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Marijuana’s Only Problem – Fair Comment

Posted on January 2, 2007. Filed under: Uncategorized |

“It’s Illegal, While More Dangerous Drugs and Meds Are Legal and Often Abused
Is it time to re-evaluate our attitudes about alcohol and other drugs?”
by Chip Parkhurst

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Repair Tool of the Week: Driver Collector

Posted on December 27, 2006. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Driver Collector is a tool designed to find and collect installed windows drivers for the hardware you select on your PC. Once you tell it which type of drivers you want to collect, it will copy them to a specific folder. This can be very handy when preparing for a format and reinstall of Windows, especially when you or a client have since lost the computers driver disks.

Downloads:
Download from Majorgeeks.
Download from Softpedia.

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Vista: What’s hot, what’s not

Posted on November 14, 2006. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Still on the fence about Windows Vista? Tech mag Computerworld has identified four advantages to the new operating system and four major issues. On the plus side:

Media is a first-class citizen in Vista. Tight integration with Windows Media Player and the Windows shell make it really easy to browse, navigate, tag and play all the content that’s important to you.

Media is a first-class citizen in Vista. Tight integration with Windows Media Player and the Windows shell make it really easy to browse, navigate, tag and play all the content that’s important to you.

Among Vista’s transgressions, the author says: gratuitous UI changes. That was my first impression as well after fiddling with RC1 a couple months back. Vista’s interface changes require you to relearn a number of basic operations, and with no clearly visible benefit.

I’ll reserve final judgment until I’ve had a chance to fully experience the final release. In the meantime, Computerworld has a more in-depth review that’s worth reading. And don’t forget to share your Vista observations in the comments! 

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The Real DIGG Killer: DigitalJournal.com

Posted on November 6, 2006. Filed under: Uncategorized |

DigitalJournal.com has re-launched as a revenue-sharing social network website offering financial rewards to readers for posting news and comments.

The beta version site pays people to blog, post news, videos, comment on and rate stories, with greater frequency of community interaction leading to higher levels of remuneration from a monthly cash pot.

+ Digital Journal

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Top Bit Torrent Sites of 2006

Posted on October 30, 2006. Filed under: Uncategorized |

As of October 30, 2006, the most popular Bit Torrent search engine sites are listed below. This list is selected from hundreds of reader email suggestions, and is updated weekly.

This list is in random order. Special thanks to tech consultant, Joanna Gurnitsky, for her input on keeping this list current.

Warning for new users: while P2P file sharing technology is completely legal, many of the files traded through P2P are copyrighted. Unless you live in Canada where users are shielded from P2P lawsuits, then downloading P2P files may put you at risk for a civil lawsuit in any other country. These lawsuits are usually class-action suits, filed against groups of users who blatantly copy and distribute copyrighted materials.

Recently, the MPAA, the RIAA, and the governments of England and Australia took several thousand users to court, demanding that they pay thousands of dollars in copyright infringement penalties.

Your Internet Service Provider may, at their discretion, release their logs of your downloading activity to potential copyright plaintiffs. The more megabytes you download, the more you risk being sued by copyright protection groups. Please know this risk before you use any of the following Torrent search engines below.

Related: Peer Guardian anonymity software – conceal your identity from prying eyes.

  1. Torrentscan.com (a search engine that searches other torrent search engines)

  2. Isohunt.com Update: Isohunt is currently being sued by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). If you want to use this tremendous Canadian site, you better use it while you can.

  3. Meganova.org

  4. Torrentreactor.to (Torrentreactor has made a comeback from a hijacking and an uncooperative hosting service. They have moved to a different server setup and a Tonga country domain outside the USA. Read the details on their home page.)

  5. New: ByTorrents Meta Search

  6. Torrentportal.com

  7. The Pirate Bay (Pirate Bay, by readership size, is the most popular torrent search site today. Like Isohunt, Pirate Bay has an immense database of the latest torrents.)
    (May 31, 2006 update: The Pirate Bay has been shut down by Swedish authorities. Details are available on the Pirate Bay home page.)
    (June 2006 update: The Pirate Bay has restarted operations, now that the police have duplicated the PB hard drives for forensic purposes. Enjoy this database while it is still around, folks!)

  8. Torrentspy.com

  9. BiteNova (formerly known as “Bi-Torrents”, BiteNova is a free Torrent site with a spartan look and fast searching format.)

  10. TorrentTyphoon.com (a unique bittorrent meta-search engine that searches several of the most popular sites. Unfortunately, it does not do a good job categorizing the torrent files themselves)

  11. Torrentbox.com Update: like Isohunt, Torrentbox is being sued by the MPAA as of February 28, 2006. The days for this fine search engine may be numbered.

  12. Yotoshi.com

  13. Seedler

  14. Torrentmatrix.com

  15. Torrentz.com (special thanks to reader, Jonathan R., for this link)

  16. Torrents.to

  17. LegalTorrents.com (As the name implies, this is a database of public-domain content. Thanks to Anand S. for this URL.)

  18. Thinktorrent.com

  19. FileList.org

  20. FileMP3.org

Source: netforbeginners.about.com

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Firefox 2.0

Posted on October 23, 2006. Filed under: Uncategorized |

The award-winning Web browser is better than ever. Browse the Web with confidence. Firefox protects you from viruses, spyware and pop-ups.Enjoy improvements to performance, ease of use and privacy. It’s easy to import your favorites and settings and get started.

The latest version delivers easier navigation for everyone, including those who are visually or motor-impaired. Firefox is the first browser to support DHTML accessibility, which, when enabled by Web authors, allows rich Web applications to be read aloud. Users may navigate with keystrokes rather than mouse clicks, reducing the tabbing required to navigate documents such as spreadsheets. Firefox 1.5 (Windows version) is also the first browser to meet US federal government requirements that software be easily accessible to users with physical impairments.

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Dubai: The World’s Fastest Growing City

Posted on October 17, 2006. Filed under: Uncategorized |

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Exclusive footage of Chinese soldiers shooting at Tibetan pilgrims

Posted on October 15, 2006. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Pro Tv cameraman Sergiu Matei returned to Romania after climbing Himalaya and brought home with him a shocking story.

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POPULAR MECHANICS VS. MOONBATS

Posted on September 19, 2006. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Allahpundit has video of a debate between the authors and editors of Popular Mechanics’ Debunking the 9/11 Myths book and a pair of moonbats behind the Internet 9/11 conspiracy wacko movie We’ve Got A Screw Loose Change.

It ain’t pretty. Popular Mechanics beat the moonbats like a drum, which wasn’t difficult since the PM guys had the facts on their side.

I almost felt sorry for the moonbats. Almost.

+ Part Two  + Part Three + Part Four

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Find a routers login and password

Posted on September 18, 2006. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Our tongue-wagging tech gossip pals at Valleywag sent us this web page chock-full of default usernames and passwords for hundreds of routers.

Since we know that many of you are your friends’ and family’s default tech support, it’s nice to have this kind of thing handy when you’re helping someone set up or fix their router (because no, they don’t know where the manual is). Things like this are also useful if you’re browsing on someone’s open network and you want to be a cruel, cruel bastard and mess with what they’ve got going. But you wouldn’t do that, would you?

+ Default Password List [Phenoelit.de]

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WARFARE AND THE GLOBE

Posted on September 18, 2006. Filed under: Uncategorized |

If history has shown the observer one thing, it is that war is a part of life. Strange as that may sound, documented records report only 300 years of known peace on our planet, leaving the rest to wallow in the path of war. What that statistic tells us is that there has been some source of conflict – be it religious, territorial or otherwise – between two or more parties on our planet for thousands of years. GlobalFirepower (GFP) provides a unique analytical display of information based on sources from all over the globe.

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50 Evolution Myths

Posted on August 23, 2006. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Over at the Raving Atheist’s forum, contributors have compiled a list of 50 evolution myths. It’s actually at 51 right now—I could have told them there are a lot more than 50—but it’s entertaining. Now they just have to get cracking on 51 rebuttals to the myths. A lot of them are in the Index to Creationist Claims already.

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Weekend Project: Make a panography

Posted on August 22, 2006. Filed under: Art, Design, Photography, Uncategorized |

Photography blog Photojojo has a simple tutorial on how to make a panography, “wide-angle pictures composed of several individual photos manually stitched together.” More from the site:

“Do you ever look up at the sky, a towering office building, or an expansive landscape and wish your photos could capture everything you can see with your eyes? We do.

Our pal Mareen does this neat thing she calls panography. Taking dozens of photos of a scene, she assembles a patchwork of images that more accurately represents what your eyes see when you’re not looking through a viewfinder.”

I love the quilt-like effect of these photos; it’s a great way to showcase your more striking outdoor images.

+ Panographies: Panoramas on Steroids

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