Wednesday, August 11, 2004

 

Cracktalk Newsletter Aug 8-2004

Crack Talk - 8-5-4
Terry Blount
cracktalk@gmail.com

I selected articles from the May - August member's edition of cracktalkand converted the text to html so the links will be easy to open and putit online. http://home.mchsi.com/~Readers/May-Aug.zip
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Security Update Fixes Critical IE Flaws
http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1759,1629559,00.asp?kc=EWRSS03129TX1K0000614
Microsoft Warns of Three Critical IE Flaws http://cio-today.newsfactor.com/story.xhtml?story_id=26133
Go to Tools/Windows update to get the patches... however, it seems thatsince I applied the new patch I have to load web pages twice to get themto appear. When I click on a link it just opens a blank page and saysdone. I suspect they need to patch the patch.
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Microsoft will finalize the code for Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2)sometime today, release it via Microsoft Download Center and MSDN onthe Web tomorrow, and then ship it to customers via Windows Updatebeginning August 25, though Automatic Update users will get itimmediately on a staggered basis.
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Business Software Alliance - The Microsoft Police
Here are some of they facts about how the BSA operates. I found itinteresting that they only have 13 members and they use their "audit"power to comb through a company's PC stock, matching installed programswith licenses. Companies that come up short can be forced to pay bigfines and buy tons of new licenses. (and simply upgrade older version)http://news.com.com/Software+piracy:+Hype+versus+reality/2008-7343_3-5291273.html
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1and1.com - Account Hijacking
Like most people I don't read all the "fine print" and didn't know that1and1.com web hosting would freeze/lock an account if too many visitorsvisited a site.... AND shut down all access and hold data for ransom.But that's what they have done to my site.
It is not unusual that a web hosting service has a limit and will closethe service if the monthly quota is exceeded... TILL the next month. Andweb host don't lock FTP access and tell members that they must pay to gettheir data back. This is the way 1and1.com works.
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Doom 3 leaked to the Internet
Thousands of copies of Doom 3 have apparently already been downloadedfrom the Internet. The official shipping date is August 3 2004.http://www.tomshardware.com/hardnews/20040802_153541.html
Pirates who download Doom 3 may be in for a surprise when the game failsto install on their system, as the hardware requirements aresubstantial.
'Doom 3' may doom users' current systems
System requirements, which are the minimum components needed in a PC toplay the game, are often souped up compared to the average system. For"Doom 3" they include, according to Amazon.com: Microsoft Windows2000/XP, a 1.5GHz Pentium 4 or an equivalent AMD Athlon processor, 384MBof RAM and various high-end video cards.http://news.com.com/'Doom+3'+may+doom+users'+current+systems/2100-1043_3-5295390.html
You have to carefully read the system requirements of games these days.My boys bought 2 $40 games that would not run on their computers.Walmart will only replace software with the same software when it'sdefective.
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57 people have been arrested in a weekend operation targeting music,film and computer game piracy in the UK. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/3534364.stm
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Plenty FREE music here - some commercial free http://live365.com/
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The Long View on Longhorn
If you want a good look at what the next version of Windows is aboutthis is a good overview. http://www.technewsworld.com/story/35489.html
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The National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday that the FederalAviation Administration should require babies to be in infant seatsduring flights, which would mean parents would have to purchase ticketsfor little ones.. F.A.A. said that requiring parents to buy an additionalticket for children under 2 years old would make some of those familiesdecide to travel by car instead, raising the overall risk.
...Hold on a miunte... ins't the National Transportation Safety Board thesame folks who have decided that seat belts on school busses is not necessary?

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7,000 Sources... Or Just A Few Favorites?
For all the hype about how good Google News is for putting together anautomated snapshot of the news of the day, an analysis of the front pageof Google News found that they seem to rely on just a few sources forall of their main stories. http://techdirt.com/articles/20040802/1336203.shtml
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Firewall FAQ
Here are 15 frequently asked questions regarding firewalls. We've alsoprovided some additional resources for your research. http://techrepublic.com.com/5100-6264_11-5279595.html?tag=e101
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Security Management - July 2004
Help: I Got Hacked. Now What Do I Do? Cleaning a Compromised System What Tools Will Help? Salvaging Data in the Absence of Backups Recovering After an Attackhttp://www.microsoft.com/technet/community/columns/secmgmt/sm0704.mspx?pf=true
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Amazing photos
http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/archivepix.html
Here are two that caught my attention http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap040802.html http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap040730.html
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Largest FREE wi-fi network
Panera Bread is now offering Wi-Fi high-speed wireless internet access —free of charge — in bakery-cafes across the country. If your computer isWi-Fi enabled, you can connect to the Internet wirelessly while at yourPanera. http://www.panerabread.com/wifi.aspx
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Justice Department attempting to remove public documents from libraries
The topics addressed in the named documents include information on howcitizens can retrieve items that may have been confiscated by thegovernment during an investigation. The documents to be removed anddestroyed include: Civil and Criminal Forfeiture Procedure; SelectCriminal Forfeiture Forms; Select Federal Asset Forfeiture Statutes;Asset forfeiture and money laundering resource directory; and CivilAsset Forfeiture Reform Act of 2000. Destroying these documents frompublic libraries would make their content available only to those withaccess to a law office or law library. http://scoop.agonist.org/story/2004/8/3/84635/46365
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I don't remember ever mentioning a "Mac OS" tip but here is one I haveread that really works great to speed up a Mac. It's worth reading abouteven if you never intend to use a Mac. http://lowendmac.com/benchmarks/iisi.shtml
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Windows XP Super Tweaks http://www.blackviper.com/WinXP/supertweaks.htm
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Political Humor at it's best http://politicalhumor.about.com/
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Pentagon Looks to Directed-Energy Weapons
It just feels like your skin is on fire," said Rich Garcia, a spokesmanfor the laboratory who, as a test subject, has felt the Active DenialSystem's heat. "When you get out of the path of the beam, or shut offthe beam, everything goes back to normal. There's no residual pain.http://www.newsisfree.com/iclick/i,46237472,1466,f/
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Portable Video Players
These compact players have room for up to 80 hours of video — that'sall five seasons of The Sopranos, the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and sixhours of Thighmaster infomercials.
Built-in video screens about 3.5 inches across provide a crisp picturefor personal viewing, while output jacks allow them to be plugged into aTV screen for a more panoramic experience.
Users can record TV programs off the air, download movies from theInternet or copy vacation videos from their own camcorders. http://www.newsisfree.com/iclick/i,46412940,1846,f/
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D-Link today announced what it says is the first 802.11g wirelessInternet security camera with remote pan, tilt and zoom features. http://www.dlink.com/products/?pid=342
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System Uses Ultraviolet Light to Disable Airborne Threats
Bio-Defense Research Group Inc is testing prototypes of the device,which zaps airborne threats with ultraviolet light as they pass throughheating and cooling ducts.http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A33124-2004Aug1.html?nav%3Drss_technology
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Building affordable strong homes using polystyrene in Florence Alabamafor housing in Afghanistan and other parts of the world with harshenvironments. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/3528716.stm
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New Pill May Help Recovering Alcoholics Stay Sober
A new pill that aims to keep alcoholics from drinking again after theyhave quit could hit the shelves by the end of this year after U.S.health officials approved the drug on Thursday. It was not clear how thepill worked, health officials said, but studies showed more patients whotook the drug stayed away from drinking compared to those who took aplacebo.http://www.reutershealth.com/archive/2004/07/30/eline/links/20040730elin002.html
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Colleges Selling Leftovers on eBay http://www.newsisfree.com/iclick/i,46510061,1466,f/
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Imitation's new double layer DVD+R media nearly doubles the storagecapacity of a DVD recordable disc from 4.7GB to 8.5GB on a single side,without having to turn the disc over during recording.
http://www.imation.com/
(Verbatim brand is $14 from vendors on Pricewatch.com)
NEC Double layer recorders are available from $72 from vendors onPricewatch and JVC for $70, Sony $77 found by Froogle.com
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eMusic.com - 50 Free MP3's.
eMusic offers 50 free MP3 files for signing up for a two week trial oftheir music service. You can cancel at any time right from yourcomputer.
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Panasonic 48-Pack Of Alkaline AA Batteries For $10
Circuit City has a Panasonic Digital Alkaline AA Battery (48-Pack) onsale for $9.99 this week after a $10 instant rebate. At the time ofposting, it's sold out online - but you can still order it online andreserve a copy for in store pick up!
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Executive Chair $19.99 A/R...Office Depot - Leather or Cloth http://madmaddeals.com/forum/showthread.php?p=1021#post1021
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Some good stuff here... especially the military surplus http://www.cheaperthandirt.com/
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The End

Comments:
I checked out that chair and it suxored! I went to CrazyCoolDealz and found one cheaper! But thanks for the heads up!
 
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