Monthly Archives:February 2006

Explorer vulnerability posts copy text to web

Score another point for IE integration into the system kernel. Don’t use copy/paste in IE for anything sensitive since it is easily accessible from outside the computer by any website that wants to get to it. The workaround is simple though.

hey ya’ll I wanted everyone to know what’s going on with me. I have two huge IT projects going right now with a third one coming online in the next three weeks. I have been very very busy. Our car has had to go in for repairs to the driver’s side seat..however in the process of heading to the repair shop I bounced the car off a guard rail. I’m fine and caterpillar is fine. The car suffered minor damage(the cost for repairs however at $500 is not). I was taking a road i have been down many many times. It was snowing heavily and the roads were about 50% cleared. The seciton of road i was on was cleared and i was going 25 mph. There is a nasty s-curve that is known for accidents(the guardrails get replaced 2-4 times every year). I was on my brakes lightly and entered the curve @10mph. I turned to the left..the car went straight. The car hit the guardrail with the right-front corner of the bumper. The car literally bounced off the guradrail like a pinball. I wound up oriented properly in the curve and continuing to move forward. i drove on to my daughter’s friend’s house to pick her up(the friend) and take both of them to school. Once i get there i surveyed the damage. The right front turn signal was broken and the right-front fog lamp was broken. The headlight assembly frame was cracked. All three have to be replaced. No other damage except some scrapes on the bumper cover. Looking back at things..i never should have taken that back road. I was trying to make it easier on other traffic for the pickup and also simplify my route from the pickup to their school. Bad move on my part.

Microsoft forces mobo upgraders to buy new licence, claim

I never knew about this one. After hunting around it’s part of the OEM license agreement.

Intel Viiv is stupid and broken

Ths is an interesting read. It references a previous article which I blogged about. NOw the details of viiv have come out and they look quite..well….read the articles..:)

Bush unaware of Dubai ports deal before approval – Yahoo! News
Now this is a good one. The following statement by bush means he is either a horrendous liar or totally out of touch:

President George W. Bush did not know about a deal to hand over operations at six major U.S. ports to an Arab company until after his administration had approved it, the White House said on Wednesday.

Surprised by a backlash from Bush’s own Republican Party, the White House said it was a mistake not to explain to Congress the administration’s approval of the sale decried by lawmakers as a risk to national security.

U.S. Treasury Secretary
John Snow also told reporters he did not know of the decision even though he chairs the committee that approved the sale of British-based P&O to Dubai Ports World based in the United Arab Emirates.

White House spokesman Scott McClellan said Bush learned of the deal in the media and there were no objections during the review process that would have warranted it being brought to the president’s attention.

The spin doctoring begins in earnest with Snow saying he didn’t know what was going on even though he chairs hte commitee. I don’t buy that at all. I told my wife Bush would hsow his true colors once re-elected since he did not have to worry about loosing an election. The colors I’m seeing are very very dark indeed.

Michelle Malkin has a large post about this subject as well.

Bush Threatens to Veto Any Bill to Stop Port Takeover – New York Times

“After careful review by our government, I believe the transaction ought to go forward,” Mr. Bush told reporters who were traveling with him on Air Force One to Washington, according to news agencies. “I want those who are questioning it to step up and explain why all of a sudden a Middle Eastern company is held to a different standard than a Great British company. I am trying to conduct foreign policy now by saying to the people of the world, ‘We’ll treat you fairly.” ‘

Some review. Michelle Malkin has detailed posts about the arab companie’s terrorist ties as well as it’s government’s terrorist ties here, here, here, and here. Is this the same review your administration gave to the illegal alien amnesty program you are pushing? Is this the same review you are giving to our wide open borders? What bothers me most is at least i knew Clinton was a liar from the get-go. It’s too bad Bush wasn’t honest..of course many politicians aren’t.

Captain’s Quarters
Frankly, I won’t be voting for McCain or any other demopublican or republicrat. I’ll be voting a different party.

As much as I like Firefox..this decision was brain dead. Firefox caches your tabs data in memory. It then tries to cache 4 -8 levels deep PER TAB in ram. I have watched Firefox use 250 megs or more. I found two tweaks. Both of them chop the amount of memory Firefox uses. Unless you are on dialup you do not need memory caching of webpages and linked pages. Here’s how you kill it:

in your address bar type about:config
find browser.sessionhistory.max_total_viewers
double-click it and change the number to zero.

The next one further reduces Firefox’s piggishness:
find the setting browser.cache.memory.enable
double-click it to switch it to false if it says true.
restart firefox.

next mission..pare down thunderbird’s ram usage.

*UPDATE* the browser.cache.memory.enable setting turned off it turns out is breaking scripts that apparently MUST cache results into ram. Use this setting with caution.

The Herald Democrat
Houston?s police chief proposed Wednesday placing surveillance cameras in apartment complexes, downtown streets, shopping malls, and even private homes as a way of combatting crime with a shortage of police officers.

?I know a lot of people are concerned about Big Brother, but my response to that is if you are not doing anything wrong, why should you worry about it?? Houston Police Chief Harold Hurtt told reporters Wednesday at a regular briefing.

Ah yes. The old if you aren’t doing anythig you have nothing to worry about lie. The City council need sto nix this now.

The Great HDCP Fiasco

Guess what? These shiny new vid cards right now including the 600 dollar ones don’t support HDCP adn therefore you have no HD blue-ray or HD-DVD. You’ll get those played at 75% reduction in quality. Lovely isn’t it?

*Update* I forgot to mention that HDCP is not available since the players aren’t..however many folks are buying new pc’s for Vista..thing is..you can’t buy one fully compatible for Vista since there’s not HDCP video cards yet.

? Blog Archive ? Microsoft Message To Windows Users?Shut Up And Pay Up.

Wow what a great article. I don’t bash MS too much mainly because i am too lazy to migrate to Linux full time. i like my games but there’s nothing holding me back from migrating otherwsie. i could dual-boot..but again laziness. Also..if it wasn’t for microsoft I wouldn’t have a business..:)

Power Line: The New York Times breaks silence

This is interesting. While I am not a huge fan of the NYT, it is interesting that when the NYT uncovers an illegal program foistered by the Bush Admin bloggers like Power Line call for them to be prosecuted under un-Constitutional laws. What happened to freedom of the press? It’s being taken away along with quite a few of our other Constitutional liberties. Why is this happening? Not because Bush is in the White House. Nopers, it is because the electorate has lost their own fortitude. This republic can only function if the electorate stays informed and then excercises their voting power to rehape the government. Unfortunatly the vast majority of the electorate no longer wishes to think for themselves which leads us into the situation we are in now. This country is becoming ripe for the Anti-Christ to come and take over.

Intel to go four-core in early 2007

Hannibal has this oen correct. I posted earlier on conroe and merom as well here.

Power Line: Patriot Act to Sail Through Congress

Powerline cheers this further erosion of the Constitution. It really bothers me how many “conservative” bloggers hail this as a positive thing. Now we just need a terrorist attack to prove these folks wrong. Before anyone goes off the deep end and thinks i am calling for a terrorist attack..that’s not my point. My point is Patriot Act or not they can and will hit us again.

First it was my daughter accepting Jesus into her heart. She has since said she wants to be baptized..:) She also has taken a keen interest in reading her Bible at night..:) The party in heaven Jsut keeps getting better and better. I am so happy that now i know i will see my whole household in heaven one day..:)

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Ah yes. Here goes Hamas..that bastion of freedom telling the rest of the world we will calm things down if you agree to give up your freedom of speech. Sorry folks ain’t going to happenin’ here..not in this household. I intend on excercising my freedom of speech while i still can. One Christian newspaper is trying to apologize..unfortunatly they don’t realize that kowtowing to terrorists only breeds more terror.
Meanwhile the editor of a small Christian newspaper in Norway apologised today for offending Muslims by reprinting the caricatures. Magazinet editor Vebjoern Selbekk said he regretted publishing the cartoons on January 10 because he had not foreseen the pain and anger they would cause among Muslims.

You have just made yourself an even bigger target as now the terrorists know they can make you bend to their will.

*UPDATE* Now there are calls for the international community to enact laws to punish anyone who “denegrates islam” to be tried and punished. Interesting how they can denegrate Christianity all they want? Love the double standard.

Sun-Sentinel Via WorldnetDaily

This is good. If a minor goes for an abortion the parents must be notified. The child is a minor after all.

Maxtor fixes Nforce 4 S-ATA 2 problems

I don’t know if this is a chipset problem that Maxtor had tow ork around or if Maxtor actually had a problem. If you ahve an Nfroce-4 board and a Maxtor drive follow the link for information on a firmware fix from Maxtor.

Kidan says it like it is. The reaction of muslims around the world over a simple cartoon is astonishingly predictable. I’ll let Kidan say the rest:

The Religion of Peace
2/3/2006 7:28:19 AM

You know, one day people are going to wake up and realize that Islam is not a religion of peace. It’s adherents are fanatics who willingly and happily call for the blood of the innocent.

Need proof? If you’ve turned the television on, or opened a newspaper, you’ve probably heard about the cartoons in a Denmark newspaper depicting Muhammad. Which of course means that the Muslims have announced the cartoons as being evil and blasphemy and have called for the heads of the cartoonist and the newspaper editors. Remember that Denmark is a nation which has a free press. Various Muslim nations have called on Denmark to censor and punish the newspaper. Denmark’s response was basically “Can’t do it, that’s not how it works here.”

So, what was the reaction of those who adhere to the Religion of Peace? One Muslim is quoted as saying “Slit their [Danes and Norwegians] throats in the style of (Abu Musab) al-Zarqawi,” while another is on record stating ‘The infidels must know that the coming days will see a bloody war and a series of blessed conquests.”

Yeah that’s peace for you.

For many years Christian icons have been used in profane and blasphemous artwork, and of course it has upset Christians. We are not particularly fond when an artist puts a cross in a jar of urine and then calls it art (and not just because of the blasphemous aspects of that). Of course when all of Christendom’s ire at such things, Christians do not call for the wholesale slaughter of those artists, plus their families, friends, neighbors, country men, and neighboring countrymen.

Of course you have the lefties out there, supporting their decisions to slaughter Danes. President Clinton is on record as saying that Muslim behavior in this fiasco is justified and that the newspaper should apologize for the cartoons.

One has to wonder if the lefties realize that Muslims would just as happily kill those who support the terrorists as they would someone who doe not? It does not matter to them, if we support Palestine or not, all that matters is the fact that we are an infidel and they believe we should die for such a grievous crime.

After all, Islam is the Religion of Peace, on the provision that all the infidels are dead.

Go get ’em Kidan!

KCTV520

Keep in mind war was never declared by Congress. Keep in mind if we head to Iran Bush will not take this to Congress either. Unfortunatly all branches of our government are totally out of control right now.

FOXNews.com – Politics News – National Retail Group Sues to Block Md. ‘Wal-Mart’ Bill

This should be an interesting one to watch..:)

KrashPAD

Kidan posts on his site that men have won the sexual revolution. He’s right..:)

Sexual Revolution: Men 1, Women-0
1/24/2006 8:45:26 AM
As a guy, I must say that men have finally won the sexual revolution. This is much to the chagrin of fundamentalists (especially the father of little girls) everywhere.
How exactly did men win the sexual revolution? It’s quite simple actually. You see, there’s a concept out there among the youth of America called “hooking up.” A Georgetown University student described hooking up as anything from kissing to sex, while another called it a shallow thing without strings attached. This shift from traditional dating means that women are now actively looking for one-night stands. What is better is that organizations such as NOW and the left-ran schools push this as “progressive” and “liberating.” While I was growing up, girls like this were called “easy” or more often “sluts.” Men won the sexual revolution because they no longer have to make an attempt to get shallow meaningless sex. Of course NOW doesn’t see this because the behavior is labeled “Liberated” rather than “Slutty.” Which, of course makes them happy, after all, it’s all about the labels.
This is the situation that the feminist movement and sexual revolution has brought to fruition. This is the fruits of their labors. Grand isn’t it?
How exactly can we fight this? While I do not have a little girl of my own (which I hope one day to have), I do not want my son growing up in this type of environment, mostly because it is a harmful environment. To truly believe that there are no physical, mental or emotional repercussions to hooking up is irresponsible on the part of everyone.
Of course, harming our children’s emotionally is never really at issue with liberals, especially feminists, as all their choices are aimed more at making adults feel better about themselves, than for the psychological welfare of children.
Dating takes a lot of effort. Hooking up, that’s easy. It’s just one night. No strings. Except that is not how it works. There are emotional and physical bonds formed with whomever you sleep with, especially for women. That’s just how God made us. The entire concept of hooking up just screams disrespect for women and for the body. It screams, all I’m after is getting my kicks, you can go?.well you get the idea.
Hopefully, my son will never “hook up” with a girl. If he does, I may have to give him some nice old-fashioned corporal punishment, just to remind him that he should be upholding those old-fashioned values of mine.

Removing unused device drivers from Windows XP machines

I found this on makezine.com. It turns out that ghost devices(remember that nightmare in windows 9x?) are still present in 2k and xp. I have tried it here under my 2k machine and was astonished at the stuff still loading. Time to clear out the rest of my winders machines. Any ghost entries will be greyed out. However make sure there is a non-greyed out duplicate before you nuke it if it is like an ipod since you’ll nuke your ipod doing this if it is disconnected and you are not paying attention.

When you install a device driver on a Windows XP machine, the operating system loads that driver each time the computer boots regardless of whether the device is present–unless you specifically uninstall the driver. This means that drivers from devices that you have long since removed from your system may be wasting valuable system resources.

Follow these steps to view and remove these unnecessary device drivers:

1. Press [Windows] [Break] to bring up the System Properties dialog box.
2. Select the Advanced tab and click the Environment Variables button.
3. Click the New button below the System Variables panel.
4. In the New System Variable dialog box, type devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices in the Variable Name text box and 1 in the Variable Value text box.
5. Click OK to return to the System Properties dialog box and then click OK again.
6. Select the Hardware tab and click the Device Manager button.
7. In Device Manager, go to View | Show Hidden Devices.
8. Expand the various branches in the device tree and look for the washed out icons, which indicate unused device drivers.
9. To remove an unused device driver, right-click the icon and select Uninstall.