Monday, February 26, 2007

PICTURES: World's Wildest Intersections

Western drivers are understandably confounded and rightfully annoyed, when faced with such traffic-routing masterpieces as these

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Sunday, February 25, 2007

101 Amazing Earth Facts

We live on a sphere of extremes and oddities. In fact it's not really a sphere, but it is a wild planet, mottled with deadly volcanoes, rattled by killer earthquakes, drenched in disastrous deluges. But do you know which were the worst?

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Saturday, February 24, 2007

How to Live 25 Hours a Day: 61 Time-saving Tips

The average person spends less than 7 hours of their day productively. The remaining time is typically wasted, leaving you overwhelmed and stressed. Here is a comprehensive list of tips and tricks to help you manage your time more effectively.

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Friday, February 23, 2007

Photo Illusions Pics

Kind of like "I'll crush your head" - 'cept better.

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PICTURES: Construction of the World's Highest Bridge

The Millau bridge over the River Tarn in the Massif Central mountains is more than 300m (984ft) high - taller even than the Eiffel Tower. With its concrete and steel pillars soaring high above the morning fog in the Tarn Valley, the construction makes a spectacular sight.

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Thursday, February 22, 2007

Anti-Virus, Malware and Hijack Information

What to use ? Up to you, but there is lots of information out there as well as loads of free tools and online scanners. Read on...

Start with the Anti-Virus Software Review and then check out AV Comparatives for independent comparatives of Anti-Virus software. CyberNet also has an interesting list of comparisons and ratings.

Super Antispyware has a free version as has Active Virus Shield. Spybot Search and Destroy is another freebie (or donation-ware, anyway).

Need help with malware removal ? Try Geeks To Go or Wilders Security for lots of good information.

Of course some products posing as Anti-spyware are rogues - check the Spyware Warrior for more information on these.

Looking for an online scanner ? Try...
1. Panda ActiveScan
2. Kapersky Online Scanner
3. Trojan Scan
4. Virus Total
5. Jotti's Malware Scan

Going heavier into HijackThis ? Help is at hand at HijackThis Quick Start
and Bleeping Computer also have a guide and tutorial on using HijackThis to remove Browser Hijackers & Spyware.

And just to conclude with, here's a neat little security baseline overview from Windows Secrets.

Be careful out there!

APOLLO ON STEROIDS: Behind the Scenes with NASA's New Moon Ship

With the iconic Space Shuttle nearing retirement, the pressure is on NASA to design a new manned vehicle — one that will deliver us safely to the lunar surface by 2020 before building a lasting lunar base. From ensuring safe launch to getting the vehicle back on the ground, here's a look at the toughest challenges facing the spacecraft's engineers

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Wednesday, February 21, 2007

The Most Annoying Things About Windows Vista

There's lots to like in the newest version of Windows. Vista's look is stunning, the OS should be more secure, and finding things is often easier. But Windows wouldn't be Windows without those aspects, big and small, that just drive you nuts with frustration. Here's our list of Vista features that just make us wonder, "What were they thinking?"

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Tuesday, February 20, 2007

PICTURE incredible satellite image of Mt. Etna vocanic eruption plume.

You can see how the plume traveled accross the atmosphere.

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Monday, February 19, 2007

PICTURES: Pictures of the World's Weirdest Accidents!

Here are various pictures, from various car accidents, that are just plain weird cool none the less.

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George Orwell: 12 Writing Tips

George expressed a strong dislike of totalitarian governments in his work, but he was also passionate defender of good writing. Thus, you may want to hear some of George’s writing tips.

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Saturday, February 17, 2007

HOWTO drop an egg four stories without breaking

A video showing how to safely drop an egg from 4 stories or more without breaking.

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Paraglider sucked up to 30,000 feet - and survives!

A German paraglider survived lightning, melon-sized hail, minus 50-degree temperatures and oxygen deprivation after a storm system sucked her to an altitude higher than Mount Everest.

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If You're Alive in 20 years, you may be able to Live Forever

Human Immortality: A Scientific Reality? From the moment of birth, we begin the battle against death -- against the inevitable. Statistics say that a newborn child can expect to live an average of 76 years. But averages may not be what they use to be

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Friday, February 16, 2007

D-Weather Australian Weather Monitoring

D-Weather is your personal Australian weather monitoring utility for weather conditions in Australia ! It automatically retrieves the current conditions, daily outlook, detailed forecast, international forecast, and weather warnings for Australia. D-Weather also provides you with access to rain radars, satellite images and MSL Charts. Also included is support for SAPI (Microsoft Speech Engine), which will allow D-Weather to read the weather to you!

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Also...Black Stump Weather

How to Ace Your Job Interview: 88 Surefire Tips and Tricks

Job interviews can be highly awkward, stressful, and subjective. Here is a comprehensive resource to ensure you impress the interviewer (and avoid all the common pitfalls). Looking for work? You and thousands of others. What can you offer that they can't? Well, hopefully you know that or will learn as you search. Your job search is a project in itself, with various stages. Here are some tips to get you to your goal of a great first job.

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AMAZING What the hell happened photos

Collection of WTF photos -- busses, planes and trains in strange configurations.

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Friday, February 02, 2007

Daylight Savings

I love Daylight Savings- wish we could just move all the clocks forward (at least) an hour permanently. I hate mornings, so I couldn't care less if it was dark until 9am.

Seems to me like it's getting way too complex though trying to align all the times everywhere. Historically only parts of Australia have observed DST at various times but is it what the people want? Western Australia made a snap decision this October to implement DST in early December (thanks for the computer chaos!!) after not participating previously - they even have their own Political Party.

Now I hear that the USA is moving DST forward this year by three weeks - more chaos! Microsoft have dedicated an extensive resource to the topic as well - all I can see is headaches and abuse from customers whose appointments are an hour out of whack. Israel have an even more complex problem as it is tied to moving religious festivals.

For more info on DST look on Time and Date - the Black Stump Time page also has more references.

Just turn 'em forward an hour everywhere at the same time and leave 'em, I say! Who cares about the curtains fading in Queensland....

Enjoy the Sunshine!