Saturday, September 25, 2004

 

Cracktalk Newsletter 9-24-4

Crack Talk 9-24-4
Terry Blount
tblount@mchsi.com

Microsoft will secure IE for XP only.
If you're one of about 200 million people using older versions ofWindows and you want the latest security enhancements to InternetExplorer, you'll have to pay at least $99 to update to XP. Microsoftsays the only way they can secure Internet Explorer is to require theuse of Windows XP as the platform.http://news.zdnet.com/Microsoft+to+secure+IE+for+XP+only/2100-3513_22-5378366.html
This is Microsoft's way of strong-arming people to pay for an upgrade toan operating system they don't want. It won't work. Their are corporatecustomers with thousands of systems on networks set up on older versionsthat will demand security fixes. And what could be worse, millions ofWin98 machines are sitting in people's houses, connected to always-onbroadband. If those machines are compromised and turned into zombiesthey will be used to attack Microsoft as well as their customers.
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Microsoft has a released patch to fixed a hole in XP Service Pack 2. (Just check for updates.)
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What do you do when your security is lame?
If you are AOL you charge your customers $2 more to add a secondpassword for logging on. http://www.newsisfree.com/iclick/i,54057039,1466,f/
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Exploits Circulating for JPEG Flaw
Just eight days after Microsoft released a fix for a "critical" flawin the way JPEG files are processed, researchers have discoveredproof-of-concept exploit code that is targeting unpatched machines. http://www.internetnews.com/security/article.php/3412161
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How Microsoft Tricks Search Engines for Top Billingshttp://www.webpronews.com/insiderreports/searchinsider/wpn-49-20040921IsMicrosoftSpammingSearchEngines.html
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Windows besieged by hackers
Computer security firm says number of viruses aimed at Windows soars bymore than 400%. Nearly 5,000 new Windows viruses and worms weredocumented in the first half of the year, up from about 1,000 a yearearlier, said Symantec.http://money.cnn.com/2004/09/20/technology/symantec_msft.reut/index.htm?cnn=yes
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BSA now pushing 700 software piracy probes in the U.S
http://www.computerworld.com/securitytopics/security/cybercrime/story/0,10801,96109,00.html
The story was interesting to me because the head of the BSA (Kruger)estimates that 95% of the e-mail spam that people receive with offers offree software comes from a single location in Russia, "and it's veryhard to stop."
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No Peeking
The House approved legislation to make it a crime to secretly photographor videotape people for lascivious purposes. Under the legislation videovoyeurism on federal lands would be punishable by a fine of not more than$100,000 or imprisonment for up to one year, or both. http://www.newsisfree.com/iclick/i,54284272,1466,f/
On Federal lands? Hummm, guess that rules out a few places like Yellowstoneand Yosemite and the White House.
Speaking of Peep Shows...
Federal regulators on Wednesday fined CBS a record $550,000 for JanetJackson's 'wardrobe malfunction.'
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Google Wants a Browser
Google is buying staff of programmers to build a web browser. Employeeshave already been poached from Microsoft and Sun.http://www.theregister.co.uk/2004/09/21/google_browser_hirings/
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You're not sick... go home!
New software assesses pain and administers the exact amount of painrelief and sedative drugs the patient needs. This would save hospitalsbillions in wasted drugs, as well as make better use of bed spaces.http://www.cnn.com/2004/TECH/09/16/andrew.rudge/index.html
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Patrick Deuel is on a diet.
He is down to about 700 pounds after losing 372. He hopes to lose 400 more.He was up to 1,072. (It's unbelievable that someone could lose 800 lbs andSTILL be overweight.)http://www.cnn.com/2004/HEALTH/diet.fitness/09/21/half.ton.man.ap/index.html
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The Shawshank Redemption has been voted the best film never to have wonan Oscar in a poll conducted for the Radio Times Guide To Films.
TOP 10 NON-OSCAR WINNERS1) The Shawshank Redemption2) It's a Wonderful Life3) ET the Extra-Terrestrial4) 2001: A Space Odyssey5) The Great Escape6) The Wizard of Oz7) Some Like It Hot8) The Color Purple9) Raiders of the Lost Ark10) Psycho
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North Korea: On the face of it
Very seldom do journalist get a view inside North Korea but thisreporter got a staged tour and found that despite the outward appearancethe whole country looked as if it had broken down, with no prospect ofrepair.
You could see when the glory days had ended. No more guaranteed marketsthen for North Korea's shoddy goods, and no more big investment fromsympathetic communist neighbors either.http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/from_our_own_correspondent/3666676.stm
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Can you solve this problem? http://www.borrett.id.au/computing/petals-j.htm
It took me about 20 minutes to figure it out.
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NASA-funded scientists are designing Stirling engines, first invented in1816, to power long-range spacecraft that travel too far from the Sun touse solar power. Decaying plutonium heats up helium until it starts achain reaction of contraction and expansion, producing sound waves thatfire a piston. http://www.newscientist.com/news/news.jsp?id=ns99996419
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What to Eat on the Way to Mars
Food scientists are working out ways to feed astronauts on a mission toMars that will last years.http://www.wired.com/news/space/0,2697,64976,00.html?tw=rss.TOP
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John Madden will join Sirius Radio as one of their footballcommentators. http://news.designtechnica.com/article5443.html
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Federal law requires that men living in the US who are at least 18 yearsold, but not yet 26 years old, must be registered with SelectiveService. It takes only a minute to register on-line. You must have yourSocial Security number to register this way. http://www.sss.gov/inslink.htm
The penalty for failing to register can be up to five years in jailand/or a fine of up to $250,000.
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The death toll in Haiti from Hurricane Jeanne could reach 2,000. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6004150/
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More than five million South Africans are HIV positive http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/3683210.stm
The Department of Health estimated that 5.6 million of the SouthAfrica's 45 million population are HIV positive.http://www.reutershealth.com/archive/2004/09/23/eline/links/20040923elin004.html
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I'm being followed by a Moon Shadow
It turned out that the "Moon Shadow" following Cat Stephens was actuallythe Homeland Security Service. They decided to deport the 70's pop starbecause they said he had "potential" terrorism links.http://wireservice.wired.com/wired/story.asp?section=Breaking&storyId=925580
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Spectacular Aerial Photos of the most beautiful places on Earth http://www.yannarthusbertrand.com/yann2/affichage.php
Some spectular views are man madehttp://www.yannarthusbertrand.com/yann2/affichage.php?reference=Expo_366_01-26&pais=Etats-Unis
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Half of Today's Singles Have Used a Dating Service
Just a decade ago, only 8% of U.S. singles stated that they had everused a dating service. Times have changed. According to a recent studyof 3,968 singles, 48% of men and 52% of women have used a dating serviceto increase their odds of meeting someone.
The study found that women do care how much money their partner makes.88% of women said that money is very important in a relationship.
68% of men will not go on a second date if there was no chemistry.Women are more willing to give it a second chance. 56% of women will goon a second date and hope that the chemistry improves.
There are currently over 110 million singles in the United States. Thedating industry is estimated at nearly $1.5 billion and is growing at25% annually.http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/09-24-2004/0002258232&EDATE=
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Slow Getaway
A man in a wheelchair robbed a bank and didn't even come close togetting away with the $200. (He needs a better plan... I suggest heturbocharger his get-a-way vehicle before his next big caper.)http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/news/archive/2004/09/22/national2118EDT0863.DTL
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Going strong at 90
Jack LaLanne (the fitness guru) plans to swim 22 hours underwater (withair tanks or a hose to the surface) the 26 miles from Catalina Island toLos Angeles. At 40, he towed a 2,000-pound cabin cruiser as he swam theGolden Gate Channel. At 60, he put handcuffs on his wrists and swam fromAlcatraz to Fisherman's Wharf while towing a half-ton boat. At 70, heswam a portion of the Long Beach harbor with 70 people in 70 boats tiedto his back.http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2004/09/24/DDGA38T07J50.DTL
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A 70 year old Malaysian man shot and killed his wife after he mistookher for a monkey picking fruit in a tree behind their house. His wife,68, had used a ladder to climb into the tree and was picking thetropical fruit when she was shot. The couple had raised 13 children.http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=573&ncid=757&e=4&u=/nm/20040922/od_nm/people_malaysia_dc
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Too much of a good thing
Tiger Woods has admitted he is still struggling with the inconsistenciesthat have plagued his game this year.http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/golf/3681518.stm
DUHHHHHH.... Tiger, haven't you noticed you haven't won a single majortournament since you got MARRIED? Poontang has been scientificallyproven to diminish a man's performance.
Despite his winless streak in golf's majors he is still among thehighest paid celebrities, making about 70 million per year inendorsements.
Mel Gibson, Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg make 3 times Tiger'sannual income. Which of those 3 are the riches? Mel, Oprah or Steven ?
Forbes 400 riches Americans.. admission price 750 million. http://forbes.com/home/forbes400/2004/09/22/rl04land.html
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Dogs trained to smell bladder cancer in urine
Research published in the British Medical Journal, scientists have showndogs can identify bladder cancer by detecting chemicals in urine emittedby cancerous cells. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6081728/
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Parents of newborn babies could be in for a better night's sleep, thanksto an invention by a young design graduate, which gently rocks a baby ifit starts crying. http://www.cnn.com/2004/TECH/09/20/garry.cho/index.html
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This Just in
The US Government has determined that cigarette makers lied about thedangers of smoking for 50 years.http://www.reutershealth.com/archive/2004/09/21/eline/links/20040921elin022.html
Good to see our tax dollars on top of things.
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Ladies... tune in and pump them up!
No more operations to enlarge your breast... just listen to thespecially designed music and your brain will be stimulate to enlargeyour breasts. http://mdn.mainichi.co.jp/waiwai/0409/0923ringtones.html
Not to discredit this amazing scientific breakthrough.... but the onlytestimony I could find was from a 19 year old who claimed hers grew awhopping 2 centimeters. Hummm, couldn't that have just been the resultof pms? Anyway, I'm looking forward to the "perky" version of this hittune.
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Bush/Edwards 2005
What would happen in the next presidential election if there was a tiein the Electoral College. Who wins the seat in the Oval Office? WouldPresident Bush win automatically because he's the incumbent? Or, wouldthere be another election?
In the event of a tie, the U.S. House of Representatives would choosethe president based on one vote per state represented. The winner musthave an absolute majority. With the House under Republican control, itwould seem logical that George W. Bush would be tapped as the winner.The Senate chooses the vice president. With Democrats in control of theSenate, they would likely select John Edwards as the vice president.http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/09-24-2004/0002258150&EDATE=
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California bans weed pulling by hand on farms New rule says work is too backbreaking for laborers http://msnbc.msn.com/id/6084196/
Yeah... it's backbraking... but compared to a tour in Iraq where thetemprature is 120+ and much hotter in the protective cloting the menhave to wear... I think I'll chose pulling weeds.
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The average internet user spent about $1,000 online last year.
Her is a summary of what they bought: http://www.guardian.co.uk/uklatest/story/0,1271,-4511254,00.html
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John Writes:
You can buy the Phillips DVP642 at the Phillips website for $59 withfree shipping. http://www.outlet.philips.com/b2c_OUTLET/b2c/mainFS.jsp?
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This is a great online store for Australians http://www.ascent.co.nz/
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Ford Motor Co. announced new incentives for customers, including sixyear loans with zero-interest - start this Sunday on 2004 models.
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Corrections... 3.142 is spelled pi.. not pie. I better be careful or I'll be trying to lose 800 lbs!
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The End

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

 

Crack Talk 9-17-4

Crack Talk 9-17-4
Terry Blount
tblount@mchsi.com
Thanks to everyone who wrote wishing us well through hurricane Ivan.Ivan definitely brought some very high winds and a good bit of damageresulted. However it wasn't nearly as bad as it could have been. Powerwas only out about 15 hours here at my dad's farm about 100 miles northof Mobile but power is still out for thousands of residents in southAlabama and northern Florida - and probably will be for up to 3 weeks.The main reason the damage to power lines was kept to a minimum is thatthere wasn't much rain the weeks before (and during) the hurricane. Hadthe ground already been soaked and soggy only a few trees could havewithstood the 100+ mph winds.
An Australian member wrote saying that I should move to Australia sincethey didn't have hurricanes and tornadoes. A couple days later I sawthis in the news. I think I'll stay here.
http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=scienceNews&storyID=6264103&src=rss/scienceNews&section=news
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Scammers Use Gmail Invite as Phishing Hook
Scammers have caught on to the allure of Gmail and are using the Googlee-mail service for a "phishing" scam to harvest e-mail addresses andpasswords. http://news.zdnet.com/2100-3513_22-5367986.html
I just checked the gmail.3@netzero.net email account and all therequested invites had been filled. I got a couple messages from memberssaying that they received invites for the requests they had sent... so Ithank the members who filled them. If you still need a gmail invitejust send an email to that address and maybe someone will have an extraand send you one.
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The Wayback Machine
Browse through 30 billion web pages archived from 1996 to a few monthsago. To start surfing the Wayback, type in the web address of a site orpage where you would like to start, and press enter. Then select fromthe archived dates available. The resulting pages point to otherarchived pages at as close a date as possible. http://web.archive.org/
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PayPal said it would fine customers as much as $500 if they violate thecompany's policies against using the service for gambling, pornographyor selling prescription drugs without official certification.
And PayPal offerers VERY high interest financing.http://www.chicagotribune.com/technology/chi-0409120324sep12,1,6055524.story?coll=cracktalk
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Amazon releases A9 search engine
A9.com allows users to create a history of their Web searches and managethe information they find. Google is behind it and it returns the sameresults as Google... except with Amazon ads.
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FTC May Use Reward System To Catch Spammers
The FTC issued a report that discusses whether a system that rewardsmembers of the public for helping to track down spammers would help theCAN-SPAM Act. http://news.designtechnica.com/article5403.html
The plan is to offer $100,000 reward. I'm wondering how many people arethinking what I'm thinking.... first, it would be hard to believe thatanyone would actually sit in jail over a year for sending too muchemail.... so what's to keep someone from spamming and then turningthemselves in for the reward? There are a LOT of people who don't make$100,000 a year. I would demand the money up front though.. haha.
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Microsoft defends Piracy (when it's to their advantage)
Microsoft a staunch defender of its own copyrights, may have to answerin court for streaming radio stations with '"fewer ads, no DJ chatterand less repetition.".http://www.wired.com/news/culture/0,1284,64984,00.html?tw=rss.TOP
They are basically replaying recorded radio broadcast butediting/cutting out the commercials and chatter.
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Microsoft has launched a pilot program in which some visitors tothe main Windows download page are being asked to let them checkto see whether their copy of the operating system is licensed.http://news.com.com/Microsoft%3A+Can+we+check+your+software+license%3F/2100-1016_3-5371664.html?part=rss&tag=5371664&subj=news.1016.5
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List of programs and the spyware they install http://www.spywarewarrior.com/rogue_anti-spyware.htm
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Microsoft Patches JPEG Security Flaw
Microsoft has issued a critical security bulletin regarding a bufferoverrun vulnerability that exists when Windows processes JPEG imagefiles. The flaw could allow code to be remotely executed and give anattacker full control over an affected system.
Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 are vulnerable, as well as olderversions of Windows running any of a long list of Microsoft softwaretitles. Windows XP Service Pack 2 already contains a fix for JPEGprocessing, but may still be affected if Office is installed.
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Woman, 93, marks birthday with first skydive
Polly Gifford jumped out of an airplane at 14,000 feet over the weekendto celebrate her 93rd birthday. It was her first jump, and probably herlast, she said.
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Is that a potato in your pocket ...or are you just glad I'm frisking you?
Airport screeners now have the authority to feel your crouch should theysuspect you are "packing" a lethal weapon. (I guess I'm grounded.)http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2004-09-16-airport-screening_x.htm
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For $1500, you can equip your luxury car with a genuine self-destruct switch.Forget once or do it wrong, and your engine and transmission will self-destruct.
http://www.asktog.com/columns/065WorstInterface.html
What dope would install that when they could just install some simplecut off switch to kill the engine electrically?
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A computer technician made possible the largest identity theft in U.S.history, surpassing $50 million, pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiracy ina scheme that poached personal information from tens of thousands ofpeople. Philip A. Cummings, 35, said he did not realize that hisaccomplices would do so much damage with the information he sold. http://www.newsisfree.com/iclick/i,53098349,707,f/
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Parabolic flights offer 'weightless' experience to the public (for $3,000)http://www.usatoday.com/tech/products/services/2004-09-14-weightless-flight_x.htm
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Remembering Pie (22/7)
In March, a savant in England recited pie from memory to more than22,000 decimal places. Still, he wasn't even halfway to the world recordset by a Japanese man in 1995. How do people remember this kind ofboring stuff? Here is a method:
Gezz I can't remember where I put that link... oh here it is... http://plus.maths.org/issue31/features/eastaway/index-gifd.html
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High-Tech Hearing Bypasses Ears
A wristwatch phone that lets you listen by sticking a finger in yourear, an MP3 player that vibrates the bones in your skull to play musicthat only you can hear -- these are some of the products being developedusing a technology called bone conduction that sends sound waves throughthe bones around the ear.http://www.wired.com/news/technology/0,1282,64963,00.html
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Pinnacle Turns PC Into Media Center for $100
Users who are looking for simple TV tuner and PVR functionality of theirTV have another choice to equip their PC accordingly. Pinnacle offers aninternal TV tuner board and an external TV tuner device which transformcomputers into media centers. products include a TV tuner with a remotecontrol and Pinnacle's MediaManager software. PMC software lets usersview live television with the added ability to record, pause, and createinstant replays with the touch of a button, as well as schedule theirfavorite programs for recording using Internet-based programming guides.The internal board is available for $99, the external device is pricedat $129. http://www.tomshardware.com/hardnews/20040915_183322.html
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Flashlight accepts batteries of different sizes ($10) http://www.newsisfree.com/iclick/i,53127817,1846,f/
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Olympus Launches World's Smallest 7.1 Megapixel, Digital Camera
Olympus has launched what it claims is the world's smallest consumerdigital camera with a resolution of 7.1 megapixel and a 5x optical zoom.The C-7000 measures about 4 inches by 2.3 inches by x 1.7 inches andweighs 7.7 ounces. The features of the camera include an Autofocus -$600 http://www.tomshardware.com/hardnews/20040916_181825.html
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The End

Tuesday, September 07, 2004

 

Crack Talk 9-3-4

Crack Talk 9-3-4
Terry Blount
tblount@mchsi.com
I got 25 more gmail invites and sent them out to those of you on thewaiting list. It was taking too long because I had to copy and pastefrom the waiting list... then close gmail and open another account andcopy and paste them back... so I just made up names to save time. If yougot one from perfectflyer or southernpilot that was me. Donald sent 4 tomembers who were on the waiting list. Thanks Donald.
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The XM Radio Recording Software is HOT ....BUT
StationRipper, is available free of charge and had been downloaded morethan 44,000 times on Download.com as of Tuesday. Other popular recordingprograms include TotalRecorder and ReplayRadio.
In postings on Download.com, several users hailed StationRipper as abetter alternative to peer-to-peer networks, which are often mined withdecoy files and are monitored by recording industry sleuths.
One user said the program made it possible to download nearly 3,000songs in a 20-hour period from multiple Internet radio stationssimultaneously.
The recording industry has yet to devise a way to block such methods ofcopying music, so it has mostly concentrated its enforcement campaign onpeople who distribute song files.http://www.newsisfree.com/iclick/i,49909229,1466,f/
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Gmail offline storage... didn't I suggest something like this?
GmailFS provides a mountable Linux filesystem which uses your Gmailaccount as its storage medium. If you're using Linux, you can turn Gmailinto a mountable filesystem with GmailFS.http://richard.jones.name/google-hacks/gmail-filesystem/gmail-filesystem.html
I'm sure someone will port this to the Windoz platform.
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Longhorn 2006
Microsoft announcement that it is targeting 2006 for release of the nextWindows Os system called Longhorn. Compromises will have to be made andsome planned features like the new file system will be scrapped.http://www.internetnews.com/dev-news/article.php/3400941
Microsoft opted to cut the new Windows File System. This file system wassupposed to offer a lot and could have really given them an edge.Microsoft has apparently decided that they will rely on offering moreunwanted features in its place in hopes that no one will mind that much.Sure, that'll work.
Some journalist are now calling it "shorthorn" and say the door isopening wider for alternative operating systems.http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1759,1640879,00.asp
"Longhorn is going to stop being a whole new thing and more of an XPwith a lot of good new stuff," said one developer close to Microsoft,who requested anonymity.
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Media Player 10 officially released
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/mp10/default.aspx
Notice: If you are running Win ME it will detect it and send you Version9 instead. I guess 10 only works with XP.
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Yahoo Inc. sold $191 million in Google Inc. stock this week, cashing outsome of the 2.7 million shares Google gave Yahoo this month to settletwo lawsuits.
Apparently the big wheels at Yahoo don't think Google's stock will go up.
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Hack Caller Id and show the person you are calling any number you want.Great for debt collectors! (NOT free) http://star38.com/s38.php
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HP is angry with a distributor who bought and sold millions of dollarsworth of their computer hardware at discounts and wants 8.6 millionback.http://news.com.com/HP+files+lawsuit+over+discounts/2100-7341_3-5344650.html
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3am Labs will release a free version of its Logmein desktop remotecontrol package. People can access desktop applications on their home orbusiness PC from any device with a browser.http://news.com.com/Software+maker+launches+remote-access+tools/2100-1012_3-5338700.html
Get it here: https://secure.logmein.com/go.asp?page=home
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Divorce-by-Remote
In a marriage between a centuries-old custom and the latest intechnology, some Muslim men are dumping their wives by simply texting,"I d4c U" three times to their cell phones.
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Video Motion Detector Fits Mini Ic Board
The VMD-19 is a video motion detector on a standard 0.6-in.-wide 18-pinmini IC board. It can be directly connected to a composite video signalto detect motion of objects within the video signal. The unit analyzes avideo signal and, when movement is detected, an output signal is giventhat can be used to start a VCR to automatically record the scene oncethe motion stops, the VCR can stop recording. The unit is compatiblewith NTSC, PAL, EIA, CCIR and SECAM video standards, and offers andprovides a digital output upon signal loss. ($33 available now.)http://electronicproducts.com/ShowPage.asp?SECTION=3700&PRIMID=&FileName=bpgj35.oct2004.html
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eBay: Not For Everyone
For as big a group of users as eBay has, still there are plenty ofpeople who would just rather buy products at a fixed price. Of course,eBay does now have the "Buy it now" feature that solves exactly thatissue, but that seems like a footnote to how eBay is supposed to work.The writer here notes that the whole eBay auction takes too much time.If she wants to buy something, she just wants to buy it. She doesn'twant to bid. She doesn't want to check the auction, and she doesn't wantto wait a few days to find out if she got the product. "While I havebought two or three things off of eBay, overall, I've found betterprices, reliability and service just by buying at fixed price stores(including eBay's fixed price division Half.com)."
Here is an example: Dell Latitude CPX P3 650MHz, 128MB, 12GB, 24X CD + 6month warranty. $385.00
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Keyboard with 512k of memory, 700h battery life
The AlphaSmart Neo is a full-sized keyboard with a little LCD screen onthe top. It acts as a word-processor, letting you type into its 512kcache while it draws power from 3 AA batteries. When you get back toyour Mac or PC, you just dump the text over USB or IR. The thing runsfor 700 hours on a 3 AA batts and costs $250, and weighs about 2 lbs.http://www.pdalive.com/showarticle.php?threadid=6984
AlphaSmart has a model that supports memory cards -- and it comes withWiFi and PalmOS. http://www2.alphasmart.com/products/dana-w.html
Hummm.... $250 for this device or $1 for a notepad and pencil from thedollar store... that's a tough call.
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We May Never Have Flying Cars http://www.usatoday.com/travel/news/2004-08-30-flying-cars_x.htm
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Reports of alien radio signals are merely another crackpot internet rumor,say astronomers.
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ScreenGoo is a paint-on movie screen compound that can turn any wall into a screen: Screen Goo is a specially formatted, highly reflective acrylic paint, designed specifically for the video projection industry. Screen Goo acrylic paint allows one to transform any smooth paintable surface into a high performance projection screen. http://www.goosystems.com/cgi-bin/ic/goosystems/screengoo?id=gUDbCMye
Sony has created a new black screen material that rejects ambient lightother than red, green, blue. This means that the Achilles heel of frontprojectors -- rejection of ambient light -- may soon be eliminated.http://www.cdfreaks.com/news2.php?ID=9984
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UPS has deployed three fuel cell-powered trucks, a first in the US. "Ourtest programs showed the on-road reliability of fuel cells is excellent,equivalent to our current fleet"
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Gavin Writes:
You mentioned this in your newsletter:
Although Microsoft neglected to include msconfig in Windows 2000, you can run it by copying the files onto your Windows 2000 computer from a Windows XP computer.
I've been using a program for a while to sort out configuration problemsfrom time to time, and you do not have to install, run it from anywhere,it can (right click) also jump to where it is in "REGEDIT" very usefuland its "FREEWARE"
The programs called "AUTORUNS" only 40k zipped Autoruns works onall versions of Windows.
The site: http://www.sysinternals.com/ntw2k/freeware/autoruns.shtml
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A 15-year-old boy shoplifted the ticket from a grocery store outside thenortheastern Swedish town of Oernskoeldsvi. When he went home andscratched the ticket, he discovered it contained a winning combinationworth up to 7.5 million kronor or about $1.3 million Cdn. Store managerPatrik Nygren, however, recognized the teenager on surveillance tapes,and went to the boy's house to reclaim it.
My question is... why didn't the boy immediately go to another store.Buy a ticket and shout "I WON!" and THEN turn in the winning ticket?
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There Was Gold In Them Their Hills
Huge Pot Bust in Madera County
A huge marijuana raid in the North Valley has netted thousands ofplants, including a type which is particularly attractive to illegalgrowers. About 6,200 plants were hacked out of an almond orchard nearAvenue 18 1/2 after a midnight raid. Investigators estimate the streetvalue of the plants at over $18 million.
From the Madera County official web page:
Madera County, situated in the heart of California, and counting one ofthe Nation's gems, Yosemite National Park, as one of the county'sassets, makes Madera County one of the best choices to live, learn andearn a living. http://www.madera-county.com/
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Buy A Car Without A Credit Check
What makes this program work is the Navicom GPS unit in every car," saidScott Miller, CEO of Automotive Capital Group. The lender hasknowledge of the location of the car at all times and even has theability to disable the auto from starting via the Internet. WithNavicom, a late payment on a vehicle allows the lender to be proactiveand shut off service on that car.http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/09-03-2004/0002243750&EDATE=
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JVC GR-D30US Digital Camcorder
I saw that Sears had a $100 instant savings on this dvd video cam whichbrought their price down to $305 but you know me... I'm never satisfiedtill I've done more checking. I found a factory reconditioned one here:http://shop.store.yahoo.com/discountsonline/jvcgrdica.html for $234, butI don't like the $26 they jack it up for shipping so I opted out. Youcan bet I wrote to them and told them I opted out too. A lot of vendorsare selling it for less than Sears even after their discount.
You can get one a customer returned for $199 /free shipping from: http://www.vanns.com/shop/servlet/item/features/497399275
Even after all I read about this video camera I still don't know howlong you can record on a single mini dvd.
Tip: Use http://www.bizrate.com/ to check prices before you buy. Theyfrequently find much better deals than Froogle.
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