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Newsletter # 16 - 3 Dec 2004

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In this newsletter:

  1. The future release of the Oxford English Dictionary Version 3.1 on CD
  2. Gifts that promote understanding
  3. New Product: A reprint of the 1989 Webster�s New World Dictionary for Young Readers
  4. Health � We now carry the Green Star Juicer
  5. Computer Technical Tips: How to determine why you computer has slowed down - Continued.

The future release of the Oxford English Dictionary Version 3.1 on CD

Originally we were told this version would be available by Mid October and sadly we passed this information on in our last newsletter. The Mid October release did not happen, that latest I have heard is that the full version will be available by Mid December but the upgrade to 3.1 will not be available till January. These dates could change but hopefully not again! Because 3.1 has not been released yet we are still offering the upgrade to version 3.1 at the prerelease price of only $35.00. The list price on the upgrade is $79.95.

The upgrade will include almost 2,000 newer entries that have been added to the OED since 1997 and have been available only to on-line OED subscribers until now. Once this product is released we will probably have to charge more as we are getting special prerelease pricing from Oxford. To purchase this as a prerelease item please do not include other items with your order and we will not actually charge your card till we actually ship the Version 3.1. You can of course make additional orders for other items that are available now.

To purchase the upgrade, go to http://www.elearnaid.com/oxendiupfrve.html

If you are upgrading from version 3.0 you will get the following improvements:

More complex searches can be done with logical operators, case sensitive searching, exact character searching and with an extended range of wild card options and much more.

Automatic look-up feature enables fast access to the OED headwords from any Microsoft Office 97, 2000 or XP.

If you are upgrading from 2.0 you will get all the improvements that were in 3.0 plus 3.1 all for $35.00.

All of the details are at http://www.elearnaid.com/oxendiupfrve.html

If you are thinking of purchasing the Oxford English Dictionary on CD as a holiday present I would recommend our package deal where you get 3.0 shipped now and the 3.1 upgrade when it comes out. That way, if Version 3.1 is delayed again you will still have something to give. This package is only $225.00. Go to http://www.elearnaid.com/oxcldi.html for more information.

For the ultimate Dictionary gift we have the 20 Volume Oxford English Dictionary and the one Volume Compact with magnifying glass in stock. We also have The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary which is great for the lover of Shakespeare who does not need a dictionary that has definitions and usage examples all the way back to 1150AD. (The Shorter goes back to 1700 but includes Shakespearean English.) Go to http://www.elearnaid.com/oxcldi.html for more information on Oxford's Classic dictionaries

Gifts that promote understanding:

How about giving dictionaries on CD this holiday season. I gave out the Random House Webster's Unabridged Dictionary to dozens of my friends and associates last year. Several people thanked me for this and one person went out of his way to not only thank me but to tell me how much he had used it. Since this is an excellent, unabridged dictionary, no one should be insulted by receiving it. We are selling it for only $5.75 and only 4.00 if you order 25 or more. How about surprising your friends this year with a Dictionary instead of just a card.

For inexpensive less advanced dictionaries we have two that were not available last year in a CD only format. Of particular note is the Longman Advanced Learners Dictionaries this dictionary is unique because it is an English as a Second Language dictionary that has word histories for about half the words but this is only on the CD and not on the paper version. So CD users actually get a better dictionary. The CD is only $13.27. For more information go to http://www.elearnaid.com/loadamdicdfo.html or go to http://www.elearnaid.com/londic.html to view all of the Longman Dictionaries we carry.

Another very good dictionary that is considerably more extensive and not that much more difficult than the Longman�s is the Oxford Concise Dictionary. We have this on CD for $9.95 and only $6.50 each if you want to order 25 or more for your friends. This is a well know dictionary that is noted for accuracy and straightforward definitions and word histories. For more information go to http://www.elearnaid.com/conoxdictene.html. For more information on our entire line of Dictionaries on CD go to http://www.elearnaid.com/dictionaryoncd.html.

We also have the Cobuild Dictionary on CD for only $10.00. The Cobuild dictionaries are liked for their long definitions that explain what the word tries to communicate and how it would be used. It is a unique approach and that often communicates the concept much better than the short definitions found in most dictionaries. Go to http://www.elearnaid.com/basiccobuildcd.html or for more information on our entire Cobuild line go to http://www.elearnaid.com/collinscobuild.html.

With so many dictionaries on CD it is a good idea to put the dictionaries on your laptop computer. If you do not have one you can get one. You do not need a super fast one but one with a hard disk drive of at least 2GB (2 * 1,073,741,824 bytes). You can get a used one if you like for $250.00 and up. With 6GB you have enough room to put on Encyclopedias, Atlases and all the Dictionaries you could want so you can have these references every where you study. This might be a gift you want to give to yourself!

My own laptop recently broke and I had to use a paper dictionary. Besides being slower, if there was a definition I was not sure about I could not easily consult other dictionaries in seconds they way I can with my Laptop. Once you start using a laptop to lookup words you will not want to be without it.

For young Children we have The Oxford Picture Dictionary for Kids for 11.95. For more information go to http://www.elearnaid.com/oxpicdicfork.html or and for all of our picture dictionaries go to http://www.elearnaid.com/picdic.html.

New Product: A reprint of the 1989 Webster�s New World Dictionary for Young Readers

We are pleased to announce that we will have a brand new reprint of the 1989 Webster�s New World Dictionary for Young Readers. Some of our customers told us that this is a better dictionary than the Webster�s New World Student Dictionary which replaced the Young Readers and asked us to reprint it. So we are in the process of getting it printed now and we should start shipping this dictionary some time in January.

If you want to get this dictionary as soon as it become available, we are taking advanced order. It is currently priced at only $35.00 and $24.50 each if you order ten or more. For more information go to http://www.elearnaid.com/wenewwodifor.html.

Health � We now carry the Green Star Juicer

Many of our customers have purchased We Want to Live or The Recipe for Living without Disease. Both are by Aajonus Vonderplanitz. In The Recipe for Living without Disease he recommends the Green Star Juicer. Since I already had a Champion, I made do with the Champion but I recently decided to get the Green Star Juicer for myself and stock them for the store. The manufacture claims that the juice produced is more stable and has a significantly higher mineral content. This I can not verify but can say the juice is tastier and seems less watery and there is more of it. The Champion produced a wet pulp and ran at very high speed that heated the juice while the Green Star Juicer produces a very compressed dry pulp and the juice has not been heated. In short you get more juice from your vegetables and fruit and of a better quality. Another major advantage is that you can juice as much as you want and do not have to break down the machine after every cup the way I did with the Champion because its screen would fill up with pulp and become very inefficient after the first cup of juice. For more information go to http://www.elearnaid.com/grst20ju.html

Computer Technical Tips: How to determine why you computer has slowed down � Continued.

Most of us have experienced our PCs slowing down to a crawl and thought the worst! A virus must have taken over our computer. There is a way to find out which program is hogging resources and causing your computer to slow down.

For Windows XP and 2000 there is a program that allows you to see which program is causing the problem. You can also purchase programs like this for the earlier Windows operating systems. You hit the Ctrl, Alt and Delete keys together and this program will start up. It is called Windows Task Manager in XP but it might have a slightly different name in Windows 2000 and all the directions that follow may be slightly different for Windows 2000. The performance tab shows a graph of the CPU (Central Processing Unit) usage and the Page file usage history.

Usually if there is a problem the CPU will show that it is running all of the time or 100%. I covered how to handle this last month. To see this go to http://www.elearnaid.com/cotetihowtod.html.

The lower displays show page file usage. (A "page" is a contiguous group of memory.) However, on every XP machine I have ever seen the graph is just a straight line and does not show very much. For this reason I recommend FreeMeter. As its name implies it is free though there is a more robust version that you have to pay for. FreeMeter does show page file usage and is available from http://www.tiler.com/freemeter/. But first, what is so important about page file usage is that it can indicate that you need more memory or one of your programs is utilizing a lot of memory. Now to explain this... Memory is permanently stored on your hard disk drive but a hard disk drive is too slow for a processor to directly access the hard drive so it always runs programs and accesses data from the memory on chips. Most machines do not have enough memory to run all of the programs and the data these programs use simultaneously. The PC saves sections of memory that has not been used for a while in the Page file or swap file (older versions of windows) on your hard disk drive. Instead of just a read you have a read and a write. Or if you are switching between programs that have already been read you have reads and writes occurring that would not have to occurred at all if there was enough memory. This is can really slow you computer down. FreeMeter displays a set of meters that show up in the lower right hand area of your screen called Systray. (see picture above) You will be able to see what is happening so you can observe if one particular program is causing a problem or the problem is just not enough memory. It is a great program to have. The other nice thing about FreeMeter is that it also works on Windows 95 and up and older versions of windows did not come with a utility that like this.

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