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Automatically Correct Capitalization In Word 2002

One of the many nice features of Word is that it can autocorrect errors as you type, including capitalization. For example, if you do not capitalize the first letter of a sentence, Word will automatically do it for you.

You can change the way Word autocorrects your capitalization. For example, Word automatically capitalized the names of days but you can configure the AutoCorrect options such that they are not.

The configure AutoCorrect options:

  1. On the Tools menu, click AutoCorrect Options.
  2. Verify that the AutoCorrect tab is selected.
  3. On the AutoCorrect tab, select or clear any of the following options:
    • Correct TWo INitial CApitals
    • Capitalize first letter of sentences
    • Capitalize names of days
    • Correct accidental use of cAPS LOCK key
    • Capitalize first letter of table cells (not available in Microsoft Office Access, Excel, OneNote, or Visio)

Court Ruling Trashes Google’s Privacy Policy

A New York court ruling effectively renders Google’s privacy policy useless. Google, the owner of YouTube, must surrender all data about site visitors to YouTube:

“…Google must hand over all the information contained in its logging database, including the login ID of the users who have watched videos, the time they started to watch the video, users’ IP address, and the video identifier.”

link: Viacom Will Know What You’ve Watched on YouTube

This has long been acknowledged as one of the drawbacks of Google’s maintaining such an extensive and detailed data base. The individual identifiers could be obscured by proprietary algorithms if Google had a genuine intent to protect the site visitors’ identity.

The court ruling is troublesome along two major parameters. First is the obvious surrendering of data gathering that tracks the site visitors’ specific details. The second is that there are a lack of detailed, specific sanctions that govern how these data can be used. The ruling amply illustrates that the privacy of the site visitor is a very low priority, if it is even a consideration at all.

Catherine Forsythe

This Ain’t No Picnic

There’s just something magical about summertime dining in the great outdoors — as long as you can avoid the mosquitoes, ants, pigeons, squirrels, and hobos, of course.


24% Of Americans Not Interested In the Internet

A study by the Pew Charitable Trusts’ Internet and American Life project shows that although many people in the United States are still not connected to the internet , the market is almost saturated.

Those contrary points are brought together when given the facts that about 24% of the population has no desire to have access of any kind.

Say what?

Can you spell Luddite, boys and girls?

The survey results (pdf) are quite interesting, and are broken down in many ways, except for the one that would be most helpful in this instance; by age.

The survey parameters state that all respondents were over 18, but no measure of how many were over 18 by a factor of more than 3 participated was given.

In my experience as a computer technician/builder/educator, older people are similar in this response as they are to the subject of cell phones. perception is that it is an unneeded frill, because the power and scope of the internet has not been shown. The only reason that many of these same people have cell phones is that the idea of having one when traveling and having difficulties is not hard to imagine.

from Ars Technica

Aside from price and availability, there appears to be a psychological barrier for many—19 percent of dialup users claimed, “Nothing will convince me to get broadband.” The report suggests that this may reflect a general level of satisfaction with modern technology. Nearly 70 percent of broadband users say they feel that the gadgets they own make their lives; only 46 percent of those with dialup felt the same.

So between those not wanting access of any kind, and the ones happy with dialup, the picture changes somewhat. (What we need are some Japanese visitors to show these people the error of their ways! Those people love technology – even for its own sake.)

If more of these older Americans had a desire for internet access, it just might drive other numbers up, as many times the older Americans have retired, or otherwise moved, to rural areas, where broadband has little to no penetration. If demand was greater, availability would soon follow.

Show an older person what is available on the internet this holiday weekend – you’ll probably be doing yourself a favor as well.

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Ron Paul’s Voice of Doom

I came across this piece this morning, and after reading it, I wondered how many would bother to slog through the read. The first problem is the fact that Dr. Paul frequently uses imprecise language in his examples, and frankly, some of the examples are unfinished – you keep waiting for the pay off line, but it doesn’t come.

Still, he is right about many of these various things he speaks of. The problem is that many will not understand his writing, and those who do will either choose to ignore, and hope for the best – not a good plan, or state flatly that he doesn’t know anything about what he speaks, with the reasoning being that if he truly knew what was going on, he would not be so marginalized by the press, and his own party – also wrong.

The points he makes about the ‘status quo’ in this country are right on, and I think anyone who was alive and above the age of 4 knew that when Mr. Nixon decided that it was wise to take us off the gold standard in 1971, he might just be the worst person to ever occupy the Whitehouse. (Who knew a similar person would arrive in 2001?)

Still, Mr. Nixon was only the start of the problem, and I don’t believe that FDR was wrong with the New Deal, no matter what any counterfeit conservative might say (no reference to Ron Paul).

It is amazing to think however, that the problems that ‘W’ has gotten us into would not have been possible without that help from Tricky Dick.

[please try to get through the above hyperlinked article, you should at least have been presented these ideas once]

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Many PS3s Bricked After Latest Update

OK, other than the small number which will no doubt be attributable to stupidity, why should there be any PS3s that get ‘bricked’. This is a closed system. More closed than Apple with the Mac. Updates, unless interrupted by a power outage, loss of connection, or act of God should not have problems.

Or else they all should.

Sure, there are different revision levels, but they are all instituted by Sony. It is not like putting a SCSI card in a home computer and finding that it tramples the extended BIOS of some other card. This is a case of Sony not being careful – period.

Hopefully, the people with ‘bricked’ units will not get the third degree from Sony when trying to return them for proper updating.

from Betanews

Just hours after making it publicly available, Sony has pulled the PlayStation 3’s latest firmware download (v2.40) due to reports of inoperable consoles after the update process.

SCEA’s director of Corporate Communication and Social Media, Patrick Seybold, played down the problem, saying that incoming calls regarding failures have been of a low volume, and the removal is only temporary.

If incidents are in any way reflected by the voluminous message board chatter on the subject, it has only affected a fraction of users. Of the hundreds of posts reporting v2.40 update status for Playstation.blog readers, only several dozen posted system failures, and conditions surrounding those were somewhat inconsistent.

The worst outcome that several users have reported is a PS3 that simply does not boot after upgrading. One user said, “I tried to update to v. 2.40 this morning. Probably around 10:30 or 11:00 PST. It rebooted and left me hanging on the screen with the squiggly wave lines. It did not make it to the XMB. Upon calling Sony, I unplugged the machine. I plugged it back in. I restarted it. I held down the power button until it turned red again. Then I repowered the machine. Now I don’t even get to the wavy squiggly line screen. I just get a black screen.” Several other users reported the same.

The firmware update added several notable features, most prominent of which is the ability to access the XMB operating system screen while playing PS3 software. It also added an Internet search command that does not first require an open browser, and a new “trophy collection,” which lists all the user’s objective-based trophies collected from games which support that feature.

Some users who reported successful installs, however, report issues with these new features, claiming that attempts to access the XMB in-game or check their trophy collection both result in frozen systems — but nothing as serious and incurable as a bricked PS3.

Sony has said it is “working diligently to isolate the problem…and to identify a solution before we put the firmware back up.” In the meantime, some users have taken the matter into their own hands, removing and reformatting their PS3 drives at the expense of their previously saved games.

Again, where is the quality control? It’s not as if the people who write the code have no access to Play Station 3s and are guessing it will work. Sony should repair any problems without charge, and refund and shipping charges to the people affected.

Then they should perform some other act of contrition, something not too expensive for them, but also something that costs something – people like that, and it will stick in the minds of those who let this happen.

Quote of the day:

Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better. – Andre Gide

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Gurumin For PSP Now Available For Download

Mastiff, a San Francisco based developer and publisher of videogames, announced today that Nihon Falcom’s action-RPG, Gurumin: A Monstrous Adventure has become the first third-party PSP (PlayStationPortable) system title available for online purchase and download to the PSP system through the PlayStation Store and is available now.

Upon its release last year, Gurumin immediately won over the hearts of countless reviewers.

Gamespy, for example, said “Gurumin: A Monstrous Adventure delivers the classic Japanese RPG experience and is simultaneously adorable and hilarious. If you’re only planning to get a single RPG for your PSP this year, this could well be the one to play.”

The Associated Press said “Gurumin” is filled with a uniquely Japanese sense of whimsy that translates well into English, and it’s one of the nicest surprises of the year so far.” Review site Deeko said “Gurumin is one of those rare games that should be in every PSP owners collection.” Console Gameworld, echoed the sentiment, writing “Gurumin is definitely one of those titles you have to pick up, period.”

“Charming, full of personality, and with a gentle sense of humor, Gurumin is a bright and catchy portable game,” said Heather Campbell of Play magazine. And Geoff Haynes of leading gaming website IGN.com, called Gurumin “… an excellent title that should appeal to action fans.” Gurumin’s strong reviews earned it a place in the top 50 of almost 1100 PSP titles ranked on IGN.com.


FOX News Doctors NY Times Photos

I suppose FOX News’ lack of integrity will come as a surprise to no one else, but it still occasionally surprises me — not the lack of it, as much as the poor job of demonstrating it. It’s not even good ‘shopping. Apparently they have no more respect for themselves or their viewers than the old Weekly World News used to. (They, at least, made no pretense about their b.s.)

Fox News has sunk to a new low. On Wednesday, the network displayed photos that its editors had doctored of two New York Times employees–reporter Jacques Steinberg, and editor Steven Radcliffe. Media Matters has graciously provided us with the before-and-after evidence showing that Fox purposefully yellowed Steinberg’s teeth, widened his nose and chin, and photo-shopped his ears [to] stick out further.

FOX News Doctors NY Times Photos – Political Machine

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Troubleshooting Permissions In Vista Part II

What happens to permissions when you move or copy? When you copy a folder that has specifically been shared (rather than just inheriting sharing from its parent), the original remains shared, but the copy is reset to Not Shared. However, if you copy the folder to a drive or folder that is shared, it will inherit the sharing setting of its new parent location. The same goes for moving a folder. Any specific sharing permissions it has are removed, but it’s free to inherit sharing from the new location.

When you copy or move a file or folder from an NTFS drive to a FAT or FAT32 drive, all NTFS permission settings are removed, leaving it wide-open for anyone to access.

When you copy to another NTFS drive, or within the same drive, any old NTFS permissions assigned specifically to the original are stripped away, and it inherits NTFS permissions from the new location. To copy, you must have Write permission for the destination. The user doing the copying becomes the CREATOR OWNER of the copy.

When you move a file or folder to another NTFS drive, the permissions work just like copying. Any old permissions are removed, and the file or folder inherits permissions from the new location. You must have Modify permission for the file or folder being moved and Write permission for the destination drive or folder. The user doing the moving becomes the CREATOR OWNER of the file.

When you move a file or folder to a different location on the same NTFS drive, however, permissions work a little differently. The moved file or folder does inherit permissions from the new location, but if any permissions were set specifically for that object, they’re retained and they override the new inheritances. You must have Modify permission for the file or folder being moved and Write permission for the destination drive or folder. The CREATOR OWNER doesn’t change.

Species Extinction Threat Underestimated Due To Math Glitch

Extinction risks for natural populations of endangered species are likely being underestimated by as much as 100-fold because of a mathematical "misdiagnosis," according to a new study led by a University of Colorado at Boulder researcher.

Assistant Professor Brett Melbourne of CU-Boulder’s ecology and evolutionary biology department said current mathematical models used to determine extinction threat, or "red-listed" status, of species worldwide overlook random differences between individuals in a given population. Such differences, which include variations in male-to-female sex ratios as well as size or behavioral variations between individuals that can influence their survival rates and reproductive success, have an unexpectedly large effect on extinction risk calculations, according to the study.

"When we apply our new mathematical model to species extinction rates, it shows that things are worse than we thought," said Melbourne. "By accounting for random differences between individuals, extinction rates for endangered species can be orders of magnitude higher than conservation biologists have believed."

A paper on the subject by CU-Boulder’s Melbourne and Professor Alan Hastings of the University of California, Davis was published in the July 3 issue of Nature. The National Science Foundation funded the study.

Currently, extinction risk models are based primarily on two factors, said Melbourne. One is the number of random events adversely affecting individuals within a population – the accidental drowning of a rock wallaby, for example. While a sequence of such random events in a small population can have a big impact, such events are far less likely to affect larger populations, Melbourne said.

The second risk factor used widely in extinction risk models is the impact of external, random events like temperature and rainfall fluctuations that can influence birth and death rates of individuals in a population, said Melbourne.

But two additional factors highlighted by the researchers in the Nature study — sex ratio variations and physical variation between individuals within a population — have been ignored or mischaracterized by most extinction risk modelers, he said. "There has been a tendency to misdiagnose randomness between individuals in a population by lumping it with random factors in the environment, and this underestimates the extinction threat," said Melbourne.

For the study, the researchers monitored populations of beetles in lab cages and the results were used to test the new mathematical models. "The results showed the old models misdiagnosed the importance of different types of randomness, much like miscalculating the odds in an unfamiliar game of cards because you didn’t know the rules," said Melbourne.

Since natural animal populations are more likely to have larger differences in sex ratios and differences between individuals than the controlled beetle experiment by Melbourne and Hastings, "the effect we have uncovered here will be larger in natural populations," wrote the authors in Nature.

For some large, high-profile endangered species like mountain gorillas, biologists can collect data on specific individuals to help develop and track extinction trajectories, he said. "But for many other species, like stocks of marine fish, the best biologists can do is to measure abundances and population fluctuations, and it’s these species that are most likely to be misdiagnosed," said Melbourne.

"We suggest that extinction risk for many populations of conservation concern need to be urgently re-evaluated with full consideration of all factors contributing to stochasticity," or randomness, the authors wrote in Nature.

According to a 2007 report by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, a network of about 1,000 organizations with thousands of participating scientists, more than 16,000 species worldwide are threatened with extinction. One in four mammal species, one in eight bird species and one in three amphibian species are on the IUCN "Red List," indicating they are threatened with extinction.

[Brett Melbourne @ University of Colorado at Boulder]