Archive for March, 2009

POTD: Sunset

Posted in General, Photography with tags , , , on Tuesday, 31 March 2009 by Deems

Took this last night after doing some shopping just before heading home – awesome!

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Click photo for bigger version - taken with my phone's camera

Conficker worm virus set to strike 1 April

Posted in General, Technology with tags , , , , , , , , on Tuesday, 31 March 2009 by Deems

biohazard-warning-signIf you’re like me your surfing habbits are safe and you know not to just open up any executable sent to you or visit just any website link sent to you, even from those you trust as their machines may have been compromised.

Some people, however, aren’t as diligent and will click on and open just about anything sent to them without worrying about the consequences – until it’s too late.

For some, they may be none the wiser – until midnight tonight that is.

The Conficker worm is nothing new – it’s been around since late last year and the various anti-virus companies have been keeping track of it and looking out for variations. Up until now it’s been a dormant virus like a sleeper cell just waiting for instructions to strike – and those instructions should be coming in on April 1st.

Windows Secrets have published an article freely available to paid- and non-subscribers giving more detail about the Virus and how to remove it. There’s also a report on CBS’s 60-Minutes here.

For more information about the Conficker worm check out CNET’s FAQ.

Thanks, Koukla for the tip.

Big Picture: Earth Hour 2009

Posted in General, Photography with tags , , , on Monday, 30 March 2009 by Deems

As most of you know, many people in over 1000 cities around the  globe celebrated Earth Hour between 20h30 and 21h30 local time.  Photo-journalists from around the world took pictures of various attractions before and during Earth Hour 2009. Note, you can click on the various pictures on the Big Picture post to view the cities and landmarks with and without lights. Quite simply – amazing!

Started in Sydney, Australia in 2007, Earth Hour quickly grew into a global observance. More than 1,000 cities in over 80 countries observed Earth Hour 2009 on Saturday March 29th, as homes, office towers and landmarks turned off their lights for an hour starting at 8.30 pm local time to raise awareness about climate change and the threat from rising greenhouse gas emissions. Collected here are a series of before-and-after photographs – which (starting with the second one below) will fade between “on” and “off” when clicked. Let me state that again, since I know not everyone reads the whole intro here – starting with image #2 below, click on the image to see an animated fade between “on” and “off”. This effect requires javascript to be enabled. (17 photos total) - source Boston.com

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The Eiffel Tower before and during Earth Hour in Paris, France on March 28, 2009. (REUTERS/Benoit Tessier)

VOTD: Undersea Volcano erupting

Posted in General, Photography with tags , , , , , , , on Monday, 30 March 2009 by Deems

You may have seen the recent pictures over at Boston.com’s The Big Picture – if not head on over quickly to see some spectacular shots (like the one below).

Today, on Damn Cool Pics I spotted a post of the volcano eruption which you can see in the embedded video below as well.

Scientists sailed out to have a closer look at the eruptions of an undersea volcano off the coast of Tonga in the South Pacific Ocean today. Tonga’s head geologist, Kelepi Mafi, said there was no apparent danger to residents of Nuku’alofa and others living on the main island of Tongatapu. Officials also said it may be related to a quake with a magnitude of 4.4 which struck last March 13 around 35 kilometers from the capital at a depth of nearly 150 kilometres. (I know this is an off-day posting, but really, thought the images were worth it – 12 photos total)

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An undersea volcano erupts off the coast of Tonga, sending plumes of steam, ash and smoke up to 100 meters into the air, on March 18, 2009, off the coast of Nuku'Alofa, Tonga. (Dana Stephenson/Getty Images)

VOTD: Twitter Police

Posted in Funny, General, Technology with tags , , , , , , , on Thursday, 26 March 2009 by Deems

Recently I told you about the Trouble with Twitters – it’s gotten so bad right now that there’s a special task force out there – the Twitter Police – to curb the excessive amount of useless tweets. [via Onelargeprawn]

VOTD: World’s most dangerous hiking trail

Posted in General with tags , , , on Wednesday, 25 March 2009 by Deems

worlds-most-dangerous-hiking-trailI’m sure you’ve already seen still images like this one of the world’s most dangerous hiking trail. While many have often wondered if they’re real or not.

One man, by the name of Robin took up the challenge of not only finding out whether it was real or not but hicked up as well with his video cmera in hand and has some breathtaking shots. Check out the video for yourself. It must have been ruly amazing to be up there. [via DCP]

Bring down IE6

Posted in General, Technology with tags , , , , , on Tuesday, 24 March 2009 by Deems

bring-down-ie6-logoIn short what the campaign boils down to is to convince Microsoft to drop IE6 completely and allow newer versions to work on older Windows operating systems.

Ever since the release of IE7 and other non-Microsoft browsers clients have insisted that we as developers not excluded visitors with older browsers. This in turn, means a lot of time being spent doing browser compatibility and adding in IE6-specific code hacks to make sure it looks reasonably well, and still works, in IE6.

Up until recently, IE6 was the “previous” version of Internet Explorer and most common development practices is to support at least one major version prior to the current major released version. Now that IE8 has been released IE6 should be sent to the graveyard. It’s like the old days where we had to support Netscape browsers (before the Mozilla team brought out Firefox and Opera had a big enough market-share and Chrome was not even an idea on Google whiteboard).

Yes, there are many companies that are still using Windows 2000 on their desktops so, from a Microsoft offering persepctive, cannot use anything other than IE6 – but shouldn’t Microsoft at least have ported IE7 (if not IE8 also) to work on Windows 2000? Microsoft, I’m sure by now, knows what a disaster IE6 is and Windows 2000 users are going to be around longer than IE6 users (out of choice?) so doesn’t it make sense to make their newer (and more secure?) browsers available to older operating systems?

Developers and designers are shouting “enough is enough”. It’s time to put the old dog down. You can read more about this on the article on the Bring Down IE6 campaign website.

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