Tuesday, 08 February 2005

If you ever wondered how to spell out the American Idol theme music, well... there ya go.

Now, aren't you glad you read this blog?



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Tuesday, 08 February 2005 20:22:43 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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In the wow-that's-random category (yeah pun intended), Jim Wright took his new iPod shuffle, as well as three more his friends had, and made a USB RAID array with them on his Mac.

Hookup

Now that's geeking out. Not sure how useful it is, but it's cool.

[via Doc Searls]



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Tuesday, 08 February 2005 19:25:23 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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Ummm - WOW...

Google does it again, and takes online mapping and driving directions to the next level. You have to try this - if nothing else it just looks cool. On top of that, it works very well. Animated maps and excellent, clean detail are real eye-openers. Google has a tour to get you acquainted here.

"Maps are great for getting around, but online maps could be a lot better. So Google decided to make dynamic, interactive maps that are draggable — no clicking and waiting for graphics to reload each time you want to view the adjacent parts of a map. Want to be able to type in the name of a region or neighborhood and see any part of it as easily as with a regular street map? Now you can with Google Maps."

Enter an address, hit enter, and voila:

Gmap1

Need directions to a location? Click the live links in the map, and enter a starting address:

Gmap2

Driving directions are fast and in my test (home to office), quite accurate:

Gmap3

Click on mapped items to automatically reorient the map image (animated) and zoom in on the mapped item:

Gmap4

The slider for zoom detail is very nice - much better than others out there - and there are no browser refreshes happening here. No time to look into exactly how this works right now, but it definitely does.

Check it out.



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Tuesday, 08 February 2005 07:27:57 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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 Monday, 07 February 2005

TakeQuizDid you know that only 11% of identity theft takes place online? You're much more likely to have your identity stolen or discovered on paper, and chances are the bad guy (or gal) will be someone you know...

"The 2005 Identity Fraud Survey Report shows that despite growing fears about identity theft and online fraud, of the victims that know the identity and method used by the criminal, these crimes are more frequently committed offline than online. Internet-related fraud problems are actually less severe, less costly and not as widespread as previously thought.

"Further, the study concludes that those who access accounts online can provide earlier detection of crime than those who rely only upon mailed monthly paper statements."

Those of us who work in the field have known this for some time. And those of us who do our banking and other important transactions online also know we'll notice if something gets out of the ordinary, and we won't have to wait for a paper statement or a bounced check to tip us off.

How safe are you? Take the quiz. If there's anything you should be aware of in this day and age, it's how to protect your personal information.

Here's my results:

Your Score is 10
Please note that a perfect score is 0 and the worst possible score is 100; a typical score is 38.

How did you score?



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Monday, 07 February 2005 22:47:26 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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Monday, 07 February 2005 20:42:31 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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F-Secure has published a RSS feed where you can get listings of all newly-discovered viruses (see HTML list here). People responsible for knowing what's new and changing will likely want to subscribe. This is one great way to get an ongoing education, not to mention a useful reference for daily AV routines:

"We've received some questions on whether it would be possible to receive the list of our new virus descriptions as an RSS feed.

"Well, turns out we've had this available for quite some time already, but I guess we've never really officially announced it.

"So: our new virus descriptions are available as an RSS feed here: "



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Monday, 07 February 2005 19:58:56 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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