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Gmail for your domain

Friday, February 10, 2006
Google is conducting a beta ... Gmail for your domain. See Gmail for your domain


Wednesday, February 08, 2006
Songbird : open source alternative to Apple's iTunes and the Microsoft's Windows Media Player.


Apple launches new 1 GB nano

Tuesday, February 07, 2006
$69 for 512 MB Shuffle
$99 for 1 GB Shuffle
$149 for 1 GB Nano
$199 for 2 GB Nano
$249 for 4 GB Nano
$299 for 30 GB iPod
$399 for 60 GB iPod

Coming soon ...

$100,000 for a new iPod every six month for the rest of your life.

$1,000,000 for a special Apple iPod Pass. You can walk into any Apple store and walk off with as many iPods as you can carry.

Apple launches new 1 GB nano : Apple launches new 1 GB nano

How to Protect Your Privacy

Friday, February 03, 2006

How to Protect Your Privacy


Online Browsing

  • Use Firefox : Firefox is a much safer browser than Internet Explorer.
  • Use Mozilla Thunderbird : Thunderbird is much safer than Microsoft Outlook.
  • Use Bugmenot.comt : find an existing user and password. please add to the database too.
  • Passwords : Pick a strong password (a�combination�of�upper�and�lower�case�letters,�and�should preferably�contain�some�digits�and�special�characters�e.g.�punctuation)
    use it everywhere. e.g. AnWyCcD4U1961. See How to Create a Strong Password : eConsultant
  • Make up a fictional identity : pick and consistently use a fictional identity : date of birth, place of birth, mother's name for the security questions.
  • Use Disposable email addresses : use disposable addresses at sites which require registration. See Technical Tips : Find a Disposable Email Address
  • Get news via Google News / Yahoo! News : most local newspaper require registration. You can get the same AP news via Google/Yahoo without registering at various sites.
  • Do not reply to spammers, for any reason. : replying tells them that they have reached a valid address.

Online Shopping

  • Passwords : pick a strong password (a�combination�of�upper�and�lower�case�letters,�and�should preferably�contain�some�digits�and�special�characters�e.g.�punctuation)
    use it everywhere. e.g. AnWyCcD4U1961
  • Temporary card numbers : most credit card companies let you generate one-time temporary credit card numbers. Use them.
  • Use Disposable email addresses : use one-time/disposable addresses at one-time/what-a-deal shopping sites. See Technical Tips : Find a Disposable Email Address
  • Use Gmail address extensions : use at Amazon; at Safeway etc

Online Banking

  • Sign Up : sign up for online banking and online e-statements. Print them yourself. One less item in your physical mailbox.
  • Bookmark your financial sites : bookmark the account sites and only use those bookmarks to sign-in.
  • Don't fall for phishing emails : Do not ever use any banking links that come via email.
    If your banks really needs your information/some options checked, it'll ask you when you login to your account.
  • Banking records : your big bank has a credit card division, an insurance division, a small business division, a loans division.
    Opt-out of your bank sharing information with them.

Credit Report

  • Get your free credit report. : Use Or Call 1-877-322-8228.
    There are three big credit review companies : Equifax, Experian, TransUnion.
    You can keep a yearly watch on your credit by ordering a report from a different one every four months.
  • Freeze your credit : All three credit reporting bureaus allow you to "security freeze" your credit.
    A security freeze means that your file cannot be shared with potential creditors.

Credit Cards

  • Say No to Credit Card offers. : use to stop those pre-approved envelopes in your mailbox.

Social Security Numbers

  • Protect that SSN : do NOT keep the card in your wallet.
  • Give out only when mandatory : your employer, bank, credit card, health insurance company and some government agencies needs it.
    Be wary of other companies or organizations asking for it.

Phone Company

  • Do Not Call : Use National Do Not Call Registry Or Call 1-888-382-1222
  • Phone records. : opt-out of your phone company sharing your records with anyone.

Supermarket Shopping

  • Supermarket loyalty cards : make up a fake name and address, get a new one every other month,
    tell the checker that you forgot your card and ask him/her to use the one they keep below the checkout register.
  • Creative phone number / zip code : create a phone number or even use the store's own number when asked.


  • Ignore telemarketers : let the answering machine pick up all calls. Call back people you want to talk to.
  • Annoy telemarketers : keep them on the line; ask questions; but don't buy anything.

At Home

  • Lock your mail box : make sure no one is stealing your postal mail.
  • Shredder : use it to shred any documents with confidential information.
  • Bank Checks : do NOT have your driver's license or phone number printed on your checks.

Customer Service Agents

  • Quiz customer service reps : ask what will they do with your phone;
    ask how do they know your address and what will it take to remove it from their records.
    But, please do not personally blame them for their company policies.


  • Complain : in writing, to companies with crazy policies.
    Only when enough people complain and take their business elsewhere that companies change their ways.

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How to Create a Strong Password

Thursday, February 02, 2006

How to Create a Strong Password

A strong password should meet all three of these criteria:

  • Over eight characters
  • Combines letters, numbers and symbols
  • Easy for you to remember, but difficult for others to guess

Choose a Long Phrase

  • Ask not what your country can do for you ...
  • To be or not to be, that is the question
  • We have nothing to fear but fear itself

Make all (or some) of the following substitutions

  • For the word "are", use "r"
  • For the word "be", use "b"
  • For the word "for", use 4
  • For the word "nothing", use 0 (zero)
  • For the word "to", use 2
  • For the word "you" use "u"
  • For the word "we", use "v"
  • For any numbers, type the number
  • If permitted, use "&" for and, or "@" for at.

Make changes and pick the first letter of every word

  • "Ask not what your country can do for you" becomes : AnWyCcd4U
  • "To be or not to be, that is the question" becomes : 2bOn2BtItQ
  • "We have nothing to fear but fear itself" : Vh02FbFi

Tips and Tricks

  • Choose one long password for all sites : The best security would be to use a different long password at each site;
    but that's nearly impossible to do. This is the second best solution.
  • Use Hotkeys Software : Keyboard software can enter a good long strong password with one key entry or click.
    See Technical Tips : Hotkey Software
  • Reprogram a keyboard key : New keyboards allow you to reprogram some keys like MyHome/Back/Email/Cal key.
    Change one to the password you want to use.
  • Check your password on Google : If it is a complicated strong password, it should not be found.


  • Do NOT use your username as the password.
  • Do NOT use "password" as your password.
  • Do NOT use your first name or last name as your password.
  • Do NOT use repeating or sequential numbers as password e.g. 1234567890, 22222222
  • Do NOT use dictionary words as passwords.
  • Do NOT use single "hacker phrases" as passwords e.g. "M1cr0$0ft" or "P@ssw0rd"
  • Do NOT write down the password on a post-it and stick it on the monitor.

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How to Give Up Coffee

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

How to Give Up Coffee

Learn About Coffee

  • Know that coffee is a drug. Coffee has caffeine. Its chemical formula is C8H10N4O2. Its chemical name is 3,7-Dihydro-1,3,7-trimethyl-1H-purine-2,6-dione or 1,3,7-trimethylxanthine or 1,3,7-trimethyl-2,6-dioxopurine. Caffeine Chemistry shows a molecular diagram.
  • Know that caffeine is addictive. Regular use of upwards of 350 mg of caffeine a day causes physical dependence on the drug.
  • Caffeine effects the brain and the central nervous system, raises adrenaline levels, raises the production of the hormones cortisol, epinephrine and norepinephrine, is a diuretic (a substance or drug that tends to increase the discharge of urine). Coffee is acidic. and effects sleep (usually delays sleep onset, shortens overall sleep time, and reduces the "depth" of sleep).
  • Caffeine ingestion contributes to insulin resistance and impairs glucose and insulin homeostasis as part of the stress response.
  • Know caffeine content of various drinks : Coffee, Teas, Colas/Pop/Sodas, Hot Chocolate Drinks, Chocolate all have caffiene. See : Caffeine Content of Beverages, Foods, & Medications

Find Your Primary Reason

  • To live a healthier life : you don't have to join the majority of the population in regularly ingesting a socially acceptable addictive physiology-altering legal drug.
  • To save money : if you belong to the crowd of people who loudly and proudly proclaim their Starbucks habit, I suggest you calculate the cost of the habit. A couple of lattes every work day is 2 x $6 x 200 = $1200. You could buy a brand new iPod every quarter or a brand new laptop every year or visit Europe on a vacation. Visualize your reward. Print out a photograph of your chosen toy or vacation spot and keep it visible at all times to remind yourself of what you are working towards.
  • To become a millionaire : if you invest a Starbucks coffee a day for the next 40 years, you'll be a millionaire! Suze Orman does the math for you. See : Are You Flushing One Million Dollars Down the Toilet?


  • Gradually reduce the amount : Every week, reduce the number of coffee cups by one. 4 cups a day in the first week, 3 in the second, 2 in the third, 1 ine the fourth. Caffeine-free in one month!
  • Gradually halve the amount : Every week, halve the number of coffee cups. e.g. 4 cups a day in the first week, 2 in the second, 1 in the third, Caffeine-free in three weeks!
  • At home gradually reduce the coffee : When making your coffee in a drip machine every morning, gradually use less than what you normally use until it's so weak you can stop altogether.
  • Switch to tea: Tea has lower amounts of caffeine. Every week, switch over one of your coffee breaks to tea. Upon successful transition to tea, repeat the process to transition to caffeine-free tea.

What to Expect

  • Withdrawal Symptoms : Some of the common withdrawal symptoms include headache, fatigue or drowsiness, depression or irritability, difficulty in concentrating, flulike symptoms including nausea, muscle pain, and stiffness. You will experience some or all of these symptoms depending on your addiction level.

Tips and Tricks

  • Sleep : get ample quality regular sleep while you are transitioning to your caffeine-free state.
  • Morning Exercise : aerobic exercise, like cycling, produces endorphins and starts your day on a natural high.
  • Step Outside : make it a ritual to go outside and deep breathe fresh air in the morning.
  • Orange Juice : coffee is a habit. Replace the habit with a small glass of orange juice.
  • Eat Breakfast : a grain or oats based (low glycemic index) breakfast will keep your brain nourished for the morning.
  • Avoid Sugary Breakfast: avoid donuts or high sugar muffins; they cause a rapid buildup and slump in your blood sugar levels.
  • Afternoon Snack: keep an apple or banana or a handful of cashew nuts ready for the mid-afternoon snack time instead of coffee.
  • Drink More Water: carry a water bottle around and take sips regularly.

Healthy Coffee Alternatives

  • Rocamojo : soy-based coffee.
  • Soyfee : another soy-based coffee.
  • Teeccino : herbal non-caffienated coffee.
  • Chicory root (Cichorium intybus) : has long been used in the southern US as a coffee substitute.
  • Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale): is second only to chicory as a coffee substitute.
  • Warm Soy-Milk or Rice-Milk : part of the addiction is the need for a warm liquid; try milk or milk substitutes.

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WordPress 2.0.1 Released

Fixes 114 bugs; download it to run a stable blog.

WordPress Development Blog � 2.0.1 Release

* You can now specify an upload directory, and whether to use date-based storage or not.
* Caching has been fixed under certain PHP enviroments.
* Permalinks have been fixed for weird enviroments as well.
* XML-RPC uploading works.
* Compatibility with older versions of PHP.
* Several WYSIWYG fixes and cleanups.
* Imports now use much less memory.
* Now works with MySQL 5.0 in strict mode.

Internet Explorer 7: Beta 2 Preview

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BoingBoing : StarForce threatens to sue me for criticizing its products

How clueless one has to be to threaten BoingBoing postings ?!!
It's like taking out (negative) publicity ads all over the web !

StarForce threatens to sue me for criticizing its products

Google Video Player Download

Google has a beta Google Video Player for Download.

Google Video Player Download

Web users judge sites in the blink of an eye

Tuesday, January 17, 2006
news @ - Web users judge sites in the blink of an eye - Potential readers can make snap decisions in just 50 milliseconds.

"Lindgaard and her team presented volunteers with the briefest glimpses of web pages previously rated as being either easy on the eye or particularly jarring, and asked them to rate the websites on a sliding scale of visual appeal. Even though the images flashed up for just 50 milliseconds, roughly the duration of a single frame of standard television footage, their verdicts tallied well with judgements made after a longer period of scrutiny. "

Hack your socks

Monday, January 16, 2006 editor Scott Rosenberg shares a tip on how he avoids the
pointless waste of time that is sorting socks:

(1) Throw out all your old socks (or donate them, if they're presentable).

(2) Decide what color socks you need. The fewer colors the better.
I've gone minimalist-retro: there's the black socks, and there's the
white socks, and that's it.

(3) Purchase large quantities of socks in those colors. You can get
different brands/makes for each color, as long as all socks of the
same color are exactly the same.

(4) Just dump the socks in your dresser drawer as is from the clean
wash -- don't sort or pair them. When you need a pair, grab any two of
the same color -- they're guaranteed to match!

This approach also conveniently guarantees that The Missing Sock that
got eaten by the laundry machine won't unbalance a pair, too.

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