Thursday, December 29, 2005

Supercooled Water: watch as bottled water turns into ice in seconds

This article details a practical experience with liquid water cooled below its freezing point. When disturbed, the water turns into ice within a matter of seconds. It's called supercooling, and occurs when molecules in the pure water cannot fuse together.

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The Truth Behind Bananas

After reading this, you'll never look at a banana in the same way again.

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Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Best Open Source Encoder (Xvid, Divx, H264, MPEG-2) - StaxRip

With StaxRip you can easily convert your DVD's, DVB or DV captures or almost any other source format. As a open source application StaxRip is completely free.

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Xbox 360 costs $715 to make

Microsoft is losing upwards of $300 per console sold. "It costs Microsoft approximately $715 to make, the manufacturing costs are still too high, another reason why they�re producing relatively small quantities.'�

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Thursday, December 22, 2005

Google Zeitgeist '05

Google just released their Zeitgeist 2005 with lots of fun and interesting tidbits

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How much do the richest people in the world donate to charity?

Ever wonder how generous Bill Gates and Warren Buffett really are? Well it may surprise you to find out just exactly how much Bill Gates donates each year. More than you think...

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Dell 3007WFP 30-inch Widescreen Digital Flat-Panel Monitor

Isn't she just gorgeous to look at? Dell will be introducing their new 30-inch flat-panel display during CES...

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Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Stalin Wanted Half-Man, Half-Ape Super-Warrior

Stalin wanted Planet of the Apes-like troops, insensitive to pain and hardship.

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The truth about shutdown.

"Today, on the exact day, when went offline, I decided that it is time for everybody to know the truth and that it is time for me to stop pretending like nothing ever happened."

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One Billion Internet Users

"Some time in 2005, we quietly passed a dramatic milestone in Internet history: the one-billionth user went online. Statistically, we're likely talking about a 24-year-old woman in Shanghai."

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use Google as a free proxy

at work? blocked site? proxy blocked also?
Fear not, since google is almost never blocked!
This artice shows you how to use Google itself as a real-time (as in: not via Accelerator or Cache) web proxy for shady and interesting websites! Don't Be Evil? yeah Right!

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Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Eight Myths About Video Games Debunked

Henry Jenkins, a professor at MIT and the director of comparative studies there, has written an essay that debunks eight popular myths about videogames. These include "Girls don't play videogames," "videogames make kids violent," and "videogames aren't a meaningful form of expression."

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New Da Vinci Code Trailer

Columbia Pictures has brought online the first full-length trailer for The Da Vinci Code, from director Ron Howard and writer Akiva Goldsman, who last teamed-up on Oscar-winner A Beautiful Mind. You can watch the trailer at Apple in High Definition QuickTime and regular QuickTime formats!

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New Da Vinci Code Trailer

Columbia Pictures has brought online the first full-length trailer for The Da Vinci Code, from director Ron Howard and writer Akiva Goldsman, who last teamed-up on Oscar-winner A Beautiful Mind. You can watch the trailer at Apple in High Definition QuickTime and regular QuickTime formats!

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File-sharing Is Good For Music Industry -Study

"The record industry has long considered online file-sharing a serious threat to its livelihood. But a new study released Tuesday suggests that consumer-to-consumer music recommendations a growing feature of online music stores and Web sites will benefit the industry, artists and fans alike."

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Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Learn about all the Japanese Emoticons

See how they differ from English smileys, and the explanations on the most popular ones.

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XBox 360 only $150 in Japan! Prices slashed after only 4 days!

Looks like the Japanese are waiting for the PS3 and the Revolution.

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Xbox 360 not designed to play games in vertical position

Those aren't my words, but those of a customer service representative. When someones Xbox 360 stopped playing games, he was told to orient the console horizontally, which fixed the problems. Microsoft wont fix his Xbox 360, because apparently it was never designed to play games vertically! Crazy stuff.

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Car Buried in 1957 to Be Unearthed in '07

Ahh... the 50's... It should be interesting to see all the items buried in the time capsule. They even buried a supply of gasoline just incase internal combustion engines became obsolete!

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Essential Free Wireless Hacking Tools

Anyone interested in wireless security and exploiting vulnerabilities will need a good set of base tools with which to work. Fortunately, there are an abundance of free tools available on the Internet. Brought to you by Dan Hoffman, CISSP, CWNA and regular columnist for the new online magazine, The Ethical Hacker Network.

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Students suspended after looking at teachers pornographic screensaver

The year seven students were suspended from attending the The St Francis of Assisi Humpty Doo school after typing in a password that brought up a screen saver of a naked woman in a pornographic pose.

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XBOX 360 file system decoded

The anti-owner technology in Microsoft's Xbox 360 has been compromised. A technology group called Pi has decoded the filesystem, which is an important step towards stripping out all of Microsoft's anti-customer technologies and turning the Xbox 360 into a general computing platform.

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Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Hubble's best shots.

Ever wondered how mindbogglingly the Universe is? You can get a good feel of it looking at these photos.

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40,000 Xbox 360s Sold on eBay!

According to eBay president and CEO Meg Whitman, a staggering 40,000 Xbox 360 consoles have been sold on eBay. So, if each 360 was sold for $800 (which is still a conservative estimate), that's... $32,000,000+ on eBay. Microsoft alone could make tons of money simply 'reselling' their own product.

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New Soft Helmet Turns Hard in Crash

A shear thickening material, it is flexible when moved slowly, but when it is compresssed by an impact, its molecules lock together. The Ribcap is a combination soft, flexible beanie and tough helmet.

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Angry BellSouth Withdrew City Donation because of free Wifi

From Boing Boing: "Hours after New Orleans officials announced Tuesday that they would deploy a city-owned, wireless Internet network in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, regional phone giant BellSouth Corp. withdrew an offer to donate one of its damaged buildings that would have housed new police headquarters, city officials said yesterday."

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CNN "Pipeline" Live Feeds Now Online

Did you cancel your cable to rely exclusively on Bittorrent? Now you can get CNN's live feeds via the web, too.
This is their big entree into live net distribution. They will reportedly offer four live feeds of various news events, with one weekday feed featuring a live news anchor exclusively on the web.

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Coloring Black and White Photos

This is horrendously cool. You draw a bit of color on objects, and it colors them for you.


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Monday, December 05, 2005

A Man With Only a 7 Second Memory

"It's like being dead . . . one long night with no thoughts, no dreams. There's no difference between day and night, I haven't been conscious in 20 years."

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A Man With Only a 7 Second Memory

"It's like being dead . . . one long night with no thoughts, no dreams. There�s no difference between day and night, I haven�t been conscious in 20 years."

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Friday, December 02, 2005

GMail anti-virus coming very very soon....

Google is very close to introducing anti-virus to it's GMail service.

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RIAA Sues Woman Who Has No Computer For Sharing Music

This is getting out of hand.

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Xbox vs. Xbox 360: Do You Really Need HD?

Just like the title says, do you really need HD, yet? Great comparison showing the difference between games that are on the Xbox, and Xbox360, just put your cursor over the image to see the difference.

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Russian squirrel pack 'kills dog'

"Squirrels have bitten to death a stray dog which was barking at them in a Russian park, local media report."

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

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

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Mr. T from your dashboard: 'Turn left, fool'

LOL. Companies are offering some surprising voices for you car's navigation system. Make room for Mr. T.

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Ubuntu / Windows Dual Boot Video Tutorial

Installing a dual-boot system using Windows XP and Ubuntu . The video details the entire process, from partitioning the harddrive to walking through the install procedure.

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Scratches no match for Nissan's new car paint

Nissan Motor said Friday it had created a paint that repairs scratches on its own, restoring a car's surface to normal within a week.

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Apple's cheap laptop plans released.

Apple is preparing to launch a range of budget Intel laptops next month, designed to take on cheaper rivals such as those produced by Dell and HP.

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Top fifteen richest fictional people according to Forbes

Lex Luthor and Bruce Wayne made the list. Guess who's number one...

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Monday, November 28, 2005

The best Xbox360 Review

HardOCP gives their customary excellent run-down review of the Xbox 360.The best I have seen.

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eBay stands for "Echo Bay, California"

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

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Symantec Officially Discontinues SyGate Products

Three months after Symantec bought SyGate Technologies, they have announced that they are discontinuing all SyGate products and support as of November 30, 2005.

There goes one of the great, free software firewalls for Windows :(

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Basically a frontend for It organizes all the TV show torrents into different series with links to that episode database listings, newest show and much more. Check it out!

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Windows Vista OS may ship earlier then expected

With speculation of a ship date for Windows Vista ranging in the second part of 2006, word has surprisingly surfaced that it can be expected much earlier. BusinessWeek has received a copy of the internal blog of Chris Jones, who is a top Windows executive. The blog states that the code for Windows Vista will be completed by August 31.

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Friday, November 25, 2005

Today's Time Waster

Get as many chain reactions as you can....addicting!!!

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Don't update your version of Kazaa

A court has ordered Sharman to release a new version of Kazaa by 5 December that includes a non-optional keyword filter. Justice Wilcox also ordered in a hearing yesterday that dialogue boxes appear on the Kazaa Web site "to place maximum pressure on KMD users to obtain the updated release".

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Tuesday, November 22, 2005

EFF Files Class Action Lawsuit Against Sony BMG

"The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), along with two leading national class action law firms, today filed a lawsuit against Sony BMG, demanding that the company repair the damage done by the First4Internet XCP and SunnComm MediaMax software it included on over 24 million music CDs." --- Sic 'em EFF!!!

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Monday, November 21, 2005

The Search Engine Experiment: Who Really Has The Best Results?

A public experiment discovering which of the top three search engines (Google, Yahoo, or MSN) really offers the best results. By taking the test you also find out which engine you personally prefer (and it's a blind test, so prejudice won't effect the outcome).

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Hologram from Maxell with 1.6 TB storage space & 120 MBPs transfer speed

bringing a revolutionary technology to market - holographic media. With storage capacities achieving 1.6 TeraBytes per disk and data rates as high as 120 MBPs, holographic technology is a true breakthrough in optical media.

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Thursday, November 17, 2005

Intellectually Stimulating Game ( How Fast Can You Think? )

See if you can beat my high score of 674. To be fair to yourself try it just once and see how fast you can think. Post your high score in the comments for everyone to ogle at. Cheers!

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Reset Windows XP password

Uses install disc and a hole in the installation screen.

1. Place your Windows XP CD in your cd-rom and start your computer (it’s assumed here that your XP CD is bootable – as it should be - and that you have your bios set to boot from CD)

2. Keep your eye on the screen messages for booting to your cd Typically, it will be “Press any key to boot from cd”

3. Once you get in, the first screen will indicate that Setup is inspecting your system and loading files.

4. When you get to the Welcome to Setup screen, press ENTER to Setup Windows now

5. The Licensing Agreement comes next - Press F8 to accept it.

6. The next screen is the Setup screen which gives you the option to do a Repair.

It should read something like “If one of the following Windows XP installations is damaged, Setup can try to repair it”

Use the up and down arrow keys to select your XP installation (if you only have one, it should already be selected) and press R to begin the Repair process.

7. Let the Repair run. Setup will now check your disks and then start copying files which can take several minutes.

8. Shortly after the Copying Files stage, you will be required to reboot. (this will happen automatically – you will see a progress bar stating “Your computer will reboot in 15 seconds”

9. During the reboot, do not make the mistake of “pressing any key” to boot from the CD again! Setup will resume automatically with the standard billboard screens and you will notice Installing Windows is highlighted.

10. Keep your eye on the lower left hand side of the screen and when you see the Installing Devices progress bar, press SHIFT + F10. This is the security hole! A command console will now open up giving you the potential for wide access to your system.

11. At the prompt, type NUSRMGR.CPL and press Enter. Voila! You have just gained graphical access to your User Accounts in the Control Panel.

12. Now simply pick the account you need to change and remove or change your password as you prefer. If you want to log on without having to enter your new password, you can type control userpasswords2 at the prompt and choose to log on without being asked for password. After you’ve made your changes close the windows, exit the command box and continue on with the Repair (have your Product key handy).

13. Once the Repair is done, you will be able to log on with your new password (or without a password if you chose not to use one or if you chose not to be asked for a password). Your programs and personalized settings should remain intact.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Is Gravity Leaking From Our Universe?

A mysterious force is ripping through physics and astronomy departments these days. It has splintered long-cherished theories and has caused otherwise rational scientists to latch onto a weird and ugly notion.

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Marines Get Brutal New Weapon

The Marines have begun using a weapon that is easily capable of turning buildings�and humans�into bits of rubble. This is called the SHAW-NE (shoulder mounted assault weapon � novel explosion) and it uses a thermobaric mixture that produces a shockwave in the air easily crushing walls and sending entire buildings collapsing to the ground.

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iPod nano now does video too !!!!

iPod hack allows you to watch video on the Nano and iPod photo.

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WRT54G Explore its true potential

Everyone and there mothers have a Linksys WRT54G. This is the best write up I have found on the different types of firmware upgrades that are out there for this router. Thank you LINUX for making this all possible.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Meditation can boost your gray matter

Meditation alters brain patterns in ways that are likely permanent, scientists have known. But a new study shows key parts of the brain actually get thicker through the practice.

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Google Maps Beer Hunter

" is a Google Map that shows Beer stores - as well as their open and close times closed stores are shown with 50% transparent icons" "( currently only lists outlets in Toronto)"

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Monday, November 14, 2005

Tutorial: How to re-calibrate your Laptop Battery!

I�ve noticed that my battery life sucked! After 15 minutes my (less than a half year old) laptop computer kept automatically shutting off because it claimed the battery was dead� but it wasn�t.

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EvilLyrics - Awesomest Lyrics Program

Displays lyrics for the current song in Winamp, iTunes, Foobar, QCD, WMP etc. Special Karoke Mode that highlights the current line being sung. I love the program--been using it for years.

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Google Analytics is live now

Google is offering Urchin website analysis tool for free now.

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Man's body cured itself of HIV AIDS

Doctors are planning further tests on a British man whose body has reportedly cured itself of HIV....there is real hope for a cure now...

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Get Free Anthlon XP Bezels, Banners, and Posters from AMD

Get free schwag from AMD, just enter your info and item numbers. Limit is six items per address.

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Friday, November 11, 2005

Phases of drawing a human

Flash recording of an artist drawing a fully clothed person, starting with the skeleton.

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'Gravity tractor' to deflect Earth-bound asteroids

NASA has unveiled a new plan to save earth from Ben Afleck style armageddon. Instead of trying to blow the big rock up with nukes just park a large spacecraft close by and let gravity do the work. This actually sounds like a reasonable idea.

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BusinessWeek: How digg Uncovers the News

Kevin Rose & Jay Adelson were recently interviewed by BusinessWeek about the growth and history of digg. A must read!

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Watching all six Star Wars movies simultaneously

"So all six Star Wars movies are out on DVD now, and I said to myself: I have nothing better to do, and there are so many parallels between these movies as it is, it'd be fun to see how many interesting things line up with each other if I watch all six movies simultaneously."

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"Sony, I download your music"

"And the funny thing is you still wonder why. Here�s the lowdown:"

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Thursday, November 10, 2005

Top 10 Tips for Great Pictures

Do you wish you were a better photographer? All it takes is a little know-how and experience. Keep reading for some important picture-taking tips. Then grab your camera and start shooting your way to great pictures.

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Indian outsourcing boom may end abruptly

Indian outsourcing boom may end abruptly as stagflation gets hold and sentiment in US economy goes south. If America and Western Europe go into a deep recession, Indian outsourcing sector will collapse too. The trends are beginning to point towards this.

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Top 5 HDTV mistakes to avoid

Looking to make an HDTV purchase? These simple, but profound, misunderstandings and mistakes should be avoided.

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New Linksys Wireless-G IP phone!!

"A new Linksys Wireless-G IP phone WIP300 has appeared to the public on the FCC pages. It will allow you to make phone calls using your braodband connection whether your at home, in the office or a public hotspot."

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Wednesday, November 09, 2005 is now Live!!

You heard it here first folks. My newest portal is now live. It's an integration of everything to do with me, Chris Al-Joundi.

Torrent Finder

Best torrent search site, search top torrent sites from one page
The Easy Way to Find Torrents

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Apple Preparing Full Assault on Microsoft - Virtual Machine War?

An interesting news item on the Net aligned with a previously published statement about Apple's ultimate intentions behind the Intel switch. A reliable source had told Architosh prior to the highly anticipated Apple WWDC event earlier that Steve Jobs would make an announcement that would be ultimately about expanding Macintosh market share.

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Monday, November 07, 2005

Digg's Downtime Noticed by CNet

Digg, a rising online technology news community that has been called a rival to Slashdot, went offline for about five hours on Friday. There was no attack, instead the servers succumbed to the site's success, according to Digg founder Kevin Rose. "For any site that has that viral growth, it is a challenge to stay ahead of the growth".

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Eight-year-old physics genius enters university

"Song Yoo-geun, 8, wants to build flying cars, defying Newton's law of gravity, and the physics genius which has made him Korea's youngest university student may very well drive him to that dream."

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MacIntel PowerBooks coming in April or May

A few months ago, Steve Jobs announced that Apple�s Intel-based Macs would be coming in June 2006. AppleInsider is now reporting that they will hit stores even sooner.

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Family Guy Creator, Seth MacFarlane's 1995 Student Film

This is Seth MacFarlane's student film from 1995, entitled "Life of Larry". The short is full of flashbacks, and scenes which would eventually end up in episodes of "Family Guy". It also allowed for MacFarlane's first break into the industry. The short won a student film award from Hanna-Barbera who eventually hired MacFarlane.

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Ghostbusters 3

Harold Ramis reveals Dan Aykroyd has written a new script, called Ghostbusters in Hell, and Ramis is keen to get the project started.

He tells InFocus magazine he wants ben Stiller to join Aykroyd and Rick Moranis in the sequel.

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Thursday, November 03, 2005

Office Live screenshots leak!

Tons of screenshots of a bunch of new Live products, including Office, Local, Mobile, Call, Mojo, and more.

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internet explorer tab within firefox

this is a new firefox extension.

to use it, just right click a link and choose "open this link in ie tab" you've now opened internet explorer in a tab of firefox!

this is great for the occasional times when a page doesn't work correctly in firefox, downloading windows updates, or designing a web page- since you can easily see how your webpage displays in IE with just one click and then switch back to Firefox.

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PSP can now play all video types!

PSP Advance will be available on Nov 9th and works with all firmware versions of the PSP. The software lets you to watch MPG1, MPG2, MPG4, DivX, Xvid, and MOV files on PSP. You can transfer any file from the PC to the PSP via the 802.11b wifi. Looks like the PSP is a viable portable video option now! Can't wait to use my divx collection on the go!

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Study: one in five teens have own blogs

In other news, four in five teens have a life.

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Another Pic from the D50

Originally uploaded by CALJ.
Once again, witness the power and beauty of the Nikon D50 digital SLR. This camera is just awesome. Check out the level of detail from this photo when you zoom in.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Bringing Aperture into focus

a pro photographers in-depth look at Apple's Aperature.

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Nikon D50

Originally uploaded by CALJ.
So this past weekend, I went ahead and bought myself a Nikon D50 digital SLR. This is an absolutely amazing camera, as you can tell by this picture I took with it of my youngest cousin.

USA: Cars to get USB ports soon - CD players to become obsolete?

"By linking a USB port to a car's entertainment system the car maker can offer customers audio and video options unavailable in most other models. That means a customer can play music loaded onto a memory stick in the car. The stereo system recognises the USB port as if it was the car's CD changer..."

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Google is Hiring Like Crazy

Google added ~800 employees last quarter and is continuing to add even more. Most job opportunities are in engineering, operations & IT. Google likes "learners" and to hire people that are "too good for the current job" and "about right for the job that is the next step".

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Monday, October 31, 2005

How Advanced Can a Civilization Become?

An interview done last year with a theoretical physicist in which he talks about how advanced civilizations can become. The answers are surprisingly detailed for something so theoretical :)

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I want to ...

A page of utilities that help you do stuff you want to!

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Payments with cell phones rocking Japan

No need for more plastic cards, Japanese cell phones with smart card chips handle your payments at major retail stores. Now, losing your phones have never been so critical.

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The World's Most Powerful Subwoofer

This fan-like subwoofer is able to achieve frequencies of 1Hz. By comparison, most woofers go as low as 20Hz. For wealthy audiophiles only, though... Price tag: $13,000.

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Sunday, October 30, 2005

Check this site out - Jon, this one's for you

Check this site out!
Jon, this link is for you!
Go to for all the latest news stories. It’s now become my #1 most visited website for news.

Friday, October 28, 2005

Is Sex Necessary?

Scientists say yes, and not just for reproduction. "The best that modern science can say for sexual abstinence is that it's harmless when practiced in moderation. Having regular and enthusiastic sex, by contrast, confers a host of measurable physiological advantages, whether you're male or female." Be careful though guys, you can OD on sex.

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Watch Me Solve a 20x20x20 Rubik's Cube!

Watch Chris Hardwick, of, solve a 20x20x20 Rubik's cube. with 1.3e1477 possible combinations.

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Japan's Internet Up to 40Mbps

According to Point Topic, China has more than 28 million broadband lines with a penetration rate of only 2 per cent. South Korea leads the world with a broadband penetration rate of more than 25 percent and Japan boasts the fastest available residential Internet service with speeds up to 40 Mbps.

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Online collaborative Whiteboard - FREE

One of the coolest things I've seen recently. Not only does it allow you to write freely within your browser but you can have others join in and write simultaneously with you.


Thanks GE

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1TB Per Second Fiber Achieved!

A Japanese power company achieved a rate of 1 Terabit per second, and used a 2 Hour movie to test speeds...coming in at 1/2 a second to trasmit the whole file. Please, can I have some of that for my BitTorrent?

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Thursday, October 27, 2005

Patterns of Visual Math

"An Introduction to the fascinating patterns of Visual Math"

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Monday, October 24, 2005

Forget BluRay - HVC has 3.9 Terabyte Disks

Yes, 3.9 Terabyte!One HVC disk can hold a theoretical maximum of 78 dbl-layer BluRay disks. And 1Gbps transfer speeds?! It's amazing how technology just marches on...

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HDTV definitions

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

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Parallel Universes - More Reality Than Science Fiction

Today, probably more than in any other day, we are facing a revolution in our thinking about the physical universe.
As Woody Allen once put it, "There is no question that there is an unseen world. The problem is how far is it from midtown and how late is it open."

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Video of the XBox 360 being played at Walmart

Here is video of a real Xbox 360 being played on a kiosk at Walmart. The controller is shown, and the two games being played are Call of Duty 2, and King Kong.

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Why Worms Shun Apple's OSX

OS X offers inherently better security for several reasons. The most important is that it was designed with relatively little concern for compatibility with earlier versions, while Windows is full of compromises so that it works with older and less secure operating systems.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Father of Wiki Quits Microsoft; Moves to Open-Source Foundation

Ward Cunningham, one of Microsoft's high-profile hires, is leaving the Redmond software company to join the open-source tool group, The Eclipse Foundation.

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Hacking Your iTrip

The Griffin iTrip is great but has a very short range before the signal starts breaking up. In most cases, moving the iPod to the backseat or even the passenger side will cause static and fading in the sound. Here�s how to increase the range to almost 60 feet.

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Listen to Albert Einstein

Listen to Albert Einstein explaining the Equivalence of Energy and Matter.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Google Maps on your Cell!

Mobile GMaps is a free piece of software that displays Google Maps and MSN Virtual Earth maps and satellite imagery on Java J2ME-enabled mobile phones or other devices. Awsome mobile tool! Need an internet plan for your phone though!

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Google Maps on your Cell!

Mobile GMaps is a free piece of software that displays Google Maps and MSN Virtual Earth maps and satellite imagery on Java J2ME-enabled mobile phones or other devices. Awsome mobile tool! Need an internet plan for your phone though!

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Monday, October 17, 2005

Your Pillow is the most germ Filled object in your house.

Aspergillus fumigatus, the species most commonly found in the pillows, is most likely to cause disease; and the resulting condition Aspergillosis has become the leading infectious cause of death in leukaemia and bone marrow transplant patients.

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Saturday, October 15, 2005

BitTorrent clients review

Reviews some of the most popular BT clients and talks about their pros and cons. Some of the clients included in this review are: Azureus, BitComet, ABC, µTorrent and G3 Torrent.

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Friday, October 14, 2005

Marijuana might cause new cell growth in the brain

"A synthetic chemical similar to the active ingredient in marijuana makes new cells grow in rat brains...The results suggest that marijuana, or its derivatives, could actually be good for the brain."..................and here I quit, thinking I was killing my brain cells when in fact I was smoking my way to "genius"!!!

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First review of Video iPod (with many pics)

Here is a good review of the new 5G iPod from iLounge. Be patient to load the page because there are many pics!

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One-Fifth of Human Genes Have Been Patented, Study Reveals

A new study shows that 20 percent of human genes have been patented in the United States, primarily by private firms and universities.

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Wednesday, October 12, 2005

MSN and Yahoo! to link messenger services

MSN and Yahoo! will link their Voice and Chat services so users of either service can contact each other. Finally a solution to the age old problem of having friends on different IM services.

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Watch NOVA programs online for free !

This is great. The Einstein piece on E=mc^2 isn't online yet, but for now you can watch "Elegant Universe", "Cracking the Code of Life", "Life's Greatest Miracle", "MARS - Dead or Alive?", among many others. . .

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

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

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Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Serenity Evangelism: Firefly in 30 Minutes

I'm sure most who have seen both Serenity and Firefly will agree the movie has more impact in the context of the series -- unfortunately a lot of people interested (or potentially interested) in Serenity will never see it. For the sake of promoting the movie, I've compiled some key moments from the series into a video. Spread the word Browncoats!

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Good bye Dark Matter, Hello General Relativity

Oringally posted on Slashdot: "...a new paper by scientists at the University of Victoria has demonstrated that one of the prime observational justifications for the existence of dark matter can be explained without any dark matter at all, by a proper use of general relativity!"

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Friday, October 07, 2005

Awsome List Of Best Torrent Sites!!

List of Best Torrent Sites Around. Ranked By the number of Torrents on Site;Trackers;Seeds;Leetches.

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The guy from gave his old code to a new owner a torrent site called looks exacly like suprnova but with a new name and owner.

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Al Qaeda puts job ads on Internet

"Al Qaeda has put job advertisements on the Internet asking for supporters to help put together its Web statements and video montages, an Arabic newspaper reported".........***Applicants must have pure hatred of the West; Photoshop experience a PLUS!***

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Call Level 3 - they're the ones that broke the Internet

If you can't connect to half the 'net, it's because Level 3 and Cogent are having a hissy spat over who's carrying more traffic, and Level 3 has responded by blocking access to their backbone. Call them at 720-888-1000
to tell them what you think.

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Thursday, October 06, 2005

Super Charge FireFox with "FasterFox" Extension (not FireTune)

This extension automatically employs link prefetching, network tweaking, enhanced pop-up blocking, along with simultaneous connections, pipe-lining, enhanced caching, DNS caching, and initial paint delaying to make FireFox so fast it can break servers (or at least hurt them).

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Eight Must-Have Bookmarklets

A bookmarklet is a snippet of Javascript that can be bookmarked (or saved as a favorite) inside your web browser. Bookmarklets can enhance web pages, add special functionality and make your browsing experience a lot more efficient by offering one-click access to useful tools.

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Google Declares War on Microsoft!

GOOGLE HAS confirmed that it will launch free spreadsheet and word-processing software online and take on Microsoft in one of its biggest markets.

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Monday, October 03, 2005

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The physics of Extra-Terrestrial Civilizations

A cool read on the types of technology an alien civilization may possess.

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Web applications list

A good compilations of applications you can run from your web browser, no more downloading, installations or crashes the web will deliver what you need to run when you want it.

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Increase your reading speed 2 to 10 times!

A software developed to improve reading speed. A free online demo available, try it out and post your results. The software comes with many sessions, and exercises.

Note: You must enable pop-ups for the demo to work.

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Friday, September 30, 2005

Costco Now Selling Replacement Batteries for Ipods

Believe it or not, Costco is now selling replacement batteries for the Ipod.

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Thursday, September 29, 2005

DigitalLife TV Episode 7: Live 9-27-05

Welcome back! Episode 7 is going live at 6pm PST tonight. Want to know what's coming up? Check out the show notes: What makes HDTV look fuzzy? The 'first' consumer HD camera, Sony�s HDR-HC1 HDV 1080i Handycam, reviewed. The best budget 3D cards for gaming. Is a $50 DVD player worth buying? (Along with some better DVD players for HDTV.)

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Watch TV shows through Google TV

GOOGLE is to begin broadcasting television programmes over the internet. The search engine has already signed up an American channel to provide programmes for Google TV and is in talks with the BBC to broadcast its shows as well.
Google's first move into TV is to broadcast a Chris Rock sitcom called Everybody Hates Chris.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2005

TechTv is NOT Coming Back. G4 turing into new SpikeTv.

More bad news for us techtv fans. G4 is now getting shows such as "The Man Show". Many thought a new person in charge would help, but its going more the other way as Leo said.

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Could the New Kill Off Blogger? is a hosted, free blogging solution just like Blogger. While is in a very early Alpha stage, it is drawing the attention of bloggers around the world with its inclusion of AJAX scripts and other new features such as a rich WYSIWYG that allows you to drag and drop photos or images into your posts, etc.

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9 pictures of the giant squid (and more)

This extraordinary image, captured by Japanese scientists, marks the first-ever record of a live giant squid in the wild. The mysterious deep-sea creature has inspired countless sea monster tales and a variety of scientific expeditions.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Google's Founders didn't know HTML!

The prime reason the Google home page is so bare is due to the fact that the founders didn't know HTML and just wanted a quick interface.

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E = mc2 Explained

How would 10 top physicists�two Nobel Prize winners among them�describe Einstein's equation to curious non-physicists? Listen online by selecting Play All or choose individual clips below. Listen offline by downloading clips, or subscribe to our podcast.

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Knoppix 4.0.2 DVD Released

The latest version of everyone's favorite bootable Linux distro is now available. The long-awaited DVD release was pushed out to FTP sites on the 24th of September; torrents are now available. Grab it while it's hot and seed it till you bleed.

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Monday, September 26, 2005

Leo and Kate had the Ultimate Gaming Machine in 1998

Leo and Kate overview the Ultimate Gaming Machine back in 1998. This was unreasonable in 1998 with 128 of SD RAM!

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Tivo Now in CANADA!

This is good to hear, even though its a pain to get activated and no warranty. But now Canada's can use Tivo! Wicked

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Saturday, September 24, 2005

Podcast entry 001

Podcast entry #001
My very fist Podcast is now up and running. Give ‘er!
Download here

Treo 700 to be Announced Monday

Treo 700 to be Announced MondayRunning Microsoft Windows Mobile software
Posted 2005-09-24 13:01:30
Reuters reports that on Monday Palm, Microsoft and Verizon, in a joint news conference, are set to announce the Treo 700 which will be the first Palm Treo based on the Windows 5 mobile OS. Verizon Wireless will be the first to offer the Treo 700 which will be able to do everything that the previous Treo's were able to do including surfing the Internet, news and e-mail. You can get a glimpse of the newest Treo over at Engadget. Could this be the beginning of the end for the Palm OS ... at least for Treo users down the line?
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Bit Torrent Tweaks

A pretty detailed guide with screenshots on tweaking bit torrent to get the most speed possible. According to the author, it improved his speed from 100kbps to 250kbps

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Thursday, September 22, 2005

A Great Link To The Best Bittorrent Sites

This is a website that I luckily stumbled upon a few months ago... it has been very helpful in finding the best site to find the torrent that I am looking for... and just a few weeks ago its new updated look is quite enjoyable... Check It Out! I hope its helpful :D...

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Tracking Hurricanes on Google Maps

Here's another neat example of what you can do with Google Maps. You can choose any year and see past hurricanes or you can choose 2005 and Rita and track her as she bears down on Houston and the Texas Gulf coast. Head to high ground Houston and Galveston.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2005

NerdTV is Out

NerdTV is a new weekly online TV show from technology columnist Robert X. Cringely. NerdTV is essentially Charlie Rose for geeks - a one-hour interview show with a single guest from the world of technology. Guests like Sun Microsystems co-founder Bill Joy or Apple computer inventor Steve Wozniak are household names if your household is nerdy enough, but as historical figures and geniuses in their own right, they have plenty to say to ALL of us.

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Intel's manufacturing cost: $40

Though Pentium 4s can sell for up to $637 US, Intel's average cost for making a chip comes to $40, according to a report from analysts In-Stat.

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It's official, Apple is planning a video store.

Looks like the new iTunes 5 includes some hidden gems... note the "Gift video," "Buy video," and "Add video" buttons buried deep within the newest version.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Test your geek knowledge: PCIQ.

The Personal Computing IQ Test is a series of random questions about computers to test your geek knowledge. The standard quiz is 25 questions.

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The list of the 100 greatest theorems

The millenium seemed to spur a lot of people to compile "Top 100" or "Best 100" lists of many things,Mathematicians were not immune,in 1999,a list of "The Hundred Greatest Theorems." Their ranking is based on the following criteria: "the place the theorem holds in the literature, the quality of the proof, and the unexpectedness of the result."

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Monday, September 19, 2005

10 Tips To Make Your Digital Photos Better

These are the top 10 tips given by photographic professionals on how make your digital happy snaps better. It won't make you a professional overnight but it will help you along your way! (See comments if you can't see story for login)

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Friday, September 16, 2005

Man builds up 30,000 volts of static electricity

A man built up at least 30,000 volts of static electricity in his jacket simply by walking around.
He left burn marks on a carpet floor.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Sun Microsystems: 100% MORE BITCHIN' THAN DELL ... ?

Sun's 'controversial' anti-dell x64 server ads. Pretty extreme marketing for a company that I've always thought of as being pretty traditional and conservative. I love it!

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Software List for a Better Computing (A must have)

There are a lot of great freeware products out there. Many are as good or even better than their commercial alternatives. This list features my personal pick of the "best of the best."

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Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Power Supply Calculator

Thinking of an upgrade? Not sure if your current power supply is enough for your new rig? This handy power supply calculator can tell you the amount of power a system needs. Just select AMD, Intel, or Server and start adding your hardware.

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Monday, September 12, 2005

Photoshop - how to make people look old

This is a couple of months old but worth a look for sure.. A tutorial on the Aging Process from the guys.. Nicely done.

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Friday, September 09, 2005

College Student Beats Microsoft in $143.50 Legal Battle

After selling unopened copies of Windows XP and Office that both the store and Microsoft refused to allow him to return, 21 year-old college student David Zamos was surprised to find out that he'd been sued by Microsoft. Rather than just take it, he fought back, beating Microsoft into submission without so much as hiring a lawyer.

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Not Just Another Wallpaper Site!

OK, I know that there's no shortage of wallpaper sites on Digg, but this site has Hi-Res wallpapers with no registration required! Get movie, anime, nature and original software. I now have a large Firefox logo on the desktop.......Cool!

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Thursday, September 08, 2005

GNOME 2.12 Released

Today, the GNOME Project celebrates the release of GNOME 2.12, the latest version of the popular, multi-platform free desktop environment.

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Saturday, September 03, 2005

Tractor Beam Technology

A "tractor beam" that can reach out, trap and move objects has been developed by British scientists.

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Friday, September 02, 2005

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire trailer hits

The full trailer has finally hit the net, and boy oh boy it is amazing. Haunting soundtrack and astonishing visuals, seems to be the best Potter film to date.

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Thursday, September 01, 2005

How to detect lies

The following techniques to telling if someone is lying are often used by police, and security experts. This knowledge is also useful for managers, employers, and for anyone to use in everyday situations where telling the truth from a lie can help prevent you from being a victim of fraud/scams and other deceptions.

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Invisible force field!

Scientists at 3M have discovered an 'invisible' forcefield!

David Swenson of 3M Corporation describes an anomaly where workers encountered a strange "invisible wall" in the area under a fast-moving sheet of electrically charged polypropelene film in a factory. This "invisible wall" was strong enough to prevent humans from passing through. A person near this "wall" was unable to turn, and so had to walk backwards to retreat from it.

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Yahoo! Domains only $1.99/year

Yahoo is currently offering domain names for $1.99/year or $9.99 for 5 years. Hurry while this offer lasts!

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Rollable display! 12" widescreen display in your pocket?

Is this the future for personal video players?With this you could have a 10-12" screen rolled up in our pocket. That would be saweet!

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Thinking takes time

Working without thinking in advance or good planning always results in waste of resources and poor output. As an entreprenuer or leader of any kind of initiative it is recommended that you take time out to think before executing.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Video iPod at last?

Apple Computer plans a major announcement next week in San Francisco, sparking speculation that the company that revolutionized digital music will unveil a video-playing iPod or an iTunes mobile phone.

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Monday, August 29, 2005

CNN Weatherman Loses His Cool

This is a video of a CNN weatherman that loses his cool while covering Hurricane Katrina. Things seem a little "tense" for him.

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Thursday, August 25, 2005

Open Office 2.0 Kicks MS Office Aound the Block

If you tried the previous 1.1.4 version, the 2.0 beta version currently available will be a pleasant surprise. Unlike the slow, ugly, and underpowered earlier version, 2.0 is swift, smooth, and highly compatible with Office documents. Even better, it has plenty of features that you canâ??t find in MS Office itself.

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Download Internet Explorer 7 Beta 1

Not sure if anyone has posted this, but, heres a link to download internet explorer 7, supposidly for developers only. But here it is and on a lot of others sites for people who want to test drive the real thing. Requirements: Windows XP and a legit copy at that (will require WGA)

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Wednesday, August 24, 2005

HIV Virus Neutralized! New Drug in testing at Panacos Pharmaceuticals

Panacos Pharmaceuticals recent experiment with PA-457, an oral drug, has shown promising results in reducing the level of HIV in the blood.

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Make Windows XP look like Vista NOW! Easy to do.

This is nice. Just download the executable file on the link (Vista Inspirat BricoPack)and install it. Reboot and see the change. Can be easily uninstalled. You'll like it, if you like windows. It also installs the vista icons. Doesn't use style xp or windows blinds. It's a shell install.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Apple Powerbook vs. Dell Mac OS X Boot

This is way off topic, but I found this video extremely interesting and exciting. Apple announced a while back that it would be switching from the IBM Power PC architecture (G4, G5) to Intel processors starting next year. This was huge news...nobody ever imagined in a million years that Apple would go the Intel route.

So anyway, here is a video of OS X booting on both a Dell Dimension 8250 and a 15" Powerbook G4. As if the shock of seeing OS X running natively on a Dell PC isn't enough, you'll notice that the Dell easily beats the Powerbook to the desktop.

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Monday, August 22, 2005

Canada's Big Brother Plan Unmasked

Last week's reports on new Canadian Internet surveillance were short on details. This article reveals the full extent of the plan including access to Internet user information without any judicial oversight and real-time surveillance capabilities.

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Saturday, August 20, 2005

Hacking Illustrated

Step by step guide on how to execute various exploits or use certain tools.

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advanced google cheatsheet

Not bad; better layout than googles help pages. Claims to have used their permission; which is interesting, if true.

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Thursday, August 18, 2005

Railguns, Gauss Guns, OH MY!

Excellent examples of a real world rail gun, gauss gun theory, working disc thrower, 40w lasers, microwave oven guns.. Makes unreal tournament look real!

"Anything is a weapon if you swing it right".
The discovery of electricity came hand-in-hand with the realization that it could be use to harm and kill living things. In 1745, with the invention of the Leyden Jar (the first type of capacitor ever developed, invented in the University of Leiden, Netherlands), high power electrical discharges became a possibility, and with them came numerous salon shows where these discharges would be used to electrocute birds, rats and other small animals. Thomas Edison used AC power to electrocute cats, dogs, a horse, and even a 3-ton elephant. He also created the first electric chair, which ran on DC power and almost set the person to be executed on fire (nowadays they are AC). As our knowledge of electricity expanded so did the uses to which this most versatile form of power has been put to.
My research on electromagnetic weapons does not have as its goal to produce actual weapons but rather to explore some of the very interesting possibilities that this field can have for the benefit of mankind. No Rail Gun, Coil Gun or LASER will ever substitute a firearm. There is more than enough firepower in even a small pistol to accomplish the goal it is intended for and making that pistol fire a projectile through electromagnetic means would only mean making it larger, heavier, more expensive and less practical. On the other hand, no chemical propulsion system will ever approach the velocities obtainable through electromagnetic means, and the possibilities for hypervelocity acceleration are endless: Materials synthesis, testing, welding, satellite and space station micro debris shield development, transportation, and others... Similarly, Electromagnetic Radiation Weapons may be used to disable communications and electrical devices without the need for casualty-causing explosives... With this in mind, here is a small sample of some of my research in the field to date...

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Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Gravity powered aircraft flies with no fuel

Former nuclear designer, Robert D. Hunt of Hunt Aviation Corp has come up with a new "gravity powered aircraft technology" that he claims can accomplish sustained fuel-less flight. Hunt has designed a new hybrid aircraft: a "gravity-powered aircraft" which is a fixed wing, ridged skin airplane made of lightweight and modern composite materials.

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New debate: "Gravity is only a theory, teach Intelligent Falling as well"

With the intense debate over Intelligent Design still on the nation's minds, a new battle looks set to emerge: Scientists from the Evangelical Center For Faith-Based Reasoning are now asserting that the long-held "theory of gravity" is flawed, and they have responded to it with a new theory of Intelligent Falling.

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The 5 Best Bit Torrent search engine sites.

The criteria used to evaluate these torrent sites: breadth and depth of database, database currency, ease of use and searching, speed of access, general integrity of files, information provided about the files, information provided on the torrent P2P community, and price of membership.

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A giant octopus takes on a shark

A giant octopus takes on a shark in a video like something from a horror movie, Octopuses are remarkable creatures, and are much more intelligent than you may think.

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Fans of Officespace, come get your T.P.S. Report Cover sheets!!

Now you can have your VERY own T.P.S. Report coversheet, in PDF Form!!

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Installing Mac OS X for x86 on ONE hard drive!

Those geniuses over at 360hacker have figured out how to get around needing two hard drives to dual boot WinXP and OS x86 with this very simple guide that was just posted. I haven't tried it yet, but I'm working on it.

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Meet HVD - 1 Terabyte of Storage, Twice as Fast as a Hard Drive

HVDs - Holographic Versatile Discs, can store up to 3.9 terabytes of information (that's nearly 4000 gigabytes). Their transfer rate is also twice that of modern-day hard drives. Could these not only replace DVDs, Blu-Ray discs, but even harddrives? They are almost ready to start rolling out commercially at 1 terabyte per disc.

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Dock Adapter for iPod Shuffle

Belkin just announced a Dock Adapter for the iPod Shuffle. Connect the adapter to the Shuffle, and instantly you can use a bunch of iPod add-ons with the Shuffle now!

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