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Tuesday 7th November 2006


Basic Computer User

Spoofing bug found in newly released Internet Explorer 7 More

New Windows attack can kill firewall
Hackers have published code that could let an attacker disable the Windows Firewall on certain Windows XP machines. More

Vista Adoption: Can Microsoft Beat the ’Eye Candy’ Rap?
Opinion: Most readers say they will wait a long while before moving their businesses to Windows Vista. Or could it be even longer? Worse, even cheerleaders say Microsoft is not making the case with customers that they need the new bells, whistles and eye candy. More

Another denial-of-service bug found in Firefox 2
Mozilla downplays the issue, saying only minor problems have been found in the week after the browser’s release. More

Pressure forces Microsoft to change Vista licensing
Customer concerns over changes to Windows Vista licensing that limited a transfer of the license to only one machine have inspired Microsoft to revise the OS’ licensing policy. More

Internet swells to 100 million sites
Dramatic growth attributed to new blogs and small business sites. More

Trojan one-two punch sends spam rates soaring
MessageLabs on Friday fingered a pair of trojans for pushing up spam rates, and said the duo use techniques that make it difficult for anti-virus vendors to keep up. More

Extreme Big Brother fears to become a reality
In 10 years’ time, U.K. citizens will be tracked by RFID tags and have their movements monitored by unmanned “flying eyes in the sky”, the nation’s data protection watchdog claims. More

Attacks launched against unpatched Windows bug
For the second time in less than a week, Microsoft has acknowledged that attackers are exploiting a critical, unpatched flaw in Windows to snatch PCs from their owners. More

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Advanced Computer User

A Dozen Ways to Boost Your Business
Want to cut costs, improve communications, reduce paperwork, and say bye-bye to administrative headaches? In today’s tip, we’ve got 12 technologies that can rocket your small business ahead of the competition. More

Build Your Vista-Ready PC
Windows Vista RC2 is out! It looks as if Microsoft may actually ship the OS. Are you ready for the clever new hardware and software advances? Today’s tip tells you what to buy today to be ready for Vista tomorrow. More

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Scientists discover new bird flu strain that evades all vaccines and eradication measures. More

Lick Your Sugar Habit By Al Sears, MD

A few months ago, a concerned mother asked me about her teenage son. He was having trouble concentrating in school and his grades were suffering. Her family doctor said the boy had ADHD (Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder) and prescribed drugs to “fix” the problem.

When I asked her about her son’s diet, she admitted that he loves soda - drinking as many as four a day. I suggested that he cut out sugar entirely.

Now, three months later, her son feels much better and his grades are improving. Best of all, he doesn’t need prescription drugs.

For years, I’ve been telling all my patients (not just teens) that sugar is deceptively dangerous. And new studies are backing me up. One, in the American Journal of Public Health, shows that teens in Norway who drank the highest amounts of sugary sodas suffered the highest rates of mental disorders, including ADHD.

Over the years, I’ve reviewed dozens of studies on the dangers of sugar. So far, sugar has been related to 76 clinically proven health consequences. A few:

Sugar can cause premature aging.
Sugar can impair the structure of your DNA.
Sugar feeds cancer cells and has been connected with the development of cancer of the breast, ovaries, prostate, rectum, pancreas, biliary tract, lung, gallbladder, and stomach.
Sugar can produce a significant rise in total cholesterol, triglycerides, and bad cholesterol, and a decrease in good cholesterol.
Sugar can cause a decrease in insulin sensitivity, thereby causing abnormally high insulin levels and, eventually, diabetes.

Needless to say, limiting your sugar intake is essential to good health. If you’re considering a sugar substitute, stay away from products like NutraSweet, which are full of a dangerous toxin called aspartame. Stevia is your best bet.

[Ed. Note: To find out which foods will spike your blood sugar, get your free copy of Dr. Sears’ Glycemic Index.] Here

Scientists in Japan have discovered that omega-3s can boost brain power during old age. More

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Japan phone alerts couples to baby-making window
TOKYO - Is it a phone call, a text message or simply time to make love? More
(And I thought I was organised...)

Music Academy Unveils Treatise to Downloaders
A group created by the Recording Academy (Grammy Awards) has unveiled "7 Music Survival Tips" aimed at bringing the music industry and music downloaders closer together. More

Spacecast It’s Sunday night, and you’re in the middle of watching Desperate Housewives when an alien transmission takes over your television More

Study: Computer Games Help Alzheimer’s Patients
Researchers have found that pairing computer activities with other types of mental stimulation can help reverse the mental deterioration of patients with Alzheimer’s disease. More

It’s Good to Know: How to Find Good Old What’s-His-Name
Looking for someone? Try the Lycos people-finder: More

Food for Thought: What’s Really Scary About America
Do you sometimes wonder why Americans, as a group, come up with such stupid ideas about themselves and the world they live in? Here’s the reason: Americans are amazingly uneducated.

One in 20 adult Americans can’t read a newspaper or a prescription label. That’s the result of a new federal survey - the first comprehensive look at literacy since 1992. Recent immigrants are responsible for the bulk of those 11 million illiterates, but dismally educated “inner city” people are also a significant factor.

The illiteracy rate in the U.S. is disturbing. But the semi-literacy rate is even worse. That same survey indicated that 87% of Americans can’t compare the viewpoints of two editorials or interpret a table showing the relationship between blood pressure, age, and physical activity. Only about one in two Americans can “look at a heating bill and figure out that a 5-cent-per-gallon deduction on a purchase of 140 gallons of oil would yield $7,” reported USA Today.

”It’s a stark snapshot,” admits Dale Lipschultz, the president of the National Coalition for Literacy. “A more literate America would be more competitive and prosperous.”

A video explanation of the US Banking System Click here

Samsung told to reform corporate structure
Korean regulators want to unravel US$60 billion ’corporate Web’ More

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