Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Turbospoke - The Bicycle Exhaust System | Bicycle Muffler, Boys Toy, Bicycle Accessory, Cool Gadget

Turbospoke - The Bicycle Exhaust System | Bicycle Muffler, Boys Toy, Bicycle Accessory, Cool Gadget

I coulda used one of these..

Thursday, December 10, 2009

President Obama's Nobel Acceptance Speech

After you read this speech given today, can you still think that this man doesn't have Americas best interests at heart?


Remarks by the President at the Acceptance of the Nobel Peace Prize

Oslo City Hall
Oslo, Norway

1:44 P.M. CET

THE PRESIDENT: Your Majesties, Your Royal Highnesses, distinguished members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, citizens of America, and citizens of the world:

I receive this honor with deep gratitude and great humility. It is an award that speaks to our highest aspirations -- that for all the cruelty and hardship of our world, we are not mere prisoners of fate. Our actions matter, and can bend history in the direction of justice.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/dec/10/barack-obama-nobel-acceptance-speech/print Print Version


http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/remarks-president-acceptance-nobel-peace-prize To read version.

Ancient Amazon civilisation laid bare by felled forest - life - 10 December 2009 - New Scientist

Ancient Amazon civilisation laid bare by felled forest - life - 10 December 2009 - New Scientist

Signs of what could be a previously unknown ancient civilisation are emerging from beneath the felled trees of the Amazon. Some 260 giant avenues, ditches and enclosures have been spotted from the air in a region straddling Brazil's border with Bolivia.

Ancient Amazon civilisation laid bare by felled forest

Ancient Amazon civilisation laid bare by felled forest - life - 10 December 2009 - New Scientist: "Signs of what could be a previously unknown ancient civilisation are emerging from beneath the felled trees of the Amazon. Some 260 giant avenues, ditches and enclosures have been spotted from the air in a region straddling Brazil's border with Bolivia."

Friday, November 27, 2009

Golf star Tiger Woods 'injured in car accident'

BBC Sport - Golf - Golf star Tiger Woods 'injured in car accident': "Golfer Tiger Woods is in a serious condition after being involved in a car accident in Florida, according to US unconfirmed media reports."

The golfer's car reportedly struck a fire hydrant and tree as he pulled out of the driveway of his home.

Associated Press news agency, quoting the Florida Highway Patrol, says an inquiry into the crash is under way.

Woods, 33, was taken to Health Central Hospital, local reports said, but the hospital has not confirmed this.

The story was reported by the Orlando Sentinel newspaper, which also cited the Florida Highway Patrol.

An official was quoted as saying the accident was not alcohol related.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Wikileaks released 9/11 text messages

"WikiLeaks releases 573,000 pager intercepts from 9/11 2001"

From 3AM on Wednesday November 25, 2009, until 3AM the following day (US east coast time), WikiLeaks will release over half a million US national text pager intercepts.

The intercepts cover a 24 hour period surrounding the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York and Washington.
To foster a deeper understanding, the messages will be released to the global community "live". That is, the first message, corresponding to 3AM September 11, 2001, five hours before the first attack, will be released at 3AM November 25, 2009 and the last, corresponding to 3AM September 12, 2001 at 3AM November 26, 2009.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Big ICE Crimes

St. Paul Ice Company Agrees To Pay $9M Fine

Where else but Minnesota?

ST. PAUL (AP) ― Arctic Glacier International Inc. is the second company to plead guilty to criminal charges stemming from an ongoing Justice Department investigation into the packaged ice industry. Home City Ice Co. of Cincinnati pleased guilty in June of 2008.

A Minnesota-based packaged ice company has agreed to pay a $9 million criminal fine for allegedly conspiring with a competitor to divide up the ice market in the Detroit area and southeastern Michigan, the Justice Department announced Tuesday.

Arctic Glacier International Inc. is the second company to plead guilty to criminal charges stemming from an ongoing Justice Department investigation into the packaged ice industry, the department said. Home City Ice Co. of Cincinnati pleased guilty in June of 2008.

I bet they provide good health care for their employees...

T-Mobile halts Sidekick sales.

T-Mobile halts Sidekick sales after data loss: "'The T-Mobile debacle may be a setback from which the world?s largest software maker cannot recover,' he said. 'T-Mobile has a million nervous customers, all due to Microsoft?s failure. That is about as bad as PR gets.'"

Sunday, October 04, 2009

Great Idea for Passwords

Over at the SANS website, they have a security awareness tip of the day page.

This is a great idea if your password field is not limited to just 16 characters. Try it next time you need to change.

September 24, 2009
Change from a password to a passphrase
It's better to use longer and more complicated passwords, but they are hard to remember. Try using a passphrase like "I love getting to work at 8:00!" It's long, easy to remember, and has a mix of upper case and lower case letters and symbols. Don't use familiar or famous quotations. Don't use any real names, especially your own, your family member's, or your pet's. Nonsensical passphrases are the hardest to crack. Because password cracking time increases exponentially, a criminal with substantial computing resources can crack short passwords quickly; while a 31-character (the length of our example) passphrase would take 231,935,475,118,605,000,000,000 years to crack! Best of all, it's easy to remember.

Sunday, September 06, 2009

H1N1 - Told ya so..

SAN FRANCISCO, California (AFP) – Some 2,000 students at Washington State University have reported symptoms of swine flu, university officials said, in one of the largest reported outbreaks of the virus on a US college campus.

The west-coast school last week instituted a blog to help provide information to students about the sudden and dramatic spread of the A(H1N1) virus on campus just days into the new school term.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

How to make a secure password.

How to make strong, easy-to-remember passwords Safe and Secure - CNET News:

"One way to create a password that's hard to guess but easy to remember is to make up a phrase. You could type in the entire phrase (some sites let you use spaces, others don't) or you can use the initials of each word in the phrase, for instance, 'IgfLESi85' for 'I graduated from Lincoln Elementary School in '85.' An even better one would be 'MbfihswE&S' for 'My best friends in high school were Eric and Steve.' You get the idea--upper case numbers, letters, and symbols that are seemingly meaningless to everyone but you. Microsoft has an excellent primer on passwords and a password strength checker."

Check out this link to Microsoft for their password strength checker.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Printee for IE Freeware download and review - print web pages the way you want

Printee for IE is an Internet Explorer add-on that enables you to print web pages the way you want. You can remove all images and backgrounds, selectively delete page elements such as advertising, navigation menus and other items that you don`t want to print, and also change the font, width and page layout style. The result is a cleanly formatted page that only contains the content that you want to print.

Printee for IE Freeware download and review - print web pages the way you want from SnapFiles

OEMs Pick Up Windows 7 RTM Code Today in Redmond

OEMs Pick Up Windows 7 RTM Code Today in Redmond - Windows 7 Team Blog - The Windows Blog:

I would love to be working for any of those companies designing hardware around the new 7 OS!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

The longest solar eclipse of the century!

The longest solar eclipse of the century - The Big Picture - Boston.com:

"Earlier today, the moon passed directly in front of the sun, causing a total solar eclipse that crossed nearly half the Earth - through Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar and China. Today's was the longest total solar eclipse of the 21st century, lasting as much as 6 minutes and 39 seconds in a few areas. Despite cloudy skies in many of the populated areas in the path, millions of people gathered outside to gaze up and view this rare event. Collected here are a few images of the eclipse, and those people who came out to watch. (33 photos total)"

Support Should Never Be Necessary

Support Should Never Be Necessary - The Daily WTF:

Client Issue: 'Has ANY person in your company ever Looked at or tryed to READ any maniual man u all something like thet that it's funney even after 7 years I still LAUGH any way some people like Ta know I mean Ya know!'

Problem Point: We failed to provide the client with a version of their manual in garbled, unpunctuated non-english.

Improvement Goal: Many companies miss the garbled, unpunctuated non-english market segment completely, and we should not be one of them. It's important to remember that for every client that understands 'Click the 'submit' button to save your changes', there's another that only understands 'klik tHe summit butt on two SAVE yer changez ya know ya know'."

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Expert Confirms Authenticity Of Vinland Map

Expert Confirms Authenticity Of Vinland Map

Posted on: Saturday, 18 July 2009, 07:15 CDT

A Danish expert said on Friday that a 15th century Vinland Map, the first known map depicting part of America prior to Christopher Columbus’ arrival on the continent, is almost certainly authentic.

The map has been surrounded by controversy since its discovery in 1950, with many scholars suspecting it was merely part of a hoax intended to prove that Vikings were the first Europeans to land in North America (a claim confirmed by an archaeological find in 1960).

Doubts about the map remained even after carbon dating was established as a credible way of determining the age of an object.

Expert Confirms Authenticity Of Vinland Map - Science News - redOrbit

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Now these are JOB BENEFITS!

If a company was to start offering benefits like this in the twin cities and surrounding area, there would be no unemployment!!!

See if you agree.

Need a reason to join the team? Here are 17:

    • Food. We stock the cabinets with food. Yeah, most of it’s full of sugar, but we try to throw in some healthy snacks. Cup o’ noodles is still a weakness for some of us though.
    • 401k plan. All you have to do is say how much and we do the rest.
    • Health insurance. 100% coverage.
    • And eye care. We also take care of those eyes.
    • And teeth too. We have dental coverage. Got to impress those clients :)
    • Cell phone coverage. Can you hear us now?
    • Profit sharing. We’re a team of entrepreneurial-thinking workers. It’s important to us that everyone see the benefits of their hard work.
    • Free dry cleaning. Hate dressing up? We’ve taken the hard work out of putting on the snazzy dress shirt or blouse.
    • Free house cleaning. Yep, we think getting stuff done at home is just as important as getting stuff done in the office.
    • A growing library. Need a book? Just put it on the wish list and it will be added to the ZURB library.
    • 3 weeks vacation. And all those common holidays too. Work hard, play hard.
    • Lunches. Now and then we like to order sushi, and if you’re working late we don’t mind chipping in for dinner.
    • Start-ups. Some people go work for start-ups. At ZURB you get to help start start-ups.
    • Challenging work. We believe that everyone has a brain to think – we make you use every last brain cell.
    • Flex-time. Hey, things come up now and then. What’s dental coverage when you don’t have time to get those teeth drilled?
    • A great team. It’s fun to work on great projects, but it’s even better to learn something new from a team member.
    • A fun work environment. You see this on other company websites, but we are really committed to making work fun.

    I think it may be time to move..

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Bozeman City job requirement wants your usernames AND passwords!

Applying for a job with the City of Bozeman? You may be asked to provide more personal information than you expected.

The requirement is included on a waiver statement applicants must sign, giving the City permission to conduct an investigation into the person's "background, references, character, past employment, education, credit history, criminal or police records."

"Please list any and all, current personal or business websites, web pages or memberships on any Internet-based chat rooms, social clubs or forums, to include, but not limited to: Facebook, Google, Yahoo, YouTube.com, MySpace, etc.," the City form states. There are then three lines where applicants can list the Web sites, their user names and log-in information and their passwords.

Not really work at home, but...

Want to make a little bit of money while your surfing the net anyway? Check out the link. My goal is to add about $5 to my paypal account every friday. You can too.


Whisky Stones | Uncrate

Whisky Stones | Uncrate

One of the worst things about adding ice to a whisky is its ability to water-down the flavor. So chill your next drink down with Whisky Stones ($20).


1972: A happy coincidence

Webcam capture of a curious bird

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Visual Studio, .NET Framework Beta Available - Directions on Microsoft

Visual Studio, .NET Framework Beta Available - Directions on Microsoft: "Visual Studio, .NET Framework Beta Available
Written by Rob Sanfilippo

Visual Studio 2010, Visual Studio Team System 2010, and the .NET Framework 4 are now available in an open public beta. Beta 1 adds several new features to the community technical preview that was released in Oct. 2008, such as a new look for the integrated development environment, which is based on the Windows Presentation Foundation, and the Tools Extension Manager, which allows browsing and downloading of extensions. However, Beta 1 is not feature complete. For example, ASP.NET Model-View-Controller and mobile device project templates are not in the beta."

Terrorism: The unequal treatment of two religiously motivated crimes

altmuslim - Terrorism: The unequal treatment of two religiously motivated crimes: "For two recent crimes, a Muslim, Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad, is charged with terrorism and murder. In a similar case, a Christian, Scott Roeder, is charged with murder but not terrorism. Yet, there are ample indications that both sought to influence government policy.

By Junaid M. Afeef, June 8, 2009

Two men, one Christian and the other Muslim, commit murder just one day apart in the United States. Both appear to have been motivated by their religious beliefs. The Christian murderer is Scott Roeder and his victim is Dr. George Tiller, a physician from Wichita, KS who performed late term abortions. The Muslim murderer is Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad and his victims are Pvt. William Long and Pvt. Quinton Ezeagwula who were new U.S. Army recruiters."

Officials: WHO likely to declare first flu pandemic in 41 years

Officials: WHO likely to declare first flu pandemic in 41 years - USATODAY.com: "GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization held an emergency swine flu meeting Thursday and was likely to declare the first flu pandemic in 41 years as infections climbed in the United States, Europe, Australia, South America and elsewhere.

Health officials from Scotland, Indonesia and Thailand said the agency would declare a swine flu pandemic — a global epidemic — on Thursday after a teleconference with leading flu experts. Officials at U.N. missions in Geneva also said they expected the imminent announcement of a pandemic."

Monday, June 08, 2009

Badass of the Week: Nikola Tesla

Badass of the Week: Nikola Tesla: "For instance, in 2007 a group of lesser geniuses at MIT got all pumped up out of their minds because they wirelessly transmitted energy a distance seven feet through the air. Fucking Nikola Tesla once lit 200 lightbulbs from a power source 26 miles away, and he did it in 1899 with a machine he built from spare parts in the middle of the fucking desert. To this day, nobody can really figure out how the fuck he pulled that shit off, because two-thirds of the schematics only existed in the darkest recesses of Tesla's all-powerful brain."

Of course, much like many other eccentric giga-geniuses and diabolical masterminds, Tesla was also completely insane. He was prone to nervous breakdowns, claimed to receive weird visions in the middle of the night, spoke to pigeons, and occasionally thought he was receiving electromagnetic signals from extraterrestrials on Mars. He was also obsessive-compulsive and hated round objects, human hair, jewelry, and anything that wasn't divisible by three. He was also asexual and celibate for his entire life. Basically, Nikola Tesla was the ultimate mad scientist, which is seriously fucking awesome!

Exclusive: Comedy Central Goes Back to the FUTURAMA

Exclusive: Comedy Central Goes Back to the FUTURAMA: "Good news everybody! An inside source has revealed exclusively to Collider that “Futurama” has been given a 13 episode order by Comedy Central. Though still technically a rumor at this point, word is that “Futurama” production offices have already opened and that casting is about to move forward."

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Construction Crew Severs Secret ‘Black Line’

Construction Crew Severs Secret ‘Black Line’ | Threat Level | Wired.com: "A construction crew working on an office building in Virginia in 2000 severed a fiber optic cable that wasn’t on anyone’s map. Apparently it was a ‘black line’ used for carrying secret intelligence data, according to sources who spoke recently with the Washington Post.

Within minutes of cutting the cable, three black SUV’s pulled up carrying men in suits who complained that their line was severed."

Sunday, May 31, 2009

One-two Punch In Battle Against HIV

One-two Punch In Battle Against HIV: New HIV Microbicide, And A Way To Mass Produce It In Plants, Developed: "ScienceDaily (May 30, 2009) — In what could be a major pharmaceutical breakthrough, research published in The FASEB Journal describes how scientists from St George's, University of London have devised a one-two punch to stop HIV. First the report describes a new protein that can kill the virus when used as a microbicide. Then the report shows how it might be possible to manufacture this protein in quantities large enough to make it affordable for people in developing countries."

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Free Fishing Weekend - Fishing Wisconsin - WDNR

Free Fishing Weekend - Fishing Wisconsin - WDNR: "Saturday and Sunday, June 6th-7th, 2009

Every year, the first consecutive Saturday and Sunday in June is designated as Free Fishing Weekend throughout the state of Wisconsin. All the waters of the state are open, including state waters of the Great Lakes and rivers bordering Wisconsin. Residents and nonresidents of all ages can fish without a fishing license (or trout or salmon stamps) over these two days. However, all other fishing regulations (length limits, bag limits, etc.) apply.

Pack up the family or call your friends and head to the water. Fishing clinics and special activities are planned at state and local parks throughout Wisconsin. No fishing pole? No worries! Contact a Tackle Loaner site at one of several state parks and DNR regional offices to borrow one.

Because children under the age of 16 do not need a fishing license to fish on any day of the year, the motto for Free Fishing Weekend could be, 'Take a grown-up fishing!'"

Friday, May 22, 2009

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

What is Vortex2?

Vortex2: "VORTEX2 is by far the largest and most ambitious effort ever made to understand tornadoes. We expect over 100 scientists and crew in up to 40 science and support vehicles to participate in this unique, fully nomadic, field program in May/June 2009-2010."

The cow that was zapped by lightning - and survived!

The poor creature was struck by lightning and left with blistering burns. You would expect it to have been cooked alive.

But the cow miraculously survived, apparently unperturbed by the ordeal, and is already back roaming the meadows.

Flame grilled cow

Pictured: The cow that was zapped by lightning - and survived | Mail Online

I want one..

Sunday, May 10, 2009

New nanocrystals show potential for cheap lasers, new lighting

For more than a decade, scientists have been frustrated in their attempts to create continuously emitting light sources from individual molecules because of an optical quirk called "blinking," but now scientists at the University of Rochester have uncovered the basic physics behind the phenomenon, and along with researchers at the Eastman Kodak Company, created a nanocrystal that constantly emits light.

New nanocrystals show potential for cheap lasers, new lighting | Science Codex

I'm mad at Tivo and Fox

Some of my favorite show recordings are being cut short. They have been running long and my tivo is not smart enough to know it. Specifically the show "Fringe".

Luckily Hulu has this show. And also what is really interesting is that you can click to the end of the show and only watch the part you missed!!

Until Tivo smartens up or Fox stops showing long, I'll be able to hook up with Hulu.


'09 Swine flu outbreak dashboard

Another H1N1/Swine flu dashboard with up to date information, also airtravel db.

'09 Swine flu outbreak dashboard

Friday, May 08, 2009

Enormous Shark’s Secret Hideout Finally Discovered!

After half a century of searching, scientists have finally discovered what happens to the world’s second largest shark every winter: It has a Caribbean hideout.

Basking sharks, which can grow up to 33 feet long and weigh more than a Hummer H1, spend the late spring, summer and early fall in the temperate regions of the world’s oceans. But then they pull their great disappearing act, eluding scientists throughout the winter months.

“It’s been a big mystery for the past fifty years,” said Greg Skomal, an aquatic biologist at the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries and lead author of the study in Current Biology May 7. “For a while people thought they were hibernating on the sea floor, even though hibernating is not really something sharks do.”

Enormous Shark’s Secret Hideout Finally Discovered | Wired Science

Monday, April 20, 2009

Since when is $250k a year middle class?


An interesting article about how wealth is viewed by certain people. I can understand some of their points but look at how much they give to their church and how much they have left over each month. It's really hard to feel too sorry for them when so many people are losing jobs and the majority of people will never see that kind of money a year their whole life.


Saturday, April 11, 2009

Conficker worm finally on the move

Conficker finally on the move : Christopher Null : Yahoo! Tech: "Last night, Conficker -- the computer worm that's had every computer user in a tizzy for weeks -- finally began to show signs of life. What exactly it's doing, no one's quite sure.

Here's the scoop: On April 8, Conficker began updating itself via Internet download, a process which became possible on the April 1 launch date. Before April 8, Conficker had been searching for updates but hadn't found any such instructions. Now they are finally being delivered."

Sunday, April 05, 2009

Its still cold up here in NW Wisconsin

Just this morning there was another inch of snow on the ground.

Now at 5pm, it appears to have all melted away.

Maybe its now time for spring!

Saturday, April 04, 2009

OnGuard Online

Train the trainers!

Great stuff to force employers to do to learn about computer and network security.

OnGuard Online

Panasonic DMC-GH1 availabile April 24 in Japan - SlipperyBrick.com

Panasonic DMC-GH1 availabile April 24 in Japan - SlipperyBrick.com: "The GH1 is looking seriously sexy in red and will be available April 24 in Asia for about ¥150,000. That’s roughly $1,500, which is a bit steep. It may be cheaper when it hits our shores, but that’s still a disappointing price."

1,000-year-old fishing trap found on Google Earth

The 853ft (260m) long construction is thought to have been built 1,000 years ago, around the time of the Domesday Book, using large rocks placed on a river bed.
Scientists believe large numbers of people worked together to erect the trap and it allowed them to catch plentiful numbers of fish for their supper.

1,000-year-old fishing trap found on Google Earth - Telegraph

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Conficker Eye Chart

Want a quick way to see if you're infected by CONFICKER?

Go to this link and see if you can load all the images!

Conficker Eye Chart

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Last-minute Conficker survival guide : Christopher Null : Yahoo! Tech

Last-minute Conficker survival guide : Christopher Null : Yahoo! Tech:

"Tomorrow -- April 1 -- is D-Day for Conficker, as whatever nasty payload it's packing is currently set to activate. What happens come midnight is a mystery: Will it turn the millions of infected computers into spam-sending zombie robots? Or will it start capturing everything you type -- passwords, credit card numbers, etc. -- and send that information back to its masters?
No one knows, but we'll probably find out soon."

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Nirvana Catalog To Be Re-Released On Vinyl

Nirvana Catalog To Be Re-Released On Vinyl:

March 20, 2009 05:48 PM ET
David J. Prince, N.Y.

The bulk of Nirvana's catalog is set for a high-fidelity do-over this year as the Original Recordings Group (ORG) prepares to release 'Nevermind,' 'In Utero,' and 'MTV Unplugged' on 180-gram, audiophile quality vinyl for the first time ever. All three records will be released in 2009, with 'Nevermind' coming first, says Monti Olson, a senior VP of Universal Music Publishing Group/Interscope Records and founder of ORG, who will announce the deal at South By Southwest tomorrow (March 21).

Friday, March 13, 2009

notepad 2 : a small, fast and free text editor

notepad 2 : a small, fast and free text editor: "Notepad2 is a FANTASTIC app, improving greatly the original Notepad shipped with Windows! Notepad2 follows the basic Notepad principle, keeping it small, fast, without frills, but it improves it greatly! Notepad2 is a fast and light-weight Notepad-like text editor with syntax highlighting."

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Movable Power by Jeff Carter

Movable Power by Jeff Carter » Yanko Design:

Actually furniture! A new electronic item at home usually means finding an appropriate place where you can aesthetically place it and find an empty power source. Who wants messy wires! A difficult situation, but yes sometimes it does mean rearranging some stuff. Movable Power looks to be that handy option where you just move the power strip according to your convenience and do the jiggy! As Jeff puts it, “This power strip allows you do change the strip, not your space.

Designer: Jeff Carter

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Reboots DaMachina!: DP10-T1 Flexible neck USB pc camera?


Reboots DaMachina!: DP10-T1 Flexible neck USB pc camera?

Ala. gunman left list of those 'who done him wrong'

Ala. gunman left list of those 'who done him wrong' - USATODAY.com

SAMSON, Ala.. — Authorities said Wednesday the Alabama gunman who killed 10 people and himself in a killing spree fired more than 200 rounds of ammunition from two assault rifles and a handgun and had once trained as a police officer.

Alabama Bureau of Investigation Chief Jerry Connor said at a news conference Wednesday that 28-year-old Michael McLendon briefly went through officer training in 2003, but didn't complete the requirements to join the force.


A glance at some of the worst U.S. mass shootings in recent years:

March 10, 2009: Michael McLendon, 28, killed 10 people, including his mother, four other relatives and the wife and child of a local sheriff's deputy, across two rural Alabama counties. He then committed suicide.

Feb. 14, 2008: Former student Steven Kazmierczak, 27, opened fire in a lecture hall at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, fatally shooting five students and wounding 18 others before committing suicide.

Dec. 5, 2007: 19-year-old Robert A. Hawkins opened fire with a rifle in Omaha, Nebraska at a Von Maur store in the Westroads Mall, killing eight people before taking his own life. Five more people were wounded, two critically.

Oct. 7, 2007: 20-year-old Forest County, Wisconsin Sheriff's Deputy Tyler Peterson went on a shooting rampage at a Crandon home where seven young people had gathered for pizza and movies. Peterson killed six and injured the other before fatally shooting himself.

April 16, 2007: Cho Seung-Hui, 23, fatally shot 32 people in a dorm and a classroom at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, then killed himself in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

Oct. 2, 2006: Charles Carl Roberts IV, 32, shot to death five girls at West Nickel Mines Amish School in Pennsylvania, then killed himself.

March 21, 2005: 16-year-old student Jeffrey Weise killed nine people, including his grandfather and his grandfather's companion at home, and then five fellow students, a teacher and a security guard at Red Lake High School in Red Lake, Minnesota, before killing himself. Seven students were wounded.

March 12, 2005: Terry Ratzmann, 44, gunned down members of his congregation as they worshipped at the Brookfield Sheraton in Brookfield, Wisconsin, slaying seven and wounding four before killing himself.

Dec. 26, 2000: Software tester Michael McDermott, 45, killed seven people at a Wakefield, Massachusetts, Internet consulting company, Edgewater Technology Inc.

Nov. 2, 1999: Copier repairman Byran Uyesugi, 40, fatally shot seven people at Xerox Corp. in Honolulu, Hawaii.

July 29, 1999: Former day trader Mark Barton, 44, killed nine people in shootings at two Atlanta, Georgia, brokerage offices, then committed suicide.

April 20, 1999: Students Eric Harris, 18, and Dylan Klebold, 17, opened fire at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, killing 12 classmates and a teacher and wounding 26 others before committing suicide in the school's library.

July 12, 1976: Edward Charles Allaway, a custodian in the library of California State University, Fullerton, fatally shot seven fellow employees and wounded two others.

Aug. 1, 1966: Charles Whitman opened fire from the clock tower at the University of Texas at Austin, killing 16 people and wounding 31.

Source: Associated Press

Secure deletion: a single overwrite WILL do it - The H: Security news and Open source developments

Secure deletion: a single overwrite will do it - The H: Security news and Open source developments: "Secure deletion: a single overwrite will do it

The myth that to delete data really securely from a hard disk you have to overwrite it many times, using different patterns, has persisted for decades, despite the fact that even firms specialising in data recovery, openly admit that if a hard disk is overwritten with zeros just once, all of its data is irretrievably lost."

Like I've been saying for years... Noone is going to spend the money to try and retreive your 'secrets'....

GLOBE at Night - 2009 - 3/16 - 3/28

GLOBE at Night 2009
16 - 28 March

GLOBE at Night - Home page: "Once again, the GLOBE community is invited to participate in the annual global sky observation known as GLOBE at Night. GLOBE at Night brings people outside to observe the constellation Orion from 16-28 March 2009. Participants simply choose a clear night on which stars are visible, take measurements of stars in this portion of the sky using GLOBE's Magnitude Charts, and enter observations into the GLOBE at Night Web site. Students — alongside teachers, parents and community members-- amass a data set from which they can begin to explore the concept of light pollution and to research the patterns of light pollution across the globe.

Participation in GLOBE at Night is open to anyone who lives or works in one of the 110 GLOBE countries and can get outside and look skyward during 16-28 March. You can enter your observations on the GLOBE at Night Report web page from 16 March - 7 April."

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Shadowserver Foundation - Calendar - 2009-02-19

The Shadowserver Foundation has recently become aware of a very severe vulnerability in Adobe Acrobat affecting versions 8.x and 9 that is currently on the loose in the wild and being actively exploited.

We would HIGHLY recommend that you DISABLE JAVASCRIPT in your Adobe Acrobat [Reader] products. You have the choice of small loss in functionality and a crash versus your systems being compromised and all your data being stolen. It should be an easy choice.

Disabling JavaScript is easy. This is how it can be done in Acrobat Reader:

Click: Edit -> Preferences -> JavaScript and uncheck Enable Acrobat JavaScript

Like I've said to my friends and co-workers, "There is nothing wrong with Acrobat Reader 5.x. It works with 90% of everything on the web!"

Shadowserver Foundation - Calendar - 2009-02-19

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Xbox 360 Halo 3 Special Edition

This Xbox 360 Halo 3 Special Edition from Microsoft delivers the most powerful gaming console, greatest game line-up, plus the next generation of on-line gaming, and amazing digital entertainment experiences all in one powerful package!

This Xbox 360 Halo 3 Special Edition is fully loaded; it is unsurpassed in gaming and entertainment right out of the box! A huge 20 GB hard drive gives you the flexibility to download new content and save all your games without worrying about space.

Be part of the action and experience the freedom of the integrated wireless controller with removable headset (supports up to four controllers)! With its built-in Ethernet port there is nothing standing in your way of the best multi-player on-line gaming experience!

This bad boy not only plays games in High Definition with 720p/1080i output and full theatrical surround sound, but it can also stream digital photos and music from your computer and even play DVDs!! Just plug the Ethernet cable into your existing broadband connection and join a global community of more than two million members!

Xbox 360 Halo 3 Special Edition System w/20GB HDD, HDMI Port, Wireless Controller & Headset Microsoft 70000269 RHXWA

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Microsoft announce $250,000 bounty to catch worm creator

Microsoft announce $250,000 bounty on worm creator
Last updated at 4:03 PM on 13th February 2009

Technology giant Microsoft have announced a reward of $250,000 to anyone who gives information leading to the arrest of the Conficker worm creator.
'Microsoft’s reward offer stems from the company’s recognition that the Conficker worm is a criminal attack,' a Microsoft statement said.

Microsoft announce $250,000 bounty to catch worm creator

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PDFCreator | pdfforge.org

Create PDFs from any program that is able to print

Encrypt PDFs and protect them from being opened, printed etc.

Send generated files via eMail

PDFCreator also runs on Terminal Servers without problems

PDFCreator is Free, even for commercial use! It is Open Source and released under the Terms of the GNU General Public License.

Website: http://www.pdfforge.org/products/pdfcreator

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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Dr.Web CureIt Freeware from SnapFiles

The latest addition to my USB key!

Dr.Web CureIt is a standalone anti-virus and anti-spyware scanner that scans your PC for viruses, trojans, adware, spyware, hack tools, rootkits, and other malware. The program does not require an installation and can be run from a USB drive. This is an on-demand scanner only, it can detect and remove virus infections but does not provide any real-time protection. Dr.Web CureIt is based on the ICSA certified Dr. Web scanning engine and should provide reliable detection.

Pros: No installation needed; scans for a wide range of viruses

Cons: No real-time protection; updates require re-download of the entire program

Dr.Web CureIt Freeware download and review - on-demand virus scanner from SnapFiles

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Dr. Peter David Beter - Audio letters and Audio books of Dr. Peter Beter

Dr. Beter was General Counsel for the Export-Import Bank of Washington; a candidate for the governorship of West Virginia; cofounded SODESMIR, a mineral exploration company in Zaire; represented American gas utilities building a pipeline the length of Argentina; represented mining interests in underwater manganese nodule exploration in the Pacific; was featured at financial seminars in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Toronto, Montreal, Geneva, and other international financial centers. As a political and economic commentator, Dr. Beter worked with Wall Street luminaries including Franz Pick, Edward Durell, Colonel Curtis Dall, Norman Dodd, Emmanuel Josephson, and many others. He wrote prolifically, including Conspiracy Against the Dollar (Braziller New York).

Information on Dr. Peter David Beter from Wikipedia

Dr. Peter David Beter - Audio letters and Audio books of Dr. Peter Beter

Monday, January 26, 2009

Stainless Steel Ofuro | Uncrate

Stainless Steel Ofuro Uncrate: "Made from 14-gauge, 304-grade stainless steel, this 3-inch thick, double-walled metal tub features tungsten inert gas welds for smooth seams, three non-slip steps with around-the-tub railing, and 18 air jets built into the seats and sides to massage and soothe your muscles. An elegant (and expensive) way to get your daily wash."

I'll make room for this... Where is the add to my wishlist button? I may feel like a soup or a lobster but what the heck, I love hot water...

MPR: Updraft: Snow rollers

MPR: Updraft: Snow rollers: "Weather has some strange ways of making really cool things. One example is snow rollers. They are fairly rare, but given the right conditions they do occur.
Snow rollers form when the snow has just the right combination of sticky snow that is light enough to be moved by wind. If the wind is strong enough, it picks up snow crystals and begins to tumble them over across 'downstream' snow cover. Soon a little mini snowball forms. As it grows and increases surface area, the wind gusts push sheets of snow along."

Sunday, January 25, 2009


You too can be god of your universe!

Stellarium is a free open source planetarium for your computer. It shows a realistic sky in 3D, just like what you see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope.
It is being used in planetarium projectors. Just set your coordinates and go.


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Been to the Smithsonian lately?

Tesla's U.S. patent number appeared on the motor/generator, but the display was arranged in such a way as to give credit to Edison. Needless to say, I was astounded.


Nikola Tesla: Forgotten American Scientist-p.11.html

MSI Notebook Website - Valentine Edition Netbook

Other than the pink hue, the V-day edition is the same rig you can already get. Namely, you get an Atom N270, Windows XP Home, 10-inch LCD, 160GB of storage, a 6-cell battery, and Wi-Fi. You can even win one of the special edition netbooks by taking a picture with your Valentine and uploading it to MSI’s contest gallery.

MSI Notebook Website - Innovation with Style

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Quicksnap - a better ice block tray

January 22, 2009

One of the finalists in the recent Toyota IQ-sponsored Royal College of the Arts design contest was this simple but effective ice cube tray. Graeme Davies invented Quicksnap so that single ice cubes can be popped out without the normal problems associated with twisting an ice tray. With those who know their way around the kitchen increasingly freezing fruit pulps, curry paste and other sauces that take a lot of time to make, Davies’ invention will be welcomed when it hits the market later this year.

Quicksnap - a better ice block tray

Saturday, January 24, 2009

"Hobbits" Were Separate Species, Skull Suggests

"Hobbits" Were Separate Species, Skull Suggests
John Roach
for National Geographic News
January 23, 2009

The skull of the so-called hobbit discovered on the Indonesian island of Flores in 2003 suggests its owner was an archaic human ancestor, not a diminutive or diseased modern human, according to a new study.

(Read "The People Time Forgot: Flores Find" in National Geographic magazine.)

The conclusion stems from a comparison of the skull to the noggins of modern humans and apes, as well as the fossil brain cases of early human ancestors.

"The shape of the skull is consistent with what we would expect for a small archaic Homo," said Karen Baab, a biological anthropologist at Stony Brook University in New York State. The genus Homo includes modern human beings as well as close relatives like Neanderthals and Home erectus.

Baab is the lead author of the study, published online in the Journal of Human Evolution.

(Related: Flores hobbit-like human picture gallery.)

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Super Delete!

Delete Files Permanently with SDelete: "With the SDelete tool, which you can download for free, you can overwrite the contents of free space on your disk to prevent deleted or encrypted files from being recovered."

Saturday, January 03, 2009

New Car Key Jams Teen Drivers' Cell Phones

Science Daily (Jan. 3, 2009) — University of Utah researchers have developed an automobile ignition key that prevents teenagers from talking on cell phones or sending text messages while driving.

The university has obtained provisional patents and licensed the invention – Key2SafeDriving – to a private company that hopes to see it on the market within six months at a cost of less than $50 per key plus a yet-undetermined monthly service fee.

Car Key Jams Teen Drivers' Cell Phones