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February 2009 Blog Posts (16)

Moving the Web Development Blog

As some of you have heard, I'm leaving Case Western Reserve University Marketing and Communications, and will be doing freelance Web design and consulting. As part of this transition I'm moving my Web Development blog to a new location at http://www.heidicool.com/blog/.

The old blog has been around for a few years, so it will be interesting to see how long it takes to… Continue

Added by Heidi Cool on February 23, 2009 at 5:25pm — No Comments

Computers Suck Out the Fun

by John C. Dvorak



Editors note(SkiCat56): I am old enough to remember when there were more slot car tracks than bowling alleys. The slot car track at the hobby shop was one of my favorite places to hang out. I really miss that high speed fun in the palm of your hands.

While looking at a video of the changes in the F-1 racing car, it occurred to me that everything has become high-tech—so much so that you… Continue

Added by SkiCat56 on February 23, 2009 at 12:09pm — No Comments

Windows Live SkyDrive service offers free storage

Windows Live SkyDrive is a free service that provides 25 GB of free storage over the Internet. While there are many issues related to online file sharing, Rick Vanover says this service is worth exploring.

Date: February 17th, 2009

Author: Rick Vanover


The Windows Live suite of online services has recently added the SkyDrive storage product to anyone for free; the only requirement is to have a… Continue

Added by SkiCat56 on February 19, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

WANTED: Conficker Authors. Reward. $$$,$$$

Friday February 13, 2009

Posted By: Larry Seltzer


The perpetrators of the Conficker worm may get away with it, but they probably didn't expect to attract so much attention. This is the price of success, as Conficker is a very successful malware attack. But it has succeeded in mobilizing the forces of good, or the security industry, depending on what you want… Continue

Added by SkiCat56 on February 18, 2009 at 8:53am — No Comments

The biggest threat to Microsoft’s bottom line isn’t Mac or Linux - it’s netbooks!

February 17th, 2009

Posted by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes @ 2:16 am


When I look at the current PC hardware ecosystem I see one device which has the potential to significantly dent Microsoft’s future revenues, far more than either the Mac or Linux could achieve - the netbook.

The problem isn’t that netbooks are cannibalizing Windows sales (they aren’t, especially when you take into account that Windows-powered… Continue

Added by SkiCat56 on February 17, 2009 at 10:48am — No Comments

Twitter security: There's still a lot of work to do

February 12, 2009 5:01 PM PST

by Don Reisinger


Few people would characterize the popular and influential microblogging service Twitter as "secure." Hack attacks on Twitter, and Twitter users, appear to be increasing (latest: Twitter hit with "Don't Click" clickjacking attack).

There are two potential security… Continue

Added by SkiCat56 on February 14, 2009 at 12:25pm — 2 Comments

SEO Fiascoes: The Trouble with Search Engine Optimization

Long URLs are bogus! Tags like "nude" and "naked" are counterfeits! SEO is a big business, and from what I can tell its proponents are modern snake-oil salesmen.


by John C. Dvorak


Search engine optimization (SEO) has turned into a big business, and from what I can tell it's the modern version of snake oil. The unproven nonsense spewed by so-called "SEO experts" simply doesn't work. And worse, it's… Continue

Added by SkiCat56 on February 11, 2009 at 4:53pm — No Comments

Five alternatives to the Amazon Kindle

What's available for us Brits?

9 February 2009 14:00 GMT / By Stuart Miles


Amazon might be about to update the Kindle today in New York, but that doesn't help UK readers wanting to go digital. What are the alternatives? Here are five that will let you carry more books in your bag than you've probably got room for on… Continue

Added by SkiCat56 on February 9, 2009 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Sour Dough French Toast with Orange Lime syrup

French Toast Ingredients:

5 slices sour dough bread

2 eggs

1/2 cup (maybe more) milk

1 tsp sherry

Syrup Ingredients

Juice of 1 Orange or Tangelo

Juice of 1/2 lime

equivalent amount sugar

For Frying:

2-3 tbs Canola Oil

1 pat butter

Picture set with step-by-step cooking instructions on… Continue

Added by Heidi Cool on February 7, 2009 at 5:08pm — No Comments

Bill Gates Releases Mosquitos into Audience During TED Talk

Posted By: Brian Heater

Thursday February 5, 2009


First he unleashed Steve Ballmer on the world--now it's a jar of mosquitoes. Former Microsoft leader and current all-around good guy Bill Gates freed a jar of bloodsucking insects during a session yesterday at the Technology, Entertainment, Design (TED) Conference.

"Malaria is spread by mosquitoes," Gates said simply, before freeing the insects. "I… Continue

Added by SkiCat56 on February 5, 2009 at 7:34pm — No Comments

Removing admin rights stymies 92% of Microsoft's bugs

Bulk of IE's bugs in '08 could have been blocked, says vendor

Gregg Keizer

February 3, 2009


Nine of out 10 critical bugs reported by Microsoft last year could have been made moot, or at least made less dangerous, if people ran Windows without administrative rights, a developer of enterprise rights management software claimed today.

BeyondTrust… Continue

Added by SkiCat56 on February 4, 2009 at 9:00am — No Comments

Off the market

I'm writing to say I'm sorry for not participating here more. I really miss you guys and I haven't really had a chance to make this place home, or investigate how this place really works.

I'm also writing to say sorry to all the single men out there because I'm now off the market. hehehe :P After almost 7 years together, living together for 6, I married on January 23rd, the day after my birthday in NYC at an impromtu wedding with friends and family.

Added by Skoolie on February 3, 2009 at 7:46pm — 5 Comments

Rubik's Cube gets spherical twist as Rubik's 360


by Darren Murph, posted Feb 2nd 2009 at 7:49AM


Unlike Microsoft's own Xbox 360, the Rubik's 360 is actually round. Imagine that, right? Said device is about to be officially unveiled in Germany this week at a national toy show, and while many question its ability to recreate the wonder and amazement associated with the original Cube,… Continue

Added by SkiCat56 on February 3, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

Defense Department sets up its own SourceForge

January 31, 2009 3:29 PM PST

Posted by Matt Asay


The dam holding back U.S. federal adoption of open source just burst with the introduction of the Defense Department's Forge.mil.

Forge.mil is an open-source project repository built in the image of SourceForge.net, Federal Computer Week reported Friday.

Despite being based on SourceForge's technology, Forge.mil has one significant difference:… Continue

Added by SkiCat56 on February 2, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

Word of Mouth or Word of Mouse

January 27, 2009

By: Krista Parry


Recently I had someone question that I was leading my company’s marketing strategy down a social media path that was forgetting about good ol’ fashioned “word of mouth” as a communication/marketing tool.

Without even thinking for a second I responded that it’s no longer “word of mouth” it’s ”word of mouse”. I wish I could claim that I was that… Continue

Added by SkiCat56 on February 1, 2009 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Could Palm’s Pre be delayed by Apple’s patent on multitouch technology?


Apple computers has sucessfully patented the multi-touch technology it uses on the iPhone and iPod Touch displays as of January 20th, 2009.

Having a patent on multi-touch and their aggressive pursuit of trademarking the term, “Multi-Touch” means that other competitors will be severely restricted on the use of this technology… Continue

Added by SkiCat56 on February 1, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

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