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Wednesday 24th November 2010


Hope this finds you fit and well.

Enjoy this week's selection of information morsels and have a great week!

Until next time, dream big dreams, read widely, think well of your fellow man, eat food that's good for you and do the important things that make a difference - they are rarely the urgent ones!



Basic Computer User | Advanced Computer User | Health | Humour | Other

Basic Computer User

ACMA: 30,000 Australian PCs infected every day

Australia's communications regulator has reported that there are approximately 25,000 to 30,000 computers compromised by malware every day in Australia. http://www.itnews.com.au/News/239580,acma-30000-australian-pcs-infected-every-day.aspx

SAP ordered to pay Oracle $1.3 billion in damages

Software theft more costly than SAP anticipated. http://www.itnews.com.au/News/239587,sap-ordered-to-pay-oracle-13-billion-in-damages.aspx

Network glitch reveals 3,000 Telstra customer accounts

Telstra Tribe users mistakenly gained access to other customers' accounts this month due to a server glitch that randomly linked them to different mobile identities. http://www.itnews.com.au/News/239624,network-glitch-reveals-telstra-customer-accounts.aspx

Has the Bell donged for Dell?

Dell, the company that constantly telling us of their amazing deals, found themselves having to deal with more of their own amazing faulty concealments. In June, Dell were found to deliberately selling off faulty computers, even as their own internal study predicted some failures of up to 97%. More internal documents were revealed last week in the US Federal District Court in North Carolina, including the way the company ranked its customers by importance in prioritising its support. Those who were bothered but still willing to stick with Dell were given the lowest priority. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/19/technology/19docs.html?_r=4

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Advanced Computer User

Ten reasons to think twice about virtual desktops

Gartner expert tears apart the business case. http://www.itnews.com.au/News/239479,ten-reasons-to-think-twice-about-virtual-desktops.aspx

Novell sold for $2.2 billion

As Microsoft-led consortium sweeps up 882 Novell patents. http://www.itnews.com.au/News/239447,novell-sold-for-22-billion.aspx

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Can a Stone Age Diet Make You Healthier?

One of the most thorough looks into “Stone Age” nutrition was done by Dr. Loren Cordain, author of The Paleo Diet and considered to be one of the world’s leading experts on Paleolithic nutrition.

Based upon scientific research examining the types and quantities of foods our hunter-gatherer ancestors ate, the foundation of "The Paleo Diet" is lean meat, including ostrich and bison as well as organ meats, seafood, fresh fruit and non-starchy vegetables -- a far cry from the standard American diet.

As Dr. Cordain states:

“Simply put, human nutritional requirements for optimal health are determined by our genes, and our genes are shaped by the environment of our ancestors through natural selection. Many modern staples and processed foods were not present throughout most of the more than 2 million years hominin species have been present on earth.

The nutritional qualities of modern processed foods and foods introduced during the Neolithic period are discordant with our ancient and conservative genome. This genetic discordance ultimately manifests itself as various chronic illnesses, which have been dubbed "diseases of civilization."

By severely reducing or eliminating these foods and replacing them with a more healthful cuisine, possessing nutrient qualities more in line with the foods our ancestors consumed, it is possible to improve health and reduce the risk of chronic disease.” http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/11/24/nutrition-secrets-from-cavemen.aspx

Want to Improve Your Reading Vision?

Then check out the exercises this eye doctor developed: http://www.bettervision.com/rwg-early-to-rise-2.html

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Irish Fatal Attraction

Paddy is passing by Mick's hay shed one day when through a gap in the door he sees Mick doing a slow and sensual striptease in front of an old red Massey Ferguson tractor.

Buttocks clenched he performs a slow pirouette and gently slides off first the right welly, followed by the left.

He then hunches his shoulders forward and in a classic striptease move lets his braces fall down from his shoulders to dangle by his hips over his corduroy trousers.

Grabbing both sides of his check shirt he rips it apart to reveal his tea stained vest underneath and with a final flourish he hurls his flat cap on to a pile of hay.

"What the heck are you doing Mick" says Paddy.

"Paddy, ye frightened the living daylights out of me, says an obviously embarrassed Mick, "but me and the missus been having some trouble lately in the bedroom department, and the therapist suggested I should do something sexy to a tractor".

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Some thoughts for the week...

Do not wait; the time will never be "just right." Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along. Napoleon Hill

In life and business, there are two cardinal sins. The first is to act precipitously without thought and the second is to not act at all. Carl Icahn

There are risks and costs to a program of action. But they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction. John F. Kennedy

Action will destroy your procrastination. Og Mandino

Personally, I have found this last one to be extremely true. I can instantly cut short any mental debate merely by taking action on the task or some small part of what it is I am thinking over. Even if it is just to pull out pen and paper and start to put together a list of the actions in sequence that will be required to complete the project.

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