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Tuesday 10th October 2006


Basic Computer User

Force Unique Numbers in Excel
A reader writes:
"Is there a way I can keep duplicate numbers from being inserted into a column in Microsoft Excel (in other words, allow only unique numbers in the column)?" More

Internet Gambling Almost Dead In U.S.
Online gambling firms faced their biggest-ever crisis on Monday after U.S. Congress passed legislation to end Internet gaming there, threatening jobs and wiping 3.5 billion pounds ($6.5 billion) off company values. More

Crime Rings Target IE ’setSlice’ Flaw; ZProtector Released
In-the-wild exploits against the latest unpatched Windows vulnerability have started circulating, prompting security research groups to ship temporary protection mechanisms. More

Screaming Cell Phones Plan to Cut Down Theft
A U.K. firm is hoping a cell phone security system it has developed that sets off a high-pitch scream, permanently locks the handset and wipes all data if stolen will halt the spiraling rise in phone theft. More

Study: Microsoft Anti-Phishing Uses Best Bait
A comparison of eight anti-phishing technologies places Microsoft’s new Internet Explorer 7 Beta 3 ahead of similar tools from companies including eBay and McAfee, which have been marketing anti-malware applications for years. More

EU Welcomes Autonomy Plan for Internet Governance
The European Commission welcomes U.S. government moves to make the company that manages Internet domain names independent by 2009, but said it would monitor the process carefully. More

Motorola biometrics crack Miami vice
Stalled cases solved with new Fingerprint Identification System. More

Canon to start mass-producing ultra-thin TVs
Canon said it will start mass production of ultra-thin energy-conserving TVs in early 2008, defying predictions that steep price falls in flat-screen TVs would make it tough to roll out the new technology. More

HP laptops have no battery problems
Hewlett-Packard’s system design and configuration prevents HP notebooks using Sony batteries from experiencing the same risks and hazards that other major laptop makers have, HP and Sony said. More

Quad-Core processor forecast
Dual-core processors are barely out of the starting gate, already Intel and AMD are racing to see who can be first to market with quad-core CPUs. More

Broadband line growth hits new low
Even though the second quarter of 2006 saw the steepest drop in DSL prices in four years, it was also the quarter with the lowest broadband growth rate ever. More

Google boss warns politicians about Internet power
LONDON - Imagine being able to check instantly whether or not statements made by politicians were correct. That is the sort of service Google boss Eric Schmidt believes the Internet will offer within five years. More

Windows Vista to take new tough line on counterfeits
Microsoft unveils anti-piracy plans for Windows Vista that take tougher measures against users of counterfeit software. Not everyone welcomes the measures. More

Microsoft plans free Vista upgrades
Microsoft later this month plans to roll out an Express Upgrade program that gives buyers of Windows XP-based PCs a coupon for a free or discounted upgrade to Windows Vista through March 15. More

Russian cyber-blackmailers sent to the Gulag
Eight years for criminals who extorted $5 million from UK casinos. More

Pay checks for Gates, Ballmer fall short of US$1 million
With slight salary hikes but reduced bonuses, they each pull in US$966,667 in the last fiscal year. More

Digital Music Propping Up Album Sales
While sales of physical albums plummeted during the first nine months of 2006, big increases in the demand for digital tracks and albums have kept the overall music business in line with last year’s totals. More

Dunn, 4 Others Charged in HP Scandal
The five face felony charges of identity theft and conspiracy in connection with Hewlett-Packard’s internal investigation into news leaks.
Former Hewlett-Packard Chairman Patricia Dunn is due to surrender to authorities on felony charges for spying on reporters and company directors, the California attorney general’s office said. More

’World’s Best’ Headphones On Sale For $1,500
ULTRASONE of America released the Edition 9 headphones, the “World’s Best Headphones”. But why do they have to cost $1,500? More

Microsoft Preps 11 Security Patches, Some Critical
Microsoft plans to provide six Windows updates and four Office patches, including fixes for critical issues in both products, as well as a patch for its .Net Web services framework. More

Danish Scientists Teleport Light, Matter
Beaming people in Star Trek fashion is still in the realms of science fiction but physicists in Denmark have teleported information from light to matter bringing quantum communication and computing closer to reality. More

US Government computers infected by bots
Trend Micro is researching how PCs, including many computers in US defense agencies, are infected with software that can be used to mine confidential data, send spam, or launch denial-of-service attacks. More

Lazy employees cost U.K. businesses dear over PC usage
Workers who leave their PCs on overnight are causing spiralling electricity bills and extended greenhouse damage to the environment. More

Sony unveils first 50GB Blu-ray movies
Click, Black Hawk Down and Talladega Nights. More

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Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) - though not technically a cereal grain like wheat or oats, has been cultivated and eaten as a cereal for thousands of years by South Americans. Quinoa is the tiny seed of the Chenopodium Quinoa, a leafy plant that is a distant relative of spinach and beets.

Quinoa was called the “mother grain” by the Incas (chisiya mama). Now, as people in the rest of the world learn more about Quinoa, they’re discovering that its ancient nickname was well deserved - Quinoa is indeed a nutritional powerhouse.

Quinoa’s protein content, about 16 percent, is higher than that of any other grain. Wheat also has a high protein content, about 14 percent, but the protein in wheat and most other grains is lacking in the amino acid lysine, which Quinoa has in abundance. In fact, the amino acid composition in Quinoa is almost perfect. The World Health Organization has judged the protein in Quinoa to be as complete as that in milk. In addition, Quinoa contains more iron than most grains, and is a good source of calcium, phosphorus, folate, and many B vitamins.

Eating a serving of whole grains, such as Quinoa, at least 6 times each week is an especially good idea for postmenopausal women with high cholesterol, high blood pressure or other signs of cardiovascular disease.

A 3-year prospective study of 229 postmenopausal women with cardiovascular disease, published in the July 2005 issue of the American Heart Journal, shows that those eating at least 6 servings of whole grains each week experienced:

· Slowed progression of atherosclerosis, the build-up of plaque that narrows the vessels through which blood flows.

· Less progression in stenosis, the narrowing of the diameter of arterial passageways.

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Harry Frisch, the author of the HOW TO SELL -- Clear and Simple book and course, was recently interviewed on the TV show, “BusinessWise”, on the subject of THE FIVE STEPS OF EFFECTIVE SELLING. That interview is currently airing on TV. To view it, click here

Google to acquire YouTube for US$1.65b in stock
It’s a deal. Google says it has agreed to acquire video site YouTube for US$1.65 billion in stock. More

Trekkie pays $750,000 for Starship Enterprise
Auction estimate of $40,000 vaporised. More

Amazon founder, Jeff Bezos, initially named his online bookstore venture as He later changed it to to take advantage of who at the time list all entries in alphabetical order, thus Amazon will always comes on top.

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