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Newsletter 17 -Newsletter 17 with Tech Tips and Heartwarming stories Feb 10, 2005

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In this newsletter:

  1. The release of the Oxford English Dictionary Version 3.1 on CD
  2. The 20 Volume Oxford English Dictionary
  3. Collins COBUILD Resource Pack on CD
  4. The reprint of the 1989 Webster's New World Dictionary for Young Readers
  5. Collins COBUILD Student Dictionary - a very good beginners dictionary
  6. Computer Technical Tips: Keeping your computer running.
  7. Some heartwarming successes from a School and Tutoring Center in Miami

The release of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) Version 3.1 on CD

The full license version (not the upgrade) of the OED version 3.1 was released in December, and we have sold large numbers of these with no problems. We installed this ourselves on a machine with two hard drives and two CD drives and installed from the second CD drive F: (on most machines it would be D:) and installed this on the second hard drive D: (on most machines it would be C:). Despite the unusual hardware installation, the installation went fine. We are currently selling the full license version of 3.1 on CD for $215.00. For more information go to http://www.elearnaid.com/oedoxendisee1.html.

Regarding the OED upgrade to version 3.1

Originally we were told this version would be available by September or early October, then mid-October, then January and then the first week of March. Here is what has happened: The upgrade was initially created and different problems with it were found by a Belgium and United States company having to do with the encryption and verification part of the software. However, a Danish firm was responsible for the encryption and verification programming. After a lot of international communication, the Oxford UK office has now stepped in and has given the resolution of the problems top priority. Based on the latest prediction, we should start shipping your upgrade by the 14th or the 15th of March. We have arranged with Oxford University Press to get the upgrade shipped directly from their production facility so we will get the upgrade to you just as soon as possible when it is released.

Because the 3.1 upgrade version of the OED has not been released yet, we are still offering the upgrade to version 3.1 at the prerelease price of only $40.00. (For those who purchased the upgrade at the $35.00 price we will still honor that price.) 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 untill we actually ship the Version 3.1 upgrade. 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 $40.00.

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

The Oxford sale on the 20 Volume Oxford English Dictionary ended in January and they are now selling them for $1,500.00. However, we purchased a large quantity of these before the Oxford sale ended and as a result, we are still offering them at our low price of $865.00. As our inventory goes down we will raise our price. So if you have ever considered owning the twenty volume Oxford English Dictionary set, now may be a good time for you to get it. They are brand new in their original cartons but just to make sure you will receive them in good condition, we pack them in an additional double wall cardboard box. For more information and to order go to http://www.elearnaid.com/oxendic20vol.html.

Collins COBUILD Resource Pack on CD

The Collins COBUILD Dictionary is a dictionary that was written for nonnative speakers of English. It is known for its full sentence definitions that are easy to understand.

This is a unique product that contains the Collins COBUILD Advanced Learners Dictionary with the COBUILD English Usage Guide, the COBUILD English Grammar and the COBUILD Thesaurus.

The contents fully install to disk and you can search on the index or the full content of the above mentioned references. Searching on the content is great for research purposes but it is also enables you to find a word you want to use that you can not remember. For example, I wanted to write a friend about a food dish made with sesame seeds but could not remember it, so I did a definition search on sesame seeds. Instantly, I had the word I was looking for.

For more information go to http://www.elearnaid.com/colcoboncdro1.html.

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

We have had more difficulty than anticipated in getting the 1989 Webster’s New World Dictionary for Young Readers scanned so it can be reprinted. We now expect to start shipping this dictionary in March or April.

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.

If you want to get this dictionary as soon as it becomes available, we are taking advanced orders. 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.

Collins COBUILD Student Dictionary - a very good beginners dictionary

The least advanced COBUILD Dictionary with a simpler grammar. The COBUILDs are known for easy to understand full sentence definitions and real full sentence examples. The price on this dictionaray is $16.48. This is a very good dictionary for a young person learning English or as the first dictionary for learner of English as a second language. Its simple full sentence definitions are the reason.

Here is an example: lavish lavishes, lavishing, lavished.

1. ADJ If you describe something as lavish, you mean that a lot of time, effort, or money has been spent on it to make it as impressive as possible. ...a lavish party. lavishly ADV IBM spent lavishly on their workers' education.
2. ADJ If you say that something is lavish, you mean it is extravagant and wasteful. ...stealing antique jewellery and paintings to finance a lavish lifestyle.
3 VERB If you lavish something such as money, affection, or time on someone or something, you spend a lot of money on them or give them a lot of affection or attention. Prince Sadruddin lavished praise on Britain's contribution to world diplomacy... The emperor promoted the general and lavished him with gifts.

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We also have the Collins COBUILD Compact Dictionary

This is a less expensive version of the Collins COBUILD Student Dictionary. This dictionary is an inexpensive version of the Cobuild Student Dictionary. It is printed in one color instead of two and it does not have all the usage notes that are in the student dictionary. It also does not have the English Grammar, Illustrations and the References Pages (Punctuation, Times and Dates, Telling the Time and Greetings and Goodbyes).

For more information go to http://www.elearnaid.com/cococoendi.html

Computer Technical Tips: Keeping your computer running

In the last issue I covered what to do if your computer slows down suddenly. This is available at http://www.elearnaid.com/cotetihowtod.html. In that article, I mentioned that although your computer permanently stores data on your hard disk drive, the central processing unit never directly accesses the data but instead reads it into the memory chips in your computer. This explains why if your computer suddenly stops running you will lose all the data you recently put into your computer that has not been written to your hard drive yet. The memory stored in memory chips is lost when you lose power but the memory stored on your hard disk drive is stored as magnetic impulses which are not dependant on electrical power to persist. However, if the computer is writing to the hard disk drive and you lose power, this can cause corruption of the data on the drive and you may get a message that Windows is having to verify and correct the content of the hard drive when you reboot the computer next time.

To make sure your latest data is not lost and to make sure the data on your hard disk drive is not corrupted, you want to make sure your computer has a reliable source of power. A good and inexpensive way to do this is to get a small Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) for every computer you use. These have a battery that is used to maintain the power supply when the current drops, and they have surge suppressors to keep high voltages from damaging your computer. Not only will your data be protected but your computer also will last longer. Electrical fluctuation is a major cause of computer failure.

Computers used to be much more expensive and most businesses with computers had service contracts where a company would guarantee to come out and fix your computer if it broke. Since they charged a fixed fee whether your computer broke or not they did not want your computer to break. Whenever their technicians were not busy handling broken computers they would visit working sites and vacuum out the computer because of dust build up. Dust can damage a computer because it prevents cooling and can cause static electricity problems. The large chips often generate a lot of heat. They may have heat sinks on them and often with a fan on top of the heat sink. I have seen the fins of the heat sink entirely covered with dust to the point where air could not flow despite the fan and the chip had overheated and started to fail. So periodic cleaning of your computer at least once a year is vital.

A Heatsink without a fan

Whenever you hear a computer making a lot of noise you should take it apart and either replace the fan or the disk drive (floppy, hard or CD/DVD etc). These are the only things that have moving parts on most computers. Usually, it is the fan. It can be the fan in the power supply (some heavy duty power supplies have two fans) or one of the fans on top of a heat sink. You just have to locate the source of the noise or spin the fans and see which one does not spin easily. If you do not want to do this yourself, take it somewhere where they will service your machine.

A power supply from a PC

Some heartwarming successes from a School and Tutoring Center in Miami

"A very distraught social worker for a court-appointed children and families center called me a week ago. She wanted to know if we could assist a teenager that is having a horrible time in school and is ready to drop out. This boy and his family came over, and what a sweetheart! He was smiling from ear to ear when he heard about our program. His parents were happy too and enrolled him. The social worker comes to tour HELP Miami later this week as she hopes to set up more referrals. Her exact words, ‘This is SO needed! You guys treated my client like he mattered and have given him an opportunity to actually get help. He is so excited and his mother is so relieved.’

And one more story: An 11-year-old boy started last week at HELP. This boy has been in emotionally handicapped classes at a local school for children with disabilities. He is extremely withdrawn and shy. Turns out he has two friends at HELP that came from the same school about six months ago. Anyway, the mother came to meet with Morgan and me after his fifth day here. She said her son is totally different, calmer and even went fishing...an activity he had not done for years. He is talking at dinner and talking with his brothers and sisters and LAUGHING too. He even stopped wetting the bed, something his doctor attributed to stress. The boy is very happy. He tests out low in everything except science...a subject he loves. When I saw his high school-level science score and his 3rd grade reading level, I pointed out that he COULD learn and does have the capability to retain data IF he is interested! Mom agreed and the boy is happy as his reading program consists of mainly science books!" Barbie Rivera

These stories came from HELP Miami and occurred over a one week period and similar stories occur every week. The school does charge for their full time study programs and trains tutors for free and gives free tutoring.

HELP Miami is a non-profit, charitable organization. They could use donations for new furniture, better classroom storage, a vacuum and more. If you could help them write grant requests or would like to send them a check please do so:

For more information on HELP Miami go to http://www.elearnaid.com/rivera.html.

HELP Miami
13828 SW 56th Street
Miami, FL 33175
Tel: 305-752-4003

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