Thursday, July 31, 2008

linux media player

Banshee 1.2 has been released Play your music and videos. Stay entertained and up to date with podcasts and video podcasts. Discover new music with Last.fm radio. Sync your iPod and other devices. New for 1.2 is an equalizer, support for internet radio, music recommendations...

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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

stylus for iPhone and iPod Touch

It has a soft tip designed to keep the glass surface of your iPhone or iPod Touch scratch-free and smudge-free...it has a clip that hugs the contours of the iPhone, and also works with the iPod touch...all orders are shipping with a clip designed to precisely fit the iPhone 3G. The original clip will also be included...

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Cop Knocked Down Bicyclist & Blatantly Lies in Arrest Report

...New York cop...claiming that the bicyclist drove his bicycle directly into him, knocking the cop to the ground and causing "lacerations"...

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Monday, July 28, 2008

Felicia Day (and the under the table) Twitters

Felicia Day twitters during the Dr. Horrible panel at 2008 Comic-Con.

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last words at execution: "the governor...lost my vote"

Christopher Scott Emmett, 36: “Tell my family and friends I love them, tell the governor he just lost my vote...Y’all hurry this along, I’m dying to get out of here.”

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US TV watching by age groups

A65+, Traditional TV...A55-64, Using the Internet...A25-34, Watching Timeshifted...A18-24, Watching Video on Internet...T12-17, Mobile Video Subscribers

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Sunday, July 27, 2008

I'm a nerd!

Well...I scored better than half in Nerd, earning me the title of: Pure Nerd.

A Nerd is someone who is passionate about learning/being smart/academia.
A Geek is someone who is passionate about some particular area or subject, often an obscure or difficult one.
A Dork is someone who has difficulty with common social expectations/interactions.
Blogged with the Flock Browser

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Friday, July 25, 2008

send scheduled messages with Sendible

Send messages a the time of your choosing...Email, MySpace, Facebook, SMS, and Twitter...

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Force Gmail to Always Use Secure Connection

...a standard feature of your Gmail account: a secure https connection per default...

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review your employer

Write a anonymous review of a place you've worked...

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Thursday, July 24, 2008

AOL Increasing Dial-Up Fees

Subscribers who are willing to give up phone support can keep the lower rate, but they must notify the company to opt out of a $2 monthly increase.

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XDrive, AOL Pictures, MyMobile, And Bluestring folding

TechCrunch is reporting that an e-mail message was sent to AOL staff announcing "...Bluestring, Xdrive and AOL Pictures will be sunset..."Take a look at Windows Live SkyDrive, http://skydrive.live.com

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Coworking New Way To Network

The idea is to have a place where the self-employed or telecommuter can go to either share work space or just be around other people...but with a little more formality than a coffee shop.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Marc Chase on WGN's 'Movie Underground'

Marc Chase, president of Tribune Interactive, will play Smilin' Dick Nixon, the night watchman who's supposedly responsible for protecting the Fortress of Television Innovation from mediocre TV, on "Movie Underground"...

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Apple pushes MobileMe surprise to XP,Vista via iTunes update

Stopbadware.org, an anti-malware advocacy group founded by Google Inc., Lenovo Group Ltd. and Sun Microsystems Inc., notified Apple it would soon issue a "badware" alert for Software Update because of the tactics.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

more than plasma TVs, salespersons had been recommending LCD TVs

J.D. Power and Associates Reports: Despite Respective Advantages of Both Types of Technology, Retail Electronics Salespersons Recommend LCD TVs Far More Frequently than Plasma TVs

"...plasma technology...offers a number of unique advantages, not the least of which is that inch for inch, plasma sets cost less than LCD sets...plasma TVs also display deeper blacks and show fast-moving objects better."

...the high proportion of recommendations of LCD sets is primarily due to retail salespersons' lack of knowledge regarding recent improvements in plasma technology...

...LCD sets weigh less, use less energy, and produce less heat than plasma sets...

...television shoppers are likely to encounter very different levels of service and expertise, depending on the type of retailer:

a big-box electronics retailer (such as Best Buy or Circuit City): perform well in providing customer service, but product knowledge tends to be less consistent among individual salespersons...

a specialty television retailer (such as Ken Crane's, MyerEmco): provide more comprehensive and accurate answers to shoppers' questions...

a mass merchant (such as Target or Wal-Mart): often unable to provide answers to basic technical questions or make definitive product recommendations at a commensurate level, compared with other retail outlets...
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Monday, July 21, 2008

Slydial Lets You Go Straight To Voicemail

When you don't want to speak to the person you're calling, this service will put your call directly to voicemail...

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Help build dead simple tablet PC!

...Simple tablet for browsing the web. Allmost all open source, with Linux and Firefox sugar. And it could be under 300 bucks...(C'mon, folks! This is LONG overdue...if you can contribute to the goal, get it there...)

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Sunday, July 20, 2008

FBI Fights Testing For False DNA Matches

A discovery leads to questions about whether the odds of people sharing genetic profiles are sometimes higher than portrayed...the FBI has sought to block such inquiry.

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E3 not 2 good

...After drawing 60,000 people two years ago, it was downsized to about 4,000 people last year and moved from its usual home at the Los Angeles Convention Center to a handful of hotels in Santa Monica. This year, it returned to the convention center, but the feel was still small, maybe 5,000 attendees...president of Ubisoft North America: "...it's like a pipe-fitters show in the basement"...bring back retailers, who have abandoned the show...

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Did E3 Just Gasp Its Last Breath?(Slashdot)


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Saturday, July 19, 2008

Sex Is Not as Private as You Expect

...states have laws that creep right into the bedroom...

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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Things You Might Not Know About Your Credit Card

Unsigned Cards Are Not Valid And Merchants Can And Will Refuse Them...The Maximum Liability For Unauthorized Use Of A Credit Card Is $50 According To Federal Law...Merchants Cannot Require A Minimum Transaction Amount...Merchants Cannot Charge A Surcharge For Using A Credit Card...Merchants Are Not Allowed To Make You Give Up Your Right To A Chargeback...Merchants Are Not Allowed To Place A Hold For The Estimated Tip

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78% Are Burned Out at Work

Downsized staffs paired with increased workloads may be causing a rise in stress levels around the workplace. According to a CareerBuilder.com survey of more than 7,600 workers nationwide, 78 percent reported feeling burned out at work...

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(I've been seeking employment, but found nothing that I've wanted to rush to...lots of reasons: low pay, unreasonable expectations, etcetera. I have been more passionate about past jobs where I washed dishes than what seems to be available.)
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autism a stage in evolution?

...a result of environmental effects on children, or whether this is nature experimenting with us to take us to the next stage of evolution...

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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Spider-Man the Broadway Musical Open Casting Call

OPEN SINGERS/ACTORS CALL FOR SPIDER-MAN, A NEW BROADWAY MUSICAL...

LOOKING FOR:

Peter Parker: male, 16-20’s, great Rock voice, can be nerdy with understated sex appeal, good sense of humor

Mary Jane: female, 16-20’s, beautiful girl next door, strong pop/rock singing voice

Principal Woman: female, 25-35 years old, Amazing Rock vocals, think Sinead O’Connor with a Middle Eastern /Bulgarian/Greek/ twist. Foreign, world music types are great, foreign accents are great! All ethnicities.

JULY 28, 2008
10:00am-5pm
THE KNITTING FACTORY, 74 LEONARD STREET, NEW YORK, NY 10013

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Keyboard Cheat Sheets To Download

7 quick cheat sheets for Windows, Mac, Google, and Firefox...Download and print...

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Promotion? No Thanks

"...if men and women spent more than 75 per cent of each day on the job using their strongest skills and engaged on their favorite tasks, basically doing exactly what they wanted to do...They’d produce great results..."

This hit home for me, big time. The last job I had I never applied for...after reading the posting, I decided I was not the best candidate, and it was not enticing: I did not own a car, and I felt they were asking too much from one person for the amount of duties that were expected to be performed . I was asked if I would consider the position, and I said "yes"...but, explained why I did not apply for it. I had interviews, which I expected would take me out of consideration. I was offered the job, and took it...and found that it was a mismatch. I suspect I was offered the position because they had no one else to fill the hole...

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Weezer performs with fans

Now, THAT'S giving back!


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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

iPhones can send SMS for free via AIM

...you can send SMS messages from your iPhone for free...

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Finding the name behind the GMail address

...a vulnerability...it is possible to expose the full name of the user who registered a GMail account...due to the strong tie-ins between GMail and all of Google’s other services, such as Google Calendar, Blogger, and Google Code AND the strong desire for Google Apps to be able to share data with people. This isn’t the first time...

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Set Up Push Email, Contacts, and Calendar on iPhone free!

...roll up your sleeves...you can set up push email and wireless contact and calendar syncing using the free Microsoft Exchange service Mail2Web.

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Is the iPhone Killing Terrestrial Radio?

An article indicating that the iPhone is the latest competitor to radio...

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FDIC, Insurance Limits, and Their Lists

Most back accounts are protected to $100,000...http://www.fdic.gov/deposit/deposits/insuringdeposits/

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Monday, July 14, 2008

"Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog"

(Set aside 14 minutes for this...I think it's worth it.)Joss Whedon's "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog" starting Neil Patrick Harris, Felicia Day, and Nathan Fillion is live...see the 1st episode free!

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Friday, July 11, 2008

Life on an Indian Reservation (30 Days, on FX)

Morgan Spurlock spent 30 days on the Navajo Reservation...check the network's Web site for re-run dates and times (iPod owners can download the episode for about $1.99 on iTunes).[We, the U.S., seem to never do right by these people...]

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hosting porn on some servers can bring obscenity charges

(Deciding where you host your content depends on the content...)A pornographer was convicted by a Tampa, Florida federal jury on obscenity charges...even though he lives and works entirely in California...the web hosting provider that hosts his websites has servers in Tampa...lawyers tried to move for dismissal, arguing that he had no idea his web host stored a portion of his content on Tampa servers...

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Man suing church because god made him fall down.

A man feeling "the force of the spirit" falls down and is not caught (like the other times he has fallen), hurts himself, and is suing the church.

(Maybe he had also fallen from grace...)

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Thursday, July 10, 2008

"FISA Amendments Act" passes Senate

The Senate has approved a bill granting immunity to telecom companies that helped listen in unlawfully on Americans.

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NSA copies and retains ALL internet traffic

One man uncovers the NSA at an ATT building, that includes a "Secret" room. The LA Times killed the story when they had a chance to uncover this illegal practice...

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The National Security Agency, by diverting data, violates Fourth Amendment protections against search and seizure without probable cause. Of the major telecom companies, only Qwest is known to have rejected government requests for access to data...
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Best Buy is selling Ubuntu Linux

The boxed version of Ubuntu retails for $19.99 and comes with free online support for sixty days. There is also a quick start guide that comes with the package...for Mac and PC...

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Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Bush Committed a Felony With Wiretaps

...the President is bound by FISA...FISA limits the power of the executive branch to conduct such activities and it limits the executive branch’s authority to assert the state secrets privilege in response to challenges to the legality of its foreign intelligence surveillance activities...when Bush contravened the FISA law by authoring warrantless wiretaps through the National Security Agency, he broke the law...the President committed a felony...Bush has acknowledged that he reauthorized his illegal wiretapping program “more than 30 times since the September the 11th attacks.”

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Kucinich to bring single article of impeachment Thursday

Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) is sticking to his drive to impeach President Bush. After bringing 35 articles of impeachment to the floor last month, Kucinich will return this week with a single article accusing Bush of misleading the nation into war.

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How Artists Escape the Major Labels Thru “Re-performance"

When an artist signs with a major record label, the contract will typically include a provision granting the label with the rights to the performance. The label also will retain rights for a number of years after the termination of the contract. Now artists have discovered they can re-perform the old hits and keep the profit.

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Monday, July 7, 2008

free speech rights don't always extend online

At the moment I'm writing this post, I cannot access baywords.com. If it continues to exist, I intend to move all of my (blog) content to it...
"Because of the need of freedom of speech and secure hosting facility of the words being said...Many blogs are being shut down for uncomfortable thoughts and ideas. We will not do that. Our goal is to protect freedom of speech and your thoughts. As long as you don’t break any Swedish laws in your blog, we will defend it."

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First Amendment protections generally do not extend to private property in the physical world...

Network Solutions LLC decided to suspend a Web hosting account that Dutch filmmaker Geert Wilders was using to promote a movie that criticizes the Quran — before the movie was even posted and without the company finding any actual violation of its rules.

Service providers say unhappy customers can always go elsewhere...


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Star Trek: The Experience Closing in Vegas

I've never wanted to go to Disneyland, or Hawaii, anywhere like that: I wanna go here and spend all my money on stuff! Another dream dies...

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Approximately 800 vulnerabilities discovered in antivirus products

"...outlining the increasing number of critical vulnerabilities found in competing antivirus products, the IT/Security consulting firm n.runs AG claims to have discovered approximately 800 vulnerabilities within antivirus products based on exploiting a standard malware scanning process known as “parsing”..."

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"Former TV stars arrested in meth lab..."

(Now THAT'S comedy...)

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Sunday, July 6, 2008

AZ Daily Star editor outs a source

An editor of the Arizona Daily Star said he "never promised anyone anonymity"...(Because of his actions, I can't blame anyone for not giving information to formerly trusted members of the media.)

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Saturday, July 5, 2008

Anti-terrorist Segway drill in Shangdong, China

Members of China's armed police demonstrate a rapid deployment during an anti-terrorist drill...

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Friday, July 4, 2008

owner of Charlie’s Comic Books/Tucson nominated for a Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award

Charlie Harris, owner of Charlie’s Comic Books (5445 E. 22nd St.), was nominated for a Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award, to be bestowed during Comic-Con International...The retailer award honors a store owner who supports “the comics art medium both in the community and within the industry at large”...he can’t tear himself away from his business long enough to attend the ceremony in San Diego on July 25.

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Thursday, July 3, 2008

Viacom demands YouTube share IP addresses

"...Unless you’ve been extra careful to only watch non-copyrighted videos on YouTube, Viacom could sue you...even worse: they could actually win..."

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Official Website for "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog"

...starring Neil Patrick Harris, Felicia Day, and Nathan Fillion...See the teaser, join the groups, spread the word...July 15th, see the 1st episode free!

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Wednesday, July 2, 2008

free RoboForm password manager

software automatically remembers your passwords, logs you into websites, fills long web forms, and more...Encrypts your passwords...defeats Keyloggers...Generates random passwords to help protect your identity...Portable: RoboForm2Go runs from a USB flash drive...PDA-friendly: Sync your passwords to Pocket PC and Palm...

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Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Man Cleared Of Child Porn Charges, DIA Stands By Decision To Fire Him

Man given a computer by employer...man returns computer to employer...computer found to have child porn...man fired...man battles to clear his name...

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TV viewers' average age hits 50 years old

Some might say it's true that, "Only old people watch TV..."

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