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Tuesday 23rd January 2007


Basic Computer User

Apple releases ’highly critical’ QuickTime patch
Fix available for remote-code exploit released New Year’s Day. More

EnergyAustralia suffers back-up catastrophe
exclusive EnergyAustralia is scrambling to restore business critical data “lost" as a result of back-up failures that went undetected for several months. More

EnergyAustralia’s Don Anderson in the e-mail seen by ZDNet Australia (after their backups had been found not to have worked for months) said: “Business critical means the file is crucial to the ongoing operation of the business and that without accessing that file within the next 48 hours, the organisation will severely negatively affected."

Depending on your what your business does, this is a good measure to determine the worth of an organisation’s data.

Finally, a word for those who control the purse strings. Money should be no object. Surely protecting your most prized possession is worth the cost. If your data is lost or compromised your business could lose customers or in the worst case you may have to shut your doors.

Think about it the next time it comes down to splashing out on a new executive or implementing a disaster recovery plan and the costs associated with that. I know which I would rather spend money on.

Storm Worm Hits Computers Around the World
Computer virus writers are using raging European storms to attack thousands of computers in an unusual real-time assault. More

Outsmarting Keyloggers
Are you worried that when you use a public terminal, a keylogger might snag your password info? More

Minor Google security lapse obscures ongoing online data risk
Finjan confirmed earlier reports that Google’s anti-phishing blacklist, containing private user names and passwords, was accessible without protection on Google’s servers. More

Microsoft under fire for Wikipedia laundering
Pay-to-clean request dismissed as unfair business practice. More

We live in a beta world
George Lucas has been quoted as saying that “A movie is never finished, only abandoned." This is actually a profound insight and makes a lot of sense, because creative people always want to refine their vision to be as close as possible to the perfection they envision. The trouble is if their work is to ever be seen, they have to turn it loose when it is as far past “good enough" as they can afford to go. More

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Advanced Computer User

Bending the laws of physics to increase storage capacity
If you’ve watched the storage market at all for the last 10 years, you’ve seen a serious inversion in the relationship between price and capacity. In short, today’s hard drives pack a whole lot more punch for a whole lot less green. At the same time, however, the capacity available has only barely kept up with the demand. More

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Study shows consuming broccoli and tomatoes together more effective in fighting prostate cancer than eating either alone More

Study: Hot chili pepper compound kills cancer without side effects More

Human guinea pigs eat “ape diet" for 12 days, experience remarkable health improvements More

US President wants genetic discrimination ban
US President Bush urged Congress and business leaders to work together to pass a bill that would prevent employers from denying people jobs - and insurance companies from denying eligibility - based on genetic profiles. More

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Dear friends,

This Saturday, hundreds of thousands of Americans will march on Washington DC to demand peace and justice in Iraq and the Middle East. The global partnership Avaaz is working to raise a worldwide voice of solidarity through an international virtual march. Time is short, so add your voice and join the march today! Avaaz supporters in Washington have offered to carry real banners and placards at the US demonstration—showing how many internet marchers from all round the world are joining in. We will carry the flag of each country that generates more than 500 internet marchers, so tell your friends!

As American opposition to this war mounts, Avaaz has mobilized over 45,000 people from over 100 countries to join the call to oppose Bush’s military escalation and demand a real plan to end this war.

Can we get 75,000—even 100,000 people from round the world to join the march before Saturday?

Click here to join the march: This could signal the rebirth of the US peace movement. We need to show them the world is on their side. Let’s bring our call for peace to the streets of power in Washington. Join the global peace march and tell your friends today!


Eli Pariser Political Action
January 24th, 2006

Not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.

Having a second fridge around the house can seem handy, but the electricity costs and greenhouse gas emissions are often hard to justify. Older fridges use large amounts of energy, often up to three times that of newer models.

The great news is, you can now get rid of that old fridge - and even get paid for doing a good deed! Depending on where you live, TRUenergy and the NSW Government’s Energy Savings Fund and Councils are supporting a Fridge Buyback scheme - if you live in metropolitan Sydney, have a working second fridge (e.g., 2 fridges plugged in right now) that is at least 10 years old, 250 litres or larger, Fridge Buyback will collect the appliance for free, and send you a cheque for $35.

With the removal of an extra old-model fridge, you stand to save energy and an average of $160/yr on electricity bills, while helping protect the environment. Even better, TRUenergy will refurbish your fridge to make it efficient and give it to customers experiencing financial hardships.

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