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Tom’s Tips, Links and Tidbits Newsletter

Wednesday 9th September 2009

Hope this finds you fit and well.

Some time ago you, or somebody using your email address, signed up as a registered user on Tom’s Blog on Life and Livingness. http://tomgrimshaw.com/tomsblog/ Now I just learned that subscribers do not automatically receive a notification whenever I post an entry to the blog, so you may have forgotten all about ever registering. Or, as there are no posts from you, it may just have been a fleeting interest or... ...any one of a number of other things.

So I am sending this copy of my Tips, Links and Tidbits Newsletter to you as a test. Each item in the newsletter also gets posted as a blog entry. Some people prefer the newsletter, some prefer the blog. If you do not wish to receive future copies of the newsletter please drop me a line and I will promptly remove you from the newsletter mailing list.

All the best in your endeavours.

Tom Grimshaw


Basic Computer User

Windows 7 upgrade path looks rocky

Microsoft says the upgrade for Windows XP and Vista users makes it look as though users will have a tough time installing the new operating system. Most will require the complete wiping of the hard drive and an installation from scratch. http://www.itnews.com.au/News/152480,windows-7-upgrade-path-looks-rocky.aspx

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Advanced Computer User

Managing servers and other systems from the iPhone

Server administration can be a 24/7 job, but who wants to be tethered to a laptop all the time? http://www.zdnetasia.com/techguide/storage/0,39045058,62057245,00.htm

Disabling automatic drive letter assignment

For certain situations, it may be necessary to tell Windows not to automatically mount new storage that become visible to the server. http://www.zdnetasia.com/techguide/windows/0,39044904,62057146,00.htm

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GM Foods are Flawed Scientific Dogma Run Amok

Dr. Pusztai’s earlier research into the effects of GM potatoes showed that rats suffered from weakened immune systems and stunted growth of their internal organs, including the liver, kidneys and brain, on such a diet. There is also compelling evidence indicating GM potatoes may cause cancer. http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/09/05/Chickens-Not-Fooled-by-GM-Crops.aspx

The Drug Barons’ Campaign to Make Us All Crazy

The drug barons’ ongoing campaign to pathologize http://counterpunch.org/tsao08202009.html

Pfizer pleads guilty to felony crime in fraudulent marketing of Bextra, pays US$2.3 billion in fines

And they’re still in business? http://www.naturalnews.com/026963_Pfizer_Bextra_health.html

Eat Your Way Smart: IQ-Boosting Foods are a No-Brainer

Can some foods really make you more intelligent, have smarter kids, improve your memory, help you think more clearly, and perhaps even forestall the onset of those so-called senior moments or worse, dementia? http://www.care2.com/greenliving/eat-your-way-smart-iq-boosting-foods-are-a-no-brainer.html

Obama Appoints Another Fox to Guard the Chicken House

President Obama recently selected Michael Taylor, former chief lobbyist for Monsanto, as the new “food safety czar” at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Think about that: The former lawyer and lobbyist for the company that manufactured Agent Orange will now make decisions about America’s food supply.

Taylor is the man most responsible for getting recombinant bovine growth hormone (rbGH) approved for use in dairy cows. That’s the stuff that fattens the cows to dangerously obese sizes, getting them ready for slaughter faster (By the way Monsanto produces the growth hormone). Look here for the full text of this story soon. http://www.alsearsmd.com/past-issues.html

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This may be legal but it is the most blatant invasion of privacy by the government that I have ever seen.

Check out this link. Warning! Do not go to the web site mentioned, just watch the video clip to which I have linked below. http://www.resistnet.com/profiles/blogs/do-not-go-to-carsgov

Eyeball Engineering

This is for all of the frustrated engineers out there. There always seems to be a guy who can look at something and tell you that a line or an angle is off. Now you can try your skill at using ’the eye’. This is tougher than it looks. It is not timed so take your time. http://woodgears.ca/eyeball

Bushfire inquiry covers up fuel reduction failure

Two Royal Commissions by Judge Stretton into the Victorian bushfire disasters of 1939 and 1944 yielded a was crystal clear result: the bushfire disasters then, as now, were caused by what the Judge called “ridiculously inadequate” prescribed burning of the forests, and he mandated “fire prevention must be the paramount consideration of the forester”. http://cecaust.com.au/main.asp?sub=releases&id=2009_08_25_Bushfire.html

Battery breakthrough could cut recharging to seconds

Scientists at MIT have developed a new design for lithium batteries that could cut recharge times down to seconds. http://www.itnews.com.au/News/139755,battery-breakthrough-could-cut-recharging-to-seconds.aspx

Regulators to freeze nuisance Triple Zero callers

The Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) has begun blocking the mobile services of nuisance callers responsible for making non-genuine calls to the emergency hotline, Triple Zero. http://www.itnews.com.au/News/155170,regulators-to-freeze-nuisance-triple-zero-callers.aspx

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Video Links

TED Presentation

What you can do with $50 worth of hardware http://www.wimp.com/newidea/

Unbelievable! Absolute friendship between a man and 38 lions!

34 year old South African, Kevin Richardson, is studying animal behaviour on a reserve, near Johannesburg, with 38 lions. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ev7oLCwD3ME

Trillion Dollar Advertising

Great advertising campaign http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGn9p8p_oek

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