Archives for November 2009

Interesting 9-11 Dispatches

I have been looking through random pager excerpts from 9-11, as mentioned before.  Here are some interesting lines from my reading at Wikileaks:

2001-09-11 08:25:14 Arch [1407332] B ALPHA hey homo-gimme a call later today-wanna go bike shopping? ELF PS wanna go riding?

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Ode To The Roku

Over the past few months, I have been finding that I am using my Roku box more than even Hulu. Clearly my content choices are more unusual than most people might be into. Take my recent Buck Rogers marathon I did over the weekend for …continue reading

What is The Best Handheld HD Camera?

There’s been a huge rise in the popularity of cheap, low-end HD cameras inside the last year.  Everything changed with the introduction of the Mino Flip in 2008, for the first time it was possible to buy a Hi Definition video camera for less than $200, and pop it in your shirt pocket.

Black Screen Of Death Got You Down? Try This Free Tool From Prevx

Most of you are aware that during the last patch cycle from the people at Redmond, Washington, there have been reports of the fixes causing Black Screens of Death. The nice people over at Prevx are offering a free tool that may, notice the word …continue reading

The Google Phone Rumor Returns – Heh Google, Why Don’t You Give Us All The Real Info?

The Google Phone rumor makes it return, but now has an added twist. The latest twist is that the Google Phone will use some type of a mysterious operating system, that is not Android. Huh? So we have Android, plus Google Chromium and now another …continue reading

The Death of The Local Record Shop

…times are changing, and fast. The rise of “digital djing” has been heralded for most of this decade, but now with world famous stars such as Tiesto, Paul Oakenfold and Roger Sanchez leaving vinyl behind, it seems the DJ community is really moving on.

TechCrunch Announces The End Of The CrunchPad – Too Bad

I have reported on the development of the CrunchPad by the founder of TechCrunch, Michael Arrington, and I was excited about the project. Basically the CrunchPad was going to be a touch screen flat panel device that you could use on your lap from the …continue reading

Microsoft Opens Security Essentials Beta

Giving everyone with a Windows Live ID a chance to try the newest beta of its security product does a couple of things. It allows the widest number of different situations for the testing of the final product, and it also takes a huge bite …continue reading

Building Real Security With Virtual Worlds

Advances in computerized modeling and prediction of group behavior, together with improvements in video game graphics, are making possible virtual worlds in which defense analysts can explore and predict results of many different possible military and policy actions, say computer science researchers at the …continue reading


Even though the Internet as a whole has become a lot more social over the past few years, for a lot of people, their Web browser has pretty much stayed the same. There are some Web browsers that enable users to make their Web browsing …continue reading

SoftPerfect Network Scanner v4.4.2

SoftPerfect Network Scanner is a free multi-threaded IP, SNMP, and NetBIOS scanner with several advanced features.

The program pings computers, scans for listening TCP ports, and displays which types of resources are shared on a network (including hidden). In addition, it allows you …continue reading

Born Of Hope Online Release: December 1st

For fans of Tolkien this Christmas is going to be special. For the first time in six years you can enjoy a seriously professional Lord of the Rings inspired feature film — and not only that, you can watch it for free!

Born of …continue reading

12 Days Of Geekmas

In response to my The Twelve Days of Christmas — Geek Style challenge, Dan Bachovin writes:

On the first day of Geekmas my true love sent to me a quad core on my motherboard.

On the Second day of Geekmas my true love sent …continue reading

Personalize The IE 8 Title Bar

The title bar in Internet Explorer is at the top most part of the screen. By default, the IE title bar shows the title of the current web page followed by default text included by Internet Explorer. In IE 8, you have the ability to …continue reading

The Therapeutic Benefits Of The Human-Animal Bond

A pet owner knows the enormous joy and comfort that an animal can provide, especially in troubled times. Most pets are considered important members of the family and irreplaceable companions. A growing body of research now documents the value of the human-animal bond in …continue reading

Advanced .NET Debugging

Advanced .NET Debugging is the first focused, pragmatic guide to tracking down today’s most complex and challenging .NET application bugs. It is the only book to focus entirely on using powerful native debugging tools, including WinDBG, NTSD, and CDB, to debug .NET applications. …continue reading

DRBD And MySQL – An HA Match Made In Heaven

Free webcast event on Tuesday, January 19, 2010 at 10 PT, San Francisco. Presented by Sean Hull

DRBD has grown in popularity as an excellent low-cost high availability solution for MySQL. It provides synchronous replication of your data without MySQL having to worry …continue reading

Physician-Scientist Proves Stem Cells Heal Lungs of Newborn Animals

Dr. Bernard Thébaud lives in two very different worlds. As a specialist in the Stollery Children’s Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Royal Alexandra Hospital, he cares for tiny babies, many of whom struggle for breath after being born weeks before they are …continue reading

Being a Docent at the Tennessee Aquarium

Recently I was trying to find something to do with my spare time besides sitting on the computer or playing the Wii.  I came across a volunteer opportunity at the local aquarium and put in my application.  Earlier this month I graduated from the 8 …continue reading

Handy Keyboard Shortcuts When Delivering PowerPoint Presentations

If you use PowerPoint to deliver presentations, there are some handy keyboard shortcuts that you can use during the presentation. These keyboard shortcuts can help you do things such as jump between slides or change the pointer to a pen.

Here are some of the …continue reading

DatAdmin Personal v3.4.3

DatAdmin Personal provides for easy, quick, and free database administration. It natively supports MSSQL, MySQL, SQLite, Postgre SQL, and MS Access.

Main features: Creating and restoring backups. Transfer data between databases, tables and data files (supported formats are XML, CSV, HTML, Excel). Edit …continue reading

Everything Was Going So Well, Then… BSOD!

It’s been a while since we had some patches that were making things worse than the problems they were designed to solve. Microsoft has seen fit to change all that, with a set of fixes that are causing Black Screens of Death…better than Blue ones!

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Backbreaker Revolutionizes Football Genre

505 Games U.S. and NaturalMotion has announced the worldwide debut of Backbreaker, offering gamers a breakthrough in football video games. Targeted for release in Spring 2010 for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 platforms, Backbreaker is next generation football for the new generation of football …continue reading

Mitsubishi – 65″ Class 1080p 120Hz DLP HDTV For $999 Delivered Free! Cyber Monday Special

Today is Cyber Monday and I spotted this HDTV over at Best Buy for only $999.00. It is for a Mitsubishi – 65″ Class 1080p 120Hz DLP HDTV but what is appealing about this deal is that the price includes delivery, set up and recycling.

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The Murdoch Effect Already Felt In The U.K.

While everyone is worrying about the Microsoft – Murdoch attack on Google, by encouraging sites to remove themselves from Google indexing, others are putting another part of the Murdoch plan into effect now.

In a story from BBC News, we see that several news …continue reading

How Many More PS3s Will The Government Purchase?

In an earlier notice here, it was noted that the U.S. Immigration and Customs department was using Sony PlayStation PS3s for password cracking and other security duties. Now an  Ars Technica article informs that the military has decided that obtaining a few more of …continue reading

Cheer For Jennifer Heil

Jenn (as she prefers) Heil was the world freestyle champion four times from 2003 – 2006 and the 2006 Olympic Champion in freestyle mogul skiing. After taking last year off to recover from injury, she’s ready to dominate at the 2010 Olympics!

Sometimes the world surprises me

Just had THE CRAZIEST (and NICEST) thing happen to me. I just got back to my place here in Savannah and a package from Amazon was waiting for me. I don’t remember ordering anything recently and so I open the package to find Michael Crichton’s …continue reading

Will You Pay to Tweet?

Those who have been wondering how Twitter will ever sustain itself can end their speculations, for the announcement has been made in Japan, which is most likely the test market.

The tidbit on gHacks tells us that the other shoe  has dropped in the …continue reading

Pimp Out Safari Using Glims

I use Safari as my main Web browser, with Firefox as a backup. Now I have nothing against Firefox at all; as a matter of fact, I have it on my Mac as a backup and for uploading YouTube videos (the uploader crashes Safari). But …continue reading