Thank you “lifehacker”…

January 31, 2009

Noticed that “lifehacker” one of the top internet “tips and download sites for getting things done” featured an article on “Pop Peeper” (email monitoring software) with a link back to this blog. I recently had posted an article on “Pop Peeper” as well [click here]. Thank you “lifehacker” for sending new visitors my way.  Lifehacker has now been highlighted on the LaunchPad (blogroll) at the right side of the blog.

You can visit “Lifehacker” by clicking on the logo below.

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Why the security breach at Monster.com and USAJobs.gov is a BIG deal…

January 30, 2009

Most everyone has read in the news about Monster.com and USAJobs.gov (both career job seeking and posting sites) being illegally accessed and account data being taken. You can read the official notices posted by both of these entities by clicking the links below:

“Monster Database Security Breach Alert”

“Attention USAJobs Users”

Most of you are probably wondering, what’s the big deal?  So what, someone has taken usernames, passwords and email addresses to a career site. Just change the password, as prompted or instructed, and you will be fine.  Wrong!

I want my readers to please watch the short video below, from Sophos Labs (Graham Cluey’s Blog) about this specific case and what it should teach us.

NOTE: I have the video link configured so that when you click on the graphic link below the video will open in a separate full screen window.  At the full screen window, click on the “play button” in the bottom left corner.

This video demonstrates how other web site accounts can be compromised, as a result of maintaining the same password for each account we access (i.e. your banking, credit card, etc…). The video points out that over 41 percent of people use the same password for every account they access.  From my experience, I say that percentage is even higher. I cannot stress the importance of practicing good password management.

To remind and educate about password management; and to provide you with a software tool to get you started, I encourage you to re-visit the post I composed titled:

“PASS-the-WORD”… Basic password management tips.”

I also would like to point out that this particular incident, with economic conditions being as such, demonstrates how low the cybercriminal will go to seek financial gain by stealing your identity.

clipped from vimeo.com

What the Monster.com security breach teaches us about passwords


by Sophos Labs

 

 


Hackers have stolen details on job seekers from recruit websites Monster.com and USAJobs.gov, bringing the risk of identity theft and phishing attacks.

Sophos Graham Cluey Video

Learn what you need to do to ensure that your website accounts aren’t compromised in this video by Sophos’s senior technology consultant Graham Cluley.

Read more on Graham Cluley’s blog at sophos.com/blogs/gc/g/2009/01/24/security-alert-monstercom

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Store your thoughts in “Evernote”…

January 29, 2009

Evernote is a “cloudware” application that you use to store notes, web clips, web pages, links, reminders, phone numbers, snapshots, To Do lists, research content, labels, business cards; just about anything you can think of. Evernote is available in a variety of platforms (Windows, Mac, Web, iPhone); all which can be synchronized with each other. After you setup a “FREE” account (premium account also available), you can configure the Evernote software on your computer (and/or USB flash drive) to synchronize with the web based version and vice versa.

Evernote

I have worked with other (database) hierarchy note keeping programs, but the “cloud computing (web based)” version of Evernote really caught my attention. After setting up my account with Evernote, it did not take long to learn how to create and manage notes. I really like the idea that I can get to my notes from any PC that is connected to the internet.  To help organize and categorize notes, you can assign tags to each note and create separate notebooks. As a blogger, this has become an invaluable tool for research and the gathering of web clips. Once you start using this, you will get hooked. I subsequently installed Evernote  on my PC and on my USB flash drive.

There is also a Web clipper bookmarklet available (for IE, Firefox, Safari, Chrome, and others). The bookmarklet allows you to capture web page content right into your account —text, images, links, and all. Another neat feature with the web based account is that you get an Evernote email address where you can email notes and content that will directly and automatically be placed in your collection of notes. You can email notes, photos, and audio clips from your computer or phone right into an Evernote notebook. Evernote also has handwriting recognition and the ability to recognize text in pictures. If you were a Google Notebook fan, Evernote has a an import tool to bring all of your notes over to Evernote.  Evernote also has a great Delicious bookmark import tool.

Below is a comparison of the monthly upload allowances between the free and premium accounts. The free account is limited to what file types you can upload; however, for everyday (normal) use of gathering or inputting text notes and pics, I have found the upload allowance to be sufficient. Evernote has a built in meter to let you know the status of your current monthly usage.  I can see this web based (cloudware app) to only get better.

Evernote Usage

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“What’s On My PC…” – The Top Ten!

January 28, 2009

I started my blogging adventure in July of 2008. I did not have any experience with blogging and really had no idea of what I was about to get into. I say that in a positive sense. Right off the bat, 2-two professional bloggers make contact with me.  

 Tech for-Everyone   and   Tech Thoughts
Virtual Handshake

I have always avoided socializing on the net with people I do not know; however, my gut instinct told me, “These guys may be a little crazy, but they are really honest, sincere, and smart people”.  How right my gut instinct was! After making that initial “virtual handshake” they have been my mentors ever since.

I have found blogging to be quite addictive, exercising to the mind, rewarding and unusually interesting. To date, I have 175 posts (written articles) under my belt and it has surprised me what articles have been the most popular. What I think is going to be a hit, never is… Who would ever think that an article about making an “America Online CD” would be a popular article? I’m learning, it is all about helping others…  To share with my readers, here is the TOP 10 most read articles, since the beginning of my adventure in blogging.

What’s On My PC
Top 10 Articles

(clicking on a link will open a separate window)

  1. When Vista will not boot…
  2. Is your system infected with the Downadup Worm, Conficker, or Kido?
  3. Beware! Telephone Bill Rip-Off…
  4. USB Flash Drives.. FAQ (frequently asked questions)!
  5. Should I shut “OFF” my PC or leave it “On”?
  6. Creating an AOL Install CD… (if you must:)
  7. The Underbelly of the Internet – Antivirus 2009 (removal help)…
  8. “WOT” to trust; “WOT” not to trust!
  9. Remote into your Notebook PC “Wirelessly” with UltraVNC…
  10. Uninstalling and Installing AntiVirus Software…

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What’s in your cloud?

January 27, 2009

Something new to the blog is the tab at the top labelled “Cloudware Apps”… I plan to add online “cloud computing” applications; that, in my opinion, are creditable hosts for various online services.  A pretty good listing has already been compiled.  I encourage you to visit “Cloudware Apps”.

What's In Your Cloud?

You may have been wondering what is all this talk about cloud computing and cloudware applications.  Here is my interpretation.

Cloud computing (or a cloudware application) is a hosted service (or software app) that is provided over the Internet.  With the advent of Web 2.0, which is a reference to taking the internet to a higher level (the future), services are being enhanced in such a way that users need minimal expertise in managing and/or controlling the services (or software app).  The services (or software app) are hosted on the internet and you take advantage of the hosted services, as a client, through the use of your browser or other application that is installed locally on your PC.

In a nutshell, it is a basically “client / server” based (on-demand) computing environment and the actual implementation of services in the “cloud” are transparent to the user. The software and your data (in many instances) are stored on servers on the internet.  It is apparent to me that “cloud computing” is the future due to the number of cloudware apps being developed everyday.  Many of the cloudware apps that I have experienced are as good as some of the software installed locally on my PC.  For example, the “What’s On My PC…” blog is an example of cloud computing.  I access the WordPress.com services (as a client user), use the blogging app that they host, to draft or publish my blog articles.  WordPress manages the infrastructure behind all of this.  I do not need to be an expert in web page design.  Our web based email services are another example of cloud computing.

An advantage of cloud computing is that you can access your cloudware apps and data from anywhere there is internet access or connectivity. A couple disadvantages is that if the cloudware application is critical to meeting an important need and your internet connection is lost, then you have no control; plus your data can be in the hands of others, which could be in business one day and out of business the next. This alone could lead to potential leaks of your identity and loss of personal data.  I can see myself and my blogging partners writing blog articles in the future advising people to pick their cloud computing or cloudware apps wisely. If this trend continues, I may have to change the name of the blog from “What’s On My PC…” TO “What’s In My Cloud…”.

If you are a “cloud geek”, recommended reading is the articles reflected below:

4 Things You Need in a Cloud Computing Infrastructure – by DevCentral

Cloud Computing – Is Your Head In The Cloud Yet? – Tech Thoughts

 

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Continues to get better… Pop Peeper v3.4 Released

January 26, 2009

POP Peeper is one program on my PC that continues to get better. POP Peeper alerts me when I have mail in my various (numerous) email accounts; AND it allows me to preview my POP3 and my web based email without having to open my email client or having to visit the providers web sites (i.e. Hotmail, Live Mail, GMail, Yahoo, and many more).  Awesome little app that can also be configured to run from our portable flash drive.  You can click on any of the links below to visit and learn more about Pop Peeper.  You can also preview a previous article that I posted that gives an indepth review of Pop Peeper [CLICK HERE].

clipped from www.poppeeper.com

POP Peeper Email Notifier


Description
POP Peeper is an email notifier that runs in your Windows task bar and alerts you when you have new email on your POP3, IMAP (with IDLE support), Hotmail\MSN\LiveMail, Yahoo, GMail, Mail.com, MyWay, Excite, iWon, Lycos.com, RediffMail, Juno and NetZero accounts. IMAP supports allows you to access AOL, AIM, Netscape and other services. Send mail directly from POP Peeper and use the address book to email your frequently used contacts. POP Peeper allows you to view messages using HTML or you can choose to safely view all messages in rich or plain text. Several options are available that will decrease or eliminate the risks of reading your email (viruses, javascript, webbugs, etc). POP Peeper can be run from a portable device and can be password protected. Many notification options are availble to indicate when new mail has arrived, such as sound alerts (configurable for each account), flashing scroll lock, skinnable popup notifier, customized screensaver and more.


Primary Features

Easy Setup – accounts are imported from your existing email client(s)

Supports POP3, IMAP (including GMail, AOL, AIM, Netscape, FastMail, etc), SMTP, GMail, Hotmail\MSN\LiveMail, Yahoo, Mail.com, MyWay, Excite, iWon, Lycos.com, RediffMail, Juno, NetZero

IDLE is supported for IMAP accounts which allows instant notification when new mail arrives in your inbox

Read, delete, print and reply to Email without opening your email client

Send email directly from POP Peeper

HTML email support

Password protection

Address book

Options to protect you from messages that contain viruses and web bugs

Send, save and open file attachments

Run POP Peeper off your portable storage device

No account limit — notifies you of an unlimited number of accounts

Many ways to receive new mail notification: skinnable desktop alerts, audio, flashing scroll lock LED and more

Specify how often all accounts are checked for new mail or set individual intervals for each account

Extensive help with useful tips and information

Email Notification Options

Sound notifications: single sound for any new mail, or a customized sound for each account

Tray icon notification that display the color and number of new messages for each account

Flashing scroll lock LED

Windows popup alert indicating which account(s) received new email

Automatically open POP Peeper or launch your email client when new email is received

Skinnable popup (optional download)

ScreenSaver (optional download)

Chime can repeat a sound until acknowledged and\or launch another program when new mail arrives (optional download)

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“FREE” Internet Browsing Protection…

January 24, 2009

When surfing the internet and interacting with websites that you may be unfamiliar with, you are at a risk of becoming a victim of theft, fraud, spyware, spam, viruses, etc. You are really at the mercy of a mouse click. One click and gotcha… We see text on the screen and take it as gospel and really do not know what lies behind that text. It is our nature to believe the written word and for some reason when we hear the word “internet” we look at it as a protective or secure technology; and as a higher trusting authority. It is everything but that.

The internet crime rate has went from that of Mayberry (Andy Griffith and Barney), where one bullet was sufficient; TO, CSI (Crime Scene Investigators) where you get hit (are victimized) and then you are trying to figure out what happened, how it happened and who did it. The internet environment, as we know it today, is an environment of victimization and defense. The fixes (defenses) occur usually after a person or entity has been victimized. The defenses or layers of protection we put into place are our anti-virus, anti-spyware, ant-malware software;  firewalls; software updates, etc… These defense measures, if updated properly, take over and attempt to detect or block the threat.  The problem with this is that the “threat” has to actually hit home (on our PC’s), before it is detected.

If you are someone who surf’s the internet on a regular basis; how would you like a layer of protection, that is easily managed within the confines of your browser (i.e. Internet Explorer, Firefox), that will allow you to visually see what web sites are rated safe or unsafe, before the threat hits home? This layer of protection, that I am a strong advocate of is, the layer of protection that is provided by Web of Trust (WOT).

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WOT’s color-coded icons show you ratings for 21 million websites – green to go, yellow for caution and red to stop – helping you avoid the dangerous sites. WOT is “FREE”, very easy to install (as an Internet Explorer and Firefox plugin) and most importantly, very easy to use. Web of Trust (WOT) is a community driven service where users (like you and me) are the binding force behind each of the web site ratings.  At the time of this writing, WOT had collected ratings for over 21 million web sites.

Check out the WOT demo video below and find out how WOT will help you stay safe when surfing the Internet.

I hope that I have you convinced with installing this added layer of protection.  It only makes sense that you do…


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SendThisFile – A “FREE” method to send a large file…

January 24, 2009

Sendthisfile.com, a Wichita-based company that specializes in the secure transfer of large files, recently surpassed one million registered users.  I was recently pointed to this service by a computer tech friend who had sent a file to me that was too large for email. If you are in a pinch and need an easy way to send (or receive) a large file, this service looks like a good match. You can setup a “FREE” account or go for one of the paid accounts that provide more features.  Limitations of the “FREE” account is reflected in the clip below. The service is as easy as 1-2-3…

1 – Enter the recipient’s email address (and small message)

2- Select a file, and

3 – Click the SendThisFile button!

The recipient will receive the email with a link to a download location at SendThisFile.com. Instructions are clearly given to the recipient on the process; which is very easy.

One thing I did during the testing was use an encryption program to encrypt the file I was sending, as an added measure of security and control on my part. I do not like sending anything into the cloud that could breach my privacy. I simply provided the recipient a password clue that he would only know.

Click on the logo or link below to preview this service further.

clipped from www.sendthisfile.com


This is a FREE account. You can use this account to send files to anyone, however there are limitations.

Limitations

The upload speed will be SLOWER than a paid account.

The file will expire in 3 days.

The file can only be downloaded 3 times.

Can only send one file at a time.

Ads will display when the recipient downloads the file.

Features

Fast download speed for the recipient.

Download information available in “My Files” area.

You can create a FileBox to receive files.

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Windows XP, Vista, and 7 – The Psychology of it ALL…

January 23, 2009

You have to read this article by TechPaul at “Tech-for Everyone”. He looks, not inside the PC this time, but looks inside the person when it comes to “CHANGE”; how we become intimate with our choices of operating systems and why….

clipped from techpaul.wordpress.com

Not every Windows user is going to like Windows 7


I have been using Windows 7 as my main desktop OS for a while now, and have written several installments of  “A Tech’s Impressions” series, (see, A Tech’s First Impression of Windows — Part 1 of a series) with more on the way. This article is not one of them – it’s more a (my) look at psychology than technology.


Rick & Paul

 

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New edition to the “Launch Pad” – AllThatsNew…

January 23, 2009

The neat thing about blogging is that you meet new people, exchange common information, and receive satisfaction when you know that some information you may have provided was helpful to others; especially your peers. The ultimate reward is when another blogger, with a common interest, offers to do a link exchange with you. Recently I had the author of the blog “AllThatsNew” do just that.

Description from web site:

“AllThatsNew” is an awesome blog that is updated with several posts daily. Most of the posts are short and takes less than 5 minutes to read. Visit this blog everyday to see interesting reviews and tips about the internet, websites and software.”

I did some navigating of the site and found the blog be very current, up-to-date, and loaded with many, many tips for computer users.  I encourage you to visit “AllThatsNew” [ click here ] and I welcome the site to my blogroll (“Launch Pad”), which is located on the sidebar of the blog.

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Downadup (aka: Conficker, Kido) is using AutoRun to spread “like a can of worms”…

January 23, 2009

Did you know that you opened a can of worms if you did not apply the Windows update for an already known Windows vulnerability, back in October?  worms

 

The Downadup worm virus (aka: Conficker, Kido) has globally spread like wildfire.  I am now reading stories [ click here ] where over 8 million PC’s have been infected (or 1 in 16 PC’s).  That is over 8 million PC’s that failed to patch their systems back in October.  The most concerning part, at least to me, is that this worm can use the “AutoRun” functionality in Windows to infect other PC’s.  Here is how this works.  You plug in your USB flash drive in a computer that has been infected with the Downadup worm and the worm copies a file (autorun.inf), to your flash drive.  You remove the flash drive and plug it into another PC, the Windows AutoRun function kicks in and the autorun.inf file, that was copied to your flash drive, now executes and infects that PC.

Downadup is a worm (self-replicating).

A standalone malicious program which uses computer or network resources to make complete copies of itself. May include code or other malware to damage both the system and the network. – F-Secure

Propagation (How it spreads)…

Downadup uses a variety of methods to spread itself.

Downadup exploits a Windows vulnerability; patched by the October ‘08 security update.

If the vulnerability is successfully exploited, it could allow remote code execution when file sharing is enabled. Depending on the specific variant, it may also spread via removable drives and by exploiting weak passwords. It disables several important system services and security products and downloads arbitrary files. – Microsoft Malware Solution Center

Additionally, it uses Windows AutoRun functionality; autorun.inf files are copied to USB drives and other removable media.

If your computer is infected…

You may not experience any symptoms, or you may experience any of the following symptoms:

Account lockout policies are being tripped.

Automatic Updates, Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS), Windows Defender, and Error Reporting Services are disabled.

Domain controllers respond slowly to client requests.

The network is congested.

Various security-related Web sites cannot be accessed.

Removal Assistance…

Visit the Microsoft’s Help & Support (to learn about the manual removal method(s) and the available Malicious Software Removal tool (MSRT) tool option that is available.  Many of the anti-virus sites are carrying removal options and instructions, as well.  Like many viruses, this thing will continue to evolve with a variety of different payloads.  If you have a PC that is connected to the internet, it is very important that you keep your systems patched (via the Windows Update) and that you keep your Security software updated (e.g. anti-virus, anti-spyware, anti-malware).  The internet is in one sad shape and it is important that our defenses are in place and that we educate ourselves about any potential threats.  Thank you visiting the blog and please push this info onward to make others aware.

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Troubleshooting Windows Live Essentials…

January 22, 2009

The Windows Live Essentials is an integrated and bundled suite of software applications by Microsoft that work seamlessly with Windows Live online.

Windows Live Essentials programs [ click here ]
Mail
Messenger
Photo Gallery
Writer
Movie Maker
Family Safety
Toolbar

Optional Programs [ click here ]
Office Outlook Connector
Office Live Add-in
Microsoft Silverlight

 

 My experience with the Windows Live services has been a positive experience; however, recently I experienced an issue where my Windows Live Writer and the uninstaller for the Windows Live Essentials was broken. For whatever reasons, Live Wirter would not launch AND the uninstaller component to Windows Live Essentials was corrupted. Windows Live Writer is the software I use (and recommend) to prepare blog articles. I eventually figured out a fix on my own, which required a full day of thinking it out and a visit to the Windows registry.

Resources, including Microsoft’s support, for my particular issue, was not very helpful. I was instructed by support to locate and email the Windows Live Writer log which I did. The support person contacted me, via email, to inform me that they were escalating my issue to another level. At that second level I was instructed via email to uninstall and reinstall the application which I had already informed them that the uninstall component had been broken. I also would like to point out that there is very limited information on the internet at this time about the resolution to problems that people may be experiencing with the Windows Live Essentials. As a result of my experience, I decided to list a few things that may be helpful to others who find themselves in a situation where the “Windows Live Essentials” software and services are not playing well and you need a launching point to start troubleshooting.

  1. For support assistance and instructions for any of the Windows Live services [ click here ].
  2. The installer for the Windows Live Essentials is a standalone installer [ click here ] that you download (filename: wlsetup-web.exe) which will subsequently download the full installation files for the application you choose to install.  In my case this did not work toward resolving the issue which I experienced. Personally I do not care for these type of installers.
  3. The full installer for Windows Live Essentials is very difficult to locate, but I found links to the full installer (for different languages) posted on the blog “My Digital Life” [click here] . The full installer (approximately 137 MBs) was very helpful in resolving the problem which I experienced. I thank the author(s) of “My Digital Life” for posting the links and making them publicly available.

Keep in mind the links I have posted were up-to-date at the time this article was composed and are subject to change as the Windows Live Essentials software continues to evolve.  This article was posted with the “good” intention of providing options and resources in the event you experience issues with any of the Windows Live Essential software applications.

 

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PC Cleaning, Repair, Protection & Optimization – All in one package…

January 21, 2009

Managing various cleaning, repair, protection and optimization utilities on our PCs can be quite a task. Some people fail to perform these tasks at all; or they only perform one task and not the other. To help solve these problems, I recommend a program called Advanced SystemCare Free by IObit.This program is designed in such a way that it serves as a multi-tasking “one click approach” to protecting, repairing, cleaning and optimizing your PC.  You may also know this program’s predecessor as being called Advanced WindowsCare.  I periodically run this program on my PC to keep it in shape. I always  find a noticeable positive difference in the performance after running the program.  You can get Advanced SystemCare Free by clicking on any of the links in this article.  IObit also provides a Pro “paid” version of Advanced SystemCare that  unlocks enhanced features in the free version.  You can view testimonials (reviews), from users, at CNet [ click here ].

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Advanced SystemCare

Advanced SystemCare Free

 

FEATURES

Enjoy That New PC Feeling Again New!

Powerful Hard Drive Defragmentation New!

Next-generation Registry Clean and Optimization New!

Defends PC Security with Extra Protection Improved!

Quick and Extensive Clean-up for Hard Drives Improved!

Speeds Up PC Performance and Internet Access Improved!

Fixes Multiple System Errors Improved!

Extremely Easy to Use

Safe and Free

 

Comparison Sheet (click the picture to enlarge)

 

NOTE:  A similar or comparable maintenance utility that is also “FREE” is Glary Utilities.  An added bonus with Glary Utilities is the portable version  that is available.  You can read more about Glary Utilites, here on the blog by [ clicking here ]

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Wikipedia – Your “FREE” vast resource for information…

January 20, 2009

The first place I head to when I have a question about a particular term, topic or subject is Wikipedia. It is your “FREE” vast resource for information on just about anything.

Wikipedia

What is Wikipedia?

It is by far the largest accumulation of reference information, freely accessible, thus far in our lifetime.  Wikipedia is written collaboratively by volunteers from all around the world; anyone can edit it.  As a result, it has long been controversial among scholars and teachers (for accuracy), but is extremely popular by people like me (and now you). Wikipedia is so popular (top ten website) that it solely relies on donations and charitable foundations to maintain operations.  There is no advertising on the Wikipedia site.   

For those of you that do not know what Wikipedia is, I looked it up for you on Wikipedia.  The following excerpts are provided:

Wikipedia (pronounced /ˌwiːkiˈpiːdiə/ or /ˌwɪkəˈpiːdiə/) is a multilingual, Web-based, free-content encyclopedia project.

Wikipedia is written collaboratively by volunteers from all around the world; anyone can edit it. Since its creation in 2001, Wikipedia has grown rapidly into one of the largest reference Web sites, attracting at least 684 million visitors yearly by 2008. There are more than 75,000 active contributors working on more than 10,000,000 articles in more than 260 languages. 

An easy way to use Wikipedia…

One easy way to use Wikipedia is to “Wiki” your topic, term, or subject using your favorite search engine (e.g. Google, Yahoo, Live Search). I always try to limit the search to a few words. For example, a hot topic in world news is Israel and the Gaza Strip. To help me get a better understanding about that conflict, I did a “Wiki” search, using Google,  for the term “Gaza”. You simply type “Wiki Gaza” into the search box. You can do this for any topic you may be looking for.  You can click on the Google graphic below to see the actual search result.   

Wiki Gaza

 

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Inauguration Day – Take diapers, respirator mask and your iPod…

January 18, 2009

This topic is really “off topic” for the content of this blog; BUT, it is my nature to help warn and prepare people for the inevitable.  If you noticed I did at least throw “iPod” in the title to keep the topic (somewhat) connected to the subject matter of this blog.  You will also notice further in the article, that I did make an effort to throw in some technical language and comparisons.

The inauguration event for the swearing in of President-elect  Barack Obama is predicted to draw over 2 million people to the nation’s capital (Washington, D.C.).  Washington D.C. is approximately 61 square miles (158km).  In computer terms that is about 2 megabytes on a 0.1543 megabyte drive.  Some major file compression is being pulled off here to make this event work; not to mention the layers of security that will be in place.

My wife was telling me that she heard on the news that people are going to be wearing diapers to the event, due to long hectic waits in lines.  I started thinking about this and did some research to prepare people for this event.  Some of this you can take in humor, BUT some of it could potentially be real.

First you need to know this-

The Institute for Liberty, a conservative think tank, estimated recently that the millions of people coming to the inauguration will generate a half-billion pounds of carbon dioxide — 260 million pounds from the 600 private jets that will come to Washington, and another 260 million pounds from personal vehicles.

It says the pollution amounts to more than 575 million pounds of CO2, which would take the average U.S. household 57,598 years to produce.

CO2 in concentrations of 7% to 10% cause dizziness, headache, visual and hearing dysfunction, and unconsciousness within a few minutes to an hour – Wikipedia

Secondly, I found that U.S. News and World Report published an article “Your Inauguration Day Survival Guide” (clip reflected below) which provides 6-six things you should have in hand if you attend the inauguration.  I do recommend that you take your iPod in addition to the the items listed (along with your diapers).

clipped from www.usnews.com

U.S.News & World Report

Your Inauguration Day Survival Guide


January 13, 2009 09:04 AM ET | Kimberly Palmer

For native Washingtonians and visitors alike, Inauguration Day is likely to be crowded, hectic, and short on key supplies. With as many as 2 million people expected to descend on the capital, there will probably be long lines at ATMs, runs on beer, and shortages of useful items such as adult diapers, which some viewers plan to wear given the limited bathroom facilities.


Gas


Cash


Beer


Food and water


Toilet paper


Adult diapers

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