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Category: usb

12/10/05 10:12 - 25ºF - ID#21539

Weird USB drives (Sushi anyone?)

Since some of the (e:peeps) love sushi and are computer geeks, this might be the perfect xmas gift . . .


On the other hand for the (e:peeps) in touch with their feminine side (no not you (e:jason)), there is always . . .


If you find this interesting, check out the rest of the top 10 weirdest USB drives at


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Category: firefox

12/02/05 12:18 - 31ºF - ID#21538

Firefox 1.5 Extensions

Firefox 1.5 is availalble now right here

And of course, you need some extensions to go with your FireFox. There are so many great ones: ForcastFox, Google Toolbar, TabFX, Web Developer. To install some of these old standards, go to Tools>Extensions and click to link at the bottom of the extensions window to "Find new extensions."

A new version of Firefox often leads to some issues with extension compatability. (E:Paul)'s fave, Live Headers is no longer available, but I'm sure it will be soon.

And with a major upgrade like 1.5, new plugins are available.

First up: Foxpose
Fans of the Mac OSX Expose feature will know what to expect here. Foxpoxe puts a button in your status bar that wil display all of your open tabs in a visual grid.

And Also Hotness: Tab Preview
This extension makes it so that thumbnail previews of each page pop up when you hover the mouse over the tabs. It's a super fast way to scan through a set of open tabs. Tab browsing addicts will love it.

Happy browsing, Buffalo!
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Category: anti-virus

12/01/05 11:29 - 32ºF - ID#21537

Microsoft adds public anti-virus beta

What it is:
An automatically self-updating PC health service that runs quietly in the background. It helps give you persistent protection against viruses, hackers, and other threats, and helps keep your PC tuned up and your important documents backed up.

For more information on the anti-virus beta check out

for more information on the Windows Live concept check out

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Category: email

12/01/05 06:35 - 34ºF - ID#21536

Gmail adds automatic anti-virus scans

Each time you send and receive attachments, Gmail automatically scans them for viruses.

If a virus is found in an attachment you've received, our system will attempt to remove it, or clean the file, so you can still access the information it contains. If the virus can't be removed from the file, you won't be able to download it.

If a virus is found in an attachment you're trying to send, you won't be able to send the message until you remove the attachment.

Gmail anti-virus faq's can be found here:

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Category: browsers

11/30/05 08:42 - 33ºF - ID#21535

Firefox 1.5 is released

Mozilla Firefox 1.5 for Windows, Linux, and osX is available for download

Notable improvements:

* Automated updates
* Faster back and forward button navigation
* Drag and drop reordering of tabs
* Improvements to popup blocking
* Clear Private Data feature (easily clear cache, cookies, saved forms, passwords & download history)
* Various improvements to the user interface
* Report a broken web site wizard (report web sites that don't work correctly in Firefox)
* Better support for Mac OS X (10.2 and greater) including profile migration from Safari and Mac Internet Explorer.
* New support for Web Standards including SVG, CSS 2 and CSS 3, and JavaScript 1.6.
* Many security enhancements

You can get more info information at


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Category: flash

11/09/05 04:03 - 55ºF - ID#21534

Open Source Flash

For any of you flash developers out there, this site is so cool. It is a whole site dedicated to opensource flash stuff including a command line video encoder. Watch out for updates soon.

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Category: web

11/08/05 12:00 - 54ºF - ID#21533

Freaking Fast Firefox

This makes firefox really freaking fast.

Please Note: you need to enter "about:config" without the quotes in the location/address box first

1. Find browser.tabs.showSingleWindowModePrefs and double click on it so it = true
2. Find network.http.pipelining and double click on it so it = true
3. Find network.http.pipelining.maxrequests double click on it and change it from 4 to 100

What do these changes do?
1. Then enables advanced tab options in your Tools/Options page
2. This enables option #3.
3. This makes FF use 8 threads to each page.. Bascially, if you thought FF was fast before, try it after this.

Quoted from: Taking Advantage Of Technology - Firefox Browser Hacking

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Category: technology

11/07/05 02:29 - 52ºF - ID#21532

A Linux Microsatellite for Christmas?

I think this the perfect Christmas present for (e:paul) - a microsatellite that runs on Linux that he can control from his laptop.

SpaceDev has announced a new high performance microsatellite product program named the SpaceDev Modular Microsat Bus™. The SpaceDev MMB-100 microsat is a highly capable modular 100 kg (220 pound) microsatellite based on industry standard "Plug-n-Play" interfaces. In addition to standard Ethernet and USB interfaces, the SpaceDev MMB-100 uses a real-time Linux operating system, and uses CORBA-based object oriented interfaces for subsystems as well as commanding from the ground via the Internet. The basic SpaceDev MMB-100 Bus is expected to price at less than $10 million, not including the payload and payload integration.

For more information about SpaceDev visit

Now, the only question is where do we (e:strip)pers find 10 million dollars to buy this for (e:paul)?

Or maybe someone could write a grant proposal or something and turn it into an art project.

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Category: linux

11/01/05 03:05 - 51ºF - ID#21531

Free Operating System

If you are interested in trying out linux and don't have any experience with Linux systems, I would suggest checking out Suse 9.3. It comes with lots of free programs such as word processors, instant mesasging and email programs, internet browsers such as firefox and konquerer, flash player, image editors, drawing programs, a 3d modeling package, spread sheet, pretty much anything you could possibly need, even games. Best of all it is free. There is even a live CD so that you can try running the operating system from a CD before you commit to installing it.

You can download it here

I also have CDs and the DVD version if anyone wants to try it but can't download it. There are also many other versions of linux.
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Category: history

10/19/05 12:01 - ID#21530

Computer History Museum

I recently came across a website for a most interesting place - the Computer History Museum!

If the actual brick and mortar museum is half as interesting as the website, it would be a great place for computer geeks to visit.

It currently has several interesting online exhibits:

Timeline - the significant milestones in the history of computing from it.s beginnings in World War II to the development of today.s Internet.

Visible Storage - ighlights from the Computer History Museum's collection of computing artifacts

A complete list of online exhibits can be found here

Warning: Some of the pages seem to render ackwardly with Firefox (at least in Linux)


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