Friday, June 20, 2008

Planning a Trip to the Olympics? ( or most anywhere )

Food for Secure Computing Thought :

When traveling outside your country, LEAVE THE TOYS AT HOME!

Industrial espionage may be more of a threat than theft as you travel abroad. And don't just leave your toys at home, check everything you bring back very carefully! Treat any media as infected, be it optical ( CD/DVD/HDDVD/BluRay ), solidstate ( USB and other flash media, Solid State hard drives ) or magnetic ( internal or external hard drives ).

The article linked above has some very interesting and thought provoking comments.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

OnComputers Radio show Podcast 06-15-08

This is the On Computers Radio show podcast for 06-15-08. You can listen live every Sunday from 10AM to 1PM Pacific thats 1PM to 4PM Eastern. Join us for the live show and chat. If you prefer, you can download the same MP3 file here via ftp.

Links from the Gregg Zone

1) First up for the week has to be my big spend. Yea I just spent $99.00 for a new toy, just because the money I got from those firemen’s pants was burning a hole in my PayPal account, and I did not get enough to buy the microscope I had in mind. This seemed to me to be something we will see a lot of in the future. I heard someone say the other day television as we know it today will be unrecognizable in ten to fifteen years. My toy site here

2) Now that I’ve calmed down a bit time for my green link of the week. Seems Ford has a new prototype out, a flex-fuel hybrid electric vehicle. The engine is needed after the first thirty miles, provided you keep the speed down. Then once the flex-fuel (85% ethanol) it kicks out a healthy 50 mpg city, and 88 mpg highway. Sounds awfully good to me, another thought Ford stock at the moment is around $6.25 per share. Wonder how many patents they own on this technology, just a thought. Article link here

3) This is a link to a short story here falls under the same comment as last weeks cell phone corn popping link. I am fairly sure it will be shot down, but I just had to toss it in. I am not a big fan of happy faces any where, but the thought there is one on Mars just sort of disturbs my sense of faith in the idea of the universe being somehow above all that. I can only hope it does not turn yellow at sunset. For what it is worth here is the link.

4) I was at Mufon the other day doing a quick check on a newspaper article that mentioned a UFO sighting, when it dawned on me that there are most likely people who do not know about the site. Say you heard about a sighting in the next town, or maybe you have seen something yourself. At Mufon you can search by time and location to see if others may have filed reports. They get thousands every year, there are also other things to read there all around an interesting place to visit.

5) My last link was a surprise to me as I found it at a site I visit often. I am referring to New Scientist, I find myself there a lot, by links to stories or text type links. For some reason I noticed and clicked on the video link. I like T.V. stations like Discovery, Science Channel, T.L.C., Edu. 1 & 2, at this site they have the video so you can just start it and it will go to the next. Interesting short science stories, about five min. each. Almost like watching Discovery News.