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Tuesday 18th September 2007


Basic Computer User

Pfizer PCs used to relay Viagra spam
The drug manufacturer is playing host to Trojan software, which is sending spam software from 138 of its IP addresses but despite being advised, the company has not solved the problem. (Now why am I not surprised?)more

Who needs hackers? New York Times article on the fragility of the world’s computing infrastructure here

2Clix scores own goal with Whirlpool case more

The Yin...
Chinese government again accused of hacking
The New Zealand secret service has suggested the Chinese government was behind attacks on the country’s networks. more

And the Yang...
China says suffers “massive” Internet spy damage more

Microsoft updates Windows without user permission, apologises
Microsoft has been quietly updating Windows even when users have turned off automatic updates and without notifying users, according to reports and posts on Microsoft discussion boards more

Top 100 Classic Web Sites
We’ve put together our yearly list of the best sites the Internet has to offer. In our collection of classic sites, you’ll find a lot of old favorites that can teach you more about tech, the world, and even let you have a little fun. here

Security attacks today too complex to stop more

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Advanced Computer User

Five steps to lower storage costs more

Is the World Ready for a Web-Based Desktop?
Opinion: Michael Robertson, founder of MP3.com and Linspire, a Linux distributor, thinks the world is ready for a ’virtual’ desktop on the Web. Is he right? more

Patent Reform Moves to US Senate more

Experts blast US nanotech report more

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A scientific study just done shows that food colorings and preservatives cause hyperactivity. Even though for more than twenty years many parents with children who are affected by Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) have been excluding such foods... here

More proof that natural interventions -- not drugs -- are the answer for children with ADHD. more

RFID chips may cause cancer more

The Effect of Ginkgo Biloba on Longevity By Ray Sahelian, M.D.

If you or a loved one are 65 or older, you might be interested in hearing about a French study which revealed that older people who take ginkgo biloba may live longer.

Dr. Jean-Francois Dartigues at the University of Bordeaux followed a group of 3,534 men and women 65 and older for a period of 13 years. At the start of the study, which was published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, six percent of the participants were taking a ginkgo biloba extract supplement. And those who took the supplement were 24 percent less likely to die during the 13-year period than those who did not take it.

While taking ginkgo isn’t certain to help you live longer, there are other reasons to give it a try. For instance, gingko acts as a blood thinner, which helps improve circulation. It also has many beneficial flavonoids - a group of immune-boosting antioxidants. And it has been shown to help improve brain function.

Taking 20 mg or 60 mg of gingko biloba extract with breakfast a few times a week could make your mind and body healthier.

[Ed. Note: Ray Sahelian, M.D., the author of Mind Boosters, is internationally recognized as a moderate voice in the evaluation of natural supplements. Visit Dr. Sahelian’s website at www.RaySahelian.com, and read more of his articles about the supplements you should and shouldn’t be taking at ETR’s new natural health e-letter.]
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Jet lag proves harmful, disruptive to health and performance
The body never becomes accustomed to frequent and drastic changes in time zones, and people who frequently fly between three or more time zones are almost certain to experience a number of significant health problems, according to a study... more

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Can’t Understand what Gen Y’s Saying?

It’s time to catch on to l33t 5p34k (leetspeak). The Internet is drastically changing the way we speak. We all know lol (laugh out loud). How about pwn (often pronounced “pone”)?

According to The Wall Street Journal (and my preteen son), pwn means dominating a gaming opponent, as in “You got pwned!” It has come to mean “schooling” or dominating anyone, so ’pwning’ may be working against corporate teambuilding activities.

Think they’re misspelling “the” when you see “teh”? “Teh” (often pronounced “tay” or “tuh”) actually means “very” as in “Teh cool.”

Want to learn more about what your employees are saying on your corporate e-mail? Check out the Urban Dictionary at www.urbandictionary.com

The art world has taken up Peak Oil as a theme. A few great pictures here

Web sites let anybody be banker to world’s poor more

Some interesting articles and viewpoints on politics and economics http://www.cecaust.com.au/

Not content with offering Web surfers an astronaut’s eye view of the planet through Google Earth, Google is now offering Sky, a virtual tour of the heavens, as part of the newest version of its popular software. Users are able to zoom in on more than 100 million stars, 200 million galaxies, our solar system’s planets, and our moon. They can also see constellations and high-resolution images from the Hubble Telescope. And a search function allows instant viewing of specific astronomical features.

Seeing the Big Opportunity By Michael Masterson

Whenever I am offered a deal, I do two things.

First, I assess the deal as presented by the person pitching it. What is the ratio of the investment to the potential return? And what about the ratio of the risk to the potential return?

Then I ignore the proposition and ask: “Is there a better deal possible? One that might be better for us both?”

My childhood friend AS sent me this memorable illustration:

When Dan found out he was going to inherit a fortune when his sickly father died, he decided he needed a woman to enjoy it with. So he went to a singles bar, where he spotted the most beautiful woman he had ever seen. Her natural beauty took his breath away.

"I may look like just an ordinary man," he said as he walked up to her, "but in just a week or two, my father will die and I’ll inherit $20 million."

Impressed, the woman went home with him that evening - but she was a lot smarter than Dan. Three days later, she became his stepmother.

[Ed. Note: Get Michael Masterson’s insights into becoming successful in your business and personal life, achieving financial independence, and accomplishing all your goals on his brand-new website. You’ll find updates on all of Michael’s books, news on upcoming ETR events, Michael’s blog, and room to send in your comments and questions. Check it out today.

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