Saturday, December 31, 2005

Proof that RadioShack tells it's employee's to lie to you.

Proof that RadioShack tells it's employee's to lie to you.

..It's in your best interest to sign up new activations. RadioShack doesn't make any money by keeping you happy with your wireless provider.

Well Duh! They been doing this type of business practice at the shack Since day one! There is a reason why everyone called its by it real name Shit Shack!

Friday, December 30, 2005

"0-day vulnerability" Workaround from Steve Gibson

"0-day vulnerability" Workaround from Steve Gibson

This link was all ready submitted but there's nothing in the post about the workaround on Steve Gibson's site that ALL WINDOWS USERS should do in place of an official patch from Microsoft. IMPLEMENT THE WORKAROUND IMMEDIATELY IF YOU USE WINDOWS!!!

MAME .103 - The Largest MAME Resource on the Net

MAME .103

You didn't really think we'd end the year without another release did ya? MAME .103, told ya!

Optimised builds -

Saturday, December 24, 2005

Slashdot | Microsoft Leaving MSNBC TV Partnership

Slashdot | Microsoft Leaving MSNBC TV Partnership

The New York Times is reporting that Microsoft and NBC have announced that they will be dissolving their joint cable TV news channel, MSNBC, with NBC retaining control. From the article: "NBC has completed a deal to assume majority control of the channel immediately, with an 82 percent stake, and it will become the sole owner within two years, NBC executives said yesterday. The two companies did not disclose financial terms of the deal. But the partners will continue their 50-50 ownership of the MSNBC Web site, which, partly as a consequence of its affiliation with Microsoft, is the most-used news site on the Internet."

Festivus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Festivus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Festivus is a nondenominational holiday featured in an episode of Seinfeld, a popular American television sitcom of the 1990s. The holiday was a plot device in episode number 166 of the show, entitled "The Strike", which first aired on December 18, 1997. Many people, influenced or inspired by Seinfeld, now celebrate the holiday, in varying degrees of seriousness. Some do it religously, others do it in good tidings in their respect to Seinfeld.

According to Seinfeld, Festivus is celebrated each year on December 23, but many people celebrate it other times, often in early December. Its slogan is "A Festivus for the rest of us!" An aluminum pole is generally used in lieu of a Christmas tree or other holiday decoration. Those attending participate in the "Airing of Grievances" which is an opportunity for all to vent their hostilities toward each other, and after a Festivus dinner, The Feats of Strength are performed. Traditionally, Festivus is not over until the head of the household is wrestled to the floor and "pinned." Originally a Scandinavian holiday celebrating the day before the "Present" and the "Future" filled with hope

Friday, December 23, 2005

Microsoft Buys Out Opera

Microsoft Buys Out Opera

At the moment, the deal is almost through with Microsoft and Opera planning on locations for the browser’s research and development centers throughout the world. One of such locations includes India; other locations at this time are unknown.

If this story is true There Will one less Alternative Browser to the Evil Blue E!!! I am going to Dump Windoze XP for Linux.

Update: Patriot Act extended for only one month | | CNET

Update: Patriot Act extended for only one month | | CNET

it's been unclear what would happen as the Dec. 31 expiration date neared for portions of the controversial law, enacted a few weeks after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks

Tuesday, December 20, 2005 - Millions struggle as transit strike ruled illegal - Dec 20, 2005 - Millions struggle as transit strike ruled illegal - Dec 20, 2005

NEW YORK (CNN) -- Millions of New York commuters are preparing to battle their way home in near-freezing temperatures during a strike by transit workers, which Tuesday afternoon was ruled illegal by a judge.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg lashed out at union leaders for "thuggishly" turning their backs on the city, adding the strike could cost the city more than $400 million a day.

Let the Gridlock of the Century of Grand Fun BEGIN!!!!

CBS News | Iran's Leader Bans Western Music | December 19, 2005 22:40:27

CBS News | Iran's Leader Bans Western Music | December 19, 2005 22:40:27
CBS) Hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has banned all Western music from Iran's state radio and TV stations — an eerie reminder of the 1979 Islamic revolution when popular music was outlawed as "un-Islamic" under Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

Today, though, the sounds of hip-hop can be heard blaring from car radios in Tehran's streets, and Eric Clapton's "Rush" and the Eagles' "Hotel California" regularly accompany Iranian broadcasts.

No more — the official IRAN Persian daily reported Monday that Ahmadinejad, as head of the Supreme Cultural Revolutionary Council, ordered the enactment of an October ruling by the council to ban all Western music, including classical music, on state broadcast outlets.

Note That Anyone who have Any Real Musicial Taste Would elected that ALL Eric Crapton's Music should Be BANNED!!!

Monday, December 19, 2005

House sets digital TV transition for Feb. 2009 | | CNET

House sets digital TV transition for Feb. 2009 | | CNET
The House approved the deadline as part of a broader budget bill that passed by a slim 212 to 206 margin early Monday morning. The Senate must still approve the measure before it becomes law.

By 2009, only about 7 percent of television viewers--still several million--will be relying solely on analog, "over-the-air" broadcasts, according to Consumer Electronics Association estimates. The bulk of TV viewers rely on cable or satellite services, which intend to take care of reformatting their programs for digital viewing.

But the bill allocates up to $990 for a subsidy program that would permit those who still rely solely on over-the-air television to request up to two $40 coupons for a digital-to-analog converter box.

Slyck News - P2P Population Nears Record High

Slyck News - P2P Population Nears Record High: "P2P statistical information is gathered by BigChampagne, an emerging leader in gauging the strength of this community (you can read their gathering techniques here.) These statistics are in close parallel with those monitored by In addition, it's noteworthy to mention the approximately 9 million individuals connected to various P2P networks at any given time do not include those participating on BitTorrent. Due to the nature of the BitTorrent community, it's extremely difficult to garner any exact number of total participants."

Thursday, December 15, 2005

How The Evil Grinch Stole The Quakes and then Move them To lame Houston TX! - News - MLS Approves Earthquakes Move To Houston

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The San Jose Earthquakes will relocate immediately to Houston, Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber said Thursday.

Garber said the team's owners, Anschutz Entertainment Group, were attracted by the chance to play in their own stadium and for an ethnically diverse population willing to support a professional soccer team.

"We've always believed that the city has great potential to be a soccer market," Garber said. "We're excited about what our opportunities are there."

San Jose will keep the Earthquakes team name, logo and colors, and the city has already signed a letter of intent with the hopes of attracting a MLS expansion team, perhaps as early as 2007.

"It is our intent to return to San Jose as early as possible," Garber said.

MLS officials said AEG has entered "positive discussions" about finding a soccer stadium in Houston.

"It is with great regret that we were unable to find a solution to our facility issues in San Jose," AEG President and CEO Timothy J. Leiweke said in a statement. "It was not for lack of effort."

Garber said all the coaches and contracted Earthquakes players will transfer to Houston.

"We've worked long and hard for several months to try to bring MLS soccer here," Frank Michel, a spokesman for Houston Mayor Bill White, said Thursday. "Houston is a great sports town and the fan base for soccer is a great one."

San Jose officials had worked hard to keep the team from leaving, even considering subsidizing a new stadium. The Earthquakes have played at Spartan Stadium on the campus of San Jose State University.

Silicon Valley Sports and Entertainment, the San Jose Sharks' parent company, had expressed interest in buying the Earthquakes, but only with the city's help building a stadium. A deal could not be reached.

The Quakes were MLS champions in 2001 and 2003.

Slashdot | Google to Buy Opera?

Slashdot | Google to Buy Opera?

Opera Watch writes Google is planning to buy the Opera browser. The source of the claim is Pierre Chappaz, the former president of Yahoo Europe. Google obviously can't buy Firefox, so Opera might be the next possible candidate."

San Jose Earthquakes May Be Leaving

San Jose Earthquakes May Be Leaving
SAN JOSE (KRON) -- It's looking more and more like the San Jose Earthquakes will be leaving the city and moving to Houston.

The Los Angeles Times reports the owner of the city's major league soccer team will announce a move on Friday.

Other media reports claim that an official with the company that owns the Earthquakes told employees Thursday morning the team will be moving.

An Earthquakes spokesman would not confirm those reports, but he did say an announcement about the team is planned for Friday in Texas.

"There's an announcement tomorrow regarding the Earthquakes," team spokesman Jed Metee said. Asked where the announcement would be made, Metee replied, "Houston."

The Major League Soccer franchise began life in 1996 as the San Jose Clash, changed its name in 1999, and won the league championship in 2001 and 2003.

Attempts by the City of San Jose and the owner of the San Jose Sharks to come up with plans for a new stadium fell apart on Monday.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

Topic list: Mr. Hanky the Xmas Poo Saids if you you use firefox get Google Safe Browsing extension now! - Leoville Town Square

Topic list: Mr. Hanky Saids if you you use firefox get Google Safe Browsing now! - Leoville Town Square: "
Google Safe Browsing is an extension to Firefox that alerts you if a web page that you visit appears to be asking for your personal or financial information under false pretences. This type of attack, known as phishing or spoofing, is becoming more sophisticated, widespread and dangerous. That's why it's important to browse safely with Google Safe Browsing. By combining advanced algorithms with reports about misleading pages from a number of sources, Safe Browsing is often able to automatically warn you when you encounter a page that's trying to trick you into disclosing personal information.
For more information, see the FAQ."

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Google whistles a new tune | CNET

Google whistles a new tune | CNET

Google was set to launch on Thursday a new service intended to give searchers fast links to song lyrics, musical artists and CD titles on the main search results page.

Google Music will allow a user to type in the name of a band, artist, album or song in the main Google search bar special, and results will appear at the top, accompanied by icons of music notes, said Marissa Mayer, vice president of search products and user experience at Google.

Items that can be purchased will have links to merchants for online ordering or downloading, she said. Initial merchant partners include Apple Computer's iTunes service, RealNetworks Rhapsody, eMusic, | 12/14/2005 | The (city here) Earthquakes | 12/14/2005 | The (city here) Earthquakes

The (city here) Earthquakes
By Mark Purdy
Mercury News Staff Columnist

The Earthquakes are gone.

No, wait! They are staying.

Nope, outta here.

Hold on! Just got word! They're staying!

Oops, maybe not. Don't turn off your cell phone, OK?

Earthquakes followers have always been among the Bay Area's most loyal fans. Now, they are definitely the most confused.

That has been especially true over the past month, with the soccer team's operators threatening a pullout to Houston even as a furious effort to keep the team in San Jose unfolded.

This week the situation took a turn for the even more confusing. Monday night, a soccer-stadium plan concocted by city officials behind closed doors went kaput before the doors even opened on the exact details.

However, my information is that the proprietors of the Sharks, who were interested in buying the team if the stadium plan materialized, simply could not make the finances work. With the city providing significant subsidies, the two parties hoped the stadium could be constructed for between $60 million and $70 million -- but as the proposal underwent further scrutiny, the figure moved up to $90 million. Also, the Sharks would have been responsible for any cost overruns, a risk they were loathe to take.

Thus, the Sharks' plug was pulled. But does this mean the Earthquakes are packing for Texas?

Not necessarily. The team's investor/operator, the Anschutz Entertainment Group, has talked about leaving town since 2003. And the Earthquakes are still here.

Pentagon admits mistake in spying on Americans, vows to expunge database.

Pentagon admits mistake in spying on Americans, vows to expunge database.

The Pentagon has built a massive security database to help protect U.S. military interests that includes unwarranted information on war opponents and peace activists in the United States. A DOD official now says it had mistakenly swept up and kept information on citizens who were not really threats.

And there still people out there that still want to give more power to National and Local authorities for more servaence and spying on it citizens?? What wrong with these people anyways??

Gmail now has a vacation responce!

Gmail now has a vacation responce!

Going on vacation? No access to the Internet? No problem! Use Gmail's vacation responder to let people know you won't be able to get back to them right away.

That means I can now setup Gmail vacation response on my non active gmail accounts to sent spam each other back and forth to spam them self to death until each one of the account runs out disc space!!!

Google home pages get even more personal | CNET

Google home pages get even more personal | CNET

Google on Wednesday released tools developers can use to create small applications modules that can be added to people's Google home pages.

The Google Homepage API (Application Programming Interface) page has information and software that developers can use to create modules, or "widgets," that people can then use to spice up their personalized home pages on Google.

Currently, it's possible to add to a Google home page content such as news, Really Simple Syndication (RSS) feeds, recipes, stock quotes, movie times and quotes of the day.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005 | (BW) AMD Wins the Dual-Core Duel; Competition Refuses to Step into the Ring; Industry Benchmarks Validate Victory | (BW) AMD Wins the Dual-Core Duel; Competition Refuses to Step into the Ring; Industry Benchmarks Validate Victory

(BW) AMD Wins the Dual-Core Duel; Competition Refuses to Step into the Ring; Industry Benchmarks Validate Victory

By Business Editors
(c) 2005 Business Wire
SUNNYVALE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 13, 2005--AMD has been validated as the victor in its dual-core duel challenge issued in August. Thanks to the true dual-core technology from AMD available today, the Dual-Core AMD Opteron(TM) processor leads in key published industry-standard benchmarks as well as holding a significant lead in overall performance-per-watt versus its competitor's products. Details about the challenge and results are viewable at

"Based on our growing market share and momentum among Global 2000 companies, it is evident that enterprises are demanding the performance and performance-per-watt that can be delivered by the innovative Dual-Core AMD Opteron processor with Direct Connect Architecture," said Marty Seyer, senior vice president, commercial and performance computing, AMD. "The performance benchmarks are in and our competitor's lack of response to our challenge is further validation of AMD's multi-core leadership - News - Talks To Keep Earthquakes In San Jose Collapse - News - Talks To Keep Earthquakes In San Jose Collapse

Talks To Keep Earthquakes In San Jose Collapse
Team To Decide Final Location Thursday

POSTED: 11:46 am PST December 13, 2005
UPDATED: 11:58 am PST December 13, 2005

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The Earthquakes professional soccer team could be a step closer to moving out of San Jose after city officials say talks to keep the team in the city collapsed.

San Jose officials were trying to strike a deal with the owners of the San Jose Sharks hockey team that could have kept the Earthquakes in San Jose.

The owners of the Sharks had indicated interest in buying the Earthquakes if the city would help build a new soccer stadium.

But a city official says talks have come to an end because of disagreements over how to finance the deal.

The Earthquakes' current owner -- Anschutz Entertainment Group -- has received permission from Major League Soccer to move the team to Houston.

The commissioner of Major League Soccer has given the Earthquakes until Thursday to make a decision on a final location.

Now That Really Lamecastic Guys!

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Worst ADSL offering in the world?

Worst ADSL offering in the world?

Here in South Africa ADSL users have to pay exorbitant rates for both line rental and ISPs. So it works out that buying both services + phone line rental from the state owned monopoly, Telkom, you pay about R549 ($86) per month for a 192 kbps 2GB cap shaped account. Once you have reached the cap you have to couch up +- $12 extra per GB

I wonder if the South Africa versions MPAA and RIAA are in cahoots with Telkom?? This is one way to curve illegal pirated trading of music and movies. Anyway you look at this. Its lamecastic!

Saturday, December 10, 2005

AP Wire | 12/10/2005 | Comedian Richard Pryor dies at 65

AP Wire | 12/10/2005 | Comedian Richard Pryor dies at 65

LOS ANGELES - Richard Pryor, the caustic yet perceptive actor-comedian who lived dangerously close to the edge both on stage and off, has died. He was 65.

Pryor died shortly before 8 a.m. of a heart attack at a hospital in the San Fernando Valley, according to his business manager of 14 years Karen Finch.

When contacted Saturday afternoon, Pryor's ex-wife also confirmed the comedian's death

Slyck News - End of the Road for Overpeer

Slyck News - End of the Road for Overpeer: "Loudeye announced yesterday the discontinuation of Overpeer. With Overpeer gobbling potential profits and yielding no tangible benefits for the music industry, Loudeye stated they are “restructuring” their business and will “focus our business on growth opportunities with digital

Friday, December 09, 2005


OpenVPN is a full-featured SSL VPN solution which can accomodate a wide range of configurations, including remote access, site-to-site VPNs, WiFi security, and enterprise-scale remote access solutions with load balancing, failover, and fine-grained access-controls.

OpenVPN y.ah.oo! y.ah.oo!

We're proud to announce that has joined the Yahoo! family. Together we'll continue to improve how people discover, remember and share on the Internet, with a big emphasis on the power of community. We're excited to be working with the Yahoo! Search team - they definitely get social systems and their potential to change the web. (We're also excited to be joining our fraternal twin Flickr!)

So new web address soon will be ?? for Japan and UK Canada and Germany yada yada yada....

Tuesday, December 06, 2005 enters the Twilight Zone enters the Twilight Zone seems to be having issues with almost every aspect: from IT to shipping to customer service to PR to crashing stock. All stemming from the personal battles the CEO is waging against Kroll and the Sith Lord...

When I first started to see all of those ad for the BIG O everywhere in the cable dial, I knew something was going a stray with this company. Pud F'd hall of fame here we come.

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Linux's TUX invades a microsoft event

Linux's TUX invades a microsoft event

The University of Massachusetts Amherst Linux User Group dropped $150 to get two Penguin suits for a pretoest of the Microsoft event on campus which featured Steve Ballmer. They also handed out linux cds at the event.

IP addresses and files ARE NOT PROOF! RIAA is *WRONG*

IP addresses and files ARE NOT PROOF! RIAA is *WRONG*

An article about the mistaken and fraudulent role the RIAA is trying to use IP addresses and files or lists in. These should be ruled inadmissible! Posted in Ray Beckerman's (lawyer for the case involving the single mother vs. RIAA) blog.

I am still going to run peer guardian to keep out the other evil riaas and mpaas of the world from snooping around my p2p shared files folder.

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Tech stocks end up, Nasdaq gains for 7th week | CNET

Tech stocks end up, Nasdaq gains for 7th week | CNET

U.S. technology shares rose on Friday, sending the Nasdaq Composite index to its seventh straight week of gains as investors bought semiconductor shares, including Intel Corp. amid signs of growth in the economy.

The Dow Jones industrial average was down 35.06 points, or 0.32 percent, at 10,877.51. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index was up 0.41 point, or 0.03 percent, at 1,265.08. The technology-laced Nasdaq Composite Index was up 6.20 points, or 0.27 percent, at 2,273.3

Slashdot | Nielsen Adapting To Modern TV-Watching

Slashdot | Nielsen Adapting To Modern TV-Watching

"CNET says that the Nielsen company is finally taking one of several steps aimed at adapting to the new television/TV audience (those who use TiVo or another service to record prime time shows for viewing later) on December 26th, 2005. Ratings will be broken out by how shows are watched--live, later in the day or within a seven-day period. Over time, Nielsen will also move to measure viewing that takes place via iPods, cellular/cell phones, laptops, and other digital devices that are gaining TV privileges. The company also will track audiences for on-demand fare. The steps are a radical change for Nielsen, reflecting an overall paradigm shift that's shaking up the television world. The audience is taking control. And TV companies are scrambling to catch up."

Nielsen Adapting To Modern TV-Watching |

Slashdot | PCWorld Dubs Firefox Best Product of 2005

Slashdot | PCWorld Dubs Firefox Best Product of 2005
PCWorld's list of the 'Best Products of 2005' is out and Firefox tops the list. Also notables are GMail at number 2, Apple OS X, Tiger at number 3, Skype ranks in at 8 and Ubuntu at 26!" From their Firefox article: "Are you sick and tired of Internet Explorer? Have you grown weary of the constant vulnerabilities and patches? Do you scratch your head at sudden program lockups and crashes? Are you dismayed that Microsoft hasn't lifted a finger to improve or enhance IE since it buried Netscape's Navigator browser at the dawn of the century? Yeah, me too."

Friday, December 02, 2005

10 things you should do to prepare a new Linux installation

No matter which Linux distribution you choose, there are at least 10 things you do to properly prepare the operating system for day-to-day operation.

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Ancient Computer Museum Apple Lisa Auction up No Reserve on Ebay

Carbon dating places this specimen circa 1984, and the presence of a small image of an apple tipped historians off to the idea that the device may have been used as a planting calendar. When turned on, the box groans and the 'screen' glows and comes to life with a cryptic message from the Gods: 'START FROM?,'

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Alek's Christmas Lights Webcam You can control!

Use the christmas webcam to view 26,000 christmas decorations & lights and also CONTROL them - i.e. YOU can turn them ON & OFF via your web browser - heck, you can even inflate or "melt" Frosty the Snowman ... but don't get the Santa Hulk angry.

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Thursday, December 01, 2005

Anti-DRM Protest Part II in NYC

Rootkits, viruses, DRM, and Trojans. Although very different from one another, in recent weeks they have become more synonymous. Thanks to the Sony-BMG XCP

read more | digg story - TechNow - Stanford Profits From Google Deal - TechNow - Stanford Profits From Google Deal

Owning the shares of Google is turning into a windfall for Stanford University.

After receiving nearly $2 million shares in a licensing deal after Google went public, Stanford has made $336 million from the stock.

A university official says the biggest portion of its windfall came in the second of two sales. Stanford won't say when it made its second sale, or what it got for the stock.

KRON 4 Home

KRON 4 Home: "Major Rainstorm Drenches Entire Bay Area
23,000 Lose Power; Flood, Wind Advisories Issued
The high winds and wet weather that hit the Bay Area have left thousands of people without power and have prompted the National Weather Service to issue wind advisories as well as an urban and small stream flood advisory. "

WoW! "Yahoo China" makes downloading pirated music so easy!

There has been plenty of diggs about the chinese search engine and how to download free music on it. Yahoo ( not only duped this site. But also made it easy to download free pirated music.

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Tivo Online Services officially launched

With the new TiVo Online Services you get a host of new broadband features and services that deliver timely entertainment and information directly to your living room.

I am glad I Never got DirecTV Tivo or PVR from Comcast. Unfortunately I am stuck for my TV with Comcast and Just raise their rates an whopping 8%. With their business model, to get this functionality from their PVR I would have folk over another $3 to Comcast! With Tivo they include these great new enhancement with their normal mouth service fee. Since I really paid for the lifetime service plan. They could raise their rates but the would be shot in the foot for tivo.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Infect-o-matic lets you create a virtual outbreak.

Once you're logged in, Infect-o-matic will give you a score, tracking how many people you've infected, how many they've infected, and so on.

Your "victim" will get an email that says "[Your name] gave you [disease]!" We're not actually sending real viruses.

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Bill C-60 and Bill C-74 Die

Bill C-60, the infamous copyright reform bill has yet to make it to the second reading. There is also talk of Bill C-74, which is the Canadian surveillance bill, which seems to have gained less attention in the media. What will happen to these bills?

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New FCC report advocates a la carte TV pricing | CNET

New FCC report advocates a la carte TV pricing | CNET

Viewers of cable and satellite TV may soon have the option of subscribing to only the channels they want to watch, if the Federal Communications Commission gets its way.

On Tuesday FCC chairman Kevin Martin spoke to a forum, sponsored by the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee in Washington, which has been examining indecency on radio and television. Martin told the forum that the FCC will soon release a report that concludes that offering TV programming a la carte is economically feasible and in the best interest of consumers.

Intel to Partner With TiVo on PC Platform

Journal and Courier Online

Looking to boost the number of computers whirring away in living rooms, Intel Corp. on Wednesday unveiled its first list of companies whose products are expected to work with the chip maker's upcoming Viiv entertainment PC platform.

So far, about 40 companies that develop TV, movie, music, gaming and photo-editing products are testing and verifying services, programs and gadgets that will interact with the Intel technology, said Kevin Corbett, an Intel vice president in charge of content services.

Yahoo! spoons out more RSS! for Yahoo! Mail!

RSS feed alert service will allow people to receive alerts via e-mail, instant message or SMS message, just as they currently can receive alerts for news stories about a specified topic, stock moves and game scores.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Free, legal arcade games

new site that aims to create new games for old arcade machines. Games are written to run on PC hardware, and distributed for free - with a very liberal license giving permission to deploy the machines on-site in a revenue-earning situation.

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Dvorak: Dead Media Everywhere

Ever wonder why there are far too many expensive devices out there that become useless overnight? You may still have an outdated digital camera from the 90s, or even that bulky machine you used to play videotapes on. Believe it or not, but we're entering the DEAD MEDIA ZONE.

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Firefox 1.5 Officially Launched with New Site Design!

Mozilla has officially launched Firefox 1.5 at
What better way to compliment the event than a brand new site and design @!

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Boing Boing: Man gets 5,000+ channels on 12 dishes. But Still No Tech TV!?

Boing Boing: Man gets 5,000+ channels on 12 dishes: "Man gets 5,000+ channels on 12 dishes
Al Jessup of Beckley, West Virginia, has 12 cheap satellite dishes stuck to his house, which pull in over 5,000 free-to-air channels from satellites all over the sky. He is retired, and delights in odd and foreign programming.

Because the programming is free, it changes regularly, he noted. Sometimes, a program he likes will disappear and something he dislikes will be put in its place, or vice versa. For example, he once had three ABC stations from Wyoming only to have it reduced to one."

FastTrack: Myths and Facts Regarding dec 5 For the clueless nOObs

Will FastTrack shut down? It would nice if it did. THE breeding ground of spyware and Viruses! With scant information available, its difficult to get a straight answer to what Kazaa's future will be

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Hello, this is Google, your operator, speaking

Google has begun testing a new click-to-call service that allows users of its search engine to speak with an advertiser on Google's search results page without having to pick up the phone and dial.

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Monday, November 28, 2005

The End Of Copyright

"I think we are witnessing the beginning of the end of a major era in world history. It may take fifty years, it may take a hundred, but the age of copyright is drawing to a close. I don�t know if this is a good thing or a bad thing, but it�s inevitable."

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Some G4 media Fan boys had the audacity of Calling their Boy Band after G4

Jeez, where to start on THIS? Oh man, you won't believe your ears. Honestly. That noise of fingernails down a blackboard And Watching the man show standing on my head? It's like listening to Cher for 10 minutes compared to this.

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Saturday, November 26, 2005

Make Sure Your Charity Money is Used Wisely

Home in on charities that don't waste--or steal--your money or time., the Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving Alliance (, and Charity Navigator (

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Simpsons Stays On Air In Russia

Moscow City Court has rejected an appeal in a long-running court battle to take The Simpsons off the airwaves in Russia. Three years ago, Igor Smykov claimed that RenTV.

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eBay stands for "Echo Bay, California"

An old article which explains that eBay would have originally been, had the domain not already been taken.

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Thursday, November 24, 2005

Comcast Is at it again hiking price of cable by 7 percent!!

Comcast Tuesday announced it is raising cable rates by 7 percent, the highest increase in the past three years.

Now That Lamecastic!!!

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Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Let just say its like CallForHelp-a-thon the Prequel C|net Help Desk.

C|net Holiday Help Desk.

Make Black Friday bright. Brian, Dan, Molly, and Tom will be streaming live all day November 25 to help you get the best gadget gifts for the holidays.

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TiVo handheld device software draws ire at TV network

A new enhancement to the TiVoToGo feature will allow subscribers to transfer their favorite shows to their portable devices via their PC. NBC says this goes too far. STOP YOUR Whining NBC!

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Monday, November 21, 2005

Web Page Analyzer - free website speed test website optimization tool check website performance report webpage speed tool download speed test

Web Page Analyzer - free website speed test website optimization tool check website performance report webpage speed tool download speed test: "Enter a URL below to calculate page size, composition, and download time. The script calculates the size of individual elements and sums up each type of web page component. Based on these page characteristics the script then offers advice on how to improve page load time. The script incorporates best practices from HCI research into its recommendations."

Sunday, November 20, 2005

RIAA prez: Lots of companies secretly install rootkits! It's no biggie!

RIAA President Cary Sherman gave a recent college press-conference where he addressed Sony's rootkit fiasco (among other things -- the whole trascript is worth reading for a quick visit to the planet greed). His take? Other companies do the same thing all the time!

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The Internet is Down!

This depicts what would happen to most "nerds"/"geeks" should their internet connection crap out. They have to go into the ROUTER ROOM! :O This is funny, watch the movie.

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Saturday, November 19, 2005

House passes TV digital speed-up plan 2008

e House on Friday backed a plan to require television broadcasters to switch to all-digital transmissions by December 2008, three months earlier than they would have to under provisions of a Senate bill.

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The Anykey been Copy Righted since 1997. Blame Canada.

Copyright © 1997-2005 AnyKey Solutions Ltd. All rights reserved.
"ANYKEY", the distinctive AnyKey logo Founded in 1997, AnyKey is based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. We work mostly with small businesses, but have also worked with large multi-national organizations.

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Friday, November 18, 2005

Spyware may soon be illegal

Senate committee passes spyware bill. Spyblock Act would also outlaw installation of adware without a user's permission.

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Overhyped, Unprofitable Dot Coms Going Public? Bubble? What Bubble?

talk of a new bubble is overblown, as many of the new firms seem to be doing things in a way that's more sustainable. However, that's certainly not true of all of these firms. We're suddenly seeing a lot of firms that don't have a real business model or any real competitive advantage taking on tons of VC money

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SBC Is Now ATT, its merger With its $16.9 billion acquisition is Finish

The new company, which will keep the AT&T name, received the final regulatory approval from the state of California on Friday.

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Another Vatican Official Refutes Intelligent Design

The Vatican's chief astronomer said Friday that "intelligent design" isn't science and doesn't belong in science classrooms, the latest high-ranking Roman Catholic official to enter the evolution debate in the United States.

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Slyck News - Apple iTunes Likely to Institute Variable Pricing

Slyck News - Apple iTunes Likely to Institute Variable Pricing: "Tunes has been steadfastly attached to their 99 cent structure, claiming it is both fair and convenient to the customer. Yet over the summer months, news began to circulate that iTunes' flat rate was facing mounting pressure from the music labels.

Responding to the music industry's demands, Apple CEO Steve Jobs struck back.

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Google Maps + Personal Weather Stations

Search for your zip code and see personal weather stations temperature/wind direction, dew point/humidity or percipitation readings plotted on a google map.

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Slashdot | JPEG Patent Challenged

Slashdot | JPEG Patent Challenged: "The Public Patent Foundation has filed a request at the US Patent Office to revoke Compression Labs' data compression patent, which it is reportedly using to harrass anyone that implements the JPEG format. 'CLI's aggressive assertion of the '672 patent is causing substantial public harm by threatening this international standard on which the public relies,' says Pubpat in its filing.'"

Intel Macs might be very Cheap

Detailed specs are not available, but the rumor site hints that the iBook line may see a price drop by as much as $200 in some cases.

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Slashdot | Apple iTunes to End Flat Fee Pricing?

Slashdot | Apple iTunes to End Flat Fee Pricing?: "Apple that flat fee pricing will end within the next 12 months, and more popular songs will be priced higher than 99c, while lesser known acts will be priced lower than 99c.' From the article: 'Label executives have made multiple arguments for flexible pricing. They argue, for instance, that almost all retail businesses have different price points for different products. But they are particularly interested in boosting their revenue from digital music sales, which aided by the sale of mobile phone ringtones, are increasing but not quickly enough to replace the continuing drops in compact disc sales. EMI said today that digital sales, made up 4.9% of the company's sales in the last six months, up from 2.1% a year ago.'"

Even Slashdot Admits their day are Number to Digg! The Rise of

Slashdot | The Rise of "Wired has a story about Digg, a community bookmarking site that creates its own version of the Slashdot effect. It's a provocatively titled piece - 'Digg Just Might Bury Slashdot' - but goes on to consider the obvious similarities between the two and the differences. Digg is more chaotic, immediate and user driven, whereas Slashdot features more in-depth and technical discussions.' Well, I hate navel-gazing news but I think the aggregation of blogs is a critical step in the future of on-line content, and Digg is doing good work here."

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Firefox 1.5 going live today!!

Neowin has got the story that Firefox 1.5 is going live today (11/15/05).

"On November 9th 2004, Neowin was one of the first to announce the official release of Mozilla Firefox 1.0. We get word from resident Firefox aficionado supernova_00, that Firefox 1.5 is slated to be released sometime today."

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Monday, November 14, 2005

Supercharged i2Hub college P2P network closes on Internet 2

A file-swapping network that let college students download movies and music at blazing speeds on the Internet2 research network has closed its doors, the latest casualty of entertainment industry legal pressure.

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Sunday, November 13, 2005

Welcome to

the anteroom of the most beautiful 404 sites of the internet.

Enjoy your stay and don't forget to look at my personal 404-site gallery... it will be really amazing °_°

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Saturday, November 12, 2005

Google map of Sex Offenders Near you!

This is very scary but very useful. It is a very accurate listing of all sex offenders on a google map. It shows the address along with a picture. There is one literally a block from where I live. Very useful.

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Friday, November 11, 2005

Sony halts production of 'rootkit' CDs

Sony BMG Music Entertainment said Friday that it will suspend production of CDs with copy-protection technology that has been exploited by virus writers to try to hide their malicious code on PCs.

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CottAGE is a arcade emulator in Java, based on the famous MAME

CottAGE emulator which supports lots of arcade games.
We are now working on the PotatoMulti project, a new multiple video games emulator (console, handheld, computer and arcade games) with CottAGE-like technologies inside

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Thursday, November 10, 2005

Friendster masses Spam for new users, Insteads Backfires

"I could think of about 10 different ways for Friendster to improve itself, but spamming those who didn't care to join in the first place isn't one of them," said Adam Finley, who publishes the blog AdJab.

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Africa's big telescope to probe distant past

secrets scientists hope to unlock with the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) which was launched in a remote corner of South Africa's Karoo region on Thursday.

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Africa's big telescope to probe distant pas

secrets scientists hope to unlock with the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) which was launched in a remote corner of South Africa's Karoo region on Thursday.

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Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

NES games that were NEVER released

Some Nintendo games that never saw the light of day. Includes screenshots, descriptions, and the reasons why they died.

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"Unix Beats Windows"--Says Microsoft!

"What's noteworthy about it is that Microsoft compared Singularity to FreeBSD and Linux as well as Windows/XP--and almost every result shows Windows losing to the two Unix variants..."

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AMD surpasses Intel in U.S. retail stores | CNET

AMD surpasses Intel in U.S. retail stores | CNET "Advanced Micro Devices sold more chips than industry giant Intel in U.S. retail stores in October, according to a report released Tuesday by market researcher Current Analysis.

Desktop computers and notebooks with AMD chips accounted for 49.8 percent of PCs sold in domestic stores for the month, compared with Intel's 48.5 percent of the market, according to the Current Analysis report.

'AMD did the unthinkable by surpassing Intel in October. Continuing to hold this lead in the holiday season would be a colossal win for the company,' Matt Sargent, Current Analysis research director, said in a statement."

Monday, November 07, 2005

Comcast, DirecTV to offer prime-time shows on demand from CBS and NBC

Philadelphia's Comcast Corp., the nation's biggest cable provider, said it struck a deal with CBS to put four of the network's highest-rated prime-time programs -- ``CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,'' ``NCIS,'' ``Survivor'' and ``The Amazing Race'' -- on the cable company's VOD bservice at 99 cents a show.

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AJAX + Flash = AFLAX

A method through which developers may use JavaScript and Flash together to create AJAX-type applications, but with a much richer set of vector drawing controls than are available in either Internet Explorer or FireFox. Developers using this library have access to the full range of Flash features, but without ever touching the Flash IDE.

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Sony sued over rootkits.

the Italian group ALCEI is suing Sony over the rootkitting DRM infection. Remember Sony is just protecting you from yourself!

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BitTorrent Seeder Gets Three Month Sentence

Hong Kong resident Chan Nai-ming gained the distinction of being the first individual convicted for seeding three movies onto the Internet via BitTorrent. It was also the first time criminal charges, as opposed to civil charges, were brought up against an individual.

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Sunday, November 06, 2005

The Truth About Canadian Copyright...

talks about the bill paints a very interesting picture of the facts of Bill C-60. "The bill makes it illegal for anyone other than the copyright holder to place a music file in a shared folder on a computer to which other users of a file-sharing program have access. Thus it will be illegal to upload music files onto on-line shared directories,

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Slashdot | Yahoo's Geek Statue

Slashdot | Yahoo's Geek Statue: "Yahoo put up a life-size alpha geek statue in honor of the Yahoo Mail team, which they think beat the Gmail team. The statue's plaque says it's presented 'in recognition of tremendous intellectual efforts put forth in order to defeat Gmail', and: 'Not since the code breakers in Britain's Bletchley Park deciphered Germany's Enigma code during World War II has so much brainpower been focused on kicking an enemy's ass.' Flickr has a photo.' It's a nice little article on the difference between two of the net's superpowers."

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Crowd gathers for Homebrew Computer Club's 30th

If you've never seen a couple hundred bona-fide geeks sitting on the edge of their seats with excitement, you should have been on hand Saturday for an appreciation of the 30th anniversary of the Homebrew Computer Club.

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Get a personalized WAV from the guy known for AOL's "You've Got Mail!"

El Edwards, the voice of AOL's "You've Got Mail", is now making money on the internet with his famous voice. You too can have a personalized wav file for your favorite email client that says "You've Got Mail, Bob!".

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The Music Nerd Test

This is really, really cool:
I thought I would score higher on this test. 57.72947% - Mega Music Nerd. i should score extra points since I knew originally the thompson twins had six members in 1981 then seven in 1982.

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How the MPAA killed the movie theater experience

And the movie industry is wondering why people are no longer spending as much on going to the movies and buying the overpriced popcorn as they used to.

Who ever or focus group camed up with the concept of putting those over the top obnoxious loud annoying adverts before the beginning of Theatrical Movies Should be SHOT!!!

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Firefox 2 Less Than One Year Away...

Some of the goodies to expect in Version 2.

Support for hardware accelerated graphics.
Javascript 2 support
Python for XUL.
Better extensions support.

And all of your favorite firefox extensions and themes will not be compatible with Firefox 2.0 beta 1

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Huge Iceberg Breaks Apart in Antarctica

In an ongoing saga of destruction, an iceberg about the size of the Hawaiian island of Maui has split into three pieces in the frigid Antarctic, scientists said Friday.

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Unsecured Wi-Fi would be outlawed by N.Y. county | CNET

Unsecured Wi-Fi would be outlawed by N.Y. county | CNET "According to a new proposal being considered by a suburb of New York City, any business or home office with an open wireless connection but no separate server to fend off Internet attacks would be violating the law.

Politicians in Westchester County are urging adoption of the law--which appears to be the first such legislation in the U.S.--because without it, 'somebody parked in the street or sitting in a neighboring building could hack into the network and steal your most confidential data,' County Executive Andy Spano said in a statement."

Friday, November 04, 2005

Topic list: Got Milk?? No!!!! Than Remember The Milk dot com is for you!! - Leoville Town Square

Topic list: Got Milk?? No!!!! Than Remember The Milk dot com is for you!! - Leoville Town Square: "Achieve Domestic Bliss.
Never forget the milk (or anything else) again.
Remember The Milk is the easiest and best way to manage your to-do lists online. Here are just a few of the reasons why it's so cool:"

How To Download Video on Google's Video Site

After the VLC video service google have come back with a flash enabled service, this guide shows you how to download the video as quickly and as easily as possible

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Thursday, November 03, 2005

InformationWeek > Browser Market Share > Firefox Reportedly Breaks 10% Barrier Worldwide > November 2, 2005

InformationWeek > Browser Market Share > Firefox Reportedly Breaks 10% Barrier Worldwide > November 2, 2005: "Mozilla's Firefox has broken the 10 percent barrier, a Dutch Web metrics firm claimed Wednesday, and now is used by 11.5 percent of the world's surfers.

According to Amsterdam-based OneStat, Firefox gained 2.8 percent usage share since April, while Microsoft's Internet Explorer, still the most widely-used browser, fell 1.2 percent over the same period. Internet Explorer now accounts for 85,5 percent of the world's browser share.

'The global usage share of Mozilla's browsers is still growing and it seems that Netscape users and some Internet Explorer users are switching to the Firefox version,' said Niels Brinkman, co-founder of OneStat, in a statement.

OneStat's U.S. numbers look even better for the open-source Firefox. There, Firefox has 14 percent of the browser market, IE 80.7 percent, and Apple's Safari 3.6 percent."

Maxtor's External Drives Hit 1 Terabyte

The company said Wednesday that the new Maxtor OneTouch III Turbo Edition will ship in either a 600-GB or 1-TB capacity point, at $549.95 and $899.95, respectively, beginning in December.

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The Cult of iPod

This cult has transformed us into an iPod nation without us even knowing it.

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Take control of traffic/security cameras!

This link takes you to a google search for "liveapplet", most of the links go to unsecure cameras that you can take complete control of. The fact that this is possible is quite scary.

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Google adds library texts to search database | CNET

Google adds library texts to search database | CNET "Google said Wednesday that it had completed the first major expansion of its Google Print database of searchable books, adding the full text of more than 10,000 works that are no longer under copyright, culled from the collections of four major research libraries." - TechNow - San Jose City Council Approves Expanding Wireless Zones - TechNow - San Jose City Council Approves Expanding Wireless Zones: "You may do it at home, or in a coffee shop, or even at your favorite restaurant. More of us surf wirelessly every day.

The San Jose City Council unanimously voted to expand wireless Internet hot spots around downtown.

At the San Jose coffeeshop 'It's a Grind,' you'll find comfortable chairs, posters of music icons on the wall, and if you have business to take care of, free wireless Internet access."

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

RadioShack to Sell Comcast Services

RadioShack will sell Comcast high-speed Internet and digital cable services at more than 1,800 stores under an agreement reported by the companies today. Now Thats LAMECASTIC!!

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Microsoft's "Live" debut demo died

Unfortunately, what most bloggers recall on the day after the announcement is the bungled demo. Just minutes after Blake Irving, a Microsoft vice president, uttered the words: "It's easy. It's live, and it has 'me' at the center of the universe," his closely watched demo died.

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Grandpa Is Sued Over Grandsons Downloads

I think Grandpa is gonna be talking to "little Johnny". Nothing like making honest citizens into criminals. The people who are distributing the movies are the ones they should be prosecuting not Grandpa.

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The $159 PC

The PC, as it turns out, is the Fry's House Brand, GQ. GQ in this case stands for "Great Quality", not the slick men's magazine with the same initials (Gentleman's Quarterly�oddly enough, a monthly publication).

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ACLU challenges Patriot Act | CNET

ACLU challenges Patriot Act | CNET "The American Civil Liberties Union urged the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday to uphold two separate lower court rulings that whittle away at provisions of the U.S. Patriot Act that allow the FBI to secretly demand public information from public libraries and Internet service providers.

At issue in today's hearing are two challenges brought by the ACLU in New York and Connecticut regarding a surveillance provision that was dramatically expanded by Section 505 of the Patriot Act."

Monday, October 31, 2005

Mark's Sysinternals Blog: Sony, Rootkits and Digital Rights Management Gone Too Far

Mark's Sysinternals Blog: Sony, Rootkits and Digital Rights Management Gone Too Far: "Sony, Rootkits and Digital Rights Management Gone Too Far
Last week when I was testing the latest version of RootkitRevealer (RKR) I ran a scan on one of my systems and was shocked to see evidence of a rootkit. Rootkits are cloaking technologies that hide files, Registry keys, and other system objects from diagnostic and security software, and they are usually employed by malware attempting to keep their implementation hidden (see my “Unearthing Rootkits” article from the June issue of Windows IT Pro Magazine for more information on rootkits). The RKR results window reported a hidden directory, several hidden device drivers, and a hidden application:"

Steve Case resigns from Time Warner board | CNET

Steve Case resigns from Time Warner board | CNET "America Online co-founder Steve Case stepped down from Time Warner's board of directors on Monday as the Internet division tries to make a comeback.

Case, who had been one of the main architects of the disastrous merger between AOL and Time Warner, stepped down from his post as chairman of the board in 2003. Since then, he has served as a board member for the company, despite protests from shareholders, who were angered by the sharp dip in the company's value after the merger was completed."

Ruby on Rails chases simplicity in programming | CNET

Ruby on Rails chases simplicity in programming | CNET "What's new:
Ruby on Rails, a relatively new Web development framework, has become popular among programmers for its simplicity and productivity.

Bottom line:
Although created by just one person, the software is having an impact and getting noticed by pioneering programmers eager to spot hot, new trends. Some analysts are recommending it for new Web applications."

Sunday, October 30, 2005

The fastest moving OpenSolaris Distro

The fastest moving OpenSolaris Distro

Belenix has gone from a LiveCD with just CLI interface, to X support including XFce4 graphical desktop. Complete with multimedia app, xmms, as well as other OpenSource tools. Seems to be good choice :)

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Microsoft hauled into court in piracy case

Microsoft hauled into court in piracy case: "SOFTWARE GIANT and music industry friend Microsoft was dragged squeaking before a court and accused of music piracy.

The former drummer for the defunct popular beat combo Ink & Dagger, Ryan McLaughlin, had filed a lawsuit against Vole for allegedly stealing his band's songs."

Friday, October 28, 2005

VHS lives on--just barely | CNET

VHS lives on--just barely | CNET "He's got an idea what to do with that aging video gear--turn it into an automatic cat feeder, using the VCR's timer to dispense food on a regular schedule.

Writing for Make magazine, Larsson described how an old VCR--assuming its timer was still operational--could be turned into a 'programmabowl VCR' designed to ensure that pets be fed on time in their owners' absence."

Photos: iPod goes trick-or-treating | CNET

Photos: iPod goes trick-or-treating | CNET "iPod goes trick-or-treating

Still trying to come up with a Halloween costume idea? Here's some inspiration from enthusiasts who have dressed as their favorite music player with varying degrees of artistic and technical prowess. No Nanos, for now anyway, but we're anticipating their popularity Monday night."

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Microsoft's 'big bang' could be its last | CNET

Microsoft's 'big bang' could be its last | CNET "When Microsoft releases its SQL Server 2005 database on Nov. 7, it will have been five years since the last version debuted. If Windows Vista arrives as scheduled next fall, it too will follow its predecessor by five years.

That's a pretty long time to make customers wait for a new release. Too long, concedes Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer."

AMD's market share gains accelerate | CNET

AMD's market share gains accelerate | CNET "Chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices made notable market share gains against Intel in the third quarter, according to a new report.

Intel's market share dropped 1.4 points to 80.8 percent in third quarter ending September 30, from 82.2 percent in the second quarter, according to a report on Taiwanese tech site Digitimes that cited figures from Mercury Research.

Sunnyvale, Calif.-based AMD, meanwhile, saw its processor share rise 1.6 points from 16.2 to 17.8 percent. AMD plucked most of its gains from Intel, but also snagged some from flagging Transmeta."

A Geeks Guide to Working Out

Many of us diggers would rather use the computer in our spare time rather than working out. The following is a good guide to help us find our "inner-world's strongest man" and to help us silence the call of the video games...if that's possible.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Second X-Files film to begin filming

X-Files: Fight the Future director Rob Bowman has high hopes that a sequel to his 1998 movie will soon begin production. All X-files fan lets hope so but it looks go for the sequel.

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Bootup Screens

Those old old old boot up screens from those long forgotten operating systems. check it out :)

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Slashdot | Apache Webserver Surpasses 50 Million Website Mark

Slashdot | Apache Webserver Surpasses 50 Million Website Mark: "For the first time ever, the Apache Web Server is powering more than 50 million websites, according to Netcraft's Web Server Survey for October. Although relative share fell by 0.67 percent, the total number of sites powered by Apache grew to over 52 million. Microsoft's IIS finished second with more than 15 million sites served.'" | AMD drops prices; FX-60 listed | AMD drops prices; FX-60 listed: "
AMD officially announced their latest round of price cuts yesterday. Both Intel and AMD employ a similar ladder model for the pricing of their processor range. The individual price-points rarely change, but periodically, they introduce a new flagship at the top, bumping all existing SKUs down one rung and the slowest model drops off the bottom into the Discontinued bin.

If you are considering dropping big bucks on a new CPU, it can often help to know in advance what the chip makers have in store for the future so you can plan your purchase. Looking at today's prices, if you had around £200, you could get a Venice-cored 3800+; the San Diego-cored 4000+ is outside your budget at £241.35. However, at the next product launch, everything will move down the price ladder, and in theory, you should be able to get that 4000+ for the same £200.

AVault have obtained a confidential AMD document that shows the pricing roadmap to Q1 2006. While no specific date is given for the next price drop, you can use it as a guide for any upgrade you might be considering between now and April.

Of more interest to those with deep pockets or a birthday coming up in early in the New Year is that this leaked pricelist has the first mention we have seen of both the Athlon 64 X2 5000+ and the FX-60."

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Maxtor Ships 500 Gigabyte Hard Drives

Maxtor has added 500 GByte versions to its 3.5" hard drive product portfolio. Half a terabyte of space is now available in the firm's 7200rpm MaxLine Pro series for the enterprise segment, in the QuickView family of consumer electronics drives and in the desktop-targeted DiamondMax 11 drive series.

Wow this thing was announce nine mouths ago, and Maxtor finally got their ass out of bed to release this drive. Wake me up when WD or seagate comes out with their 1TB HD. Now that something to get excited about.

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BBC NEWS | Technology | BitTorrent user guilty of piracy

BBC NEWS | Technology | BitTorrent user guilty of piracy: "

BitTorrent user guilty of piracy

A Hong Kong man has been convicted of movie internet piracy in what is believed to be the first case involving BitTorrent file-sharing software.

Chan Nai-ming was found guilty of copyright infringement for distributing three Hollywood blockbusters using BitTorrent, said a court official.

Chan was released on bail of 5,000 Hong Kong dollars (US$641) pending a sentencing hearing scheduled for 7 November." - Tech News and Views From My World. - Tech News and Views From My World.

The problem with DC++ you have to tell it your IP address to go active. This is only i have knowledge p2p client that need this. Shareaza, ares, (insert your favorite client here) BT all you need to set up port forwarding in your router, to go active in these clients. Since I have sbc dsl, they change my ip address sometime up to three times a day. I need to reenter my ip address in my DC++ client to go active again. It very annoying feature of DC++. I wish future release of DC++ fixes this problem soon. Or I am going to switch to another DC client fix this problem.

Ready for a 20-inch laptop? | CNET

Ready for a 20-inch laptop? | CNET "How big is your laptop? Fifteen inches? Seventeen inches? How about a massive 19- or 20-inch wide-screen LCD model?

With so many DVDs featuring letterboxed or wide-screen versions of films, consumers' fascination with larger screen sizes is changing the size and shape of the laptop industry, stated an IDC report issued on Monday.

The wide-screen format, found in only 39.2 percent of laptops expected to ship this year, will become dominant in mid- to late 2006. It will nearly eclipse standard screen dimensions by the end of 2009, the market research firm estimates."

"P2P network pushes play on paid service

CNET -- Technology news and business reports: "P2P network pushes play on paid service

iMesh relaunches Tuesday as the first formerly unregulated peer-to-peer network to turn itself into a paid music service.
Image: Searching for songs
11 hours, 3"

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Stupid End User License Gems

Slashdot | End User License Gems: "'TG Daily has an article on EULA Gems, priceless statements that companies want you to agree to in their End User License Agreement.' From the article: 'You agree, if purchasing by credit card or charge card, that you permanently and irrevocably waive any and all right to cause a 'chargeback' ... You agree that, if you institute such a 'chargeback', it constitutes a material violation of this license, and damages Company in ways impossible to calculate, and with long-term adverse effects to the Company.'"

Saturday, October 22, 2005

Boing Boing: Pixel-art Mario made from stacked Rubik's Cubes

Boing Boing: Pixel-art Mario made from stacked Rubik's Cubes: "Pixel-art Mario made from stacked Rubik's Cubes
This pixel-art Super Mario is made from cunningly twisted Rubik's Cubes, arranged and stacked by Invader, the legendary public artist. Link (via Wonderland) "

The other BSOD screensaver 1.1

This screensaver pretends to cause a crash, "re-boots", and installs linux in disgust! Then watch who logs in ;)

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Blue Screens of Death

Gallery of private and public microsoft failures.

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HDTV definitions

Wondering what all of those HDTV acronyms and terms mean? Want to know the difference between interlaced and progressive? How about brightness and contrast? This list of 35 terms and definitions help bring some basic clarity to high-definition television.

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Friday, October 21, 2005

Ebert Gives DOOM One Star

According to Mr. Ebert, 'watching "Doom" is like visiting Vegas and never leaving your hotel room'. Hopefully he's wrong and IGN is right, but I have my doubts.

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China Blocks Wikipedia

News is coming in that at least in Shanghai, you can no longer access Wikipedia. Under fire recently over the quality and accuracy of some articles, Wikipedians living in China are shit out of luck. Now thats Too bad China does not Block Comcast or G4tv.

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Thursday, October 20, 2005

Super Mario World level-editor

"Lunar Magic is a level editor I created for Super Mario World (SNES). It's the first and, as far as I know, the only level editor available for this game. I began looking into making an editor for it shortly after releasing the SoM VWF patch, mostly on a whim to see how hard it would be."

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Anti-Bacterial Soap Is Bad For You.

Ultimately if using it helps create more powerful bacteria. -- "Anti-bacterial soaps and body washes in the household aren't any more effective in reducing illness than regular soap, and could potentially contribute to bacterial resistance to antibiotics, experts told a government advisory panel Thursday."

But, always remember to wash behind your ears.

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Blimps - The Next High Hopes for Broadband

The pressure for faster terrestrial broadband has resulted in researchers literally looking to the skies for solutions. The Capanina Research Consortium is planning stratospheric super fast broadband using sophisticated airship technology.

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FTC Clamps Down on P2P Scam Site

Many of these websites who repackage software will rename the product to something a bit more catchy, such as "Kazaa Gold", "WinMX Plus", or "Ares Extreme." These sites will then charge well over $20.00 for the software

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Detail shots New G5

This morning we received our shipment of New PowerMac G5s. I took some pictures of the interesting changes I had noticed right away. Look at the power plug change. The antenna is now a bar on the back instead of removable pegs. The PCI-e is 4x and 8x slots, labeled on the motherboard.

And will Leo Laporte be one of first one to buy one these new G5s? Then next week apple will announced they cut the prices on these system by 35%, and then Mr. laporte get hit by the Leo effect once again.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Test your hearing

"To do the test your computer must have a sound card and earphones attached (you can even use walkman earphones, but do not use speakers). The more carefully you observe the following instructions, the more accurate the test result will be."

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Convertibles: The new laptop bling? | CNET

Convertibles: The new laptop bling? | CNET "Hold on to your keyboard. Laptop computer screens that flip around to become convertible tablet PCs could be an increasingly common sight within the next three years."

Google gives up on Gmail name in U.K. | CNET

Google gives up on Gmail name in U.K. | CNET "Google stopped using the Gmail name in the United Kingdom on Wednesday, ending a trademark dispute for now.

The Gmail service there is now known as Googlemail."

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

: "Jon Lech Johansen, the 21-year-old Norwegian media hacker nicknamed DVD Jon, is moving to San Diego to work for maverick tech entrepreneur Michael Robertson in what can only be described as the most portentous team-up since Butch met Sundance.


McCain want his digital TV and he want its Now.

will push for an earlier transition of analog television spectrum to emergency response organizations, saying the April 2009 deadline proposed in a Senate draft bill could cost lives during crises.

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Slashdot | Federal Court Shuts Down Pay As You Go Wireless

Slashdot | Federal Court Shuts Down Pay As You Go Wireless: "BCGI has been found guilty of infringing on pay-as-you-go wireless patents owned by Freedom Wireless. This means that cellular providers who use BCGI pay-as-you-go billing systems must immediately stop selling new service. For the next 90 days, as they wind down their service, they will have to pay Freedom Wireless 2.5 cents per airtime minute used PER CUSTOMER. This heralds a farewell to Cingular's Go Phone and Sprint-Nextel's Boost services, both powered by BCGI."

Slashdot | Wikipedia Founder Sees Serious Quality Problems

Slashdot | Wikipedia Founder Sees Serious Quality Problems: "The Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales has acknowledged there are real quality problems with the online project. From the article: 'Meanwhile, criticism from outside the Wikipedia camp has been rebuffed with a ferocious blend of irrationality and vigor that's almost unprecedented in our experience: if you thought Apple, Amiga, Mozilla or OS/2 fans were er, ... passionate, you haven't met a wiki-fiddler.'"

But In the long run Wikipedia will always have better and more actuate information its site than!

Nintendo's NES game console turns 20

On Oct. 18, 1985, the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) first went on sale in the United States. It was an 8-bit video game console, and largely thanks to "Super Mario Bros.," a spinoff from the arcade hit "Donkey Kong," the NES quickly became the most successful game system of its era

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Monday, October 17, 2005

Firefox hits 100,000,000 downloads!

Since the counter started on, the open-source IE alternative, Firefox, has been downloaded over 100 Million times in less than a year. Firefox fans rejoice!

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Texas Town Celebrates Kermit‘s 50th B-Day

Texas Town Celebrates Kermit‘s 50th B-Day: "KERMIT, Texas - Kermit the Frog began a globe-hopping tour to celebrate his 50th showbiz birthday in this small West Texas town that shares the beloved amphibian‘s name.

The town, one of two in the country named Kermit, also painted Kermit‘s face on the community‘s large water tower. The local Dairy Queen offered green French fries and ice cream in his honor. A park in town also will bear his name.

Kermit‘s 50-stop tour will cross four continents and last until the end of 2006. Stops include the Statue of Liberty, the Eiffel Tower, the Great Wall of China, the Johnson Space Center and a courageous appearance at a Frog Leg Festival in Fellsmere, Fla. He‘s even scheduled to run with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain.

Kermit made his debut in a 1955 television comedy called 'Sam and Friends,' which aired locally in Washington, D.C., but he looked more lizardlike back then. Kermit was fashioned from an old coat belonging to the mother of late Muppets creator Jim Henson and was named after one of Henson‘s childhood friends."

190 Million Year Old Dinosaur Embryos Found In S. Africa

Finding dinosaur bones is one thing, but finding fossilized embryos is very rare. These are the oldest dinosaur embryos every discovered, says Dr. Robert Reisz, a professor at the University of Toronto.

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Sunday, October 16, 2005

San Jose Earthquakes - News - Home

San Jose Earthquakes - News - Home: "De Rosario, Quakes finish off Galaxy
The San Jose Earthquakes put the finishing touches on their best-ever regular season with a thorough 3-1 thrashing of the in-state rival Los Angeles Galaxy at The Home Depot Center on Saturday."

Friday, October 14, 2005

Paper thin televisions

This could be quite cool. Cheap, paper-thin TV screens that can be used in newspapers and magazines have been unveiled by German electronics giant Siemens.

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Can't Sleep?? The Net Top List To Put you to Sleep.

The mother of all online lists of Random Oddity Ramblings of weirdness of Boredom, Just read two of these list Will put you asleep garentee! no time.

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With new factory, AMD ups ante against Intel

AMD has dreamed of nabbing 30 percent of the market share for PC microprocessors. Though achieving that goal won't be easy, a new fabrication facility opened in Germany on Friday gives the company the real estate to try.

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Thursday, October 13, 2005

Three indicted in massive bust of pirated CDs | CNET

Three indicted in massive bust of pirated CDs | CNET "A federal grand jury indicted three men on Wednesday in what prosecutors are calling the largest bust of pirated CDs in U.S. history.

The indictment follows the arrest last week of Ye Teng Wen, 29, Hao He, 30, and Yaobin Zhai, 33, on charges of illegally reproducing 325,000 music and software CDs.

Two of the men are American citizens and one has a U.S. work permit, said a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney for Northern California."

Google, Comcast in talks to invest in AOL - Yahoo! News

Google, Comcast in talks to invest in AOL - Yahoo! News: "Google Inc. (Nasdaq:GOOG - news) and cable company Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq:CMCSA - news) are in discussions to buy a stake in Time Warner Inc.'s (NYSE:TWX - news) America Online, two sources said, in a deal reportedly worth as much as $5 billion.

An investment would set the stage for an alliance marrying Time Warner's trove of programing and Google's popular search and e-mail services with Comcast's high-speed Internet portal and experience in cable video distribution and telecommunications."

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

The iPod (with video) and new iMac G5—hands-on first impressions! - Engadget -

The iPod (with video) and new iMac G5—hands-on first impressions! - Engadget - "The video iPod won’t disappoint. It feels slim and easy to hold even after two weeks spent with my nano. Video playback is solid. They’re not kidding about 30 fps without sputtering. You can’t fast forward, but you can scroll back and forth on a progress bar—just as you do with music—to jump forward and back in the video. Oh, and the black model is going to be hot. Without the U2 model’s red wheel it’s less of an acquired taste.

The iMac hasn’t changed much. It’s a wee bit thinner and there’s a camera eye / IR detector at the top. The eye is the one thing that doesn’t live up to Apple’s usual panache. It seems an odd black dot in the middle of the iMac’s white forehead.

The remote control, which uses IR is very stylish. It has an iPod Shuffle look and feel and a set of controls set in a circle that resemble the first iPods, but are marked differently. The on-screen menus for Front Row are also iPod-like. One nice touch is the way Front Row blurs out the menu screen on a DVD (You know: “Operation not permitted”) and puts a standardized iPod-like menu over it. My one gripe is that it’s not always clear which button to push on the remote: plus or minus, fast forward or rewind, or something else? The Apple rep told me to press Menu to select the video player from the main Front Row menu. Whoops - you have to press Play (>). Yes, even six buttons can be confusing at first—unusual for Apple.

TV shows on the iMac are a grainy 320 x 240 that looks better in a small window than full screen. It’s not a TiVo replacement, let’s be clear. It’s more like the BitTorrent copies of The Daily Show - a way to catch shows you’d have to miss otherwise, and definitely more reliable than streaming. It’ll be a good alternative to needing to plop in front of the boob tube once more shows become available. The iTunes interface is a lot more consumer friendly than finding and downloading to"

Another reason why not to by Symantec products hikes Norton renewal prices

Symantec has quietly raised renewal prices for its Norton antivirus and other products, a move some see as a parting shot before Microsoft enters the consumer security fray next year.

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LIVE: Apple release new thinner iMac with built in camera....

The all-new iMac has three new features: it's thinner, it's got an iSight videocamera built in, and it's got a new app called Photobooth - 'the funnest app we've ever written.

And the next Apple event, All of your new Ipod videos, nanos, Imacs, Powerbooks and g5 dual-core towers will be obsolete!

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Flash MAME a Flash-based front end for MAME

You can now Play Mame in Flash. The file is ~2MB, so it may take a while if you have a slow connection, but you can see the front end in action

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25 unpatched flaws in Internet Explorer

According to this overview by Secunia, Microsoft's Internet Explorer has 25 unpatched security holes. Firefox is doing better, but isn't perfect, with 3 unpatched vulnerabilities (there's a link at the top of the page).

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Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Palm drops Zire, Tungsten names

Palm updated its Zire and Tungsten handheld devices on Wednesday as part of a rebranding strategy that will now emphasize its Palm name over all others

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The Classic Portable Listening Device Museum

"Welcome to our visual presentation spotlighting ten years of audio technology. We've amassed a diverse and colorful collection of personal stereos and wish to share them with you."

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Smoking Associated With Lower IQ

Smokers often say that smoking a cigarette helps them concentrate and feel more alert. But years of tobacco use may have the opposite effect, dimming the speed and accuracy of a person's thinking ability and bringing down their IQ, according to a new study led by University of Michigan researchers.

Also study prove watching shows like the man show g4 Lower an persons IQ!

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