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Toms Tips, Links and Tidbits Newsletter

Friday 24th December 2010


Hope this finds you fit and well.

Didn't get a newsletter out last week as I was having a detached retina lasered back into place. All good now so enjoy this fortnight's selection of information morsels and have a very Merry (and safe) Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year!


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

Basic Computer User

Cablegate: Aussie spies spooked by cyberwar

Defence Signals Directorate unprepared for information era, Australian spooks told US.,cablegate-aussie-spies-spooked-by-cyberwar.aspx

Telstra loses phone book appeal

Telstra's latest attempt to copyright information in its White Pages and Yellow Pages directories was rejected in the Federal Court this morning.,telstra-loses-phone-book-appeal.aspx

Microsoft sneaks out Security Essentials 2.0

Includes revamped anti-virus engine and firewall integration.,microsoft-sneaks-out-security-essentials-20.aspx

UN talks on Internet Regulation labelled "offensive"

S politicians have responded to moves from within the United Nations to form an inter-Government panel to regulate the internet, putting forward a resolution demanding the UN maintain a "hands-off approach".,un-talks-on-internet-regulation-labelled-offensive.aspx

Divided US regulator adopts Internet traffic rules

Net Neutrality bill passed.,divided-us-regulator-adopts-internet-traffic-rules.aspx

Mozilla fixes 11 Firefox flaws

Most ranked as critical.,mozilla-fixes-11-firefox-flaws.aspx

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Advanced Computer User

Micron21 offer geographically-redundant IP service

Micron21 has launched a service that provides customers with two physical or virtual servers in geographically-dispersed data centres "with the same public-facing IP address",micron21-create-geographically-redundant-ip-service.aspx

Ants solve dynamic optimisation puzzle

An international study of how Argentine ants find their way through a changing maze could lead to more flexible computer algorithms, researchers say.,ants-solve-dynamic-optimisation-puzzle.aspx

Morphing malware defies categorisation

Analysts working on West Coast Labs' Sydney honeypots last week were left scratching their heads after discovering new malware that shared traits with multiple families of categorised worms.,morphing-malware-defies-categorisation.aspx

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How To Reduce Your High Blood Pressure

I started experimenting a while back with making myself a veggie juice. I took the basic recipe from Rudolf Bruess' anti-cancer juice and added a few other things to it. Couple of friends asked me to make it for them too. One of them has high blood pressure. He takes his BP (blood pressure) then a glass of juice then two or three hours later he takes his BP again for comparison.

Day 1
Reading 1 - 205 over 108
Reading 2 - 162 over 94

Day 2
Reading 1 - 155 over 89
Reading 2 - 138 over 80

Day 3
Reading 1 - 170 over 88
Reading 2 - 147 over 80

Day 4
Reading 1 - 179 over 94
Reading 2 - 154 over 91

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The Prime Minister and the Little Girl

The Prime Minister was seated next to a little girl on an airplane trip from Melbourne to Canberra so she turned to her and said, "Do you want to talk? Flights go quicker if you strike up a conversation with your fellow passenger."

The little girl, who had just started to read her book, replied to the total stranger, "What would you want to talk about?"

"Oh, I don't know," said the Prime Minister . "How about global warming, the plight of the boat migrants and the lack of competition in the Banking world, or the stimulus packages?" as she smiled smugly.

"OK," said the little girl. "Those could be interesting topics but let me ask you a question first. A horse, a cow, and a rabbit all eat the same stuff - grass. Yet, a rabbit excretes little pellets, while a cow turns out a flat patty, but a horse produces clumps. Why do you suppose that is?"

The Prime Minister, visibly surprised by the little girl's intelligence, thinks about it and says, "Hmmm, I have no idea."

To which the little girl replies, "Do you really feel qualified to discuss global warming, migration, or the economy, when you don't know shit?"

And then she went back to reading her book.

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The Route Out

"Educate your children to self-control, to the habit of holding passion and prejudice and evil tendencies subject to an upright and reasoning will, and you have done much to abolish misery from their future and crimes from society." ~ Benjamin Franklin

Optimise your Child's Health and Learning

If you have young children, check out this web site for very practical and workable solutions to improve health, IQ and learning. Then pass it on to others, especially your child's teacher!

My Christmas Wish List 2010

I wish for more confront, more perception, more insight and more understanding.
I wish for more empathy, more compassion, more caring and a greater ability to see the other person's point of view.
I wish for more knowledge, more intelligence, more wisdom and more ability to communicate.
I wish to see lies and truth for what they are.
I wish for more skill, more ability and more competence.
I wish for more certainty, more resolve, more courage and more integrity.
I wish for more politeness, more manners and more social skills.
I wish for more strength, more speed, more dexterity, more stamina, more flexibility and more agility.

And, as much as I wish them for me, I wish these for you and every other person too.

For only the strong can assist the weak and
only the intelligent can conceive of optimal solutions and
only the courageous can do the right thing without fear of consequences.

Tom Grimshaw

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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!


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