Saturday, July 31, 2010

Family Friendly sites listed on Blackstump Australia Issue 16/2010

The latest issue of new Family Friendly sites listed on The Black Stump.
Family Friendly sites listed on Blackstump Australia Issue 16/2010

Friday, July 30, 2010

5 Time Zone Tools

One of the problems with working people in other time zones is that figuring out whether it’s a good time to call them can be tricky; scheduling meetings can become positively nightmarish if you have participants in several time zones. Here are some tools that make things a little easier.
5 Time Zone Tools

6 Great Reasons for Paying off the Mortgage on Your Home

Should you pay off the mortgage on the home you are living in? Mortgage interest rates are at historic lows and a fixed rate mortgage seems to be a deal of a lifetime right now, so why would anyone pay it off? Here are six reasons why paying off your mortgage is still worthwhile in the current economic climate.
6 Great Reasons for Paying off the Mortgage on Your Home

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Astronomers discover new threat to Earth

Astronomers have detected a half-kilometre wide asteroid that appears to be on a collision course with the Earth - in 172 years time.
Astronomers discover new threat to Earth

Swan hints at possible filter changes

Federal Treasurer Wayne Swan has suggested changes could be made to the Federal Government's proposed internet filter.
Swan hints at possible filter changes

Common Passwords That You Should Avoid

This poster has a list of top 500 common passwords that you should absolutely avoid using with your online and offline accounts.
Common Passwords That You Should Avoid [Poster]

How Women Use the Web [REPORT]

More women than men across the world visit social networking sites and spend 30% more time per month using them.
How Women Use the Web [REPORT]

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Beginner Geek: Do More With Windows 7 Sticky Notes

Would you like an easy way to write down a quick note and keep it in front of you without wasting a piece of a dead tree? Let’s take a look at the Sticky Notes app in Windows 7 and how you can use it to its fullest potential.
Beginner Geek: Do More With Windows 7 Sticky Notes

Use System File Checker to Repair Your Unbootable Windows PC

The System File Checker (sfc.exe) is a command-line tool built into Windows that helps you repair corrupted system files. If you can't boot your PC, the Winhelponline blog explains how to use it from the install disc.
Use System File Checker to Repair Your Unbootable Windows PC

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Top 10 "Unusual" Uses For Duct Tape

It’s versatile, it’s cheap, it comes in a variety of colors and it’s as tough as old boots.
Top 10 "Unusual" Uses For Duct Tape

Apple Sets Australian Price For iPhone 4

We know the iPhone 4 goes on sale this Friday, and now we know how much it costs. If you buy the 16GB model direct from Apple, it will cost $859, according to a press release sent from Apple late on Monday night.
Apple Sets Australian Price For iPhone 4

The Science Behind "Having a Bad Day" (and How to Solve It)

Sometimes you wake up, and within the first hour or so, you know it's going to be a bad day. It happened to me a couple days ago, and it happened to my girlfriend just this morning. So I'd like to take this opportunity to go on the record saying this entire notion of having a "bad day" is bulls! Don't worry, this is not a rant, there's real science behind it.
The Science Behind "Having a Bad Day" (and How to Solve It)

Friday, July 23, 2010

Top 10 Browser Add-Ons to Heighten Your Internet Experience

The fun doesn’t end with choosing a browser. These days, there are innumerable ways to customize your Internet experience by selecting add-ons, which boost your browser’s ability to work for your own unique needs. Spend hours on end updating your social networking sites? The Yoono add-on will let you update them all at once. Lose entire afternoons researching real-time media? The Cooliris add-on lets you scroll through videos and pictures without clicking through the website. Love reading long articles, but not squinting at the screen? Greasemonkey lets you change the font size.
Top 10 Browser Add-Ons to Heighten Your Internet Experience

Australian government blocks out 90% of document on web-spying plans

Australia's web-censors have outdone themselves. After Stephen Conroy (the Australian minister notorious for proposing the Great Firewall of Australia) promised greater transparency in his government's efforts to regulate the Internet, they replied to a Freedom of Information request on plans to monitor Australians' internet traffic with a document that was 90 percent blacked out.
Australian government blocks out 90% of document on web-spying plans

10 Fascinating Facebook Facts

Facebook’s astronomic rise, staggeringly large user-base, and world’s youngest self-made billionaire CEO make it one of the most fascinating companies around today. While everyone knows the basics about the service’s Harvard dorm room origins, we’ve delved a little deeper to find out more interesting snippets of info. Here are 10 facts you might not know about Facebook, so read on.
10 Fascinating Facebook Facts

Best Free Data Recovery Software

How many times have you deleted something from your hard-disk and immediately realized you made a mistake? How many times have you shift-deleted something really important, only to bang your head on the keyboard later? How many times have you wished you could un-delete a file from USB drive?
Best Free Data Recovery Software

Thursday, July 22, 2010

NASA Uses Space Lasers to Map the World’s Forests [PICS]

Typically, we’d associated terms such as “lasers from space” with global destruction. However, the good folks at NASA have used three satellites and LIDAR laser technology to do something much more interesting — and with much more value for residents of Earth.
NASA Uses Space Lasers to Map the World’s Forests [PICS]

Find DNS Problems with Pingdom Tool

Pingdom tools – one of the most popular and accurate tools to test page loading time of websites has added DNS Health checkup tool to its arsenal.
Find DNS Problems with Pingdom Tool

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

“Refudiate this, word snobs!”

Here at Oxford, we love words. We love when they have ancient histories, we love when they have double-meanings, we love when they appear in alphabet soup, and we love when they are made up.
“Refudiate this, word snobs!”

Uni delves into Aussie diminutives

A new study aims to find out why Australians use so many abbreviated words like 'servo', 'rellies', and 'barbie'.
Uni delves into Aussie diminutives

Watch The Apollo 11 Landing With New Audio, Multiple Cameras

Forty-one years ago today, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the Moon. Millions watched the grainy video and listened to the noisy sound from space. Now Stephen Slater and Footagevault have joined multiple camera feeds with restored audio.
Watch The Apollo 11 Landing With New Audio, Multiple Cameras

Reduce Computer-Caused Eye Strain with the 20-20-20 Rule

Repetitive stress injury (RSI) and eye strain are common ailments among computer users, and there's no silver bullet for avoiding them beyond taking regular breaks to relax. Following his doctor's advice, tech blogger Amit Agarwal suggests a simple 20-20-20 rule.
Reduce Computer-Caused Eye Strain with the 20-20-20 Rule

First (Australian) surfing photo?

Is this the first Australian surfing photo? Taken in 1912, the shot depicts surfing pioneer Tommy Walker catching a wave at Main Beach on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia.
First (Australian) surfing photo?

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Buy Cheap Sunglasses Without Sacrificing Quality

Apart from the price tag, It turns out the difference between a $40 pair of sunglasses and a $400 pair is often as little as the shiny designer logo stamped on the side. Save money without sacrifice by grabbing some cheap shades.
Buy Cheap Sunglasses Without Sacrificing Quality

Monday, July 19, 2010

Display All Special Folders In Windows With Special Folders View

Special folders in the Windows operating systemare presented to the user abstractly, they are not represented by their folder path but solely by their function. Examples of special folders are the My Documents or My Music folders in the user directory, application data folder, the desktop or the temporary Internet files folder.
Display All Special Folders In Windows With Special Folders View

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Friday, July 16, 2010

How to Do Tasseography

Tasseography is a grand name for the enjoyable art of tea leaf reading. Although most people use teabags nowadays to make tea, this change of preference need not deter you from practising what is perhaps the most homely of all the methods of divination.
How to Do Tasseography

Ancestry.com.au Launches the Australia Birth, Marriage and Death Index

The Australia Birth, Marriage and Death Index, a compilation of the records of those who were born, married or died in Australia between the years 1788 and 1985.
Ancestry.com.au Launches the Australia Birth, Marriage and Death Index

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Scientists think chicken came first

What came first, the chicken or the egg? Scientists in Britain think it was probably the chicken, after using new computer technology to try and crack the age-old riddle.
Scientists think chicken came first

Paul the Octopus Gets His Own (Unofficial) iPhone App

You know that German octopus who successfully predicted all those World Cup games? He’s back in the form of an iOS app that makes predictions about anything you want it to, not just football.
Paul the Octopus Gets His Own (Unofficial) iPhone App

Add "Scam" To Your Searches When Checking Out A Business, Product Or Web Site

People often turn to services like Yelp or Amazon to see what people think about a business, product or web site, but to cut straight to complaints that may have made it everywhere, reader MrYdobon adds one word to his searches.
Add "Scam" To Your Searches When Checking Out A Business, Product Or Web Site

Common Netiquette Questions: Answered

The ground rules for online courtesy gelled sometime in the late ’90s: Don’t swear on public forums. Zip large files before sending. AVOID WRITING IN CAPS, AS IT IS RUDE TO CYBERSHOUT.
Common Netiquette Questions: Answered

15 Fascinating Facts About Smiling

Everyone loves the quote “laughter is the best medicine,” and as a nurse, I have experienced the benefits of smiling and laughter with my patients. In fact, smiling can boost your mood and even your immune system. Keep reading for more fascinating facts about our smiles.
15 Fascinating Facts About Smiling

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Why The Filter Proposal Won’t Work

Gizmodo’s Fight The Filter campaign continues to produce great material on why Internet filtering is a bad idea, even if it’s been deferred by a year. Today’s contribution from SAG-AU member Andy Leyden offers a technical-but-not-confusing explanation of why the planned technology is doomed to failure, no matter when it gets deployed. Well worth a read.
Why The Filter Proposal Won’t Work

Share an Internet Connection Between Wireless Machines with an Ad Hoc Network in Windows 7

When you’re traveling sometimes you don’t have a Wi-Fi connection available for your portable devices or need to share files with another wireless computer. Here is how to create a wireless ad hoc network in Windows 7 to solve the issue.
Share an Internet Connection Between Wireless Machines with an Ad Hoc Network in Windows 7

Monday, July 12, 2010

Bright Future Fail

From the FAIL Blog.
Bright Future Fail

Five Best Personal Money Management Sites

Web-based financial management tools have grown in sophistication to the point where many people manage their entire financial lives with online tools. Here's a look at five of the most popular personal money management sites.
Five Best Personal Money Management Sites

19 Essential Social Media Resources You May Have Missed

A weekly power-guide to the best social media resources this side of the ‘Net. This edition includes some tips for cleaning up your social media presence, a few key considerations when designing mobile apps, and a look at social’s huge disruption of advertising.
19 Essential Social Media Resources You May Have Missed

Friday, July 09, 2010

10 Fascinating Facts You Didn't Know About Apple

It can be argued that no consumer electronics company has captured the public’s fascination the way Apple has. Over the years it has morphed into more than just a company or corporation, but for many it has become a representation of a lifestyle or culture, and a status symbol complete with a larger fan base than most pop stars.
10 Fascinating Facts You Didn't Know About Apple

How to Enable or Disable the Libraries Feature in Windows 7

If you just can’t get used to the new Libraries feature in Windows 7, you can easily disable it with a registry hack—though we’d recommend learning about the benefits instead of disabling it.
How to Enable or Disable the Libraries Feature in Windows 7

Getting started with Microsoft Office 2010 Guide

Microsoft has just released a Getting started with Microsoft Office 2010 guide that gives customers an overview of the Microsoft Office 2010 suite and how to get started with Office 2010.
Getting started with Microsoft Office 2010 Guide

Decrypt and Copy DVDs to Your Hard Drive Without Ripping

Have you ever wanted to make backup copies of your DVDs but didn’t want to mess with confusing DVD ripping software? Today, we’ll look at drop dead simple method to decrypt DVDs on the fly with DVD43 so you can easily copy them to your hard drive.
Decrypt and Copy DVDs to Your Hard Drive Without Ripping

Get Rid Of UAC Prompts With Microsoft’s Application Compatibility Toolkit

The number of UAC prompts in Windows 7 has been reduced significantly in Windows 7 by Microsoft. To increase security applications are limited to standard user privileges in Windows Vista and Windows 7. The UAC prompt informs the user if an application requires elevated privileges to run.
Get Rid Of UAC Prompts With Microsoft’s Application Compatibility Toolkit

Thursday, July 08, 2010

More Tactics For Putting Off Telemarketers

Commenter Jack Cola offered up a link to his own collection of tactics for putting telemarketers off. The essence of his strategy is to make the telemarketer hang up rather than doing so yourself, using tricks such as pausing after each answer or pretending you can’t hear them. For me, a simple slam-down still works the best, but it’s always good.
More Tactics For Putting Off Telemarketers

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Fix Overheating Issues With PC Temp Monitoring Apps

Proper cooling solutions ensure that PC systems do not overheat and PC temperature monitors are used to check temps and post warnings so that the user can react in time to avoid data loss
and crashes. The following paragraphs list PC temp monitor applications. It has to be noted that they only work if the hardware contains temperature sensors, which is the case for most modern motherboards, cpus and hard drives.
Fix Overheating Issues With PC Temp Monitoring Apps

5 Handy iPhone Apps for Home Improvement

While there’s no iPhone app that can help you avoid hitting your thumb with a hammer, falling off a ladder or stepping in a tray of paint, certain apps can be a useful addition to your tool kit when attempting some DIY projects.
5 Handy iPhone Apps for Home Improvement

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Top 10 Dropbox Alternatives to Securely Sync and Share Files Online

Dropbox is a hugely popular “cloud based” file sharing service (and app), that allows you to synchronize files among different computers. It has a cool user experience, but has its downsides as well. If you are using Dropbox for a long time I am sure you will be so impressed with its ease of use and feature-richness, that you might not have cared to look for an alternative. But there are quite a few new (and old) services which can really give Dropbox a run for their money.
Top 10 Dropbox Alternatives to Securely Sync and Share Files Online

Complete Australian Prepaid 3G Broadband Deals Guide

A prepaid 3G broadband service is a great option for people who occasionally want Internet access on the road, or who want a backup option if their main Internet connection goes down. Here’s what’s currently on offer in the Australian market.
Complete Australian Prepaid 3G Broadband Deals Guide

Sunday, July 04, 2010

9 Cool Tools to Monitor Internet Bandwidth Usage

Working online requires internet connection and costs you too much or less depending upon the needs. Minimizing the cost of internet connection totally depends on you and this will only be controlled by tracking and monitoring it every day. There are some tools available for this purpose which helps you in monitoring and controlling the flow of your internet bandwidth and speed.
9 Cool Tools to Monitor Internet Bandwidth Usage

Recognize The Real Signs of Drowning and Save a Life

The splashing, the yelling, the struggle for life, everyone knows that's what a drowning person looks like, right? Wrong. Outside of Hollywood sets, nobody drowns dramatically. Learn how to spot the signs of drowning and save a life.
Recognize The Real Signs of Drowning and Save a Life

Saturday, July 03, 2010

Friday, July 02, 2010

4 Free Firewall Software for Home Users

Technically Personal are starting a series of weekly articles where they will discuss various aspects of computer security and give you suggestions that will keep you protected. The aim is to make even the non-geeks feel comfortable. They will start with the outermost realm, the Firewall.
4 Free Firewall Software for Home Users

Full List - Best Blogs of 2010

From the savvy to the satirical, the eye-opening to the jaw-dropping, TIME makes its annual picks of the blogs we can't live without.
Full List - Best Blogs of 2010

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Services to Check Whether a Web URL is Safe to Open

Phishing and social hacking are the most wide spread methods of hacking nowadays. Social hacking can be used to trick web users into revealing confidential data. Hackers can create clones of popular websites or pose as support center executives asking for usernames and passwords.
Services to Check Whether a Web URL is Safe to Open

Whatever you do, don't link to our website

Would you believe that in 2010, there are still websites that forbid linking to them? If you think it's odd to try and prevent others pointing to pages they've made freely accessible to the public, it's odder still to see who is doing it.
Whatever you do, don't link to our website

(and just for the record; please DO link to our website, any part you like!)