Tuesday, August 29, 2006

DP10-T1 Flexible neck USB pc camera?

This is the one that various online computer retailers sell for under $20 or so. For some reason, it says something like CIF single chip when you plug it into a usb port without first loading the driver.

I've also noticed that it sometimes works, sometimes not. Anyway, the file is here. Just ask me and I'll give you the link to it.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

BetaNews | New Zero-Day PowerPoint Exploit Hits

BetaNews | New Zero-Day PowerPoint Exploit Hits: "In the meantime, Laurio stressed PowerPoint users should use caution when opening up files from outside sources until a fix is provided. 'These days you can't trust that the sender information included to message PowerPoint file attached is truthful,' he said. 'If you are not sure, you can always call to the sender if e-mail including .PPT attachments arrives unexpectedly.'"

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Dads & Daughters Tips for Starting Back to School

The start of the new school year can be a nerve-wracking time for our daughters and stepdaughters.

Here are 12 simple things Dads and Stepdads can do to help!

1. Listen to what’s happening. If she’s stressed or upset about cliques, teams, new subjects, or anything else—give her your attention. Give her time to get things out and do some processing before jumping in with judgments or suggestions.

2. Help her keep perspective. Gently remind her that there are more important things than who’s wearing what, or who is going out with whom. Let her know (in word and deed) that you love her for who she is, no matter what.

3. Look at the big picture. Sit down and ask your daughter what a successful school year would look like for her; friends, sports, activities, boys. Really listen and then talk about how important each goal is to her and if she thinks each one is realistic. It’s OK to discuss your expectations regarding grades, but remember the important lessons learned outside the classroom and all the pressures which face our girls today.

4. Treat yourselves as special. Take her for a drive for ice cream or something you know she loves. Keep summer alive by going swimming, shooting hoops, or anything else you enjoy doing together. The beginning of school is a great time to begin a new tradition and connect with her through listening. How about a lunch date the last Saturday of every month?

5. Let her cope and experiment. School can be a great place for her to learn important personal and interpersonal skills which will serve her later in life. Don’t rush in to solve every problem – listen. But never back down where her personal safety is concerned.

6. Walk a mile in her shoes. Try to imagine what she’s experiencing and what it means to her. Your example of understanding and empathy can help her make it through her own trials.

7. Celebrate success. We sometimes tend to focus more on what’s not going right more than we do on what is going well. Be sure to let her know how proud you are of her talents and accomplishments—even if they are not readily recognized by others.

8. Be her hero. Stay always mindful of her unique spirit and give her your loyalty, kindness, acceptance, respect, and support. Your influence in her life is unique, so make it as positive as possible.

9. Tell stories about yourself. Many things have changed since your were a kid, but most of the important stuff is still the same. Share your own youthful struggles with staying true to yourself, your values, and your friends. Don’t make every story into a lecture, and be sure to admit your mistakes---that can teach her a lot!

10. Honor her interests. Even if her passion isn’t your first choice for fun, be there for her, let her teach you about her interests, and learn why she’s passionate about them. Your validation is a huge help to her.

11. Help her sleep. Start a “school schedule” bedtime and wake up drill the couple of nights before school and/or in the early weeks of school so it won’t be a shock to her or you. To help with the transition, let her have a long, quiet bath by herself. You can help by giving a foot massage, singing her to sleep or just sitting quietly by her bed to help her relax and go to sleep. If you keep this ritual going once school starts, there’s no telling what you might hear from her if you listen during these quiet times. And that’s more important than rushing to your TV to see who the next Apprentice will be!

12. Say the three magic words every day. Don’t let any 24 hours pass by without telling her and showing her that you love her.

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Saturday, August 19, 2006

The Ultimate Sub-SubWoofer

Brings a new realism to sonic reproduction.

Saturday, August 12, 2006

What I just finished reading..

village voice > books > David Maine's The Preservationist

If you've ever wondered about the logistics of Noah and the Ark, you need to read this book. I enjoyed it. PG17 rating however.

It Came From Lake Michigan Film Festival

It Came From Lake Michigan Film Festival

Invades Racine, WI. on Oct. 20th-22nd. Showcasing the best in independent horror, sci-fi and fantasy films, the "IT CAME FROM LAKE MICHIGAN" film festival is the ONLY film festival of its kind in Wisconsin.

Friday, August 11, 2006

Side Tracked

Time for a brain teaser!

Exchange the positions of brown and green frogs!

Bright Sparks

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Senators Collins and Lieberman Raise Concerns about Changes to NASA Mission Statement

What the heck is going on at NASA anyways?

Senators Collins and Lieberman Raise Concerns about Changes to NASA Mission Statement | SpaceRef - Your Space Reference:

Remember that movie called "The Arrival"?

Could it possibly be true?????

July 31, 2006

Dear Dr. Griffin,

We are writing to express our deep concern about the recent elimination of the phrase 'to understand and protect our home planet' from NASA's mission statement. At a time in which evidence grows on an almost daily basis of the potentially severe impacts of climate change, we find it inexplicable that NASA apparently no longer views protecting and understanding our home planet as a priority. NASA's earth science is some of the best in the world. From studies of hurricanes to the Antarctica ozone hole, from sea level rise to coral reef mapping, NASA's earth science mission is vital to our understanding and protecting planet Earth. A NASA scientist has testified before our committee on the implications of climate change and the importance of climate change research. We wrote to you on February 15, 2006 to express our concerns about allegations of censorship of climate science at NASA.

We appreciate NASA's response to our questions and the agency's reaffirmation that it is 'committed to open scientific and technical inquiry and dialogue with the public.' However, this commitment has little meaning if NASA subsequently alters its mission so as to scale back the very science that we strongly believe needs to be both conducted and communicated to the public.

NASA has a history of scientific excellence not only in space, but also on our own planet. While space exploration is vital, we do not believe that science on our home planet should be sacrificed in order to explore distant planets. NASA can, and should, do both.

We look forward to working with you to ensure NASA's continued contributions to the understanding and protection of our planet.

Susan M. Collins
United States Senator

Joseph Lieberman
United States Senator

Archimedes Hidden Text FOUND

Born in the 3rd century B.C., Archimedes is considered one of ancient Greece's greatest mathematicians, perhaps best known for discovering the principle of buoyancy while taking a bath.

The 174-page manuscript, known as the Archimedes Palimpsest, contains the only copies of treatises on flotation, gravity and mathematics. Scholars believe a scribe copied them onto the goatskin parchment from the original Greek scrolls.

Three centuries later, a monk scrubbed off the Archimedes text and used the parchment to write prayers at a time when the Greek mathematician's work was less appreciated. In the early 20th century, forgers tried to boost the manuscript's value by painting religious imagery on some of the pages.

In 1998, an anonymous private collector paid $2 million for the manuscript at an auction, then loaned it to the Walter Arts Museum for safekeeping and study.

Over the past eight years, researchers have used ultraviolet and infrared filters, as well as digital cameras and processing techniques, to reveal most of the buried text, but some pages were still unreadable.

'We will never recover all of it,' Noel said. 'We are just getting as much as we can, and we are going to the ends of the earth to get it.'"

Meerkats destroyed at zoo test negative for rabies

kare11.com :: KARE 11 TV - Meerkats destroyed at zoo test negative for rabies: "The family, including two parents and their three offspring, were euthanized by lethal injection Thursday night so that their brains could be extracted for the rabies test.

'It's a sad affair,' said collections director Tony Fisher Friday as he stood in front of the closed exhibit, 'It's frustrating for us. And it's totally avoidable.'

The sequence of events ending the destruction of the meerkats began Wednesday when a nine-year-old girl climbed onto a rock wall and reached over a glass barrier and suffered a bite to her finger."

New Scientist blog: Two left arms

Medical curiosities have always fascinated mankind. So I'm not surprised that many newspapers have picked up on the story of Jie-jie – a baby boy born in China with two left arms and one right arm.

While I can see many advantages to having a third arm – tuning the radio whilst driving, for example – in Jie-jie’s case, neither of his left arms seem fully functional. Since he cries when they are touched, they also seem to be causing him some degree of pain.

The problem facing the Shanghai doctors who plan to operate on him is in deciding which arm to remove. Although rare, doctors have previously reported children born with extra arms, legs, fingers and toes. Usually they remove the limb which is the least developed or has no connection to the brain. But in Jie-jie’s case this is difficult to determine.

On June 6th the surgery was performed successfully on the arm closest to his chest.

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Microsoft Virtual PC 2004 is FREE!

In what could be construed as a shot directly across VMware's bow, Microsoft has announced that as of now, Virtual PC 2004 is free. The virtualization software which, like VMware Server, allows many operating systems to run simultaneously on top of a host OS. Unfortunately it's only the Windows 2000/XP version of Virtual PC that's going free--the Mac version still has a price tag of $249.
There's other good news, though: First, Microsoft has also announced that Virtual PC 2007 is in the works. Few details are available yet, but Windows Vista will be supported as both a host and guest OS, with support for 64-bit Vista and improved performance. Second, Microsoft will be loosening the license restrictions for enterprise customers and allowing up to four copies of Vista Enterprise Edition and Vista Ultimate to run on virtual machines for a single user.

Friday, August 04, 2006

VMware Server Is FREE!

As was announced back in February, VMware is now giving away one of its flagship products, VMware Server (formerly GSX Server). The free OS virtualization server makes it possible to run multiple operating systems simultaneously on top of a host OS, which can eliminate dual-booting, make installing or testing potentially dangerous apps risk-free, or keeping around a copy of your old system when you reinstall Windows. VMware Server 1.0 is available for Windows or Linux.

McAfee 2006 Flawed!

Flaw Found in 2006 McAfee Products

By Ed Oswald, BetaNews

August 1, 2006, 12:26 PM

A flaw in many of McAfee's security products could open up users to a data exposure risk, security firm eEye Digital Security warned late Monday. Among the programs affected are Internet Security Suite, SpamKiller, Privacy Service and Virus Scan Plus, although the 2007 versions, released Saturday, are immune.

Imagine that...

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

'ICE' your cell phone! - Good Advice!

"ICE" your cell phone

Paramedics and EMTs will turn to a victim's cell phone for clues to that person's identity. You can make their job much easier with a simple idea that they are trying to get everyone to adopt: ICE.

"ICE" stands for In Case of Emergency. If you add an entry in the contacts list in your cell phone under ICE, with the name and phone no. of the person that the emergency services should call on your behalf, you can save them a lot of time and have your loved ones contacted quickly. It only takes a few moments of your time to do.

Paramedics know what ICE means and they look for it immediately.

ICE your cell phone NOW!

Please pass this along.