Tuesday, January 31, 2006
That's the day a notably pesky e-mail worm, variously called 'Nyxem.E,' 'CME-24,' 'BlackWorm,' 'Mywife.E,' 'KamaSutra' and 'VB.bi,' among other names, is set to detonate its deadly payload.
Once activated, the worm will corrupt all documents on a infected machine with the following file extensions: .dmp, .doc, .mdb, .mde, .pdf, .psd, .ppt, .pps, .rar, .xls and .zip.
That means almost all files created using Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel or Microsoft PowerPoint could be lost forever, as well as 'raw' Adobe Photoshop files, PDF files used by Adobe Acrobat and competing PDF readers, and several kinds of database and compression files.
Hundreds of thousands of Windows machines are believed to have already been infected, mostly in India, Peru, Turkey and Italy, said Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer for Finnish security company F-Secure Corp."
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Monday, January 30, 2006
Don't forget to click on the 'Not Sure About Breath Capture?' button, found on the lower left side of the site.
Sunday, January 29, 2006
Things that make you go Hmmmmm?
Saturday, January 28, 2006
Thursday, January 26, 2006
I could not have made this up if I tried!
Wednesday, January 25, 2006
Two CD makers have hit back at recent claims by storage experts that users of recordable disks are in danger of losing their information as the disks deteriorate.
Recordable disk vendors TDK and Memorex claim their disks are a reliable archival media that will stand the test of time (See previous Blog story) Do Burned CDs Have a Short Life Span?.
TDK says its products will last 70 years if cared for properly and Memorex is releasing a new range of 24-karat gold-based media that it claims will last over a lifetime, regardless of environmental conditions."
Saturday, January 21, 2006
Friday, January 20, 2006
Wednesday, January 18, 2006
Anybody who has ever tried to decipher a cell phone bill knows how tough it can be. One of the charges is a 3 percent fee on every cell phone bill in America. The origin of the tax predates the invention of the cellular phone by nearly a century.
Annie Brinkman and her friend, Stacey Lemle, don't know it, but every time they use their cell phones, they are supporting the war effort -- the Spanish-American War."
Sunday, January 15, 2006
Saturday, January 14, 2006
Thursday, January 12, 2006
Wednesday, January 11, 2006
'Unlike pressed original CDs, burned CDs have a relatively short life span of between two to five years, depending on the quality of the CD,' Gerecke says. 'There are a few things you can do to extend the life of a burned CD, like keeping the disc in a cool, dark space, but not a whole lot more.'"
Tuesday, January 10, 2006
Somehow, these days, it seems nearly impossible to recreate this in your new home. You go to the hardware store to find dozens and dozens of choices of shower heads. They have 3, 5, 7, even 9 settings from spray to massage to rainfall. Some have long necks. Some you can hold in your hand. Some are huge like the lid to a pot and promise buckets of rainfall. The options seem endless.
But you buy and buy, and in the end, they disappoint. It's just water, and it never seems like enough. Why? As with most things in life that fall short of their promise, the government is involved. There are local regulations. Here is one example of a government regulation on the matter, from the Santa Cruz City Water Conservation Office: "If you purchased and installed a new showerhead in the last ten years, it will be a 2.5 gpm [gallons-per-minute] model, since all showerheads sold in California were low consumption models beginning in 1992."
This fine article includes instructions on how to hack your shower head and bring back that refreshing shower of yester-year.
Tuesday, January 03, 2006
The news marks the latest security setback for Microsoft, the world's biggest software company, whose Windows operating system is a favourite target for hackers.
"The potential [security threat] is huge," said Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer at F-Secure, an antivirus company. "It's probably bigger than for any other vulnerability we've seen. Any version of Windows is vulnerable right now."
The flaw, which allows hackers to infect computers using programs maliciously inserted into seemingly innocuous image files, was first discovered last week. But the potential for damaging attacks increased dramatically at the weekend after a group of computer hackers published the source code they used to exploit it. Unlike most attacks, which require victims to download or execute a suspect file, the new vulnerability makes it possible for users to infect their computers with spyware or a virus simply by viewing a web page, e-mail or instant message that contains a contaminated image.
"We haven't seen anything that bad yet, but multiple individuals and groups are exploiting this vulnerability," Mr Hypponen said. He said that every Windows system shipped since 1990 contained the flaw."
Monday, January 02, 2006
I re-screened the slider for the bedroom deck access door, removed all of the drip pans from up in the attic, and re-fluffed the insulation smashed down by my many trips back and forth to the repair area.
So, other than the patio furniture, and replacing the damaged deck railing, we are done with the whole sorted mess! Going back to work will seem like a break after all of this.
Sunday, January 01, 2006
I fired up the Jeep and headed down into the swamp to run a safely cable to prevent any more accidents involving the house and falling trees. I was only half way down the hill when I realized that I was just a big sled on a slide full of mud. It became obvious that the angle was wrong, the cable was too short from that side and the mud was too soft. Now, how to get the Jeep back up the hill. From the point where I came to a stop at the bottom of the hill all the way back to the top, there was not one inch of ground covered without the aid of the winch!
I finally made it back to the top and positioned myself on the on the other side of the house up on the hill and out of the mud. I ran the winch cable down the hill and used a tree strap and pulley anchored to a large (stable) tree and then ran the cable back up the hill to the intended victims.
Todd positioned the tree strap as high up the trunks as possible, to each tree and then attached the cable hook. I spooled in the winch and pulled the trees down and away from the house. Ray would then fire up his chain saw and one by one they all came crashing down as Deb snapped photos.
That is me fighting a losing battle against a blackberry vine, while hooking up the anchor point.
Yup, that is Todd up on the ladder. Trying to get the straps as high as we can.
Ray and I prepping the winch before the pulling can begin.
Todd and Ray positioning the cuts properly so the tree goes where we want it to.
Ray running the saw, like a real man!
Ray running like a little girl!
... And down it goes.
How about another one.
At the end of the day 4 dead trees down on the ground...where they can't hurt anyone!
We trimmed off the stumps as low as we could, and left the downed trees on the ground to be cut up and stacked later for fire wood. Glad to have that little chore done. Now, next time there is a wind storm I can look out the friggen window safely! My thanks goes out to all the helpers on this job, but honesty, getting to drop a big tree and hear it crash to the ground... IS A TON OF FUN!
Credit to Deb for taking all of the photos in this blog article. I am especially impressed with the action shots of the trees going down.
Oh yea, we did get some quad riding in... Don't worry!
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