Saturday, December 31, 2005

Security Now! Notes for Episode #20

Security Now! Notes for Episode #20
A serious new remotely exploitable vulnerability has been discovered in Microsoft Windows' image processing code.

This is a so-called "0-day vulnerability" because exploits for the vulnerability appeared before any updates or patches were available.
All versions of Windows from Windows 98 through ME, NT, 2000, XP, and 2003 are known to be vulnerable, and a large and rapidly growing number of malicious exploits (57 at last count) are already circulating in the wild. They are being actively used to install malware and Trojans into user's machines. Viruses and worms are expected to appear shortly.
Although NOT a complete solution, Microsoft has recommended temporarily disabling the automatic display of some images by the operating system and web browser. This can be done, as detailed below, by "unregistering" the "SHIMGVW.DLL" Windows DLL. THIS IS NOT A COMPLETE SOLUTION, but it significantly lowers the risk from this vulnerability from web surfing.
Do not open any "WMF" — Windows Metafiles — you receive by eMail, and reports are that other file types may also be dangerous.
Anti-virus companies have responded to this, so update your anti-virus signature files for updated protection.

You should IMMEDIATELY disable Windows' use of this
vulnerable DLL until patches from Microsoft are available.

Friday, December 30, 2005

Wired 14.01: How Click Fraud Could Swallow the Internet

Wired 14.01: How Click Fraud Could Swallow the Internet

Looks like growing your warm market and belly-to-belly networking needs to be the backbone of all marketing as a backup to PPC marketing for the foreseeable future.

Sky High - The Official DVD Website

Sky High - The Official DVD Website
I am so glad that I got this DVD for Christmas.
I know Disney doesn't need any promotion from me, but I find it interesting that the movie industry still goes by box office returns on films like this when families with kids like us hardly every think about going to the movie theaters any more. It is too dangerous, we'd have to be superheros to be impervious to the crime surrounding our local theaters.
The only film we went to as a family this year was Narnia and it was during the middle of the day on a work day so that we didn't have to face the crime.
Why am I glad that we got this DVD? I find it interesting that we didn't even know it was at the theaters. We saw the ads on Disney TV stations and my kids really wanted it. The reason we are glad we got it: my kids have watched it an average of 3 times a day.
Thanks Disney for making a solid movie that didn't challenge our beliefs and our straight sexuality. We are fundamental Christians and it is growing harder and harder to find movies from any studio to say that about especially Disney.

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

2006 Google Prediction

I believe that the rise of community bookmarking sites like delicious and digg and wink and .... ad nauseum, Google will implement a social bookmarking capability to their search engine which will allow for even more focused advertising as well as keep google fans from using agregated search or meta search engines. Google will have to evolve into a meta search engine. They will and they'll keep it clean and as transparent as they have until now.

With Google's warchest of IPO funds going to two guy garage start-ups, I am certain that they will buy up at least one of these social sites owned by two entrepreneurs in shorts in their garage and not some fully dressed corporation with VC money already.

I love how Google operates.

Friday, December 23, 2005

Eric's Space

I just stumbled across the MSN version of Yahoo's 360. I keeps everything in one place with your profile, blog, photos, lists, and music.

It will be interesting to see how this changes or doesn't with the increased output from Windows Live Beta.

Windows Live
Eric's Space

Security Now!

If you use a computer on wi-fi at home or anywhere, you NEED to listen to this podcast.
Security Now! Episode 19: OpenVPN

Monday, December 19, 2005

Eric's Space

I just stumbled across the MSN version of Yahoo's 360. I keeps everything in one place with your profile, blog, photos, lists, and music.
It will be interesting to see how this changes or doesn't with the increased output from Windows Live Beta.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

About Gmail

New Gmail improvements: "Contact groups" and "Vacation Autoresponder" added to the wonderful tools on GMAIL.

Monday, December 12, 2005

Friday, December 09, 2005

this WEEK in TECH

Radio Leo
To the left you can see how I have added Radio Leo (Leo Laporte's list of all of his podcasts, otherwise known as TWIT extensions) to my CLIPs in GMAIL.

Google is really getting valuable.

About Gmail

About Gmail: "What's new on Gmail?"

Gmail added the RSS feeds like Google Personal. Now you really can get it all in one place with GMAIL. What's next? Office tools?

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

What? Flock?

Listening to one of Radio Leo's latest Extensions - Inside the Net - I learned about which is a new social relational web browser. So, like the bleeding edge guy that I am, I am posting from it right now.

But, that's not it! Today only, (or not) I am running flock on's crossover office professional windows emulation layer on my Mandriva Limited 2005 box. This more than likely is a first for this fledgeling browser.

So, do I recommend it? Not yet. It has many bugs and even the top dogs don't recommend it except to bleeding edgers like me. But, don't worry. I will test it for you and be able to tell you why you too should use flock.

Until then, see you next time here on the same bat channel.

The first real electric car that might make it over here to America
Eight wheels?

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

CodeWeavers - Welcome

CodeWeavers - Welcome: "Walt Disney Feature Animation
CodeWeavers CrossOver Office is now an integral part of Disney Animation's Linux production environment. Disney not only got great performance from CrossOver, but also saved themselves at least $100,000 in the process..."

Monday, November 28, 2005

Sober variant on rise, security firm warns | InfoWorld | News | 2005-11-28 | By Jeremy Kirk, IDG News Service

The latest variant of the Sober worm is aiming for the top virus of the year spot, with a staggering one in 14 e-mails circulated on the Internet containing it as of Monday morning, according to the antivirus vendor Sophos (Profile, Products, Articles).

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Radio Leo | Main / Home Page

Leo Laporte FOR PRESIDENT!!!

Business 2.0 :: Magazine Article :: Features :: The $25 Trillion Land Grab

Business 2.0 :: Magazine Article :: Features :: The $25 Trillion Land Grab: "If you think the real estate boom of the past decade was bounteous, peek a little further over the horizon: Researchers estimate that the massive buildout will constitute a $25 trillion development market by 2030, more than twice the size of the entire U.S. economy today."

SANS - Internet Storm Center - Cooperative Cyber Threat Monitor And Alert System

SANS - Internet Storm Center - Cooperative Cyber Threat Monitor And Alert System

Internet Explorer threat still big.

10 Things You Should Know About Every Linux Installation..

" Linux is not Windows, and although there are some similarities, you must realise that there may be a few "new ways of doing things" to learn before you can be comfortable in Linux." I've been looking for an article like this for awhile...

read more | digg story

Texas Supreme Court rules property tax unconstitutional -

Texas Supreme Court rules property tax unconstitutional - "Texas Supreme Court rules property tax unconstitutional"

"Texas school districts illegally tax property owners to pay for public education and the state must find a new way to fund schools by June 1 or classrooms will remain closed in the fall, the Texas Supreme Court ruled Tuesday."

Sunday, November 20, 2005 "An interaction between water and calcium silicate would have meant carbon dioxide molecules were taken from the air and caught into the calcium carbonate making limestone. Computer models indicate the result would have been 'catastrophic cooling in which tectonic changes could have triggered a progressive transition from a 'greenhouse' to an 'icehouse' climate, resulting in 'snowball glaciation.' ]"

Could this also be a good way to cool carribean waters to block hurricanes?

Frozen Bear an agregator of digg slashdot and delicious.

Is The Sun Getting Warmer?

We all know it's getting warmer here on out little part of the solar system but there's mounting evidence that the entire solar system is heating up. And our Sun is more active than it has been in 400 years.

read more | digg story

New Linux study suggests fundamental Microsoft creditability problems

Another day, another lame attempt by Microsoft to show that Windows is better than Linux.

This time around, Microsoft commissioned a study to show that Windows does a better job of serving e-commerce applications than Linux.

Done, of course, by a Microsoft partner...

and it only goes downhill from there.

read more | digg story

Wednesday, November 16, 2005 - U.S. air cargo still vulnerable to terrorist attack, report says - Nov 16, 2005

On CNN's Paul Zahn's show today, Paula asked the pertinent question and that was "Is congress as responsible or even more responsible than President Bush for not patching this gaping hole in airline security?" I agree, with Paul, whoever is at fault what good does it do to have tight security for the passengers if anything under the sun can get into the cargo bay? - U.S. air cargo still vulnerable to terrorist attack, report says - Nov 16, 2005: "Critics say it makes no sense to screen people and luggage carefully but not the cargo on passenger planes. Last year, about 6 billion pounds (2.7 billion kilograms) of cargo -- a quarter of the cargo shipped by air in the United States -- was flown aboard passenger airplanes."
The inspector on Paula's show even went so far as to say there are certain airlines that he just wont ride because of their lazy attitude regarding air cargo security.
Well, now it is out there for any terrorist to take advantage of it. If terrorists were as smart as hackers, they'd take advantage of the window that is open because of partisan politics. What are the dems just hoping another 911 happens so they can point their finger at Bush, or are they even worse inviting terrorists to the table?
The sad thing is that I believe that things like this are just the cracks in the wall prior to an earthquake or volcanic explosion.
To quote Chicken Little "The sky's falling".

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Security Now! Now featuring episode #13

Security Now! Now featuring episode #13: "TechTV's Leo Laporte and I take 20 to 30 minutes near the end of each week to discuss important issues of personal computer security. Sometimes we'll discuss something that just happened. Sometimes we'll talk about long-standing problems, concerns, or solutions. Either way, every week we endeavor to produce something interesting and important for every personal computer user."

Huge star is discovered moving at 1.6 million miles an hour

Highly unusual, a huge star has been discovered in the Milky Way (our galaxy) that is moving at the incredible speed of 1.6 million miles per hour. Who knows, maybe it's really a Borg ship headed this way!

read more | digg story

"Unix Beats Windows"--Says Microsoft!

"What's noteworthy about it is that Microsoft compared Singularity to FreeBSD and Linux as well as Windows/XP--and almost every result shows Windows losing to the two Unix variants..."

read more | digg story

Why Every Windows User Needs a Linux Live CD

Has your Windows computer ever failed to boot or refused to go online? You know that if you could just get online you could search for an answer to your problem. Thats why you have to get one of that Linux Live Cds.

read more | digg story

Mozilla Update :: Extensions -- More Info:Forecastfox - All Releases

Mozilla Update :: Extensions -- More Info:Forecastfox - All Releases: "Get international weather forecasts from, and display it in any toolbar or statusbar with this highly customizable and unobtrusive extension."

Mozilla Update :: Extensions -- More Info:Fasterfox - All Releases

Mozilla Update :: Extensions -- More Info:Fasterfox - All Releases: "Performance and network tweaks for Firefox. Fasterfox allows you to tweak many network and rendering settings such as simultaneous connections, pipelining, cache, DNS cache, and initial paint delay. Dynamic speed increases can be obtained with the unique prefetching mechanism, which recycles idle bandwidth by silently loading and caching all of the links on the page you are browsing. A popup blocker for popups initiated by Flash plug-ins is also included."

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

CSS and Dreamweaver Reference Sites

Great roundup of links, broken down by category, of CSS and Macromedia Dreamweaver reference sites. If you're looking for some CSS tips and tricks, or just trying to use Dreamweaver to realize CSS layouts more effectively, this is a great jumping-off point.

read more | digg story

Mini (10 Centimeter) windmills could power wireless networks

10 centimeter windmills may be the answer for wireless networks in the middle of nowhere... nature. These windmills are super efficient and could free scientist of batteries or huge cables for their equipment.

read more | digg story

Stainless Steel Mini Hard Drives

"portable storage has been awaiting an ultra cool form factor and this combination between Zippo cool, 120GB capacity and palm-sized chromium objet d'art which is substantial enough so you won�t lose it is absolutely ideal and we�re predicting it will become a must-have for sleek geeks during 2006."

read more | digg story

Ubuntu Linux draws a crowd

Less than two years into its development, a new version of Linux is generating considerable excitement.

read more | digg story

Monday, November 07, 2005

Will weather control become a reality?

Following the recent wave of devastating Atlantic hurricanes that have battered the Gulf Coast and Caribbean, minds at the USAF and elsewhere are thinking of ways to influence the development of these storms, to switch them off, and possibly, turn them on.

read more | digg story

CNN non-coverage of Sony DRM: running away from or hiding story?

CNN not covering Sony DRM story & there's speculation it's due to them being part of Time Warner (& RIAA). removed a story from last month re: DRM & artists but Google's cache has it. The old story not much compared to the rootkit story but its removal + them not covering the rootkit story is sucpicious. Alt:

read more | digg story | 10/28/2005 | Tagging the news you want to use | 10/28/2005 | Tagging the news you want to use: "Digg, a new San Francisco Internet start-up, seeks to rank news items by letting people choose which stories they like anywhere on the Web.

And it just received $2.8 million in venture capital from some big-name investors, including Omidyar Network, the outfit led by eBay co-founder Pierre Omidyar, Netscape co-founder Marc Andreessen, and Greylock partners."

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Apple Patent shows MacIntel strategy of supporting OS X, Windows & Linux

The patent describes scenarios in which the user would choose a 'first operating system' and a 'second operating system' from a set that includes Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, and Linux and also mentions a virtual machine, and the option to choose between 'Macintosh computer' and 'Windows PC.'"

read more | digg story

How Google battles its increasing power consumption

"All those computers suck a lot of power, got to find ways to improve efficiency."

Amazing insight into how to host large web services on budget hardware.

read more | digg story

MacIntel PowerBooks coming in April or May

A few months ago, Steve Jobs announced that Apple's Intel-based Macs would be coming in June 2006. AppleInsider is now reporting that they will hit stores even sooner.

read more | digg story

Digg Weekend Fun

Lots of changes this weekend. Ron added more servers to the queue. Owen just fixed a bug this morning that had resulted in the loss of some stories and comments (thanks for the bug reports) � and I've finished specing out some really cool digg v3 features.

read more | digg story

Thursday, November 03, 2005

YouSendIt | Email large files quickly, securely, and easily!

YouSendIt | Email large files quickly, securely, and easily!

| | Business Thought Leadership | BNET

| | Business Thought Leadership | BNET: "

Making Email Contact with Web 2.0 Entrepreneurs by BNET's Anita Campbell -- Recently I wrote about using email to cold call. Of course, it isn't strictly cold calling. A purist would take issue and say (a) it [...]


How my blog got 2,300 diggs, 45,000 hits, and on Diggnation

"Alarm clocks are bad�" is a recent blog post of mine that got a lot of attention here on digg. This article looks at why a blog was so successful, and also shows some pretty graphs of the web traffic that digg caused and the bookmarks people made.

This could help with traffic...

read more | digg story

Move over, Mac Mini -- MiniPC runs Linux

A Taiwanese systems integrator is readying a tiny Linux-powered PC likely to make even Mac Mini owners envious. The AOpen MiniPC measures 6.5 x 6.5 x 2 inches, is powered by an Intel Pentium M or Celeron M processor, and runs Linspire Linux.

read more | digg story

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

internet explorer tab within firefox

this is a new firefox extension.

to use it, just right click a link and choose "open this link in ie tab" you've now opened internet explorer in a tab of firefox!

this is great for the occasional times when a page doesn't work correctly in firefox, downloading windows updates, or designing a web page- since you can easily see how your webpage displays in IE with just one click and then switch back to Firefox.

read more | digg story

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Friday, October 14, 2005

MediaPost Publications - Yahoo!, MSN To Mesh IM Networks - 10/13/2005

MediaPost Publications - Yahoo!, MSN To Mesh IM Networks - 10/13/2005: "BY THE SECOND QUARTER OF next year, MSN Messenger users and IM Yahoo! Messenger users will be able to seamlessly send each other messages, as part of a deal between the two companies announced Wednesday. The arrangement, which provides for interoperability between the two messaging services, will allow users of each service to IM their contacts on the other, but doesn't entail any combination of the actual programs."

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

WAL-MART: The High Cost of Low Price

WAL-MART: The High Cost of Low Price: "WAL-MART: The High Cost of Low Price takes the viewer on a deeply personal journey into the everyday lives of families struggling to fight goliath. From a family business owner in the Midwest to a preacher in California, from workers in Florida to a poet in Mexico, dozens of film crews on three continents bring the intensely personal stories of an assault on families and American values."

MIT Media Lab: $100 Laptop

MIT Media Lab: $100 Laptop: "The MIT Media Lab has launched a new research initiative to develop a $100 laptop—a technology that could revolutionize how we educate the world's children. To achieve this goal, a new, non-profit association, One Laptop per Child (OLPC), has been created. The initiative was first announced by Nicholas Negroponte, Lab chairman and co-founder, at the World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland in January 2005."

Google, Sun Challenge Microsoft's Office: Financial News - Yahoo! Finance

Google, Sun Challenge Microsoft's Office: Financial News - Yahoo! Finance: "Google Announces Software Collaboration With Sun Microsystems in Challenge to Microsoft's Office"

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Popular Science Magazine beat me to the punch

I recently received the Oct 2005 PopSci magazine in the mail. Yes, I subscribe. Keeps me young.

With all of the hullabaloo about the hurricanes and how we cannot stop them even though we can predict where they are going now, like a typical relational innovator which I am I said to myself there has to be a way to stop hurricanes. Silly? Right, I must be crazy.

But, my idea was to find a bio-degradable substance that is known to cool water and seed the warm Gulf of Mexico waters with it in advance of coming hurricanes. Why? Well, we know that warm waters and warm moist air feed them, so that ought to starve them right?

I did a google and found that there are many different biodegradeable substances already on the market which are said to lower the temperature of water. Eureka!

Then in this latest PopSci on page 42 in the Headline from the future piece Moshe Alamaro predicts that by 2010 barges with jet engines mounted vertically will suck the warm moist air from the Gulf and toss it high into the atmosphere creating rain clouds but also effectively reducing the temperature of the Gulf waters.

Even though Moshe is a mechanical engineer at Harvard-MIT's Health Sciences and Technology, I still think my bio-degradable solution should be more earth friendly. Maybe they could try both.

If you see this idea anywhere else, remember that you saw it here first.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Michael Robertson . com

$4 Billion In Savings For Businesses

September 12th, 2005

"The average conference call lasts 33 minutes and has six participants. At an average price of 16 cents per minute per caller, businesses are paying $4 billion per year for this essential voice service. Today we're announcing a pilot program to make conference calling free for a global audience. This won't please the telecom titans who profit from this service, but businesses should relish this newfound savings and freedom to communicate without worrying about costs."

Michael Robertson has been the visionary behind and What he prophesies over the Tech industry usually comes to pass.

Friday, September 09, 2005

HP to ship Ubuntu PCs

Google News: "HP to ship Ubuntu PCs, serious about Linux
Tectonic - 13 hours ago
The HP Linux and Open Source roadshow rolled into Johannesburg earlier this week with the message that Linux is now a 'standard' product offering from the company. The annual roadshow, which travels the world ...
Preview of Breezy out now Tectonic
all 2 related »"

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Prius Update

Toyota Prius

Our Prius has really been a blessing with these rising gas prices.

I wanted to share how we are optimizing our gas mileage and what exactly our mileage is. Your mileage might vary.

In order to get you acquainted with the Prius, you might already know that the Prius has a display in the dash showing you what your real-time mileage is. This keeps us aware of our driving styles and because we are motivated to save as much money as possible.

It turns out that the secret is to get to your cruising speed as soon as possible, then put it into cruise. When you try to get good gas mileage without cruise you end up cramping your foot and it is harder to keep it in electric mode which gets the best mileage for very long. In cruise, you will see 99.9 MPG on your screen as long as the battery isn't very low or the air conditioner isn't on something rediculously low. We keep our a/c around 78.

Our mileage? we are averaging 41-45 MPG, and it appears that our mileage is getting better. We were told that it would as the engine gets broken in, but who believes a salesman.

If you'd like us to refer you to our salesman here in Houston, Texas please drop us a line in the comments or email.

Hi MPG to all.

Wireless-Tower Outfits: Rising High

Wireless-Tower Outfits: Rising High

Monday, September 05, 2005

FEMA’s botched job

Dvorak Uncensored

"More bad stories about FEMA’s botched job. A great interview highlighted by the following new information:"

FEMA needs to be removed. It is BROKEN.

Episode 21 Taped Before a Live Audience | this WEEK in TECH

Episode 21 Taped Before a Live Audience | this WEEK in TECH
"Live from the Apple Store in downtown San Francisco. Thanks to our hosts, Apple Computer, and to all the folks who showed up and made us feel welcome. This is the audio edition. Kevin Rose and Keith Harrison from are working on the video version and will offer it later."

It was great listening to these geeks (some with potty mouths so be ware) opine about tech issues. I will comment on these and other topics with less potty mouth (none in fact) for my pod cast in the very near future. CrusaderX Podcast -- the clean alternative tech podcast.

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Hurricane Relief

KSBJ Cards for Katrina Hurricane Victims

We personally and on behalf of our church just dropped of walmart gift cards at our local YMCA to help victims of the hurricane.

Click the "Hurricane Relief" link to see why we chose this avenue.

You can also choose to do it differently by going to the links on the right side of the above "KSBJ" link.

God will take care of them. We are His hands and feet.

Why python?

An extensive article explaining why you should use python instead of perl or or at least start learning it.

read more | digg story

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Looking for "Freespire" (a free copy of Linspire)?You've come to the right place...

For the next few days, you can obtain a free digital copy of Linspire by following the instructions below.

Hurry! This truly "free” Linspire offer ends September 6th, 2005!

FEMA and RED CROSS reward lawbreakers and punish law-abiders; should be disbanned

Those who obeyed the law and left Lousiana before the storm, are now being turned away from federally funded and privately funded shelter in Houston, Texas, while those who illegally stayed behind and endangered their lives but made it to the SuperDome are being rewareded.

I wouldn't reward bad behaviour in my children and law-abiding citizens being turned away from the Houston Astrodome have a right to be livid. I am.

FEMA and large private "help" organizations are such a waste of tax payers money.

I would not be upset if FEMA were helping those who obeyed the law, but to do the exact opposite makes me outrageously mad.

President Bush, I love you brother, but we have got to clean house. Please do something to change this.

I cannot believe that while national guard can be called in to police the hurricane stricken areas that people have to live in fear of criminals wandering the streets stealing and brandishing fire arms. Is this what America has come to?

Is America no more than public facing buearocrats doing what seems to be right, but is actually DEAD WRONG? Is America no more than a country that allows anarchy in the aftermath of such a disaster? Is this what I served my country in the armed forces for? YUCK!

And, where are the volunteers from other countries? We sent troops, and volunteers when the Tsunami hit. Does the rest of the world think they deserve it by America doesn't?

Unbelievable! Outrageous!

Disban FEMA and Red Cross and the National Guard! Why? They don't mean anything anyway.

Opinion: Five reasons NOT to use Linux

This amazing article cuts through the krap.
this article here
Don't read it unless you mean it.

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Vista Gives the Linux Desktop a Chance

Vista Gives the Linux Desktop a Chance: "Opinion: It's late, it's lame and installing it won't be cheap, so now is the perfect time for Linux desktop vendors to make a charge at Microsoft. "

Monday, August 29, 2005

Via Garageband and Podcast Studio, our first official podcast

Our first official podcast

Welcome to the inagural podcast from your favorite Houston Tech-san, CrusaderX.

Tell everyone to subscribe to this feed

Sunday, August 28, 2005

It's Not Their Fault | this WEEK in TECH

Leo Laporte said, "I've corresponded with Rick Klau at Feedburner and he's explained what happened. He merely quoted numbers that were already available publicly through the Feedburner Awareness API".

And, I received a comment on my blogspot blog from Rick Klau himself:
"Not sure if you saw Leo's follow-up here. Quick summary: This Week In Tech had our "awareness API" feature enabled, which shared podcast stats with other parties like Podfeed and PodNova, who then use it to rank podcasts.

We've updated our policy on sharing info (even if it is publicly available) - details are here.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to drop me a line. We take our publishers' concerns very seriously, and want to ensure that we are completely upfront about what we do (and why).



So, I appologize to Feedburner for jumping on Leo's bandwagon. However, what was apparrent in all of this is maturity in communication includes admitting when one is wrong and non-defensive explanation when someone is wrong.

Thanks Rick for commenting on our blog and I hope this counter post helps even the keel.

Saturday, August 27, 2005

Boy Was I Dumb | this WEEK in TECH

"Yesterday Information Week published an article about podcasting quoting Feedburner's VP Business Development, Rick Klau. Klau quoted a figure of 41,000 for our subscribers. This is in direct violation of Feedburners stated privacy policy, and I consider it a real breach of trust. This information is proprietary and they don't have my permission to disclose it to any third party. It also damages us materially since he severely understated our subscriber base. We have 100,000 downloads per show from AOL alone." -- Leo Laporte, TWIT
Toyota Prius

Follow-up on our Prius purchase. After finally driving 340.7 miles according to the trip meter on our new Prius, we filled up with 8.4 gallons of $2.49 gas at Costco around the corner. Compared to the 19 mpg we got with the van we traded in for the prius, we got 40 mpg there abouts. This is our first tank of gas.

With gas going up 19 cents this month and it isn't over yet, I am feeling smarter and smarter. You see, we justified the purchase based on a rise in gas prices over the next four years such that the average price of a gallon of gas would be $4.00. If this is true, we figured the gas savings would pay for our increased expense to purchase the Prius since we weren't making any payments on the minivan.

It looks to me like we will get to $4.00 a gallon by the end of next summer. So that means three years of extended savings or money back in our wallets!

After resetting the MPG and trip meters on the Prius at the first fillup, we were averaging 40-50 mpg based on our typical driving. Then we took the car into the Toyota dealer to get the tint on that was part of our agreeing to get the car and now our mpg is down around 38 according to the meter. We have to take the car back to the dealer next week. I am sure that will mean even worse MPG, but after that we will need to refill the tank again I am sure. It will be exciting to see what our first entirely us tank of gas will average MPG.

Anyway, blog on. - Your home for recipes you'd normally find AWAY from home.

Remember when the recipes software was all the rage? Remember the Recipe BBSes? Oh? Well, I do.

This post is for those in your life who would love to copy that great dish from a restaurant you all love at home.

Dig in.

The home page of GAG - main

As recommended on Call For Help TV program in Canada by Leo Laporte: "GAG (initials, in spanish, of Graphical Boot Manager) is a Boot Manager program. It's loaded when the computer is turned on and allows you to choose the operating system you want to use."

Apple's software for budding vidcasters

Add your touch to on-demand video.

Venus, Jupiter and the Moon are gathering for a beautiful sunset sky show.

Something nice is happening in the sunset sky. Venus and Jupiter, the two brightest planets, are converging, and they're going to be beautifully close together for the next two weeks.

read more | digg story

Friday, August 26, 2005

Sysinternals Freeware - RootkitRevealer

"RootkitRevealer is an advanced patent-pending root kit detection utility."

Security Now Episode 2

You HAVE to listen to this. Microsoft admits that there are sites out there exploiting vulnerabilities in windows boxes yet to have been discovered.

Comments are welcome

Zinio: Download BusinessWeek, PC Mag & more Now!

Save money on digital magazines????
Please comment and tell us what you think.

Reinvented Software - Feeder - Create RSS Feeds on Mac OS X

"Feeder is an application for creating, editing and publishing RSS feeds on Mac OS X. With Feeder you don't need to understand RSS to create feeds and publish them to the web."

Leo Laporte's Call For Help Bittorrent tracker site

This site contains the archive of all the Canadian Call For Help shows

read more | digg story

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

GMAIL New feature

For all of those forwarding their other accounts to gmail and just replying with GMAIL, now you can verify an address other than your gmail address and then send as that from gmail.

Just go to your settings and the accounts tab to "Add another email address".

This will bring up the option to verify the address with a link in an email to that address which you click and then you have the ability to email from it.

Now you can get the free spam filtering and great mail functionalities of Gmail with your other email accounts too.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Google does free Instant Messaging!

I am logged in using the GAIM settings for linux.

Try this and IM me asap.

This is one of the BIG buzz items from Google lately.

MP3's for your podcast

Create your own mixes a simple yet effective way so that you have "hip" music in your podcasts.

Sunday, August 21, 2005

Build the best paper airplane in the world! How to build it, how to fly it.

A compilation of tech guru Leo Laporte's podcasts from the past week.

Leo is really starting to have a radio station of his own.

Put the feed up on your : and that way you can know when the latest show is up there.

Leo needs someone to do the techie stuff in the background for him so that he can be putting out more shows. Maybe, if we all beg for it, he will start putting up video copies of his CFH shows and his other shows so we can watch them again.

Light that travels faster than the speed of light

Could this mess up all that we "know" about the universe? Does this change things about relativity and about time travel?

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Leo's back on CFH

...well sorta. It is Canada. Why do the canucks have all the luck?
Flame posts on rise on DIGG

Discouraging novice posters, flamers (those who write excessively negative comments in a voice ranging from chastizement to flat out extreme rudeness) have begun to raise their UGLY heads on the latest community bookmarking site

Kevin Rose and gang are the reason I found digg. And I really dugg digg, but sifting through the negativity on the site to get to valuable stuff has become harder and harder. Sorry Kevin and gang, I might listen to Diggnation, but I wont be coming back to until the flames go away. Why should I post links to a place where the novice readers of my blog would go and end up trying to participate only to get flamed? There is enough negativity in this world to sift through that most people wont go through it on purpose. Oh, well, it was nice while it lasted.

Join On demand Video News from TechWeb is looking for contributors to their "".

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

No foolproof way to beat virus...

"For now, though, computer analysts broadly agree that virus attacks are only to be expected, and users must be proactive by downloading patches as soon as they are issued, as a completely foolproof anti-virus system is still not available."

Digital Life TV with Patrick Norton Tonight!

Ok guys, time to spread the word! Digital Life TV will air LIVE tonight (and every Tuesday) at 9pm eastern/6pm pacific. Just point your browser to the link above. It will also be available on demand tomorrow (not sure when though).

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See the first ever video from inside a tornado!

It's a technological first. A well-placed probe fitted with 7 video cameras�6 with a 60-degree field-of-view designed to achieve a full 360-degree field-of-view (one failed during deployment, resulting in a 300-degree field-of-view) and one pointing upward�captures footage inside a tornado.

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7 Mistakes for your First Week Blogging

"If you take a look at the empty, burned-out shells of abandoned blogs that litter the blogosphere, you can begin to notice common mistakes that set apart the ones that fail in the first seven days."

A quick read on how to create a better blog and not fill up the net with dead sites.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2005

The latest worms got into the hig corporations being hit via unprotected laptops.
Short-Term Energy Outlook - Regional EnhancementsLink
Starting with this edition of the Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO), EIA is introducing regional projections (the scope of which will vary by fuel) of energy prices, consumption, and production.

Hybrid Supercar

Wow, this Hybrid Supercar can do 0-60 in the low 4-seconds and can get 50mpg. Developed by a bunch of High School kids, the car is call "The Attack" and looks just as good as it performs.

Sign me up, where can I buy one?

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Excuse to get a hybrid based on historical gas prices

DOE's historical data on gas prices

If you are like me and you want to be able to predict statistically how gas prices will rise based on the history of prices in your area, then this is about as thourough as you can get.

This is my excuse to buy a hybrid car: if the average price over the next 48 months will be somewhere around $4.00 (based on anything above 6.7 cent increases on average every month) then my Kia Sedona Minivan getting 14 MPG will cost me about $200-$300 extra to run each month. In other words, the savings I'd see even at a realistic 45 MPG in a prius would pay about $200-$300 of the payments on the new prius. And, that doesn't even take into account the $2000 approx. tax incentive from the government, nor rising maintenance for the now 3 year old minivan... You see where I am going?

Besides, I'd much rather spend $50 a month in gash than $300. At 14 MPG from my minivan now, that works out to $0.17 cents a mile at $2.40 per gallon, so if I average 1000 miles a month then that is $170 right? Then 45 MPG? $0.053 cents a mile is $53 a month, right? Well, that ain't bad and that is based on current prices here in Houston. Average 6.7 cents a month increase and the average price over 48 months would be about $3.93, and at that 14 MPG is $281.04 a month and 45 MPG is $87.43 which is approximately $200 savings, right?

Just hyper analytical food for thought. :D

Correct me if I am wrong.

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Monday, August 15, 2005

Matt Basham's Storefront -

CCNA books, some free, others great prices.
Get Started on Lulu - A Tour of the Publishing Process
This is the publishing demo for how to publish on - Self Publishing - Free

Budding writers, get published! Guaranteed! was founded by the founder of Red Hat Linux and it will overturn the publishing industry just as Red Hat overturned the OS industry.

Try it out. Publish your book, and send us the link and we will blog it here for everyone.

Urine Powered Battery

Scientists have developed a paper-thin urine powered battery. Wonder if they'll be able to spin this into the next generation of Hybrid vehicles. Would make "filling up" the car interesting..

Now, potty breaks would fuel long road trips. :D

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Apple changes podcast rankings

Apple changed the way it lists its most popular podcasts in the iTunes Music Store over the weekend, using the term �Today�s Top Podcasts� in place of �Top Podcasts.� The move came shortly after Podcaster Adam Curry noted that the �Top Podcasts� list was time-based, rather than an aggregate figure.

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Sunday, August 14, 2005

Don't Get Cozy With Ajax Just Yet

AJAX, the web technology that is spreading like wildfire and powers Google Maps, Flickr, Gmail, and even parts of Digg, is on everyone's mind right now. The problem is, AJAX provides the biggest security hole in years, allowing your keystrokes to be monitored, and other negative things. Devs and users, don't get too cozy with AJAX just yet.

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Cracking the code

Why are companies teaching their own staff to hack?

Every size company should be audited for security.

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I hope your windows boxes are patched...

SANS is reporting a new worm variant that makes your machine a zombie FTP server. Oooo! Scary!

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SANS - Internet Storm Center - Cooperative Cyber Threat Monitor And Alert System - Current Infosec News and Analysis

This is the reason for all the 445 traffic lately.

"Updated August 14th 2005 18:34 UTC
MS05-039 Worm in the wild

-039 is NOT Microsoft's lucky number"

For home and corporate networks with Microsoft computer, it would be better to just disconnect from the web until you can get an expert to protect the network. If you need an expert just call. ;)

CSS examples galore

If you learn by seeing others work this is the site for you, lots of web pages that apply CSS at full extent, ordered by popularity.

This is also a great place to let clients pick out the style they want to tweak.

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ISPs versus the zombies

"In the next few months, ISPs in the United States will begin receiving reports on the zombies, or PCs open to control by hackers, that lurk on their networks. The data will be sent out by the Federal Trade Commission, which said in May that zombies have become such a serious problem that more industry action is required.
What's new:
Internet service providers face mounting pressure to keep their networks free of zombies, which are increasingly used to launch phishing and other attacks.

Bottom line:
If ISPs don't assume more responsibility for cleaning up, people could lose their trust in online activity and the Internet take a hit, experts warn."

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Saturday, August 13, 2005

Mars closest in 5000 years rumors untrue

Email hoax about Mars being closest in 5000 years untrue, it happened 2 years ago. This year it will happen to a lesser degree on Halloween.

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Friday, August 12, 2005

SANS - Internet Storm Center - Cooperative Cyber Threat Monitor And Alert System - Current Infosec News and Analysis

"Infocon Yellow; Windows and Backup Exec exploits are out, where are the exploits, NIST drafts, Snort signatures

Infocon: Yellow"

It has been a LONG time since ISC has raised the infocon to yellow.

Heed the advice in this handler's diary august 12th, 2005.
Unix Review > > Marcel's Linux Game of the Month : TORCS

Marcel reports, "I'm thankful for TORCS, a beautiful 3-D auto race game for the serious race fan."

Wired News: Mac Hacks Allow OS X on PCs

"Apple wants to avoid the word getting out that (MacIntels) are just PCs, and that (OSx86) works on PCs"

Sorry Mr. Jobs, I know you are known for knowing better than the market, but I think Apple should concentrate on being a software company. TPM sucks. It is a horrible hack. What an eyesore on Apple!

I love my Mac Mini and because OSX doesn't run on intel boxes without TPM out of the box, I cannot recommend it to my clients. You could be worried about the issue of supporting all of that hardware, but FreeBSD/NetBSD already supports a subset of intel-based hardware and with Apple's brain trust, I am sure you can support hardware makers who want to certify Apple ready.

My IT Consultancy doesn't even make a red cent off of hardware anymore because it is sooooo cheap. But, Apple will still sell Apple hardware to those who love the Apple cool.

I am sure that you just feel pressured by everyone like me, and that is probably driving you into your corner even more. But, I think you can see it.

Apple will still be a computer hardware company and come out with great ideas. Just get OSX into the software realm and quit worrying about TPM.

Thursday, August 11, 2005

100-Mbit Cable Internet To Hit U.S. In 2006

Broadband Internet access via TV cables can reach 100 Megabits per second as early as next year, 50 times faster than the average broadband speeds now offered to cable TV homes, a Finnish firm said on Wednesday.

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Personalized Google -- Add our feed and all your favorite feeds.

With all of your favorite feeds on this page you can log in to any computer and get your fix. Plus, you can set this as your home page and everytime you open your browser or press the home page you will get your feeds refreshed.

Add our feed to your personalized version of Google by going to and pressing the "Add content" button in the upper left hand of the page. Then under custom feed, just copy and paste our feed . Viola, our feed will be your personalized google page.

It has been confirmed through the rumor mill that Google is caching these feeds as we add them, so look for further features soon.

ADD our feed and keep up with the latest CrusaderX.
Dell Ups Wattage of LAMP

This just proves that I was right for the last 3 to 5 years. Hate to say "I told you so", but I did and I was probably obnoxious about it. :D

Dell said at LinuxWorld that they will officially support Linux.
Unix Review > > Tool of the Month: DenyHosts

Dedicated server users, if you are running Linux you should consider this and portsentry and shorewall as the best combination start. But, the rpm is hard to install. I got it working on one Mandriva 2005 LE webserver, but a Fedora dedicated server I maintain still refuses to work with it. So, I will get it working with the tarball.

This is a very simple (simlistic) list of basic security for Linux servers on the web.
AllowUsers in /etc/ssh/sshd_config for only allowed users
secure passwords for said users
change default port for webmin to something other than 10000
shorewall's basic setup should work pretty well right out of the box.

Our company specializes in network security and Open Source solutions. Maybe we can help.

iTunes "Clickgate" Hits Major News Outlets

A couple days after the discovery of the iTunes click-until-your-fingers-fall-off free for all. BusinessWeek stands up and takes notice.

Read: you can move your podcast up the list by constantly subscribing to it.

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Spam Zombies; Should users be held responsible if their machine is a zombie

Wouldn't you want the thousands of users whose computers are slowing down due to the large amount of spam they are sending to be held responsible for being used like that? Or, should ISPs put throttles on outbound email from all their users?

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Fergie's Tech Blog: New Keylogger Steals Passwords From IE

"The keylogger behind a major identity theft ring is especially invasive, said an anti-spyware vendor Thursday as it prepared to roll out a free detection and deletion tool."

Ferguson is a member of the NANOG. Google NANOG to find out more. Thanks Paul for alerting us to this problem.

People if you are using IE I hate to say it, but "I TOLD YOU SO." Cease using IE immediately or surf at your own peril.

This sort of thing doesn't happen on Mac and Linux because most people just use Microsoft blindly and crackers know it.

Take advantage of it and avoid these issues. You can still use your other MS products if you need. Need to know more? Ask me.

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Review of SUSE Linux Professional 9.3 | Marcel Gagné

Thanks Marcel for reviewing this distro. There just isn't enough time to review all the distros out there.

I am sticking with my favorite for most solutions, but I am recommending knoppix and especially knoppmyth for some applications. Ask me why.
Long time no see everyone. I just got a very interesting email. I had actually given up on this herb until I read this. Now, my distrust of "modern" medicine is again in the dumps.

"It's time once again to fill in some key details the news anchors left out.

If you've ever successfully used echinacea to help prevent or treat common colds, you might have been surprised to find out that this herb doesn't work.

Well, that's the conclusion researchers from the University of Virginia (UV) School of Medicine came up with, anyway. Problem is...there are some glaring weaknesses in this study. And it's a shame, because 1) many people may now shy away from using echinacea products, and 2) the researchers could have put to use an ideal design for an echinacea study, developed by an HSI Panelist.

Ah, to be young and bulletproof

The UV team recruited about 400 students. All of them received a squirt up the nose of rhinovirus (a common virus that prompts upper respiratory infections). Half of the group began taking echinacea or a placebo seven days before being "challenged" with the rhinovirus. The other subjects began taking echinacea right after they received the virus.

After five days of treatment researchers concluded that echinacea produced no significant effects on rates of infection or severity of symptoms.

Those are the nut and bolts. Now...Problem Number 1: Dosage. Subjects were given 1.5 ml doses of echinacea three times each day. This is the dosage level set by the German government. And while it might be perfect for German regulators, it's only ONE THIRD the dose that's recommended in most echinacea products. So right off the top, echinacea was put at a disadvantage.

Problem Number 2: The researchers prepared the echinacea extract used in the study. And - who knows? - they might have done a very good job of it. But if you were going to use an herbal product, would you choose one manufactured by a reputable company with expertise in this area, or one prepared by researchers with expertise in...research?

Problem Number 3: Remember when you were young and bulletproof? All of the subjects in this study were students. Here's how HSI Panelist Jon Barron looked at this factor in his Baseline of Health e-letter (8/1/05): "College students, tend to be at an age where they have highly competent immune systems to begin with, so the effects of immune system boosting would be less noticeable than in many other groups."

Three strikes and...yer out!

It's an immune system thing

That third problem mentioned above is the key to the way echinacea SHOULD be tested. In many previous studies this botanical has been shown to enhance the immune system. For some people - not all, but some - this enhancement helps prevent colds and flu and may shorten the duration of symptoms.

So instead of squirting virus up the noses of healthy young things, Jon Barron has a better idea. In Baseline of Health, he writes: "If you truly want to test the ability of Echinacea to boost the immune system. Find a test group that has below normal white cell counts. Supplement with high quality Echinacea extract. (Heck, I'll supply the extract for free for any qualified research group.) Test to see if the white cell counts go up."

Sounds like an excellent plan. If only researchers would take it to heart and the media would report it fairly.

And how much do those inaccurate headlines and incomplete reporting hurt? According to NutraIngredients, two large vitamin store chains have noted a sharp drop in vitamin E sales in the wake of a deeply flawed but widely reported vitamin E study published late last year. (For details, see Monday's e-Alert "E on Alert" 8/8/05).

The root of goodness

I'll say this for the University of Virginia study: They got one detail right. In preparing their echinacea extract they used only the roots of the plant, which is the most potent part. As Jon noted in 2003 when he was defending another attack on echinacea: "Potency runs from seed to root to leaf to almost none in the flower."

So when you're shopping for an echinacea product, look for the word "root" on the label, and avoid "flowers." Not only are flowers lowest in potency, they also contain pollen which may trigger allergic reactions in some users."

Friday, August 05, 2005

Learn Japanese for FREE

For those interested in other languages, try them out. It's free after all.

Ever Wanted to Learn to Program but Never Could?

This website is a very well-done tutorial on learning how to program. It uses concepts that are applicable to many languages, and its a great way to get started. Maybe best of all is that it teaches you in Ruby, the base of Ruby on Rails (the future of web development)!

I am just looking at Ruby and still prefer python, but looks fun.

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Sears Weatherbeater doors/windows are good quality, but don't buy them from Sears

The short of it looks like this:

  • Sears = approximately $1000 a window installed

  • Ind. Installer = approximately $350 a window installed

The difference between the windows? No "Sears" on the window locks. All of the window warrantee applies just the same.
We got robbed. Don't let it happen to you.

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Thursday, August 04, 2005

Christmas gift ideas for children
Wired News: Christians Code Heavenly Games

For those who want to avoid violence, some of these games might be worth getting for your children. I can see a christian version of XPLAY here.
CrusaderX Search

Virus authors take a vacation, phishers keep working
SC Magazine - London,UK
by René Millman. [Thu, Aug 4, 2005] Virus authors appear to have gone on holiday, according to a new report. The Malware Report ... digg it
See all stories on this topic

The latest version of Windows isn't even out on the market yet and there are already viruses for it. Ouch!
Windows Vista targeted by virus writers
Virus writers have published what are thought to be the first examples of malicious code targeting Microsoft's Windows Vista operating system, around a week ... digg it
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Google vs. Yahoo usage Stats and Analysis

"Very Interesting Stats about the usage of Google and Yahoo different services, and some Analysis on those Stats."

It would be a shame for Yahoo and, God forbid, MSN to bump Google. As much of a brainshare as they have, they only need to take advantage of the loyal users they have and integrate all of the functionality that Yahoo has.

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Sign in to Yahoo! to create your Yahoo!360 page -- Beta

If you already have a Yahoo ID, check out the latest beta at Yahoo:

"Enjoy all the benefits of Yahoo! 360°.

* Keep connected to your friends and family.
* Create your own place online to share what matters to you.
* Share photos. Create a blog. List favorites. Send a blast.
* Control who can see what you've shared.

Get all the best with one Yahoo! ID.

Your Yahoo! ID gives you access to powerful communications tools like mail and instant messaging, security features like email AntiVirus and Pop-Up Blocker, and favorites like online photos and music — all for free."

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Xmail Hard :::::::: turn gmail™into a portable hard drive for FREE

Need to move something very large from one place to another?
This could be the easiest thing for a corporate number who cannot download gmail drive and install it.

Need a gmail invite? Let me know.
From the Hall: GmailThis!

This makes gmailing info from sites you are on VERY easy.

It is as simple as dragging the link "GmailThis!" to your links toolbar on your browser. Now, whichever gmail account you are logged into from that comptuer will send the message you create just clicking the newly created link.
Model Rocket Video Camera Australia - Aussie RocketCam

This is just TOO cool. I cannot wait until I can do this with my kids in a couple of years.

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Paul Thurrott Calls for IE boycott !!!

My advice here is simple: Boycott Internet Explorer. It is a cancer on the Web, and must be stopped. IE is insecure and is not standards-compliant, which makes it unworkable for both end users and Web content creators.

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Paul is the editor and chief of Windows IT Pro.

Firefox Popups

You know those annoying flash popups...Well you can say goodbye to them now.

about:config in Firefox gives you the kind of control that open source is notorious for. Thanks Firefox.

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New NASA Space Shuttles

New NASA Space Shuttles - pictures and designs

When this happens, the return to earth could be in your backyard if you live in the Western US.

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CD-R's & DVD-R's could last only 2 years

Writable CD's and DVD's might last less than a few years instead of the 100 years advertised. You know what that means, don't trust valuable data solely to those CD-R's everyone swears by.

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Novell Goes for SCO's Throat

Novell doesn't simply deny that SCO has any rights to Unix's copyrights; the company is claiming that SCO has no rights to sell Unix licenses and that SCO must turn over all its Unix royalties to it.
Wired News: Router Flaw Is a Ticking Bomb: "the version that makes this an unstoppable critical problem is not out yet"

Free Attourney's Advice
Protect your identity


Read this and make a copy for your files in case you need to refer to it
someday. Maybe we should all take some of his advice.
A corporate attorney sent the following out to the employees in his company.

1. The next time you order checks have only your initials (instead of first
name) and last name put on them. If someone takes your checkbook,
they will not know if you sign your checks with just your initials or your
first name, but your bank will know how you sign your checks.

2. Do not sign the back of your credit cards. Instead, put "PHOTO ID

3 When you are writing checks to pay on your credit card accounts, DO NOT
put the complete account number on the "For" line. Instead, just put the
last four numbers. The credit card company knows the rest of the number, and
anyone who might be handling your check as it passes through all the check
processing channels won't have access to it.

4. Put your work phone # on your checks instead of your home phone. If you
have a PO Box use that instead of your home address. If you do not have a PO
Box, use your work address. Never have your SSN# printed on your checks.
(DUH!) You can add it if it is necessary. But if you have it printed, anyone
can get it.

5. Place the contents of your wallet on a photocopy machine. Do both sides
of each license, credit card, etc. You will know what you had in
your wallet and all of the account numbers and phone numbers to call and
cancel. Keep the photocopy in a safe place. I also carry a photocopy of my
passport when travel either here or abroad. We've all heard horror stories
about fraud that's committed on us in stealing a name, address, SSN, credit

Unfortunately, I, an attorney, have firsthand knowledge because my wallet
was stolen last month. Within a week, the thieve(s) ordered an
expensive monthly cell phone package, applied for a VISA credit card, had a
credit line approved to buy a Gateway computer, received a PIN number from
DMV to change my driving record information online, and more. But here's
some critical information to limit the damage in case this happens to you or
someone you know:

1. We have been told we should cancel our credit cards immediately. But the
key is having the toll free numbers and your card numbers handy so you know
whom to call. Keep those where you can find them.

2. File a police report immediately in the jurisdiction where your credit
cards, etc. were stolen. This proves to credit providers you were diligent,
and this is a first step toward an investigation (if there ever is one).

But here's what is perhaps most important of all: (I never even thought to
do this.)

3. Call the two national credit reporting organizations immediately to
place a fraud alert on your name and Social Insurance number. I had never
heard of doing that until advised by a bank that called to tell me an
application for credit was made over the Internet in my name. The alert
means any company that checks your credit knows your information was stolen,
and they have to contact you by phone to authorize new credit. By the time
I was advised to do this, almost two weeks after the theft, all the damage
had been done. There are records of all the credit checks initiated by the
thieves' purchases, none of which I knew about before placing the alert.
Since then, no additional damage has been done, and the thieves threw my
wallet away. This weekend (someone turned it in). It seems to have stopped
them dead in their tracks.

Now, here are the numbers and addresses of the U.S. credit reporting
agencies you should contact about identity theft:

1.) Equifax (U.S.) 1-800525-6285
P. O. Box 740241
Atlanta, GA 30374-0241

2.) TransUnion (U.S.) 1-800-680-7289
P. O. Box 6790
Fullerton, CA 92634

3.) Experian (U. S.) 1-888-397-3742
P. O. Box 9530
Allen, TX 75013

We pass along jokes on the Internet; we pass along just about everything.
But if you are willing to pass this information along, it
could really help someone that you care about.

Monday, August 01, 2005

Looked for scam stuff on acetone on the net. NOTHING really

Octane and Mileage

In fact, this article confirms it very decisively. I bought some today and will try in our next tank. It should take 3 full tanks before we can define our mileage for certain. Let you know.

"ACETONE as an additive is very high in octane. By itself, it is rated at 150. Acetone will increase your mileage more than any other common additive. But watch it and do not get acetone on your paint. It only takes 2 to 3 ounces per ten gallons to greatly improve fuel vaporization. We try not to add too much acetone into our gasoline because it can raise the octane too high for best mileage. Acetone acts like an electron absorber. There is a chart in our ACETONE article explaining the correct use of acetone in your fuel. We treat acetone as a vaporization tool rather than an actual fuel component because the aim is to reduce the amount of unburned fuel speeding out the exhaust."

Dvorak Uncensored » Broadband Investment and Consumer Choice Act.

This latest examle of tech ignorance in our public servants.

We really want a real Tech Guru CZAR to slap the congress in the face when the make stupid bills like this.

Podscope - Search Podcasts

Search for dictionary words in podcasts.

How To Build Your Own Paper Rocket

its easy,it light, its made of paper, it launches 5 metres..wait launches 5 metres?

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Acetone In Fuel Said to Increase Mileage

"Really works! This has been posted before but with gas so high now thought i'd share.I am getting 4 more miles per gallon..."

Okay, this should be done by everyone so that the Oil Comanies get a gut check and drop the gas prices. Would that work?

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Sunday, July 31, 2005


This could be a great firewall option.
How to Buy It: Vinyl Tile -
"Are you wondering where you can buy it: Cheap vinyl tile,
high quality vinyl tile, free vinyl tile? Well we probably
can't help you find it for free, but we can show you the following places
to buy it online. "

Hometime - How-To - Project Help - Flooring

"Vinyl tile is a simple, inexpensive way to cover a floor. Many tiles have a self-adhesive that only requires peeling off the backing and sticking them down. "

We are considering using this method to cover floors in our lower-end rentals. If there are already tiled floors, we will re-cement over them and then vinyl tile them.

Ever want to compete with Tivo?

Episode 2 of SYSTM is going to come out some time this week!

In this episode of SYSTM, Kevin and Dan show how to make your own Tivo.

You can compete with Tivo installing this on your old boxes. If you get a $170 vido capture card, and already have a good enough box just laying around, then you can sell it for say $300 a box. Not bad for a simple 1/2 hour of work.

Don't steal my idea man.

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Myth TV compatible PVR on sale!

CircuitCity has the Hauppauge WinTV-PVR-150 w/ remote for $100 - $40MIR = $60 w/ free shipping.

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Saturday, July 30, 2005

Great Google AdSense tips

Links to great Google AdSense tips.

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A Hacker Games the Hotel

"A vulnerability in many hotel television infrared systems can allow a hacker to obtain guests' names and their room numbers from the billing system."

Just for your security in hotels...

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Tiniest drive to date
Techworthy - Tech Blog

I just had to put this up. If they can make 4gb drives this small, then a terabyte solution could be in the palm of your hand very soon IMHO.

Purchase a Skycar!

"As a result of the recent successful hovering flights of the M400 Skycar, Moller International is accepting deposits to secure delivery positions for our M400 Skycar until after the Skycar has flown from hover to full aerodynamic flight and returned (transitioning flight). A limited number of delivery positions are available."

I have been watching this skycar since the mid 90's.

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Mountable Linux File System Using GmailFS and Your Gmail Account

"GmailFS provides a mountable Linux file system which uses your Gmail account as its storage medium. This means you can use all your favorite UNIX command line tools to operate on files stored on Gmail."

Again, something I haven't yet tried, but I am going to as soon as I get some time. This solves the need for a 2gb thumbdrive.

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Friday, July 29, 2005

So what if it is in Japanese? It look like a lot of fun

"Most gamers can get it in one shot even if the instructions are in Japanese. Enjoy the Cursor Dodger game...the character is a mean looking fellow."

This is a blast for a while.

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Autoupdated site keeps you up-to-date on news in the DIGG community.

digg spy

Breaking News: 10th planet discovered

NASA is currently holding a press conference announcing the discovery of the solar systems 10th planet which is larger than Pluto.

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the cheapest web hosting - pay for what you use

"This is the Cheapest Web Hosting I have seen. I've used it for a few months. it works great. 1 dollar per gig of traffic and .01 cents for every meg of storage. they will refund your remaining money if you don't like the service."

I read the site and like the people there already. Not too often that you run into people with this kind of integrity.

Now, I don't use them, yet, so don't hold that against me. :D

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Could this be the beginning of the end of big storage comanies like EMC?
Big storage on the cheap | CNET

"Capricorn's storage systems cost about $2 a gigabyte, said the company's chief executive, C.R. Saikley. At that price, the cost breakdown would be about 65 cents for the gigabyte of storage and $1.35 for racks, software, networking, management tools and other components.

That means that a Capricorn 1-terabyte system (which consists of 1,000 gigabytes) would sell for about $2,000, while a 1-petabyte system (1,000 terabytes) would cost about $2 million."

Thursday, July 28, 2005

The most popular blogger on AMEN brother!
Blogster: Chief Blogster in Man's Life

"if it turns out that some 40 year old white guy organization start blowing up buildings ... I am not going to have a problem with being searched because I match the description. I would rather you search me than have to explain to the parents of those who are killed that my rights to privacy are greater than your kids right to live."

Also, most white males technically ain't white. I know I ain't. I have a blood disorder that only middle eastern hard laborers had until transportation made the world small enough that it is everywhere in every race now. So, if they search me twice as long as they tell me it is because I match the profile more power to them. I am 1/32 American Indian, and the same goes there. If you saw me, you'd say I looked white. But, I ain't any whiter than any other mixed blood.

It ain't racial profiling unless they are searching a race two and three times more often for no reason at all. If intelligence says a certain group all of one race is planning an attack, I say tell everyone from that race to be ready for extra searching and like it. If I were in that race group, I'd rather not have someone's blood on my hands cause I cried for my "rights". My rights stop at your face. Rights are about a civil society. How can we be civil if we're living like we're at war?

I'll get off my soap box now...

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Houston, Manhattan Beach Apple stores open soon - Yahoo! News
"Apple on Tuesday announced that its two newest brick and mortar retail store locations will open this weekend. Apple retail stores will open in Houston, Texas and Manhattan Beach, Calif. on Saturday, July 30, 2005."

Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades).

Another potentially political entry.

You think you know about Islam. But did you know...

  • Islam teaches that Muslims must wage war to impose Islamic law on non-Muslim states
  • American Muslim groups are engaged in a huge cover-up of Islamic doctrine and history
  • Today's jihad terrorists have the same motives and goals as the Muslims who fought the Crusaders
  • The Crusades were defensive conflicts Muslim persecution of Christians has continued for 13 centuries–and still goes on...

When PC (politically correct) propagandists assure us that jihadist terror doesn't reflect "true," "peaceful" Islam, they're not only wrong, they're dangerous -- because they lull America and the West into letting their guard down against their mortal enemy. And not only do self-appointed "experts" lie elaborately and persistently about Islam -- they have also replaced the truth about Christian Europe and the Crusades with an all-pervasive historical fantasy that is designed to make you ashamed of your own culture and heritage -- and thus less determined to defend it. But now there's a remedy: in The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades), Robert Spencer reveals all the disturbing facts about Islam and its murderous hostility to the West that other books ignore, soft-pedal -- or simply lie about.

This book is a unique guide to the bloody teachings and history of Islam, and to the Crusades that still stand today as the Western world's most sustained and successful defense against the warrior hordes who were inspired by those teachings. Exposing myth after myth of the "Islam means peace" establishment, Spencer (director of and the bestselling author of Islam Unveiled and Onward Muslim Soldiers) here tackles all the hot-button issues regarding Islam and the Crusades. (Paperback, 270 pages)

Yahoo!'s Konfabulator site up with download!

"Found this while guessing URL's on yahoo's site. They have a full site already up for Konfabulator which was turned over to Yahoo!, they also have downloads up for both Windows and Mac."

The Mac version has tons of fun cute widgets.

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Blatant Political Opinion:
Hiram Lewis for US Senate

I received this letter from a fellow veteran and it struck a chord. Although I am not from West Virginia, I thought the best thing I could do is support his effort.

Click Here to help get Robert Byrd out of office!

Picture of Hiram Lewis on Saddam's throne in Iraq Dear Fellow American,

Please take just a moment to look at this picture of me sitting on Saddam Hussein's throne in his Republican Guard Palace in Baghdad, Iraq.

Helping overthrow Saddam and his Republican Guard -- and helping bring Democracy to the people of Iraq -- is one of the proudest moments of my life.

Sadly, some Americans, even some of our elected leaders, were not proud of my actions in Iraq.

While I was serving my country as an Army Ranger and Command Judge Advocate in Operation Iraqi Freedom...

... liberal politicians like Hillary Clinton, Ted Kennedy, and Tom Daschle were attacking our mission and undermining our troops from the safety of their fancy taxpayer-funded offices in Washington.

Robert Byrd, the Senator from my home state of West Virginia, made grandstanding speeches on the Senate Floor proclaiming my service in Iraq "unconstitutional" and gloomily predicting it would soon lead to more "vicious terrorist attacks."

I never let the cowardly words of these career politicians get me down.

But I can tell you that on the ground in Iraq, their words definitely had a demoralizing effect on a lot of the young men and women that I served with and commanded.

That's when I realized what my next mission would be when I got back from Iraq:

Defeating Robert Byrd for his Senate seat in 2006.

I hope you'll help this Army Ranger take out a left-wing Democrat career politician by joining my Campaign Team today.

All I need you to do is to click here:

Because the challenges facing our country are too important to be left to liberal, life-long politicians like Robert Byrd and Ted Kennedy.

It's beyond me how someone like Robert Byrd -- a man who never wore his country's uniform -- could sit back and undermine our troops and their mission...

... and attack a President like George W. Bush who has done an amazing job protecting our country from terrorist madmen after the horror of 9/11.

Following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Byrd exploited his "authority" as the most senior member of the Senate to lead the fight against President Bush and the war against terrorism.

He voted against crucial funding and life-saving equipment for our troops.

During the planning stages of the war, Byrd called President Bush's leadership "dismal" and he accused his fellow Senators of "cowardice" because they voted to give our troops the support they needed.

Once the war began, Byrd engaged in scare tactics, falsely predicting a rash of new "vicious terrorist attacks" on American soil and saying our work in Iraq was "destabilizing and unwise."

As a soldier on the ground in Iraq, it was sickening to me to hear Byrd call us "occupiers" and "international bullies."

He suggested we were no better than the tyrant we replaced, and accused our country -- and soldiers like me -- of "relying on intimidation and control."

And shortly before the handoff of power to the Iraqi people and the historic vote that put an Iraqi democracy into place, Byrd again called us "occupiers" and shamelessly predicted the peaceful transfer of power would never take place.

Once the vote did take place, Robert Byrd and his liberal cohorts like Jimmy Carter, Ted Kennedy, and John Kerry were silent about their doom-and-gloom predictions.

But that didn't silence Byrd's attacks on President Bush.

In fact, it only increased them.

  • Byrd orchestrated the opposition to Condi Rice's nomination as Secretary of State.
  • Byrd became the most outspoken obstructionist of President Bush's judicial nominees... trampling on the Constitution and leading the filibuster effort.
  • Byrd even went so far as to compare President Bush to Hitler for trying to get judicial nominees approved!
After 50 years of being the Senate's "chief obstructionist" -- isn't it time for Byrd to go?

If you agree, I hope you will click below and join my "HIRAM LEWIS CAMPAIGN TEAM" today:

The time for Robert Byrd's defeat is here.

And I think it's only right that a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom be the person to defeat him.

In fact, Robert Byrd has never been more vulnerable.

His hatred of President Bush has made him resort to lies, childish name-calling, and petty obstructionist tactics.

The voters of West Virginia are growing tired of Byrd's games. West Virginians are conservative by-and-large. And in 2004, they voted for President Bush by a huge margin -- 13%.

And over the years, Robert Byrd has become more liberal and more out-of-step with the average West Virginia voter.

Byrd is now a liberal in the mold of Ted Kennedy. A liberal who votes to: raise taxes, defend abortion, take away your guns, and hand America's sovereignty to the United Nations.

There couldn't be a clearer difference between Robert Byrd and myself. I am a veteran and a conservative who believes:

  1. Taxes should be lower and spending should be controlled.
  2. Human life is sacred.
  3. Marriage is between one man and one woman.
  4. You have a right to protect yourself and your family. (I've worked for the NRA and have been endorsed by them 100%)
  5. America has the right to defend its citizens from terrorist threats.
When the voters hear the differences between Robert Byrd and myself, this long-time liberal's days in office will be over!

But to get my message out, I need the support of good Americans like you.

Byrd has spent the last 53 years collecting political favors... and as a result he has a campaign war chest in the millions. And every day the liberal special interest groups pour more money into his coffers.

To compete, I'm going to need thousands of concerned Americans on my side who will make a personal sacrifice to help me defeat President Bush's #1 foe in the Senate.

Will you join me by clicking below to join the "HIRAM LEWIS CAMPAIGN TEAM" today?

And when you do, will you support my campaign with a gift of $53 -- that's just one dollar for every year Robert Byrd has been a career politician in Washington, D.C.

To compete with Byrd and get my message out, I'll also need gifts of $100, $250, or even $1000.

I'm hoping some will even give the maximum allowed by law: $2,100 for the primary and $2,100 for the general election. That's a total of $4,200.

If you can afford a gift like that, wonderful.

But if not, I'm hoping that you can send the very symbolic gift of $53 to help me end Robert Byrd's 53-year career as an obstructionist liberal in Congress.

And please don't forget to join my "HIRAM LEWIS CAMPAIGN TEAM" by clicking here:

For America,

Hiram Lewis
Candidate for U.S. Senate, 2006

P.S. The photograph of me sitting in Saddam's throne, just after I helped with the liberation of Iraq, is very special to me. This photo can also be viewed by Clicking Here... so please feel free to download it and use it to remember me during this long and difficult road to the election. I hope you will join my "HIRAM LEWIS CAMPAIGN TEAM" and help me defeat one of the Senate's worst liberals.


If you prefer to mail in your donation, please make the check payable to:
Lewis for Senate, Inc.
PO BOX 8455
Dept Code 5
Charleston, WV 25303"

Thanks for your patience in this blatant political post.