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Archive for June, 2005

Amber’s birthday!

Monday, June 27th, 2005

Happy birthday AmberMac! She’s 26 today (again).

Cyberwalker Forums

Monday, June 27th, 2005

Cyberwalker Forums have moved to their new home at http://forums.cyberwalker.com. Thanks to Ted Gallardo for making it happen and for his ongoing excellent work as our moderator. Also thx to Craig Worden, who is working on a new Cyberwalker software library project, and Serge Vladimiroff, our web development guru, for their help.

Cyberwalker on TWIT

Sunday, June 26th, 2005

I appeared with Leo and Patrick and gang on Twit, Ep. 11. Download it from www.twit.tv

Canada moves to amend its copyright laws

Sunday, June 26th, 2005

The Canadian government has tabled Bill C-60, an amendment that aims modernize the Canadian Copyright Act

We are mobile processors

Friday, June 24th, 2005

A fun shot from last production week where I showed the difference between mobile processors using Slurpees (diet raspberry ugh!) and coat hangars…

Morew awesome show pix on Sean’s Flickr account:

Google discloses email on “governmental request”

Friday, June 24th, 2005

Google has been very clear that it will not violate a person’s privacy and disclose content of email stored on its Gmail service to third parties except under very specific circumstances. This includes complying with a law. However there is an alarming clause in its privacy policy that says:
“We do not disclose your personally […]

techPhile interview

Thursday, June 23rd, 2005

Check out this podcast from techPhile.ca podcast, with an interview with me and Leo:
Episode 3A
Host Franklin Linhares does a really nice job: Home page is at http://www.techphile.ca

Wireless USB using UltraWideBand

Thursday, June 23rd, 2005

I have been waiting for this for a couple of years ever since the FCC approved used of the wireless spectrum for UltraWideBand.
Wireless USB that has a range of 20 meters (about 65 feet) and with a maximum throughput of 660 Mbps.
UWB is a low power spread spectrum technology that can push data very […]

Webcam back online

Thursday, June 23rd, 2005

CFH webcam is back online:

Mr Excel’s new book

Wednesday, June 15th, 2005

Bill Jelen, aka Mr Excel, has a new book out:
The Spreadsheet at 25: The invention that changed the world
It’s very cool. It is published by Holy Macro! Books. The ISBN is 1-932802-04-5.
And my favorite bit — it has a popup in the middle!
Amazon.ca says it is available in 4-6 weeks, but in reality, they […]

Microsoft’s Acrylic

Tuesday, June 14th, 2005

Microsoft has released the public beta of their new Photoshop-like graphics editor calle Acrylic…


Tuesday, June 14th, 2005

Just a heads up that it looks like Microsoft will release Internet Explorer 7 this summer (2005) that will include tabbed browsing. The new browser will later include a security feature to thwart browser hijackers. IE7 will use a feature they are calling “low rights IE”…this esssentially takes away Administrator rights from the browser so […]

Canadian computer fears

Wednesday, June 8th, 2005

According to Symantec Canada’s PC Etiquette and Security Survey:
* Women (77%) are more likely than men (62%) to ask someone for help in reaction to a PC problem
* Men are twice as likely as women to crack under pressure and hit or throw things in the face of computer problems
* Swearing and shouting is […]

DVD Decrypter is being shutdown

Tuesday, June 7th, 2005

The author of DVD Decrypter, the DVD copying software which circumvents the copy protection on commerical DVDs, has been forced to cease operations.
A large unnamed company - could it be Sony? - has gone after him and force him to stop producing the program. Get it while you can from here
More info […]

Apple and Intel - hmmmm

Monday, June 6th, 2005

Viewer Larry Pham sent me these notes on Apple’s developer conference. Check them out:

And the official version:
The transition by Apple to the Intel platform is extraordinary news. Ironically, Mac OS on Intel in machines due out June 06 coincides with when the buzz about Longhorn’s (next version of Windows) launch will start. 2006 is going […]

How to hack Bluetooth

Friday, June 3rd, 2005

Check out this New Scientist magazine - someone has figured out how to hack Bluetooth:
The trick, demonstrated in actual gadgets, works by spoofing a device’s identity and pretending to forget a cryptographic key. The technique may allow hackers to listen in on conversations or steal calling time.

Free iPod shuffle?

Wednesday, June 1st, 2005

This Canadian bank…

… is offering a free iPod Shuffle for switching accounts. They don’t say whether its the 512 MB or the 1 GB version.
I suspect the former, but still it beats a toaster. (BTW, I just bought a Shuffle. My iMac has become my stereo.)