Monday, February 14, 2011

Weekly News (2011-02-12)

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As of Friday afternoon, Egypt's President was forced to resigned. This is clear testament to the strength and tenacity of the people of Egypt. Their protests and demonstrations helped change the course of history for Egypt. We should all be grateful that violence was relatively minimal during the 18 days of this revolt. We should also be mindful that things would have been very different had the Egyptian army not sided with the protesters. Let us hope and pray that Egypt truly moves towards a democratic government and that the people of Egypt benefit from these changes through improved political, social, and economical conditions. ~Victor


CELL PHONE BATTERY SAFETY: Cell phones are ubiquitous in today's modern culture, with more than 170 million wireless consumers making billions of calls each year in the United States. While the convenience and usefulness of wireless devices add to their growing popularity, it is increasingly important for consumers to follow guidelines on the maintenance of wireless phones and batteries.


FACEBOOK PRIVACY: 4 VALUABLE YET HARD TO FIND SETTINGS: According to a USA Today/Gallup Poll released this week, 70 percent of Facebook members are "somewhat" or "very concerned" about their privacy. Take into account...
STUDY: TOO MANY USERS REUSE PASSWORDS: Comparing stolen login credentials for two different sites, researcher discovers password reuse rate as high as 50 percent
WHY YOU SHOULD USE GOOGLE'S TWO-STEP LOGIN: Google is rolling out two-step verification for all Google accounts. So, what does that mean to you?


MANAGE ALL YOUR SOCIAL NETWORKS UNDER ONE ROOF: Free service Seesmic Web makes it a snap to access your Facebook, Twitter, and other accounts on a single page, with no annoying software to install.


BRAINIVERSITY: Brainiversity is a brain training game designed to stimulate your brain with 16 different activities covering Language, Memory, Math and Analysis. Record your daily workouts and compare your results with other users on the same computer.


WHY YOU NEED TO HAVE A LINUX LIVECD: A bootable copy of the open source operating system can be life-saver in many situations, even for Windows-based businesses.
MICROSOFT SHIPS IE9 RELEASE CANDIDATE WITH TRACKING OPT-OUT: Microsoft today launched the release candidate of Internet Explorer 9 (IE9), saying that the browser is now feature complete.


PRINTOPIA: Bummed that your non-HP printer won't work with AirPrint? If you're a Mac user, Printopia is a perfect remedy.
HOW TO RESTORE A HARD DRIVE USING TIME MACHINE: When Apple introduced Time Machine with OS X 10.5 Leopard, it became easier than ever to prepare for a data disaster--the only serious effort Mac owners running...


WHY YOU NEED TO HAVE A LINUX LIVECD: A bootable copy of the open source operating system can be life-saver in many situations, even for Windows-based businesses.
CANONICAL OPENS UP CATALOG OF LINUX-FRIENDLY COMPONENTS: The online listings promise to help ensure Linux compatibility for both manufacturers and users.


7 SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF ADDICTION: Often addiction is kept secret, but the longer it goes unnoticed, the stronger it becomes. Here are seven signs you should look for if you suspect someone you love has a problem with drugs or alcohol.


MICROPROCESSOR: A silicon chip that contains a CPU. In the world of personal computers, the terms microprocessor and CPU are used interchangeably. At the heart of all personal computers and most workstations sits a microprocessor. Microprocessors also control the logic of almost all digital devices, from clock radios to fuel-injection systems for automobiles. [More …]


AUTOMATIC CREATION OF OPENDOCUMENT SLIDESHOW WITH A SCRIPT: "If you need to produce slide shows and think that the cleaner they are the better, but don't like the time it takes to put them together in a GUI, here's a solution. Like any other ODF document, OpenDocument slide shows are very easy to generate and process automatically."


FEAR AND THE SELF: One of the keys to personal transformation is self knowledge. The ancient sages exhort us to "know thyself". Indeed, this is the whole purpose of a spiritual practice. Looking inward is all one needs to know and understand oneself, the universe and life.


WHAT HAPPENS TO BOILING WATER AT -22?: Kristen Will and Samantha Stuart of Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories of Canada wanted to see what happens to a cup of boiling water when temperatures reached -22.


HOW MUCH DATA CAN HUMANKIND GENERATE?: Ultimate hoarding: A USC study estimates the volume of exabytes of data that humanity could compile -- and how quickly.
THE PITFALLS OF E-BOOK BUYING: WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR BEFORE YOU PURCHASE: Easy downloads and convenient storage are the chief lures of a virtual library, but ownership has some irritating downsides that require your attention before you hit the e-book purchase button.
ONLINE DATING FOR NERDS: LOOKING FOR LOVE IN ALL THE WRONG POSTINGS: Dateless on Valentine's Day? We tried out seven online dating sites--some nerdy, some mainstream. Here's what we found.
10 WAYS GOOGLE IS THE NEW MICROSOFT: From the market dominance to the shrewd business practices to the ginormous size, it's getting harder to tell the difference between Google and Microsoft.
EMPLOYEES HAVE FREE SPEECH ON FACEBOOK: Employers: it's not legal for you to restrict what employees say about you on Facebook, or other Internet venues. So says the U.S. National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), after settling a lawsuit with American Medical Response of Connecticut Inc.
FACEBOOK'S NEW PAGES: A HANDS-ON TOUR: Facebook's pages are getting a facelift. Here's a quick tour of what's changing.
GEEKIEST MARRIAGE PROPOSALS OF ALL TIME: They say there's a lid for every pot. And when a geek has found his lid, there comes a time when he wants to take a soldering iron to it and make sure it's not going anywhere.

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