Friday, December 31, 2010

Kickstarter

Kickstarter

What is Kickstarter?

Kickstarter is a new way to fund creative ideas and ambitious endeavors.

We believe that:

• A good idea, communicated well, can spread fast and wide.
• A large group of people can be a tremendous source of money and encouragement.

Kickstarter is powered by a unique all-or-nothing funding method where projects must be fully-funded or no money changes hands.

namebench - Project Hosting on Google Code

namebench - Project Hosting on Google Code

Are you a power-user with 5 minutes to spare? Do you want a faster internet experience?

Try out namebench. It hunts down the fastest DNS servers available for your computer to use. namebench runs a fair and thorough benchmark using your web browser history, tcpdump output, or standardized datasets in order to provide an individualized recommendation. namebench is completely free and does not modify your system in any way. This project began as a 20% project at Google.

namebench runs on Mac OS X, Windows, and UNIX, and is available with a graphical user interface as well as a command-line interface.

Galaxy 15 returns - Google Search

Galaxy 15 returns - Google Search

"We have placed Galaxy 15 in safe mode, and at this time, we are pleased to report it no longer poses any threat of satellite interference to either neighboring satellites or customer services," Intelsat officials announced.

The 3 Most Common Solutions To Fix A Windows Computer That Is Always Freezing Up

The 3 Most Common Solutions To Fix A Windows Computer That Is Always Freezing Up

Blue Screen Of Death almost every day? Don’t let your computer terrify you!

Take action, track down what causes your computer to lock up on you and how you can stop it from happening. We have previously introduced 7 Common Reasons Why Windows Can Get Unresponsive.

This article examines how you can troubleshoot the causes for a freezing computer and what you can do to fix it.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

The Complete Guide To Dual Booting Jolicloud With Windows

The Complete Guide To Dual Booting Jolicloud With Windows

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Reversal of Aging found!

Researchers led by Ronald A. DePinho, a Harvard Medical School professor of genetics, say their work shows for the first time a dramatic reversal of many aspects of age-related degeneration in mice, a milestone in aging science achieved by engineering mice with a controllable telomerase gene.

http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2010/11/partial-reversal-of-aging-achieved-in-mice/

LastPass Acquires Xmarks!

LastPass Acquires Xmarks!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Download Office 2010 training - Excel - Microsoft Office

Download Office 2010 training - Excel - Microsoft Office: "Download Office 2010 training
Applies to: Microsoft Access 2010, Excel 2010, OneNote 2010, Outlook 2010, PowerPoint 2010, SharePoint Server 2010, Word 2010"

Friday, November 26, 2010

DiskMax - Disk Cleanup tool

DiskMax * Disk Cleanup and Windows Performance Optimization - Software - Koshy John: "DiskMax is a powerful disk cleanup and Windows performance optimization application. Download and run it just once - the difference will be instantly noticeable. Your system will be peppier, applications will launch faster, files will open quicker, games will run better, and you will be much happier for it. Running DiskMax from time to time is recommended to keep your system in shape."

It works!

Monday, November 22, 2010

The six immutable laws for troubleshooting IT

By Paul Venezia

1. Never modify the interface on a server or network device you're currently connected to
While this may sound like a no-brainer, it's amazing how often someone modifies the properties of the network interface they're using to communicate with the device, a practice that has a high failure rate. At times, it may be the only option, but if there's a way to eliminate this potential pitfall, do it. Configure a secondary IP on an interface if you have to -- connect through another device or subnet, serial console, KVM, whatever. This is especially true if the device is in a remote office without on-site IT staff.

Occasionally, when I'm feeling relatively lazy, I'll write a script to change the IP on a Linux box, do a ping test, and revert the change if something goes wrong. But that's cheating, sort of.

2. Always have a way to get back to where you started
Whenever possible, provide a way to get back to the original problem, whether that means imaging a failing disk before working on it, backing up an entire directory structure in case there are files you aren't aware of that you'll need later, or simply pulling one disk of a RAID1 array on a physical server before you mess with a borked operating system. Naturally, this comes easier in virtual machine environments where you can simply take a snapshot.

3. Document, document, document
Of all these rules, this one may be the least followed. To be sure, documenting a problem and a resolution when you're in the middle of a chaotic situation may not be practical. That said, always hold a postmortem on the problem when the dust settles and go over the steps taken and the path to the solution. Write it down. Keep it safe somewhere, preferably on a wiki hosted on your intranet -- and backed up to several other places.

4. There's no magic in IT, but there is luck
As Thomas Jefferson said, "I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have." The same is true in IT. The more time you spend researching aspects of your infrastructure, noting certain operating conditions of routers, switches, servers, and whatnot, the more in tune with your infrastructure you become. That homework allows you to sniff out problems in their very early stages and to move far quicker when the game's afoot. Also, there are plenty of ways to manufacture luck in IT. For example, use tools that automate network device configuration backups; that way, when a switch loses its mind, you can have it back up in minutes, not hours.

5. Make a backup of every configuration file before you modify it
This rule tends to apply only to Unix servers and network devices where configuration files exist for nearly all aspects of the device configuration. Before you go mucking around with sensitive configurations, save a copy to flash on a switch and maybe one to a TFTP host. On Unix systems, simply cp something.conf to something.conf.orig.

In a pinch, reverting to prior known-good status is as simple as copying the file back and restarting the service. This generally isn't possible on Windows, due to the registry and Windows' proclivity to complicate simple concepts. Even so, you can sometimes export a portion of the registry before messing with it so that it can be reapplied if all hell breaks loose. Note: As with all matters regarding the Windows registry, you take the life of the server in your hands when you make changes.

6. Monitor, monitor, monitor
An ounce of prevention is worth a month of work weekends. You should monitor every aspect of your data center, beginning with the temperatures of the room, the racks, and the servers -- plus, server process checks, uptime checks, ad infinitum. You should also implement centralized syslogging of all network devices, as well as set up trending and graphing tools to monitor bandwidth utilization, temperatures, disk partition use, and other datapoints. All of these monitors should alert you by any means necessary when they exceed reasonable thresholds.

When a database gets corrupted because a partition filled up, an email or SMS an hour before would have saved untold hours of work and downtime. There's no reason to put off monitoring your data center to the hilt.



The six immutable laws for troubleshooting IT

Friday, November 19, 2010

Free Audio Books Online

Free Audio Books Online: "This is a listing of 64 sites that legally offer free audio books, either for online listening or for download."

Thursday, November 18, 2010

AM-DeadLink - Software to detect dead links in browser bookmarks and HTML files. Download FavIcons.

AM-DeadLink detects dead links and duplicates in browser bookmarks and text files. If a bookmark has become unavailable you can verify and delete it permanently. Additionally you can download FavIcons for all your Favorites and Bookmarks.

AM-DeadLink is Freeware!


AM-DeadLink - Software to detect dead links in browser bookmarks and HTML files. Download FavIcons.

Antimatter Breakthrough Could Lead to Starships, Says Scientist | News & Opinion | PCMag.com

While scientists have been able to create particles of antimatter for decades, they had previously only been able to produce a few particles that would almost instantly destroy themselves.

"This is the first major step in a long journey," Michio Kaku, physicist and author of Physics of the Impossible, told PCMag. "Eventually, we may go to the stars."


Antimatter Breakthrough Could Lead to Starships, Says Scientist | News & Opinion | PCMag.com

Alternative to standard event viewer

MyEventViewer is a simple alternative to the standard event viewer of Windows. As oppose to Windows event viewer, MyEventViewer allows you to watch multiple event logs in one list, as well as the event description and data are displayed in the main window, instead of opening a new one. Also, with MyEventViewer you can easily select multiple event items and then save them to HTML/Text/XML file, or copy them to the clipboard (Ctrl+C) and then paste them into Excel.


Alternative to standard event viewer of Windows

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Remove older versions of Java from my system?

Should I remove older versions of Java?
We highly recommend users remove all older versions of Java from your system.
Keeping old and unsupported versions of Java on your system presents a serious security risk.
Removing older versions of Java from your system ensures that Java applications will run with the most up-to-date security and performance improvements on your system.


Why should I remove older versions of Java from my system?

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Finally!

Countries join forces to save life on Earth

By Steve Connor, Science Editor

Saturday, 30 October 2010


A historic deal to halt the mass extinction of species was finally agreed last night in what conservationists see as the most important international treaty aimed at preventing the collapse of the world's wildlife.

Delegates from more than 190 countries meeting in Nagoya, Japan, agreed at the 11th hour on an ambitious conservation programme to protect global biodiversity and the natural habitats that support the most threatened animals and plants.

After 18 years of debate, two weeks of talks, and tense, last-minute bargaining, the meeting of the UN Convention on Biodiversity agreed on 20 key "strategic goals" to be implemented by 2020 that should help to end the current mass extinction of species.


Countries join forces to save life on Earth - Nature, Environment - The Independent

CCEnhancer for CCleaner

CCEnhancer | The Web Atom

CCEnhancer is a small tool which adds support for over 270 new programs into the popular program CCleaner. The tool uses the WinApp2.ini system built into CCleaner to easily add new rules and definitions for programs. The rules were sourced mainly from the Piriform Support Forum, with several sourced from other places around the internet.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Help! My PC is infected with malware (FAQ) | InSecurity Complex - CNET News

Has your computer been acting funny, crashing, running slow, or displaying unusual error messages? Have you been promiscuously clicking on Web links and opening up attachments from strangers? You could have a malware infection.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Winning McDonald’s Monopoly Game!

For 2010, the rare McDonald Monopoly pieces are......................


Drum roll please.....................


  • Mediterranean Avenue ($50 prize, 5000 prizes)
  • Vermont Avenue ($100 prize, 1500 prizes)
  • Virginia Avenue ($200 SpaWish® Gift Certificate, 250 prizes)
  • Tennessee Avenue ($1,000 prize, 250 prizes)
  • Kentucky Avenue (Beaches Resorts – The Luxury Included® 4 Day/3 Night Family Vacation for two adults & two children 15 years or under, 122 prizes)
  • Short Line Railroad (EA SPORTS Trip, 8 prizes)
  • Ventnor Avenue ($25,000 prize, 5 prizes)
  • Pennsylvania Avenue ($50,000 prize, 4 prizes)
  • Boardwalk ($1 million dollar prize, 2 prizes)
I got 8 game pieces by buying the Fish Sandwich (no tartar!), Upsize fries (throw half away) and a medium soft drink. All I won was two medium fries..

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Users upset over "Clear Chat History" being removed from Facebook Chat – Tech Products & Geek News | Geek.com

Notice something missing from your Facebook chat boxes? Well, if you are a privacy proponent you probably not only noticed it, you are more than likely red in the face about it. 



As part of a recent upgrade, Facebook users have astonishingly noticed that the “Clear Chat History” feature which was part of the social networking website’s instant messaging component is no longer an option.

Nepalese teen named world's shortest man - CNN.com

Kathmandu, Nepal (CNN) -- A Nepalese teen who is the size of a toddler turned 18 on Thursday and entered the record books as the world's shortest man.



Khagendra Thapa Magar is 67.08 centimeters (26.4 inches) and weighs 6.5 kilograms (13 pounds), said Marco Frigatti, vice president of records at Guinness World Records, who flew in from London for the recognition.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Creative Learning/Thinking

Creativity and innovation are great, but only of you execute and push your ideas to completion! Here are some tips on this very topic from Behance:


There are too many ideas in the world, and not enough action. If we consider every idea as part of a project - and then consider all we must do to manage our various projects, we realize the many challenges standing in the way of productivity. The Behance team believes that organization and productivity ultimately determine whether a brilliant idea ever actually happens. They have interviewed hundreds of the most productive individuals and teams in the world, and have discovered best practices across industries for managing everyday creative projects.

Our years of research have caused us to question the status quo of making ideas happen:

•What if compulsive filing yields little benefit?

•What if priority matters more than context?

•What if the success of every project (and life) ultimately comes down to organizing actions you must take?

•What if the design of the method we use for productivity influences our psychology for getting stuff done?
 
If these questions interest or bother you, join me on quirky.com - http://www.quirky.com/?r=d703c0e394b6fc01be0928970fe344a6 is my referral link. Check it out. Join if you have something to offer to the world. Or don't.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Own Your Space--Keep Yourself and Your Stuff Safe Online

This book is designed for any teen who is:

In fear of drive-by downloads of nasty adware, spyware, and viruses
Anxious about scareware and ransomware
Trying to stay safe on social networking sites
Concerned about online predators and identity thieves
Scattering secrets to the wind in favorite hot spots
Shopping online without protection
Unsure of the risks about webcams and sexting
Dealing with cyberbullies at home or in school
Blogging alone and in the dark
You can download your copy free from Microsoft download center.

Download details: "Own Your Space--Keep Yourself and Your Stuff Safe Online" Digital Book for Teens

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Why wartime wrecks are slicking time bombs - environment - 07 September 2010 - New Scientist

Thousands of ships sunk in the second world war are seeping oil – and with their rusty tanks disintegrating, "peak leak" is only a few years away

Why wartime wrecks are slicking time bombs - environment - 07 September 2010 - New Scientist

[H]ard|OCP - Pirate Bay Sunk At Last After Europe-Wide Raids?

Pirate Bay Sunk At Last After Europe-Wide Raids?

According to these reports, authorities in fourteen countries have conducted raids on an untold number of file sharing sites, including The Pirate Bay. The news reports go on to say that the site hosting Wikileaks has also been taken down although the authorities claim they were not the target of the raids.



[H]ard|OCP - Pirate Bay Sunk At Last After Europe-Wide Raids?

How to Secure Windows

Cleaning up an unknown Windows system requires three steps, performed in this order:

1. Security
2. Anonymization
3. Performance tuning

This article discusses security and anonymization. Next month's article covers performance tuning. This article is based on my free guide How To Secure Windows and Your Privacy. The guide was published two years ago but is still relevant to cleaning up Windows. I'll leave out the screen illustrations in the guide, as well as its more detailed techniques.

We'll cover the highlights here. The goal is to answer this question -- how can you secure a Windows computer about which you can make no assumptions?


How to Secure Windows

The Google Logo/Doodle is interesting today.

Google

A bunch of balls that move away from your mouse cursor and won't let you click on them??? I wonder???

Monday, September 06, 2010

Xbox live 1 month for $1 - SlickDeals.net Forums

Xbox live 1 month for $1 - SlickDeals.net Forums: "Xbox live 1 month for $1
Just logged on my xbox today to see this deal in the spotlight section. You can get 1 month for $1 which is a pretty good deal.

This is limited to one month only and once you buy it go here https://live.xbox.com/en-US/Flows...ption.aspx to disable automatic renewal.

If the deal doesn't show up log out of your account and back in and it should pop up. This may take a few tries."

Sunday, September 05, 2010

How to Enable Integrated PDF Reader in Google Chrome 6

How to Enable Integrated PDF Reader in Google Chrome 6: "Integrated PDF reader is one of the exciting features of the latest stable release of Google Chrome 6. This feature will help you to read PDF files without downloading them to your computer.However, integrated PDF reader is disabled by default. You need to enable this feature to view PDF file."

Sunday, August 22, 2010

We Should Have Banned Bisphenol A Twenty Years Ago | Wired Science | Wired.com

We Should Have Banned Bisphenol A Twenty Years Ago | Wired Science | Wired.com:


"Last year, a highly-biased government panel pulled a snow job that would make the Tobacco Industry proud: They claimed that Bisphenol A is not a cause for concern two weeks after scientists issued a damning report about the chemical. Their trickery bought the chemical industry months of slack, until the Canadian government announced that it may ban baby bottles made from the questionable substance. Soon thereafter, Wal-Mart announced that it would no longer stock polycarbonate baby bottles and Nalgene Outdoor Products agreed to stop making their trademark water bottles."


Nalgene_Water_Bottles.jpg

Iceland Considers Humanoid Pylon Design to Carry Electricity | Wired Science | Wired.com

Iceland Considers Humanoid Pylon Design to Carry Electricity | Wired Science | Wired.com

Amazing video shows shuttle rocket booster falling from space | DVICE

Amazing video shows shuttle rocket booster falling from space | DVICE: "What would it be like to be hanging on to a rocket booster after it was ejected from the space shuttle, falling back to Earth? Wonder no more! NASA was kind enough to attach a camera to one of them as it did just that.

This amazing video really gets going at the 1:50 mark, so skip ahead to then. It's pretty hypnotic, isn't it? Of course, you wouldn't want to be up there with in on such a journey. Thank goodness for the wonder of YouTube."

It's official, your ISP is lying to you about your net speed | DVICE

It's official, your ISP is lying to you about your net speed | DVICE: "In a study titled, 'Broadband Performance,' the FCC, also known as the Federal Communications Commission — you know, an entity of the U.S. government — is making it official: ISPs are telling consumers that their Internet connection is faster than it really is.

In fact, according to the document, in 2009 'download speeds experienced by US consumers appear to lag advertised speeds by roughly 50 per cent.' As in ISPs were telling people they were getting speeds to the tune of 7-8 Mbps (or megabit-per-second), when they were really getting 3-4 Mbps."

Laser Microscope mashup results in awesome display!

Teravolt.org - Laser Microscope:

"Laser Microscope
After witnessing the image of a mosquito in a laser beam outside, I decided to investigate the phenomenon further. I started by locating scuzzy water. Ponds lacking, I decided to take water out of the bowl of my 6 year old spider plant. I then filled a syringe and hung it above a laser so that a drop of water, almost ready to fall, was in the beam path. Below is the incredibly complex apparatus involving a book, sticky-tac, a random bottle, a 250mW laser, and a syringe."

Bonus: Watch the cat head at the bottom of the video screen.

NHL changes regular-season tiebreaker rules

By E.J. Hradek
ESPN The Magazine
Archive

The league will change its regular-season tiebreaking system for 2010-11, an NHL source told ESPN.

The first tiebreaker will be a combination of regulation time and overtime victories, with shootout wins excluded. In the past, the first tiebreaker had been total wins of any kind.

Columbus GM Scott Howson proposed the change at the NHL general managers meetings in Florida last March. The league's Board of Governors and Competition Committee both voted to implement the change for the upcoming season.

"I'm very happy about the change," said Red Wings GM Ken Holland, who'd been a vocal proponent for just such a move. "This puts more emphasis on the 60 [or 65] minutes."

The league is making the adjustment to give more weight to victories gained in some form of team play, rather than by shootout.

E.J. Hradek is a senior writer at ESPN The Magazine.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Network Inventory Advisor: find all software & hardware in your network!

Network Inventory Advisor audits all network software and hardware simply and efficiently. It automatically discovers all your network assets (Windows, Mac OS, Linux, SNMP-powered devices & more), scans them and builds flexible network inventory reports.

Network Inventory Advisor: find all software & hardware in your network!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

RATS!!

Courthouse News Service: "PHILADELPHIA (CN) - A man shopping for a ribbon at a Dollar Tree store claims a rat nesting in the ribbon box bit him on the finger, and held on so hard he had to shake it off. And when an assistant manager came and moved the box, 'three more rats jumped out at the assistant, causing the assistant to run and stand behind the store manager,' the shocked shopper claims in state court."

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Courthouse News Service

Courthouse News Service: "CIGNA employees taunted them with 'lewd and obscene' gestures during a rally for health-care reform. The parents say CIGNA did not approve their daughter's treatment until company bosses saw a previous protest, on behalf of their daughter, on national TV. But it was too late - their daughter died that day."

Saturday, August 07, 2010

Rebuild Windows 7’s Search Index to Increase Performance

If you have noticed that your Windows 7 system has become sluggish and slow to respond, you may have tried defragging your hard drive to fix it. If this doesn’t help, the problem could be a slow performing index.


Rebuild Windows 7’s Search Index to Increase Performance

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

SpaceWeather.com -- News and information about meteor showers, solar flares, auroras, and near-Earth asteroids




UPDATE: Northern Lights are being sighted now in Europe. Jesper Grønne sends this picture from Denmark:
"It's not every day we see auroras at +56 degrees latitude," says Grønne. "This could be a good storm."










Wyclef Jean to run for Haitian Presidency!

Wyclef Jean to run for Haitian presidency: report
NEW YORK — Haitian-American hip hop star and humanitarian activist Wyclef Jean will announce his bid for his native country's presidency this week, CNN reported on Tuesday.
Wyclef, whose interest in the post has been rumored in recent weeks, will make the announcement on CNN's "Larry King Live" show on Thursday, the cable network said quoting a source close to the recording artist.
Current President Rene Preval is barred by the constitution from seeking a new term in the elections scheduled for November 28.


AFP: Wyclef Jean to run for Haitian presidency: report

Monday, August 02, 2010

Northern States to see Northern Lights 8/3/10



Northern Hemisphere Enlarged View

Looks like all of Iowa will see too!


NOAA POES Auroral Activity

Butt-Shaking Employee Wins Workers' Comp Appeal

Butt-Shaking Employee Wins Workers' Comp Appeal
By JEFF GORMAN

(CN) - A water district employee who said "hello" to a co-worker by shaking his butt might be entitled to workers' compensation benefits after the co-worker accidentally hit him with a truck trying to return the unusual greeting, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled.
Norman Vegors and Casey Byrd worked for the Xenia Rural Water District, and they sometimes acknowledged each other in odd ways, such as by waving the boom of a track hoe at each other.
One day, Vegors' hands were full, so he wiggled his butt at Byrd to say hello. Byrd tried to respond by tapping Vegors with his truck's mirror, but he accidentally hit Vegors with the truck bed instead.
Xenia contested Vegors' workers' compensation claim on the grounds that Vegors had been engaging in horseplay.
The trial court agreed with Xenia and reversed Vegors' award.
But the state Supreme Court overturned the decision and sent the case back to the workers' compensation board for a determination of whether Vegors' butt-shaking had been in the course of his employment.


Courthouse News Service

Friday, July 30, 2010

Free Computer & Internet Books Online

Free Computer & Internet Books Online:


This is a listing of sites that legally offer free computer and internet related books, for reading and listening (audio).
All of these sites listed have content that is legal for them to distribute and for you to download and/or read.


"Free Computer & Internet Books Online"

Here's Alex!


Alex Toney July 30th 2010, originally uploaded by Reboots.

Good Senior Picture?

Friday, July 23, 2010

Naked Cowboy Slaps Leather at Naked Cowgirl

MANHATTAN (CN) - The Naked Cowboy, an underwear-clad, guitar-toting fixture in Times Square, has sued the Naked Cowgirl, claiming she is trying to "cheat the system" by performing on his beat in "virtually identical" costume - though she also wears a "brazier." "Each day she goes into Times Square, she is cheating a system that is supposed to protect intellectual property rights. This is not fair and is un-American," the Naked Cowboy says in his federal trademark complaint.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Twitter mood maps

Computer scientist Alan Mislove at Northeastern University in Boston and colleagues have found that these 'tweets' suggest that the west coast is happier than the east coast, and across the country happiness peaks each Sunday morning, with a trough on Thursday evenings. The team calls their work the 'pulse of the nation'.

Run Android on Your Netbook or Desktop

Run Android on Your Netbook or Desktop - How-To Geek: "Run Android on Your Netbook or Desktop

Would you like to try out Google’s Android OS on your netbook or desktop?

Here’s how you can run Android from a flash drive and see how fast Android can run on real hardware!"

Friday, July 16, 2010

3.6-magnitude earthquake wakes Maryland residents

3.6-magnitude earthquake wakes Md. residents - latimes.com: "A 3.6-magnitude earthquake that startled Marylanders from their slumbers early Friday morning might have been the strongest measured tremor on record for the state.

With its epicenter near Germantown in Montgomery County, the quake was felt by as many as 3 million people in the Mid-Atlantic region, according to the United States Geological Survey.

The 5 a.m. earthquake was felt as far away as south-central New Jersey, as well as in Washington, Northern Virginia, southeastern Pennsylvania and Delaware. People in Columbia, Owings Mills, Carroll County and Odenton reported the quake was enough to rattle household items and send pets into a tizzy."

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Rash of drownings as Russians attempt to escape heat - CNN.com

"Moscow, Russia (CNN) -- More than 1,000 Russians have drowned recently as they attempted to find relief from a stifling heat wave -- many of them after drinking alcohol, officials said."

Vadim Seryogin, a department head at Russia's Emergencies Ministry, told reporters Wednesday that 49 people, including two children, had drowned in the last day. More than 1,200 total have drowned, 223 of them between July 5 and July 12.

The heat has exacerbated a smog problem, as well, the RIA-Novosti column said, adding Russia has not experienced such heat in 130 years. Winter and spring crops are withering under the heat, the column said.


Soviet developments in weather modification, climate modification, and climatology

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Microsoft WebMatrix

WebMatrix is everything you need to build Web sites using Windows. It includes IIS Developer Express (a development Web server), ASP.NET (a Web framework), and SQL Server Compact (an embedded database). It streamlines Web site development and makes it easy to start Web sites from popular open-source apps. The skills and code you develop with WebMatrix transition seamlessly to Visual Studio and SQL Server.

Monday, July 05, 2010

Former Detroit Red Wings enforcer Probert dies - ESPN

Former Detroit Red Wings enforcer Probert dies - ESPN:

"DETROIT -- Retired hockey enforcer Bob Probert, as adept with his fists as with a stick in a 16-season career with the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks, died Monday after suffering chest pains while boating with his family. He was 45."

Sunday, July 04, 2010

July 17th Area Code 715 Dialing Procedure Change

MANDATORY DIALING CHANGE IN AREA CODE 715


Beginning on July 17, 2010, all residents in the 715 area code must use the new 10-digit dialing procedure for all local calls. This applies to landline phones and cell phones. After this date, local calls made without the area code will not complete and a recording will instruct callers to hang up and dial again.

Apparently this started late last year and we should have been dialing the 10 digits for the past 10 months or so.

United States Declaration of Independence - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

United States Declaration of Independence - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

"The United States Declaration of Independence is a statement adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, which announced that the thirteen American colonies then at war with Great Britain were now independent states, and thus no longer a part of the British Empire. Written primarily by Thomas Jefferson, the Declaration is a formal explanation of why Congress had voted on July 2 to declare independence from Great Britain, more than a year after the outbreak of the American Revolutionary War. The birthday of the United States of America—Independence Day—is celebrated on July 4, the day the wording of the Declaration was approved by Congress."

Star Spangled Banner: Ted Nugent: MP3 Downloads

Free MP3 today of Ted Nugents Star Spangled Banner

Happy Fourth of July!!!

Saturday, July 03, 2010

Woot® : One Day, One Deal™

Woot® : One Day, One Deal™

TiVo HD XL DVR
$179.99
+ $5 shipping
Condition:NewProduct:1 TiVo HD XL 1 Terabyte, 150 HD Hours, THX Certified Series 3 DVR

Woot has them again!

This and the Series 3 are the best devices ever. Get one quick!

Friday, July 02, 2010

Woot : Amazon, Woot, and You: But Mostly Woot

Woot : Amazon, Woot, and You: But Mostly Woot: "turning off the bathroom lights and saying the word “Kindle” three times; a helpful Amazon employee will appear in the mirror." Best line ever...

Amazon acquires Woot! if you hadn't already heard.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Public RADIO reporter assaulted in LA.

Courthouse News Service: "LOS ANGELES (CN) - A public radio reporter took the witness chair in the ongoing trial over a violent police break-up of media coverage during an immigration rally, testifying that a Los Angeles policeman first hit her in the back with his baton. When she turned and asked him why, he said, 'Shut up,' and wacked her just above the knee with such force that she spun 360 degrees and fell to the ground, with her cellphone flying over her head. She crawled 15 feet to escape.


A videotape of former LAPD Chief William Bratton was also played for the jury, with Bratton testifying that the police action on May Day three years ago, where police officers charged through reporters and demonstrators while swinging batons, was the most embarrassing moment of his 37-year career as a policeman.


In her live testimony, Patricia Nazario, a reporter with Pasadena-based public radio station KPCC, described a May Day demonstration over immigration policy as an urban war zone."

Flying car production rolls forward - CNN.com

Flying car production rolls forward - CNN.com: "(CNN) -- A highway-worthy airplane moves one step closer to production with a recent weight exemption approved by the Federal Aviation Administration.
The Transition Roadable Aircraft, developed by Massachusetts-based engineering firm Terrafugia, will be allowed a maximum takeoff weight of 1,430 pounds, the same allowance made for aircraft designed to operate on water."

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Soluto – Anti-Frustration Software

Frustrated by your sluggish and unresponsive PC?
Soluto is bringing an end to PC user frustration with transparency, killer technology, and your help

I have used on a Windows 7 laptop and it works!

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Win the Best Windows 7 Book & Get 40-50% Discount on O'Reilly Books | Windows 7 Tutorials

On July 6th 2010, we will let our computers randomly pick the winners from all our existing e-mail newsletter subscribers and announce the six happy winners. The winners will be contacted via the e-mail address they used to subscribe in order to clarify the procedure of getting the prizes.

Win the Best Windows 7 Book & Get 40-50% Discount on O'Reilly Books Windows 7 Tutorials

Porn sites get their own domain: '.xxx'

Porn sites get their own domain: '.xxx' - CNN.com:

The domain, which would need further approval before going live on the internet, would be applied to adult entertainment sites just as '.com' is now.
The .xxx internet suffix, which was first proposed six years ago by ICM Registry, a group that sells domain names, 'will provide a place online for adult entertainment providers and their service providers who want to be part of our voluntary self regulatory community.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Former Chinese Nuclear Site Now a Tourist Attraction | Secrecy News

Former Chinese Nuclear Site Now a Tourist Attraction | Secrecy News: "“Underground facilities are being used to conceal and protect critical activities that pose a threat to the United States,” according to a 1999 report from the JASON defense advisory panel. “The proliferation of such facilities is a legacy from the [first] Gulf War: a lesson from this war was that almost any above-ground facility is vulnerable to attack and destruction by precision guided weapons.� To counter this vulnerability, many countries have moved their assets underground.”"

Monday, June 21, 2010

All you wanted to know about XPS files

XPS files or XML Paper Specification files, are Microsoft's direct competitor to Adobe's PDF format. XPS Viewer is the tool used to view XPS files, similar to Adobe Reader. While XPS might not be as popular as PDF, it is used by certain people. For those of you who use it, I've decided to show what are the main qualities of the XPS format, how to create one and how to work with the XPS Viewer, which is available in all versions of Windows 7.

XPS files

Friday, June 18, 2010

IT Hell: How the Recession Has Affected IT Jobs -- Redmondmag.com

In-Depth

IT Hell: How the Recession Has Affected IT Jobs
Readers share their tales of woe, survival and redemption from the great recession.

By Doug Barney•06/01/2010

John Doe had what he thought was a terrific job -- director of IT services at a Canadian college -- but then a new college president came in, changed the school's mandate and forced the IT department to cut spending from $8 million to a crippling $6 million a year. It was a 25 percent cut in one whack. At the same time, the IT staff was reorganized and services were cut.

Doe moved on and became manager of IT operations for a small 6-year-old company that dealt with hospitals. The IT operations were "extremely efficient," according to Doe, but not efficient enough for senior management, which hired an outsider as CIO, bypassing Doe's then boss, the IT director. Then things went south.


IT Hell: How the Recession Has Affected IT Jobs -- Redmondmag.com

Coming solar storms could wreck technology worldwide | DVICE


Coming solar storms could wreck technology worldwide DVICE:

"Uh oh. 'The Sun is waking up from a deep slumber,' NASA 's Richard Fisher says. It looks like old Sol is going to be in a cranky mood when it becomes fully awake, ready to wreak havoc on gadgets across the globe. Could this be the 2012 disaster superstitious fraidy-cats are babbling about?"

Saturday, June 12, 2010

How to Delete Folder Contents While Maintaining Folder Tree Structure in Windows

Tips of How to Delete Folder Contents While Maintaining Folder Tree Structure in Windows XP PC » My Digital Life: "Have you came across a scenario whereby you want to delete all files in main and sub folders while maintaining folder tree structure?"

Simple Regedit hack!

cmd /c “echo BE CAREFUL – X out of the window if you don’t want to delete directory contents && pause && echo LAST WARNING – all files and subdirectories will be deleted && pause && cd /d %1 && del /s /f /q *.* && for /f “usebackq delims=” %%d in (`”dir /ad/b/s | sort /R”`) do rd “%%d”"

Thursday, June 10, 2010

A Free Utility that Creates Bootable USB Drives

Bootable Linux Live CDs such as those offered by Ubuntu and Mint are a great way to try Linux without interfering with your Windows installation. They are also a handy tool to have on hand as they give you access to your Windows data without the need for Windows. This can be invaluable should your Windows system become unbootable or infected by difficult-to-remove malware.

A Free Utility that Creates Bootable USB Drives

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Best Summaries of World Politics

Best Summaries of World Politics

In all of the extensive research for WantToKnow.info, a few superb summaries have stood out for the breadth and depth of information covered. The engaging summaries below are quite different from each other, yet they are each highly informative in revealing differing angles and aspects of what is going on behind the scenes on the stage of world politics. We must caution, however, that much of the information below does not measure up to the standards of reliability and verifiability normally adhered to on our website. Please consider these summaries as powerful food for thought and discard whatever portions do not work for you.


Best Summaries of World Politics

Friday, June 04, 2010

Bing Cashback program is ending.

So much for Bing Cashback..

"Dear valued cashback customer: We are writing to notify you that the Bing cashback program will be discontinued, and the last day to earn cash back on your Bing Shopping purchases will be July 30, 2010."

8 Places to Get Free Stock Photos for Your Website

It really doesn’t matter what your website or blog is about, nothing makes it look nicer than really good, professional quality photographs. Unfortunately, professional level photographs can sometimes be downright expensive. Luckily, like most everything else, beautiful looking stock photos can be found for free on the internet. You just need to know where to look. So, that being said, let’s take a look at 8 places to get free stock photos for your website.

8 Places to Get Free Stock Photos for Your Website

Thursday, June 03, 2010

What to do with your computer when a storm approaches

What to do if a storm is approaching your area:

  • When storms are in your area it is important to disconnect from the internet and turn your computer off. To completely protect your computer, it is advised to completely unplug your computers power cables from the wall outlet.
  • Also it is advisable to unplug the telephone line from the wall jack as well if you computer connects to the internet via your telephone line. Most users forget this step and their modem is damaged by a lightning strike.
  • Once your computer is completely unplugged it should be relatively safe from potential power surges across the power lines and telephone lines in your home.
  • After the storm has passed you can then plug your computer's power and telephone line again and use your computer as normal.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

ReclaimPrivacy.org | Facebook Privacy Scanner

Best way to review your current settings on FB!

ReclaimPrivacy.org | Facebook Privacy Scanner: "Get Protected
This website provides an independent and open tool for scanning your Facebook privacy settings."

chrome-reload - Project Hosting on Google Code

One of my THREE must have Chrome extensions, this is the must-have-one!

chrome-reload - Project Hosting on Google Code: "Chrome-Reload is an extension for the Chrome web browser to allow automatic periodic reloading of a page. It allows the you to configure how often each page reloads and see a count-down until the next load."

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

ReclaimPrivacy.org | Facebook Privacy Scanner

ReclaimPrivacy.org Facebook Privacy Scanner: "This website provides an independent and open tool for scanning your Facebook privacy settings"

Fuller Wind Turbine from Solar Aero




Solar Aero Research alternative energy: wind, solar, hybrid, geothermal: "Welcome to Solar Aero
Our Fuller Wind Turbine, a new type of boundary-layer, bladeless wind turbine has been granted U.S. Patent No. 7,695,242. The turbine is based on a 1913 Tesla patent, specially modified for wind generation applications."

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Download details: DLL Inuse Utility for Replacing a DLL In Use by Operating System (inu_x86.exe)

Download details: DLL Inuse Utility for Replacing a DLL In Use by Operating System (inu_x86.exe): "Inuse.exe provides individuals and administrators with 'on-the-fly' capability to replace files that are currenly in use by the operating system. Although this behavior is generally accomplished by running a program's setup program or a service pack's upgrade program, the setup and upgrade process tends to replace multiple files. However, for troubleshooting purposes, you may need to replace an individual file on your computer versus an entire set of files."

Download details: Microsoft Assessment and Planning

Download details: Microsoft Assessment and Planning

This is the agentless tool that will inventory your network of Windows PC's.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Skwire Empire - Text 2 Folders

Skwire Empire - Text 2 Folders: "Text 2 Folders is a small utility designed to create folders based on a simple text file."

Can't tell you HOW MANY TIMES I have needed this!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Microsoft Outlook Hotmail Connector

With Microsoft Outlook Hotmail Connector 32-bit, you can use Microsoft Office Outlook 2003, Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 or Microsoft Office Outlook 2010 to access and manage your Microsoft Windows Live Hotmail or Microsoft Office Live Mail accounts, including e-mail messages, contacts and calendars for free!

114 Terracotta Warriors discovered at museum pit

114 Terracotta Warriors discovered at museum pit:

"A company of Terracotta Warriors - most painted in rich colors - have been unearthed at the largest pit within the mausoleum complex of the emperor who first unified China."

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Dr. Peter David Beter - Introduction to the Dr. Peter Beter Audio Letters Series

Dr. Peter David Beter - Introduction to the Dr. Peter Beter Audio Letters Series:

"To choose just one of the many dramatic examples from the AUDIO LETTER
series, consider the Guyana Massacre at Jonestown in November, 1978. From
start to finish, the Guyana story was filled with anomalies, unanswered
questions, conflicting government statements, and news reports that did not
quite add up."

Thursday, April 29, 2010

12 Powerfoods : Diabetes : Men's Health Spotlight : Men's Health.com

12 Powerfoods : Diabetes : Men's Health Spotlight : Men's Health.com: "Can controlling your blood sugar and preventing diabetes complications be as simple as eating the right foods? Yes. Certain foods are packed with nutrients that stabilize blood sugar levels, protect your heart, and even save your vision from the damaging effects of diabetes. These 12 foods can give you an extra edge against diabetes and its complications."

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Windows 7 Tutorials | Genuine Help for Windows 7

Windows 7 Tutorials | Genuine Help for Windows 7

Our team has one simple mission: provide complete tutorials for Windows 7. We want to offer quality, not quantity. You might see our site updating less often than others but that's because we will do our best to offer quality articles.

How to Block Bad Websites

How to Block Bad Websites: "There are many ways to block bad websites and unwanted content."

Friday, April 16, 2010

Microsoft Fix it Center Online - beta

Microsoft Fix it Center Online


You can use any computer with Internet connection to get started with Fix it Center. Simply download the Fix it Center client and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the setup. You can install Fix it Center client on as many PCs you like.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Woot : Finally a GOOD DEAL!

Woot : One Day, One Deal (SM)

TiVo Series 3 High Definition 250GB THX Certified DVR

TiVo Series 3 High Definition 250GB THX Certified DVR

$169.99

  • + $5 shipping
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Friday, March 26, 2010

Optimize your computer for peak performance

Optimize your computer for peak performance: "Whenever a program crashes, or you experience some power outage, your computer may create errors on your computer's hard disk. Over time, the errors can slow your computer. Luckily, the Windows operating system includes a Disk Check program to check and clean any errors on your computer and keep it running smoothly."

Monday, March 22, 2010

Victorian Mod Gives iMac a Woody Look


Victorian Mod Gives iMac a Woody Look | Gadget Lab | Wired.com:

"If you’re a tech geek who longs for the past, the iMac steampunk mod above should cater to your fashionable hypocrisy. Hand crafted with oak and brass, the base cover sports a marble finish and will take you just “seconds” to install on your iMac, according to its maker Old Time Computer.



Covers are available for the 24-inch and 20-inch Core 2 Duo iMacs, starting at $265. (The antique keyboard ships separately for $345.)"

This look gives me a woody! I love it.

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Knob Creek Chicken for one

Knob Creek

Try this delicious recipe for Knob Creek Chicken

1 chicken breast
1 cup flour
Small amount of cooking oil
4 ounces fresh mushroom, quartered
Salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste
1 cup whipping cream (do not whip)
1 tablespoon Knob Creek ® Bourbon
1 tablespoon beef stock
Flour chicken breast on all sides. Sauté chicken in oil, browning well on both sides. Remove chicken from pan. Add mushrooms and sauté in pan, adding salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste. Add chicken back to pan. Pour 1 cup of whipping cream over chicken. Cook until half of the cream is left or until cream is thick. Add Knob Creek Bourbon and beef stock.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Survey: Most Americans believe government broken - CNN.com

The CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll was conducted February 12-15, with 1,023 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.

Washington (CNN) -- Americans overwhelmingly believe that the government is broken, according to a national poll released Sunday.

But the CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey also indicates that the public overwhelmingly holds out hope that what's broken can be fixed.

Eighty-six percent of people questioned say that the system of government is broken, with 14 percent saying no.

Of the 86 percent, 81 percent say that the government can be fixed, but 5 percent say it's beyond repair.


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