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Tuesday 2nd October 2007


Basic Computer User

Facebook, MySpace threaten your job, savings more

Excel 2007 Contains Serious Multiplication Bug
Over the weekend a member of the microsoft.public.excel newsgroup revealed that Excel 2007 thinks that 850*77.1 is 100,000. And there are other errors, too. more

’Give One, Get One’ Program for OLPC Begun
In an effort to bolster interest, the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) initiative is kicking off a short-term “give one, get one” project that will send one computer to the purchaser and a second to a child in a developing nation. more

The next Internet revolution is coming
The world is on the brink of a major wave of innovation, thanks to the Internet and falling hardware prices, says a senior Cisco executive. more

Protect against Bluetooth threats
As Bluetooth-enabled devices become increasingly pervasive, mobile users should learn how to protect themselves against new risks... ...Ideally, use passwords with a large number of digits. A four-digit PIN or password can be broken in less than a second, a six-digit PIN in about 10 seconds, while a 10-digit PIN would likely take weeks to crack.more

A user or sysadmin posts about problems with a brand new Vista PC on a support forum. Within minutes, a “helpful” soul suggests a fix: “Install Linux!” more

Ex-MS security guru to dump Media Center for Linux?
Veteran Microsoft security expert, Jesper Johansson, says he may dump Microsoft’s Windows Media Center in favour of Ubuntu-affiliated LinuxMCE after struggling with DRM (Digital Rights Management) software. more

Skype loses its CEO, eBay takes a US$1.4 billion charge more

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Advanced Computer User

Microsoft extends XP availability by five months more

HP: Linux ready for mission-critical apps more

Ubuntu beta, now with flash and flashiness more

Users split over naked PCs more

Engineers build ’wires’ one molecule wide more

Engineers tout ’morphable’ computers more

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How to Use Nutrition to Eliminate IBS and Treat Asthma, Allergies
(NewsTarget Citizen Journalism Report) Dr. David Dahlman, D.C., medical director of the Hyde Park Holistic Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, has developed a comprehensive program to eliminate or greatly reduce Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). more

A specific type of chiropractic manipulation of the first vertebra (Atlas) of the neck can result in a drop of 14 points in systolic (the upper) and eight in the diastolic (lower) blood pressure readings.

The naive vegetarian here

Eat Less To Live Longer: Calorie Restriction Linked To Long Healthy Lives more

An interesting video on aging here from a geriatrician. He also appears to be a really nice guy. Key points:
Have a purpose
Eat less (lower calory consumption is linked with living longer)
Engage your mind (eg. learn a musical instrument)
Expand your cicle of friends (as you outlive others :-( you need to replace them :-) )
Laugh (it’s still good medicine)

Which Vitamin Will Improve Your Life Expectancy the Most?
Knowing the answer to this question could have a profound influence on how long you will live. more

Mind Control -- Through Your Nose more

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I was told: John Pilger’s film, “War on Democracy”, is essential viewing. His website is www.johnpilger.com

Oil industry admits world faces difficult future of scarce energy, high prices
Recently the National Petroleum Council released a 476-page study, "Facing Hard Truths About Energy," which outlined the council’s predictions for the future of the energy industry. more

Some great National Geographic pictures here

Some sacle replicas of famous buildings here

A really nice presentation of shadow pictures here

Kids. Gotta love ’em...

Last week, I took my children to a restaurant.

My six-year-old son asked if he could say grace.
As we bowed our heads he said,
"God is good, God is great.
Thank you for the food, and I would even thank you more
if Mom gets us ice cream for dessert.
And Liberty and justice for all! Amen!"

Along with the laughter from the other customers nearby
I heard a woman remark
"That’s what’s wrong with this country.
Kids today don’t even know how to pray.
Asking God for ice cream! Why, I never!"

Hearing this, my son burst into tears and asked me,
"Did I do it wrong?
Is God mad at me?"

As I held him and assured him that he had done a terrific
job, and God was certainly not mad at him, an elderly
gentleman approached the table.
He winked at my son and said,
"I happen to know that God thought that was a great prayer."
"Really?" my son asked
"Cross my heart," the man replied.
Then, in a theatrical whisper, he added
(indicating the woman whose remark had started this whole thing),
"Too bad she never asks God for ice cream.
A little ice cream is good for the soul sometimes."

Naturally, I bought my kids ice cream at the end of the meal.
My son stared at his for a moment, and then did something
I will remember the rest of my life.

He picked up his sundae and, without a word,
walked over and placed it in front of the woman.
With a big smile he told her,
"Here, this is for you.
Ice cream is good for the soul sometimes;
and my soul is good already."

Pay what you like for album, Radiohead tells fans more. Is this the new model?

Here is what some of those among the majority of scientists who disagree with this global warming hype, have to say:

Prof John Christy, IPCC lead author and head of Alabama’s Earth System Science Centre: “I’ve often heard it said that there is a consensus of thousands of scientists (who say) humans are causing a catastrophic change to the climate system. Well, I am one scientist, and there are many, that simply think that is not true.”

Prof Yuri Izrael, IPCC vice-chairman: “There is no serious threat to the climate.”

Prof Richard Lindzen, former IPCC lead author and Professor of Meteorology at MIT: “There is no substantive basis for predictions of sizeable global warming due to observed increases in minor greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide, methane, and chlorofluorocarbons.”

Prof Antonio Zichichi, President, World Federation of Scientists: It’s plausible “man is not to blame.”

William Kininmonth, head of the Australian Bureau of Meteorology’s National Climate Centre (1986-1998): “The evidence advanced by the IPCC, that human activity will cause dangerous interference with the climate system, is illusory.”

Dr David Evans, former climate modeler at the Australian Greenhouse Office: “New evidence has weakened the case that carbon emissions are the main cause. I am now skeptical.”

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