I have to admit, the Google Earth program is WAY cool! I was able to zoom right in on the location of the place I worked back when I lived in Dallas, TX. (I am originally from Thomasville, NC, and then moved to Denton, NC… but I moved to Dallas for about two and half years… then back to the Greensboro area, where I happily reside now… but I digress!) I was amazed at how accurately it gave exact coordinates for the location. And it occurred to me, “What if I was a terrorist, and wanted to drop a bomb?” Hummmm… well, that thought has occurred to others as well.
Is Google Earth a Security Risk
So, what do you think? Google Earth has way cool “Geek Factor”… but is it a security risk as well?
Microsoft got geek’s hackles up a month or so ago when they started talking about buying out the biggest spyware company on the planet (the creators of “Gator,”) then reduced the company’s “bad” rating in their Anti-Spyware program… then after the “hoo-hah” they started back-peddling and backed down. They have been saying that their Anti-Spyware program (which is in “beta” release) was going to be part of their “OneCare” program (a pay us money forever to fix our rotten software holes that we left in Windows, hee, hee!) kinda thing. However, they now say it will be free.
Windows AntiSpyware to Remain Free
Oh, yeah. I feel better. On second thought… no thanks!
Star Trek fans are curious beasts. Those of us that are TRUE Trekkers (not “Trekkies”) love the hopeful, exciting world of the future that Star Trek painted. Many of us that watched the original series as kids have grown up to be technologists and engineers ourselves. And some of us won’t let the dream die!
Star Trek: Hidden Frontier
These are just one of a growing group of Trekkers that are producing their own Star Trek series and showing them on the Internet! Some groups have enough “juice” that they have even gotten Gene Roddenberry’s son, Ron, to join their production efforts. (That would be “Star Trek: New Voyages”, not “Hidden Frontier”… like I said… there are many!)
Star Trek: New Voyages
So… cool! Go for it, team! Let’s see more Trek!
OK, what if you need to get to a computer remotely, and you have no way to get a special port opened in the firewall (like you would for, say, TightVNC?) You just want a way to connect to a computer and “take over” the session and use it from “a far”… across the Internet, or do a quick file transfer.
This is a FREE service for the “normal” version… and only $99.00 per year for the Pro version. The free version gives me all I need, at least in my tests. This is pretty cool technology! It installs a Java applet on your computer, and then you connect to it over the Web. Worth a try if you need a secure way to connect to a machine behind a firewall!
After 15 years, the Spirit of Faith Podcast (OK, it used to be the Spirit of Faith Broadcast on radio) is back on the air! (Well, the Internet!) I used to have a 15 minute radio Bible teaching program on many local NC radio stations. For more details, see the info at my ministry website: www.wofm.org — anyway, it is good to be “back in the saddle!” I encourage you to “tune in” on the Internet for the Spirit of Faith Podcast! Check it out:
The Spirit of Faith Netcast
Merrium-Webster defines “theory” (one of its definitions) as: “a hypothesis assumed for the sake of argument or investigation b : an unproved assumption.” It is interesting to me that there is SO much hubbub over the “Theory” of Evolution. The rub seems to come from the idea (HORRORS!) that we should NOT be allowed to teach Creationism in schools. OK. Why not? What are they afraid of? Creationism is a “theory” of what could have happened (granted for many of us, it is simply believed to be true, but let’s put that aside for a moment.) Evolution is also a “theory” of what could have happened. Do we have anyone present that witnessed creation (or, the “big bang”, or whatever you choose to call it?) Do I see any hands? No? Well then, it seems that in the marketplace of ideas, we could, and should, calmly discuss the relative merits of all generally proposed “theories.” After all, if a “theory” is “an unproven assumption,” then we could intellectually consider either as possible methodologies, couldn’t we? Oh, NO! Not if we are high school students. That is simply not allowed! Hummmm… who, exactly, is afraid to be put in the position of “defending their faith?” Yep. The evolutionists. Relax, guys! Creationists don’t bite. But we seem to have a more intellectual position than you evolutionists; if we are willing to discuss the matter in front of students with inquiring minds. Here’s a link to what got me thinking along these lines:
Bush mentions “Intelligent Design”
We have already made the concession that we don’t have to mention “God” by name (in discussing the theory of “Intelligent Design”)… just so you touchy folks won’t get too nervous! We KNOW how sensitive you can be! But, you won’t even allow a “non-confrontational” discussion of creationism to be presented as “A THEORY”… so, what are we to do? Simply take evolution totally “on faith?” Oh! That’s right. It is OK to take evolution “on faith”… but not creationism. Who is the more scientific? Open minded? Intellectually honest? [Bang !] Got ya!
OK… this will only mean anything to truly ol’ time geeks like me. I first learned PL/1 programming at UNCG using a punch card machine to generate stacks of computer punch cards that were then read in to the TUCC mainframe. (OK, THAT dates me!) Not to say that THAT was my first programming experience, of course, credit BASIC on a Radio Shack Color Computer for that. However, I digress! The main deal is that a standard song on an MP3 today would take a card stack nearly 6 feet high!
Boing Boing: One 3 min MP3 = 5 foot, 9 inch high stack of punchcards
How cool is that!? Makes you appreciate the new high density storage mediums, huh?
This is just too cool! Less than an inch long, 10 grams in weight, and can withstand 1000 Gs of force! And it holds 4 Gig! Dewd!
Smallest Hard Drive!
Check it out!
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist changed his mind today and said that stem cell research SHOULD be allowed by the government. This is a move to put him in, what he thinks, will be a good position to run for President after President Bush’s current term is over. Here is a direct quote from his statement to the Senate:
“As we know, adult stem cell research is not controversial on ethical grounds — while embryonic stem cell research is. Right now, to derive embryonic stem cells, an embryo — which many, including myself, consider nascent human life — must be destroyed. But I also strongly believe — as do countless other scientists, clinicians, and doctors — that embryonic stem cells uniquely hold specific promise for some therapies and potential cures that adult stem cells cannot provide.” (emphasis mine)
So, OK, you believe that you are destroying human life when you kill an embryo to use stem cells for possible therapy… yet, you say that you want the govenment to fund and allow this? Sorry, but as a Christian, first, and a Certified Natural Health Professional, second, I object to your rationale. Abortion is murder. God says murder is wrong. Duh. Whether you are killing babies that are safe in their mother’s womb (a horrible notion for any thinking individual that isn’t motivated by insane liberal political thinking) or, whether you are creating a life in a test tube, and then killing it for “so-called” therapy, it is still killing. I can think of no circumstance where killing an unborn child is excuseable.
I think that even though the polls may indicate that a majority of Americans favor stem cell research, this will still come back to “bite” Frist among those of us that are strong Conservative Christians. Sorry, Senator, we don’t change our core beliefs just because the polls rise or fall. Some of us simply look at what the Bible says and say, “That settles it.” Hide and watch. As a “Conservative” candidate… Frist is done.
This is a very cool photo! An actual “ice pond” on Mars. Who would have thought we would have photos like this “back in the day?” Cool!
Ice lake found on the Red Planet
Now, if we can just get some folks up there to stick a flag in the ground! Oh, yeah!