest version of the browser with security updates. (More selfishly, a new or up-to-date browser would also make their computer notably faster when I'm visiting home and using their machine!)
Most browsers have released major updates over the past year, and to ensure your family is getting the most speed and security out of their web experience, you can help your family upgrade to the latest version of Google Chrome, Firefox 3.5, Opera 10, Safari 4, or Internet Explorer 8 — just to name a few modern browsers. Moreover, teaching your family what a web browser is and how to update it can help your family keep themselves up-to-date throughout the year. The browser is perhaps the most important piece of software on our computers, as we depend on it to get to the websites and web applications we use every day.
You can also check out Google Pack, a collection of free Google and third-party software that's ready to use in just a few clicks. From anti-virus software to keep a computer more secure and voice applications like Skype to help you keep in touch once you leave, to Google applications like Google Earth (where you can track Santa over Christmas), Google Pack's applications help your family get the most out of their computer.
Happy holidays, one and all — and happy trails on the web!by Jeffrey Chang, Associate Product Manager, Google Chrome Team
(emphasis added)Heavy seismic activity at BSU - UI game
by Nishi Gupta
Idaho's NewsChannel 7
Posted on November 16, 2009 at 10:42 PM
Updated today at 5:06 AM
BOISE -- Scientists say the Boise State University faithful literally rocked Bronco stadium Saturday during the BSU-UI game. A group of BSU students recorded seismic activity underneath the stadium for a project.
The preliminary results for the first half hour of the game are in. The most ground shaking happened during touchdowns, but it was even louder during turnovers. Fans around the stadium got on their feet at the same time causing the meters to spike.
"A turnover is unexpected and it's an abrupt event that happens unlike sometimes a touchdown you know the teams can be
kind of moving down the field and it becomes inevitable that they'll get a touchdown so the crowd reaction appears to
be strongest during turnovers. That's what we're finding", BSU Geosciences professor Matt Haney said.
Haney says the Vandal touchdown in the first quarter barely registered.