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Archive for March, 2008

BlueVoice Watch

BlueVoice watch  

I came across this very interesting watch. It’s the BlueVoice bluetooth headset watch. This watch allows you to pair it with any bluetooth capable phone. After pairing with your phone the watch can be used as your bluetooth headset. When you receive a call you can simply detach the face of the watch from the wrist strap and place the headset in your ear. After you end your call simply replace the headset back on the wrist strap to have your watch again. I think this is a great way to store and carry your headset! I would love to try one of these out. It is not quite the most stylish watch but function over form sometimes. I know that I don’t use my bluetooth near as often as I could due to the fact that I don’t want to carry it with me all the time.

www.bluevoicewatches.com

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 FWS

Photo: FWS 

Well in what is a very upsetting story for me, the gray wolf is in danger of being hunted in Idaho. The good part of this story is that their numbers have increased enough to get the breed off the endangered species list. The bad is that the state is already in the planning stages of having the wolves hunted! A lot of people have put a lot of work into raising the numbers of these wolves and now they want to hunt the number down?! Why? Reports of livestock and free roaming pets being attacked is the “reason” the state is allowing the hunts.

Earthjustice, which represents 12 local and national environmental groups, plans to sue the federal government next month to continue wolf protections. They hope to get the Gray wolf back on the protected list.

Lets see what we can do to help!

Visit the Earthjustice website today! www.Earthjustice.org & Earthjustice press release

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Adobe Photoshop Express 

In an update to a previous post, it seems that the details contained in the EULA (End user License Agreement) are a bit demanding of your rights. The EULA is reportedly going to be quickly modified, Adobe states that this was not an intentional clause and that the terms will be rewritten as soon as possible. The part of the EULA that was in question reads:

“Adobe does not claim ownership of Your Content. However, with respect to Your Content that you submit or make available for inclusion on publicly accessible areas of the Services, you grant Adobe a worldwide, royalty-free, nonexclusive, perpetual, irrevocable, and fully sublicensable license to use, distribute, derive revenue or other remuneration from, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, publicly perform and publicly display such Content and to incorporate such Content into other Materials or works in any format or medium now known or later developed.”

So you upload and edit an image and Adobe gets to use it anywhere and how they want without paying you a dime? Was this an accident, or was someone hoping that this would go unnoticed for as long as possible? Have you used the free online service? Feel free to comment!

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In an unusual and sad story people never cease to amaze me. Wired.com  is reporting a story about some hackers who have hacked into a forum setup for people who suffer from epilepsy to seek more info and support. The hackers attacked the forum by applying flashing animations to the site to induce migraine headaches and seizures in some users. I just can’t see where people can get such ideas! Why are some people just determined to hurt other human beings? Aren’t we here to love one another? What would said hackers get out of such a hateful crime? Sound off in the comments.

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Apple MacBook Air

Apple, we all have heard of them. They boast about being so secure and “safe” and cool. Well apparently their not. There were several contestants in the PWN to OWN competition, which began Wednesday in Vancouver, BC. The contestants were given the choice of trying to hack an Apple MacBook Air and several other computers running various operating systems. On the second day of the competition, the contestants were allowed to tell judges to open specific emails or go to certain websites. This is when the contestants were quickly able to take full control of the computer and gain access to the machine. The winning contestants won $10,000 and the MacBook Air. LOL Ok, you proved that the thing has a major flaw, now its your prize?

I wonder how much longer Apple fans will be able to brag about not running anti-virus and worry about their web surfing habits. Apple is gaining market share, and the more it gains the more attractive the platform looks to hackers. As of right now, there is not enough people or more importantly business’s that are using OS X to put the effort into trying to compromise it. I am sure that as the market share grows so will the threat of viruses.

Do you use a Mac? Do you feel “safe” when your on-line? Leave a comment!

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Caffeinated Soap

Bath Buzz caffeinated soap will get you started sooner! I like love my coffee, but do I really need to take in some extra caffeine in the shower? This soap claims that you take in the caffeine through your skin as you shower. They also state that the caffeine is good for your skin and can aid the fight against skin cancer….um OK. Well I thought it was pretty interesting. So if your in need of a bit more pick me up in the mornings, you can pick up some caffeinated soap at the link below.

 http://www.balmworks.com/caffeine/

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Windows Vista SP1

Windows Vista service pack 1 has been out for a week or so now. I have not moved to vista yet. If you have moved to vista, then this is an update that your really going to want to get. The service pack is suppose to improve driver support, speed file transfers across the network and some other smaller patch’s. If you have moved to vista, how do you like it? Did you do an upgrade or buy a new machine that came with vista already on it? Leave a comment!

Link to Vista Download Page

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I guess Adobe is following the “Cloud Computing” trend and they are now planning to offer a “Photoshop Express” that will be web based and free to consumers. I am not so sure that they should be calling it photoshop anything. I am sure that the on-line basic tools that they plan to offer are very watered down from a real $800 version of the real program. They also say that the learning curve is much easier with the new on-line version. So what this means to me is that novices may try this on-line version and say things like “this is photoshop? I thought photoshop was hard to use? I’m going to go buy the real thing”. Then they drop this large pile of cash and get home and realize that they have no clue as to where to start. It will be interesting to see where this leads. Cloud computing seems to be the goal of a lot of company’s these days. I feel that cloud computing is inconvenient and slow. What about you? Do you use any cloud computing programs? Leave me a comment!

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Improv Everywhere

Improv Everywhere causes scenes of chaos and joy in public places. Created in August of 2001 by Charlie Todd, Improv Everywhere has executed over 70 missions involving thousands of undercover agents. The group is based in New York City.

 I have watched this several times and still laugh everytime. The group has alot of videos for your viewing pleasure. In this particular video, they are recreating a musical. You know how in musicals people break out in song at random times? Well thats what they have done in this video.

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John C. Dvorak

This clip  of John C. Dvorak introducing the PS/2 in 1987 on the Computer Chronicles reminds me of the movie “Big” with Tom Hanks. The scene where Tom Hanks is playing with a building shaped transformer and being a distraction to the rest of the table. John C. just cant seem to stop playing with this computer. Made me laugh 🙂

via: Inside TWIT

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