Saturday, May 31, 2008

People Of New York: Shop Today, Tomorrow You’re Taxed

Starting June 1, taxes on some internet purchases from within New York...

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Prince Vs. Radiohead In YouTube Clip Debate

After word spread that Prince covered Radiohead's "Creep" at Coachella, the tens of thousands who couldn't be there ran to YouTube for a peek. Everyone was quickly denied - even Radiohead. But the posted videos were shot by fans and, obviously, the song isn't Prince's. Thom Yorke added: "Well, tell him to unblock it. It's our ... song."

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Friday, May 30, 2008

Comcast Hackers Say They Warned the Company First

The computer attackers who took down Comcast's homepage and webmail service for over five hours Thursday say they didn't know what they were getting themselves into. In an hour-long telephone conference call with Threat Level, the hackers known as "Defiant" and "EBK" expressed astonishment over the attention their DNS hijacking has garnered.

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radio should have passion

If you’re in the radio business but don’t really care and are passive about it, please do us all a favor, give up your seat and move on...

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Download Festival 2008

tickets on sale May 30...7/19, Shoreline Amphitheatre (Mountain View, CA)...7/20, Gibson Amphitheatre (Universal City, CA)...8/2, Susquehanna Bank Center (Camden, NJ)

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embarrassing moments on the job (TR Out Loud)

"...hear about some embarrassing moments"...the TR Out Loud! Question of the Week...

(Mine was posted...)

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Thursday, May 29, 2008

video on CNET News about the Revision3 attacks

Over the Memorial Day weekend, popular Internet video site Revision3 crashed due to a flood of decoy traffic to its servers. CNET News.com's Kara Tsuboi sits down with Revision3 CEO Jim Louderback, who talks about who was responsible for the denial-of-service attacks...

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ArtistDirect/Media Defender DOS attack on Revision3?

"If it can happen to Revision3, it could happen to your business too...what if MediaDefender discovers a tracker inside a hospital, fire department or 911 center? If it happened to us, it could happen to them too..."

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"MediaDefender employs a host of non-invasive technical countermeasures on P2P networks to frustrate attempts by users of P2P networks to locate, copy and share unauthorized copyrighted materials..."

(Uh-huh...yeah...right...)

"...MediaDefender has been contracted by every major record label and every major movie studio, video game publishers, software publishers, and anime publishers.

"In 2006, MediaDefender was acquired by ARTISTdirect (ARTD). MediaDefender P2P Marketing Solutions are just one of the many projects that has come out of the acquisition."


Let the boycotting begin!
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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

The Digital Evolution and International Competitiveness

(This was an amazing address...we are not as much of a "world leader" as we may think we are.)

Craig Barrett, chairman of the board, Intel Corporation Chair, National Academy of Engineering...discusses the type of environment, research and education needed to sustain the excellence and innovation that is required in such stiff global competition.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Rambo banned in Burma

Burmese Police threaten jail for selling Rambo...

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Frets On Fire

http://fretsonfire.sourceforge.net/...Supports importing Guitar Hero I and Guitar Hero II songs...runs on Windows, Linux, Mac OS X and FreeBSD

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Conference for Media Reform in Minneapolis-St. Paul

June 6-8...The conference is for anybody who wants to be involved...Speakers will include academics, artists, activists, policymakers, journalists, entertainers, and more...

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shareaholic - great Firefox addon for Digg, Delicious, etc

Works with reddit, twitter, stumbleupon, and more! You've got to take a look at this...

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web host says use Yahoo/Live/Gmail for mail

"...the big free email providers like Yahoo, Microsoft, and Google can do better..."

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Sunday, May 25, 2008

Girls Gone Geek seeking cast members

Girls Gone Geek is looking to add some new girl geeks to their cast...ladies with a technical background or passion...you don’t have to be a programmer or developer to be considered, but you should be a techie....

...accepting submissions until Friday, May 30, 2008, at 5:00 pm Pacific Daylight Time.
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Saturday, May 24, 2008

Snap Personal Internet Communicator

Use like an intercom...conferencing...voicemail...free service available...(I'm using one.)

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Andy covered it on Tech Tuesday on KOLD...
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New York Comic Con


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11 Scorching-Hot Female Gaming Cosplayers

"...girls dressed up as video game characters..."

These pics are amazing. I've never been into cosplay, but these pics are amazing. I don't know who the characters are, but these pics are amazing...

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Friday, May 23, 2008

Weezers New Video With Internet Stars!

The new single off their latest album featuring: Chris Crocker, Tay Zonday, Numa Numa Guy, Peanut Butter Jelly Time, the list goes on...a must see!

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learn about software others use

I can see where this would interest developers, as well as users...(with permission) Wakoopa lists software that is being used, and by who...

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Thursday, May 22, 2008

WSJ blog about life and work

A Wall Street Journal blog "about the choices and trade-offs people make as they juggle work and family..."

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You Know You’re Addicted to Twitter When…

My submission was accepted.

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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

300,000 Skilled workers needed in Australia

Australian Government plans to help grow the economy - gather help from overseas...

("Roadtrip"?...)

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worst job: Windows support

This made me sad: I LOVED working for Microsoft, but NOT for the company that managed the site (Convergys...I don't know of anyone that likes them). It probably had a lot to do with the people I worked with...we did have some fun...I was with "my kinda people"...

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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Mac notebooks growing two times the market

Apple’s overall retail market share is 14%, and a whopping 66% for PCs costing $1,000 or more...

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Announcing the Unofficial Build a Better Twitter Contest

CNET's Molly Wood announces an unofficial contest challenging all you developers our there to build a better Twitter. One that works regularly.

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(I love Twitter...but she's right: I would love a better competitor more... - S!ick)

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Napster download sales DRM-free at 256 kbps

"...All Napster download sales in the U.S. will now be in the user-friendly, DRM-free MP3 format..."...The vast majority of the MP3 catalog...is available at a high-quality 256kbps bitrate..."http://www.businesswire.com/portal/site/google/?ndmViewId=news_view&newsId=20080519006734&newsLang=enAs far as I know, eMusic is the only service that offers files at a higher quality: 320 kbps MP3.

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(How to) Set Up a Pirate Radio Station

"Hey, everyone...look at this interesting article I've found..." (wink, wink, nudge, nudge...)

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Living in Cars

I've done it...had to...I had only a part-time job. AND, I allowed another homeless guy to "live" in my backseat...When I worked in Denver, the low cost of staying at the YMCA was a blessing!I fear things won't get better...

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Court rules paper money unfair to blind

Federal appeals court says Treasury Department is violating the law by keeping dollars the same size and feel. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld a 2006 district court ruling that could force the U.S. to redesign its money.

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Monday, May 19, 2008

May Sweeps Sees Record Low Ratings

Viewers out of the habit of watching broadcast TV might not return until fall, and the threat of an actors strike may have networks seeing déjà vu all over again this summer.

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CenterNetworks Sings "Twitter Come Back"

Allen Stern, of CenterNetworks...(I feel ya, baby.)

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Steve Ballmer Egged in Hungary!

Steve Ballmer joins the Bill Gates club for food targets when he gave a speech/presentation in Hungary. It's all captured on camera.

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Friday, May 16, 2008

sleeping in your car could be illegal

A car cover may help...I had a friend in Tucson who was too drunk to drive...she tried to sleep it off in her car, and was arrested. Great...now I'm worried that next time she'll feel forced to try to drive home. "Damned if you do, damned if you don't...

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Thursday, May 15, 2008

Bruce Lee's 5 Rules for Personal Productivity

(some partial quotes) “As you think, so shall you become.” - “To know oneself...study oneself in action with another person.” - “To hell with circumstances...create opportunities.”

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Comcast & Cox Blocking P2P Traffic Around The Clock

U.S. cable broadband providers Comcast and Cox Communications are slowing BitTorrent traffic at all times of the day, not just during peak traffic, according to a new study by a German computer research group.

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Hide Your Data

Border agents are allowed to search any electronic device: computer, phone, PDA...they can download contents, or keep it for several days...Hide your data...set a portion of your hard drive to be encrypted with a different key...keep your sensitive data there...PGP Disk (from pgp.com)...TrueCrypt (truecrypt.org)......the encrypted partition...make the icon invisible...(Add numbers and symbols in the middle of passwords...)

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unable to record some NBC shows

A copy-protection flag prevented the recording of some NBC shows. (Another reason I don't watch NBC...)

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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

AMP Energy Walk of Shame

Ah, yes...this brings back memories...I too had my "double coyote ugly" moment...at the No-Tel Motel...where I tried to chew my arm off to get away...I gave her a dollar for the bus, and bolted!

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Splashtop Linux desktop to appear on lots of Asus motherboards

Splashtop enables users to read e-mail, chat with friends, share photos, or surf the Web seconds after turning on their PC...

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Bonnaroo Silent Disco


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Monday, May 12, 2008

U.S. troops' DVDs spread "porno-virus"

(Not often discussed in official reviews of operations in Iraq...) Bootlegged DVDs purchased in Iraqi markets...no telling what else was on those discs...memory sticks have circulated with viruses...Our government purchased counterfeit Cisco routers and switches that were manufactured in China, and had installed them (http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread350381/pg1)...

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Sunday, May 11, 2008

Rootkits can now hide in processors

Called a System Management Mode (SMM) rootkit...it comes with keylogging and communications software and could be used to steal sensitive information from a victim's computer...

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FBI Fears Chinese Hackers Have Back Door Into US Government

Counterfeit CISCO equipment, manufactured in China, has been sold into several government IT projects by "Gold" CISCO Partners, causing the FBI to open a criminal investigation. The concern is that the compromised hardware, from a potential hostile foreign sources, may provide hackers or foreign agents with a back door into Government IT systems.

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Saturday, May 10, 2008

Stolen (Mac) Laptop Helps Turn Tables on Suspects

Using remote technology, the owner typed in the command to snap a photo. “When you take a picture with that computer, it shows a countdown, and when it does, this guy figures out what’s going on...he puts his hand up to cover the lens, but it was too late. She had already taken the picture.”“Back to My Mac” is part of an online service that costs $99 per year and allows users to gain access to their personal computer from any connected Macintosh computer with the operating system Leopard. The software used to take a picture of the thief, called PhotoBooth, is standard on all newer Apple laptop models...

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Friday, May 9, 2008

Admiral had sex at White House

A Navy admiral engaged in sexual relations in the White House in 1990 with a federal employee. (In my profession, it can be referred to as "schtupping in the studio"...just make sure to keep the microphone off-air...)

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All USB ports aren't created equal

...only the front USB port on the MacBook offers a full powered, full speed bus; on the MacBook Pro the magic USB port is the left one, the right one is hubbed.The rear USB port, the one nearest the screen, is in fact already on an internal hub, shared with everything USB inside the case: the keyboard, the Bluetooth, the trackpad, the iSight camera and the infra-red receiver...

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worst, and best, wi-fi hotels

If a hotel has free (wireless) internet access, I don't understand why they don't more heavily promote it...especially if they have a cafe and/or restaurant: foot traffic, people...word of mouth...top of mind...people will stop by, AND MAYBE COME BACK (and spend money). I'm very grateful we have a 24-hour coffee shop...with free wi-fi...in this town, and frequent it whenever I can.

http://www.hotelchatter.com/story/2008/5/6/104435/5566/hotels/Worst_WiFi_Hotels_2008

http://www.hotelchatter.com/story/2008/5/5/113450/4230/hotels/Best_WiFi_Hotels_2008
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Wednesday, May 7, 2008

WeLoveFreeMusic.com

"...SOS Records...the first website in the world to allow you to listen to and download all of the content on this site without the provision of personal information..."

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Archive.org fights FBI demand for user info -- and wins

A ZDNET Blog

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geek Fight Club

This one, in Silicon Valley...(I guess coding CAN drive ya crazay!)

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How to Install (Nearly) Everything

Motherboard & CPU, RAM, Power Supply, Graphics Card, Hard Drive, Optical Drive...

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Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Rock Port, Missouri - The First 100% Wind Powered City

...four 1.25 MW wind turbines is estimated to generate 16 gigawatt hours (16 million kilowatt hours) of electricity annually.

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PDAs (and cellphones?) and labor laws

I've kept a work log, or diary: in the past, my supervisor had asked, "What do you do and why are you here so long?" After he saw my records, he never again asked."...legal experts are warning that a new wave of overtime litigation is on the horizon, in which employees will claim overtime...people working longer hours...expectations around availability..."

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Monday, May 5, 2008

ABC News: Great Last-Minute Gifts for Mom

I haven't read this article...maybe it'll give some ideas...

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Saturday, May 3, 2008

A Text Message Can Come Back to Haunt You

From Slate Magazine - Most cell phone carriers don't permanently save the enormous amount of text-message data sent by users, BUT...

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Friday, May 2, 2008

Team Fortress 2 free this weekend!

http://www.steampowered.com/goldrush/

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Thursday, May 1, 2008

64-bit Windows; upgrading to Vista

(Before you purchase a 64-bit version of Windows, read on...)

I have been unable to find information from the manufacturers of my computers regarding compatibility with the 64-bit versions of Windows.

None of my computers are on the Windows Vista Hardware Compatibility List.

The Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor did not provide an answer...

I have copies of Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit, and 32-bit...I hoped that by booting the computers with the Windows Vista 64-bit DVD I would be able to check them for compatibility: it worked.

My Toshiba Satellite A105-S4034 is not compatible.

Since it booted to the first setup screen, I assume the processor of my Alienware Area 51 m9750 is compatible.

I received my Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit and 32-bit DVDs directly from Microsoft. Both will not allow me to upgrade my OEM Windows Vista Home Premium: I am forced to perform a new installation of Windows.

It appears I cannot change my product key and do a Windows Anytime Upgrade (to Windows Vista Ultimate 32-bit).

For now, I'll leave my configuration the way it is.

(So far, the only 64-bit application I'm aware of that exists...that I'm interested in using...is Thunderbird.)

I attempted to install Vista Ultimate 32-bit in an "upgrade" scenario. The error message I received is: "Upgrade has been disabled" and then "The upgrade cannot be started"...

I have Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) on the computer...according to Microsoft, I must remove the service pack and then upgrade.

After uninstalling SP1, I attempted to install Vista Ultimate: it stalled during the installation.

It will not install in Safe mode.

Remembering old tricks from when I worked for Microsoft, I copied the "sources" folder from the DVD to the root of my hard drive. After executing "setup.exe" in the folder, I was able to upgrade to Ultimate. I did not find this information on the Microsoft website...it should be.
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U.S. has Nelson Mandela on terrorist list

Nobel Peace Prize winner and international symbol of freedom Nelson Mandela is flagged on U.S. terrorist watch lists and needs special permission to visit the USA...

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