Operation:NetTalk Entry#016

February 13, 2007

What application do you use to store and organize your photos?

I use Picasa on my PC and iPhoto on the mac. Each work reasonably well. Recently I found an application that not only stores and organizes your photos, but does it in an unique way. It’s called Photopolis.

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What is Photopolis?

Photopolis is a new way to experience your photo collection. Photopolis extracts the date you took your photo. Then it assembles the photos that were taken in a week as a “house”. Out of 4 houses a month is created and so on. The result is a checker-board arrengement of houses in a city. The straight streets represent years, the cross streets months. Because of this arrangement you can for example view your Christmas photos of all the years by walking along the “December” street.

Photopolis is available for PC and mac. So if this application seems of interest to you, you can find it here.


Operation:NetTalk Entry#014

February 10, 2007

Don’t Wait For A Genius: Quick Drop Your Mac And Go

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With Quick Drop, we’ll never again wait in line for a Genius.

We love Apple, but fixing a broken computer can be a pain. Too much planning, too much waiting, and none of the instant gratification we love. Now, thanks to a tip from a disgruntled genius, the next time our Mac fails, we’ll know to use Quick Drop: (The Consumerist)

John Edwards Stands by Bloggers

John Edwards issued a statement today defending his hiring of two bloggers, Amanda Marcotte of Pandagon and Melissa McEwan of Shakespeare’s Sister, saying he believes “in giving everyone a fair shake.” (New York Times)

Microsoft: Novell deal a milestone despite squabbles

reporter’s notebook SAN FRANCISCO–Microsoft’s deal late last year with Novell may have set a record for shortest honeymoon, with the two companies publicly bickering within days.

Nonetheless, Microsoft top lawyer Brad Smith hails the deal as a landmark that still holds the potential of bringing together the open-source and commercial software business models.

“I actually think that when the decade is through, we’ll look back, and we’ll say the agreement between Microsoft and Novell was one of the most important milestones in the decade from an (intellectual property) perspective,” Smith said Thursday at a dinner with a handful of journalists. (CNET News)

Online forums replacing coffee shops for tip-seeking farmers

MARTINSVILLE, Ohio — Tucked away in the den of his 127-year-old farmhouse, Ed Winkle huddles over his computer. The screen’s soft glow lights up his eyeglasses, reflecting messages about tractors, corn hybrids and crop insurance.

Winkle is checking the latest postings on his favorite Internet farm forum. Advice from fellow farmers around the country has enabled him to increase his corn and soybean production, better market his crops, learn how to rebuild engines and get good tires for his tractor. (USAToday)

How do I… Install Windows Vista in a dual-boot configuration along with Windows XP

Are you really excited about the prospect of experimenting with the new features in the Windows Vista operating system, but are not yet ready to give up your existing Windows XP installation? For instance, you may be on the fence, because you’re not 100 percent sure that all your existing hardware and software will work in Vista and you still need them to get your work done.

If so, then you may be the perfect candidate for a dual-boot configuration. With this type of configuration, you can easily experiment with Windows Vista and still use Windows XP. In other words, you get to have your cake and eat it too.

In this article, I’ll discuss some of the options you’ll need to consider as you begin thinking about and planning for adding Windows Vista to your existing system in a dual-boot configuration. I’ll then walk you step by step through the entire procedure. (TechRepublic)


Operation:NetTalk Entry#013

February 7, 2007

Hackers Slow Internet Root Servers With Attack

Online attackers have briefly disrupted service on at least two of the 13 “root” servers that are used to direct traffic on the Internet. (PC World)

New York may ban iPods while crossing street

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New Yorkers who blithely cross the street listening to an iPod or talking on a cell phone could soon face a $100 fine. (Reuters)

At retail stores, Apple prepares to counter Vista

February 7, 2007 – Apple has been waging a quiet war against Microsoft’s new Windows Vista operating system in its television ads and on its Web site. Now, the Mac maker is bringing the fight to its chain of 170 retail stores, as well. (Think Secret)

Music industry sues Augusta man

In its running legal battle against unauthorized downloaders, five recording companies have sued an Augusta man in federal court claiming he illegally pirated and shared copyrighted music.

Scott Hinds, 23, is a defendant in one of a number of lawsuits by Recording Industry of America affiliates seeking to halt illegal sharing of copyrighted songs — a once-widespread practice some maintain was “fair use,” encouraged by certain computer software. (Morning Sentinel)

Hidden Vista tricks that can make you more productive

There are literally hundreds of new features and hidden tricks in Vista. Here are a few that will be helpful to you as you begin to get accustomed to using the new Windows Vista operating system. (Tech Republic)

AMD cranks out new Opterons

Three low-power Opterons and two processors in the mainstream power category were added to AMD’s product list. The low-power chips are said to consume no more than 68 watts, while the mainstream processors consume no more than 95 watts. (CNET)

Apple: Record labels should drop DRM

SAN FRANCISCO – Apple Inc. indicated it would open its iTunes store to other portable players besides its ubiquitous iPod if the world’s major record labels abandoned the anti-piracy technology that serves as the industry’s security blanket.

Steve Jobs, Apple’s chief executive, made the case for abolishing the protections known as “Digital Rights Management,” or DRM, in an open letter posted Tuesday on the Cupertino-based company’s Web site. He also explained why Apple had decided against licensing its own DRM technology, known as “FairPlay,” as an alternative method for making iTunes accessible to all portable players. (Yahoo News)

MySpace offers 1m directing job

Social networking website MySpace is running a competition to win the director’s job on a 1m feature film (BBC News)

Soldier’s Blogs Monitore, Group Sues For More Info

It is no secret that the military monitors soldiers’ Web postings, can remove certain items and will punish those posting content that violates military rules.

Still, recent publicity about a special military group monitoring soldiers’ blogs and other Web postings has gained widespread attention and led to a lawsuit. (Information Week)

Security better, but needs more work, Gates says

SAN FRANCISCO — In his swan song to an annual gathering of 15,000 computer security experts here Tuesday, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates said the software giant has made giant strides in security.

But he acknowledged that threats from malicious computer code and the proliferation of devices connected to the Internet have made security a moving target. (USA Today)


Operation:NetTalk Entry#011

February 4, 2007

Once again I want to talk about a neat Firefox extension. I came across Sage this morning while searching for a RSS reader that I enjoy using, not one that I have to learn to live with. In the past I’ve used Thunderbird, Google Reader and a few other’s. None of which worked the way I wanted them to.

Sage

What does Sage do?

  • Reads RSS (2.0, 1.0, 0.9x) and Atom feeds
  • Newspaper feed rendering customizable via style sheets
  • Feed Discovery
  • Integrates with Firefox’s bookmark storage and Live Bookmarks
  • Imports and exports OPML feed lists
  • Technorati and RSS search engine integration
  • Support for a number of locales: Argentine Spanish, Catalan, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian, Slovenian, Spanish, and Swedish
  • Simple, one step install / uninstall

If Sage sounds appealing to you, give it a try.


Operation:NetTalk Entry#009

February 1, 2007

What Your Sleeping Positions Say About You

By Scott Roeben

What do your sleep positions say about you? What insights do your nocturnal contortions provide about your inner thoughts, your hopes and secret fantasies? For years, sleep experts have studied the relationship between how we sleep and how we feel. At last, the results of the research are available here—exclusively at Dribbleglass.com.

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A whopping 43 percent of us sleep on our backs. The position shows confidence and mental wellbeing. It expresses an openness and a generally bright outlook on life.

Many people sleep on their side. This popular position shows a small degree of insecurity, and often indicates growing stress overflowing from the sleeper’s waking hours.

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Sleeping on the stomach has been shown to correlate with hidden aggression. The “face down” position is often a precursor to dramatic and sometimes detrimental shifts in the sleeper’s emotional life.

This variation of lying on one’s back is known as the “Deathwish.” It is characterized by hands folded on one’s chest and shows the sleeper’s subconscious hope that he or she will be pushed into the path of an oncoming bullet train.

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The “L” position was first observed during the 1940s. Experts believe this fairly rare position reveals the sleeper’s secret yearning to swim in a giant vat of alphabet soup.

Referred to as the “Hazel,” this position clearly indicates that a sleeper harbors an unnatural desire to become a domestic servant.

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In this position—which utilizes a strategically positioned pillowcase—the sleeper reverts to infancy. It is clear this represents a longing for simpler times, as well as a profound urge to “go poopy.”

The unusual utilization of pillows in this configuration indicates a sexual timidity, usually brought on by some sexual dysfunction such as not being able to “get any” even after dating livestock.

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“The cheerleader”—likely to use pillow cases as makeshift pom-poms—has a need to “cheer” others on. This person often has a waking life full of shopping, spouting superficial cliches and “petting with really cool guys.”

The “Drooler” does just that. This isn’t exactly a sleep position, but we just think it’s icky.

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This position, the “Cousteau,” seems to be connected with the sleeper’s feelings they are “swimming against the current” in life, commonly mixed with a sense of “drowning with worry” or getting the love “bends.”

Scientists have no idea what this position represents, but it certainly does give one what experts call “the willies.”

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The “Roman Senator” harbors painful feelings of inadequacy. This position should not be confused with the “Braveheart,” which indicates painful feelings of wanting to rebel against one’s own “Longshank.”

It’s clear this sleeper wants to hide from his or her problems. He or she seeks to remain anonymous to the world, a place where he or she hates being referred to as “he or she.”

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This painful posture has been called the “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up” position by experts. It shows a deep-seated compulsion to default on loans from underworld figures with nicknames like “Johnny the Chin.”

These are some of the more common sleep positions. You may have some of your own. Listen to what your body is saying. Sometimes, of course, it’s not saying anything—it’s just making noises.


Operation:NetTalk Entry#006

January 28, 2007

A fresh patch of news stories. Sounds like I’m serving cookies. Hmmm… in a way, I am.

Lawmaker proposes allowing man’s best friend to be drinking buddy

Hold the coffee: scientist puts caffeine in doughnuts

Attraction to mannequins lands Detroit man in prison

China arrests men for murdering “ghost” brides

Guard shot, finishes shift but later dies

US woman fights off lion with pen

Bag of mice included in fast-food order; health agency sees it as isolated incident

Son Gets Six Months, Probation for Dismembering Mother

Police hunt pub urinal thief

Pee-wee may be heading back to his Playhouse. But for now, he’s happy to be Paul Reubens

Here are two sites that will zap away all thoughts of productivity.

Bored?

Onemorelevel


Operation:NetTalk Entry#005

January 27, 2007

Woz Presents the Apple Historical Museum.

The next time you’re on YouTube, check out adiblasi videos. Great stuff, even Woz views his vids!