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Tom’s Tips, Links and Tidbits Newsletter

Wednesday 12th August 2009


Basic Computer User

Diskeeper Tech to Prevent Fragmented Files Before They Happen

Diskeeper plans to introduce a file system filter driver later this year that will eliminate most file fragmentation before it actually occurs, company executives said Friday. http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2351630,00.asp

IBM Basing Experimental Chips on DNA

IBM is looking to the building blocks of our bodies--DNA--to be the structure of next-generation microchips http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2351632,00.asp

Looking for a web browser that’s lighter than the main options and provides a bevy of customizable settings?

If so, then have a look at Orca Browser. This freeware browser saves your profile to online storage, so you can access your settings on any other computer. Another useful option is the unique mouse navigation, which can make browsing more efficient. http://www.orcabrowser.com/

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Advanced Computer User

Researchers find large-scale XML library flaws

Researchers in Finland have found a series of flaws in the eXtensible Markup Language (XML) libraries that could pose a serious security risk. http://www.itnews.com.au/News/152232,researchers-find-large-scale-xml-library-flaws.aspx

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Carbon Trading Scheme (Scam)

I had an email discussion this week where somebody asked my take on the Global Warming Swindle. A comment under the article is a first hand account of the motivation. http://www.care2.com/causes/global-warming/blog/barbarians-at-turbine/

Great Article on Selling Secrets

One man’s take on what it takes to sell a product. http://www.site-reference.com/articles/General/The-5-Selling-Magic-Secrets-of-Billy-Mays.html

Calls answered based on your worth

Are you worth the call? http://www.itnews.com.au/News/153160,calls-answered-based-on-your-worth.aspx

Wow! Giant octopus - extreme animals - BBC wildlife

Up close and personal with a giant octopus. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwAqhThd_EQ

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Video Links

Amazing Acquarium

The aquarium is a part of the Ocean Expo Commemorative National Government Park located in Motobu, Okinawa. The main tank called the ’Kuroshio Sea’ holds 7,500-cubic meters (1,981,290 gallons) of water and features the world’s second largest acrylic glass panel, measuring 8.2 meters by 22.5 meters with a thickness of 60 centimeters. Whale sharks and manta rays are kept amongst many other fish species in the main tank.

The aquarium is one of very few that keep whale sharks in captivity, and is currently trying to breed them. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7deClndzQw

Jill and Kevin are at it again...

This is a follow-up video to the great wedding one I posted recently... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbr2ao86ww0

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