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Tuesday 12th March 2008


Basic Computer User

They Criticized Vista. And They Should Know.
ONE year after the birth of Windows Vista, why do so many Windows XP users still decline to “upgrade”? More...

Drive-by downloads: the death of ’trusted’ Web sites?
In May 2007, Google joined the security community in warning users about the threat from drive-by download attacks, which is where users’ computers are infected with malware when they visit an affected Web site. more

Olympic trojan beats Microsoft to Excel patch
Microsoft’s decision to hold back an Excel patch from last month’s Patch Tuesday may have left millions exposed as attackers target the unpatched flaw in Excel. more

Security is an ecosystem, not a product
In security, you can’t just pick the right answer and stick with it--you must maintain personal security awareness, and an ongoing ability to make good decisions based on that awareness. more

10 things you should know about virtualization
Virtualization has been a major buzzword in the IT world for a few years. Now the buzz is getting louder. more

The Best Free Software
157 software tools. No fees. No expiration dates. No problems. more

RIAA faces lawsuits from artists
The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is facing the possibility of legal action from artists who claim to have received no money from the settlement of peer-to-peer cases. more

Non-Profit Group Attacks Software Patents
A group of patent organizations are banding together in an effort to eliminate software patents that they claim are threatening innovation and resulting in costly and unnecessary legal battles. more

Servers give businesses a competitive edge
Such computers give employees easy access to common applications, shared folders and information necessary to keep ahead of competitors. more

An SMB checklist for buying servers
A checklist to help small and midsize businesses understand the kind of server their organization needs. here

Teenager nabs mugger via MySpace
A New York teenager has tracked down the boy who mugged her by using MySpace to start an online relationship with the criminal. more

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Advanced Computer User

Commercial info here (if you are interesting using SVS as a large trouble-free deployment solution): here

PS You can still download it at Download.com here...

IE8: Back to the future on standards
Microsoft has backtracked on its previous claims that IE8 will render identical to IE7 by default. Now, the software giant has returned the default renderer to IE8’s ’improved standards’ mode. More...

Tip Altiris SVS - a wonder! By: Laurent Duchastel
I just stumbled yesterday into a very interesting FREE application. It’s called SVS and it’s from Altiris (recently acquired by Symantec). It qualifies easily as a “LITTLE GEM" to me and I adopted it at once.

SVS stands for “Software Virtualization Solution”. Basically, it allows you to install and run most top-level applications into a virtual sandbox on top of your actual operating system. A very small driver (less than 1Meg RAM) filters all I/O to files and registry keys from specified applications and redirects them to the sandbox. It allows you to install and run almost any application, or *different versions* of the same application (ex: Excel 2000, 2003 and 2007 in different languages), allows it to interact with other applications, but when you don’t need that application anymore, a click of the mouse and the application is “deactivated”, which means not a single trace left in your OS registry and file system!

The application is FREE FOR PERSONAL USE. The commercial application has a server-side that allows share and control of pre-packaged layers (*.VSA). For large companies, that means no need to install applications anymore!

Now the links.

A nice video showing how SVS works: here...

Download free SVS here or here.

Download free required Register Key here...

SVS community info here with lots of info and tweaks: here

Cloud computing hailed as future of data centers
Cloud computing, the notion of outsourcing hardware and software to Internet service providers, is showing the classic signs of disruptive technology--it’s not good enough for the masses yet, but it has clear potential to shake things up. More...

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Vaccines acknowledged to cause seizures
On Friday, February 22, the United States Secretary of Health and Human Services HHS conceded that this girl’s complex partial seizure disorder was caused by her vaccines. more

Many medications cause false dementia
Anti-cholesteral drugs and other medical drugs lower cognitive functions More...

A resource for natural alternatives

Don’t AGE Yourself With Your Cooking By Kelley Herring

The way you cook may be just as important to your health as the food itself.

“Advanced glycation end products” (AGE) is a class of toxins that have been linked to inflammation, insulin resistance, diabetes, vascular and kidney disease, and Alzheimer’s. And they are absorbed into your body when you eat animal products cooked or processed at high temperatures. (Think grilling, frying, smoking, or broiling, as well as pasteurizing.)

A recent study published in the Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences evaluated 172 healthy men and women in two age groups - a younger group (between the ages of 18 and 45) and an older group (between the ages of 60 and 80). The researchers wanted to determine how age and diet influences the accumulation of AGE in the body.

While researchers found that AGE levels were 35 percent higher in the older group, they could be very high in young, healthy people, as well. In fact, AGE levels in some of the younger, healthy adults in this study were as high as those seen in diabetic patients.

The higher the consumption of foods rich in AGE, the higher the blood levels of AGE and CRP and other markers of inflammation... in all the study participants.

So how can you cook to AGE less? It’s pretty simple. Just keep the heat down and maintain the water content in your food. That means enjoying more raw, fresh foods. And when you do turn on the heat, choose to boil, slow-roast, steam, or stew. Also, because pasteurizing promotes AGE, opt for raw milk, cheeses, and juices.

[Ed. Note: Kelley Herring is the founder and CEO of Healing Gourmet ( www.healinggourmet.com), and is editor-in-chief of the Healing Gourmet book series. Learn more about how simple lifestyle choices can improve your health by reading ETR’s free natural health e-letter.]

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[Early to Rise Copyright ETR, LLC, 2007]
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$2 trillion nightmare
"In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way." -- FDR


Scientists Disclaim Role of CO2 in Global Warming
100 scientists in the climate scientific debate made it abundantly clear with hard scientific evidence that greenhouse gases are not the main drivers of global warming. In other words, human activities do not cause warming and economy-destroying laws are not needed. More...

A great video

How to Make Measurable Progress Toward Your Most-Neglected Goals By Michael Masterson "Don’t be a time manager, be a priority manager." - - Denis Waitley To Master Plan your new life, you must begin with long-term goals that correspond to your core values. From that good start, you must establish yearly and monthly objectives. Based on those objectives, you create weekly and daily task lists. Doing all that will help greatly. But if you want to really change your life, you have to learn how to prioritize. I didn’t always know how to prioritize. For much of my business career, I relied on goal setting and task lists and was happy with the results. But when I turned 50 and started writing for Early to Rise, I began to read how other business leaders achieved their goals. And that’s when I discovered what a huge difference prioritizing can make. The most important lesson I learned came from The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey. In that book, Covey presents a technique for prioritizing that impressed me greatly and soon became a central part of my planning process. Divide your tasks, Covey says, into four categories: * Not important and not urgent
* Not important but urgent
* Important but not urgent
* Important and urgent In the “not important and not urgent” category, you would put such things as: * Catching up on office gossip
* Shopping online for personal items
* Answering unimportant phone calls
* Responding to unimportant e-mails

In the “not important but urgent” category, you would include:

* Returning phone calls from pesky salespeople
* Making last-minute preparations for an office party
* Attending a required meeting that doesn’t help your career
* Planning for a meeting that doesn’t matter

In the “important and urgent” category, you might list:

* Making last-minute preparations for an important meeting with the boss
* Making last-minute sales calls to key clients
* Solving unexpected problems

And, finally, in the “important but not urgent” category, you might include:
* Learning how to write better
* Learning how to speak better
* Learning how to think better
* Working on your novel
* Getting down to a healthy weight

When you break up tasks into these four categories, it’s easy to see that you should give no priority at all to “not important and not urgent” tasks. In fact, these tasks should not be done at all. They are a waste of time. Yet many people spend lots of time on them because they tend to be easy to do and sometimes enjoyable in a mindless sort of way. Or because they are afraid to get to work on important tasks because they are afraid of failure.

Even worse than spending time on tasks that are not important and not urgent is spending time on those that are not important but urgent. They should have been dealt with long before they reached the crisis stage.

If you discover that you are spending a lot of time on unimportant tasks, you’ve got a serious problem. Unless you change your ways, you’re unlikely to achieve any of your important goals.

So which tasks should you give priority to?

In Seven Habits, Covey says that most people think they should give priority to important and urgent tasks. But this is a mistake. “It’s like the pounding surf,” he says. “A huge problem comes and knocks you down and you’re wiped out. You struggle back up only to face another one that knocks you down and slams you to the ground.” You are “literally beat up by problems all day every day.”

All urgent tasks - both unimportant and important - are problematic: They are urgent because you’ve neglected something or because they are important to other people (like your boss). In either case, you need to find a way to keep most of them from winding up on your daily to-do list. This means making some changes in your work habits - usually a combination of being more efficient and delegating more chores to other people.

Urgent tasks will burn you out. And turn you into an unhappy workaholic. If you want transformation in your life, you have to give priority to the important but not urgent tasks - because those are the ones that will help you achieve your major, long-term goals.

It’s not easy.

The important but not urgent tasks whisper, while the urgent tasks shout. But there is a way to get that critical but quiet stuff done in four simple steps:

Step 1. When planning your day, divide your tasks into Covey’s four categories: not important and not urgent, not important but urgent, important but not urgent, and important and urgent.

Step 2. You will, of course, have to do the urgent tasks - at least until you get better at taking charge of your schedule. And you will have to find a way to get rid of the tasks that are not important and not urgent. But make sure you include one important but not urgent task that, when completed, will move you closer to one of your long-term goals.

Step 3. Highlight that important but not urgent task on your to-do list. Make it your number one priority for the day.

Step 4. Do that task first - before you do anything else.

Initially, you will find it difficult to do an important but not urgent task first. There are reasons for that.

* Since it is not urgent, you don’t feel like it’s important. But it is.
* Since it supports a goal you’ve been putting off, you are in the habit of neglecting it.
* You are in the habit of neglecting it because you don’t think it’s important and because you might be afraid of doing it.
* You might be afraid of doing it because you know, deep down inside, that it will change your life. And change, even good change, is scary.

But once you start using this little four-step technique, you’ll notice something right away.

The first thing you’ll notice is how good you feel. Accomplishing something you’ve been putting off is energizing. It will erase some doubts you have about yourself - doubts caused by years of “never getting to” your long-term goals.

That extra energy and confidence will grow, and will fuel you throughout the day. This will make it easier for you to accomplish other important but not urgent tasks.

As the days go by, you will realize that you are making measurable progress toward your neglected goals. In just a few weeks, you will be amazed at how much you’ve already done. And in 52 weeks - a short year from now - you will be a brand-new, much more productive person.

That year is going to pass by anyway. You are going to spend the time somehow. Why not do it by taking charge of your schedule? Why not spend that time on yourself - on what’s really important to you?
[Ed. Note: Achieve all your personal, social, financial, and business goals with the help of ETR’s Total Success Achievement program. Learn more by clicking here....]
From the www.earlytorise.com newsletter
[Early to Rise Copyright ETR, LLC, 2007]
If you’d like to subscribe to Early to Rise or suggest it to a friend, please visit: here

CCTV camera sees under clothing
A UK company is marketing the first CCTV camera that can see objects under a person’s clothing. here

“Not by Fire, but by Ice” by Robert Felix
A book that I urge everyone to read. The Author is an architect who has laboriously read through enough scientific papers so that the reference section is TWENTY EIGHT pages long. He puts it all together in a way that makes a lot of sense and in also in ways that anyone can understand it. See www.iceagenow.com and “Global Warming: The cause is oceans warming, not greenhouse gases“ by Gary Novak. here...
Secret Pentagon Report predicts UK will be like Siberia by 2024 here...
BBC Documentary: 70,000 years ago the World Population was Reduced to 5,000-10,000 people from a Super Volcano!

The US Department of Commerce has pleaded poverty (!!!!!!!) as an excuse for closing its economic indicators website
This is ridiculous! The reason is obviously that the US economy is in such bad shape that they want to make it harder for the average punter to see the truth! more

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