Archive for October, 2006

The First Snow Storm

        It didn’t seem like much this morning, or most of the day for that matter. Snow was lightly falling throughout the day, but admittedly heavier as the evening rolled on. We were initially only supposed to get 1-5cm, at least according to the Weather Network. That has obviously changed just by looking out the window, and listening to the countless accidents on the police scanner. Environment Canada seems much more accurate predicting 10-15cm. Black ice, blowing snow, and temperatures just cold enough to freeze everything (-2). It’s practically a white-out outside right now, so much snow is falling, or so it seems, as the wind can always be deceiving.

       I have been listening to my police scanner all evening. So many accidents are happening that every tow truck company had no trucks left, and were forced to act as taxis, getting people to safety and shelter, leaving the vehicles until tomorrow when things hopefully clear up. So many vehicles are in the ditch that the authorities are having trouble keeping track, so they’re doing what the tow trucks are doing.

       Honestly, though, it’s about the right time of year for the first snowstorm, and it usually happens near Halloween, on a Tuesday this year.

       Regardless of the bad weather and accidents, I still think that storms of any kind are the coolest force on Earth!


Hundreds ill with Norwalk virus in Edmonton

in Edmonton have come down with the highly contagious , according to an official with the regional health authority.  About 100 students at Lister Hall, part of the University of Alberta, have reported symptoms of the gastro-intestinal illness, including vomiting and low-grade fevers.

The effects usually last only 24 to 48 hours, but the virus can be deadly for the elderly, the very young or people with weakened immune systems. It’s the same virus that recently spread through two universities in the Maritimes – St. Francis Xavier in Nova Scotia and Mount Allison in New Brunswick.

Microsoft hopes 7 is lucky number for IE

"Some 18 months after Bill Gates pledged to revamp Internet Explorer, Microsoft is ready with the final version of Internet Explorer 7. The new Web browser, which has been in testing for months, is now available for download from Microsoft’s Web site. 

On the feature side, Microsoft is playing catch-up in many areas. It has added support for Web standards, RSS Web feeds and tabbed browsing. The new browser also offers protection against phishing sites–malicious Web sites designed to trick users into handing over their personal information.

Microsoft plans to push down IE7 to IE6 users starting next month, though they will get to decide whether they want to install it."  –

For a very thorough list of what’s new in Internet Explorer 7, .

For a very thorough review of IE7, .

Download IE7:

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Microsoft tags IE 7 'high priority' update


Microsoft plans to automatically push Internet Explorer 7 to Windows XP users when the browser update is ready later this year.

Internet Explorer 7 will be available for on Monday, October 18, 2006.

will be delivered in the fourth quarter as a "high priority" update via Automatic Updates in Windows XP, Gary Schare, Microsoft’s director of IE product management, said in an interview Tuesday. Automatic Updates is a Windows feature typically used for security updates, but Microsoft has also used it to push its antipiracy tool WGA Notifications.

Additionally, Microsoft has [made available] a to block automatic delivery of the new browser version. The free Internet Explorer 7 Blocker Toolkit will not expire.

Though the company could theoretically [make IE7 backwards compatible] to Windows 2000, Microsoft has decided not to do it. Instead, IE 7 will only be made available to customers running Windows XP with Service Pack 2 (SP2), Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, and Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 1 (SP1).

North Korea Nuke Test

World powers North Korea on Monday after it said it conducted an underground nuclear test and the U.N. Security Council prepared a stern response that could further impoverish and isolate the communist state.

declined on Tuesday to rule out possible U.N. sanctions against North Korea for carrying out a reported nuclear test but said any military action was unimaginable.

He (PM Stephen Harper) that it seriously undermines both regional peace and stability, and global efforts to halt the spread of nuclear weapons.

Anything involving a Nuke Test can’t be good. One can only hope that this situation can be resolved peacefully, or the world could be in trouble.

Add Gadgets To Your Space

You can use Windows Live Gallery to add a "gadget" to your Windows Live Space.
– You can find these gadgets at
– You can add a gadget to you Space by clicking "add to your space". Put the gadget where you want it on your Space and click "save".
– There are many types of gadgets you can add, such as Games, Weather, News, Tools, Search Tools, Techy and geeky gadgets, among others.

Windows Live Spaces Power Toys

Windows Live Spaces has a few Power Toys that are not in any way advertised, and seem to only be known to those ‘in the know’.  These Power Toys are:
Tweak UI PowerToy: "&powertoy=tweakomatic"
The Tweak UI Power Toy is designed to allow you to customize the look of your Space. Once you add the Tweak UI Power Toy to your Space you can use it to control colors, module borders and transparency, and the background image’s placement and presence. Granular control combined with existing Spaces layout and module configuration allows for almost endless customizability and personalization.
Custom HTML PowerToy: "&powertoy=sandbox"
The Custom HTML Power Toy is designed to allow you to add a sandbox module to your Space in which you can enter text, link to images, and use other HTML features. The Custom HTML Power Toy supports all of the same HTML that you can enter into a Blog entry and can be moved around your Space as a separate module, just like a list or any other Spaces module. Additionally you can control the Title of this module and whether the borders for this module are displayed or not.
Windows Media Player PowerToy: "&powertoy=musicvideo"
The Media Player Power Toy is designed to allow you to play audio and video files within your Space. While editing your Space specify the URL of a Media file located on the web in the Media Power Toy and hit Save. This will allow the people viewing your Space to watch or listen to the media file you have linked. You can customize the experience even more by altering the player settings (like auto start, times to play, and player mode) while editing your Space.
Follow these steps to add a Power Toy to your Space:
1. Log into Passport and Edit your Space.
2. In the Address bar of your web browser add the text “&powertoy=[nameofpowertoy]” to the end of the displayed URL.
3. Click the Go button next to your web browser address bar.
4. Once the page has finished reloading, click on the Customize tab in your Space.
5. In the Modules drop down menu in the Customize tab there should be a listing for PowerToy: Tweak UI. Click the word Add next to it and then click the Save button.

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