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Tuesday 11th September 2007


Basic Computer User

Police bust Brisbane cyber-criminal gang
Queensland Police believe they have smashed the Australian arm of an international credit card fraud network after a tip-off from the US Secret Service. more

Government ’Big Mother’ monitors kids Web usage
A new government program protecting kids from Internet nasties is not Big Brother but more like Big Mother, Olympic swimmer Kieren Perkins said. more

Data breach laws ’force firms to improve security’
California’s data breach law has forced organisations to take data security seriously -- and has given consumers the tools to protect themselves against fraud, according to one of the architects of the legislation. more

Westpac outage affects 200,000 customers more

Windows Fast Lock
This got to be the quickest way to lock your computer; press WinKey + L. Now you can leave your computer without having to worry someone else is going to lurk around what you’re doing.

Amazon joins search for Steve Fossett, missing aviation pioneer here

Patch Tuesday: Microsoft patches only four bugs more

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Advanced Computer User

If you are looking to increase the speed and efficiency that you perform actions on your computer. read more.

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I purchased my first water purifier more than 30 years ago. A couple of years ago I upgraded it to a purifier\alkalizer. This might give you a good idea why... THE pH EQUATION & HEALTH - How You Rot & Rusthere

Flaxseeds: Protecting Bones and Breasts By Jonny Bowden, PhD, CNS

Flaxseeds may very well be one of nature’s wonderfoods. For one thing, phytoestrogens, which are abundant in flaxseeds, have been shown to exert hormonal effects that may affect chronic diseases. And research reveals that they could help protect both breasts and bones.

In one study (published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition), postmenopausal women supplemented their diets with either a placebo, soy, or ground flaxseed for 16 weeks. After the 16 weeks, the flaxseed group - and no other - had a significantly higher ratio of 2-hydroxyesterone to 16-hydroxyesterone, which can potentially protect against breast cancer. Also, despite the previously held belief that this hormone ratio leads to decreased bone density (a precursor to osteoporosis), the researchers found that the higher concentration of 2-hydroxyesterone did not have a negative effect on bones.

Make sure you buy cold-milled, 100 percent organic flaxseeds. One reliable brand is Barlean’s Forti-Flax, widely available in stores.

[Ed. Note: Dr. Jonny Bowden is a nationally known expert on weight loss, nutrition, and health. He’s a board certified nutritionist with a master’s degree in psychology, and the author of the best-selling book, The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth. For more information, go to www.jonnybowden.com. To read more of his articles on healthy living in ETR’s new natural health e-letter, click here.]
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It’s Good to Know: Another Reason to Avoid TV... Even If You’re in the Hospital

Infections acquired by patients while they’re in the hospital are estimated by the New England Journal of Medicine to cause 90,000 deaths a year and cost $9.5 billion in medical bills. One of the culprits? The TV remote controls in patients’ rooms.

A recent study by University of Arizona researchers found that the remote control in a hospital room is the item that carries the most disease-causing bacteria (including drug-resistant strains), trumping the toilet and faucet handles, bathroom door, and other more obvious suspects. The study recommends the widespread use of disposable remote controls to protect patients during their hospital stays.
(Source: PR Newswire)

The 10 best foods you aren’t eating... here

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This is really high intensity stuff. When you have a few minutes to spare check this out: here

I received this article from my brother and while I cannot agree with not pursuing excellence, the rest of it was so impressive I thought I would share it with you in its entirety.

The Top 10 Things They Never Taught Me in Design School by Michael McDonough

1. Talent is one-third of the success equation.
Talent is important in any profession, but it is no guarantee of success. Hard work and luck are equally important. Hard work means self-discipline and sacrifice. Luck means, among other things, access to power, whether it is social contacts or money or timing. In fact, if you are not very talented, you can still succeed by emphasizing the other two. If you think I am wrong, just look around.

2. 95 percent of any creative profession is **** work.
Only 5 percent is actually, in some simplistic way, fun. In school that is what you focus on; it is 100 percent fun. Tick-tock. In real life, most of the time there is paper work, drafting boring stuff, fact-checking, negotiating, selling, collecting money, paying taxes, and so forth. If you don’t learn to love the boring, aggravating, and stupid parts of your profession and perform them with diligence and care, you will never succeed.

3. If everything is equally important, then nothing is very important.
You hear a lot about details, from “Don’t sweat the details” to “God is in the details.” Both are true, but with a very important explanation: hierarchy. You must decide what is important, and then attend to it first and foremost. Everything is important, yes. But not everything is equally important. A very successful real estate person taught me this. He told me, “Watch King Rat. You’ll get it.”

4. Don’t over-think a problem.
One time when I was in graduate school, the late, great Steven Izenour said to me, after only a week or so into a ten-week problem, “OK, you solved it. Now draw it up.” Every other critic I ever had always tried to complicate and prolong a problem when, in fact, it had already been solved. Designers are obsessive by nature. This was a revelation. Sometimes you just hit it. The thing is done. Move on.

5. Start with what you know; then remove the unknowns.
In design this means “draw what you know.” Start by putting down what you already know and already understand. If you are designing a chair, for example, you know that humans are of predictable height. The seat height, the angle of repose, and the loading requirements can at least be approximated. So draw them. Most students panic when faced with something they do not know and cannot control. Forget about it. Begin at the beginning. Then work on each unknown, solving and removing them one at a time. It is the most important rule of design. In Zen it is expressed as “Be where you are.” It works.

6. Don’t forget your goal.
Definition of a fanatic: Someone who redoubles his effort after forgetting his goal. Students and young designers often approach a problem with insight and brilliance, and subsequently let it slip away in confusion, fear and wasted effort. They forget their goals, and make up new ones as they go along. Original thought is a kind of gift from the gods. Artists know this. “Hold the moment,” they say. “Honor it.” Get your idea down on a slip of paper and tape it up in front of you.

7. When you throw your weight around, you usually fall off balance.
Overconfidence is as bad as no confidence. Be humble in approaching problems. Realize and accept your ignorance, then work diligently to educate yourself out of it. Ask questions. Power – the power to create things and impose them on the world – is a privilege. Do not abuse it, do not underestimate its difficulty, or it will come around and bite you on the ***. The great Karmic wheel, however slowly, turns.

8. The road to hell is paved with good intentions; or, no good deed goes unpunished.
The world is not set up to facilitate the best any more than it is set up to facilitate the worst. It doesn’t depend on brilliance or innovation because if it did, the system would be unpredictable. It requires averages and predictables. So, good deeds and brilliant ideas go against the grain of the social contract almost by definition. They will be challenged and will require enormous effort to succeed. Most fail. Expect to work hard, expect to fail a few times, and expect to be rejected. Our work is like martial arts or military strategy: Never underestimate your opponent. If you believe in excellence, your opponent will pretty much be everything.

9. It all comes down to output.
No matter how cool your computer rendering is, no matter how brilliant your essay is, no matter how fabulous your whatever is, if you can’t output it, distribute it, and make it known, it basically doesn’t exist. Orient yourself to output. Schedule output. Output, output, output. Show Me The Output.

10. The rest of the world counts.
If you hope to accomplish anything, you will inevitably need all of the people you hated in high school. I once attended a very prestigious design school where the idea was “If you are here, you are so important, the rest of the world doesn’t count.” Not a single person from that school that I know of has ever been really successful outside of school. In fact, most are the kind of mid-level management drones and hacks they so despised as students. A suit does not make you a genius. No matter how good your design is, somebody has to construct or manufacture it. Somebody has to insure it. Somebody has to buy it. Respect those people. You need them. Big time.

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