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Tuesday 30th January 2007


Basic Computer User

Advanced “multi-touch" touch-screen interface could eliminate the keyboard and mouse
The computers of the future might be nothing more than display screens if the full potential of multi-touch interfaces is realized. As demonstrated by New York University consulting research scientist and Perceptive Pixel founder Jeff... More

Lite-On claims DVD burner speed record
World’s first 20x DVD burner offers 1.5Gbps transfer rate. More

Fox sues YouTube over leaked TV shows
Subpoena demands name of user who uploaded ’24’ and ’The Simpsons’. More

Google to build video search engine
Results to include outside sources. More

Microsoft Word Zero-Day Attack Discovered
Once the exploit is launched, the attacker drops a backdoor Trojan on the infected machine and immediately creates a clean Word document named “Summary on China’s 2006 Defense White paper.doc." More

Experts claim Vista security not fit for purpose
Ineffective blocking capabilities in Windows Defender, slow definition updates and weak antivirus. More

Microsoft’s Vista had major Mac envy, company emails reveal
Microsoft executives were awed by Apple’s just-added desktop search and acknowledged that what they did in Windows Vista would be directly compared with Mac OS X. More

Spam made up 94 percent of all email in December
The Postini report says the rise of botnets and image spam is causing e-mail systems at some companies to melt down. More

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Advanced Computer User

Moore’s Law seen extended in chip breakthrough
Intel and IBM have announced one of the biggest advances in transistors in four decades, overcoming a frustruating obstacle by ensuring microchips can get even smaller and more powerful. More

Mobile industry lines up for Linux
Six industry heavyweights have formed a consortium to develop a Linux operating system for mobile phones. More

Update time zones for 2007 on Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP machines More

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I have just read and signed the online petition “The Paxil Protest" hosted on the web by, the free online petition service at:

I personally agree with what this petition says, and I think you might agree, too. If you can spare a moment, please take a look, and consider signing yourself."

A great article on diabetes... More

Flu and Colds Hit In Winter And How To Stop It Naturally

Dr. Robert J. Rowen, MD Second Opinion Health Alert December 15th, 2006

For decades we’ve heard the myth that flu strikes in winter because of the colder weather. But numerous studies have all debunked that theory. Studies have shown that flu hits the tropics in their “winter” when it’s still quite warm (usually during the rainy season).

No, there’s another reason flu hits in winter. And it gives you an easy way to stop the flu before it hits. And it doesn’t involve getting a flu shot.

We already know that our bodies produce a lot less vitamin D during the winter. But is it possible the reduced vitamin D levels in winter contribute to the flu?

The evidence is there. Years ago, an observant British general practitioner, R. Edgar Hope-Simpson, connected influenza epidemics in the northern hemisphere with winter solstice. So, flu hits right when vitamin D levels begin to plummet. Conventional medicine has largely ignored his work, until now.

Just this year, two major medical journals released a report written by Dr. John Cannell, a California psychiatrist at the Atascadero State Hospital in California. This is a maximum security facility for the criminally insane.

In his report, Dr. Cannell noted that wards all around his got hit hard with a severe flu-like outbreak in April 2005. None of his 32 patients caught the Flu - even after they mingled with infected inmates from other wards.

Dr. Cannell wondered why his ward avoided the flu when it hit all the others. He soon realized it was the high doses of vitamin D he prescribed to all the men on his ward. He had found that his patients, like most other people in the industrial world, had a deficiency. (He must be one of the very few psychiatrists that pays attention to nutrition!) His efforts to correct the deficiency boosted their immune system and completely protected them from the flu.

Why does it work? Science recently discovered that vitamin D stimulates your white blood cells to make a substance called cathelicidin. Researchers haven’t studied this chemical on the flu virus yet, but they have previously reported that it attacks a wide variety of pathogens. These include fungi, viruses, bacteria, and even tuberculosis.

So, it turns out that my suggestions for you to have your vitamin D levels checked this time of year were right on target. But now, armed with this new information, I don’t even think it’s necessary to spend the money on a test. Vitamin D is cheap. And it stimulates your body to make what might be the ultimate antibiotic! One with no toxicity at all and only kills those organisms invading you (not your own cells).

Arm yourself with the incredible protection of vitamin D. Get sunlight when you can. Just be sure not to burn. If you are mostly indoors, I strongly suggest that you add vitamin D to your daily regimen. I recommend 5,000 IU Per day. I see no downside to this dose, especially in the winter months!

Yours for better health and medical freedom, Robert Jay Rowen, MD Ref: FASEB Journal July 2006; Epidemiology and Infection, online, December 2006. Second Opinion Health Alerts are a complimentary e-mail service from the Second Opinion health newsletter written by Robert J. Rowen, MD.

Folic acid supplements found to significantly enhance memory function
Folic acid supplements can boost the memory and brain power of older people with remarkable effect, a new study published Friday shows. In the study, men and post-menopausal women aged 50 to 70 years old who took daily doses of supplements...More

Study: Dogs improve health of their human companions
According to a recent study, dogs may be man’s best friend in more ways that previously thought. The study, written by Dr. Deborah Wells of Queen’s University, Belfast, for the British Journal of Health Psychiatry, found that dog owners...More

The healing power of honey: From burns to weak bones, raw honey can help
Raw honey (which has not been pasteurized or filtered, and ideally taken directly from the hive) is a treasure chest of nutritional value and medicinal remedies. It contains an abundance of vitamins and minerals and is a natural and powerful... More

S-t-r-e-t-c-h Out Your Life
By Al Sears, MD

The thought of shrinking and developing a stooped posture as you get older is scary. Not only is it physically unattractive, it can shorten your life. In fact, British researchers found that men who shrink in height by about an inch or more over 20 years are more likely to die earlier. They also have a greater risk of heart disease.

To help prevent - or even reverse - this condition, here’s an easy stretch to try right now:

Step One: Start on your hands and knees. Support yourself with your hands on the floor and inhale deeply. Your body should sag from the shoulders while you keep your arms straight and your toes pointing forward. Gently arch your head back as you look up at the ceiling and exhale.

Step Two: Now, without moving your hands or feet, breathe in deeply as you push your buttocks toward the ceiling and lower your head, flexing at the hip. Keeping your arms straight, try to form your body into an upside-down V.

Step Three: Slowly let your body relax back into the original position in Step One. Allow your body to sag, keeping your arms straight, as you arch your head back and exhale.

Repeat the stretch about a dozen times.

Do this every morning and, in just two weeks, your energy, posture, and flexibility will be noticeably better.

[Ed. Note: Dr. Sears, a practicing physician and the author of The Doctor’s Heart Cure, is a leading authority on longevity, physical fitness, and heart health.]

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Study: Chlorinated water found to increase risk of bladder cancer
Drinking, or even immersing yourself in, chlorinated water may increase your risk of bladder cancer, says a new study. The new study is the first to suggest that chlorine is harmful to humans when ingested or absorbed through the skin...More

The NZ Government is trying to change the way in which all Natural Health Products (NHPs) are regulated. They plan to treat Natural Health Products as drugs and give the power to control them to the controversial Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).

Needless to say, the NZ natural health industry has never had an adverse or negative report with regards to a natural health product.

So why is the Australian TGA and the NZ Labour Party trying to make New Zealanders more safe than safe?

The answer is obviously more money and a protected market for the big drug companies.

The New Zealand Government has called for submissions with regards to the Therapeutic Products and Medicines Bill 2006. This bill seeks to eventually pave the way for the Joint Trans Tasman Treaty (JTA) in which the Australian TGA will set itself up as the regulatory body for both NZ and Aust.

The NZ Labour Party are hoping that they will hear only glowing submissions rather than adverse submissions, in this regard the NZ Labour party can use the favourable submissions from all the big health businesses and drug companies to push their agenda in the NZ Parliament.

It does not matter if you are a NZ resident or an Australian resident, you can still make a submission to the NZ Government Administration Committee. If you are Australian tell them what life is like under the restrictive TGA banner.

We know that this JTA carries legal frame work that obligates Australia and NZ to conform to international treaties, this in effect obliges us to harmonise to any Codex standards in the future. On a global basis, Codex seeks to make many natural health products illegal or reclassified as drugs, as well as reducing allowable dosages. For more Codex info:

We know that the Australian regulatory system is so top heavy that it favours the bigger companies, as only the bigger companies can afford the red tape and regulatory procedures required to market a natural health product.

In Australia we know that we can source from NZ many health products that are illegal in Australia, why are they illegal in Australia? If NZ goes ahead with the JTA then these products will no doubt be illegal in NZ too, is this the sort of health industry NZ wants and needs? Australia doesn’t need it either but unfortunately we already have it by virtue of political manoeuvring by the drug companies and Government in the 1980’s. It doesn’t matter if you are a business or and individual, NZ’nder or Australian, please make a submission to the NZ Government Administration Committee and tell them that we do not what the JTA and we do not want the Therapeutic Products and Medicines Bill. Dec 2006 passed in the NZ Parliament.

The closing date for submissions is Wednesday, 7 February 2007. Please make a concerted effort and send your submission. For more Information on your submission, David Sloan from the NZ Health Trust has a web page outlining the procedures.

Michael Bending
Alliance for Health Freedom Australia ’All that is required for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing’
- Edmund Burke (1729-1797), British writer and politician -

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Scientists find evidence that global warming could be causing an "evolution explosion"
If a species of weed that has adapted to climate change within just a few generations is any indicator, the hotly debated phenomenon of global warming could be causing rapid evolutionary shifts, according to a study in the journal Proceedings... More

Internet companies that quashed Chinese web freedom now seek common code for conducting business abroad
Four internet communications companies that recently drew fire from Washington D.C. for participating in internet censorship in China announced they are cooperating with human rights groups to develop a common code of conduct for business... More

Networking Tip: The Elevator Pitch
By Robert L. Cox

Successful individuals are first, last, and always salespeople. They are constantly selling themselves and their ideas to investors, management, co-workers, vendors, and even their families.

An opportunity to sell yourself and/or your ideas can come up on the subway, in the checkout line at the grocery store, after your yoga class - just about anywhere. To be ready to make a useful connection at any time, it’s a good idea to be prepared with a short (one minute is ideal) self-promotional speech.

Known as an “elevator pitch" (because you can deliver it in the time it takes for a short elevator ride), it is meant to engage the interest of a potential contact/prospect.

Aside from introducing yourself and what you do, the elevator pitch has three important components:

1. What you can offer the other person

2. What you can offer the other person... and

3. What you can offer the other person

As with any sales pitch, make sure your “offer” is about the benefits it has for the listener. The goal is to convince the other person to want to do business with you.

Practice is crucial to delivering your pitch in a concise and effective manner. Write it down. Read it out loud. Commit it to memory. Then, while looking in the mirror, practice, practice, practice. Remember, one minute is the length you’re aiming for, so don’t forget to time yourself.

Here’s how to deliver your elevator pitch to a likely contact/prospect:
Have your business card in an easily accessible place.
Make eye contact and smile.
Introduce yourself.
Ask the individual what he does for a living.
Now... it’s “show time"!
Present your pitch - with enthusiasm - in one minute.
[Ed. Note: Bob Cox is co-founder of the first TV shopping network and the author of The Billionaire Way.

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In interesting ad for a DVD documenting the case the Jesus did not exist in flesh... More

DOD Unveils Heat-Beam Weapon
The U.S. Defense Department on Wednesday unveiled what it called a revolutionary heat-beaming weapon that could be used to control mobs or repel foes in conflicts like Iraq and Afghanistan. More

Researchers Use ’sonar’ To Find Land Mines
Researchers at MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory in Lexington, Mass. recently announced a new prototype landmine detector that uses sound beams to precisely pinpoint a buried mine’s location. More

Some novel error messages

Interesting video on... ...frogs!

Watch this one some time when you are feeling a bit stiff...

A fast moving chase scene...

Video footage of a rare frill gilled shark...

For all you golf fanatics...


There are a few things that can be done in times of grave emergencies. Your mobile phone can actually be a life saver or an emergency tool for survival. Check out the things that you can do with it:

Subject: Emergency Number

The Emergency Number worldwide for Mobiles is 112. If you find yourself out of coverage area of your mobile network and there is an emergency, dial 112 and the mobile will search any existing network to establish the emergency number for you, and interestingly this number 112 can be dialed even if the keypad is locked.

Subject: Have you locked your keys in the car? Does you car have remote keys?
This may come in handy someday. If you lock your keys in the car and the spare keys are at home, call someone at home on their cell phone from your cell phone.

Hold your cell phone about a foot from your car door and have the person at your home press the unlock button, holding it near the mobile phone on their end. Your car will unlock. Saves someone from having to drive your keys to you. Distance is no object. You could be hundreds of miles away, and if you can reach someone who has the other “remote” for your car, you can unlock the doors (or the trunk).
Editor’s Note:*It works fine! We tried it out and it unlocked our car over a cell phone!"*

Subject: Hidden Battery Power

Imagine your cell battery isvery low, you are expecting an important call and you don’t have a charger. Nokia handsets comes with a reserve battery. To activate it, press the keys *3370# Your cell will restart with this reserve and the handset will show a 50% increase in battery. This reserve will get charged when you charge your cell next time.

How to disable a STOLEN mobile phone?

To check your Mobile phone’s serial number, key in the following digits on your phone: * # 0 6 #

A 15 digit code will appear on the screen. This number is unique to your handset. Write it down and keep it somewhere safe. If your phone gets stolen, you can phone your service provider and give them this code. They will then be able to block your handset so even if the thief changes the SIM card, your phone will be totally useless.

You probably won’t get your phone back, but at least you know that whoever stole it can’t use/sell it.

If everybody does this, there would be no point in people stealing mobile phones.

Movie piracy more popular than ever
One in the eye for the RIAA. More

Google boss regrets kowtowing to China
Decision not a good one, admits Brin. More

Bomb-sniffing robots are on the way to the troops in Iraq
More than 100 PackBot robots provided by iRobot Corp will be fitted with the sniffing technology More

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