Socializing may be the wrong word… August 18, 2006Posted by grhomeboy in Internet.
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The OmniNerds, are, how content makes it onto the site, the sort of content we prefer, and our vision for user interaction. The OmniFlow is half informative, half visionary, and overall just a tad entertaining.
I’ll have a Lordi on the rocks please August 17, 2006Posted by grhomeboy in Music.
Eurovision Song Contest winners Lordi are to be honoured with a cola named after them in their native Finland the BBC reports.
The hard rock group’s singer, known as Mr Lordi, has designed labels featuring the five members in their monster masks and one of the whole band.
“The Lordi phenomenon has brought the whole nation together,” said Ritva Sinisalo, of drink maker Olvi Group.
Lordi’s song Hard Rock Hallelujah was the surprise winner at the 51st Eurovision in Athens in May.
It was Finland’s first victory in the event.
Lordi Cola is due to go on sale next month.
The band are always seen in monster masks and fantasy costumes, and perform stadium rock anthems which talk of “the arockalypse” and “the day of rockoning”.
They kick off their Bringing Back the Balls to Europe tour in Stockholm on 16 September, and play five UK dates in October.
Spice up your life with a sprig of mint August 17, 2006Posted by grhomeboy in Food Drinks News, Health, Lifestyle.
Fresh breath is important, don’t you agree? Even when cooking for one, the aftertaste of certain meals can leave you with bad breath. The good thing is that there’s no one around to notice, but still, you know when it’s time to pop a mint.
There are more than 3,500 species of mint, with the two most common mints being peppermint and spearmint. Mint is easy to grow in your garden and is used to flavor jellies, syrups, lamb roasts, teas, ice creams, beverages and, of course, candy and gum. Mint is best used fresh and stored briefly in the refrigerator.
According to McCormick (the spice company), ancient Hebrews scattered mint leaves on the synagogue floor so that each footstep would produce a fragrant whiff. The Assyrians used mint in rituals to their fire god. Spearmint was used in Greece and Rome as a flavoring herb and in perfumes and bath scents. The Greeks named the plant after the mythical character Menthe.
Instead of reaching for a Tic-Tac or a stick of gum, keep a little fresh mint on hand. Add crushed mint leaves to whipped cream for an excellent topping on chocolate desserts, or sprinkle fresh leaves on tomato slices. To freshen your breath and quench your thirst at the same time, freeze fresh leaves in ice cubes. Fresh breath is always great, even when you’re eating solo.
Hackers target latest Windows fix August 16, 2006Posted by grhomeboy in Internet Safety, Microsoft.
Hi-tech hackers have started to produce malicious programs that target the latest bugs in Microsoft’s Windows.
A worm has been spotted in the wild that tries to use vulnerabilities to hijack home computers.
Any computer compromised by the worm will become part of a large botnet set up to send out junk mail.
At the same time Microsoft is re-issuing a recent security patch which has made the Internet Explorer browser crash on some computers.
On 8 August Microsoft released a bumper collection of security patches for 23 separate flaws in Windows and programs in the Office software suite.
One of the problems identified in the August update was deemed so serious that the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a warning urging users to download the patch and apply it as soon as possible. The DHS has a role in securing America’s critical infrastructure which includes the internet.
Now security companies have caught copies of a worm travelling the net that tries to infect Windows machines via this loophole.
The Mocbot worm attacks machines running Windows 2000 or XP that only have Service Pack 1 installed.
“As Microsoft only issued a patch against this vulnerability last week, many Windows computers probably remain unpatched and vulnerable to these threats,” said Carole Theriault, senior security consultant at Sophos in a statement.
Computer security firms have seen two variants of this worm circulating online. Analysis by Joe Stewart at security firm Lurhq show that, once installed, it tries to download a trojan known to act as a spam proxy.
These are networks of compromised machines that junk mailers have been forced to use because so few net service firms will host companies that send out millions of unwanted messages.
Microsoft said it would be re-issuing one of the security patches because, in certain circumstances, it can cause the Internet Explorer browser to crash.
The problem occurs with the MS06-42 update which tried to fix eight separate vulnerabilities in the IE browser.
Relatively few users are thought to be suffering from the clash between IE and the security patches. Microsoft said it affected IE with Service Pack 1 installed but only if visiting websites that use data compression and the widely used version 1.1 of the HTTP web protocols.
Microsoft said it expected to have the new version of the MS06-42 update ready by 22 August. However, a “hotfix” has been made available but Microsoft said this should only be installed on those computers crashing because of the update.
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