Sunday, November 30, 2008

Nanotech clothing fabric 'never gets wet'

Nanotech clothing fabric 'never gets wet' - tech - 24 November 2008 - New Scientist:

* 18:02 24 November 2008 by Jon Evans
* For similar stories, visit the Nanotechnology Topic Guide

If you were to soak even your best raincoat underwater for two months it would be wet through at the end of the experience. But a new waterproof material developed by Swiss chemists would be as dry as the day it went in.

Lead researcher Stefan Seeger at the University of Zurich says the fabric, made from polyester fibres coated with millions of tiny silicone filaments, is the most water-repellent clothing-appropriate material ever created."

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Saturday, November 29, 2008

Fringe - The Pattern

Fringe - Bios

I was watching the episode called "The Dreamscape" from my Tivo tonite and noticed an airline ticket marked Oceanic Air. As a Lost fan, I recognized the name.

I love Lost and I am beginning to love Fringe.

One thing I do like more than Lost is that they will tell you when they go on commercial break. They say something like "Fringe will return in 90 seconds" on a screen that contains some icon. The one I remember is a hand print with 6 fingers.

That's only three clicks on my little fast forward button hack.

Tivo rocks!

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Riots 'kill hundreds in Nigeria'

Hundreds of people are reported to have been killed in central Nigeria after Christians and Muslims clashed over the result of a local election.

A Muslim charity in the town of Jos says it collected more than 300 bodies, and fatalities are also expected from other ethnic groups, mainly Christians.

There is no official confirmation yet, and figures are notoriously unreliable in Nigeria, says the BBC's Alex Last.

Police have imposed a 24-hour curfew and the army is patrolling the streets.

They have been given orders to shoot on sight in an effort to quell the bloodshed, some of the most serious in Nigeria in recent years.

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Mumbai terror rage ends after 60 hours, 195 dead

Mumbai terror rage ends after 60 hours, 195 dead

By JENNY BARCHFIELD and RAMOLA TALWAR BADAM, Associated Press Writers Jenny Barchfield And Ramola Talwar Badam, Associated Press Writers 3 mins ago

MUMBAI, India – A 60-hour terror rampage across India's financial capital ended Saturday when commandos killed the last three gunmen holed up in a luxury hotel engulfed in flames. At least 195 people died.

After the final siege ended, adoring crowds surrounded six buses near the hotel carrying weary, unshaven commandos, shaking their hands and giving them flowers. The commandos, dressed in black fatigues, said they had been ordered not to talk about the operation, but said they had not slept since the ordeal began. One sat sipping a bottle of water and holding a pink rose.

"What happened is disgusting," said Suresh Thakkar, 59, who reopened his clothing store behind the hotel Saturday for the first time since the attacks. "It will be harder to recover, but we will recover. Bombay people have a lot of spirit and courage." Mumbai was formerly known as Bombay.

Officials said they believe just 10 well-prepared gunmen were behind the attacks that brought the city of 18 million to its knees for three days.

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Friday, November 28, 2008

The Adult Equalizer

Next time you find yourself in the middle of a nerf war, pull this baby out of the closet and barricade yourself in the hallway with this massive nerf gun.

---Don't forget that you are a role model for someone---

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35 Things Every PC User Should Know - PC World

Want to speed up your broadband connection? Diagnose mysterious crashes? Move massive files across the Internet? Sooner or later, you will--and you'll find step-by-step instructions for these and other common PC tasks right here.

Christopher Null
Monday, January 29, 2007 07:00 PM PST

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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Microsoft's new hosted services: What are your options?

By Scott M. Fulton, III, BetaNews
November 17, 2008, 3:45 PM

Today's announcement officially means Microsoft is the latest entry in a market of services that Microsoft actually made feasible: It can now host Exchange mailboxes for Active Directory users that do not have Exchange Server 2007.

In a very compelling alternative package, though, the company is rolling all four of these services into a single bundle called Business Productivity Online Standard Suite, for $15 per user per month. Package licensing deals are available for "midmarket" customers with between 25 and 499 users, and "enterprise" customers with 500 users and above.

BetaNews Microsoft's new hosted services: What are your options?

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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Bug Labs: Products

Bug Labs: Products

BUG is a collection of easy-to-use electronic modules that snap together to build any gadget you can imagine. Each BUGmodule represents a specific gadget function (ex: a camera, a keyboard, a video output, etc.). You decide which functions to include and BUG takes care of the rest, letting you try out different combinations quickly and easily. With BUG and the integrated programming environment/online community (BUGnet), anyone can build, program and share innovative devices and applications. We don’t define the final products – you do.

Think Radio Shack 101 lab experiments, but for the 21st Century!

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Sunday, November 16, 2008

Goodbye Calling All Pets - WPR cancelled

Goodbye Calling All Pets

Well, this is a hard one to write.

Wisconsin Public Radio has cancelled production of Calling All Pets.

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Saturday, November 15, 2008

My recent last glug of a Sierra Mist

I was watching Tivo and finishing off a mini can of Sierra Mist, when an unexpected solid drained into my mouth. Nasty..

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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Homo floresiensis revisited on Nova's "Alien from Earth"

In 2003, an Australian/Indonesian team made a stunning discovery deep within a limestone cave on the Indonesian island of Flores: the remains of what they and many other experts consider a brand-new species of human, Homo floresiensis. The following year, the crew unearthed remains of up to eight more "hobbit" individuals in the same cave.

Mike Morwood has written many scientific papers on the discovery and is coauthor (with Penny van Oosterzee), of A New Human: The Startling Discovery and Strange Story of the "Hobbits" of Flores, Indonesia (Smithsonian Books, 2007).

NOVA Alien From Earth Ask the Expert PBS

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Wisconsin Realizes Franchise 'Reform' Was a Con - State wakes up after bender, notices AT&T in bed next to them... -

Wisconsin Realizes Franchise 'Reform' Was a Con - State wakes up after bender, notices AT&T in bed next to them... - "Wisconsin Realizes Franchise 'Reform' Was a Con
State wakes up after bender, notices AT&T in bed next to them...
08:55AM Monday Nov 10 2008 by Karl Bode
tags: legal · competition · business · Politics
Tipped by ArgMeMatey

The baby bells have lobbied very hard to gut the existing local franchise system, without it getting much coverage from the technology media. With the FCC's help, they've passed franchise 'reform' laws in more than a dozen states under the promise of more jobs and lower TV rates. In reality, the bills are designed to legalize cherry picking, kill consumer protection laws, eliminate local authority and eminent domain rights, and streamline lobbying. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, with TV rates skyrocketing, Wisconsin is the latest to notice that the franchise 'reform' bill they were sold didn't actually do anything for consumers that the old system didn't."

Windows XP File Assocation Fixes

Windows XP File Assocation Fixes

Holy Grail!

The United States government has passed incentives for small wind.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

How to build a website

How to build a website: Get a manager.
Don't put a whizkid, graphical designer, or a programmer in charge of your internet project. Whizkids are cheap and they have lot's of great idea's. But they focus on what's hot and new, not on finishing your project. A graphical designer will deliver a great looking but completely useless website. A programmer will make a website which you can use, but don't want to. Building a website is just like any other project; lot's of little details have to be merged into a whole. You will need somebody to organise and keep track of the unruly designers and programmers."

- Jeroen Kessels

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Looking for those One-Item a Day shopping portals?

Updated List

My List of Daily Shop Stops!

Shnoop - Still there, looking better than ever! Top ten list.
ThingFling - Selection is waning. Starting to look like Woot.
Woot! - Like the selection, not much else. Can usually find cheaper somewhere else.
eWoobie - Seems to be unreachable..
ejectIT - Random I/T Products...Often goofy. Top ten list.
Stootsi - Hmmm.. Its ok. Kinda random, too many 'other' pages/sites...
Dealsucker - Compilation of daily deals! and one of my top three.
Boddit - My favorite site of compiled deals, and one of my top three.
Fruper - Another daily deal site! This rounds out my top three!
Yugster - Always interesting products! Top ten list.
IHavetoHaveThat - Boring page theme, but interesting products. Top ten list.
Brandlet - Good girl clothes site. Excellent models :)
ComputerDealofTheDay - Computer Deals, sometimes!
Froomb - Another collection of deals sites, tries to be everything, but is too busy.
CrazyMomDeals - Ummmm... Maybe for soccer moms with too much money....
DailySwag - Gone the way of the do do bird....
Amazon Collection of deals - Looks interesting.. - Stay away. You have to buy your own bids. The bidding is done in .15 cent blocks!

Underdog Heaven - Thanks John!

The Kennel Award: The Best Perennial Team, City or Region for Underdog Sports-- Buffalo, The Buffalo-Niagara Region and Western New York, otherwise known as "Bills Country."

Nice page dedicated to the Underdog capital of all popular American sports.

Buffalo Sports

Saturday, November 08, 2008 - The Global Broadband Speed Test

From Clear Lake, WI to Minneapolis

Faster to Chicago land for some reason... Hmmmm. - The Global Broadband Speed Test

My results from Clear Lake, WI to Chicago test site.

6 Steps to a Faster Broadband Connection - Page1 -  MSN Tech & Gadgets - How To

6 Steps to a Faster Broadband Connection - Page1 - MSN Tech & Gadgets - How To: "Even if you're paying top dollar for high-speed Internet service, you may not be getting the performance you expect. Follow our guide to boost your broadband speed."

1. Test Your Connection SpeedBefore you start tweaking, get a baseline reading of your downstream and upstream connection speeds at If possible, measure the speeds at different times of day, especially during the hours when you use the connection most frequently and at least once after midnight or 1:00 a.m. (when competition for bandwith is likely to be at its lowest level).

More steps after the jump..

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Trojan virus steals banking info

The Sinowal trojan has been tracked by RSA, which helps to secure networks in Fortune 500 companies.

RSA said the trojan virus has infected computers all over the planet.

'The effect has been really global with over 2000 domains compromised,' said Sean Brady of RSA's security division.

He told the BBC: 'This is a serious incident on a very noticeable scale and we have seen an increase in the number of trojans and their variants, particularly in the States and Canada.'

Saturday, November 01, 2008

1997 Dodge Intrepid 244k miles - GREAT WINTER CAR

White 1997 Dodge Intrepid, good used condition, clean non-smoking interior. Driven daily from Amery, WI to Woodbury, MN for last four years.

Reliable and 26/27 mpg highway. Trip to Chicago hit 31mpg last summer! Has 244,000 miles and will likely drive another 100,000 if kept up. Great tires, New brakes this year, Cold AC, Cruise Control used daily, Python remote starter and remote door locks for these cold winters!

Sony in dash CD stereo with remote and removable head unit. This car also has a block heater.

Uses about a quart of oil every 2000 miles. Oil has been changed every 5000 miles since I purchased car at 120,000 miles in 2004. I just purchased a car that gets 40mpg and could really use the money from the sale of this Intrepid.

The car does currently need the CV Boots replaced and the car is priced accordingly @ $1600 or best reasonable offer. VIN-2B3HD46T4VH762946

1997 Dodge Intrepid - GREAT WINTER CAR