Friday, February 29, 2008

Some Brilliant Stuff in Second Life

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Map: What Does the Internet Look Like?

Map: What Does the Internet Look Like?

Information moving through cyberspace travels in tiny packets that hopscotch around the world. Using data from a two-week stretch in April 2005, the Cooperative Association for Internet Data Analysis (CAIDA) traced these packets' paths from hub to hub and country to country to capture a snapshot of the worldwide network topology.

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Thursday, February 28, 2008

The Friends of Flesher

The Friends of Flesher

The Friends of Flesher

The Friends of Flesher: Stop the Spread of Slavery Ideology on Second Life!!!!

I think it is time to take a very personal stance on slavery in Second Life.

I am sure I will likely become unpopular among some of my contacts for this but I feel I must make this stand.

Presently slavery is being institutionalised in Second Life. The most aggressive and ugly example is the Gore Culture, which has evolved to a rather large market based neo-tribe where acts of symbolic violence and slavery against women are accepted.

But slavery is throughout Second Life. Slave relationships seem to be cool. As forms of sexual play, private sexual play, they are the personal choice of the person, but many slave pairing are being institutionalised as partners or as owners expressed on profiles.

A large part of Second Life’s AV population is in the role of slave. Patterns of slave ownership are being established and accepted.

Presently it is choice, but in 80 years time as more third world children from Asia, South America and Africa are brought in to virtual reality how will the institutions and patterns of slave play being established now translate in to real exploitation?

Certainly presently the escorts and slaves are doing it by choice, but what if someone finds they can make money selling slaves to men. 100,000LD and you get a slave in Thailand, with Skype and video feeds, for a little extra we will make her a child.

The relationships of slavery is now accepted and established as it is not in RL, the next step is simply forcing people from RL in to these roles. We live in an Golden Age of slavery, and I fear SL is establishing Slavery as a norm. I respect people's desire to develop alternative sexual identities, but these have consequences.

The Friends of Flesher stand against the social pattern of slavery. We know that in SL we are restricted to Symbolic war and we intend to wage war against the assumption that slavery is normal. Slavery is the greatest evil of human history. Modern business wants to re-establish the third world slaves. Pornography is being pushed by market forces to more slavery material. And the world has more slave now than any time in history.

The threat is real!!!

The Friends of Flesher will stand ag

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Slow Flickr continues to have problems

We're making some fixes to the site, and updates to your contacts' photos will be temporarily disabled.
We will provide updates in the Flickr Help Forum.

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Hotmail Back Up

This week around, Mircrosoft’s Windows Live accounts, Hotmail e-mail and other Microsoft online services were facing some technical problem due to which these services were not responding for some time. On Tuesday, users trying to log-on to their Hotmail and Live accounts were facing the problem.

Such problems were reported in countries like the United States, Britain, Finland, the Netherlands, Honduras, France and the Czech Republic. Even few Asian countries like Japan has users facing problems while logging in.

However Microsoft has announced that the issue is being resolved. And users can log-on to their account and access their emails as before.

Microsoft did not elaborate on the issue that had occurred, but just briefly said that the issue has been fixed. In the statement Microsoft said, “We apologize for any inconvenience this particular issue has caused consumers.”

Hotmail is known for being the first ever free webmail service, launched in 1996. Later it was taken over by software giant Microsoft and the company claims to have nearly 280 million users on hotmail or live. Windows Live Hotmail Logo

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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

To Solve the Problems Created by Easy Money: More Easy Money

Bernanke Signals Further Rate Cuts

The Fed chairman's testimony to Congress indicated that concerns about a slowing economy still outweigh inflation worries

Clues clown Bernanke decides that more cheap money will resolve the problems caused by the cheap money bust.

Ben is hoping more sub-prime loans will be made to raise the economy for the 2008 election.  Goal is to stage busts in off election years or after terrorist attacks.

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The Earth's 6th Great Mass Extinction is Occurring as You Read This

The Earth's 6th Great Mass Extinction is Occurring as You Read ThisTransparentbutterfly2sm_2

"In one sense we know much less about Earth than we do about Mars. The vast majority of life forms on our planet are still undiscovered, and their significance for our own species remains unknown. This gap in our knowledge is a serious matter: we will never completely understand and preserve the living world around us at our present level of ignorance.

"If all mankind were to disappear, the world would regenerate back to the rich state of equilibrium that existed ten thousand years ago. If insects were to vanish, the environment would collapse into chaos."

Edward O. Wilson, The world's leading authority on Biodiversity, Emeritus Professor of Biology at Harvard and author of "The Creation: An Appeal to Save Life on Earth."

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Will Blogging Ever Pay? Mykinda bloggers go unpaid just like BlogNation

Blog Network MyKinda May Be Pulling A BlogNation - Writers Going Unpaid

Anyone who watched the BlogNation implosion last year certainly doesn’t want to see a rerun of that particular debacle. But there are worrying signs coming from Romania-based blog network MyKinda that suggest the young startup is facing some of the same cash flow issues that plagued BlogNation.

Like BlogNation, MyKinda is a network of country-specific blogs. It’s somewhat different in that the blogs are written in local languages (BlogNation was all English), and it covers a wider variety of topics (BlogNation was tech news only, MyKinda covers business, politics, culture, lifestyle, science and tech/gadgets). MyKinda launched blogs in Romania, Russia, Bulgaria and the Ukraine.

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Vast Book of Life on Line

Photo by Gail Orenstein

The encyclopedia of life has opened on line. Saddly there is nothing to see on line right now. Watch this space.
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American Students Losign Knowledge of Culture?


Among 1,200 students surveyed:
•43% knew the Civil War was fought between 1850 and 1900.
•52% could identify the theme of 1984.
•51% knew that the controversy surrounding Sen. Joseph McCarthy focused on communism.
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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

The euro hits a record high of $1.5050 in morning trade in Europe, The Associated Press reports.

In classic Bush style a major crisis, the largest economic crisis since the 1970s is brewing and much of it is his fault. But I am sure he thinks "1. I passed proposed a stimulus package so I did what I have to", "2. Leave it to people at the Fed who are smart and work hard" and "3. I aint running this year anyways. Low interest rates and the war on terror helped me get re-elected, what do I care of the consequences now."
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iTunes Boasts Second Place For Music Sales, Hits Milestones

Wal-Mart and iTunes are the most popular music retailers in the United States, according to a study released Tuesday.

Market research firm NPD Group reported the rankings in its annual MusicWatch survey. The rankings are based on music sold last year.

Legal music downloads now account for 10% of the music acquired in the U.S.,

U.S. Retail Software Sales Fell In January

U.S. Retail Software Sales Fell In January

VMWare Site Recovery

It's also launching Site Recovery Manager for disaster recovery as another piece of management software that it wants to add to its offerings. Recovery Manager puts VMware in a position to compete with disaster recovery specialist PlateSpin.


Prime Number Fun

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Return of Stagflation

U.S. producer prices soared in January

WASHINGTON - Inflation at the wholesale level soared in January by the fastest pace in 16 years, pushed higher by rising costs for food, energy and medicine.

The Labor Department said Tuesday that wholesale prices rose 1 percent last month, more than double the 0.4 percent increase that economists had been expecting.

The worse-than-expected performance was certain to capture attention at the Federal Reserve, which has chosen to combat a threatened recession by aggressively cutting interest rates in the belief that weaker economic growth will keep a lid on prices.

Comment: those who pushed Monetary Policy over Keynes blamed the government polices of the Social State of the 1950s and 1960s with stagnation and inflation. Leaders like Thacher and Reagan argued that we had to tolerate greater economic injustice to free ourselves of the economic problems of the 1970s. After there reforms were passed the economy boomed but injustice also expanded. The conseravtives were quick to claim a final victory of economic history, forgetting the boom of the 1980s and 1990s was pretty much nothing compared to the same booms of the 1950s and 1960s.

IMHO the facts are simple. The 1980s and 1990s saw cheap energy, and cheap energy fuels developed countries taht are dependent on energy. Energy prices have risen as they did in the 1970s.

US economic situation is much worse because of 7 years of cheap money policy. A weaker dollar riases inflation and reduces investement, and the bust of the housing market, also caused by cheap money, has made things much worse.

The solution to the US economy is going to be hard: money has to be made hard again or the US will get stuck in a cycle of booms and busts.

New search powers lead Firefox 3

New search powers lead Firefox 3

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The latest version of web browser Firefox will make changes to the way people search for information online, says its developer.

Mozilla has told the BBC's World Service that the new browser has been designed around the importance of search to users.

Firefox 3, currently going through its third stage of beta testing, will offer a combined search and bookmark tool via the url bar.

It will also more offline options.

Chairman of the Mozilla Foundation Mitchell Baker told BBC World Service's Digital Planet programme:

"It's clear that when people are looking for information on the web, a search is the number one activity," she said.

"We've devised ways to bring that power into areas that are closer to your individual life."

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Vista tools ease deployment and management

Vista tools ease deployment and management

Early adopters discover that the new Windows helps IT provision users more easily

For IT, perhaps the biggest advantage to deploying Windows Vista is its capability to create a unified installation image that selectively loads the needed drivers and applications onto users' computers — saving IT from having to manage lots of install images as with Windows XP or to rely on the PC-model-specific OEM installations whose "bloatware" then needs to be removed from each system. Microsoft provides the Windows Automated Installation Kit as a free download to give IT that unified-image capability, so IT can use a single Vista installation image for all PCs, with drivers and applications loaded as needed for each user.

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BusinessWeek Finally Gets Social Media

Social Media Will Change Your Business

Look past the yakkers, hobbyists, and political mobs. Your customers and rivals are figuring blogs out. Our advice: Catch up…or catch you later

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Coming Food Crisis is Getting Worse


Fresh records for price of wheat

BBC News

Wheat prices have hit record levels as supplies dwindle, raising concerns about growing food inflation.

Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) wheat for delivery in March rose the maximum 90 cents allowed to $11.99 a bushel in electronic trading in Asia.

High protein spring wheat on the Minneapolis Grain Exchange rose by almost 25% to record levels on Monday.

Kazakhstan has become the latest country to put export restrictions on wheat as it battles against inflation.

Russia and Argentina have already imposed similar export restrictions.

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Monday, February 25, 2008

Is social networking over?

Is social networking over?

So, according to Nielson Netratings, Facebook’s domination of the Internet might be on the slide. Between December 2007 and January 2008, there was a 5% fall in visitor numbers - MySpace and Bebo have suffered similar drops in traffic. Could this be the beginning of the end?

Well, maybe. Then again, maybe not.

The sensible explanation here would seem to be that most websites suffer a drop in traffic over Christmas, particularly ones that people access from work. Because at Christmas, people have more interesting things to do. Another factor is almost certainly the fact that many offices have blocked access to social networking sites, so employees can’t access these sites during working hours. That’ll kill a lot of traffic to time-wasting websites. And the thing with websites like Facebook is that if you can’t access it regularly, there’s not an awful lot of point: the fun of it is watching things change, reading your friends’ status updates in real time, and writing messages on their walls about them. If you don’t check it for a few days, you’ll probably find that when you do come back, there’s not a lot to catch up on - conversations you might have had now won’t happen, because the moment’s passed. A lot of concerns have been raised recently about whether or not people should share any information online at all, due to fears of identity theft, and that, too, might have negatively affected Facebook’s traffic.

Support Opportunities for SharePoint

SharePoint support opportunities abound for the channel

18 February, 2008
By Patricia Pickett

Demand for Microsoft Corp.'s collaboration software tool SharePoint has gone through the roof, to the point where a recent study has found that customer support for the product is falling behind on the vendor's part. However, this apparent downside could work to the advantage of channel partners, says an analyst.

London, Ont.-based Info-Tech Research Group polled 258 organizations across varying industries and sizes of business, primarily in the U.S. and Canada, on their SharePoint implementations. Enterprise end users praised SharePoint when it came to categories such as functionality, end user experience, total cost of ownership and end-user acceptance, which all received up to 92 per cent satisfaction ratings. The product's main selling features include collaboration, portal, enterprise search, content management, business forms and business intelligence.

However, Microsoft's ongoing support for SharePoint customers turned out to be the lowest-ranked aspect of product deployment, with 23 per cent of respondents stating that they are dissatisfied or very dissatisfied with SharePoint support.

"The thing that surprised us was that the adoption rate caught Microsoft unawares," said Fen Yik, research analyst with Info-Tech. Yik said that Microsoft has "freely admitted" to Info-Tech that SharePoint's adoption rate exceeded the vendor's highest expectations. Still, it was surprising that Microsoft was "unable to compensate for the oversight rapidly enough to provide adequate service to their customers," Yik said.

However, it was no shocker that the biggest support issues were related to the newest version of the product, Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007, Yik noted. The vendor's tools and training are not at issue; rather, the complaints reported related to ongoing operational support once the solution was deployed.

"(The 2007 server) version has a very broad functionality range so it's understandable that there would be such a great need for support for the product," Yik said. SharePoint Server 2007 is also much more customizable than any previous version. Because each business can tailor the software to work and look a certain way for internal users as well as external constituents, "the support requests will be highly individual in nature, so the large amount of support calls is not surprising," Yik said.

According to another Info-Tech study slated to be released in mid-February, adoption patterns for SharePoint vary according to business size, with smaller enterprises being more interested in implementing Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) as opposed to the full-blown server version. "Because of that, there tend to be fewer support issues within smaller enterprises, because most of the inadequate support we've been seeing has been with respect to MOSS 2007," Yik said. "The degree of customization and the functionality range possible within WSS is much more limited."

While Microsoft is trying to iron out MOSS 2007-related support issues, channel partners have a chance to step in and compensate for Microsoft's oversight, Yik said. "From what it's told us, Microsoft is doing its best to address (the issue), but in the meantime, there are lots of opportunities for channel partners to meet the support needs of SharePoint users," and either strengthen existing relationships or initiate new ones with customers, he said. Meanwhile, "the customer will have issues addressed that would take longer to address if left to Microsoft alone," Yik added.

According to research from Info-Tech, overall implementation rates for collaboration software have been high, with adoption statistics indicating that 34 per cent of North American companies would deploy SharePoint or an equivalent tool by the end of 2007, another 25 per cent plan to do so by end of this year, and a further 19 per cent have deployment plans for sometime between 2009 and 2011.

Its All Cold Air

Blast of cold air can open computer to hackers
New research shows how easily an encrypted hard drive can be defeated

Freezing a dynamic random access memory, or DRAM, chip, the most common type of memory chip in personal computers, causes it to retain data for minutes or even hours after the machine loses power, the report found. That data includes the keys to unlock encryption. Without freezing, the chip loses its contents within seconds.

Hackers can steal information stored in memory by rebooting the compromised machine with a simple program designed to copy the memory contents — before the computer has a chance to purge sensitive data, according to the study.

Laptops left in hibernation or sleep mode, or simply not turned off at all, are the most vulnerable to the new type of attack.

More top economists forecast recession

More top economists forecast recession
Job growth is faltering, consumer confidence plunging. The fallout from the housing slump grows. The signs are unmistakable, the economy is in trouble. Full story

Comment: The Bush Presidency has seen the end of neo-liberal utopian ideas that free markets would simply always work to the best. As Keynes said "in the long run we are all dead"

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Mobile Ubuntu

Ubuntu Mobile

Introducing Ubuntu Mobile - full Internet, no compromise

Ubuntu Mobile is an Ubuntu edition that targets an exciting new class of computers called Mobile Internet Devices.
Ubuntu Mobile, based on the world's most popular Linux distribution, and MID hardware from OEMs and ODMs, are redefining what can be done in mobile computing.

Ubuntu Mobile, a fully open source project, gives full Internet, with no compromise. Custom options may include licensed codecs and popular third-party applications.

  • Full Web 2.0/AJAX fidelity, with custom options of Adobe Flash®, Java, and more
  • Outstanding media playback so you can enjoy videos, music and photos with superior quality and easy navigation
  • A suite of applications that work seamlessly to meet every need of a digital parent, student or anyone who is on-the-go
  • Facebook®, MySpace®, YouTube®, Dailymotion®, 3D games, GPS, maps, in short, the full Web 2.0 experience delivered into your hands as a compact and powerful device that's easy and fun to use

The product of Canonical collaboration with Intel® and the open source community, Ubuntu Mobile is the software that makes it all possible.

Just the right stuff

 Ubuntu Mobile just works, and it works just right.

Just the right applications provide an uncompromised Web 2.0 experience: Web browsing, email, media, camera, VoIP, instant messaging, GPS, blogging, digital TV, games, contacts, dates/calendar, simple software updates... and lots more.

All unnecessary complexity in the user experience is eliminated.

Finger friendly, touch driven

Ubuntu Mobile is finger friendly, with no stylus needed. You drive Ubuntu Mobile with touch. Simply tap the screen or drag a finger to make gestures for intuitive navigation and control.

  • Tap an application with your finger to launch it, and tap menus and buttons to use them.
  • Swipe a web page to pan up, down or sideways.
  • Swipe a video, photo, song or thumbnail page to move to the next or the previous one.

Leveraging the MID

MIDs typically have the following features and attributes:

  • Small size/form factor
  • 4 to 7 inch touch screen
  • Physical and/or virtual keyboard
  • Wi-Fi, 3G, Bluetooth, GPS, WiMAX
  • 2GB to 8GB Flash or disk storage, 256MB+ memory/512MB+ recommended
  • OpenGL 3D
  • USB, camera, head phone jack, speakers, microphone


Clutter User Interface

Clutter UI

Flash User Interface

Flash UI

Ubuntu Mobile is highly flexible and customizable. It is an ideal platform for the kind of product differentiation that reaches target users and penetrates key markets.

  • User interface in HTML, Flash, Clutter, Python with GTK, C/C++ with GTK and Java
  • Different application sets for different products or configurations
  • Integration with popular Web 2.0 sites
  • Internationalization and translation support to meet market requirements
  • Custom sets of licensed media codecs and third-party proprietary software for commercial partners
  • Custom engineering

OEMs, ODMs, operators and developers can customize Ubuntu Mobile to their desired look and feel and offer just the right capabilities to meet their specific requirements. Canonical can assist through its Custom Engineering program.
For information about Canonical custom engineering services, email


The Ubuntu Mobile community includes many individuals and organizations and always welcomes new participants and partners.

Places to get started:

More information

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With Wubi and Ubuntu now you have no excuse not to use Ubuntu even if you have one Windows Machine

Wubi arrives: a look at Ubuntu 8.04 alpha 5

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By Ryan Paul | Published: February 24, 2008 - 10:45AM CT

The Ubuntu development community has announced that the fifth Ubuntu 8.04 prerelease is now available for testing. Ubuntu 8.04 alpha 5 adds additional polish and reliability as well as a few intriguing new features. The official release of Ubuntu 8.04, codenamed Hardy Heron, is scheduled for late April and feature freeze is already in effect.

We tested alpha 5 to get a first look at the new features in action and to see how it compares to alpha 4, which we reviewed earlier this month. Ubuntu 8.04 includes a new sound server called PulseAudio, the new GIO and GVFS I/O abstraction layer and virtual filesystem mechanisms, the PolicyKit secure privilege escalation framework, improved support for virtualization, and a new VNC client. Integration of these features is moving forward steadily and GVFS has become a bit more robust.

One of the most significant new features added in alpha 5 is support for Wubi, a new installation mechanism that makes it easier for Ubuntu and Windows to coexist on the same computer. Wubi provides a complete Ubuntu installer that can be run in Windows from the Ubuntu Live CD. It installs Ubuntu into a folder on the Windows file system and sets up a boot menu so that users can choose between Windows and Ubuntu when the computer starts.

Unlike a regular dual-boot configuration, Wubi doesn't require users to create a partition on their hard drives for Ubuntu. When Ubuntu is installed with Wubi, it can be uninstalled directly from the Add/Remove Programs utility in Windows.

I tested Wubi on Windows XP with an Ubuntu 8.04 alpha 5 Live CD. The installer is trivially easy to use and works just like a regular Windows installation program. It requests a target drive, the desired size of the drive image, the default username, and the password for the default user. The disk image gets installed in an Ubuntu directory on the root of the target drive. After I finished my tests, I was able to uninstall Wubi without any difficulty.

The difficulty of installing Linux is often cited as a major impediment by prospective users. Wubi virtually eliminates the challenges associated with installation and makes it possible for almost anybody to test Ubuntu in a dual-boot configuration without any risk or major commitment. Although Wubi is very impressive, there are still some bugs that have to be resolved. For instance, suspend and hibernation did not work in Wubi during my tests and some users report that Wubi doesn't work at all with the 64-bit version of Ubuntu.

Users who wish to try Ubuntu 8.04 alpha 5 can download the installation CD images from the Ubuntu web site. This release is made available primarily for testing purposes and isn't ready yet for use in a production environment. ISOs are also available for Kubuntu, Edubuntu, JeOS, Xubuntu, and Gobuntu.

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Network, the Greatest Movie Made on the Media Ever

Strange Trend found on Digg

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No Country for Old Men wind Best Film at the Oscars

I thought it was just a ugly bleak remake of Fargo, but Hollywood was in a dark mood this year.

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Suicide bomber kills 40 in Iraq

Suicide bomber kills 40 in Iraq

BAGHDAD - A suicide bomber struck Shiite pilgrims Sunday as they were taking a break during the days-long walk to a Shiite shrine south of Baghdad for a major religious gathering, killing some 40 people and wounding 60.

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Pakistan blocks YouTube website

Pakistan blocks YouTube website

BBC News
Pakistan has blocked access to the popular YouTube website because of content deemed offensive to Islam.

Its telecommunications authority ordered internet service providers to block the site until further notice.

Reports said the content included Danish cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad that have outraged many.

But one report said a trailer for a forthcoming film by Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders, which portrays Islam in a negative light, was behind the ban.

"They asked us to ban it immediately... and the order says the ban will continue until further notice," said Wahaj-us-Siraj, convener of the Association of Pakistan Internet Service Providers.

A computer shows YouTube (file image)

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Microsoft faces class action over Vista marketing

Microsoft faces class action over Vista marketing

TEL AVIV (MarketWatch) - A federal judge gave the go-ahead to a class-action suit that claims that Microsoft Corp. misled consumers about some personal computers' ability to run its Vista operating system, media reports said.
Microsoft had labeled some computers "Windows Vista Capable." The lawsuit says that some of the machines were powerful enough to run only a stripped-down version of Vista, reports said.

U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman in Seattle certified the class-action suit, the Associated Press reported.

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A Look in To My RL

his is a look in to the environment in which I blog from, the tools I use and don't use to blog and to essentially try and process the mass of information in to knowledge.

Flock's My World allows you to collect RSS feeds from Social Networks, web sites, blogs, wikis, and media shares on a single page. Sitting in front is a 1TB Flash storage device.

The primary web surfing tool I use is the Flock browser on a Mac OS X platform. Overall I am not so hot on the Mac Unix but I does the trick running Flock. Flock does the work. Based on the same Web Browser as Firefox Flock is enhanced to import RSS feeds and connect to social network APIs. Flickr's API social network is pretty hit or miss, but Facebook works very well and Twitter is reliable. MySpace as of writing had no such interface. Second Life saddly does not either and I would love to have my social network there logged in. Flock also allows me to view media from Flickr, YouTube, MySpace, PhotoBucket and others on a top bar. Best of all Flock lets me blog directly from the browser.

I work as a SharePoint consultant so I am unhappy to say that my Windows 2003 Server SharePoint installation is running rather poorly right now.

Ubuntu is a personal love of mine and my primary laptop is an Ubuntu machine. You may note that the majority of computing power here is NOT used by Microsoft products! This trend has been emerging in my own use and is not in any way intentional. But Open Source products and free-ware just makes more sense most of the time.

Linux's main problem is the lack of a rich product set that drives many users to Wine, including myself to run Picasa. Still Google Earth looks nice on Linux. I also run Flock, Gimp, Open Office and a nice IM client that makes it a very useful machine.

My Windows 2003 Server was just sitting around so I have installed VMWare to also make it a Linux Distro library. Above is Damn Small Linux which is idea for running as a VM image on a machine already running SharePoint and SQL Server 2005.

WMWare Server has radically changed the way I use computing and the way my clients using computing, and the availability of free Linux Distros means that one can very easily build client and server machines for free. Windows 2003 Server is an excellent platform for running VMWare and provides a secure platform for a Microsoft professional to explore the world of Open Source Linux products.

This VM of SUSE is running along with a VM of DSL on a Windows 2003 Server running SharePoint and SQL Server 2005. Notice in minimal resource usage!!!! Me and a friend are looking in to VMs over EXEs as platforms for code.

Digg: Dorks calling Dorks Dorks

World’s Biggest Dork?

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This got 445 Diggs, frankly I have meet much larger dorks and I think it proves nerds love calling other people nerds. She seems more shy than dorky.

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Reuters: Kurdish rebels say Turkish helicopter shot down


Kurdish rebels say TuKurdish rebels say Turkish helicopter shot downrkish helicopter shot down

AKHU, Iraq (Reuters) - Kurdish PKK guerrillas said on Sunday they had shot down a Turkish Cobra attack helicopter during clashes with Turkish forces in northern Iraq.

"At 6 p.m. (10 a.m. EST) yesterday, our fighters shot down a Cobra helicopter," Ahmed Danees, head of foreign relations for the separatist Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), told Reuters by telephone.

He gave no details of casualties but said more information would be released later. The incident had occurred during fighting in the remote Chamsku area close to the border, Danees said.

"The clashes are still ongoing. Yesterday evening there was artillery shelling and air strikes on the PKK inside Iraq," he added.

On Saturday, Danees said PKK fighters had killed 22 Turkish soldiers since Turkey began a cross-border offensive into Iraq's largely autonomous Kurdistan region on Thursday.

He said PKK fighters had recovered the bodies of 15 of those killed and the guerrillas would also release their names soon.

Turkey's military General Staff has said in a statement on its Web site that only seven Turkish troops had been killed, while its forces had killed 79 PKK rebels.

Verifying information about casualties is difficult as the fighting is taking place in an inaccessible mountain region.

(Reporting by Shamal Aqrawi; Writing by Michael Holden; Editing by Michael Winfrey)

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