Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Nyxem Worm!

US-CERT Current Activity: "Nyxem Mass-mailing Worm
added January 24, 2006 | updated January 25, 2006
US-CERT is aware of a new mass-mailing worm known as Nyxem (CME-24). This worm relies on social engineering to propagate. Specifically, the user must click on a link or open an attached file.
The Nyxem worm targets Windows systems that hide file extensions for known file types (this is the default setting for Windows XP and possibly other versions). The worm's icon makes it appear to be a WinZip file. As a result, the user may unknowingly start the worm.
Once a Windows system is infected, the malicious code may:
Attempt to harvest email addresses stored on the infected system
Utilize its own SMTP engine to send itself to the harvested email addresses
Disable anti-virus and file sharing programs
Spread itself using all available Windows network shares on the infected system
Modify the active Desktop
In addition, on February 3, 2006, the worm will corrupt files and make them unusable by overwriting them with a small text message. The files with the following extensions are targeted on this date: DOC, XLS, MDB, MDE, PPT, PPS, ZIP, RAR,PDF, PSD and DM.
US-CERT strongly encourages users and system administrators to implement the following workarounds:
Install anti-virus software, and keep its virus signature files up-to-date
Block executable and unknown file types at the email gateway
Additionally, US-CERT strongly encourages users not to follow unknown links, even if sent by a known and trusted source. Users may also wish to visit the US-CERT Computer Virus Resources for general virus protection information."

Create a custom hands-free Linux install image

Roll your own!

Create a custom hands-free Linux install image

Saturday, January 28, 2006

Free Online Graph Paper / Grid Paper PDFs

Free Online Graph Paper / Grid Paper PDFs

Reported here previously, but for all you middle school teachers doing research, here it is again!

Kudos to incompetech.com!

Kama Sutra wipeout | Channel Register

Be ready! This could be big.

Make sure you do your backups before February 2, 2006

Kama Sutra wipeout | Channel Register

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Threshold got axed?

Damn it! Just when I think there is a good reason to watch primetime again....

SMRT-TV: Holographic Wow

Marino to Roethlisberger: Enjoy the moment!

Oh crap!

Marino may have cursed Roethliserger with his advice!!

So much for my fantasy picks....

Now I predict Seattle to win Superbowl. :(

Marino to Roethlisberger: Enjoy the moment - NFL - Yahoo! Sports

Notebook backup solution

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Chipotle Mexican Grill

Chipotle not exactly 'owned' by McD's but they are the largest shareholder of the Denver-based chain.

I was wrong... I was under the mistaken belief that it was a wholly McDonalds owned enterprise.

Business Article | US

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Windows OneCare Live - Sign up and get the beta!

Windows OneCare Live - Sign up and get the beta!

Install the Beta!

I did! I like it and recommend it. Antivirus/Firewall and PC Maintenance in one app! OneCare! Get it? Get it..

Microsoft ending support

End of support for Windows 98 and Windows Me

Effective June 30, 2006, Windows 98, Windows 98 Second Edition, and Windows Me will transition to a non-supported status. After this date, Microsoft will no longer provide any incident support options or security updates. Existing support documents, however, will continue to be available through the Microsoft Support Product Solution Center Web site.

Saluting Sci-Fi; Paul Allen Turns Lifelong Love of Science Fiction into Museum

By MIKE BAILEY Columbian staff writer

Not too long ago, in city not so far away, Paul Allen championed a home for space travelers, creepy creatures, mad scientists and the fans who love them.

The Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame landed in Seattle two years ago and immediately began providing sensory overload to sci- fi fans. From its expansive look at the history of science fiction to the set props from today's most successful sci-fi movies, the museum takes visitors on a wild ride of past, present and future.

And that journey takes on a new dimension next month when the museum hosts the first Science Fiction Short Film Festival from 4 to 9 p.m. on Feb. 4. The top 20 films submitted last year will be shown in two screenings at the Seattle Cinerama Theatre, 2100 Fourth Ave., Seattle.

It's an international list of entries and winners will be announced at the end of the screenings.

Allen, a Microsoft Corp. co-founder and the world's fifth wealthiest person according to Forbes magazine, invested $20 million in 2004 to add the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame to his Experience Music Project in Seattle, a city already rich in sci-fi history.

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Mars rover driving again after weeks on hold - Space.com - MSNBC.com

After nearly two months at a standstill, NASA’s Mars rover Opportunity has driven its first tentative meters with a partially stowed robotic arm.

The rover rolled both backwards and forwards Thursday, repositioning itself at a new science target and testing its ability to drive with its instrument-laden robotic arm in an elbow-out position, mission managers said.

“It’s good to be driving again,” Jim Erickson, rover project manager at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, told SPACE.com. “It was sort of a combination between a test drive and going to an interesting target.”

Minnesota Zoo's baby dolphin dies after leaping out of pool

Minnesota Zoo's baby dolphin dies after leaping out of pool

Patrick Kennedy, Star Tribune
Harley, the 7-month old dolphin at the Minnesota Zoo, died Saturday afternoon in an accident.

The 5½-foot-long, 120-pound male had been learning to swim between two back pools with his mother when he jumped out of the water and hit his head, according to Kevin Willis, director of biological programs at the zoo in Apple Valley.

The two back pools are separated by a 6-foot-long, 6-foot-wide, 6-foot-deep channel. Gates separate the back pools and the presentation pool where dolphin shows are performed.

Harley was just learning to negotiate his way between the east and west pools, and the training was going well, Willis said.

A staff member working the back pools saw Harley and his mother, Rio, swim from one pool to the other. Rio then swam back across the channel, but Harley trailed behind. Either frightened or confused, he jumped out of the water and hit his head on the deck.

Willis said staff members quickly got the dolphin back into the water, and he took a breath and followed his mother. But it was soon apparent to divers monitoring the dolphins that the calf had died.

X-rays taken at the zoo showed that Harley had fractured his skull. A necropsy will be done at the University of Minnesota.

Harley was born June 21 and weighed approximately 25 to 30 pounds at birth. The name "Harley" was chosen by the dolphin staff from names submitted in a contest sponsored by the zoo and the Star Tribune.

"We've never had a dolphin death due to trauma before," Willis said.

U.S. Navy Seizes Pirate Ship Off Somalia on Yahoo! News

U.S. Navy Seizes Pirate Ship Off Somalia

By JIM KRANE, Associated Press Writer 1 hour, 39 minutes ago

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - The U.S. Navy boarded an apparent pirate ship in the Indian Ocean and detained 26 men for questioning, the Navy said Sunday. The 16 Indians and 10 Somali men were aboard a traditional dhow that was chased and seized Saturday by the U.S. guided missile destroyer USS Winston S. Churchill, said Lt. Leslie Hull-Ryde of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command in Bahrain.

The dhow stopped fleeing after the Churchill twice fired warning shots during the chase, which ended 87 kilometers (54 miles) off the coast of Somalia, the Navy said. U.S. sailors boarded the dhow and seized a cache of small arms.

Sunday, January 15, 2006

BetaNews | Microsoft Confirms: WMP for Mac Dead

Microsoft Confirms: WMP for Mac Dead
By Nate Mook, BetaNews
January 12, 2006, 6:27 PM

UPDATED Microsoft has confirmed to BetaNews that it will no longer develop Windows Media Player for Apple's Mac OS X operating system. Support will also no longer be offered to Mac users. The decision means Apple customers will have no chance to play DRM protected Windows Media content.

The death knell sounded for WMP for Mac yesterday, following the release of Windows Media Components for QuickTime by developer Flip4Mac. Microsoft began directing Web site visitors to download the third party software. Flip4Mac's components integrate into Apple's QuickTime and enable support for Windows Media Video and Audio.

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Some new rules for the new year...

Just so you know, I've recently adopted some new rules that have come my way.

New Rule: Stop showing me those banner ads for classmates dot com! There's a reason you don't talk to people for 25 years. Because you don't particularly like them! Besides, I already know what the captain of the football team is doing these days: mowing my lawn, plowing the snow.

New Rule: Don't eat anything that's served to you out a window unless you're a seagull. People are acting all shocked that a human finger was found in a bowl of Wendy's chili. Hey, it cost less than a dollar. What did you expect it to contain? Smoked Salmon? Luckily, it was only a finger! If it was a whole hand, Congress would have voted to keep it alive.

New Rule: Stop saying that teenage boys who have sex with their hot, teachers are permanently damaged. I have a better description for these kids: Lucky Bastards.

New Rule: Ladies, leave your eyebrows alone. Here's how much men care about! your eyebrows: do you have two of them? Okay, we're done.

New Rule: The more complicated the Starbucks order, the bigger the asshole. If you walk into a Starbucks and order a decaf grande half-soy, half-low fat, iced vanilla, double-shot, gingerbread, cappuccino, extra dry, light ice, with one Sweet-n-Low and NutraSweet, you're a huge asshole.

New Rule: Just because your tattoo has Chinese characters in it doesn't make you spiritual. It's right above the crack of your ass. And it translates to beef with broccoli. The last time you did anything spiritual, you were praying to God you weren't pregnant. You're not spiritual. You're just challenged.

New Rule: Competitive eating isn't a sport. It's one of the seven deadly sins. ESPN recently televised the US Open of Competitive Eating, because watching those athletes at the poker table was just too damned exciting. What's next, competitive farting? Oh wait. They're already doing that. It's called The Howard Stern Show.

New Rule: If you're going to insist on making movies based on crappy, television shows, then you have to give everyone in the Cineplex a remote so we can see what's playing on the other screens. Let's remember the reason something was a television show in the first place is that the idea wasn't good enough to be a movie.

New Rule: No more gift registries. You know, it used to be just for weddings. Now it's for babies and new homes and graduations from rehab. Picking up the stuff you want and having other people buy it for you isn't gift giving, it's the white people version of looting.

New Rule: There's no such thing as flavored water. There's a whole aisle of this crap at the supermarket, water, but without that watery taste. Sorry, but flavored water is called a soft drink. You want flavored water? Pour some scotch over ice and let it melt. That's your flavored water.

New Rule: When I ask how old your toddler is, I don't need to know in months. "He's two," will do just fine. He/She's not a cheese. And I didn't really care that much in the first place..

Turn Off System Beeps

Turn Off System Beeps in Windows XP:

[Start] [Run] [Regedit]Registry Key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\SoundModify/Create the Value Data Type(s) and Value Name(s) as detailed below.Data Type: REG_SZ [String Value] // Value Name: BeepsSetting for Value Data: [0 = Disabled / 1 = Enabled]Exit Registry and Reboot

Celeron 1 GHZ Dell tiny pc


An awesome deal as it also comes with Windows 2000!!!

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Windows OneCare Live - Home

Windows OneCare Live - Home

Ok, it is finally ready! Windows OneCare is your new Windows XP (SP2 Required) security solution! This is what I've been beta testing for the last couple months. I love it. Along with the Microsoft Anti-Spyware its the shiz.. Public beta now open! Give it a whirl.

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Sasquatch baby video

New York Baby Footage Blog

You must see this footage.. Baby Bigfoots playing around in a NY State camping area!

The one eyed kitten picture!

By TERRENCE PETTY, Associated Press Writer Tue Jan 10, 11:58 PM ET

PORTLAND, Ore. - A photo of a one-eyed kitten named Cy drew more than a little skepticism when it turned up on various Web sites, but medical authorities have a name for the bizarre condition.
"Holoprosencephaly" causes facial deformities, according to the National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke, part of the National Institutes of Health.

In the worst cases, a single eye is located where the nose should be, according to the institute's Web site.

Traci Allen says the kitten she named Cy, short for Cyclops, was born the night of Dec. 28 with the single eye and no nose.

"You don't expect to see something like that," the 35-year-old Allen said by telephone from her home in Redmond in central Oregon.

Allen said she stayed up all night with the deformed kitten on her recliner, feeding Cy a liquid formula through a syringe. She says she cared for the kitten the next day as well, until it died that evening.

Allen had taken digital pictures that she provided to The Associated Press. Some bloggers have questioned the authenticity of the photo distributed on Jan. 6.

AP regional photo editor Tom Stathis said he took extensive steps to confirm the one-eyed cat was not a hoax. Stathis had Allen ship him the memory card that was in her camera. On the card were a number of pictures — including holiday snapshots, and four pictures of a one-eyed kitten.

The kitten pictures showed the animal from different perspectives.

Fabricating those images in sequence and in the camera's original picture format, from the varying perspectives, would have been virtually impossible, Stathis said.

Meanwhile, Cy the one-eyed cat may be dead, but it has not left the building.
Allen said she's keeping the cat's corpse in her freezer for now, in case scientists would like it for research.

She said one thing's for certain: "I'm not going to put it on eBay."

The mouse that roared in flames or did it?

The mouse that roared in flames or did it? - Peculiar Postings - MSNBC.com

Updated: 11:56 p.m. ET Jan. 10, 2006

FORT SUMNER, N.M. - Was it really a mouse that burned down Luciano Mares’ house? Or was it just the wind?

Mares’ story of a flaming mouse that scampered from a burning pile of leaves into his rural home Saturday drew international media attention.

On Monday, the 81-year-old told an Albuquerque television station that strong wind spread burning leaves, leveling his home of more than two decades.

On Tuesday, Mares and his nephew stood by his original version that a mouse was the culprit.

Detroit 2006: Camaro vs. Challenger

CNNMoney.com: Detroit 2006: Camaro vs. Challenger

OMG... Now If I could just find $40,000, I'd take either, though I lean towards the Challenger!

Earthquake and Volcano News!

Earthquake and Volcano Cams and Eruption News!

Mount Augustine in Alaska ready to blow!!! See pics at this link!

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Libraries Have Books Bound in Human Skin - Yahoo! News

Libraries Have Books Bound in Human Skin - Yahoo! News

By M.L. JOHNSON, Associated Press Writer
46 minutes ago

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Brown University's library boasts an anatomy book that combines form and function in macabre fashion. Its cover — tanned and polished to a smooth golden brown, like fine leather — is made of human skin.

In fact, a number of the nation's finest libraries, including Harvard's, have such books in their collections. The practice of binding books in human skin was not uncommon in centuries past, even if it was not always discussed in polite society.

At the time, the best libraries belonged to private collectors. Some were doctors who had access to skin from amputated parts and patients whose bodies had gone unclaimed. In other cases, wealthy bibliophiles acquired skin from executed criminals, medical school cadavers and people who died in the poor house.

Nowadays, libraries typically keep such volumes in their rare book collections and do not allow them to circulate. But scholars can examine them.

Brown's John Hay Library has three books bound in human skin — the 1568 anatomy text by the Belgian surgeon Andreas Vesalius, and two 19th-century editions of "The Dance of Death," a medieval morality tale.

One copy of "The Dance of Death" was rebound in 1893 by Joseph Zaehnsdorf, a master binder in London. A note to his client reports that he did not have enough skin and had to split it. The front cover, bound in the outer layer of skin, has a slightly bumpy texture, like soft sandpaper. The spine and back cover, made from the inner layer, feel like suede.

"The Dance of Death" is about how death prevails over all, rich or poor. As with many other skin-bound volumes, "there was some tie-in with the content of the book," said Sam Streit, director of the John Hay Library.

On the Net:
John Hay Library: http://www.brown.edu/Facilities/University_Library/libs/hay/
Boston Athenaeum: http://www.bostonathenaeum.org/highwayman.html
College of Physicians of Philadelphia: http://www.collphyphil.org/

Saturday, January 07, 2006

Make a Snowflake, make two.

Popular Front: SnowDays

Make a cool snowflake, send to your friends or just interact with the other people making snowflakes!

Diamond Pet Food RECALLED

Diamond Pet Food Recalled Due to Aflatoxin
Contact: Mark Brinkman 573-229-4203


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- December 20, 2005 -- Diamond Pet Food has discovered aflatoxin in a product manufactured at our facility in Gaston, South Carolina. Aflatoxin is a naturally occurring toxic chemical by-product from the growth of the fungus Aspergillus flavus, on corn and other crops.

Out of an abundance of caution, we have notified our distributors and recommended they hold the sale of all Diamond Pet Food products formulated with corn that were produced out of our Gaston facility (see complete list below). Please note that products manufactured at our facilities in Meta, Missouri and Lathrop, California are not affected. The Gaston facility date codes are unique from other Diamond facility codes in that either the eleventh or twelfth character in the date code will be a capital "G" (in reference to Gaston). The range of date codes being reviewed are "Best By 01-March-07" through Best By " 11-June-07". Diamond's quantitative analysis records substantiate that Diamond's corn shipments were definitively clear of aflatoxin after December 10. As such, "Best By 11-June-07" date codes or later are not affected by this notice.

States serviced by our Gaston facility include Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky (eastern), Main, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, Vermont, and Virginia.

We are rapidly analyzing retained samples of all products produced in Gaston so we can isolate specific lot numbers impacted and provide this information to our distributors, retailers and customers as quickly as possible.

Meanwhile, if your pet is showing any symptoms of illness, including sluggishness or lethargy combined with a reluctance to eat, yellowish tint to the eyes and/or gums, and severe or bloody diarrhea, please consult your veterinarian immediately.

Product quality and customer satisfaction are important to us. We pledge to keep you updated as new developments occur.

Gaston Facility Products Removed From Sale

Diamond Low Fat Dog Food
Diamond Hi-Energy Dog Food
Diamond Maintenance Dog Food
Diamond Performance Dog Food
Diamond Premium Adult Dog Food
Diamond Puppy Food
Diamond Maintenance Cat Food
Diamond Professional Cat Food
Country Value Puppy
Country Value Adult Dog
Country Value High Energy Dog
Country Value Adult Cat Food
Professional Chicken & Rice Senior Dog Food
Professional Reduced Fat Chicken & Rice Dog Food
Professional Adult Dog Food
Professional Large-Breed Puppy Food
Professional Puppy Food
Professional Reduced Fat Cat Food
Professional Adult Cat Food


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Thursday, January 05, 2006

What Element Is Your Love?

Your Love Element Is Fire

In love, you are a true listener and totally present.

For you, love is all about feeling more alive than you've ever felt.

You attract others with your joy and passion.

Your flirting style is defined by your strong ability to communicate.

Fun and play are the cornerstones of your love life.

And while your flame may burn too brightly, it's part of your appeal.

You connect best with: Wood

Avoid: Water

You and another Fire element: will likely burn out quickly

Skepticism greets claim of possible alien microbes

Skepticism greets claim of possible alien microbes

Jan. 5, 2006
Special to World Science

A paper to appear in a scientific journal claims a strange red rain might have dumped microbes from space onto Earth four years ago.

Zeta, Tropical Storm That Won't Quit - Yahoo! News

MIAMI - Zeta again strengthened into a tropical storm Thursday and could break the record for the storm lasting the longest into January since record keeping began in 1851.

Zeta, the 27th and final named storm in a tumultuous, record-breaking hurricane season that officially ended more than a month ago, had sustained winds near 40 mph at 10 a.m., up from 35 mph earlier in the day, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami. Winds had reached 65 mph on Wednesday.

Zeta posed no threat to land.

Its first incarnation as a tropical storm lasted from Dec. 30 to around 4 a.m. Thursday. Its second stint as a tropical storm was not expected to last more than a day, because another weather system is likely to "decapitate" it with strong wind shear, hurricane specialist Stacy Stewart said.

"This thing has been very tenacious," he said. "It's probably its last gasp."

Zeta is only the second Atlantic storm in recorded history to survive into January, joining Hurricane Alice in 1955. After Zeta dissipates, Stewart said, forecasters will review records to determine whether it or Alice lasted longest into January.

Weird weird weather over the past decade....

Monday, January 02, 2006

Los Angeles Times: Bad Bambi

GO TO THE INTERNET SEARCH ENGINE of your choice. Type in 'aggressive deer,' oxymoronic though it sounds. Prepare to be amazed.

Those soft-eyed creatures, who seemingly could do no greater harm than eating tulips, who look so sweet and startled as they graze by the roadside in family groups, are a scary bunch of mammals. This fall, five Californians were gored at their homes by deer. One, an elderly man in a suburb of San Diego, died. Helena, Mont., has roving urban gangs of hundreds of troublemaking deer. Four were shot after they wouldn't let a newspaper carrier walk his route. Wildlife officials say complaints are increasing."

There used to be a gang of about 8-10 by my house, but hunting season may have thinned them out a bit. They used to hang out in my front yard at night. Did you know they make some really weird noises too? Snorts and chuckles and other weird sounds...

Sunday, January 01, 2006

LibriVox - About sweet time!


LibriVox: "LibriVox provides totally free audiobooks from the public domain. There are several options for listening. The first step is to get the mp3 or ogg files into your own computer:"