Dr. Bill – The “Yo-Dah Podcast!” #37

Dr. Bill Podcast – 37 – (05/21/06)
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Intro, running a day late… Fuel from water?!? I share audio from a video I have on the site. Is it real? Maybe… I sure hope so! Geek Software of the Week: Notepad++! A very cool simple text editor with tons of features! Are we close to Star Trek “Impulse Engines”… neat! Query: Would You Let a Robot Operate On You? Not me! Minumum requirements for Vista… wow! I hope you have a monster machine ready! “Zero Day�? Attack Using Microsoft Word… ouch!!! Microsoft Says Open Source is Not Reliable or Dependable… RIGHT!!! Geek Culture from Weird Al!!!

Weird Al: The Saga Begins – on Youtube!

Weird Al: Yo-Dah! – on Youtube!

Geeky Goodness!

Microsoft Diss of Open Source

I have been a Microsoft System Admin for YEARS… but when I think of stable, solid operating systems… Microsoft is NOT what first springs to mind. Linux does! Why am I a Microsoft Admin professionally, then? Because the people that pay my salary believe that they NEED to run Microsoft products to be viable. They are a “Microsoft Shop.” All hail, Bill Gates!!! However, what do I do for my OWN business (Dr. Bill Bailey.NET), and at home for my home servers? You got it. Linux. But, Microsoft goes on to spread the “FUD” (Fear Uncertainty and Doubt) that if you want to be stable, you need to use proprietary software.

Microsoft Says Open Source is Not Reliable or Dependable

Right! What a joke!

“Zero Day” Attack Using Microsoft Word

A “zero day” attack has been reported on a method that allows a fully patched Windows XP system running Microsoft Word to be compromised. The trojan was apparently written by sophisticated hackers in China and Taiwan.

MS-Word Attack

“The exploit arrives as an ordinary Microsoft Word document attachment to an e-mail. However, when the document is launched by the user the vulnerability is triggered to drop a backdoor with rootkit features to mask itself from anti-virus scanners.”

Bottom line: Do not open e-mail attachments!

Will YOU Be Able to Run Vista?

Check it out, we now know what the official requirements for Windows Vista are:

Requirements for Vista

Absolute minimum:
“So-called Vista Capable PCs, Microsoft is expected to say, will require an 800MHz processor, 512MB of RAM, and a DirectX9 capable graphics processor, the sources said.”

And to get the REAL (all features with Aero Glass interface) system enhancements:
“Premium Ready guidelines will call for a 1GHz processor, 1GB RAM and 128MB of dedicated graphics memory. But, having met those, a PC’s graphics processor must also adhere to DirectX9, WDDM (the Windows display driver model format for writing drivers) along with supporting Pixel Shader 2.0 and offering a color depth of 32 bits per pixel, in addition to a minimum bandwidth requirement, the sources said. Microsoft is expected to say that 128MB of graphics memory will be capable of serving a display with up to 1.9 million pixels, a resolution of up to 1200 by 1600 pixels. It’s expected to say that higher resolutions will call for another step up in memory, an allotment of 256MB or more.”

Would You Let a Robot Operate On You?

Me? NO! I know, I know… am a radical techno-geek… but I guess I am just not ready to trust, essentially, a software program, to get it right… sigh!

Robot Does Heart Operation

“The 50-minute surgery, which took place in a Milan hospital, was carried out on a 34-year-old patient suffering from atrial fibrillation. Dozens of heart specialists attending an international congress on arrhythmia in Boston also watched.”

Geek Software of the Week: Notepad++

Nothing is more boring than a simple text editor… right? Well, no! If you are like me, I am always looking for great text editors, because I use one all the time! And, after a while, I started thinking, wouldn’t it be great if notepad did this, or that, or the other? Well… Notepad++ does just that!

Notepad++ Open Source Text Editor

“Notepad++ is a free source code editor (and Notepad replacement) which supports several programming languages running under the MS Windows environment. This project, based on Scintilla edit component (a very powerful editor component) are written in C++ with pure win32 api and STL (that ensures the higher execution speed and smaller size of the program), is under the GPL Licence.”

Here are the features of Notepad++ :

Syntax Highlighting and Syntax Folding

Supported languages : C, C++, Java, C#, XML, HTML, PHP, Javascript, RC resource file, makefile, ASCII art file (extension .nfo , screenshot1, screenshot2), doxygen, ini file, batch file, ASP, VB/VBS source files, SQL, Objective-C, CSS, Pascal, Perl, Python, Lua, TCL, Assembler, Ruby, Lisp, Scheme, Properties, Diff, Smalltalk, Postscript and VHDL.


If you have a color printer, print your source code (or whatever you want) in color.

User Defined Syntax Highlighting

It allows user to define his own language : not only the syntax highlighting keywords, but also the syntax folding keywords, comment keywords and the operators.


For most supported languages, user can make his/her own API list (or download the api files from dowload section). Once the api file is ready, type Ctrl+Space to launch this action.


You can edit several documents at the same time.


You have two views at same time. That means you can visualize (edit) 2 different documents at the same time. You can visualize (edit) in the 2 views one document at 2 different positions as well. The modification of document in one view will carry out in another view (i.e. you modify the SAME document when you are in clone mode).

Regular Expression Search/Replace supported

You can search and replace one string in the document by using the regular expression.

Full Drag ‘N’ Drop supported

You can open a document by drag & drop. You can also move your document from a position (or even a view) to another by drag & drop.

Dynamic position of Views

The user can set the position of the views dynamically (only in 2 views mode : the splitter can be set in horizontal or in vertical).

File Status Auto-detection

If you modify or delete a file which opened in Notepad++, you will be notified to update your document (reload the file or remove the file).

Zoom in and zoom out

That’s another fantastic function of Scintilla component.

Multi-Language environment supported

The Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Arabic and Hebrew Windows environments are supported. See Notepad++ under the Chinese Windows , under the Arabic Windows and under the Hebrew Windows in action screenshot.


User can just click on the bookmark margin (located right side of line number margin) or type Ctrl+F2 to toggle a book mark. To reach the bookmark, type just F2 (Next bookmark) or Shift+F2 (Previous bookmark). To clear all bookmarks, click the Menu Search->Clear All bookmarks.

Brace and Indent guideline Highlighting

When the caret stay beside of one of those symbol { } [ ] ( ) , the symbol beside of caret and its symmetric opposite symbol will be highlighted, as well as the indent guideline (if any) in order to locate the block more easily.

Macro recording and playback

Dr. Bill’s Podcast – The “Numa Numa” Edition! #36

Dr. Bill Podcast – 36 – (05/13/06)
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Intro – Episode 36 – Kiss your Mom! (Doctor’s orders!) The new headset didn’t work out! Much weirdness this week, buckle your seatbelts! Promo for the Antipodean Podcast. Very few news items this week… very boring! The State of Massachusetts still trys to use the OpenDocument standard… by requesting a plug-in for M$ Office. Trade Group cries about the State of Massachusetts request for the ODF plug-in! Open Source is Good… Proprietary formats are Bad! Plug for Ben’s Gamemasters.biz site. Weird mirage in China get the Doctor’s attention. Internet phenomenon research leads to discovering the “The Numa Numa Song.” I have links to various versions:

Gary’s “Numa Numa” Video

The Japanese Video that Inspired Him

“American Idle”

Wikipedia Article on the Gary Brolsma and “Numa Numa”

Another Numa Numa Video

A further exploration of Internet weirdness… the “Llama, Llama Duck Song,” as well as the classic “Bunnies do Star Wars in 30 Seconds.”

Links to them:

Llama, Llama, Duck

Star Wars Done by Bunnies in 30 Seconds

Check out the “Numa Numa” goodness and until next week, “Salud!”

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