Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Dell S2409WB WideScreen LCD Monitor

- Dell S2409WB WideScreen LCD Monitor

With HDMI too! $199 for a 24" 1920x1080 monitor!

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."


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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