Monday, April 27, 2009

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PC Repair and Maintenance: A Practical Guide is a reader-friendly guide to repairing computers (running either Microsoft Windows 95, 98, Me, 2000, or XP) through easy-to-understand language, detailed diagrams, and video tutorials.

The book emphasizes that a deep understanding of “how a computer works” is not necessary to diagnose and repair problems; it concentrates on practical, “hands-on” solutions that can be implemented right away. Focusing mainly on installing and troubleshooting hardware, the book also provides solutions to common operating system-related problems. In addition, thorough explanations for selecting re-placement and expansion components without paying top dollar are providedhelping users get the most out of their newly repaired PC. Regardless of your level of experience, this is the perfect resource for anyone who wants to repair a computer or is considering a career in the computer repair business.

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Text covers computers running Microsoft Windows 9x, 2000, Me, and XP. Includes various video tutorials on the companion CD-ROM, including how to install a memory card, remove a hard drive, and more. Softcover. DLC: Microcomputers–Maintenance and repair.
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Sunday, April 12, 2009

Setoguchi, the Sharks ought to keep the same approach they've had since Day One.

In his first full NHL season, San Jose Sharks right wing Devin Setoguchi has established himself as a formidable offensive force for the league's top team.

Before the start of the 2008-09 season, first-year Sharks coach Todd McLellan, a former assistant coach for the Detroit Red Wings, opted to put Setoguchi on the team's first line alongside two standout veterans — Joe Thornton, a center, and left wing Patrick Marleau, the captain.

The move paid off.

The Sharks went 9-0-1 over their first 10 home games at HP Pavilion, which is affectionately referred to as the Shark Tank. They went 32-5-4 at home this season. And they wrap up the regular season with a road game against the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday.

San Jose (53-16-11) has earned 117 points and will enter the playoffs as one of the favorites to capture Lord Stanley's Cup.

Detroit, the reigning champion, is a legitimate contender again, possibly the team the Sharks will meet in the Western Conference finals if both teams advance to the penultimate round of the playoffs.

According to Setoguchi, the Sharks ought to keep the same approach they've had since Day One.

Key contributor: San Jose right wing Devin Setoguchi has 30 goals and 33 assists in his first full NHL season. The Sharks lead the league in points (117). SAN JOSE SHARKS

"I think we've got to keep going and doing the little things right," he told The Japan Times by telephone from San Jose, Calif., before a recent morning practice.

"We need to continue to work as hard as we can in every game. If we work hard, our skills will take over."

Exhibit A: The Sharks are 6-3-1 over their past 10 games.

Setoguchi, who turned 22 on New Year's Day, is No. 3 on the team in points, with 30 goals and 33 assists in 80 games. He has a respectable plus-17 rating, 10 power-play goals and three shorthanded tallies.

Thornton leads the team with 85 points (25 goals, 60 assists), while Marleau has 37 goals and 33 assists.

Overall, the Taber, Alberta, product is pleased with his productivity this season.

"When I am playing my best," he said. "I am using my speed as much as I possibly can to get in and out of spots to get to loose pucks. I think I've got a good shot as well. I key on it as much as I can during a game."

McLellan described Setoguchi's shooting skills as extraordinary.

"He's quick," McLellan told "Where he's good is he's tenacious. And he releases the puck. He's prepared to shoot it all the time, which when you put a young player on a line with two dominant bodies like Joe and Patty, a lot of times they're dishing it off and not prepared to take the puck and go with it. . . . They want him to shoot. So it works well for him and he's learned how to use that."

That's been evident all season. In the season's first 40 games, Setoguchi had 19 goals and 21 assists. Over the past 10 games, he has four goals and three assists — solid numbers — and a good sign with the playoffs just around the corner.

Setoguchi has also learned the value of paying attention to details during pregame meetings.

"We always do a goalie report before every game," was the way Setoguchi described a key element of those meetings.

He added: "So we kind of know what to expect before every game. In a game, it happens so quickly, so you have to read the goalie and get the shot off as quick as possible."

I asked Setoguchi to describe the thought process behind taking a shot, and he blurted out these words: "It's a spur-of-the moment (thing) during the game. You've got to make it count."

So who's the toughest goalie you've ever played against?

First day: Children run around at Makuhari International School in Chiba Prefecture on Saturday. KYODO PHOTO

First 'Japanese' international school debuts

CHIBA (Kyodo) The first international school to adopt the Japanese education system opened its doors Saturday in Chiba's booming Makuhari area.

First day: Children run around at Makuhari International School in Chiba Prefecture on Saturday. KYODO PHOTO

About 170 children, accompanied by their parents and guardians, attended the entrance ceremony at Makuhari International School. The new facility, which operates kindergarten and elementary school programs, is situated in Mihama Ward, Chiba.

Principal Paul Rogers of Britain said at the ceremony he was proud to be able to welcome the students and that he was aiming to make MIS the best international school in the world.

The school is certified as an educational institution operating under the supervision of the Education, Culture, Sports and Technology Ministry.

Schools that hold classes mainly in English or other foreign languages usually cannot be certified as Japanese education facilities in light of the rigorous curriculum guidelines set by the education ministry.

But MIS has taken advantage of a special deregulation program that allows more flexible application of the guidelines.

Since MIS operates under the Japanese education system, students there will have no trouble switching to regular Japanese schools or moving on to Japanese elementary or junior high schools.

All classes, except Japanese-language courses, are conducted in English to cater to children of foreign nationals working in Japan and Japanese children who have returned from abroad.

The school will accept students aged from 3 to 9, or fourth-graders, in its first year. It plans to add fifth-graders in its second year and sixth-graders from 2011.

Teachers have been recruited from five countries, including Canada and New Zealand.
When Harry (Rob Estes) and Debbie Wilson (Lori Loughlin) relocate their family to Beverly Hills from Kansas, it doesn't take long for Annie Wilson (Shenae Grimes) and her brother Dixon (Tristan Wilds) to realize Beverly Hills is a world very different than their life in Kansas as they begin school at West Beverly Hills High School. The close-knit relationship between Annie and Dixon allows them to cope with new classmates, including Naomi (AnnaLynne McCord), a spoiled rich girl; Ethan (Dustin Milligan), a popular jock who instantly views Dixon as a rival; Navid (Michael Steger), a reporter for the school's newscast; and Erin "Silver"(Jessica Stroup), a girl who rebels from "normal" Beverly Hills behavior. Even the faculty has a different nature than that of their Kansas school, including teacher Ryan Matthews (Ryan Eggold) and guidance counselor Kelly Taylor (Jennie Garth).

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It's been a tough couple of years for car companies, especially American ones, and it showed at

It's been a tough couple of years for car companies, especially American ones, and it showed at this year's New York International Auto Show, which opened to the public yesterday and will run through April 19. Sure, there were some fun concepts revealed at the show, like the sleek and bat-like Hyundai Nuvis Hybrid and GM and Segway's confounding PUMA. But the hot tech and accessories that we look for were mainly absent, and when we saw them, they weren't particularly impressive (see Honda's dog-friendly concept and Ford's R.F.I.D.-based Transit Connect concept). Instead of seeming like creative, new ideas, these concepts seemed like fancy (but not too expensive!) decoys, meant to distract audiences and press from looming bankruptcies and restructurings. So, what's the good news? Car companies emphasis on delivering cars with better fuel efficiency numbers seemed real this year, with a real shift in emphasis from mph to mpg. Read more about it after the jump.

Last year after attending the New York International Auto Show, we looked to the experts and asked if the show was finally going green. The answers were mixed, but one thing seemed clear: Though the show had plenty of hybrid and electric concepts, the big and exciting launches were muscle cars like the Dodge Challenger that didn't take the fuel efficiency into account.

This year, it was a completely different scene, and not just because it was unclear which of the brands in attendance will actually survive the economic downturn and coming "Carpocalypse." One encouraging trend was that although gas prices are far lower than they were last summer, mpg figures have replaced mph ones as the first thing we learned about cars at the show.

It used to be you could ask a representative about a particular car or truck's mileage, and his answer would be vague, or a straight out "I don't know." It just wasn't on anybody's mind. This year, there were no "green" Hummers to insult our intelligence. Instead, Mitsubishi confirmed that its electric car, the iMiev is coming to the U.S., hopefully sometime before 2012. Scion unveiled a "micro-subcompact," the iQ. While most concepts take many years to see the light of day (or are never produced), the Times points out that the Scion iQ is a different kind of concept, one that started with a stock car, the Toyota iQ, instead of a whimsical idea.

Mercedes debuted a powerful but hybrid SUV, the ML 450. Even the company's high horsepower E63 AMG (starting at $85,000 +) uses 12% less gas than its predecessor. It's still a woefully inefficient car, but that sort of note in a press release struck us as important: Mercedes doesn't make sports car/sedan hybrids for Toyota Prius customers, but what we're seeing is incremental improvements in fuel economy across the board, even where cars haven't gone hybrid or electric. The GMC Terrain SUV was another example of this trend--it's a new, non-hybrid SUVs that get 30 mpg on the highway.

Fully electric cars like the iMiev, the Chevy Volt and others won't hit dealerships until 2010 at the very, very earliest. But our infrastructure may not be quite ready to charge massive numbers of batteries using clean energy so that we don't have to run our cars on coal--that's the kind of work that needs to be done in tandem with the development of affordable electric cars. We're getting there, but it's heartening to see, in the meantime, that the economic crisis has lead consumers, and therefore manufacturers to care about fuel efficiency. Here's hoping that at next year's show car companies (and the entire economy) will seem healthier, but that the focus on greener cars will remain.