Friday, December 29, 2006

A peek at faster Power6, Cell chips

IBM's Power6 processor will be able to exceed 5 gigahertz in a high-performance mode, and the second-generation Cell Broadband Engine processor from IBM, Sony and Toshiba will run at 6GHz, according to the program for the International Solid State Circuits Conference that begins February 11 in San Francisco.

For servers, IBM has said its Power6 processor, due to ship in servers in 2007, will run between 4GHz and 5GHz. But in the ISSCC program, Big Blue said the chip's clock will tick at a rate "over 5GHz in high-performance applications." In addition, the chip "consumes under 100 watts in power-sensitive applications," a power range comparable to mainstream 95-watt AMD Opteron chips and 80-watt Intel Xeon chips.

FCC approves AT&T-BellSouth merger

The Federal Communications Commission approved the roughly $86 billion megamerger between AT&T and BellSouth on Friday, ending a bipartisan standoff.

The commission, which had been split between Democrats and Republicans for months on what--if any--conditions should be imposed on the merger, accepted conditions that AT&T had proposed in a formal letter sent to the commission on Thursday. The merger was approved by 4 to 0 vote.

Woz Gets Questioned by the Secret Service for Using $2 Bills

While generously feeding these machines I tipped the waitress a couple of $2 bills. Waitresses in casinos and other places often exclaim at how much they like getting these and how their kids love them. I have tons of $2 bill stories that will make a whole chapter in my book someday. My $2 bills are real and legit but unusual.

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Thursday, December 28, 2006

Saturn's greatest hits

NASA is asking people to choose the best photograph taken by the Cassini spacecraft as it approaches its second anniversary at the planet Saturn.

NASA lets viewers vote for the best of the 15 photos listed.
Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Vaporware '06: Return of the King

Pull back the red curtain and dim the lights. It's the 9th annual presentation of the Wired News Vaporware Awards, our ode to the year's top technology products promised, hyped and scheduled, but not delivered.

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Thursday, December 21, 2006

Turn Off Unnecessary Windows XP Services

Turning off unnecessary services in Windows XP can greatly reduce your exploit risk, while improving system performance. It's a good time to inject that often there are all sorts of "download optimizers" and other cute programs that vendors like to push on users. The first rule is "If you don't know you need it, you probably don't."

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Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Pandora Goes Social

Tonight Pandora is releasing a additional features aimed at increasing interaction among members. These social features include listener profiles with musical preferences, bio information, etc. (previously listeners had only a list of bookmarked songs), as well as listener search and lists of users who are fans of particular bands.

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See real-time weather on a Google map

Weather junkies, your site has come in. Weather Bonk gives you not only the local forecast, but also traffic webcams, monthly averages and live conditions overlaid on a Google map.

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New Mozilla issues security updates

The Mozilla Foundation has issued "critical" security updates to vulnerabilities discovered in the Firefox browser, Thunderbird e-mail client and SeaMonkey application suite.

Flaws were found in versions of the open-source software prior to both Firefox and Firefox, as well as prior to Thunderbird and SeaMonkey 1.0.7, Mozilla said Tuesday.

The vulnerabilities could potentially be exploited to conduct cross-site scripting attacks, to let malicious attackers launch a remote execution of code on users' computers, and to expose sensitive information, according to an advisory from security company Secunia.

Dish Network to Launch IPTV Service?

The Satellite Guys forum floats the rumor that Dish Network may be exploring the possibility of starting their own IPTV service for broadband users. The rumor proclaims that the service (dubbed DishONLINE) will go live on February 15th, 2007, offering SD and HD quality movies, music, news and adult films. It looks like this portion of the Dish website has been gearing up for the IPTV launch. Of course, we're still waiting on the rumor that there would be a DirecTV blade on the Xbox360 dashboard.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Linking to Pirated Content Illegal Down under...

According to an Australian court, linking to pirated mp3 content hosted elsewhere is illegal. Upholding a ruling from last summer, the ruling declared that Stephen Cooper, a retired policeman who ran the now-defunct site, and his ISP "[enabled] infringing copies of the downloaded sound recordings to be made." Cooper logged 7,081,899 unique visitors to his website in a little less than a year's time

Monday, December 18, 2006

Digg Unveils New Features - Kevin's Blog Post Explains with Video

New Digg Features O
’ Plenty
by Kevin Rose at 6am, Dec 18th, 2006 in Digg Website
Big update today. Tons of new features to share with you – many inspired by feedback you’ve given us over the last few months (thanks!). Check out this video ...
(( ))

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Cisco -- not apple -- announces iPhone branded VoIP phones

but Cisco, which has apparently had the trademark on the name since the 90s, is launching a line of Linksys "iPhone" VoIP devices (yes, that's right, lower case "i", uppercase "P"). Why wait until now to launch the iPhone name? We can't say for sure, but we imagine Cisco was probably trying to work behind the scenes to sell the rights to the name to Apple, but things didn't pan out -- but since "iPhone" is already a fairly ubiquitous brand without even being launched, hey, why not run with it?

Friday, December 15, 2006

The worst website ever made.

In early 2001, Dr. Kamran Afzal created the worst website in history. (Maximum appreciation can only be achieved by viewing & listening with IE.)
(Maximum appreciation can only be achieved by viewing & listening with IE.) Unfortunately Users of digg Do not does IE! Ugh! I have to switch to my old windows 98 machines to fireup the old IE 6 to get the Maximum appreciation Experience of this site.
The theme music is so 80's cheesy!I can't wait for someone to do a music montage of this site on Youtube!!
doctaire kamran afzel is the greatest in the world, his formula is natural herbolic made in wall, this herbal had been air wall been has no side effect, then the doctaire kamran afzal is the greatest in the world.

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Thursday, December 14, 2006

Who sent the first e-mail?

For those of you who had asked themselves this question at least once until now, and for those of you who are just curious in finding out the answer, I have searched around and found a few hints.

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Wednesday, December 13, 2006

The VCR Media Center PC

If you thought the Super NinTiVo was cool, reader Jeff has something even better. He frankensteined together a "ViVo", which is a Vista Media Center PC on a Celeron D 3.0 with a 250GB hard drive all running inside, you guessed it, a Panasonic VCR.

The only thing visibly different from the outside is the addition of a fan, and the fact that the VCR slot is actually a disc slot to pop out the DVD drive! Awesome, in a retro way—sort of like being able to go back in time and defile Marilyn Monroe's corpse while it was still warm.

Skype 3.0 Released

The final version of Skype 3.0 was released today.

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A look inside Google's open-source kitchen

Search giant Google is a heavy user of open-source software and an active participant in many projects that develop it--even chipping in some funding, Chris DiBona says.

The Mountain View, Calif.-based company has versions of software like Ubuntu running on its own machines, according to DiBona, the open-source programs manager at Google. For outsiders, it has recently released the Google Web Toolkit under an open-source license. The Java software development kit is designed to help programmers create Web 2.0 applications.

Geek to Live: iTunes power tips

We've posted boatloads of iTunes hacks, workarounds, features, screenshots and tips over the past 2 years. But today I'd like to highlight some of the lesser-known but super-useful iTunes features available in the latest version.

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Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Vinyl singles making a comeback in Britain

Physical singles may be losing the war against digital formats, but the U.K. market has found an unlikely hero to lead the fight: good old-fashioned 7-inch vinyl.

Fueled predominantly by independent labels and alternative groups like Arctic Monkeys and Kaiser Chiefs, the format--also known as a 45 in its pre-'90s heyday--is experiencing a mini-revival in the United Kingdom. In recent years, labels have increasingly added limited edition versions of 7-inch singles to their armory, which are targeted at indie rock consumers as trendy collectibles.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Piratebay strikes back - blocks Swedish ISP!

The Swedish ISP that decided to block a couple of days ago didn't know what they had coming. Now they're being blocked by Piratebay and The Pirate Party are calling for other sites to do the same.

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Map of the Internet

"Author of the popular webcomic xkcd has put up a hand made map of the internet as today's comic. He also has an interesting blog entry detailing some of the work that went into it, such a pinging servers and creating a method of fractal mapping to display related regions as contiguous sections on the grid

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Mozilla Ships Alpha Release of Firefox 3.0

Mozilla today hit an early milestone on the road to the next version of its open-source browser, but the final product is still a year away, developers say.

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Friday, December 08, 2006

Pirates crack Vista Activation Server

Pirates have released another ingenious workaround to Vista's copy protection: a hacked copy of Microsoft's yet-to-be-released volume licencing activation server, running in VMware.

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Thursday, December 07, 2006

The Seminole Tribe of Florida has agreed to buy Orlando-based Hard Rock International for $965 million

The portfolio includes 68 company-owned Hard Rock Cafe restaurants and retail stores, including 44 in the United States, three in Canada, 17 in Europe, three in Australia and one in Puerto Rico. Hard Rock Cafe Louisville, located at Fourth Street Live downtown, is included in the deal.

The business is being sold by the U.K.-based Rank Group PLC, which wants to focus on its European gaming businesses. The closing is expected in early March.

In getting the business, the tribe will gain an estimated 70,000-item collection of rock memorabilia -- the world's largest collection of authentic music memorabilia -- ranging from a Chuck Berry guitar to one of Madonna's bustiers.

Toshiba serves up 200GB on two platters

THIS REVIEW FEATURES a device I would not have thought even remotely possible a few years ago, a 200GB notebook drive. Of course there was a time when this hack thought a 20MB hard drive was a marvel to behold, so I guess that's not saying much

BitTorrent merges with uTorrent

BitTorrent Inc. has just bought (merged with) the popular BitTorrent client, uTorrent for an undisclosed sum. Both CEOs are available for discussion on IRC.

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Two Years of Digging!

"Hard to believe, but two years ago today, Kevin decided my code was bug- free enough to take down the beta sign and unleash Digg upon the world. It's been a crazy and exciting time since then, and we owe it all to you - the loyal and passionate members of the Digg community." Thanks everyone and Happy Birthday to all! : )

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Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Remembering James Kim

For the sake of his family, he wanted to know whether I knew of any openings at CNET. Less than one minute later, I walked into my boss's office and told her that I had found my replacement, for sure. "This is your guy!" I exclaimed. Out of everyone I knew, he was the most competent, knowledgeable, friendly and responsible man for the job.

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PayPal Closes Man's Account After 7 Years For Selling Playstation 3

"After sending all of the information that they requested to get full access to my PayPal account, I received this email:"- "After reviewing your PayPal account, we have determined there to be excessive risk involved and would like to begin parting ways in a manner that is least disruptive to your business."

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Tuesday, December 05, 2006

100GB iPod?? I Say No Deal. I am still waiting for 2TB Wide Touch HDTV screen to come out

A Toshiba representative wouldn't discuss customer plans for the 1.8-inch drive, and Apple Computer declined to comment on the possibility of a boost to the music device, describing it as speculation.

However, Apple uses Toshiba drives in its higher-end iPods and has historically snapped up the latest models. Most recently, it added an 80GB version of its video iPod in September.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Windows Vista Piracy Started

The business launch of Windows Vista is only a few days behind us and already the attempts to pirate Windows Vista are underway.

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Friday, December 01, 2006

Seagate CEO: We help people "Buy more Crap"

At a San Francisco dinner on Tuesday evening, he was candid about his company's ultimate mission: "Let's face it, we're not changing the world. We're building a product that helps people buy more crap - and watch porn."

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Redesigned - Yahoo! TV Gets A New Do

Yahoo! redesigned their TV listing
site this week. Certain bloggers have expressed their displeasure with the makeover. I think it looks good but certainly could be more functional.

Most Yahoo! pages are getting Flash-ier so it was time for the TV listing page to go under the knife. Some complaints have been that the Ajax interface slows it do

Over the last two years I have been using for my online TV listings needs. Now that yahoo has rolled out their new Bloatware 2.0 TV listings. I can no longer use this service. in its current form I can not get it work or in either Firefox or Opera. There is no way I am going to fire up IE 7.0 just to access this one site.

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Tuesday, November 28, 2006

FireFox Gone Wild

Screenshot of the venerable Firefox browser when inundated with all possible extensions and add-ons.
Since some of my favorite FF extensions are not updated by the author when I had upgraded to FF 1.0.x to FF 1.5.x to FF 2.0.x Along the way for me, FF will lose some extra baggage from incompatible exts. So this keep FF of becoming bloatware on my systems.

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Allofmp3 to be closed

The US and Russia have agreed on actions that Russia will take to address piracy, i.e. shutting down (on page 2 on top).

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Monday, November 27, 2006

Radio Shack Catalog featuring 16MHz PC for only $2599

Good stuff here, including "OS/2 Ready" and "3 1/4 inch disk drive stores 1.4 million characters per disk"
What really sad I Still have this Radio Shack Catalog from 1987 somewhere in the back of my closet. I have a full create of old Radio Shack Flyers and Catalogs since 1984 from the Technology Store!!

But then again, everything at Radio Shack is overpriced..And cheap (quality).

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Sunday, November 26, 2006

A Hack To Prevent Traffic Jams!

This amateur scientist has devised a way to singlehandely reduce traffic jams during your commute. It is golden advice for dealing with holiday traffic. Still This hack will never work on the 405 Freeway in LA Regardless time of day.

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1987 computer serving a site from floppy!

This old 286 computer running at 8 MHz, with 1 MiB ram and no hard drive (the OS, all software and the site is on a single floppy!) still serves a purpose by acting as a fully functional web server running DR-DOS. Also includes a description of how to build your own server on an 8088 or newer, and links to all software required!

Next I want to see this preformed on Atari an 2600!!

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1987 computer serving a site from floppy!

This old 286 computer running at 8 MHz, with 1 MiB ram and no hard drive (the OS, all software and the site is on a single floppy!) still serves a purpose by acting as a fully functional web server running DR-DOS. Also includes a description of how to build your own server on an 8088 or newer, and links to all software required!

Next I want to see this preformed on Atari 2600!!

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Tuesday, November 21, 2006

The Wii Disassembled

"There are two ways to take apart the Wii. The first, as demonstrated by Popular Science, involves breaking the Wii open due to a lack of tools. The second method is a more formal Wii disassembly guide, which is provided by Either way, you can see some detailed pictures of the internals of the Wii and how the parts are laid out. The version also includes an eight minute teardown video."

From /.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Fox Cancels O.J. 'If I Did It' Book, TV Special

News Corp., the parent company of book publisher HarperCollins and the FOX network, has canceled publication of the O.J. Simpson book and television special "If I Did It."
Common decency: 1
Asshole: 1

(he's still got the book)

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Linux Mint 2.0 Screenshot Walkthrough

Linux Mint is an Ubuntu-based distribution whose goal is to provide a more complete out-of-the-box experience by including browser plugins, media codecs, support for DVD playback, Java, and other components. Linux Mint 2.0, code name "Barbara", was released yesterday: This release is based on Ubuntu 6.10 and uses the Ubuntu installer...

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Sunday, November 19, 2006

"Will Web 3.0 Be In The Green?".

Web 3.0. The recently coined term that has many in the blogosphere screaming "Stop the keyword hype!" and others waxing hopeful that the next wave of Internet progress is finally starting to percolate. Before the seed has even sprouted roots, already bloggers are asking "but will it make any money?". Donna Bogatin asks this very question in her blog post "Will Web 3.0 Be In The Green?".

Crowds gather to buy Nintendo's Wii

Nintendo's new Wii video game console debuted on Sunday as thousands of die-hard fans, some of whom camped out for several days, welcomed the final entrant in the three-way scramble for dominance in the $30 billion global game market.

At the Times Square Toys "R" Us store in New York, a line snaked around the block, with more than 1,000 gamers vying for first rights to take the new machine home, while more than 900 enthusiasts gathered for the West Coast release at the GameStop store at Hollywood's Universal City Walk.

At midnight, Isaiah "Triforce" Johnson, 29, purchased the first Wii as Toys "R" Us employees cheered and Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime helped ring up the sale.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Examples of Microsoft stealing source code

With all of the FUD around Microsoft and SCO making wild and unsubstantiated claims regarding Linux, I thought I'd look up how much code Microsoft has stolen themselves. With a simple Google search, I was able to turn up eight different instances in just a few minutes where Microsoft has lost court battles from their code theft.

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Try out 10 free operating systems - in your browser!

If you've got Java-support in your browser, you can try out several free operating systems at Free OS Zoo. This is an experimental feature, using a system called FLOZ. The response-times are not too hot, but it's cool, none the less.

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Friday, November 17, 2006

Its Not Suse Linux Its Microsoft owns intellectual property that is in Linux!!!

A lot of people were initially surprised by Microsoft's deal with Novell that effectively admitted that some companies might actually want to use Linux. However, in the days following the deal, as more people dissected it, they began to realize that perhaps it was a trojan horse. While it "protected" users of Suse Linux, many people pointed out that suggested that Microsoft might believe that users of any other Linux were open to a lawsuit. Of course, it didn't take long for Steve Ballmer to confirm this for everyone. In a recent talk, he clearly stated that he believes Microsoft owns intellectual property that is in Linux. Microsoft has hinted at this in the past, so it's really not a huge surprise -- but if he's going to say such things, he ought to back it up by actually showing what's infringing or filing a lawsuit. Otherwise it's idle talk. And, paying someone else to make the same claims doesn't really count. Either way, for a news story that originally came out as Microsoft becoming more friendly with Linux, it's certainly turned 180 degrees pretty fast.

Member Folks Its Blog, But when they start making Money. Its still a Blog!!

"It's been a bad week for transparency and disclosure in the blogosphere, demonstrating that once blogging starts making money, the rules change. Nick Douglas was dismissed from ValleyWag, Jason Calacanis bolts from AOL, and co-founder Duncan Riley abruptly departs from b5media. Where do we get the real story? From The New York Times, or not at all. If we've come to expect honesty and straight talk from blogging icons, it's because so many blogospheric leaders have told us we should. And now suddenly we're getting the snarky insider accounts of blogospheric dirt from The New York Times?"

PCWorld: The 13 Most Embarrassing Web Moments

The Internet is the most efficient information distribution system ever known. But if you're not careful, it's also the perfect way to embarrass yourself in front of the entire world.

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The $99,999,999.00 PS3

Last night's eBay auctions were filled with arrogant twerps like this trying to sell their PS3's for Dr. Evil-like sums. Look at the screenshot, there were 135 bids on it. It's not the seller who pushed the price this high, it's the buyers being silly. As others have said, buyers post fake bids all the time, Remember folks all if you are the winnings bids are legal binding.

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Thursday, November 16, 2006

Microsoft’s Zune Suffering Awful First Day Sales

Two boxed Zune players sat ignored on the top shelf of a Plexiglas showcase packed with iPod accessories in a Virgin Megastore and by mid-afternoon, the store had sold one Zune player and one other person had inquired about them.

I am Glad to see General Public finally waking up to the fact DRM is Simply an bad Ideas for Both Consumer and Music Business .

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Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Internet Only 1% Pron?? What Pron I want some quality Pron!!

"In what surely comes as a complete and utter surprise to everyone here, a new calculation shows that only one percent of web pages contain pornography. While the calculations were performed using data forced from Google's and Microsoft's search indices by the government, they will help the American Civil Liberties Union to keep enforcement of the Children's Online Protection Act of 1998 banned. A loss for business privacy has become a victory for free speech, even though netizens lose a beloved old proverb."

But in Contrast Over 95 % of Todays College Kids acting like True 'Dumb Ass' can be easily found on Webshots, Myspace, Gootube and other Social networking sites.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Dvorak: If anything is doomed to failure, it is the Microsoft Zune.

I have no idea who is marketing this device within the company, but from what I can tell, this is going to become a major turkey in the product mix. As far as I can tell, Microsoft should simply turn over all its marketing to the Xbox 360 folks
—at least some of the people in that group have marketing skills

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TiVo to add peer-to-peer video sharing

TiVo has several announcements planned for tomorrow. First, you'll be able to use the TiVo Desktop software to convert and transfer Internet video to your TiVo. Second, TiVo will be setting up "channels" so you can broad cast TiVo-to-TiVo. Third, CBS is adding video downloads to 'TiVoCast.' Sweet!

No word of Comcast DVR powered by Tivo Software will have access to this feature.

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Monday, November 13, 2006

Google Earth In 4D

Google skipped right past the third dimension and landed directly in the fourth (time) by offering historical maps on Google Earth. Now you can travel back in time — for example, I am looking at the globe of 1790. Don't expect detailed high resolution photography from days gone by, but it's still interesting to see old maps overlaid on the satellite imagery of today."

Linus Torvalds Officially a Hero

"The European edition of the Time magazine has selected Linus Torvalds as one of the heroes of the past 60 years. From the main article: 'In the 60 years that Time has been publishing an Atlantic edition, extraordinary people have emerged from the churn and turmoil, creativity and chaos of a period that witnessed the aftermath of world war, the toppling of communism in Central and Eastern Europe, the vanquishing of apartheid in South Africa, the advance of women, the failure of old certainties and the rise of new fears. These people are our heroes, and in this special anniversary issue, we celebrate them and their many achievements.' The article on Linus is titled 'By giving away his software, the Finnish programmer earned a place in history.' Linus is cited in the 'Rebels & Leaders' category along with Nelson Mandela, Mikhail Gorbachev, Margaret Thatcher, and others."

TOP500 Supercomputer Sites For 2006

"The IBM BlueGene/L system, installed at DOE's Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, retains the No. 1 spot with a Linpack performance of 280.6 teraflops (trillions of calculations per second, or Tflop/s). The new No. 2 systems is Sandia National Laboratories' Cray Red Storm supercomputer, only the second system ever to be recorded to exceed the 100 Tflops/s mark with 101.4 Tflops/s... Slipping to No. 3 is the IBM eServer Blue Gene Solution system, installed at IBM's Thomas Watson Research Center, with 91.20 Tflops/s Linpack performance." You need over 6.6 Tflop/s to make it into the top 100.

28th TOP500 List

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Apple unveils upgraded MacBook line

pple Computer is upgrading its MacBook line of consumer laptop computers. Each of the three MacBook models will now have an Intel Core 2 Duo processor inside it, with the entry model having a 1.83 GHz version of the chip and the two other models having the 2.0 GHz version. Previously, the MacBook line contained Intel's original Core Duo processors.

On the top two models, Apple is also doubling the memory to 1 gigabyte of SDRAM and upping the hard drive space. The top model, which comes in black, will now have a 120 gigabyte hard drive, while the midline model will have an 80 gigabyte one. Apple is maintaining its prices on all three models: $1,499 for the high-end version, $1,299 for the mid-tier one and $1,099 for the entry-level model.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

10 Coolest Lego Creations

From a LEGO vending machine to a LEGO USB drive

Test Ref Links

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Thursday, November 02, 2006

Utube Sues YouTube

From The Age article: Universal Tube, which sells used machines that make tubes, has said it has lost business because customers have had trouble accessing its site." So now Utube is suing YouTube seeking a cease and desist on the youtube domain. (I wonder if they think Google's pockets might be deeper that the previous owners'.) This again raises the problems of domain names colliding across different industries and countries, and reminds me of the etoys/etoy tussle a few years back. Should domain name simply be exempt from trademark legislation in all countries or is it a legit thing to fight for?"
Utube Sues YouTube

Microsoft backtracks on Vista transfer limits

However, the new restriction prompted an outcry among hardware enthusiasts and others. Microsoft is returning the licensing terms to basically what they were in Windows XP--users can transfer their license to a new PC an unlimited number of times, provided they uninstall and stop using it on the prior machine.

The software maker said it paid attention to the response both directly to the company and on blogs and decided to reverse course. Microsoft had hoped to use the change to aid its ongoing efforts to thwart piracy.
Microsoft backtracks on Vista transfer limits

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

ThePirateBay Grows

ThePirateBay Grows
It appears that ThePirateBay is continuing to iron out many of its remaining technical glitches. As of this writing, ThePirateBay is host to over 400,000 torrents and serves more than 5 million peers. Additionally, ThePirateBay crew reports their tracker has grown substantially over the last several months.

"...some updates. You might have noticed the increase in peers and number of new torrents everyday. This is very nice to see! We've grown like 30% the past two months

The Internet Now has Over 100 Million Web Sites

There are now more than 100 million web sites on the Internet, according to Netcraft, whose monthly web server survey has reached 101.4 million sites. From the article: 'The 100 million site milestone caps an extraordinary year in which the Internet has already added 27.4 million sites, easily topping the previous full-year growth record of 17 million from 2005. The Internet has doubled in size since May 2004, when the survey hit 50 million.'" This is a far cry from the August 1995 results that just cleared 18,000.

Friday, October 27, 2006

YouTube Removes Comedy Central Clips Due to DMCA

YouTube Removes Comedy Central Clips Due to DMCA
"In March, an earlier Slashdot post asked if iTunes sales of the Daily Show would make it harder to share clips online. Well, apparently with the $1.65 billion YouTube acquisition by Google, the answer is now yes. Today, YouTube removed all of its Comedy Central content. Google knew this was coming but you have to wonder if YouTube will be worth that $1.65 billion on Monday. The take down request comes a year after a Wired interview where Daily Show Executive Ben Karlin encouraged viewers to download: 'If people want to take the show in various forms, I'd say go.' Maybe the New York Times Company would have been a better acquisition for Google after all.

FinReactor and EliteTorrents

This is the first conviction in the United States directly related to P2P and file-sharing. As part of his punishment, Mr. Stanley is to spend the next 5 months incarcerated, followed by an additional 5 months of home detention. On top of that, he is to spend an additional 3 years of supervised release, and in all likelihood stay far away from anything to do with BitTorrent. Finally, Mr. Stanley is to pay a $3,000.00 fine

Yesterday, another substantial BitTorrent verdict was rendered. This time, the decision was against 21 operators and administrators of the Finnish BitTorrent tracker, Finreactor.

“21 operators of the Finreactor peer-to-peer-network were convicted yesterday by the district court of Turku in Finland,” an IFPI press release reads. “Fourteen operators were convicted for copyright offences and seven for aiding for copyright offences. The operators were in charge of the technical operation of the system as well as the user control.


Tuesday, October 24, 2006

With Firefox 2, Mozilla touts security and speed | CNET

With Firefox 2, Mozilla touts security and speed | CNET
Mozilla officially released Firefox 2 on Tuesday afternoon, adding security features and a new interface.

Firefox 2 was made available for free download at 2:15 p.m. PDT. Mozilla has set up two download sites for the udpate, which it said it has optimized for the expected high volume of traffic, at and

Sunday, October 22, 2006

broadband help » News » Firefox 2.0 to debut Oct. 24 - Gaining in the browser market

broadband help » News » Firefox 2.0 to debut Oct. 24 - Gaining in the browser market: "Firefox 2.0 is slated to be released Oct. 24 just as Newsfactor reports that Firefox now has 12.5% of the browser market and is slowly and steadily gaining new ground. Even though Mircrosoft holds the lead in the browser wars, security issues continue to help drive users to alternative browsers."

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Slyck News - RIAA asks AllofMP3 to Come Clean…

Slyck News - RIAA asks AllofMP3 to Come Clean…and AllofMP3 says no., the questionably legal music download store, has operated in the Russian Federation with relative impunity since its inception. Although the RIAA, IFPI, US Trade Representative and Russian Prosecutor’s office have all tried to reign in this music store, all have yet to achieve their goal.

Slashdot | Firefox 2.0 RC3 Released

Slashdot | Firefox 2.0 RC3 Released
Firefox 2.0 RC3 has just been released. The release notes cover all the changes since the first release candidate, but RC3 appears to have a new Windows installer and more security in the extensions aspect, among a few other things

Monday, October 16, 2006

CNET TV Goes Live Web site

digg - CNET launches TV Web site
CNET Networks Inc. said on Monday it launched CNET TV, a Web site to broadcast video news and product review segments, as well as a partnership with Verizon Communications Inc. to distribute CNET's video segments through on-demand television

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Because all of those Movie Pirates need to buy all those Hard Drives, And Pay for Broudband Access is A Good Thing!!!!

digg - The Cost of Movie Piracy to the U.S
A recent study by the Institute for Policy Innovation (IPI) reveals that Movie Piracy not only has a direct impact on the movie business, but that is also affect the US economy on a larger scale.

I am going to download some movies, to help support the US economy Thrive in the Post P2P media sharing world!

Google Next Acquisition may not be Blinkx site to let users channel surf

New Blinkx site to let users channel surf | CNET
Blinkx is set to unveil a new version of its video search Web site on Tuesday that offers a more TV-like experience, with "channels" of popular content and the ability to select search results from a wall of video thumbnails that shows previews.

The updated Blinkx site has added channels on the right side of the screen that automatically generate lists of top stories in different categories, such as news, entertainment and sports. Previews of the listed items are automatically played on the left side.

Also Blinkx to power Lycos video search

Monday, October 09, 2006

Its safe to say Google Buys Youtube. Let the Copyright Infringement Lawsuits Begin!!!

google - Google News: " Google Buys YouTube for $1.65 Billion, Grabs Lead in Web Videos
Bloomberg - 1 hour ago
By Jonathan Thaw. Oct. 9 (Bloomberg) -- Google Inc., the most-used Internet search engine, agreed to buy YouTube Inc. for $1.65 billion ...
Google to Acquire YouTube for $1.65 Billion New York Times
Google to buy YouTube for $1.65 billion in stock MarketWatch
Press Release: Google Aquires You Tube TIME
eWeek - CNET
all 630 news articles »
Google To Acquire YouTube In Stock Transaction
Search Engine Watch - 51 minutes ago
... operate independently. Read below for the full text of the release. MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., October 9, 2006 - Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG ...
Google Buys YouTube for $1.65 Billion BetaNews
Google to acquire YouTube in $1.65 billion deal TG Daily
Google, YouTube may set $1.6B deal: source - Business Wire (press release)
all 7 news articles »"

IE7 Come out of beta and coming to PC Running XP sp 2 near you. If like it Or Not.

Slashdot | IE7 To Ship With Windows Patches Tomorrow
"Microsoft plans to push out Internet Explorer 7 as a 'high priority update' when it ships security patches tomorrow, according to's Security Fix blog. That means anyone who has Windows configured to download and install patches automagically from Redmond will be greeted with IE7 next time they boot up their machines. In related news, it appears IE's worldwide market share actually increased a couple of points since July, despite a number of high profile zero-day attacks this year."

YouTube cuts three content deals | CNET

YouTube cuts three content deals | CNET

So the deal of Google Buying Youtube may have fall through But Big countains Providers made some headways.

YouTube announced on Monday partnerships with Universal Music Group, Sony BMG Music Entertainment and CBS that let their artists' music and videos be included in original content posted on YouTube's site.

The media groups will authorize the use of their copyright-protected content through three separate revenue deals with YouTube.

'Office 2.0' start-ups knock on business doors | CNET

'Office 2.0' start-ups knock on business doors | CNET
The Office 2.0 conference this week will showcase dozens of start-ups that are building hosted services for tasks typically done with desktop applications such as Microsoft Office.

Rather than try to replicate the features of Office online, many of these companies are focusing on the benefits of the Web 2.0 collaboration their services bring. They're also trying to bypass traditional sales pitches by concentrating on grassroots adoption.

Google’s secret and/or forgotten places - Internet Marketing and SEO Blog - Cristian Mezei

Google’s secret and/or forgotten places - Internet Marketing and SEO Blog - Cristian Mezei: "Google’s secret and/or forgotten places
July 20th, 2006 - Filed under Internet Marketing & SEO, Funny stuff, Google, Google Adsense & Adwords, Recommended Websites by Cristian Mezei"

digg - Google’s 56 forgotten (secret) pages, part two

digg - Google’s 56 forgotten (secret) pages, part two
Google things that most of us don’t see/get. Again, some of these pages are indeed still public, but either have not been seen by many people, have been missed or are just very hard to find. The rest are just NOT public (linked) anymore.

Friday, October 06, 2006

So the Banker from the US Version of Deal or No Deal Uses a Mac Notebook.

No word what is the Specs and Model of the Bankers New Notebook Mac?? Macbook, Macbook Pro. 1 or 2 gigs of ram. 100gig HD. Is he running Boot Camp or Virtual Machine from Parallels his WinXP Apps??

read more | digg story

Google to buy YouTube? Because Google is has 1.6 billion in pocket change.

Google to buy YouTube? | | CNET
Google is currently in talks to snatch up YouTube for $1.6 billion, TechCrunch is reporting. The blog's source says discussions are taking place and there is still a possibility the deal may not go through.

But is youtube worth it at that amount??

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Google releases code search service so you can roll your very own google.

Google releases code search service
Google's latest beta, a source code search engine, is now open to the public. Google Code Search allows users to query a massive database of publicly available source code and filter results based on license and programming language. With support for regular expressions and optional case sensitivity, the service is clearly designed for software developers. Google plans to release an API for the service so that its functionality can be incorporated into development environments and other tools.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

YouTube's future (or lack thereof)

In not much over a year, YouTube has become one of the biggest sites on the Internet. Ars takes a quick look at YouTube's business model, legal threats, and long-term prospects for survival. Will Youtube legacy be the or of the Web 2.0 era.??

read more | digg story

Google Logo... err Lego!

Some geek made a copy of Google's logo with Lego bricks.

read more | digg story

If you get lock out from your shining brand new Vista PC No problem Switch to Linux!!

Microsoft to lock pirates out of Vista PCs | CNET
Windows Vista will have new antipiracy technology that locks people out their PCs if the operating system isn't activated within 30 days after installation.

If Vista is not activated with a legitimate product registration key in time, the system will run in "reduced functionality mode" until it is activated, said Thomas Lindeman, a senior product manager at Microsoft. In this mode, people will be able to use a Web browser for up to an hour, after which time the system will log them out, he said.

Tired of all the new Google Services with the word Beta attached to them?? - Leoville Town Square

Topic list: Tired of all the new Google Services with the word Beta attached to them?? - Leoville Town Square

Google has created a search site without any Google branding to test new features. The site, SearchMash, has a simple blue and white interface with a search bar and an option to click on "popular searches." Once keywords are entered, the results page features links to results running down the left side of the page....

SearchMash is a website operated by Google Inc.

Monday, October 02, 2006

BBC NEWS | Business | Google buys its founding garage

BBC NEWS | Business | Google buys its founding garage
Internet giant Google has bought a landmark in its history - the suburban home where it was founded in 1998.

Google has paid an undisclosed fee for the property in Menlo Park, California, where Larry Page and Sergey Brin started the business from a garage.

Friday, September 22, 2006

Zero-Day Response Team Launches with Emergency IE Patch

Zero-Day Response Team Launches with Emergency IE Patch: "
Security Header

Zero-Day Response Team Launches with Emergency IE Patch

A high-profile group of computer security professionals scattered around the globe has created a third-party patch for the critical VML vulnerability as part of a broader effort to provide an emergency response system for zero-day malware attacks.

The group, known as ZERT (Zero Day Emergency Response Team), was formed in the aftermath of the WMF (Windows Metafile) attacks of December 2005 and is now emerging from stealth mode with an unofficial patch that offers temporary respite from a spate of drive-by malware downloads aimed at users of Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser."

Activists unveil stealth browser | CNET

Activists unveil stealth browser | CNET
Hacktivismo, a group of human-rights advocates and computer security experts, has released a Firefox-based browser designed to allow anonymous Web surfing.

The Web browser, called "Torpark," is a modified version of Portable Firefox. Released last week, it can be run directly from a USB drive, meaning it can be used on public terminals in cybercafes. It creates an encrypted connection to the TOR (The Onion Router) network, which supplies a succession of different IP addresses.

Saturday, September 16, 2006

PC World - The 25 Worst Web Sites

PC World - The 25 Worst Web Sites
The 25 Worst Web Sites
From unforgettable flame-outs to some of the most popular destinations around, no one is safe from our look at the world's dumbest dot-coms and silliest sites.

Friday, September 15, 2006

broadband » News » 750,000 Customers Still Lease Phones - 82 year old woman pays $14k over 42 years

broadband » News » 750,000 Customers Still Lease Phones - 82 year old woman pays $14k over 42 yearsUser Jerm writes in: "In case you didn't get the memo, since 1985 you have been able to opt out of renting your telephone. However 750,000 phone leases are still in effect today. One such renter, Ester Strogen, 82 years old, has paid an estimated $14,000 over the past 42 years to rent two black rotary phones. According to one AT&T/Lucent representative, the benefits of leasing phone equipment include free replacements and the option to switch to newer models. I think I'm sold! Can I please rent two 1960s black rotary phones for $29.10/month also?"

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Google Ogles Plug-In Hybrids

The first plug-in hybrid vehicle may have a "powered by Google" sticker on it. The search engine company is starting a for-profit philanthropy company (say wha?) to take on important social problems, and high on their agenda is developing a plug-in hybrid, according to the New York Times.

It's Official: Nintendo Wii to Be Priced at $249.99

It's Official: Nintendo Wii to Be Priced at $249.99
Sure, the Wii pricepoint and date leaked yesterday (expect it to ship Nov. 19 and retail for $250), but we're still on hand at Nintendo's press event in New York City locking down some of the details that the embargo-breaking New York Times' story didn't clear up

Site for Fido gets funding | CNET

Site for Fido gets funding | CNET
Dogster, a San Francisco-based company that launched online dog- and cat-oriented communities in 2004, has secured its first round of funding.

The company, which said it has been profitable since mid-2005, announced on Wednesday $1 million in funding, which was led by Michael Parekh, the founder of Goldman Sachs' Internet research effort.

The company makes its money from pet-related ads served to site visitors, and is just one of a growing number of popular pet-related sites such as Cute Overload, Cats in Sinks and many others. But Dogster may well be the first of these outfits to attract venture funding.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Are there still people Using this P2P EK2 Network. Apparently The Nazi Evil RIAA Think so!!!

eDonkey Gets Shut Down //
According to court documents filed today MetaMachine, the company behind eDonkey, has agreed to pay a $30 million dollar settlement to the RIAA and cease distribution of its eDonkey, eDonkey 2000, Overnet and other software versions.

As Leo Laporte has Stated. Dunn is Done with HP

Slashdot | HP's Dunn Stepping Down
"Yahoo news is reporting that Patricia Dunn is stepping down from the chair of HP." From the article: "Hurd will retain his existing positions as chief executive and president and Dunn will remain as a director after she relinquishes the chair on Jan. 18. 'I am taking action to ensure that inappropriate investigative techniques will not be employed again. They have no place in HP,' Hurd said in a statement. Dunn apologized for the techniques used in the company's probe, which included 'pretexting' in which private investigators impersonated board members and journalists to acquire their phone records."

I Will Wait for upgrade my DVR From Comcast to TiVo software Instead of shelling out $800 bucks for Series 3

Slashdot | TiVo Announces High-Def Series3 DVR
Catching up with the competition, TiVo is set to unveil high-definition digital video recorder. The unit will feature dual tuners, 250 GB, and a hefty price sticker: 'The long-awaited product will be $800 and available in mid-September, the company said. Subscription fees for the TiVo service are separate ... TiVo officials attributed its long development time in part to waiting for certain technologies to mature and the lengthy process of getting industry-related approvals, such as for the set-top-box's two built-in CableCARD slots. CableCARD slots allow users to access digital programming from a cable TV provider without the need for a separate receiver. The Series3 HD box also represents TiVo's first major product upgrade since it released its networked Series2 DVR in 2002.'"

Intel's Core 2 Quadro Kentsfield: Four Cores on a Rampage | Tom's Hardware

Intel's Core 2 Quadro Kentsfield: Four Cores on a Rampage | Tom's Hardware
There is a fascinating element to this combination of multiple processing cores, a fast architecture and even more performance: The new Core 2 Quadro processors are out to beat the pants off everyone else in the x86 field and to extend Intel's lead over the competition.

digg - Blue Screen of Death on a Mac!

digg - Blue Screen of Death on a Mac!
Amit Singh (famous uncoverer of secret Apple APIs) discusses a secret OS X API that allows you to re-skin that pesky kernel panic screen, to make it look exactly like the classic windows BSoD!

What a fitting tribute to the now extinct windows bsod. I hope apple users have fun with it.

Monday, September 11, 2006

The Ziff who put the Z in ZDTV William B. Ziff, Jr. Dies Saturday

Dvorak Uncensored » Magazine Pioneer William B. Ziff, Jr. Dies Saturday
William B. Ziff Jr., the guy who invented modern special interest publishing died — apparently on Saturday morning “in his sleep peacefully” according to the family. There is zero news coverage of this so far. Only a few blogs seem to be aware of it. The family is quite secretive but there will be a death announcement in tomorrow’s New York Times.

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Wikipedia's list of open-source games | | CNET

Wikipedia's list of open-source games | | CNET
Wikipedia is so rich with esoterica that we could probably just post one of the online encyclopedia's entries each day in this space and never run short of supply. But we resist that temptation, for then we'd never find all the good unindexed stuff floating around the Web.

digg - Worlds largest "NO TRESPASSING" sign

digg - Worlds largest "NO TRESPASSING" sign

The Department of Energy convened a conclave of scientists, linguists, anthropologists and sci-fi thinkers to develop an elaborate system intended to shout "Danger!" to any human being for the next 10,000 years -- regardless of what language they speak or technology they use.

Stick A Picture of the G4tv Logo on any Dangerous Nuclear Waste Dump Will be enough Warning to Scare away any human being or Alien Race from that Hazard!!

Friday, September 08, 2006

Slyck News - TV Downloading Doubles

Slyck News - TV Downloading Doubles
The availability of TV shows online has grown with the arrival of mainstream P2P, YouTube, BitTorrent, Google Video, and similar avenues. Although the entertainment industry has impeded the number of TV shows and clips on YouTube, such influence is noticeably less on file-sharing networks. Denoting the explosive growth of video files, the Saturday Night Live clip, "The Chronic of Narnia", gained tremendous popularity online. The fun was over on YouTube however, when NBC forced the video site to remove all traces of the clip.

'Simpsons' sneak peek goes online Friday | CNET

'Simpsons' sneak peek goes online Friday | CNET
Viewers who take pleasure in the antics of Bart and Homer Simpson will be treated to an exclusive online look at the season-premiere episode of "The Simpsons" beginning Friday, two days before its network debut on Fox Broadcasting.

Additionally, the 18th season premiere will be heralded via such promotions as "Homer's Week 1 NFL picks" on on MSN; becoming "Ask Homer" for a day; and the home page of displaying a "'Simpsons'-style graphic takeover."

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Google News Archive indexes 200 years of content for its conquest to rule the world

Google News Archive indexes 200 years of content

Google has just launched another project in its bid to organize the world's information. The Google News Archive Search allows users to find news accounts up to 200 years old from selected sources, and while that sounds incredible, the service isn't yet a compelling tool.

You can think of the new search in one of two ways: a more specialized version of a regular Google search, or a much broader version of a Google News search. Queries to the News Archive search magazines, newspapers, and some Web-only publications for content, and can return results in a standard format or a new "timeline" view that makes it easy to follow the progression of a story over time. Searches can be limited by date if you want only early 20th-century coverage of the Titanic sinking, for instance. Just as we've come to expect from Google, searches are fast, the interface is clean—and Google has no current plans to make any money from the project.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Apple Unveils 24" iMac

Apple today announced a new model in the lineup of iMacs, a new 24" HD model. It comes with a 1920x1200 LCD, 2.16GHz or 2.33GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 1-3 GB Memory, 250 or 500GB SATA Drive, NVIDIA GeForce 7300GT or 7600GT with 128MB GDDR3 Video card. Also posted is a new lower end iMac, which looks very similar to the education iMac. Also available is a small speed boost to the Mini line, which now sports a Core Duo 1.83GHz Processor. "

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Battle brews over Flickr deletions | | CNET

Battle brews over Flickr deletions | | CNET "It's official: Flickr is part of the corporate world.

Once the quintessential grassroots Web phenomenon, Flickr has fallen increasingly at odds with some members since being bought by Yahoo last year. The latest example of this tension is Badflickr, a blog created specifically to protest the photo site's policing practices."

C|net webshot's feature tons of questionable photos of teenagers gone wild getting drunk half naked photos posting thru out their site.

Or you could go the route like I did. and Just host my own photos albums on my website. As long you pay your webhost, each year. You don't have worry about ads Cluttering up page layout in getting in the way of your photos. And there are NO Flickr Police cops telling you what you can and can't post to your account or terminated it without warning in a written email.

Monday, September 04, 2006

Almost Everyone Love Google But this new Audio eavesdropping software Just goes too Far.

Google developing eavesdropping software //
The first thing that came out of our mouths when we heard that Google is working on a system that listens to what's on your TV playing in the background, and then serves you relevant adverts, was "that's cool, but dangerous".

The idea is to use the existing PC microphone to listen to whatever is heard in the background, be it music, your phone going off or the TV turned down. The PC then identifies it, using fingerprinting, and then shows you relevant content, whether that's adverts or search results, or a chat room on the subject.

digg - FreeDos Reaches 1.0!

digg - FreeDos Reaches 1.0!
Yes, the FreeDOS Project has reached the "1.0" milestone. This is a very important day for FreeDOS. A lot of you have put in so much work over the years, helping to make everything perfect. Even if you didn't contribute code, you helped out the FreeDOS Project by submitting comments and bug reports.

Next up: Free3.1, Free95, NT 3.51, Free98, Free 2000, FreeXP, and FreeVista.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Slashdot | The Internet Not for Old People

Slashdot | The Internet Not for Old People
Alien54 writes to tell us the Daily Mail is reporting that if you want an internet connection and you are over 70 you may be in for a surprise. From the article: "After walking the Great Wall of China and making plans for a trip to Russia, Shirley Greening-Jackson thought signing up for a new internet service would be a doddle. But the young man behind the counter had other ideas. He said she was barred - because she was too old."

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

AT&T hack exposes 19,000 identities | CNET

AT&T hack exposes 19,000 identities | CNET

AT&T on Tuesday said hackers broke into one of its computer systems and accessed personal data on thousands of customers who used its online store.

The information that was illegally accessed includes credit card numbers, AT&T said in a statement. The cyberattack affects about 19,000 customers who purchased equipment for high-speed DSL Internet connections through AT&T's Web site, the company said.

California passes Wi-Fi user protection bill | CNET

California passes Wi-Fi user protection bill | CNET

California's state assembly has passed a bill to require makers of Internet access gear to warn consumers of the risks of using unsecured wireless connections, its backers said on Tuesday.

Most Wi-Fi users ignore security options when setting up wireless gear and thus expose their computer networks to public view. Leaving connections open allows nearby residents or occasional passersby to share this wireless access.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Honest, Micro$haft Vista Will meet it Target date for Late January 2007.

Piecing together Windows Vista | CNET

Vista availability: Make that 'late January'

blog People pining for Microsoft's Windows Vista should circle the date January 30, 2007 on their calendars.
August 29, 2006

Microsoft Canada leaks Vista pricing

The software maker's Canadian Web site briefly posts prices for Windows Vista's many editions.

Buzz Out Loud: 300 Ep Podcast Special

Buzz Out Loud: CNET's podcast of indeterminate length -
Ten consecutive primes
Three hundred shows! Wow. Just yesterday it seems like we were talking about the launch of the PSP, the release of Opera 8, and the beginning of some new Google library project. Those were the days... Anyhow, back in present, remember to be careful about what you drop in airplane toilets (and we're not talking snakes!).

Monday, August 28, 2006

The top 100 on Wikipedia | | CNET

The top 100 on Wikipedia | | CNET
If you've ever wondered what drives the enormous popularity of Wikipedia, you might be interested in this WikiCharts page that supposedly shows the 100 articles viewed most often in the online encyclopedia. The most-read topics as of this posting include such entries as "Pluto" and "the United States," but half of the top 10 are sex-related--an indication that interest in Wikipedia may not be all that different from the rest of the Web.

AOLHell Introduce A New Word to the Tech Lingo "BadWare"

Slashdot | AOL 9.0 Called Badware: "'The bad news at AOL keeps coming. First they get in trouble for releasing search data on more than half a million customers, then it gives away security software with a nasty EULA, now its free client software is accused of acting like badware according to, the Google-funded rating group."

Friday, August 25, 2006

digg - RIAA Backs Down 1 Day After Being Counter-sued

digg - RIAA Backs Down 1 Day After Being Counter-sued
In Warner v. Stubbs, in Oklahoma, the defendant filed her answer and counterclaim against the RIAA on August 23, 2006. In it she likened the RIAA's tactics to "extortion". The very next day, on August 24, 2006, the RIAA turned around and asked the Judge for permission to withdraw its case

Thursday, August 24, 2006

"Microsoft moves closer to new browser release

"Microsoft moves closer to new browser release

Company hits 'release candidate' stage for Internet Explorer 7, first major update offered in recent years.

TiVo teams up with Cox

DVR maker signs up another cable operator to distribute its digital video recording products.

Barney the dinosaur sued after legal threats

After trademark lawyers threaten sites critical of portly purple Tyrannosaur, EFF responds with lawsuit of its own.

YouTube could be a steal at $1 billion

High Impact news analysis Sony's acquisition of video-sharing company Grouper could mean big bucks to others in online video."

Technology News Article |

Technology News Article |
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Mainland China has opened its first halfway house for Internet addicts, offering shell-shocked teenagers counselling, books -- and the use of computers.

The shelter can hold four minors for one-night stays and help bridge gaps between children and parents, the Shanghai Daily said.

"None of the teenagers are forced to come here," the newspaper quoted Wang Hui, the house's chief social worker, as saying.

"We wander around in nearby Internet bars at night and bring them to the halfway house if the teen agrees."

Any plans for opening an Podcasting Addicts halfway house In Northern California?? With Boasting 13 Podcasts and counting. Sometimes I thinks to myself, Leo needs helps with his Podcasting Addictions.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Seinfeld To Go HD On March 27

On March 27, Sony will offer the episodes in high-def. What's more, in what appears to be a first for syndication, Seinfeld will now produce all of its episodics the short promos offered to stations to run�in HD. Sony is in the process of remastering all 180 episodes.

The Real Firefox = great pairing of a geek joke + a super cute puppy

Andrea Harner: The Real Firefox = great pairing of a geek joke + a super cute puppy
The Real Firefox = great pairing of a geek joke + a super cute puppy

Friday, August 18, 2006

digg - Blog: Firefox 2.0 Now To Ship In Late October

digg - Blog: Firefox 2.0 Now To Ship In Late October
Mozilla Corp. on Monday pushed back the release date of Firefox 2.0 yet again, with a scheduled ship for mid-to-late October. According to the minutes of Mozilla's weekly progress meetings, there are approximately 40 bugs in the under-construction Firefox 2.0 Beta 2, and about 100 that need to be addressed before the final goes out the door

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

IE Why even Bother with this Browser From the Last Century

digg - IE Project Manager says IE7, IE8 IE9, IE,10 Can't Match Firefox & Opera
Last week, Internet Explorer Group Program Manager Chris Wilson wrote a blog post where he discussed Internet Explorer (IE) and its CSS compliance. In a nutshell, the report said that IE 6 and IE 7 can't match the level of standards support found in Opera and Firefox.

Well that's what you get for designing an IE only site. Web 2.0 must be killing them.

Monday, August 14, 2006 > News > Business -- Tower going way of vinyl records > News > Business -- Tower going way of vinyl records
The music could be about to die at Tower Records.

Four major music conglomerates have cut off compact disc shipments and frozen credit lines to the 89-store chain, possibly heralding the end of the brick-and-mortar music superstore.

Tower, which emerged from bankruptcy in 2004, has been hit hard by mass-market discounters like Wal-Mart, Internet music sales and a shift by some consumers to digital downloading. The 46-year-old company, which also licenses 144 stores overseas, has been unable to attract a buyer for its format.

EMI Group, Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group and Universal Music Group stopped sending CDs to Tower stores within the past two weeks after Tower missed debt payments to the companies, according to label sources.

Nintendo DS emulator released

No$Gba v2.3 has been released, adding support for Nintendo DS emulation. Now you can play commercial DS games on a PC.
More screenshots:
-The ROMs need to be encrypted. Most of the ones you "find" online aren't.
Use this program to encrypt them:
-You need the DS BIOS files "BIOSNDS7" and "BIOSNDS9"

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Its Too Geeky: View searches of this AOL users and read what our visitors think of them!!

Here is search history data of 650 000 AOL users. It's very interesting to view search history of particular person and analyze his personality. Let's do it together! Psychic analysis of AOL users
and their search history!!!!

More info:

AMD stealth launches chips, claim

AMD stealth launches chips, claim
WEE XBIT labs reckons that AMD has started "conquering low end" territories. There's a fash aboot it, here.

Jings! And there's more. According to this Taiwanese site, AMD has gorn and quietly released a X2 5200+ - L2 cache being 1MBX2.

The News of the Screws - Bit-tech - has gone all Gelsinger and has a palooza of power supply units, here. Wil Harris has recently visited with (sic) Intel in Dullsville, so no doubt he's brainwashed with the palooza term again. Only Gelsinger knows the meaning of palooza. And he's nae saying

Monday, August 07, 2006

Too Bad Airlines Propose an to Banned All '[mobile' Policy.

digg - Airlines to replace 'no smoking' with 'no mobile': "No mobile' signs are to replace the outdated 'no smoking' signs above airline seats with the introduction of in-flight mobile phone services in Europe next year. Air France will be the first airline to trial the satellite-based technology early next year, followed by the U.K.'s BMI and Portugal's TAP.'"

Save this Location Google Maps

Google Maps Mania: New Google Maps feature: Saved Locations
A new feature has turned up today on Google Maps for registered Google users. When logged into to your Google account you'll notice a new link up along the top of the main Google Maps page labeled: "Saved Locations". This feature will collect and record your searches, then list them for you to return to later. Saved searches are listed in order by clicking the Saved Locations link. You can label or delete each previous search or add a new location. You can also turn the feature off by un-checking "Enable auto-saving of locations". This feature is quite handy if you're searching many locations and don't wish to keep retyping the request or continually select from your Bookmarks or Favorites folder.. A nice addition.

But I want a 40" 1080p LCD HDTV for $700 Now!

Picture tubes fading into the past | CNET

The bulky, squarish, heavy picture tube, the standard television technology for more than 60 years, is heading for the dustbin of history much faster than anyone expected.

This year, the number of TV models in the United States that use glass cathode-ray tubes to produce an image has been reduced sharply. By next year, even fewer CRT televisions will be made, and fewer retailers will sell them.

Does Sound Like Its writen like Press Release

Aiming to unclog legitimate P2P | CNET

High-definition movie files and large software downloads could find their way more quickly to end users, if a new platform takes off.

Velocix is described by vendor CacheLogic as a multiprotocol P2P-based media delivery platform that could revolutionize legitimate peer-to-peer traffic. Velocix is a system of local caching, whereby popular high-volume files are stored at various locations relatively close to where they are needed.

When If or When this serivice see Action in the Real World, I will believe it when I Dowloading Suse 10.2 and see the increase download speed on utorrent.

Apple meets developers at WWDC | CNET

Apple meets developers at WWDC | CNET
It's always a big to-do when Steve Jobs takes the stage. This time around, in San Francisco for his Worldwide Developer's Conference, he's talking the Leopard version of Mac OS.
Steve Jobs, live from Apple's WWDC.

Well this morning, Leo Laporte must be whipping out is Discover Credit Card for buying the all new Dual Core Mac Pro.

AOHell Now Makes Its Own Gravy

AOL apologizes for release of user search data | CNET

AOL apologized on Monday for releasing search-log data on subscribers that had been intended for use with AOL's newly launched research site.

The randomly selected data, which focused on 658,000 subscribers and posted 10 days ago, was among the tools intended for use on the recently launched AOL Research site, according to reports on various blog sites. But the Internet giant has since removed the search logs from public view.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Google puts the Breaks on those Drive By Malware site.

Google puts up 'Beware of malware' signs | CNET

Google has started warning people when search results could potentially lead them to malicious code.

The search giant is using data from the Stop Badware Coalition to flag sites that are potentially host to malicious software. Google, along with Sun Microsystems and Chinese PC maker Lenovo, announced support for the group in January.

Friday, August 04, 2006

Kitten Revenge on Wi-Fi Freeloaders Fun and other Sites!

broadband » News » Revenge on Wi-Fi Freeloaders - Nudge them towards the annoying website of your choice: "Boing Boing points to one man's solution for locals who were leeching bandwidth from his wireless router. Instead of getting angry, he divides his network into trusted and untrusted halves. He then sends all untrusted network traffic to Kitten 'Or even better, set up a squid proxy that takes all images coming in to the untrusted segment and turns them upside down before serving them up. Or just make all the images blurry.' More entertaining than encryption."

After WinXP Sp3 runs its Course .Its Linux for me

The TWiT Podcast Network with Leo Laporte: "Micro$Hoft promises that Windows Vista, which is expected to ship in early 2007, will be the most secure version of Windows ever. They promised the same thing for XP, and it took five years to lock it down. Unfortunately, Micro$haft has decided to re-write the network stack from scratch for Vista, perhaps an understandable decision given the number of new technologies they'd like to support, but according to a recent study from Symantec, the new Vista stack re-introduces many of the flaws fixed in the old XP stack. Can an untried stack be trusted? Will Windows Vista be stronger or weaker? The study raises some questions which Steve addresses in this episode.

As of this point I am getting really sick and tired of Shelling out $99 bucks and playing Micro$haft Roulette wheel of insecurity Windows Genuine Disadvantage DRM of Fun-o-roma. That why, I am seriously Switching to a KDE base Linux Distros like Kubuntu, MEPIS, PCLinuxOS for all of my systems at home.

The Symantec study is available via PDF here.

The Evil MPAA Will need to Butt-Out of this one two.

Slashdot | Circuit City Ripping DVDs for Users
"Circuit City is offering a DVD transfer service that's sure to enrage the MPAA. For $10 for 1 DVD or $30 for 5, Circuit City will violate the DMCA and rip commercial DVDs for users to put on their mobile players. From the article: 'This should be a viable market. Software and services are losing out to draconian digital rights management philosophies and anti-consumer technologies aimed at increasing revenues stemming from double-dipping--what I call the industry's penchant for charging twice for the same thing.' They note that fair use backups of DVDs have not been tested in court because all of the attention is focused on the circumvention software itself.

These Days, Does it take More then 5000 employees to Run AOHELL??

AOL to cut 5,000 jobs | CNET
At a company meeting this morning, Jon Miller (AOL CEO) told AOL's worldwide work force of 19,000 people that within six months, it was likely that around 5,000 employees would no longer be with the company," AOL said in a statement.

Time Warner on Wednesday announced that the long-struggling AOL plans to make e-mail, instant messaging and other services available at no cost to users with broadband Internet access. The offering marks yet another transition for the venerable Internet service as it tries to move on from an era of dial-up access and subscription-based revenue.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Slashdot | The Next Three Days are the x86 Days

Slashdot | The Next Three Days are the x86 Days
"Today, tomorrow and the next day are the only days we'll get dates like this: 2/8/6 3/8/6 4/8/6 like the x86 computers :-)" And yes folks, in the August news cycle vortex, even this strikes my fancy. In recent years we've seen numerical giants like 3/1/4, 6/6/6 and 1/2/3, but now really, what do any of us have to look forward to? Is our future dull and meaningless without cool numbers in dates? Oh the humanity of it all . No words as of yet when it will be official dates on the Calendar Intel Duel Core Duo Or AMD 64X2 am2 4600.

Saturday, July 29, 2006

TiVos for Aussies | PVRblog

Hobotech, a company in Australia that takes old Series 1 TiVos, adds networking, and converts them from NTSC to PAL format. They've got their own Guided Setup and their own guide for channels and show times put together by volunteers.

TiVo's legal team might look at this entire world of covert TiVo operations and think "infringement!" but I can't help but look at all these hacks and the length people go to make a TiVo work where it wasn't designed and appreciate the output of these resourceful bastards. That's some impressive TiVo hacking, HoboTech and OzTiVo, keep on innovating.

Friday, July 28, 2006

Google Labs with in a Lab Revealed

digg - Lots of New Secret Google Services Uncovered
Accounts created from within are not "real" Google Accounts - the subdomain and associated accounts are used for testing new or experimental Google services. I managed to find and add the following services to my "sandbox" Google Account - all of which aren ’t currently available to add to your "real" Google Account.

And Yes, Google shut it down. The services I registered before aren't showing anymore.

Opera reveals version 10 vision | CNET

Opera reveals version 10 vision | CNET
Web 2.0 is causing a splash as it stretches the boundaries of what Web sites can do. But in the rush to add features, security has become an afterthought, experts say.

The buzz around the new technology echoes the '90s Internet boom--complete with pricey conferences, plenty of start-ups, and innovative companies like and Writely being snapped up for big bucks. And the sense of deja vu goes even further for some experts. Just as in the early days of desktop software, they say, the development momentum is all about features--and protections are being neglected.

The security risk in Web 2.0 | CNET

The security risk in Web 2.0 | CNET
Web 2.0 is causing a splash as it stretches the boundaries of what Web sites can do. But in the rush to add features, security has become an afterthought, experts say.

The buzz around the new technology echoes the '90s Internet boom--complete with pricey conferences, plenty of start-ups, and innovative companies like and Writely being snapped up for big bucks. And the sense of deja vu goes even further for some experts. Just as in the early days of desktop software, they say, the development momentum is all about features--and protections are being neglected.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

From Kazaa to Skype and now The Venice Project

Slashdot | New Video Venture from Skype Creators
"BusinessWeek reports that Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis (creators of Kazaa and Skype) are at work on a new project: 'software for distributing TV shows and other forms of video over the Web.' Calling the work 'The Venice Project,' Zennstrom and Friis have assembled teams of developers to tackle the problem. The developers are already in negotiations with TV networks to use the system. But will Ebay, MSN, Yahoo or Google will have nay plans to purchase this new venture when it goes mainstream??

Friday, July 21, 2006

Slashdot | Google Doubles its Profits

Slashdot | Google Doubles its Profits
Google just announced a very strong quarter. The internet search engine said it had net income of $721m, or $2.33 per diluted share, up from $343m a year earlier. Wall Street had expected earnings of $1.94 per share. Earlier this week Yahoo had announced lower than expected earnings.

Slashdot | Apple Reaches 12% Market Share In U.S. Notebooks

Slashdot | Apple Reaches 12% Market Share In U.S. Notebooks: "'Apple's U.S. notebook market share has doubled to 12% after shipping 1.33 million Macs in the quarter. Apple also shipped 8.11 million iPods, topping analyst estimates, for a net income of $472 million. Remember when Apple was dying?' From the article: 'The iPod shipments appeared to calm investors worried that growth in that red-hot business was slowing and Apple's results topped what analysts had said was a conservative forecast. Shares of Apple were down some 24 percent since early May. 'Apple looked good,' said Jane Snorek, technology analyst with First American Funds. 'The PC numbers were great, too.'"

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Slashdot | Google Accessible Search Released

Slashdot | Google Accessible Search Released: "Google today released Accessible Search, a Google Labs product aiming to rank higher pages which are optimized for blind users. Google asks you to adhere to the W3C's Web Content Accessibility Guidelines if you want to make sure your pages are accessible (and thus, rank better on Google Accessible Search). I wrote a small tool to compare results of default and accessible results.'" Of couse Google should of have offer this service since day one when google search went out of beta. What took them so long to offer this much needed service??

Yahoo! Music to offer unrestricted MP3s

Slyck Forums - Where File-Sharers Meet

Would you consider paying $1.09 for a single, unrestricted MP3 download that would have absolutely no limitations on its use and could be transferred to any portable audio player or computer?

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Why watch War Coverage on CNN, FOX News or Local Media. Just tune your Browser to Youtube

YouTube takes viewers to war | | CNET

As part of a story about what was being shared online by people affected by the war in Israel and Lebanon, cable broadcaster CNN showed three clips that have been posted to YouTube by people witnessing the fighting, said Jennifer Martin, a CNN spokeswoman.

On YouTube, one can find large numbers of clips showing carnage being suffered on both sides of the conflict.

Why watch War Coverage on CNN, FOX News or Local Media. Just tune your Browser to Youtube

YouTube takes viewers to war | | CNET

As part of a story about what was being shared online by people affected by the war in Israel and Lebanon, cable broadcaster CNN showed three clips that have been posted to YouTube by people witnessing the fighting, said Jennifer Martin, a CNN spokeswoman.

On YouTube, one can find large numbers of clips showing carnage being suffered on both sides of the conflict.

Why watch War Coverage on CNN, FOX News or Local Media. Just tune your Browser to Youtube

YouTube takes viewers to war | | CNET

As part of a story about what was being shared online by people affected by the war in Israel and Lebanon, cable broadcaster CNN showed three clips that have been posted to YouTube by people witnessing the fighting, said Jennifer Martin, a CNN spokeswoman.

On YouTube, one can find large numbers of clips showing carnage being suffered on both sides of the conflict.

Well here is another reason why to Avoid Shopping at Walmart

Slashdot | Walmart Tries to Emulate MySpace
AdAge, retail behemoth WalMart is trying desperately to target the MySpace demographic with a new, and highly sanitized, site designed to appeal to teens. From the article: "It's a quasi-social-networking site for teens designed to allow them to 'express their individuality,' yet it screens all content, tells parents their kids have joined and forbids users to e-mail one another. Oh, and it calls users 'hubsters' -- a twist on hipsters that proves just how painfully uncool it is to try to be cool."

Sony to launch advanced HD camcorders | CNET

Sony to launch advanced HD camcorders | CNET
Sony will launch two models of high-definition camcorders that record images onto DVD discs and hard disk drives (HDDs), the first camcorder maker to offer such products, the company said on Wednesday.

Sony will release the model that uses 80mm DVD discs on Sept. 10 in Japan, and expects it to sell for about 170,000 yen ($1,450). The HDD model, estimated to retail for around 180,000 yen, is set to hit store shelves on Oct. 10.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Watch out Netflix, Here comes iTunes Movie Rentals!

Slashdot | Apple to Announce iTunes Movie Rentals?
Think Secret is reporting that the next Apple Worldwide Developer's Conference may be the company's platform to announce movie rentals via iTunes. The files would probably have a built-in shutoff timer, or only allow a certain number of viewings."

digg - Dreamlinux OS-X look liveCD

digg - Dreamlinux OS-X look liveCD
Georgeous XFCE based distro Dreamlinux 2.0. Includes all the apps you'd expect OO, Firefox and more. It's so polished it shines!
Here's some screenshots since the site is being hammered:

Here is another Compelling Reason why not to Upgrade to Vista and Switch to REAL OS Like Linux or OS X

Symantec sees an Achilles' heel in Vista | CNET
Some of Microsoft's efforts to make Windows Vista its most stable and secure operating system ever could cause instability and new security flaws, according to a Symantec report.

Researchers at Cupertino, Calif.-based Symantec examined the new networking technology in recent test releases of Vista, Microsoft's next major operating system release, according to the report. They found several security bugs and determined that Vista's networking technology will be less stable, at least in the short run, than Windows XP's, the report said.

Monday, July 17, 2006

Now will the Karaoke Business will take off since there will be about 1000% songs lyrics to be Published.

Gracenote, music publishers in lyrics deal |

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - U.S. digital entertainment company Gracenote on Thursday said it obtained licenses to distribute lyrics as music publishers mulled legal action against Web sites that provide them without authorization.

"When we first approached the publishers with this, they were excited. They thought lyrics had been an untapped resource for them and there's quite a bit of lyrics being taken for free on the Web," Ross Blanchard, Gracenote's vice president of business development, told Reuters in an interview.

Don't touch the Ipod Click wheel while Driving on Highway 17 thru the Santa Cruz Mountains

Slashdot | Integrate iPod with Car or Risk Death: "CNET has talked to Apple about its big plans for the car. Apple say they're keen to save the lives of anyone who risks death by 'reaching into the footwell of his car to retrieve an iPod nano at around 90mph' and anyone who 'considered skipping tracks on his iPod more important than the lives of multiple humans'. Apple are also said to be 'delighted by the efforts of Mac users who retrofit the Mac Mini into cars' and are 'keeping an eye on what these hackers are up to with their Macs.' The writer also pitched his own design ideas to Apple's director of global product marketing, Bob Borchers: 'We suggested to Borchers that Apple should allow drivers to use their car steering wheel as a giant Clickwheel interface, so that you can change tracks by changing lanes. Borchers foresaw certain safety problems with such a device and rejected the concept.'"

Slashdot | VoIP Calls Double In Quality

Slashdot | VoIP Calls Double In Quality
Newsforge and LinuxPR
FreeSWITCH, an open source soft-switch and IVR platform, have announced that they can support 16khz audio calls thus doubling the potential voice quality. They have had sucessful tests with a conference bridge, a pass-through SIP call and an IVR that reads RSS news feeds with the Cepstral Text-To-Speech Engine. So 7.1 Dolby Surround Sound is on the way to Voip Calls in the near Future??

Proprietary Software is just not for Viruses, Botware and Malware Anymore

Slashdot | McAfee Blames Open Source for Botnets
"It seems that 'the Open Source Development Model' is to be blamed for the recent increase in botnet development. 'We're not taking aim at the open-source movement; we're talking about the full-disclosure model and how that effectively serves malware development,' the spokesman for McAfee says. Why not just blame the IRC Protocol? Or simply admit that Proprietary vendors cannot keep pace with the Open Source Model?"

Sunday, July 16, 2006

TIOTI - Tape It Off The Internet- The next big Target for DMCA, RIAA And MPAA

TIOTI - Tape It Off The Internet
Tioti, which is set to launch a public beta in the next few weeks, combines TV torrents with social recommendations. The name is short for “Tape It Off the Internet” - think of it as a TiVo for Internet TV

Friday, July 14, 2006

Slashdot | Skype Protocol Has Been Cracked

Slashdot | Skype Protocol Has Been Cracked
"The Skype core protocol has been reverse-engineered by a Chinese company. The interesting thing is, that although the protocol is closed, it is not patented and thus it is not against the law to crack it. If it's true, then it could affect the whole eBay/Skype business in many ways, including that they might not get their piece of the emerging Chinese cake." From the article: "By cracking the Skype protocol, the company claims it can also block Skype voice traffic, Paglee said. 'They could literally turn the lights off on Skype in China very, very quickly,' said Paglee, who is also a lawyer and engineer, speaking from California on Friday. The company could transfer the technology to the Chinese government, which has continually sought ways to tighten its filtering and control over the Internet. So far, the company doesn't have any plans to market its blocking capabilities, Paglee said."

Thursday, July 13, 2006

digg - Free Linux Disks (not Ubuntu)

digg - Free Linux Disks (not Ubuntu) has started a new project. A project that will give away free Linux disks of your favorite distribution (SUSE, Fedora, Mandriva, Gentoo, Debian, Knoppix). Have a look, give feedback, donate to the cause, request a disc.

broadband » News » Jon Stewart Tees Off on Stevens - For insightful 'series of tubes' commentary

broadband » News » Jon Stewart Tees Off on Stevens - For insightful 'series of tubes' commentary
Jon Stewart of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" discusses network neutrality, and tees off (YouTube video) on Alaska Senator Ted Stevens for his recent comments proclaiming the Internet was a "series of tubes." Stevens has consistently defended the incumbent position on network neutrality, and is in charge of regulating Internet commerce while seemingly having no actual idea how the Internet functions