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2005: august 4 | august 10 | august 26 | august 27 | august 29 | september 5 | too good to be true?
| september 13: Habitant for Humanity needs your help |
| october 2: Recording Industry vs The People :
Oregon RIAA Victim Fights Back; Sues RIAA for Electronic Trespass, Fraud, RICO Violations...
| october update log
 

Internet Explorer goes retarded after installation of XP Service Pack 2:
(googlism: Internet Explorer blocks showing active content javascript XP2 SP2 annoyances)

  SKIP THE DETAILS; JUST SHOW ME THE SOLUTION!

Macromedia compounds stupidity by suggesting you add a text string of "<!-- saved from url=(0014)about:internet --> " to all your web pages to trick IE into thinking it's in "The Internet Zone"...

Why this is retarded: (more hilarity from Microsoft):

The 'Local Machine' Zone is not configurable because "...any files already on your local computer are assumed to be very safe, so minimal security settings are assigned to them, You cannot assign a folder or drive on your computer to a security zone."

However, Windows XP SP2 has introduced a new Zone - "Local Machine Lockdown Zone" with high security settings (with security settings which are higher than those for the Local Intranet Zone). Files on the local machine are now, no longer deemed to be 'safe'! and are now usually assigned to this zone. The Pop-up-blocker is turned on by default and the security zone is not configurable using Internet Explorer.

LOL! What an annoying solution to IE's security problems. In service pack 3, (or, more likely, in Longhorn) you can look forward to this:

To help protect your security, Internet Explorer will not let you view any web page until you click three times to let it know you really want to view the page.

 

And in the Retarded Macromedia Fireworks department:
(googlism: Fireworks MX 2004 enable check in (enable checkin) site definition editing files site disable site check-out open image file

From the Release Notes for Fireworks MX 2004 fix 7.02:

Opening Image Files from Dreamweaver

In earlier versions of Fireworks MX 2004, opening image files from within local Dreamweaver MX 2004 site folders took a significant amount of time if the Dreamweaver site preference for “Enable file check in and check out” was turned on. You should find that the 7.0.2 updater makes Fireworks MX 2004 much faster when opening image files from within Dreamweaver MX 2004 site folders who's site preference to "Enable file check in and check out” is turned on.

What this should actually say is "If you use Fireworks MX 2004 to try to open a file that happens to be in a site folder (which, since you're working on web images, is probably 95% of all files you open), Fireworks will hang indefinitely while it trys to check out the file from the FTP server. If you click anywhere on the screen while this is happening, Fireworks will silently crash, but continue to run, invisibly, as a hung-process in the background.

Commonly, the user will attempt to relaunch Fireworks, and it will crash again on startup, again, running invisibly as a hung process in the background. The user can sometimes have up to 4 Fireworks processes running invisibly, taking up more and more system memory, and will have no way of knowing if the user does not think to try Cntrl-Alt-Delete to manually kill all of the hung Fireworks processes."

So screw your fix: tell me how to disable site check-in/check-out for Fireworks! (Let me use Dreamweaver for file check in check-out; at the most, all Fireworks should do is tell me that the file is in read-only mode / is locked for editing).

Yes, I know I'm worked up, but if they want to charge $800 for their products, the software better be god-damn bullet proof...

 

Augusto 04, 2005-

 

in other news....

Congress approved an energy bill (Aug. 2) that includes massive subsidies for the oil, coal and nuclear industries.

And the House-Senate Appropriations conference committee cut the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) FY06 budget by nearly $200 million.

The final bill includes more than $8.5 billion in tax breaks plus billions more in loan guarantees and other subsidies for the electricity, coal, nuclear, natural gas and oil industries. By contrast, the bill includes only about $1.3 billion for energy efficiency and conservation programs, and $3 billion for renewable energy sources, primarily wind power.

 

Female Freedom

August 10, 2005 -

The orbit of the newly discovered revealed 10th planet, "2003 UB313", a.k.a. "Xena" [1] :

as seen from the side:

 


as seen from overhead:

images by me, adapted from images from the ORBIT DIAGRAM java tool at the NEAR EARTH OBJECT PROGRAM.

[1] Xena (after TV’s Warrior Princess) was the name Mike Brown and his team gave the planet upon first discovering it. {read more}

[2] Read more about the discovery of Xena.

blogger credit : Thanks to: absolutewade.com

Why is Xena a good name? Well, remember, for a long time in fiction the 10th planet was often called "Planet X" ("eks", from the Roman numeral "ten"...)

Every TV show ever, only $40! - Too Good to Be True?

Posted by smoschella - 3:36 PM Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Those sites out there that promise access to 'unlimited tv shows, games, music, & movies'
are actually just asking you to pay for links to free programs and BitTorrent sites.

We [attackoftheshow.com] signed up for TV Central, but there are many other sites that promise the same thing.

We think you're smart enough to find all the stuff below on your own. But, if you aren't then today's your lucky day because we're linking to programs that those other sites make you pay for. The links below cost us exactly $55. Let's hope that we're the last person to pay for stuff any jerk can Google.

NOTE: DO NOT DOWNLOAD ANY COPYRIGHTED MOVIES, TV SHOWS, MUSIC OR GAMES. IT IS ILLEGAL!

That said, welcome to the Attack of the Show - Unlimited Games, Music, Movies and TV Shows Download Area Parody! You now have access to our EXCLUSIVE CONTENT!!!*

*By exclusive, we mean stuff that you can find using Google...

BitComet - their recommended BitTorrent client. We prefer Azureus.

What good is a BitTorrent client without access to our extensive library?

But that's not all. We also give you access to other centralized networks like Limewire, iMesh, Exeem & WinMX.

Plus, you can watch ALL your favorite movies and TV shows with our exclusive movie player... VideoLAN. We paid an extra $14.95 on top of our $40 membership fee for this link!

We're not done yet! You can burn your movies, games, and TV shows with our CD & DVD burning software... Burn4Free.

How can we possibly afford to give you all this information? We must be crazy!

How about a bonus spyware killer and pop-up killer? We spare no expense, you betcha!

And only our members get links to streaming radio sites!

But we want to make sure our members never download copyrighted software, movies or TV shows. So stay safe online by following the EFF's guide to not getting sued.

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August 29 2005

Nerdy gamer heaven: World of Warcraft

Today's screenshot: Me and my girlfriend ;-)

Seriously, though, I really appreciate the art of this game.

 

Veyska says: Anybody know what mobs drop this item?

Sept 4, 2005:

Site additions:

 

Sept 5 2005:

~YOU ARE HERE~

Boffins finally locate Earth
By Michael Hanlon, The Daily Telegraph
article date: August 18, 2005




WE all like to know our place in the great scheme of things, and now we do.

Galactic survey reveals a new look for the Milky Way.

An extraordinary new picture, above, released by US scientists yesterday, shows the most accurate map to date of our cosmic neighbourhood - and our place within it.
The computer-generated image shows our galaxy, the Milky Way, based on millions of new observations by a NASA orbiting space telescope.

It is shown as it would appear to an imaginary observer - from a vantage point of trillions of miles.

The Earth orbits a small, yellowish star - the Sun - which in this picture is about two thirds of the way out from the centre of the galaxy to the edge.

The arrow shows the rough location of our solar system - the Sun plus its suite of planets and all the moons, comets and asteroids.

But to put this into perspective, if you enlarged the picture to the size of New Zealand, our entire solar system would only be 1.16cm in diameter, and the Earth and planets completely indistinguishable. Even the Sun would be just another point of light.
The Milky Way is a roughly disc-shaped collection of stars - about 200 to 400 billion of them - arranged in a series of spiral arms separated by huge clouds of gas and dust - clouds that have hitherto restricted our view of our cosmic backyard.

Because we are located in one of the arms, our view of the Milky Way is always side-on. On a clear night, you can see into the heart of the galaxy, which appears as a majestic, yellowish band of stars across the sky, centred on the constellation of Sagittarius.

But this does not tell us very much about the Milky Way's overall shape and structure.

Using NASA's Spitzer space telescope, which looks at the universe in the infrared and is capable of peering through dust clouds, astronomers were able to locate 50 million hitherto hidden stars and use their position to construct a detailed map of the central Milky Way.

The results surprised them. It was thought the Milky Way was a simple spiral galaxy, shaped something like the whorls of cream you get when you stir a cup of coffee.

Instead, they found a large, thin bar - seen in the centre of this picture - made of billions of relatively old, dim red stars, spanning the middle of the galaxy, roughly 260 thousand trillion kilometres long.

Astronomers had suspected some sort of bar may exist in our galaxy but this is the first proof. It is not yet known how it formed, or how it keeps its shape.

The facts and figures of our galaxy are astounding. It is about a thousand quadrillion kilometres across, more than 20 quadrillion kilometres thick, and rotates once every 250 million years.

Right at the heart of the galaxy lurks a monster - a huge ("super-massive") black hole, thought to weigh as much as a million Suns.

According to scientists responsible for this picture, the galaxy's bar may act as a corridor down which matter falls into the gaping maw of the black hole.

Yes, it is all mind-boggling stuff - even more mind-boggling to realise the Milky Way is just one of countless billions of galaxies that make up the visible universe.

Thousands of years ago, of course, none of this was known, but that did not stop the ancients speculating.

An ancient Greek legend describes the Milky Way as a smear of milk, "gala", created when the baby Hercules suckled from the goddess Hera. When Hera realised the suckling infant was not her own, but the illegitimate son of Zeus and another woman, she pushed him away and the spilled milk became the Milky Way.

But truth, as ever in astronomy, is far stranger than fiction. As well as the sheer size, it is awe-inspiring to think that the billions of stars may be home to countless life forms and civilisations, each pondering the majesty of creation in their own way.

Maybe they have their own telescopes and have produced their own "you are here" maps. Maybe they have their own legends to explain the existence of their galaxies.

But however alien they may be, however many arms, or tentacles or heads they have, and however advanced their civilisation may be compared to ours, they will have one thing in common with us: they live in our town.

Now we have a map. Maybe, before too long, we will get to meet our neighbours. "

This means, of course, we now have to change all those t-shirts:

You Are Here (revised)

You are here ... the map reveals our solar system's location in the Milky Way (AP).

{enlarge}

 

 

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory ( JPL ), Pasadena, Calif.,
manages the Spitzer Space Telescope mission
for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C.

Science operations are conducted at the Spitzer Science Center in Pasadena.
JPL is a division of the California Institute of Technology.


PHOTO EDITORS:
High-resolution images are available for downloading
at http://www.news.wisc.edu/newsphotos/milkyway.html

 

 

September 11, 2005 -
DOWNLOAD the full version of opening song from "Paranoia Agent":
  Yume no Shima Shinen Kouen.mp3 [5.1 MB]

September 13, 2005 -

Thinking of donating to help with the Hurricane Katrina disaster?

Just a thought: most people in America (and abroad) have donated to THE RED CROSS. Which is all well and good, but keep in mind:

1. The Red Cross is helping to provide immediate aid and shelter, meaning temporary assistance.
But many of the poorest people have no homes to go back to when the temporary aid ends...

2. The Red Cross is now just one of many food, medical supply, medical aid, and shelter providers working in the area.
Despite what you may have heard, the US Gov't is now one of the major providers, along with many other charities
including 2nd harvest food bank, AmeriCares, Operation USA, and so on...

3. There have been accusations in the past that the Red Cross uses too large a percentage of funds received
for administration of the organization (e.g. salaries, offices, etc.)...

Given all that, may I suggest that you donate instead to HABITAT FOR HUMANITY INTERNATIONAL?
This will help provide needed funds to help the very large number of people
who have no homes to return to, and no insurance or money to reclaim/rebuild
their meager homes with, and, very likely, no aid coming to them after the initial rush of donations.
(The vast majority of pledged gov't money will be going to "infrastructure" projects; i.e. public works and helping corporations rebuild.)

Hundreds, if not thousands of people are already literally refugees, pouring into other cities all across America (as far away as
Washington DC, Seattle, Minneapolis, Oakland, Chicago, Boston, etc.)

YOU CAN DONATE AT THE HABITAT FOR HUMANITY SITE AT http://www.habitat.org/disaster/2005/katrina/

Related Stories:

Headline: " Humanity Hurricane Katrina Response Overview" (Sept 11, 2005):

"Following Hurricane Katrina’s catastrophic strike on the Gulf Coast, Habitat for Humanity International announced an emergency appeal for funds to help Habitat families and other low-income families in the affected areas recover and rebuild.

In addition to the emergency appeal, Habitat’s Disaster Response Office in conjunction with field staff has initiated the process of assessing the status of Habitat partner families. Further assessments will continue on the housing needs created by the Hurricane as the first step for planning the long-term recovery and the building of permanent recovery homes. As conditions on the ground allow, Habitat teams will move to assist Habitat families and others who lived in the storm’s destructive path and provide whatever immediate assistance possible. Long-term assistance will involve Habitat affiliates and volunteers working together with those impacted by the storm in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama..."

Headline: " Cisco Employees Giving for Hurricane Katrina Assistance and Recovery" (Sept 12, 2005):

As of 09-12-05, Cisco Employees have donated over $1.4M (USD) through I-Give. With the Cisco Systems Foundation's matching gift program ("giving back@cisco"), this provides over $2,700,000 in support of aid & recovery efforts in the affected regions. "

[quote]
Eggs, pancakes, toast, cereal and waffles; foods we all think of when we hear "breakfast." This month is the time to celebrate all these great foods, especially in the morning, but any time of day is okay. Mom always said breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and she was right. People who skip eating something in the morning, from eggs to that left over pizza in the fridge, are less productive, tire more quickly and are more irritable. Eating a healthy breakfast it will also keep you from mid-morning snacking, which could help you lose weight! So this month, get up a few minutes early and have yourself a little breakfast.
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Sunday, October 2, 2005 - Oregon RIAA Victim Fights Back; Sues RIAA...

Ms. Andersen, the RIAA has you.

Posted by IH on Oct. 2
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
...
This is the case peer-to-peer file sharers have been waiting for.
Tanya Andersen, a 41 year old disabled single mother living in Oregon,
has countersued the RIAA for Oregon RICO violations, fraud, invasion of privacy, abuse of process,
electronic trespass, violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act,
negligent misrepresentation, the tort of "outrage", and deceptive business practices.

Ms. Andersen's counterclaims demand a trial by jury.

...
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(read more - this original article contains the list of 65 allegations against the RIAA...;
from the "Recording Industry vs The People" blog.)


This follows another recent US court ruling that mum can't be held responsible for 13-year-old daughter's file sharing.
While the RIAA's lawsuits to protect its copyrights are generally not "illegal" (under laws they lobbied for),
perhaps this case will shed some light on their extortionist behaviour (including scare tactics and intimidation).

...

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

In the news (tech): Gates and Semel Team Up On Messaging (forbes);' Microsoft, Yahoo Reach IM Partnership (forbes/AP)

Question: Difference, if any, between MSN Messenger, Windows Messenger, .NET Messaging Service?
- - What is Windows Messenger? { tech/tools/messengers/index.html }

Discover MSN Messenger 7.0 - http://messenger.msn.com/Feature/default.aspx
Required Messenger Upgrade - http://messenger.msn.com/Help/Upgrades.aspx
Service Status - http://messenger.msn.com/Status.aspx?product=wm

Saturday, October 15, 2005
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Sunday, October 16, 2005

> Why Zombie-ism is impossible [x]

Wednesday, October 19 , 2005

> Javascript & CSS: Background Slide Show

> updates: tech/terms/usb.html & kb_kilobytes.html

Friday, October 21 , 2005

> updates: tech/terms/usb.html & kb_kilobytes.html

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Sunday, October 23 , 2005

Did some updates to HTML Character Set (Character Codes) ; site metadata scheme ; metadata options for web pages

Lazy tools for web authors [x] ; example: Unicode Character Map For HTML Design

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