Computers, IT Subjects, Science Fiction, Vehicles, Politics and Other Fun Topics.
Tuesday, December 27, 2005
Happy New Year
Friday, December 09, 2005
Write to Santa Online!
eBay Games and Items
Saturday, December 03, 2005
Top 100 Best Products of 2005
Friday, November 25, 2005
Barenaked on a Stick
Nettwerk Music Group is releasing "Barenaked on a Stick" beginning today, says the Hollywood Reporter. It plays on PCs, Macs and any other audio product with a USB port -- like some car stereos -- and costs $30.
This 128 reusable drive contains 29 songs, including the band's 2004 "Barenaked for the Holidays" album, in MP3 format along with live tracks, in-concert spoken quips, album art, photos, videos and more.
Tuesday, November 15, 2005
How to be a Good Democrat!
abortion on demand
2.. You have to believe that businesses create oppression
and governments create prosperity.
3. You have to believe that guns in the hands of
law-abiding Americans are more of a threat than U.S. nuclear weapons
technology in the hands of Chinese and North Korean communists.
4. You have to believe that there was no art before
5. You have to believe that global temperatures are less
affected by cyclical documented changes in the earth's climate and
more affected by soccer moms driving SUV's.
6. You have to believe that gender roles are artificial
but being homosexual is natural.
7. You have to believe that the AIDS virus is spread by a
lack of federal funding.
8. You have to believe that the same teacher who can't
teach 4th-graders how to read is somehow qualified to teach
those same kids about sex.
9. You have to believe that hunters don't care about
nature, but loony activists who have never been outside of San
10. You have to believe that self-esteem is more important
than actually doing something to earn it.
11. You have to believe that Mel Gibson spent $25 million
of his own money to make The Passion Of The Christ for financial gain
12. You have to believe the NRA is bad because it supports
certain parts of the Constitution, while the ACLU is good because
it supports certain parts of the Constitution.
13. You have to believe that taxes are too low, but ATM
fees are too high.
14. You have to believe that Margaret Sanger and Gloria
Steinem are more important to American history than Thomas Jefferson,
Gen. Robert E. Lee, and Thomas Edison.
15. You have to believe that standardized tests are
racist, but racial quotas and set-asides are not.
16. You have to believe that Hillary Clinton is normal and
is a very nice person.
17. You have to believe that the only reason socialism
hasn't worked anywhere it's been tried is because the right people
haven't been in charge.
18. You have to believe conservatives telling the truth
belong in jail, but a liar and a sex offender belonged in the White
19. You have to believe that homosexual parades displaying
drag, transvestites, and bestiality should be constitutionally
protected, and manger scenes at Christmas should be illegal..
20. You have to believe that illegal Democratic Party
funding by the Chinese Government is somehow in the best interest to the
21. You have to believe that this message is a part of a
vast, right wing conspiracy.
Monday, November 14, 2005
Sony Music CDs Security Threat
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), a cyber-rights group, said on Wednesday that it identified 19 Sony CDs containing a rootkit application that disguises the company's invasive copy-restriction technology.
The software is hard to remove from a PC without causing damage and can be used to hide malicious code; antivirus vendors warned on Thursday afternoon the first malicious software to exploit it has been found.
The discovery of Sony's CD rootkit kicked off a furor, but the company has not said which CDs contain the DRM protection.
According to the EFF, the following CDs contain the DRM in question:
• Trey Anastasio, Shine (Columbia)
• Celine Dion, On ne Change Pas (Epic)
• Neil Diamond, 12 Songs (Columbia)
• Our Lady Peace, Healthy in Paranoid Times (Columbia)
• Chris Botti, To Love Again (Columbia)
• Van Zant, Get Right with the Man (Columbia)
• Switchfoot, Nothing is Sound (Columbia)
• The Coral, The Invisible Invasion (Columbia)
• Acceptance, Phantoms (Columbia)
• Susie Suh, Susie Suh (Epic)
• Amerie, Touch (Columbia)
• Life of Agony, Broken Valley (Epic)
• Horace Silver Quintet, Silver's Blue (Epic Legacy)
• Gerry Mulligan, Jeru (Columbia Legacy)
• Dexter Gordon, Manhattan Symphonie (Columbia Legacy)
• The Bad Plus, Suspicious Activity (Columbia)
• The Dead 60s, The Dead 60s (Epic)
• Dion, The Essential Dion (Columbia Legacy)
• Natasha Bedingfield, Unwritten (Epic)
The EFF says it is likely that other CDs also contain the application, although Sony told ZDNet UK last week that discs containing this DRM software had not been distributed in the U.K.
The EFF took a dim view on Sony's actions. "Entertainment companies often complain that fans refuse to respect their intellectual property rights. Yet tools like this refuse to respect our own personal property rights," EFF staff attorney Jason Schultz said in a statement.
"Sony's tactics here are hypocritical, in addition to being a security threat," Schultz added.
Wednesday, November 09, 2005
To Apple or NOT to Apple? - Part 2
(or Apple iMac G5 from a PC Guys perspective)
Written by Will Wagner
See Part 1
Now I will attempt to accurately describe my observations while I setup and install my iMac G5 computer. The box it came in had a convenient carry handle on the top with images of my iMac on each side, right on the box. No mistaking what an iMac looked like, or that one was actually inside. I knew this iMac was sleek and had a smaller footprint, but I was even a bit surprised when I took out the keyboard, mouse, and one-piece monitor and CPU. I then had an empty box once the monitor was taken out. That’s all that was in there. I am used to mounds of junk in the PC world. It did come with a small bag containing a manual and some warranty information.
The keyboard and mouse were wireless Bluetooth devices. I anticipated the wired variety. Bonus!
I placed the batteries into each item, the mouse, and the keyboard, which were included. I didn’t need instructions really, since many devices today use AA or AAA batteries. Then I hooked up the power cable, and connected a network cable between the iMac and my router. The power button was on the back of the right bottom side of the system, so I reached my hand around and turned on the iMac for the first time.
At boot up, the screen showed me a wordless representation of how to insert the batteries in the mouse. This was already done, but a very nice touch! No such help screen instructed me on how to install the batteries into the wireless keyboard at this point.
First thing I noticed was the color wheel wait icon. Color! Not gray or white, but color. A simple thing, but we must note the extra effort it took to place color on the simplest smallest place that is often overlooked and which was actually very unimportant to the Operating System. It just stood out to me, so I am passing along my thoughts.
Then, a “TV” commercial began to run showing me Mac OSX Tiger 10.4 highlights with music, right on my desktop. I noted the speakers were loud and clear. They are built into the bottom of the edge of the iMac G5. Amazing that they sounded fine. More on specs later on.
A “Before you begin” screen showed itself and indicated that batteries should be installed, and that we will look for your wireless keyboard. The screen instructed you to type a series of numbers, and hit return, numbers entered, keyboard found!
Then an animated 3D setup box appeared to show, “Welcome”. I correctly choose United States for the default country.
I then selected “Do not transfer any information to this Mac”, since I am a first time owner. But there seemed to be a special setup routine for those who did already own a Mac, and had personal files and preferences to place on this one. I simply chose NOT to transfer anything.
Select US Keyboard.
Enter Apple ID, I don’t have one, so I hit continue with a blank field. I figured I would do this later, I wanted to start computing not take a survey.
Registration Information popped up next, I had to enter my name, address, and phone number, with an email address. I did so though was cautious. I know many companies use this info for marketing and tracking. They said they wouldn’t unless I agreed to that kind of usage. I didn’t agree.
Next screen, enter how you will use this computer. I chose Home use. Then had to indicate my career background, I decided I could be one of a few in the multiple list drop down box, but what best fit me was Engineering/Researcher.
I opted in for email newsletters to be sent to me.
Then once I chose a system password and home account name, the iMac proceeded to “automagically” setup my home directories, and preferences.
It then asked me to purchase .Mac, I opted out. And didn’t want the 60 days free try it out feature. The .Mac service is a service that allows you to place your profile information and any archive files and junk on the Apple servers. This enables you to get the info from any Internet connected Mac. But what many people forget, this also gives Apple permissions to look at and compile notes against your data.
Now the iMac was setup and ready for use. I had to simply Click OK to begin using it now. When I did, I got served a default screen, and the iMac connected to the Internet through my router and connection. It said I had many updates to perform, so I decided now was a good time.
I had 14 updates, decided I was not using the iPod, so reduced that to 13. Then I had to enter my password to allow updates to install, nice touch to protect the system from installing anything I didn’t want! I had to agree to wordy contracts to install the software, ala Microsoft style agreements. I agreed to all.
Now the software began to install which was shown on a software update dialog. I had a few hundred Megs of stuff, and the dialog showed the progress for each part that was being downloaded. The time remaining didn’t randomly increased or decreased like Windows dialog boxes do. Come to think of it, I don’t think the updates from Microsoft provide a time frame. Maybe they do now, I need to verify that one. The time remaining seemed consistent with progress, and was an actual representation or close enough to actual time remaining.
While I was waiting, and typing notes for my review via the PC, I had a good chance to look at each desktop side by side. I have to admit; the iMac had a smooth appealing look to it. Sure my Windows XP system was not just taken out of the box, but the iMac looked better and was appealing. I sure can’t express what I mean, just that the fonts and windows on the iMac screen looked cleaner, sharper, with high letter quality. So much for scientific research, feelings don’t provide much frame of reference. Lets hope I can be a bit more descriptive in the information yet to come.
While software was downloading, a small black box appeared on the Software Update window, near the bottom left most corner. Was this an error in the matrix, or an indicator of poor programming? I was unsure, but didn’t affect the download of anything. Might have had something to do with an update that replaced some important file? But once the software was done downloading from the Apple site, the system asked me to reboot. I said ok and the familiar Mac chime sounded. The block was gone after that.
Actually Using Mac OSX Tiger
Once the system was back after the reboot, what to do next? What can I accomplish and how to be more productive? Well first, my cordless mouse had full power batteries, but the pointer jumped. I suspected the surface of my desk was fooling the laser and making this happen. I moved to a mouse pad, and all was fine. Not an Apple problem really, more my problem. More on the mouse later.
I proceeded to pop in a DVD and the DVD player application started. It was very nice looking and quick and responsive when I pressed function buttons. The movie never jumped or paused, like it does sometimes on a PC. All would depend on what was running, I guess. Right now I was not running a thing really.
I played a factory recorded DVD for about 20 minutes, then proceeded to eject the CD, which was a challenge the first time for a PC person. Mac users know that you can simply drop the CD-DVD folder directly into the trashcan. This folder appears on your desktop when you place any CD in the drive. My past Mac experience helped, but this Mac OS X doesn’t have a trashcan on the desktop. I later learned even Mac fans want the trash can back on the desktop. It is in the Dock. Drop the folder to the trashcan in the dock at the bottom of the screen in the lower right hand corner. Otherwise you can also use the Folders Context menu, normally a right click in Windows, but on the Mac use the Control key when you click on the Folder to get the menu. The player itself has some controls in the bottom left corner, and an Eject button was a welcome site. Needless to say, there were a few ways to simply Eject the DVD.
Just after I ejected the DVD I was viewing, I dropped in a homemade DVD. It played for about 5 minutes then scored an error. So I went to eject the DVD. But heard a click and the servo motor tried repeatedly to eject the DVD. I started to worry, was the drive bad? Nope, the DVD tried to eject several times, and then about the 5th time it popped out. I pulled it out, and boy was it hot! I looked closely and the homemade DVD-R was warping. It looked to be warping into a Convex shape. Not a good sign. I figured that the CD player gets hot, just like a PC, but the iMac was so compact, perhaps the heat was not dissipating rapidly enough. I would have to play a factory movie all the way through, and a homemade movie all the way through. But later on when I test the bundled applications.
I mentioned the Dock. The Dock is a Task Manager sort of object that resides along the bottom by default, which can be moved to the left or right side via some settings in the Finder. But NOT at the top of the screen, the Top is reserved for the Finder. Also the Icons on the Dock show an indication they are running by a small arrow under them. They are not running if no arrow is displayed.
The Finder is the Menu system for your Mac. Just like in Windows where each folder or program has a menu across the top of the Window, the Mac places those menus always at the very top of the screen, just not on the active window itself. It takes getting used to, but in a few days I have found that I never had to goto the Window itself, I always knew to goto the top of the screen to select a Menu option. In all honesty I felt I had to scroll too far to get to the menu at times. If my open window was in the bottom right, I had to scroll to the top left to select a Menu option. No, not a major big deal, just letting you know what I did versus what I was used to. I would like the menu on each Window but can live with this.
Each window has three-color buttons in each top left corner. A RED one for closing the window, a YELLOW one for shrinking the window to the Dock (you can also double click the title bar of the window), and a Green one for expanding the window larger, or perhaps even full screen. Different windows handled the GREEN button differently. The RED button closes the open window only, and it does not close the program. This took getting used to as well. In Windows XP/9x I was used to having the top right corner with the X close and exit the current running Window or program. Subtle differences, but noteworthy!
Lets take a look at the Desktop. This Desktop has on it by default, the Macintosh HD icon, which is the Window’s My Computer equivalent. Any other shortcuts, Mac calls them Aliases, you have to put on the Desktop manually. I admit the Desktop sure was clean. No clutter from all the PC junk that is installed in Windows by third party companies. Matter of fact, no third party software was evident anywhere on the system. It was all Apple. You can force the Icons on the Desktop to stay sorted, which they will do for sure. When a new one is created, the Icons adjust alphabetically (or if you choose by size, date created or modified, or by label or kind). You could turn this off, and allow the Icons to Snap to Grid. This means they will line up unsorted but are arranged in block form. Otherwise you can use no sort options.
I love having my favorite background image on the Desktop. On the iMac you can have nice colorful factory made artistic backgrounds as images or your own. Unless you force a full screen of the image, you see a color around the image on both systems. When selecting a different background image, the change takes effect immediately. One click is all it takes. No need to click OK or Apply. Screen Savers are on this dialogue box as well, they are all artistic and different. I especially like the Cosmos saver. They all seem to scroll through images, but add a Pan and Zoom feature to each one, simulating movement. You can also choose your Pictures Folder and they will be displayed in the same manner. Nice touch, something you may not consider important, but the extra little touches are evident. Windows XP allows use of favorite Pictures, but they are more static, and simply sit there. No scrolling action or movement happens.
How about the keyboard? If you have ever seen an Apple keyboard you know it seems to look similar to the PC keyboard. I submit they are almost identical, except for the Apple key, replacing the ALT key. I feel that they could be close cousins, since they seem to do a lot of the same functions. Microsoft should call the Alt key the Windows Key, but they wield so much market influence, they had a new key created on the keyboard with a little Windows logo. I do know that Apple had its own key first, if that matters.
The Macintosh Mouse comes with simply one button. This is a BIG change for those accustomed to the PC. Just about every PC today has a two button Mouse. Have no fear, the Control Key can be used when you click the Mac Mouse, to simulate a right click function. It is not intuitive, but once discovered, it is never forgotten. The wireless Bluetooth Mouse that came with my iMac was gorgeous. It looked like a large white pill that would cure any headache. Of course it was many times the normal dose, based on size. The Mouse felt very nice in the hand. But based on my PC experience, I found myself thinking the Mouse was hobbled or handicapped in some way. Was I less productive? So it was time to experiment. I shut down the iMac, turned off the Bluetooth Mouse, and plugged in a Microsoft USB Laser Mouse. Sorry Mac fans, this could be blasphemy but it worked like a charm. The Mouse now had the feel I was used to, and to my surprise the Mouse pointer didn’t jump and the scroll wheel worked great too. Earlier I said I thought my desk color or pattern was fooling the Mouse. Maybe so, but this new Mouse was not fooled. It ran smooth as can be. I was a little happier. I guess the Apple Mouse will have to go to eBay when I get time.
I wanted to do some browsing around the File System Folders. A double click on the Macintosh HD icon takes you to a file manager of sorts. The left side offers the My Computer view, with Network, and below that the Desktop, My Home Directory indicated by my login name, an Application Folder, Documents, Movies, Music and Pictures. Seems like all the most important stuff was represented! You could also view Icons in the normal single Icon view, or sorted in a list, or even in columns of data.
Clicking on any of the Icons on the left took me to that folder. I looked around at the Applications first. I saw all the Apps in one folder. I know that the Mac doesn’t care what extension the files have, but I wanted to see them. So I did a right click and turned on the extensions, so I could learn what was there and how things worked. Applications were *.app files, and to my shock and surprise, that was all. One file! If I wanted to delete Chess, I simply could delete chess.app. That is all you do. No fooling with a registry, or uninstall routines in the Windows Control Panel. If I wanted to load an application, I could drop the file whatever.app into the Applications folder, and it was installed. I must admit this single enhancement or procedure is almost worth the full price I paid. No more would I have to hope and pray, and run an install routine, hoping all was setup, Icons created, and settings were complete. When you ran a program, settings were created on the fly as needed. I connected to the Internet and downloaded a few apps to test this theory, worked great! More on the net and other Applications in Part 3.
When it came to Movies, QuickTime is the default format. I dropped some Windows Media files from my other system, into the folder, and no luck. They wouldn’t play. I could get Windows Media Player for Mac though! So no worries there. WMP for Mac is at Version 9, and the PC Version is at 10. I am sure Microsoft is working on a Version 10 for Mac.
I wanted to test QuickTime on the PC versus the iMac. I played the exact same file, which was the Matrix Theater Trailer in 1024 resolution. I played them side-by-side, and was astounded. The iMac version was clearer, sharper, and smooth. The PC version of the same movie had just a small amount of choppy movement. It would pause intermittently. I then decided to double the size of the trailer while it was playing. The iMac did it in a second, no problem. Also, the transition in size was smooth, it dynamically increased in size while playing. It almost looked like you had grabbed the sides of the movie, and pulled it like silly putty. But the PC choked badly, and 10-15 seconds later recovered. It went from normal size to 2x without any nice smooth transition. Astounding. I guess my PC could be a bit lower end, but the iMac was no Power Mac, just a lower end Mac. My feeling was that the PC and iMac are very close to equal in dated release hierarchy on the food chain. Both were one-year-old technology except for the software Mac OSX, which was the latest and greatest software. But Windows XP had service pack 1 installed. Hmmm.
On the iMac, while playing a Movie, you can shrink it down to the Dock, and it keeps playing in a tiny window. Not great for normal viewing, but you can see what is happening. Another added enhancement. I could work and wait until my favorite part of the movie to maximize the window for viewing. Lets see Task manager on XP do this! I also noted in the menu for QuickTime there were all these grayed out advanced features, which you can buy in the PRO version. They actually seemed like features I may want. Full Screen, Copy, Paste, and Recording Options. I will consider purchasing QuickTime Pro in a months time. I had considered this on the PC side, but never really followed through.
If you want to look through your digital images, both the PC and the iMac have a small application for viewing them. But the iMac allows you to crop them. The PC allows you to more easily delete them. I like the delete feature. Often I use the image viewer to go through all my image files, and delete the ones I don’t want to keep. iMac doesn’t allow going through all the files and delete them easily while using the viewer. You have to go back to the folder and delete the images. But you could change the folder settings to make the icon thumbnail large enough to see the image, and select them for deletion. Just a little different, but overall equal functionality in different ways.
It is worthy to note again here, that the small speakers inside the bottom edge of the iMac case are very nice. Not much bass, as anticipated, but clear, crisp, and plenty loud for a desktop system. All I needed was a subwoofer!
I will be reviewing the bundled Applications that come with the iMac and Mac OS X in the next part of this review, Part 3.
Bundled Application Review
(Next Issue Part 3 available at http://weblinksnewsletter.net)
Thursday, November 03, 2005
What to do with the OLD Jack-o-Lantern?
Sunday, October 30, 2005
To Apple or NOT to Apple? (Part1)
To Apple or NOT to Apple! (Part1)
(or Apple iMac G5 from a PC Guys perspective)
Written by Will Wagner
One of the greatest questions asked in technical and multimedia circles is “which is better, Apple or Microsoft?” In varying degrees, depending on whom you talk to, one is plainly better than the other. But for normal folks who simply want straight unpolished answers, non-technical, plain English communication, and a clear look at the facts surrounding the question; demands a straight forward probing review.
My attempt will not be to answer the 3-decade-old question. But I plan to offer a look at today’s top and foremost Apple computer offering with my Windows XP experience in mind. Advice will be given after factual experiences are recorded for you, the reader, with which you can base a real decision on.
I have no connections to either party, have not been financially supported by, or endorsed by either side. I must be forward in presenting my background and experience though, before we begin.
I have been working with PCs for almost 15 years. I began my computing career with an Apple IIe in High School around 21 years ago. In computer math class, we learned the Basic language to execute routine math calculations and create a snowman with falling snow, and during study time, we would play Pac Man on the back of a 5 1/4 inch floppy a friend brought in from home. How ironic it is that my first computing environment was Apple, only to move to the PC world directly after that, and now years later purchase an iMac G5.
I have owned a large array of PCs since that time. Beginning with an Intel 8088, 286, 386, 486SX, an AMD 486, a Pentium 1, 2 and 3, as well as a Cyrix 6x86 (Pentium 1 clone). Many of them I purchased with a small budget in mind. Not until more recently did I actually become more concerned with quality parts and software versus cheap parts and flunky clunky applications. I have also purchased a few complete vendor produced systems from Dell and HP, and have been very happy with the quality and added featured software and peripherals they provide.
Today I own a 3 Gigahertz HP Pentium 4 Computer. Store bought 1 year ago and bundled with software, printer, and a very nice flat screen (LCD). It has been very reliable, allowed me to get work done, run a side eBay business, and support my multimedia hobby while ripping MP3 music and playing it while online or offline.
With the advent of the newly released and redefined iMac, along with a Unix kernel driven Operating System, my curiosity was peaked. The struggle always came when spending hard earned money for something I just had no idea whether I would like, enjoy, or even use.
I dabbled with Power Macs in a multimedia setting at work, and noted that for larger file sizes, such as large format print jobs and DVD video output, the Mac seemed to work quite well where our PC counterparts slowed, crashed and muddled through. The PCs that would choke on similar files, we always attributed to poor local configuration, or incomparable feature sets of the hardware (low end PCs). Not for a moment did we consider that perhaps the PC was designed improperly or poorly. Or did we take into account the possibility that the Mac simply was programmed with design stability.
The question of which is better simply cannot be answered. I could read and search the Internet for such fodder, and fodder I have found. But I always felt bias was a large part of the reviewers content. I wanted a clear comparison of features, abilities, and user friendliness. There was only one way to accomplish this, and that was to do it myself.
I made the decision quite by chance. The latest iMac G5 was recently released. It was the iMac that had an all in one hardware appeal, white appliance look and feel, and yes, price played a part in the decision.
I was at a local mall and happened into the Apple Store. The generic modern white palace of which Apple enthusiasts gathered, invited me in. If not for curiosity, the salespeople would have scared me away. More on that in a minute.
I began by looking at what was on display, the iMac, iBook (laptop) some iPods, and peripherals and software. The iMac had always drawn my eye. The iMac G4, often called an R2-D2, based on the half circle base and the long silver pole with a monitor on the end, always intrigued me. It was truly gorgeous, perhaps a piece of modern furniture. But this iMac seemed even more compact, modern and appliance like. I started seeing it in TV commercials, movies, and spoke of it in conversations with friends (PC friends as well as Mac enthusiasts).
The iMac G5 was a work of art, coming from a PC guy, that really says something I think. The iMac was so interesting I decided I would have to get one, one day. While in the Apple Store, I noticed a pile of unopened boxes with a large picture of an iMac on the front. It was a stack of iMacs on sale; all had $250 off each box. They were closeouts. The new model was in town, and they wanted to push out the old.
The price, my curiosity, and my wife got the best of me. She said “go ahead, you want one; get one”. That’s all it took. After several years, I would finally buy an Apple iMac based on perhaps the best condition ever, the wife approves. Bliss!
I picked up the box with the iMac inside, and walked to the cashier, then placed it on the counter. At this point, the assistant manager started talking tech geek. I would need the Apple Care plan, .Mac, and a host of other peripherals that would take my deal of a lifetime, $250 off, well over the budget I wanted to spend. I shrugged off the extras, only to have the used car salesman insist I needed these things and I could have them cheaper now than later.
Listening to the terms, I decided on Apple Care, which he shook his head in regards to (since he knew best what I needed). Only he didn’t want to pay for them to help a lowly PC guy out. The authority here was the wife, and I could see she didn’t want to hear I had to buy a lot of junk, not even knowing for sure if the iMac was something I could really put to use. Honestly, I agreed, why purchase a lot of extra stuff for an iMac I might end up selling later on eBay if my trial went sour. I proceeded to carry my iMac with Apple Care out of the Mall and home to my office.
(Next Issue Part 2 available at http://weblinksnewsletter.net)
Saturday, October 29, 2005
Sunday, October 16, 2005
MI6 Website - BOND, James BOND
"As Britain's secret service, SIS provides the British Government with a global covert capability to promote and defend the national security and economic well-being of the United Kingdom.
SIS operates world-wide to collect secret foreign intelligence in support of the British Government's policies and objectives."
Friday, October 14, 2005
Fake Premise for Flooding Story
Thats just what happened, as viewed on the Drudge Report earlier today. Michele Kosinski staged a dramatic report from a flooded area in a rowboat, only the water was one foot deep. How terrible save us from the massive biblical flood!
Friday, October 07, 2005
What Time Is It?
Tuesday, October 04, 2005
Music: Harvey Danger
Wednesday, September 21, 2005
Orbiter's Long Life Helps Scientists Track Changes on Mars
..."for three Mars summers in a row, deposits of frozen carbon dioxide near Mars' south pole have shrunk from the previous year's size, suggesting a climate change in progress."
Thursday, September 15, 2005
Sometimes we wonder, "What did I do to deserve this?" or "Why did God have to do this to me?" Here is a wonderful explanation!
A daughter is telling her Mother how everything is going wrong, she's failing algebra, her boyfriend broke up with her and her best friend is moving away.
Meanwhile, her Mother is baking a cake and asks her daughter if she would like a snack, and the daughter says, "Absolutely Mom, I love your cake."
"Here, have some cooking oil," her Mother offers. "Yuck" says her daughter.
"How about a couple raw eggs?"
"Would you like some flour then? Or maybe baking soda?" "Mom, those are all yucky!"
To which the mother replies: "Yes, all those things seem bad all by themselves. But when they are put together in the right way, they make a wonderfully delicious cake!
God works the same way. Many times we wonder why He would let us go through such bad and difficult times. But God knows that when He puts these things all in His order, they always work for good! We just have to trust Him and, eventually, they will all make something wonderful!
God is crazy about you. He sends you flowers every spring and a sunrise every morning.
Whenever you want to talk, He'll listen. He can live anywhere in the universe, and He chose your heart.
Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we are here we might as well dance.
Well Said! - Will
Sunday, September 11, 2005
Here is a graphic that explains why the Twin Towers collapsed. I visited them years ago in 6th grade, like many children. It was awesome to be so high, and terrible to think how far they fell.
See the 9/11 Graphic
Wednesday, September 07, 2005
Wow, Another Anti New Orleans Rant!
Fred Does It Again! His Views on New Orleans and Riots
Tuesday, September 06, 2005
Who is to BLAME for New Orleans?
"The vultures of the venomous left are attacking on two fronts, first that the president didn't do what the incompetent mayor of New Orleans and the pouty governor of Louisiana should have done, and didn't, in the early hours after Katrina loosed the deluge on the city that care and good judgment forgot. Ray Nagin, the mayor, ordered a "mandatory" evacuation a day late, but kept the city's 2,000 school buses parked and locked in neat rows when there was still time to take the refugees to higher ground. The bright-yellow buses sit ruined now in four feet of dirty water. Then the governor, Kathleen Blanco, resisted early pleas to declare martial law, and her dithering opened the way for looters, rapists and killers to make New Orleans an unholy hell. Gov. Haley Barbour did not hesitate in neighboring Mississippi, and looters, rapists and killers have not turned the streets of Gulfport and Biloxi into killing fields."
How about this...
"The race hustlers waited for three days to inflame a tense situation, but then set to work with their usual dedication. The Revs. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, our self-appointed twin ambassadors of ill will, made the scene as soon as they could, taking up the coded cry that Katrina was the work of white folks, that a shortage of white looters and snipers made looting and sniping look like black crime, that calling the refugees "refugees" was an act of linguistic racism. A "civil rights activist" on Arianna Huffington's celebrity blog even floated the rumor that the starving folks abandoned in New Orleans had been forced to eat their dead -- after only four days."
"Condi Rice went to the scene to say what everyone can see for himself, that no one but the race hustlers imagine Americans of any hue attaching strings to the humanitarian aid pouring into the broken and bruised cities of the Gulf. Most of the suffering faces in the flickering television images are black, true enough, and most of the helping hands are white."
Thanks Wes, we appreciate the truth! read the link above for the whole article.
Saturday, September 03, 2005
Help Hurricane Katrina Victims!
monetary donations to assist hurricane victims:
American Red Cross
1-800-HELP NOW (435-7669) English
AmericaÂs Second Harvest
Adventist Community Services
Catholic Charities, USA
Christian Disaster Response
941-956-5183 or 941-551-9554
Christian Reformed World Relief Committee
Church World Service
Convoy of Hope
Lutheran Disaster Response
Mennonite Disaster Service
Nazarene Disaster Response
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
Southern Baptist Convention -- Disaster Relief
1-800-462-8657, ext. 6440
United Methodist Committee on Relief
For some additional Katrina Info from FEMA, this link shows maps and FAQ info.
Wednesday, August 31, 2005
Get Opera FREE!
Cindy Sheehan Empty Protest
Tuesday, August 30, 2005
Can you pass the 8th Grade Math Test?
Tuesday, August 23, 2005
Batman Hits DVD In October
The documentaries will deal with Batman Begins' production, the batsuit, the Batmobile, the monorail chase, shooting in Iceland, fighting and the incarnations of Batman over the past 20 years. The deluxe set will also contain featurettes on characters and weapons, an interactive comic book, a stills gallery, trailers and a collectible 72-page comic, the site reported.
Fred on Slavery!
Thursday, August 18, 2005
Brosnon OUT of BOND Role?
Tuesday, August 16, 2005
Saturday, August 13, 2005
Latest Weblinksnewsletter Blocked
Wednesday, August 10, 2005
Bush Needs to be LOCKED UP?
Just words of a crybaby loser, who never could accept the simple fact that 51% of the voters actually voted for the opposition. Not one legal case, NOT ONE, has ever been brought up in Florida or Ohio against the Bush Gore Election, or the last Bush Kerry election. Why? It is just this simple. There are NO cases to try. There was no voter fraud, there was no deception, there was no cheating. If anything, this broad proclamation of wrong doing was simply instituted by whiner loser Democrats that couldn't simply win an election on the up and up. They had to place this into the psyche of the American Left, and they will forever be led by shallow people who can not simply state their goals or plans, rather they attack the good Right. The Conservative Right will always win when it comes to simple ideas that make sense, and when Liberals try to redistribute wealth that we have worked very hard for.
Keep whining losers, that just locks in the next major election for the Right! Read this link above for laughs if nothing else!
Saturday, August 06, 2005
Is It Wrong to Love Microsoft?
Tuesday, August 02, 2005
Schmidt Wins 2nd District Special Election!
So much for Liberal values winning votes!
The election was to replace Congressman Rob Portman who was appointed by President Bush as the US Trade Representative.
Air America Stealing from Poor Kids?
Michele Malkin asks "Will Air America's self-proclaimed champions of the poor and downtrodden--Franken? Garafolo? Springer?--touch this story with a ten-foot pole? Will Randi Rhodes trot out her gunshot sound effects to blame the messenger? Or will the gabbers continue maintaining their radio silence?"
Monday, July 25, 2005
Thanks Yahoo, Konfabulator is now FREE!
Konfabulator is now free. Yup. If you download version 2.1 you know what you'll never ever see? That's right a registration reminder. Fear not, there's nothing sneaky in there, no spyware, no ads, nothing that's keeping track of information and sending it to us... it's pure, uncut Konfabulator goodness.
Fred on Rocks and Little Girls
Saturday, July 23, 2005
James "Scotty" Doohan Dies
Sunday, July 17, 2005
Fantastic Four Movie - Fantastic!
IBM OS/2 to be Discontinued
Goto the OS/2 BBS site for Some great OS/2 info.
Friday, July 15, 2005
Friday, July 08, 2005
Attack on London
Congrats to the Londoners who have extreme determination, and who have faced truly ruthless attacks from above in World War 2. No doubt that this last attack is but a fly in the ointment of the London people. They have endured much more.
I especially like the words of Ken Livingstone, when he said...
"...however many of us you kill, will stop that flight to our city where freedom is strong and where people can live in harmony with one another."
Now that is determination, and a glowing view of what Freedom is really all about. Read the whole address at the link above, to the people of London.
Thursday, June 23, 2005
US Supreme Socialist Court Rules in Favor of Property Seizure
Here is Artitcle V which states:
Trial and Punishment, Compensation for Takings. Ratified 12/15/1791.
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
If we do not act now and throw these Liberal Judges from their entrenched benches, we will have an America that our founding fathers would not be able to recognize as the United States, in a few decades. We must revise our Constitution to some how limit the lifetime appointments that a Supreme Court Justice enjoys. Perhaps there should be some confirmation of continuing service which is overseen by the House of Representatives. Contact your rep to complain today or risk losing the rest of your God given rights.
Monday, June 20, 2005
Schwarzenegger Jeered at Graduation Speech
Wednesday, June 15, 2005
Batman Begins In Theaters
Tuesday, June 07, 2005
Apple Going Intel Inside!
See what my favorite tech pundit, John Dvorak, has to say about this one.
Wednesday, May 25, 2005
Carrie Wins Idol 2005!
Sunday, May 22, 2005
Rednecks: The Virtues Thereof
Tuesday, May 17, 2005
Saturday, May 14, 2005
Microsoft XBox 360 Revealed
Wednesday, May 11, 2005
AVID Home Software Tryout
Tuesday, May 10, 2005
ebay Suffers Power Outage
Symantec Worm Simulator
Wednesday, May 04, 2005
Mac Think Secret Rumor site
Tuesday, May 03, 2005
Parents to Collect Children's DNA
Thursday, April 28, 2005
Pierce Brosnan as 007 Once More!
Tuesday, April 26, 2005
Windows Longhorn Preview
Longhorn is the next version of Windows, which is planned to replace Windows XP. Based on the screenshots that Paul provides I don't really see any special features. Matter of fact all I see is a new shell graphical interface. I am sure things are different under the hood, and Paul speaks about some of that. But I have to admit, it had better provide the normal user a faster and easier environment to get work done or it will sink for sure and Windows XP will hang on for a long life much the same way Windows 95 did.
Saturday, April 23, 2005
Return of Superman
Wednesday, April 20, 2005
Google Maps w/ Satellite Images
If you have not seen this most awesome map site that Google has put together, you must take a look. Not only is this site a normal Map generator, but a click away converts your map right to a satellite image which directly matches your map. This site by far blows away any other map site I have seen for the FREE price! You can also drag and move with the mouse, versus waiting for a page to reload for the next map,most awesome!
Speed Up Windows XP
Tuesday, April 19, 2005
Mac OSX 10.4 Review
There sure is alot of chatter going on surrounding the latest Mac OS X release. The Mac OS seems to be the darling of the technical and creative genre right now. I venture to say that even Linux is not as popular, though it could be more widely used. Here is a review from a PC professional that gives a truly non-biased view of what the OS has to offer, and whether it performs well enough for us PC people to switch to a Mac.
I myself think Apple is tainting the OS with idiot "PC-like" features that are not really as seamless as they should be. Read on for yourself to see what Paul Thurrott has to say about this latest $129 upgrade.
Monday, April 18, 2005
Costello and Abbott - Computer Sales - Funny
ABBOTT: Super Duper computer store. Can I help you?
COSTELLO: Thanks. I'm setting up an office in my den and I'm thinking
about buying a computer.
COSTELLO: No, the name's Lou.
ABBOTT: Your computer?
COSTELLO: I don't own a computer. I want to buy one.
COSTELLO: I told you, my name's Lou.
ABBOTT: What about Windows?
COSTELLO: Why? Will it get stuffy in here?
ABBOTT: Do you want a computer with Windows?
COSTELLO: I don't know. What will I see when I look at the windows?
COSTELLO: Never mind the windows. I need a computer and software.
ABBOTT: Software for Windows?
COSTELLO: No. On the computer! I need something I can use to write
proposals, track expenses and run my business. What do you have?
COSTELLO: Yeah, for my office. Can you recommend anything?
ABBOTT: I just did.
COSTELLO: You just did what?
ABBOTT: Recommend something.
COSTELLO: You recommended something?
COSTELLO: For my office?
COSTELLO: OK, what did you recommend for my office?
COSTELLO: Yes, for my office!
ABBOTT: I recommend Office with Windows.
COSTELLO: I already have an office with windows! OK, let's just say
I'm sitting at my computer and I want to type a proposal. What do I
COSTELLO: What word?
ABBOTT: Word in Office.
COSTELLO: The only word in office is office.
ABBOTT: The Word in Office for Windows.
COSTELLO: Which word in office for windows?
ABBOTT: The Word you get when you click the blue "W".
COSTELLO: I'm going to click your blue "w" if you don't start with
some straight answers. OK, forget that. Can I watch movies on the
ABBOTT: Yes, you want Real One.
COSTELLO: Maybe a real one, maybe a cartoon. What I watch is none of
your business. Just tell me what I need!
ABBOTT: Real One.
COSTELLO: If it's a long movie, I also want to watch reels 2, 3 and 4.
Can I watch them?
ABBOTT: Of course.
COSTELLO: Great! With what?
ABBOTT: Real One.
COSTELLO: OK, I'm at my computer and I want to watch a movie. What do
ABBOTT: You click the blue "1".
COSTELLO: I click the blue one what?
ABBOTT: The blue "1".
COSTELLO: Is that different from the blue w?
ABBOTT: The blue "1" is Real One and the blue "W" is Word.
COSTELLO: What word?
ABBOTT: The Word in Office for Windows.
COSTELLO: But there are three words in "office for windows"!
ABBOTT: No, just one. But it's the most popular Word in the world.
COSTELLO: It is?
ABBOTT: Yes, but to be fair, there aren't many other Words left. It
pretty much wiped out all the other Words out there.
COSTELLO: And that word is real one?
ABBOTT: Real One has nothing to do with Word. Real One isn't even part
COSTELLO: STOP! Don't start that again. What about financial
bookkeeping? You have anything I can track my money with?
COSTELLO: That's right. What do you have?
COSTELLO: I need money to track my money?
ABBOTT: It comes bundled with your computer.
COSTELLO: What's bundled with my computer?
COSTELLO: Money comes with my computer?
ABBOTT: Yes. No extra charge.
COSTELLO: I get a bundle of money with my computer? How much?
ABBOTT: One copy.
COSTELLO: Isn't it illegal to copy money?
ABBOTT: Microsoft gave us a license to copy Money.
COSTELLO: They can give you a license to copy money?
ABBOTT: Why not? THEY OWN IT!
(A few days later)
ABBOTT: Super Duper computer store. Can I help you?
COSTELLO: How do I turn my computer off?
ABBOTT: Click on "START
Thursday, April 14, 2005
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