Friday, December 31, 2004

Global warning: The heat is on- The Times of India

Global warning: The heat is on- The Times of India

NEW DELHI: Snow has fallen over the United Arab Emirates for the first time ever, leaving a white blanket over the mountains of Ras al-Khaimah as the desert country experienced a cold spell and above-average rainfall. The mountain cluster, 1,737 metres above sea level, had heavy night-time snowfall for the past two days as a result of temperatures dropping to minus five and stunning the emirate's residents.

This is the latest episode of freakish weather. Grass is growing in Antartica for the first time, 25,000 people have died of heat wave in Europe, while raging fires have destroyed thousands of miles of forests in Indonesia and Borneo. The world, in short, seems to be going topsy-turvy.

Scientists say that global warming - thought to be accelerated by the emission of greenhouse gases - could be responsible, which, some suggest, could also be one of the reasons for Sunday's tsunami.

The World Meteorological Organisation estimates that the number of extreme weather events has doubled in the last ten years.

A major reason for all of these is that temperatures around the world have been rising steadily, and faster than ever in the recorded past. Average global temperatures increased by 0.6C in the last century, and are now increasing at an even faster 0.1C every decade.

The 10 hottest years in recorded history have occurred since 1990 - 1998 was the warmest, and 2004 the fourth-warmest. This October is also the warmest October ever. The Arctic region is growing warmer at four times that rate, which means melting ice caps.

According to NASA, the polar ice cap is now melting at the alarming rate of 9% per decade. Arctic ice thickness has decreased 40% since the 1960s. The current pace of sea-level rise is three times the historical rate and appears to be accelerating.

Bubba Joe's Salespitch (thanks mom)

Bubba Joe's Salespitch

Bubba Joe's first military assignment was to a military induction center,
and, because he was a good talker, they assigned him the duty of
advising new recruits about the government benefits, especially the GI
insurance to which they were entitled.

Before long the Captain in charge of the induction center began noticing
that Bubba was getting a 99% sign up for the top GI insurance.

This was odd, because it would cost these poor inductees nearly $30.00
per month more for their higher coverage than what the government was
already granting.

The Captain decided that he would not ask Bubba Joe about his selling
techniques but that he would sit in the back of the room and observe
Bubba's sales pitch.

Bubba Joe stood up before his latest group of inductees and stated, "If
you have the normal GI insurance and go to Iraq and are killed, the
government pays your beneficiary $6,000."

"If you take out the supplemental GI insurance (which will cost you an
additional $30.00 per month), the government pays your beneficiary
$200,000."

"NOW," Bubba concluded, "which bunch do you think they're gonna send
into battle first?"

Wednesday, December 22, 2004

DreamX - XBOX - mods, resources for your Xbox needs

Not too bad prices either!

Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Google Doodles!

Google Holiday Logos

Add a 1 or 2 or 3 or 4 all the way up to 9 to see the great Google artwork! I love it!!!! But I still like the ufo/alien one best...

Chris

Sunday, December 19, 2004

Freakish Weather - Seven dead as French storm leaves trail of destruction

"The storm struck the French capital without warning and although it lasted only a few minutes it caused severe damage across much of northern France almost five years after the major storm of Boxing Day 1999 in which 92 people died.

Gusts of up to 90mph on the coasts and 80mph in the interior of the country were registered on Friday by the French national weather service, Meteo France, which issued a level three orange alert - its second-highest - and warned people against using their cars. At the height of the storm on Friday almost 400,000 homes were without power."

Nerd Signs

Very funny stuff....

Friday, December 17, 2004

OHMYGOD! fetus removed from murdered mother's body - Dec 17, 2004

A statement from the sheriff's department said the fetus was removed by the same "person or persons" who killed Stinnett.


Where else BUT Missouri?

Thursday, December 16, 2004

Attention My French Relatives

I just had Spinach Tortellini for the first time ever.

A catered lunch from Green Mill restaurants (chain) was eaten today as a holiday benefit provided by my workplace.

OMG! I had no idea that anything with the word spinach in it could be so good.

Everyone should try spinach tortellini (sp?) I am the pickiest eater I know, so if you are anti-spinach, this message is for you...

C

Monday, December 13, 2004

Geminids Second (and last) Notice

SW/2161126
The Geminid meteor shower will be appearing in 2004 from December 7
to December 17 and will peak December 14.

The meteors will appear to come from a point in the constellation of
Gemini. Under ideal conditions it’s possible to see 120 meteors an
hour
and their average speed is a speed 35 kilometers per second.

The closest bright star is Tau Geminorum.

For additional information and links go to:

http://www.sky-watch.com/meteor.html#geminid

Ed Ehrlich webmaster@sky-watch.com
http://www.sky-watch.com
Jerusalem, Israel
© 2004 SkyWatch

Wednesday, December 08, 2004

CHRISTMAS ANYONE? Electric Shock Joke Pen

Electric Shock Joke Pen

CHRISTMAS ANYONE? Electric Shock Joke Mouse

Electric Shock Joke Mouse

CHRISTMAS ANYONE? Electric Fly Swatter/ Raquet Zapper(Super Model)

Electric Fly Swatter/ Raquet Zapper(Super Model)

What are politics?

A little boy goes to his Dad and asks, "What are Politics?"

Dad says, "Well son, let me try to explain it this way:
#1, I'm the head of the family, so call me The President.
#2, Your mother is the administrator of the money, so we'll call her The Government.
#3, We're here to take care of your needs, so we'll call you The People.
#4, The nanny, we'll consider her The Working Class. And #5, your baby brother, we'll call him The Future.

Now, think about that and see if it makes any sense."

So the little boy goes off to bed thinking about what his Dad has said.

Later that night, he hears his baby brother crying, so he gets up to check on him. He finds that the baby has amply soiled his diaper.

So, the little boy goes to his parent's room and his mother is sound asleep. Not wanting to wake her, he goes to the Nanny's room.

Finding the door locked, he peeks in the keyhole and sees his father in bed with the Nanny.

He gives up and goes back to bed.

The next morning, the little boy says to his father, "Dad, I think I understand the concept of politics now."

The father says, "Good son, tell me in your own words what you think politics is all about."

The little boy replies, "The President is screwing The Working Class while The Government is sound asleep. The People are being ignored, and The Future is in deep shit."

Sunday, December 05, 2004

Tuning your PC - Thank You Gene Emery

Programs: a Checklist for Tuning Up Your PC
Sat Dec 4, 8:47 AM ET Technology - Reuters

By Gene Emery

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Reuters) - You change the oil in your car every 5,000 miles or so. You clean your house every week or two. Your PC needs regular maintenance as well -- especially if you're using Windows and you spend a lot of time on the Internet.


Virus checkers need to be updated. Spyware or adware may have sneaked onto your PC and the clutter could be slowing everything down.


I have a checklist I follow at the end of every month for keeping my computer properly tuned. The steps may differ slightly, depending on your operating system. Clicking the "Start" button, going to the "Help" section and searching for a feature will show you how to adapt this list to your machine.


Here's my drill:


CLEAR THE DESKTOP. I look at my desktop icons to see if I can consolidate some of them in folders. To create a folder, put your cursor in a blank portion of the screen, click on the right mouse button, select "New" and "Folder." Click on the folder to rename it. Then you can drag desktop icons onto it. I had a friend who, until I taught him this trick, had a screen so cluttered with icons he could barely see his wallpaper.


CLEAR THE PROGRAMS. Next, I get rid of unused programs. But beware: Dragging their desktop icons into the Recycle Bin won't work. Instead, click on the "Start" button, select "Programs," find the program you want to remove, and look for an "Uninstall" option. If there isn't one, click on "Start," select "Settings," then "Control Panel," double-click on the "Add/Remove Programs" icon, look for the program on the list, and then click "Add/Remove." If that doesn't work, I insert the original disk that contained the program. The opening screen often has an "Uninstall" option.


UPDATE AND RUN THE VIRUS CHECKER. This should be done at least once a month. I've been using McAfee for years and, once you're connected to the Internet, updating is as simple as opening the main program and clicking the "Update" button. Once that's done -- the computer can appear to stall for many minutes, so be patient -- reboot the computer and run the virus checker.


By the way, if you keep your computer on all the time -- which I do not -- most virus checkers can be programed to run at specified times. I recommend 3 a.m. daily.


CLEAR THE CLUTTER. Running the "Disk Cleanup" program, found by clicking on "Start," "Programs, "Accessories," and "System Tools," will get rid of temporary files, empty your recycle bin and eliminate other junk.


UPDATE SPYWARE/ADWARE REMOVERS. Spyware and adware -- also known as scumware -- are programs that can sneak onto your computer via the Internet, slow your PC down, give you unwanted ads, and snoop on your Internet browsing habits. I use "Ad-aware" from http://www.lavasoftusa.com. Use the "Check for Updates Now" feature and let the updates install. But wait before you actually run the main program.


By the way, many readers have told me they run both "Ad-aware" and "Spybot: Search and Destroy" from http://www.safer-networking.org, another free program, to be sure all the spies are out of their system.


GO INTO SAFE MODE. I close all my programs and restart the computer in "Safe Mode." In my case, after the rebooting process has begun, I have to hit the "F8" key when I hear the beep. The process varies from computer to computer. In safe mode, the graphics look horrible, but it doesn't load programs that will interfere with what I do next.


RUN THE SPYWARE/ADWARE REMOVERS. They work more effectively in the "Safe Mode." For me, Ad-aware takes about 5 minutes to run.


The remaining steps don't need to be done regularly, but it's a good idea to do them once in a while.


Again, make sure you are in "Safe Mode," and turn off your screen saver by going to "Start," "Settings," "Control Panel," "Display," clicking on the "Screen Saver" tab, and using the pulldown menu to select "None." Then click OK and close all windows.


RUN SCANDISK (unless you have Windows XP (news - web sites)). "ScanDisk" can be found by going back to the "System Tools" folder. It checks your hard drive for problems. Make sure the "Automatically Fix Errors" box is checked and do a "Thorough" scan. Don't plan on using your computer for quite a while. It typically takes many hours.


RUN DISK DEFRAGMENTER. This is also found in the "System Tools" folder. It consolidates the files on your hard drive, making things run smoother. I start this when I'm ready to go to bed. It takes all night.


When I'm finished, I reboot the computer and it brings me back to normal.

If you're having problems, visit the site http://www.pcpitstop.com. Their free scan can be very helpful. (Gene Emery is a columnist who covers science and technology. His Internet address is GEmery(at)Cox.net. Any opinions in the column are his alone.)