Saturday, 12 March 2005

TPSfilmOk, more and more funny. Take one part Superfriends and one part Office Space, and you end up with the hilarious TPS (This Place Sucks). Very, verry funny to watch. I love the use of the Superfriends sound effects, that's great.

If you're a fan of Superfriends, or Office Space, or both - this is for you.

It comes from idiotwork - check them out as well. More funny content can be found there.

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Saturday, 12 March 2005 16:38:47 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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Found via UtterlyBoring: The Church Sign Generator

That explains a lot.

Saturday, 12 March 2005 14:37:47 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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Got a PowerPoint presentation that just doesn't fulfill its "Power" requirements?

Cliff Atkinson, author of the book "Beyond Bullet Points," has written a post seeking volunteers who want to take their PowerPoint presentations from typical and run-of-the-mill variety to something truly effective and powerful:

"Are you ready to transform one of your presentations Beyond Bullet Points? If you have an existing PowerPoint file and you want to liberate the great story buried deep beneath all those lines of text, drop me a note and tell me about it.

"I'll review the applications and select a few presentations that represent a range of professions and purposes. If your presentation is selected, all you need is a copy of my book to guide you through the details of the process, along with your critical thinking and creative skills. The other resources we'll use are free, and we'll find graphics from free or low-cost sources, or we'll make them ourselves.

"The one condition is that you are fine with making all of your presentation materials freely available for other people to see through the course of the public makeover - we'll even ask blog readers for their comments and suggestions."

Cool idea! If you're interested, contact Cliff though his weblog - the post is here.

Saturday, 12 March 2005 14:15:07 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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 Friday, 11 March 2005

This is a test of a photo attachment weblog post sent to dasBlog via email from a Treo 650 smartphone. The Treo is kind of cool, but Cleo (the cat) is cooler. :)

Note: Unfortunately, due to a bug of some kind I had to intervene on the mail server and manually delete the email post for this entry, because it kept reposting to the blog every few minutes. Oh well - at least I know the posting from the treo works!


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Saturday, 12 March 2005 04:48:00 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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Skype is now allowing its users to sign up for SkypeIn, a new service that allows you to get a phone number assigned to you your Skype account. So, for people who want to reach you by phone, they call that number from their plain-old telephone service line just like any other phone, and it rings your Skype on your computer. Numbers are available in France, Hong Kong S.A.R., China, the United Kingdom and the United States. I checked the US listings to see what area codes are available, and there are none in Oregon yet, but hopefully that will change soon.

For a while now Skype has offered SkypeOut, a service that lets Skype users make calls to the regular phone network using Skype on their computers.

This is really very cool. One of the beautiful things about skype is its ultimate portability. Put Skype on your laptop and take it with you wherever you go. Windows, Linux or Mac OS/X. Run Skype on a PocketPC with Windows Mobile and an Internet data connection, add SkypeIn and SkypeOut, and in theory you're making and receiving calls on the mobile network, but without using the mobile minutes. Hmmmm.

Of course, don't forget the high quality voice audio you get with Skype. And the ability to have your "phone" rind with one number in multiple places.

This whole VoIP, Skype, digital communication thing is getting more and more interesting...

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Saturday, 12 March 2005 02:35:07 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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Videosplash1Okay, this has to be one of the funniest damn things I have seen in a while on a weblog. Geek humor in the toilet. Literally.

Rory and Scott are in a video, a sort of a pre-TechEd thing. And it's freakin' great. Expect more in the future, too.

You have to go watch it.

Like, go watch it right now.

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Saturday, 12 March 2005 01:40:03 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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 Thursday, 10 March 2005

WifiMicrosoft has released a new prescriptive paper describing in step-by-step fashion how to deploy a secure wireless LAN using Protected Extensible Authentication Protocol (PEAP) and passwords:

The Securing Wireless LANs with PEAP and Passwords solution guide is designed to help small- and medium-sized organizations protect their wireless local access network (LANs). This prescriptive guidance will assist you in planning, deploying, testing, and managing a wireless LAN security infrastructure using Microsoft Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, and Pocket PC 2003. The guide is a companion to the earlier solution guide Securing Wireless LANs – a Certificate Services Solution. However, this updated guide uses passwords to authenticate users and computers to the LAN instead of digital certificates.

The solution uses industry standards such as 802.1X to ensure broad interoperability. Windows XP Wireless Auto Configuration and the Microsoft Active Directory directory service help to minimize the complexity of installing and managing the solution—many of the more complex operations are automated in scripts that are provided with the guide. You can also install the solution entirely on existing servers in your environment to keep costs low.

Also useful in the context of these articles:

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Friday, 11 March 2005 03:34:19 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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CG has sure come a long way since 1977. The new movie trailer for Star Wars - Revenge of the Sith just played for the fist time at the end of The OC on television. Looks interesting.

I can't say it got my blood pumping or made me jump up and down and cheer, but the saga concludes with this one, so it better be good!

Next on the agenda, CSI is coming on right now, and although I don't normally watch it, Wil Wheaton's got a role on the show. Just saw his name on the screen in the opening credits. Coolio - Gotta go watch.

Update: Hey Wil - you play crazy and homeless pretty darn well!! Well-done, congrats!

Friday, 11 March 2005 03:09:51 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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Google released their desktop search tool out of beta this week - so it's the full mean deal now. They've added support to search even more content (including Thunderbird email yay!) and for people who want even more, there are plugins available that will let the application index even more kinds of content so you can search almost anything you like. And if there's not a plugin available, well then write one!

Google Desktop Search: Get it here.

If you're a person who gets confused when looking at search results because the results from your desktop (local computer) search are listed on the page with your Google web search results (or if you just want to separate them), here you go:

The default behavior for Google's Desktop Search is: "Show Desktop Search results on Google Web Search result pages." But you can disable that if its confusing. Just right click on Google Desktop Search icon in the system notification area, then choose "More" then choose "Preferences." It's on that page, just scroll down and find the option and uncheck the box.

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Friday, 11 March 2005 01:35:58 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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Microsoft has posted "What to do if you've responded to a phishing scam," a set of four steps (with some details about each) you should take if you think you may have mistakenly provided personal financial or identification information in response to a fraudulent email. They've also updated and posted a set of related articles dealing with phishing and email fraud (listed and linked below).

The steps they list in the article are:

  • Step 1: Report the incident
  • Step 2: Change the passwords on all your accounts
  • Step 3: Routinely review your credit card and bank statements
  • Step 4: Use up-to-date antivirus and anti-spyware software

And they have posted more articles with information about phishing and email fraud:

But remember: Being prepared and on the watch before the fraud ever happens is the best way to not become a victim. The links above and other resources on the 'net can help you educate yourself and people you know about the things people should do to keep from becoming victims.

Thursday, 10 March 2005 23:18:36 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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