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Tuesday 1st May 2007


Basic Computer User

I know I keep harping on about this one but one day you’ll thank me profusely when your hard drive fails and you can easily restore from a backup. You DO back your data up nightly, don’t you?
Anyway, this article discusses 10 things to know about automated backup. You DO have an automated backup, don’t you? more

Hitachi offering one-terabyte hard drive
The Deskstar 7K1000 is best suited for home gaming and media center PCs, as well as external storage for digital entertainment... more

Word Viewer 2003
View, print, and copy documents even if you don’t have Microsoft Word installed. Download here

Mobile viruses may be underreported
Network operators may be keeping quiet on scale of problem. more

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Advanced Computer User

Microsoft explains how the ANI bug got baked into Vista
In a postmortem of last month’s Windows animated (.ANI) cursor vulnerability, one of Microsoft’s security development gurus Friday spelled out how the bug sneaked into Vista. more

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The top five cancer-causing foods here

It’s Good to Know: About Mosquitoes
The world’s deadliest animal is the female Anopheles mosquito. A carrier of malaria, this insect kills more than 1,000,000 people each year.
There are about 144,000 mosquitoes for every person on earth.
Mosquito repellent doesn’t repel mosquitoes. It blocks their sensors so they don’t know you are there. (Source: Smithsonian National Zoological Park and That’s a Fact Jack! A New Collection of Utterly Useless Information by Harry Bright)
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Chemo Brain: Breast Cancer Survivors Read

Ahem! Ahem!

By Jon Herring

Every year, we spend billions of dollars on over-the-counter cough medicines. But according to guidelines published by the American College of Chest Physicians, “There is no clinical evidence that over-the-counter cough expectorants or suppressants actually relieve cough."

A study conducted by the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests the same thing. One hundred children with upper-respiratory infections were given either dextromethorphan (DH) or diphenhydramine (DPH) - the two most common ingredients in cough syrup - or a sugar-water-based placebo. No matter which of the three treatments the children used, the researchers found absolutely no difference in their recovery.

If you have a persistent cough that won’t go away, consult with a physician. But most coughs that are not related to a chronic lung condition or something in the environment will resolve on their own... and cough medicine is not likely to help.

Based on my own experience, what does help is moderate exercise, lots of fluids, sunlight, and hot herbal tea to soothe the throat.

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Waltzing is the way to mend a broken heart! more

Poor nutrition and exposure to toxins are really the root cause of many new “diseases" more

The drugs don’t work, warn top psychiatrists more

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Some amazing pool table tricks... here

Interesting pages for those concerned with the future: here and here and here

Rubik’s ’speed Cubers’ earning celebrity status
There’s an old game in town that is creating a new class of celebrities: “speed cubers” who can solve the Rubik’s Cube puzzle blindfolded, one-handed or even with their feet more

Newspaper editorial on ’attacks on freedom’
Gold Coast Bulletin Saturday, April 29.

The forwarder writes: “While I agree with the thrust of the article, I have little sympathy for the journalists here because they have for too long protected the two-party system and persecuted political independents like Pauline Hanson and others, failed to stand up the common law system, promoted socialist, politically-correct ideologies and of late turned large sections of their editorial space over to trash and trivia. The tabloid media has also constantly demanded police state-style laws to control social problems like drugs and ‘hooning’ while giving uncritical support to the so-called war on terror and other global scams like global warming, designed as instruments of worldwide social engineering. Now the police state laws they screamed for have come back to ‘bite’ the media itself.”

The dark path to a secret state
Freedom squeezed
ONE of the basic tenets of Australian life - freedom of speech - cannot be taken for granted under this Federal Government.

The Government appears to be taking every opportunity it can, under laws dealing with anti-terrorism and freedom of information, to suppress information and to prosecute individuals - especially newspaper journalists - who try to uncover facts that may cause discomfort to it.

The latest attack on freedom of expression takes the form of legal action stemming from the publication by two newspapers of the identity of a witness in Australia’s biggest terror trial involving 13 men in Victoria. The effect of this action would dramatically expand the reach of court suppression orders in Australia.

This means that judges and magistrates using a suppression order in Victoria would have the power to fine or jail journalists in other states who did not obey the order. In other words, the Commonwealth’s determination to keep a tight lid on terrorism trials threatens to spoil the media’s ability to report across state borders.

The Commonwealth Press Union’s Australian section chairman Warren Beeby says the Federal Government is obsessed with secrecy.

This is exemplified by Treasurer Peter Costello’s court battles against The Australian newspaper to halt its investigations into bracket creep and the first home buyers’ scheme. Mr Costello won, giving federal ministers the right to block Freedom of Information requests.

As well, two Melbourne Herald Sun reporters, Gerard McManus and Michael Harvey, are facing court sentences after being convicted of contempt of court for refusing to divulge the source of a leak of a secret government memo. This is in line with the Federal Police intensifying their clampdowns on public servants and journalists involved in leaks.

Twenty years after FOI laws were created, the courts appear to have legitimised official secrecy. This is in stark contrast to FOI law administration in the United States, where officials face fines and jail if they obstruct public requests for government information.

Mr Beeby also notes that federal and state governments employ hundreds of spin doctors to ensure only approved versions of stories see the light of day.

This Government’s trend towards managing any information going to the public smacks of George Orwell’s futuristic book 1984.

With court orders and so-called freedom of information safeguards suppressing increasing amounts of information, the establishment of a Ministry of Truth cannot be far off.

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