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Tom’s Tips, Links and Tidbits Newsletter

Wednesday 16th September 2009


Basic Computer User

Dirty little secrets of the keyboard revealed

Next time you are eating at your desk, try not to think of multitude of germs lurking on your keyboard along with some other unpleasant debris. http://news.zdnet.com/2100-9595_22-277938.html?tag=nl.e550

Microsoft issues critical Windows patches

Software maker releases five operating-system related updates as part of its monthly Patch Tuesday. http://www.zdnetasia.com/news/security/0,39044215,62057587,00.htm?scid=nl_z_ntnd

Outlook Express: Compacting Folders

After you have opened Outlook Express 100 times it will display a message “To free up disk space, Outlook Express can compact messages. This may take up to a few minutes..”. This is an important process to reclaimed the unused space in the mail folders, and can speed up the general performance of Outlook Express, particularly if you have a large number of emails. It is also important to observe the following procedures to prevent losing your data in the process.
- Do not shutdown Windows.
- Close all other running applications prior to compacting.
- Do not close Outlook Express whilst the process is underway.
- Do not touch your machine or open any programs while compacting.
Just leave it alone and wait until the entire process is completed.

New Malicious Web Links Increase By 5x says IBM

IBM says that there has been a tremendous increase of 5x in malicious web links over Internet during first half of 2009. http://www.site-reference.com/articles/General/New-Malicious-Web-Links-Increase-By-508-says-IBM.html

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Advanced Computer User

Discount Usability Testing Pays Large Dividends

Simple user testing with 5 participants, paper prototyping, and heuristic evaluation offer a cheap, fast, and early focus on usability, as well as many rounds of iterative design. http://www.useit.com/alertbox/discount-usability.html

Microsoft rivals to purchase 22 patents to defend Linux

The Open Invention Network, whose members include IBM and Red Hat, will purchase patents formerly held by Microsoft http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/317839/microsoft_rivals_purchase_22_patents_defend_linux?eid=-301

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Phone Radiation Scale From Environmental Working Group

This shows where your phone sits on the emmissions scale http://www.ewg.org/cellphoneradiation/Get-a-Safer-Phone?allavailable=1

Remove Flouride From Our Drinking Water

I would love you to sign this petition http://www.healthpetitions.com.au/remove-fluoride-nsw/petition/ref/34

Stop Coercive and Mandatory Vaccination

Here is a petition to stop coercive and mandatory vaccinations. Read the data provided by people who make no money from the sale of vaccinations and decide for yourself if you think we should be forced to put poisons like mercury into our bodies. http://www.healthpetitions.com.au/coercive-mandatory-immunisation-nsw/petition/ref/35

Food Additive List

This lists and defines the numbers you see on food labels http://www.online-ganoderma.com/page/77233/default.asp

Acid versus Alkaline pH Balance in Your Body

This is a good explanation of what it is, why you should know about it and what effects different foods have on it http://www.online-ganoderma.com/page/14235/default.asp

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The Australian Federal Police high-tech unit let Rome burn

The bad guys announced their intentions and still managed to get way with an attack on government IT. http://www.zdnet.com.au/insight/security/soa/AFP-s-high-tech-unit-let-Rome-burn/0,139023764,339298463,00.htm?ocid=nl_WIR_11092009_fea_l4&omnRef=1337

Social Media Networking

Some interesting stats http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sIFYPQjYhv8

Telstra forced to separate

The Federal Government has delivered sweeping changes to the regulation of Australian telecommunications, with market incumbent Telstra being asked to structurally separate or have a form of separation imposed upon it by law. http://newsletter.itnews.com.au/cgi-bin16/DM/y/hBxgi0En4rp0PTM0SFMc0EC

Sydney rated as 2nd happiest city in world

Its “balmy weather” and “friendly people” ranked it just below the ultimate Carnaval city of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil with its “starry-eyed youngsters dancing into the dusk”. http://lpn.quartileresearch.com.au/index.cfm?newsletterClientid=cli712197196edoras&screen=archive&newsletterPeriodArtLinkid=npa683789000minas

Save farmers from Great Barrier Reef swindle

Recent media outbursts that the Great Barrier Reef faces catastrophic danger from climate change and ocean acidification are based on piggybacking a fraud on top of a fraud. http://cecaust.com.au/main.asp?sub=releases&id=2009_09_10_Reef_Swindle.html

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Video Links

La Cumparsita

Elegant, talented and entertaining ice-skating. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ZO8V0LQWeY&e

Charice Pempengco & Celine Dion- Because You Loved Me

Oprah and Celine Dion make a dream come true for a 16 year old singer, Charice, who has an awesome voice. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opdd-_Z2pRE&e

Unbelievable Shot From Roger Fedora

This is one of those all time classics http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57F5g-Ne3Sc&feature=player_embedded

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