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Tuesday 20th February 2007


Basic Computer User

Microsoft fixes 20 flaws, patches full security line-up
Microsoft Tuesday unveiled a dozen security updates that patched 20 vulnerabilities, including one found in every security product of its consumer and enterprise lines, including software either bundled with or able to run on the new Windows Vista operating system. More

Your email account may very well survive you but that’s where the problems begin, writes Kim Powell. More

To upgrade your existing computer to Windows® Vista® or not... ...Short answer - No! Long

Virus writers target Australian PM
Security experts have warned of a virus being distributed via email claiming that the Australian Prime Minister has had a serious heart attack. More

Deep Web: The term Deep Web was coined by BrightPlanet, referring to the information available on the internet but not searchable by conventional search engines. It includes information such as private or government databases which are not intended to be crawled by the search engines. Some Deep Web information are accessible only to subscribers. It is currently estimated that Deep Web contained somewhere around 900 billion pages of information. In contrast, Google, the largest search engine, currently has around 27 billion indexed pages.

Unsecured Wi-Fi Networks: A hiding place for online criminals
Officials with the Internet Crimes Against Children task force are concerned that consumers and businesses are unaware they are contributing to the problem. More

Study: 70 percent of websites are hackable
A new study shows that majority of sites have medium- to high-level vulnerabilities, and more than 90% have some kind of vulnerability.. More

Mobile phones ’second worst invention ever’
Only weapons are worse. More

Scientists develop mind-reading brain scans
Clinical studies from a think tank in Berlin could lead to specific thoughts being picked up by brain scans and turned into the appropriate actions.. More

Hacker highlights gaping Vista security hole
Microsoft tries to play it down. More

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Advanced Computer User

Zhelatin mutants storm virus charts
Raft of new variants detected. More

Virtual Memory Low--What to Do?
What should you do when you get that vexing message that your computer’s virtual memory is low? We’ve got the answer in today’s tip. More

Speed Up Windows XP
Does it ever seem as if the little squirrels inside your computer aren’t racing fast enough on their conveyor belt? Yeah, we’ve been there, too. Memory-hogging start-up programs, a hard drive that has not been defragged since a Democrat was in the White House, and that one nasty spyware app—all of them can really bog down Microsoft Windows XP. Want to speed things up? Read today’s tip. More

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Eli Lilly recovers confidential documents but loses secrets to the Web
The judge rejected Eli Lilly’s request to ban websites from publishing the documents based on the difficulty of enforcing such an order. More

Baking soda can clean your teeth, clear your complexion and act as a natural antacid
Many components of the modern western diet – meats, fish, dairy products, most grains, sugars, alcohol and caffeinated drinks (in fact, almost everything except vegetables, millet, most fruits and, as we have just seen, apple cider vinegar... More

Low-fat diets can prevent cancer relapse
Eating a diet low in fat may reduce a woman’s risk of breast cancer relapse, according to a study published on December 20 in the “Journal of the National Cancer Institute." Researchers studied 2,400 post-menopausal women who had been... More

Nopal plant normalizes blood sugar, treats diabetes, boosts insulin sensitivity
The prickly pear cactus – known as nopal in Mexico – exhibits multiple medicinal effects. As professor of nutrition Winston F. Craig, Ph.D., writes to the HighBeam Encyclopedia, the prickly pear can help with diabetes, lower blood sugar... More

What You Drink Is as Important as What You Eat
By Al Sears, MD

A few days ago, a patient walked into my office with one of those super-sized soft drinks from a fast-food place near my office. It wouldn’t have surprised me - except that it was 8:30 in the morning.

I wondered how common this breakfast-soda habit has become, so I did some research. It turns out that more than 15 percent of people now order a soda when they go to a restaurant in the morning. That’s a jump from less than 8 percent in 1990. And there’s an even bigger jump in the number of people who open a can of soda at home every morning: 2.5 percent, up from less than 0.5 percent 20 years ago. That’s a 500 percent increase!

What you drink is just as important for weight loss and overall health as what you eat. And both diet and regular sodas are dangerous... for different reasons.

Regular sodas spike your blood sugar almost immediately, which triggers your body to produce waves of insulin. Insulin stimulates fat production and fat storage. Diet sodas usually contain aspartame, a neurotoxin that prevents the hormone leptin from communicating with your brain. This is critical, as leptin is the messenger that tells your brain, “I’m full.” As a result, you are far more likely to overeat.

The best thing to drink with breakfast is water. It’s the way I start my day. But if you need a pick-me-up, green tea is better than soda. It gives you a gentle energy boost and is full of disease-fighting antioxidants. (Even regular tea or coffee is better than soda.)

[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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As Australia’s Medico / Health system is under the control of an unelected body it is ironic that our Prime Minister recently made the remark regarding the river system that he would never put such an important resource under the control of an unelected body. Yet that is what has happened to our medico/health system.

The following link will give you some information:

A couple of excerpts from the article.
Says Dr Bain: “In my capacity as Acting Chair of the Coroner’s Council, I enquired of all Coroners as to whether or not from a search of their Coronial findings, they could find any instances where there had been a problem with any of these natural products. “They were asked to provide any information from inquests where these [natural] products had been involved whether or not a death had resulted. At the same time the Coronial records held by the Ministry of Justice in Wellington were searched at my request by ministry staff.”

“Dr Bain’s study returned a finding of zero deaths from natural remedies"

“In contrast, deaths in 1998 (the last year of detailed official statistics available) caused by adverse reactions to pharmaceutical drugs killed 1524 New Zealanders and deaths associated with medical injury (mistakes by doctors and medical staff) killed 4222 New Zealanders.

Says Dr Bain: “A recent Australian study shows that 1 in 10 patients presenting to a general practitioner had an adverse pharmaceutical drug event in the preceding six months with 50% of those being in the moderate to severe range and 8% requiring hospitalisation."

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On the story of the hijacking of our health a long read - but your health (and longevity) may depend on what your local member is doing about it.

An excerpt: “If Pan [Pharmaceuticals] was shut down after nobody complained about its supplement line or suffered a single problem, then it would be reasonable for trans-national Merk to be shut down for selling a drug that killed tens of thousands of Americans alone. This has not been the case and the TGA has not even conducted an investigation into how many Australians or New Zealanders might have been killed by the Drug Vioxx to which it issued a licence.”

More articles can be found on the author’s website:

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A star found spinning more than a thousand times every second is thought to be the fastest rotating star known. More

The World’s Mysterious Places Part II
Round the world again with places of mystery and wonder, courtesy of Google Earth.
The World’s Mysterious Places Part III
Round the world again with places of mystery and wonder, courtesy of Google Earth.

This is exactly how I received it. I thought of editing it to be more in agreement with what I would say but then I thought, “What if we all did that?" It would very quickly be unrecognisable. So here it is...

A little girl went to her bedroom and pulled a glass jelly jar from its hiding place in the closet.

She poured the change out on the floor and counted it carefully. Three times even. The total had to be exactly perfect. No chance here for mistakes.

Carefully placing the coins back in the jar and twisting on the cap, she slipped out the back door and made her way 6 blocks to Rexall’s Drug Store with the big red Indian Chief sign above the door.

She waited patiently for the pharmacist to give her some attention, but he was too busy at this moment. Tess twisted her feet to make a scuffing noise. Nothing. She cleared her throat with the most disgusting sound she could muster. No good. Finally she took a quarter from her jar and banged it on the glass counter. That did it!

"And what do you want?" the pharmacist a sked in an annoyed tone of voice. I’m talking to my brother from Chicago whom I haven’t seen in ages," he said without waiting for a reply to his question.

"Well, I want to talk to you about my brother," Tess answered back in the same annoyed tone. “He’s really, really sick...and I want to buy a miracle."

"I beg your pardon?" said the pharmacist.

"His name is Andrew and he has some thing bad growing inside his head and my Daddy says only a miracle can save him now. So how much does a miracle cost?

"We don’t sell miracles here, little girl. I’m sorry but I can’t help you," the pharmacist said, softening a little.

"Listen, I have the money to pay for it. If it isn’t enough, I will get the rest. Just tell me how much it costs."

The pharmacist’s brother was a we ll dressed man. He stooped down and asked the little girl, “What kind of a miracle does your brother need?"

" I don’t know," Tess replied with her eyes welling up. I just know he’s really sick and Mommy says he needs an operation. But my Daddy can’t pay for it, so I want to use my money."

"How much do you have?" asked the man from Chicago.

"One dollar and eleven cents," Tess answered barely audibly.

"And it’s all the money I have, but I can get some more if I need to."

"Well, what a coincidence," smiled the man. “A dollar and eleven cents---the exact price of a miracle for little brothers."

He took her money in one hand and with the other hand he grasped her mitten and said “Take me to where you live. I want to see your brother and meet your parents. Let’s see if I have the miracle you need."

That well dressed man was Dr. Carlton Armstrong, a surgeon, specializing in neuro-surgery. The operation was completed free of charge and it wasn’t long until Andrew was home again and doing well.

Mom and Dad were happily talking about the chain of events that had led them to this place.

"That surgery," her Mom whispered. “was a real miracle. I wonder how much it would have cost?"

Tess smiled. She knew exactly how much a miracle dollar and eleven the faith of a little child.

In our lives, we never know how many miracles we will need.

A miracle is not the suspension of natural law, but the operation of a higher law. I know you’ll keep the ball moving!

Here it goes. Throw it back to someone who means something to you!

A ball is a circle, no beginning, no end. It keeps us together like our Circle of Friends. But the treasure inside for you to see is the treasure of friendship you’ve granted to me.

Today I pass the friendship ball to you.

Pass it on to someone who is a friend to you.


When you are sad....I will dry your tears.

When you are scared.....I will comfort your fears.

When you are worried.....I will give you hope.

When you are confused....I will help you cope.

And when you are lost....And can’t see the light,

I shall be your beacon....Shining ever so bright.

This is my oath.....I pledge till the end.

Why you may ask?.....Because you’re my friend.

Signed: GOD


I believe it’s OK to send it to more than 10 so I didn’t really count. But don’t forget me!

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