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Wednesday 21st October 2009


Basic Computer User

Windows 7 gets released 22nd October 2009

8 Common Computer Technologies That Will Be Surprisingly Replaced in 10 Years

A lot has changed over the last 10 years. What computer technology of today will become redundant over the next decade? http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/10/20/8-Common-Computer-Technologies-That-Will-Be-Surprisingly-Replaced-in-10-Years.aspx

Caution is Key at Hotspots

Internet hotspots are everywhere. Unfortunately, most of them aren’t very secure. Learn how to protect yourself when you connect in public. http://www.symantec.com/en/au/norton/products/library/article.jsp?aid=caution_hotspots&Om_em_cid=hho_email_clubsym_sep09_apac_au

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Advanced Computer User

What Windows 7 means to developers

Wondering what Windows 7 will break in your applications? Justin James assures you that there’s not much need to worry. http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/programming-and-development/?p=1819&tag=nl.e055

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Capsaicin could stop a heart attack in progress

Scientists have found that capsaicin, the main component of cayenne, may literally stop a heart attack in its tracks when applied topically. http://www.naturalnews.com/027238_capsaicin_heart_attack_cayenne.html Tip from Tom: So, if you are ever where someone is having a heart attack and you just happen to have left your bottle of cayenne pepper at home, grab some at an Indian restaurant or supermarket if they are handy.

Artificial Sweeteners = Brain Cancer?

The National Cancer Institute identified a significant and impressive increase in brain cancer starting in about 1984... ...because of artificial sweeteners such as those found in diet drinks and food. http://www.care2.com/greenliving/a-poisonous-sweetener.html

URGENT! Not So Rare Side Effects of Flu Shot!

This is a result from just the normal flu shot - not even the too hastily prepared swine flu one that not only does not protect against the swine flu but according to some reports increases the chances of contracting it! http://thepeopleschemist.com/blog/

Food Safety Tips

Not washing your greens before eating them could leave you feeling green! http://www.jonbarron.org/blog/2009/10/ten-sickening-foods.html

The Marketing of Madness

Are we all insane? http://www.newera.dk/cchr_ias2009.html

Pfizer to pay $1.3 billion criminal fine for misbranding its drugs

For criminal “off-label marketing” of four drugs http://www.naturalnews.com/027276_Pfizer_drugs_the_FDA.html

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Red Pill or Blue?

If you did not see “The Matrix” then this will help with what is to come next.

“The Matrix is a film filled with religious and philosophical symbolism. The plot supposes that humans live in vats many years in the future, being fed false sensory information by a giant virtual reality computer (the Matrix). The perpetrators of this horror are machines of the future who use humans as a source of power. Humans are literally farmed.

“The central character of the film, Neo, is presented to us in the opening part of the film as a loner who is searching for a mysterious character called Morpheus (named after the Greek god of dreams and sleep). He is also trying to discover the answer to the question “What is the Matrix?”

“Morpheus contacts Neo just as the machines (posing as sinister ’agents’) are trying to keep Neo from finding out any more. When Morpheus and Neo meet, Morpheus offers Neo two pills. The red pill will answer the question “what is the Matrix?” (by removing him from it) and the blue pill simply for life to carry on as before. As Neo reaches for the red pill Morpheus warns Neo “Remember, all I’m offering is the truth. Nothing more.”

“The film as a whole and especially the choosing scene is deeply compelling. Why is the choice between what you believe you know and an unknown ’real’ truth so fascinating? How could a choice possibly be made? On the one hand everyone you love and everything that you have built you life upon. One the other the promise only of truth.”

From http://www.arrod.co.uk/essays/matrix.php

There is a seminar next month that will answer niggling questions you may have and explain reservations you hold about “the way things are”. More data can be found here: http://www.thehardevidence.com/site/sydney/faqs/

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Video Links

No wonder our perception of beauty is distorted

A great rapid fire sequence of how to manufacture an artificial image of beauty that makes it impossible to live up to. Should be required viewing for all teens. http://dove.msn.com/#/features/videos/default.aspx[cp-documentid=8354359]/

Dog Basketballer

This dog is pretty good http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mIyMRPV8kg&

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