27 January 2005
This is an amazing site that can read your mind! The Flash Mind Reader
26 January 2005
24 January 2005
In most cases, when a banner ad triggers a spyware alert, it's more that your spyware is trying hard to impress you, than actually protecting you from any real harm.
Fred, How come when I go to Informationweek.com, they set off my Spybot S&D for Avenue A and DoubleClick? I would think that an honorable publication like Information Week would not use these spyware programs to monitor their users, but they do, and quite often! --- The Good Doctor and long time reader
You see, most so-called "tracking cookies" and "web bugs" are 100%, totally, utterly harmless. They function mostly as a turnstyle, counting the number of people who have viewed an ad, so the advertiser knows he's gotten his money's worth. It's an anonymous headcounting device; that's all. In most cases, the security risk is approximately zero! And in fact, these cookies and such actually benefit you by paying for the "free" page you're viewing!
But anti-spyware vendors give these simple counters scary names ("tracking cookies" and "web bugs") so you'll feel like their software's doing something useful.
Ironically, when overeager security tools block these counters, they lower the revenue to the web site owner, making it more likely that the free content will go away, or will be available by subscription only. So, blocking these simple counters can actually backfire, and cause you to lose access to free content.
Anyone who's read this newsletter for more than an issue or two knows that I'm slightly nuts about security--- there *are* real and imminent dangers out there, and you have to keep your guard up. But not all threats are equal, and in the grand scheme of online security, "tracking cookies" and "web bugs" are about the least important thing you need to worry about. Most times, they're utterly harmless; no more a threat to you than those hoses that highway engineers lay across highways to count how many cars drive past.
More info: http://www.informationweek.com/story/IWK20010621S0030
21 January 2005
This is so funny that it will boggle your mind. And you will keep trying at least 50 more times to see if you can outsmart your foot, but you can't.
1. While sitting at your desk, lift your right foot off the floor and make clockwise circles.
2. Now, while doing this, draw the number "6" in the air with your right hand. Your foot will change direction.
......And there's nothing you can do about it!
20 January 2005
A cylinder 72 cm high has a circumference of 16 cm. A string makes exactly 6 complete turns round the cylinder while its two ends touch the cylinder's top and bottom. How long is the string in cm?
The solution will appear in next issue of the e4 Newsletter. http://www.e4engineering.com/
Last week's question:
Which letter completes this sequence:
The answer to the brain teaser is 'N'.
'TO BE OR NOT TO BE IS THAT THE QUESTION.'
Congratulations to John D. Smith for being first back with the correct answer.
18 January 2005
Views on Aging
Do you realize that the only time in our lives when we like to get old is
when we're kids? If you're less than 10 years old, you're so excited about
aging that you think in fractions.
"How old are you?" "I'm four and a half!" You're never thirty-six and a half
You're four and a half, going on five!
That's the key.
You get into your teens, now they can't hold you back. You jump to the next
number, or even a few ahead.
"How old are you?" "I'm gonna be 16!" You could be 13, but hey, you're gonna
be 16! And then the greatest day of your life . . . you become 21. Even the
words sound like a ceremony . . . YOU BECOME 21. YESSSS!!!
But then you turn 30. Oooohh, what happened there? Makes you sound like bad
milk! . He TURNED; we had to throw him out There's no fun now, you're Just a
sour-dumpling. What's wrong? What's changed?
You BECOME 21, you TURN 30, then you're PUSHING 40.
Whoa! Put on the brakes, it's all slipping away. Before you know it, you
REACH 50 and your dreams are gone.
But wait!!! You MAKE it to 60. You didn't think you would!
So you BECOME 21, TURN 30, PUSH 40, REACH 50 and MAKE it to 60.
You've built up so much speed that you HIT 70! After that it's a day-by-day
thing; you HIT Wednesday!
You get into your 80s and every day is a complete cycle; you HIT lunch; you
TURN 4:30; you REACH bedtime.
And it doesn't end there. Into the 90s, you start going backwards; "I Was
Then a strange thing happens. If you make it over 100, you become a little
kid again. "I'm 100 and a half!"
May you all make it to a healthy 100 and a half!!
HOW TO STAY YOUNG
1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height. Let
doctors worry about them. That is why you pay " them "
2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.
3 Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever.
Never let the brain idle. " An idle mind is the devil's workshop." And the
devil's name is Alzheimer's.
4. Enjoy the simple things.
5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.
6. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person who is
with us our entire life, is ourselves. Be ALIVE while you are alive.
7. Surround yourself with what you love, Whether it's family, pets,
keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge.
8. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable,
improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.
9 Don't take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, even to the next county;
to a foreign country but NOT to where the guilt is.
10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.
AND ALWAYS REMEMBER:
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments
that take our breath away.
And if you don't send this to at least 8 people - who cares?
But do share this with someone. We all need to live life to its fullest each
17 January 2005
Does this picture move for you? If not left click it for a larger version and try again? It is just a simple static JPG so, in theory, it shouldn't!
Have you taken part in our online tinnitus survey yet? If you have, thank you very much indeed for taking the time to do so. We need as many people as possible to take part.
Since the launch of the survey in December 2004, over 1800 people have completed the web-based questionnaire. Our aim is to achieve over 3000 completed surveys by February. With your help, I am sure we can achieve this.
If you haven’t already alerted friends, family and colleagues who have tinnitus or, know of someone who does, to log on to our Action for Tinnitus Research website and share their views and experiences with us, we would be extremely grateful if you could, perhaps by forwarding them this email.
Send to a friend
The results of our online study will provide a valuable insight into tinnitus and the impact on fellow-sufferers.
The outcome of the poll will be released to coincide with National Tinnitus Awareness Day in Spring 2005, and will be published on our website.
Start the Survey
Dependent on your experiences, there can be as many as 22 questions in all, which can take 8 - 12 minutes to complete.
Thank you for your consideration and your ongoing support.
Director of Operations
15 January 2005
14 January 2005
Grisoft Freeweb: AVG Free Edition
If you need to remind yourself of the difference between Viruses, Worms, Malware, Trojans or Spyware then visit Safety on the Internet which will provide the answers.
To be a safe surfer you will need AV software and at least three Spyware programs, see the blog below.
13 January 2005
A while back, Microsoft bought out the oddly-named "Giant" software company, Microsoft-ized Giant's shipping product--- an antispyware tool--- and re-released it as a beta (not quite finished) version of "Microsoft AntiSpyware," which is now available for free download. It runs on XP, Win2K, and Server2003, and actually seems pretty good.
The beta expires in July, and there's no word yet on whether or not MS will then start charging for the software. I suspect not: Even now, when you install the beta, a sniffer app checks to see if you have a legit copy of your OS, and refuses to install on pirated copies. My guess is that the Antispyware software will be offered as a "carrot" to entice users of pirated copies into getting a legit version of their OS; and secondarily as a reward to those who have legit copies.
Most of us in the LangaList community are using legit software anyway, so for us, at least for now, we simply get a shot at a pretty good antispyware package, for free.
It's impressively comprehensive. For example, the free Microsoft AntiSpyware does a lot of what the paid version of Ad-Aware-does, including continuous auto-protection and self-updating. It also does most of what SpyBot does, including blocking of some potentially dangerous Registry changes. And it does most of what several other tools do, including scheduling automatic scans of your entire system for malware, blocking scripts, flagging attempts to diddle with your Trusted Zone and other security settings, and more. As I said: pretty good!
It also lets you optionally participate in "the voluntary, worldwide SpyNet community." This is an optional component that reports back to a central server when you override AntiSpyware's reaction to a given piece of software; such as when you correct a false positive. The intent is benign: If enough users reject AntiSpyware's response to a given program, the Antispyware developers can then adjust their software to permanently eliminate that false positive reading.
I've tried Antispyware on several systems and like it enough to leave it installed and running. In each case so far, it's found a few pieces of potential malware that other tools hadn't. But conversely, other antispyware utilities also found a few things that the MS tool missed.
My guess is that, when it's done, MS Antispyware will end up being worth using; but, just as with the current crop of good antispyware software, probably will work best when used in conjunction with other tools, so each can catch what the others may miss.
But even as a beta, MS Antispyware coupled with Spybot ( Home - The home of Spybot-S&D! ), SpywareBlaster ( SpywareBlaster ) and maybe the free Ad-Aware will leave you very well protected indeed against spyware. (Of course, you still need a firewall and an antivirus tool: These are complementary technologies, and do not duplicate each other's functions.)
In sum, MS Antispyware appears to be a very promising tool, especially if Microsoft does distribute it for free. But it is a beta (albeit a very stable-seeming one), so use caution: Make a backup or image of your system before trying this or any beta.
Microsoft Windows AntiSpyware (Beta) Home
(P.S. Many thanks to the dozen or so readers who gave me a heads-up on the beta!)
05 January 2005
TWO ITEMS OF MEDICAL IMPORTANCE (sent in the hope you never find it necessary to use either one) via Pete Bussley
Stroke Life Saver
This might be a lifesaver if we can remember the three questions!
Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify.
Unfortunately,the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke.
Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:
1. Ask the individual to smile.
2.Ask him or her to raise both arms.
3.Ask the person to speak a simple sentence.
If he or she has trouble with any of these tasks, call 9-1-1 immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.
After discovering that a group of non-medical volunteers could identify facial weakness, arm weakness and speech problems, researchers urged the general public to learn the three questions. They presented their conclusions at the American Stroke Association's annual Meeting last February. Widespread use of this test could result in prompt diagnosis and treatment of the stroke and prevent brain damage.
A cardiologist says if everyone who gets this e-mail sends it to 10 people, you can bet that at least one life will be saved. Read this..It could save your life!!
SAVING YOUR OWN LIFE
Let's say it's 6:15 p.m. and you're driving home (alone, of course) after an unusually hard day on the job. You're really tired, upset and frustrated. Suddenly you start experiencing severe pain in your chest that starts to radiate out into your arm and up into your jaw. You are only about five miles from the hospital nearest your home. Unfortunately, you don't know if you'll be able to make it that far. You have been trained in CPR, but the guy that taught the course did not tell you how to perform it on yourself.
HOW TO SURVIVE A HEART ATTACK WHEN ALONE
Since many people are alone when they suffer a heart attack, without help, the person whose heart is beating improperly and who begins to feel faint, has only about 10 seconds left before losing consciousness.
However, these victims can help themselves by coughing repeatedly and very vigorously. A deep breath should be taken before each cough, and the cough must be deep and rolonged, as when producing sputum from deep inside the chest. A breath and a cough must be repeated about every two seconds without let-up until help arrives, or until the heart is felt to be beating normally again. Deep breaths get oxygen into the lungs and coughing movements squeeze the heart and keep the blood circulating. The squeezing pressure on the heart also helps it regain normal rhythm.
In this way, heart attack victims can get to a hospital.
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