As a recognized “uber-geek,” I get asked questions about what anti-virus to use (“AVG” or “Avast!,” both free,) what to do about attachments (don’t EVER click on them!), etc. But occasionally, I get a really unique question. Today I was asked, “Do you know anything that will block all gambling sites?” Well, I had never looked into that… I must admit. Gambling has never been an issue with me. I understand that no one really “wins” at gambling. And, somehow throwing away my money has no enticement for me! But, for those that have the addiction (and it is an addiction every bit as bad as drugs, cigarettes, etc.) here is a possible software “solution”:
Warning… it is designed to be “un-removable” once installed, so that the user can’t say, “Well, I REALLY want to gamble!,” and then remove it in order to do so. But anyway, if you need it, check it out!
How’s that for a jazzy title for this entry?! I have long been amazed at the kahunas that SCO has shown by alleging that there is “proprietary code” in Linux. Riiiiiight! Uh, huh. I got a bridge I’ll sell ya, too. Now, it appears that one of the guys SCO hired to investigate whether this allegation was true, told them that “At the end, we had found absolutely *nothing*. ie no evidence of any copyright infringement whatsoever.”
So, SCO will apologize to the Open Source community and slink off into the sunset now, right? Don’t hold your breath.
OK, so some people don’t get it. That’s news? To whom?
Study Shows Users’ Confusion About Blogs
I can understand “not getting” RSS or XML, those are technical aspects to blogging that people don’t really need to understand to read a blog, or even to be a blogger. But, the overall idea of blogging seems simple enough: a blogger has a huge ego and ACTUALLY believes people will read and enjoy his, or her, thoughts. That is blogging. And, amazingly, sometimes people do… and that, now that… is strange!
If you are considering becoming a Podcaster, then, boy do I have some software for you! Dewd! You gotta see this! There are packages out there that don’t do what this does and they cost hundreds of dollars! This is Open Source (and therefore, FREE!) Check it out:
PodProducer Open Source Podcast Studio
This software is updated regularly, so keep checking, as he keeps making improvements. The recording is clean and clear, and it has a lot of great features… I am “playing with it” to learn more, because there is currently no documentation, but it is falling down easy anyway. Try it, you’ll like it!
This is very cool! Check it out!
Imagine having what appears to be “desktop applications” that run through a web browser. This is a full development environment… very nice!
This story COULD be repeated here in the U.S.! The CAFTA legislation that is pending agrees to make the EU ban take effect here as well!
Controversial EU vitamins ban to go ahead – World – Times Online
This is a terrible tragedy and we need to fight it! We should have the right to buy and use natural supplements if we choose to! If this legislation goes through, then the only way you could get these products is through an Allopathic Medical Doctor (and you KNOW it would be at a higher cost!) Stand up for you Health Freedoms!
Well, actually tumeric fights cancer… but that is in curry.
New York Daily News – Home – The spice of life! Curry fights cancer
There are many natural herbs and treatments that even medical science is confirming help treat conditions in the human body. This is an interesting article concerning tumeric and its benefits.
Tired of “same ol’ same ol'” map sites? Check this out!
Map24 – Maps and Driving Directions for USA, Canada and Europe
Once you look up an address, try zooming “in and out” with the “+” and “-” signs! It rocks!
And, here’s what you get when the Evil Empire (which is, of course, evil) buys a Spyware/Adware company…
Microsoft Downgrades Claria Adware Detections
They move the “findings” of their Anti-Adware program “downward” in level. Would “their own” Adware/Spyware hurt you? Why no, of course not! This is what happens when a company that sanctions Adware makes an “Anti-Adware” tool.
I’ll stick with Ad-Aware from Lavasoft and Spybot Search and Destroy from Kolla… no thanks, M$!
When you want to display PDF documents what do you do? Most folks download Adobe’s PDF Reader, after all, it is free, right? Well, less and less… why do I say that? The “newer” versions of the Adobe Reader try and get you to download all kinds of other junk as well, and they also try to get you to use their “downloader,” which is installed on your system and pollutes your computer… then there is the fact that it is constantly asking you to upgrade it, instead of just displaying the PDF… and now, on top of all this, they have advertisements in it! NO, thanks!
Small, Fast, Clean, and FREE PDF Reader for Everyday Use
The link above is a great FREE, no ads, simple, fast, and clean PDF viewer. And guess what? ALL it does is allow you to view PDFs! What a concept! Try it, you’ll like it!
First, remove your Adobe Reader (Start-Control Panel-Add Remove Programs), then install the Foxit Software PDF Viewer! Budda-bing! Now, you have a FAST viewer without all the junk!