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Tuesday 22nd April 2008


Basic Computer User

Ever wondered where NOT to drop anchor?
An interesting map of undersea cables here

Schoolboy corrects Nasa on asteroid strike
A German teenager has corrected Nasa’s estimates of the likelihood that the Earth will be hit by a large asteroid in 2036. more

Nasa shoots down schoolboy asteroid claim
Nasa has stated that the odds of the Earth being hit by an asteroid in 2036 have not been reduced, despite earlier reports. more

New spam site found every three seconds
New figures suggest that 92.3 percent of all email sent globally during the first three months of 2008 was spam. more

Controversial fixes have Microsoft on defensive
Microsoft has issued its planned monthly set of security updates, but this month the updates are more serious and controversial than usual. One of the fixes, rated as critical, applies to “an extremely deep and pervasive technology in Windows” that attackers can compromise to take over PCs, but the flaw was discovered seven months ago and fixed only in February. more

Federal Government orders $16 billion ICT review
Finance Minister Lindsay Tanner has appointed the former head of Britain’s Treasury to spearhead an independent review of the Federal Government’s $16 billion ICT bill and curb spending where necessary. More...

Turn Excel Data and Charts into JPEGs
Got lots of Excel data you’d like to share? There’s an easy way to change it all into small, easy-to-copy pictures. here

On a mission to save Windows XP
The ’Save Windows XP’ petition has attracted over 100,000 signatures as Microsoft prepares to phase out the popular operating system. more

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Advanced Computer User

Gartner: Windows collapsing under own weight
Microsoft’s Windows juggernaut is collapsing under its own weight, as it tries to support 20 years of applications and becomes more complicated by the minute, according to analyst firm Gartner. more

What is cross-site scripting?
Cross-site scripting, also known as “XSS”, is a class of security exploit that has gotten a fair bit of attention in the last few years. more

Bridging the Channel
A reader writes: “I have four slots for DDR2 memory. How do you set up the system for dual-channel or single-channel? Which is faster?” here

Cascading Style Sheet Tip
I am learning more about cascading style shhets and came across this post.

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The World According to Monsanto - A documentary that Americans won’t ever see
On March 11 a new documentary was aired on French television (ARTE ? French-German cultural TV channel) by French journalist and film maker Marie-Monique Robin, The World According to Monsanto - A documentary that Americans won’t ever see. The gigantic biotech corporation Monsanto is threatening to destroy the agricultural biodiversity which has served mankind for thousands of years. It can be viewed free at Google video. If this link doesn’t work: http://tinyurl.com/4on85x then this one should: here

Increased incidence of cysts and boils
The last three years has seen an increased incidence of cysts and boils. Here is a site with some valuable data on handling them: here

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Very good video on global warming more

Google hires controversial banker
Google has hired the controversial banker Frank Quattrone, who has beaten charges that he manipulated stock offerings for favoured clients, according to The Times. more

Two held over undersea cable damage
Two ships have been impounded in Dubai after satellite images indicated that they may have been responsible for the damage to undersea cables which left large parts of the Middle East without proper internet access. more

Save Money on Utilities
A new website, uSwitch, is offering a free service to punters to help dig-out the best deals on your gas, electricity and phone services. A Current Affair video and web site

Professor Randy Pausch reprising his Last Lecture
A great message from a guy who had weeks to live here

Rudd policy to shut down food production in Murray-Darling Basin is genocide
PM Kevin Rudd and Climate Change Minister Penny Wong’s move to shut down whole sections of irrigated agriculture in Australia’s food bowl, the Murray-Darling Basin, at a time of a looming worldwide food catastrophe, is tantamount to genocide, and must be stopped. more

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