Archive for September, 2005

Security Now! Episode 7: Spyware

From TWiT.tv:
 
       I’ve posted Security Now! Episode 7. Sorry about the delay. My dog ate the first one. Actually, I misrecorded it and it was unlistenable. Steve very kindly allowed me to re-record it early this morning, and it was even better the second time around. It had to happen eventually, the man who coined the term Spyware, and wrote the first spyware removal program, addresses it. This is the ultimate spyware primer, what it is, how it works, and what you can do to stop it.
 
 
 

      

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CAA demands action to fix Canada's worst roads

From CTV:
 
       The Canadian Automobile Association says Canada’s highways are literally falling to pieces and is demanding immediate action to fix them now before more drivers are killed.
The CAA wants the federal government to create a National Highway Plan, as well as offer sustained, incremental funding to ensure that Canada has a safe and efficient highway system.
      At the same time, Canada’s 22 million licensed drivers have been paying about $5 billion annually in federal gasoline and excise taxes, the CAA says. Yet in 2004-05 Ottawa reinvested only about seven per cent of these taxes back into the highway system.
"We have a $22-billion maintenance deficit now for our national highway system," CAA President David Flewelling told CTV on Thursday.
 
The CAA was asked by CTV’s Canada AM what it considers are the five worst highways in Canada that need immediate attention.
Flewelling offered these five:
Highway 1 in British Columbia
Highway 51 in Saskatchewan
Highway 401 in Ontario
Highway 40 in Quebec
Highway 101 in Nova Scotia
 
      The CAA says it would like to see $2.5 billion a year for roads in the next federal budget — 10 times as much as the government spends now.
 
      Discovery Channel.ca is getting ready to launch a new program titled "Canada’s Worst Driver" on Oct 2/05. Take their driving quiz here!
 
 

      

In Dallas

      The parents have arrived safely and are doing very well as they are settling in for the night in a hotel in Dallas, Texas, where they will be checking out local attractions and many flea markets. That leaves the house to us "kids" for the next two weeks. Although, we’re all in our twenties. We’re not the type to party, so that won’t be a problem, and we’ve all got more then enough to keep us busy. We do hope they enjoy their time in Texas, and I’ve made it clear that I don’t want them worrying about here at home, we’ve got things taken care of. They deserve a really nice vacation, and time away from us! lol!
 
 

      

Are You A Geek?

A recent survey suggested that hi-tech jargon is proving tricky for many people to understand. Find out how technically smart you are with our quiz that tests how much you really know about the world of the web and computers.
 
 
 

      

Office 2003 Service Pack 2

From TechWeb:
 
      Microsoft quietly releases a service pack update for Office 2003 late to beef up security and fix stability problems. Office 2003 Service Pack 2 (SP2) is primarily a collection of previously-released security fixes, with some new additions thrown in for good measure. According to Microsoft, it also includes stability improvements garnered from user-reported crashes via the Microsoft Online Crash Analysis tool, which pops up a display whenever a program fails in Windows XP and asks if the user wants to report the problem to Microsoft.
 
 
 

      

Tuesday Night TV

      Earl (Jason Lee, "Almost Famous," "Chasing Amy") has taken one too many wrong turns on the highway of life. However, a twist of fate turns his life into a tailspin of life-renewing events. Earl wins a small lottery, and, after an epiphany, he is determined to transform his good fortune into a life-changing event as he sets out to right all the wrongs from his past.
 
      Before Earl can begin his journey, his inevitable attraction to misfortune surfaces once again. Seconds after winning the lottery, he is hit by a car and while unconscious; the winning lottery ticket blows away. While in the hospital, Earl watches "Last Call with Carson Daly" where Carson says that his success is a direct result of doing good things for other people. It is at that moment Earl discovers karma- and in hope of a better life, he sets out to correct every bad thing he’s ever done.
 
      For the first time in our nation’s history, a woman leads us. How will President Mackenzie Allen face challenges, both personal and political, unknown to any previous Commander in Chief? The answers, opinions, and even more questions are here, in the words of the people.
 
Bones – FOX
      an investigative drama inspired by real-life forensic anthropologist and best-selling novelist Kathy Reichs. BONES is a police procedural with humor and heart – a darkly amusing series that probes the humanity behind the scientists who probe the inhumanity behind horrific crimes.
 
House – FOX
      Dr. House is a devoid of bedside manner and wouldn’t even talk to his patients if he could
get away with it. While his behavior is borderline antisocial, House is a maverick physician who unconventional thinking and flawless instincts have afforded him a great deal of respect.
 
 

      

Brown Rabbit

      Over the past while, we have noticed a brown and white wild rabbit hopping around the neighbourhood. It’s hopping around slowly, and looks to be fairly relaxed, just enjoying itself, checking things out. It also looks used to being around people and citie(s), he or she doesn’t appear to be afraid or scared at all. The rabbit looks healthy and well. In fact, just the other day, Melissa and I were watching it sniffing around the house across from ours, and to our surprise, he or she slowly hopped right over to only feet from us, stopped, looked at us, and hopped away to our right. It was an amazing experience! The picture below is somewhat like the rabbit we’ve been seeing.

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