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COMPUTER UPGRADE UPDATE
From: Bob C
Sent: Monday, February 26, 2007 9:14 AM
Subject: Daylight Savings Changes
I do not know if you are aware of this, but Congress pass a bill that has changed when Daylight Savings occur. This year, it will come 3 weeks earlier. That really doesn�t mean much, except for computers.
Since computers don�t know about Congressional laws, they are unaware of the new update that needs to be downloaded. I believe that Microsoft has included the patch for the daylight savings problem in their latest batch of updates, however, if your computer didn�t update them, your calendars, and time on the computer would be wrong come March 11.
I�ve included a link for both PC�s and Mac�s on where they can get information about updating their computer for this new daylight savings change.
During my sophomore year, I decided to pursue a minor in Computer Science. I took one class called Introduction to Computer Science my freshmen year, and it sparked my interest to do so. However, when I took a course on Algorithims, I wasn't as interested any more. I dropped this minor and decided to just make webpages as a hobby to keep out of boredom during my early years living in Morris!
Side Job of Making Homepages
With all this experience and interest in making homepages, I've gotten myself into doing this as a side-job and hobby. Besides my servant interest for the Lord in making ministry websites like this one and for my local church; I've gotten into making it for people I know based on referals or reccomendations:
*Have you ever heard about the story of "The Water is Wide" (from CBN's 700 Club)? It's the story of a Conroy (nickname "Conrad"), a missionary, who taught an African American lady at a Christian school down south (U.S.A.) during the mid 1900's when racism was at it's height!
Solutions: "This error is stating that your IP is the same as another IP on your little 4 PC LAN." "uninstall and install the wireless drivers from the device manager and that will work out
you will bw able to go online...This is the easiest method I found" Wireless Networking - there is an ip address conflict with another system on the network (wireless ), from velcityreviews.com "someone is on the network with a forced IP address that is the same as
you can either force your ip address to something else, or let windows
request a new one from the dhcp (by repairing the connection), or find out
who it is and force them to change their IP address.
Windows knows this because there is a "table" of which computers (system)
has what IP address and it checks it, and saw your IP is the same as someone
elses... (at least thats the easy explanation).." Windows - System Error: There is an IP Address Conflict with another system.... , from techimo.com "change the ip address on your desktop to something else.... im assuming its in the 192.168 range.... so make it something like 192.168.0.45 ... or sumthing of the sort... should solve your problem either that or release and renew it if you dont want a static..... jsut go to start > run > type cmd from the command prompt type ipconfig /release then hit enter.... when that finishes hit the up arrow and make the "release" into "renew" then hit enter.... or you can simply go to your network connections, riught click the local area connection your using and click repair... should do all that automatically."
Minnesota Public Libraries have received technical toy kits that will be used for a free computer technology curriculum.
The Morris Public Library has received various gadgets to be used in free workshops which will introduce people to using MP3 players, WII (we) programs, Global Positioning Systems and the like.
Melissa Yauk is the director of the library she says the pilot workshop will first introduce attendees to the library website, introducing users to e-books, requesting books and the Viking system.
Yauk says that she will procure professionals on the given media to teach the classes. The free workshops will be held the third Saturday of every month and will include lessons on digital cameras, WII programs, LCD television kits, GPS, web camera, e-books, and mp3 players.
The first class will be held this Saturday at 9:00 a.m. before the library open, it's free and open to the public."
"The 27-year-old Karim, a 1997 graduate of St. Paul Central High, was recognized as one of the creators of YouTube, a site that allows users around the world to share videos. Internet giant Google agreed to buy the site from Karim and his partners, fellow PayPal alums Chad Hurley and Steve Chen."
*classmate of my younger brother (ceo)
With 20 percent of its floor space consumed by file cabinets, the crowded Minnesota Department of Human Services realized it had a problem with paper.
The agency's solution might be a sign of things to come.
It hired 16 of its own clients with disabilities, trained them to convert paper documents to digital images, and 18 months later this corner of state government has 3.5 million fewer pages of documents in storage boxes.
"It was either this or look into 'bunk cubicles,' " said Monica Crocker, coordinator of the electronic document management system at the department.
Advocates for the disabled see digital conversions as a potential mother lode for their clients: Governments, banks, law firms and health care companies are all looking to the promise of computer disk storage to liberate them from their paper burdens. And conversions -- especially the repetitive process of removing staples, taping rips and opening folded papers so they can be electronically scanned -- is ideal work for many with physical, cognitive or emotional disabilities.
On top of that, this option can make the labor-intensive process affordable to more employers. The Human Services Department pays $7 an hour to this crew, compared with the $28 an hour Crocker said she got in an open bidding process. Everyone on the work team gets $6.15 of that $7 -- the state's minimum wage.
"Good money," said an appreciative crew member, Trina Lewis.
The department was motivated to shrink its records to prepare to move some of its divisions into the new Elmer L. Andersen Human Services Building, which opened last weekend. The nature of its work requires lots of records and often long storage. For example, the files on people under public guardianship must remain intact through their lifetimes plus 20 years, Crocker said.
To get the job done, the department turned to the piece of its Minnesota State Operated Community Services that finds and supports employment for people with disabilities.
It provides 16 to 19 clients at a time, and some coaches to train and supervise them, placement coordinator Heidi Forbes said.
The clients work four-hour shifts, and have organized themselves in four teams -- the Early Birds, Vikings, Stars and Wild. Most of their work is "document preparation" -- taking out staples and anything else needed to make a sheet of paper ready to be scanned.
"Once they learn it, it's the same thing every day," Forbes said. "It's important to these people to be consistent. Change can be hard; repetitive is good.
"In fact, some of these folks have been successful here, after they hadn't been elsewhere," she said.
The department got the idea from the Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities. That advocacy agency converted all its paperwork, including decades of mental health research, to a website, council director Colleen Wieck said.
Wieck had read about an autistic man in Lodi, Calif., who was doing well converting city documents into electronic files.
"I thought, 'You gotta get this work done. You gotta hire people with disabilities.' A lot of forces came together," Wieck said.
She hired 18 people, who scanned documents for her for 16 months.
She and Forbes hope more employers will take time to learn about this as a possibility.
Besides the department, Olmsted County's corrections department also has hired people with disabilities to help handle its documents.
She has had interest from a banker.
"And somebody in New Jersey found us by Googling 'disabilities' and 'digital imaging' and said, 'How do we set up a business to do this?' " Wieck said.
In the 1980s, the only placements for people with disabilities were in such jobs as fast food, laundry and janitorial. Now those agencies ask their clients what work might interest them, such as child care, and make every effort to accommodate them.
Everyone on the imaging projects chose to be there, she said.
"We've gone from 'supported employment' to thinking in terms of, 'What's next for you?' even, 'What kind of career are you looking for?' " she said.
Greg Leuck, at the Department of Human Services, said he's learning FileNet software, scanning in both black and white and color.
"I like that I'm getting experience," Leuck said.
Co-worker Jeff Shaffer's previous job was packaging wood products and putting stickers on pipes at a state-run workshop.
Working for the department is a big-deal job, Shaffer said.
"We're working for the state, and that means it's important," he said. "I never had a government job before."
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*see Physically Challenged
"... was started in 1965 by a group of parents who were concerned about the lack of day training and employment services for their adult children who had disabilities. Setting up shop in St. Paul’s Midway area, these parents volunteered in operating all facets of the new organization. Since that humble beginning, MTS has grown to provide support to over 250 people who have a variety of abilities and disabling conditions.
The original vision and philosophy of its founding members continues today. MTS motivates, trains and supports persons with disabilities in their quest to become active, contributing and productive members of their communities.
How to Buy a Wireless Modem for Your Laptop Computer
How to Buy a Wireless Modem for Your Laptop Computer -- powered by eHow.com "Summary: Laptop computer wireless modems offer different speeds and bandwidth ranges. Consider the required distance needed for the wireless modem with tips from a computer technician in this free video on computer hardware."
"CHICAGO, Illinois (AP) -- Matt Frank had been dead for eight hours when the first goodbye message to him was posted on his MySpace page.
The note was short and simple: I love you. I'll miss you.
Dozens more followed, as disbelieving friends took to the Web to mourn the 17-year-old and three other teenagers who were killed Sunday when a car -- crammed with nine passengers -- slammed into a utility pole after a late-night house party in suburban Chicago.
"All I can say out of everything that I told you and taught you, I wish so bad that you wouldn't have taken my quote to heart... 'Live well, Party hearty, Die young,"' wrote friend Kristi Morrison, 19. "I'm so sorry I wish I could take that back... I love you so much man."
More than half of teenagers who use the Internet frequent social-networking sites like Facebook and MySpace, where they create elaborate profiles and personalize them with photos, music and video. It follows that the online hangouts have become as important to young people in death as they were in life.
"These are places where people in many ways lived their lives online," said Amanda Lenhart, a senior researcher at the Pew Internet & American Life Project. "And what better way to grieve or mourn a person than in a space they created."
Policies on what to do when an Internet user or blogger dies vary among services, illustrated by the 2005 case of a Marine killed in Iraq whose family went to court to get access to e-mails he had sent through a Yahoo Inc. account.
Pages live forever
MySpace avoids deleting the deceased's profiles unless asked by family members, which means the profiles-turned-memorials can stay active for years. Other social-networking and blogging sites, such as Xanga and LiveJournal, also host memorials tied to deceased users' pages.
"We often hear from families that a user's profile is a way for friends to celebrate the person's life, giving friends a positive outlet to connect with one another and find comfort during the grieving process," MySpace, a unit of News Corp., said in a statement.
Bernice Hartman didn't know her daughter had a MySpace account until the 21-year-old soldier was killed during a September suicide bombing in Iraq.
Months after Jen Hartman's death, messages and tributes -- even Thanksgiving greetings -- continued to pop up on the site.
"It's hard to read, but it's more comforting," said Bernice Hartman of New Ringgold, Pennsylvania. "I think it's easier for her friends. They come to us at the funeral and say things, but I think it's easier for them to leave a message on that than to talk to us personally."
Even the funeral industry has gotten into the act, providing forums for e-condolences on Web sites like Legacy.com and Mem.com.
Bennett Leventhal, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Illinois Chicago's Institute for Juvenile Research, said mourning on MySpace is a natural extension of a society where handwritten notes have given way to e-mails and text messages.
"The Phoenicians had to chip it into tablets," he said. "(This) is just a different form of communication. I don't think it changes the subject or intent. ... It's just another form of public grieving."
Because networking sites don't monitor the contents of every profile, it's possible for people to post disparaging comments.
The posthumous messages on Frank's page, however, tell of shared kisses, parties, adventures, basketball games and the grief of cleaning out the teen's bedroom.
"Since the pages are personal it sort of feels like you are still able to talk to the person you just lost, and it seems to offer an intimate means of sitting down by yourself and having that last goodbye," said Phil Lorenz, 27, a family friend who posted a goodbye message.
So far, Morrison has posted notes to Frank's profile three times, as well as to the pages of the accident's other victims.
"I didn't get to say goodbye to any of them. And I just wanted to say goodbye," she said in an interview. "I don't know if it makes people feel better. Maybe it's just wishful thinking, that they are reading it from heaven."
Copyright 2007 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed."
"Each section of this website contains a straightforward, self-paced introduction to these topics. To access information about any topic, single click on that topic's name below.
Estimated time to complete this section: 55 minutes "
"1) In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.2) The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters.3) Then God said, "Let there be light"; and there was light.4) God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness."
"It's a love hate relationship when it comes to DreamWeaver and Frontpage as they are both powerful web site design programs with steep learning curves. I have used DreamWeaver and reviewed FrontPage, and I have got to tell you that the learning curve is horrendous. And once you think you know what you're doing it is still a lot of hard work to build your website, get it optimized, and keep it updated; it's internet marketing the hard way. This is not the case with XSitePro. "
-Tabs How Web Design Tab Graphic, free download Site Point
-Technical Problems 700 No Adult "It sounds like some type of content filter your host has in place. My advice is to cut the post in half, then try both halves to see which causes the error, then cut that, then continue until you can figure out what word is causing it.
Angelfire.com,my first webserver to make websites Digital Space ($6.95/mo for 5GB up to only 10 subdomains) Dotoeasy.com ($9.95 for 20 GB) Facebook Flash-Template -Design
*referred by Eric B. (9/07) Free Hostia ($4.95/mo for 10K MB) Geocities-Yahoo Jumpline.com, free 3-month trial ($19.95/month after) Microsoft "Mysql is a database system and I have it mostly figured out (just need to fine tune my learning a bit more). There is also something you should look into for webpages called CSS (cascading style sheets). All you have to do is link to this file, reference it for text, etc. and you can specify page style. This would be a great feature because you can change the format of all the pages simply by editing the *.css file. I would be willing to teach some of it to you guys."-Friend who makes websites X10Hosting, 3GB for $5.95
*make money through clicks! Work at Home: Google for Dollars
If You Have a Web Site, You Can Earn Money From Ads, from ABCNEWS.go.com "Google offers two free tools that have their advertising program built in -- blogger.com and pages.google.com -- but you're by no means limited to using their tools. Sites such as Yahoo Publisher, GoDaddy.com and Apple's iWeb all have programs to allow users to build sites. If you already have a Web site, you're ready to go.
Register your site with Google's AdSense program (google.com/adsense ), which works with hundreds of thousands of Web sites and hundreds of thousands of online advertisers. Signing up is free, with no cost and no obligation. The system matches the advertiser's target audience with the content of the relevant Web sites.
Shopping and business opportunity
*referred on myspace chat on Wednesday, November 28th of 2007>
Reviews: My Power Mall Business Evaluation
By David Cowley "..Is it really free? If I have to spend 30 bucks or so per month to maintain an active account then I do not consider that opportunity to be free.. If I have to purchase some type of mailing list or do any advertising to get a minimum number of people signed up under me to maintain my active status then again it is not free...
Does My Power Mall have any qualification minimums? Nope, no mandatory minimums, no meetings, no selling required, no activity requirements and the company guaranties that their will never be any. If you take a look at what they are offering you can see why this is true. Only one on-line store exists." My Power Mall Review - Scam or The Real Deal?
Problem: "Hi All
I newly bought a Optiarc DVD Burner DVD RW AD-7190A. When today I tried to write a 4479MB of data on my 4489MB blank DVD-R, an error comes after 98% of burning the DVD ..this annoyes me a lott.I used the Nero 6 OEM provided by the burner.Plsss help me ...m crying .Following is the Log :-.."
ok so at wat speed to burn??
is multisession also affecting?
8x - 12x would be my recommendation.
The (KEY_MEDIUM_ERROR) in the log would indicate that the burner is either not happy with the media, or not happy with the media at 18x
Re: DVD Nero Write Error ..Pls HELP!! ..Its urgent
heyy it wrked dis time...thnx 2 all ... i had tried 3 things dis time...
1)reduced d data frm 4479 to 4404MB as ma blank DVD-R capacity is 4489MB
2)used 8x for writing
3)disabled d multisession
plss temme wat solved ma prob..do i have to taka care of abuv 3 thing everytime wen i hve 2 write a DVD??
bootzki: hi..i really don't know much about computers...i have a toshiba satellite m45-s359...when i go to insert my maxell dvd+r...it won't play..i go to my computer and click on the dvd rom drive...it says... disk not formatted. windows cannot read from the disk. the disk might be corrupted, or it could be using a formatt that is not compatible with windows...
what does this mean and how can i fix the problem??? please help
NooNoo: Two possibilities bootzki
DVD Decoder is a possible problem... there is a free one at www.videolan.org
Download it and try again.
But much more likely is you are a victim of DVD types.... Blank disks come in + or - format so you can have + R and + RW and -R and -RW.
Older laptops tend to be able to play +R (but not all, it's never that simple) and DVD players are often good with -R format... again not always!
So how do you tell? First you need to find a friend who has a computer and a dvd drive that can burn both +R and -R. Then insert the disk and in the burning program there is usually a disc info section which reads the disk and tells you what's on it and what format it is.
You then get said friend to burn a copy of the skydiving video on to the other format for you to test on your laptop. So if it turns out your skydiving disk is a -R, ask your friend to do a disk copy onto a + R disk and then test it on the laptop and the DVD player.
It's a nuisance... when I do home videos for friends, they are always confused as to why I give them two copies with a big R on it and I have to explain it's not the R, it's the + or - that precedes the R that's important!
Never, ever approach a computer saying or even thinking "I will just do this quickly."
Join Date: Jan 2008
yes windvd is installed and yes i can play other dvds on here..its only two dvds that were home made that i can't play...the rest i can...i went to the website above and downloaded...no results...i quickly tried to play the dvd on my hp desktop..and it works...so when i find time..i will try to burn the copy like you said noonoo and try that...thank you guys again for all the advise and help..i greatly appreciate it...i have a feeling though that its a lost cause...
"Use for this WINDOWS MOVIE MAKER (or) NERO 8 .You can export the slide show as avi or mpg format and then upload video on youtube.com. youtube support any video format like avi, 3gp, mpg, mov, rm, flv and ... ."
YouTube User Guide : How to Download Video From YouTube
"There are several ways to download video from YouTube, but one way is to use a free program called MPEG Stream Clip, which is available for both Macs and PCs. Download videos from YouTube onto a computer with information from a multimedia producer in this free video on popular Web sites"
Toshiba DVD Recorder w/ Built-in Tuner "With video upconversion up to 1080p via HDMI the D-R550 takes your existing DVDs to a new level complementing today s best high definition TVs. SD Bridge Recording*** lets you easily record programming received from the built-in digital and analog tuners onto DVD in standard resolution. Built in ATSC/NTSC/QAM digital/analog tuner allows for tuning of analog or digital channels from over the air or cable including cable-in-the-clear digital channels. Front DV input with Camcorder Controls means simple copying of memories from tape to DVD. Auto Finalize (with undo) simplifies the recording process by automatically completing your recording at the end of a disc or end of a timer recording. Flexibility of Playback and Recording is enhanced with compatibility with the most popular formats for recording and playback (DVD-R DVD-RW DVD+R DVD+R). HDMI includes uncompressed digital video and multi-channel audio signals in one cable for single wire connection of home theater components to the television. HD JPEG will provide the ability to view megapixel images in their enhanced resolution when using HDMI and an HD display device." Videotapes to DVD transfer (VHS and others)
(APM Studio) "
You get one DVD (up to two hours of video) for each videotape submitted.
You will be able to provide a title for each DVD. Additional copies are only $9.95 each." Toshiba DR-550 DVD Recorder w/ built-in Digital TV tuner + DVD Video Upconversion
*contact info DivX@VOD
help connect VCR to computer, from physicsforums.com Converting 8mm tapes to digital-from Steve DigiCams.com "I have kept my last three 8mm camcorders to use as players, switching them on occasionally to keep them in working order, so I have one partially and 2 fully operational players to use for my tapes as long as they remain playable. I suggest you buy a second-hand Hi8 camcorder as a matter of urgency, so at least you've got a player. I also have two working VHS recorders.
Ideally you could play them through a video capture card. This will probably take at least the runtime of the tapes. A poor alternative is to project them on a small, bright screen using a video projector, while filming them with a digital camcorder, ensuring somehow that frame rates don't clash unacceptably. That's what I did last time round with my parents' Standard 8mm cine films, and it's a lot better than nothing." 8mm vs Hi8 " I have been transferring my old Hi8 tapes from my Hitach VM -H57E thru my new sony DV TRV22 to my PC. Unfortunately my Hitach has just died and I don't want to pay to fix it. What would be the best wat to transfer the remaining tapes - without paying someone to do it...You may be able to get some help for Hi8 to DVD transfer from the following link.
http://www.geocities.com/ana_digi_service/....I am Converting old Sony 8mm to DVD.
My old Sony handycam died and the tapes are now 12 yrs old. The players are expensive so the cheapest way was to buy a Digital 8 handycam which can play back the old analogue tapes. A VCR type player would cost more.
I use the firewire port to save to my computer first then Author and burn to DVD.
I am using Ulead movie factory 2 SE but the quality of the encoding is not all that good.
I am about to try the pinnacle products.
I am trying to avoid the expense of a capture card.
Hope this helps.
Just confirming that Digital 8 camcorders DO play the old 8mm tapes.... Posted on Thursday, July 28, 2005 - 01:36 pm:
visit www.mypricelessdvd.com to convert camcorder and vcr tapes to dvd
*create DVD format videos into videos to be transferred to websites (e.g. youtube.com) 10 Interesting Things You can Do with Youtube.com..etc.., blogspot.com "
I want to add my own music and photos to a Youtube video clip but don't have the budget to buy Adobe Premiere, Final Cut Pro or Macromedia Flash. Can I still create my custom video for free ?
Chances are that your computer already has a full fledged video editing application installed by default - it's called Windows Movie Maker and should satisfy the needs of most hobbyist film makers. You can add titles, transitions and even certain video effects.
Here's how to edit a Youtube video inside WIndows Movie Maker - First convert the FLV to AVI format using Super Encoding software, then add your own pictures, music or video clips and finally export the completed file into any video format of your choice. It's that simple." Adobe Photoshop Hot DVD Editor 2.1.41 del.icio.us Fark digg Reddit MyWeb BlogMarks Furl Jots ( View screenshot )
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*Cucusoft Ultimate DVD + Video Converter Suite, order form ($59.95) Functions of Cucusoft Digital Medianet.com Adobe Premiere Elements 4.0 Brand spanking new interface highlights this release By John Virata "
Adobe Premiere Elements 4.0 is consumer video editing application that is designed to make it fairly easy to edit digital video for playback on the web, video tape, or on your computer. The application has been updated with a new interface and some new enhancements as well. Within the scope of this first look, some of the new features to this editing tool will be discussed as well as the workflow for those who are not familiar with this consumer level NLE.
Interface-The Edit Tab
What is the big news with version 4.0? The interface has been spruced up. It is totally new and gives Premiere Elements a more professional look to it. It carries a gray color scheme with orange, purple, and green tabs for the application's Edit, Create Menus, and Share Tabs, respectively. The idea behind these tabs, or workspaces, is to help you finish your projects more efficiently. For example, when in the Edit tab, you have access to all the tools in the editor workspace. Microsoft Windows Movie Maker
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"..Speaking to the Alex Jones Show, Steele elaborated on previous revelations by making it known that the CIA helped bankroll Google at its very inception. Steele named Google’s CIA point man as Dr. Rick Steinheiser, of the Office of Research and Development.
"I think Google took money from the CIA when it was poor and it was starting up and unfortunately our system right now floods money into spying and other illegal and largely unethical activities, and it doesn’t fund what I call the open source world,” said Steele, citing “trusted individuals” as his sources for the claim...
"Right now, there are two pieces of legislation in Congress that would change the Internet forever if they are enacted. The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA) would give the federal government the ability to potentially shut down millions of websites. SOPA (the version being considered in the U.S. House of Representatives) is the more dangerous of the two. It would essentially be the equivalent of a nuclear bomb being dropped on the Internet. It would give government officials unlimited power to very rapidly shut down any website that is found to “engage in, enable or facilitate” copyright infringement. That language is very broad and very vague. Many fear that it will be used to shut down any websites that even inadvertently link to “infringing material”. Can you imagine a world where there is no more Facebook, Twitter or YouTube? Sites like those would be forced to hire thousands of Internet censors to make sure that no “infringing material” is posted, and many prominent websites may simply decide that allowing users to post content is no longer profitable and is just not worth the hassle. Are you starting to get the picture? That is why we must stop SOPA. If SOPA is enacted, it could be the death of the free Internet.
But this is exactly the kind of bill that the establishment media has been waiting for. It would give them back control. SOPA is being heavily promoted by big media corporations. If they are able to shut down free speech on the Internet, then suddenly everyone would be forced to rely on them for news and entertainment once again.
That is why SOPA and PIPA must be stopped. A recent editorial in the New York Times described how these new laws would work….
The bills would empower the attorney general to create a blacklist of sites to be blocked by Internet service providers, search engines, payment providers and advertising networks, all without a court hearing or a trial. The House version goes further, allowing private companies to sue service providers for even briefly and unknowingly hosting content that infringes on copyright — a sharp change from current law, which protects the service providers from civil liability if they remove the problematic content immediately upon notification. The intention is not the same as China’s Great Firewall, a nationwide system of Web censorship, but the practical effect could be similar.
Everyone would be deathly scared of allowing anything to be posted on their websites in such an environment. Free speech on the Internet would be a thing of the past.
An article on lifehacker.com explained how easy it would be to bring a claim against a website under SOPA….
If it’s possible to post pirated content on the site, or information that could further online piracy, a claim can be brought against it. This can be something as minor as you posting a copyrighted image to your Facebook page, or piracy-friendly information in the comments of a post such as this one. The vague, sweeping language in this bill is what makes it so troubling.
Fortunately, some of the biggest names on the Internet are rallying to defeat SOPA. For example, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt says that he believes that SOPA will actually “criminalize” links….
“By criminalizing links, what these bills do is they force you to take content off the Internet”
Another huge name, Google co-founder Sergey Brin, is alarmed that SOPA would give the U.S. government the power to censor search results without even having to go through a court trial….
“Imagine my astonishment when the newest threat to free speech has come from none other but the United States. Two bills currently making their way through congress — SOPA and PIPA — give the U.S. government and copyright holders extraordinary powers including the ability to hijack DNS and censor search results (and this is even without so much as a proper court trial)”
In the United States, we used to believe that the government should not take our property away without a fair trial.
But now SOPA would allow the U.S. government to hit Internet websites with a “death penalty” without even having to go to court.
If SOPA becomes law, the Internet will change dramatically.
If there were no websites where people could post thoughts and ideas, what would the world look like?
Over recent months we have seen how sites like YouTube, Twitter and Facebook can literally change the face of the globe. The following comes from the same New York Times article referenced above….
YouTube, Twitter and Facebook have played an important role in political movements from Tahrir Square to Zuccotti Park. At present, social networking services are protected by a “safe harbor” provision of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which grants Web sites immunity from prosecution as long as they act in good faith to take down infringing content as soon as rights-holders point it out to them. The House bill would destroy that immunity, putting the onus on YouTube to vet videos in advance or risk legal action. It would put Twitter in a similar position to that of its Chinese cousin, Weibo, which reportedly employs around 1,000 people to monitor and censor user content and keep the company in good standing with authorities.
Do we really want Chinese-style Internet censorship in America?
Thankfully, the Internet community is fighting back against SOPA really hard.
Initially, GoDaddy.com was publicly supporting SOPA, but a boycott organized on Reddit has hit them really hard. In fact, GoDaddy lost more than 70,000 domains just last week.
All of this pressure forced GoDaddy to renounce its support for SOPA. However, they are not actively opposing the bill at this point.
Congress is in recess right now, so action on SOPA and PIPA is stalled for now. But the battle is far from over.
And the stakes are incredibly high. One blogger recently put it this way….
“If either the U.S. Senate’s Protect IP Act (PIPA) & the U.S. House’s Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) become law, political blogs such as Red Mass Group [conservative] & Blue Mass Group [liberal] will cease to exist”
Yes, the free Internet that we all love and enjoy today is under assault.
If we do not stand up now, we may lose it forever.
Every single day, control of the Internet gets tighter and tighter. For example, did you know that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is now watching everything that is said on Facebook and Twitter?
The following comes from a recent Daily Mail article….
The Department of Homeland Security makes fake Twitter and Facebook profiles for the specific purpose of scanning the networks for ‘sensitive’ words – and tracking people who use them.
Simply using a word or phrase from the DHS’s ‘watch’ list could mean that spies from the government read your posts, investigate your account, and attempt to identify you from it, acccording to an online privacy group.
But it is one thing for them to watch the Internet.
It is another thing for them to shut down free speech on the Internet entirely.
Please do what you can to save the open and free Internet.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation is helping to organize users of the Internet to protest this draconian legislation. The following is from a statement that the EFF recently put out….
As drafted, the legislation would grant the government and private parties unprecedented power to interfere with the Internet’s domain name system (DNS). The government would be able to force ISPs and search engines to redirect or dump users’ attempts to reach certain websites’ URLs. In response, third parties will woo average users to alternative servers that offer access to the entire Internet (not just the newly censored U.S. version), which will create new computer security vulnerabilities as the reliability and universality of the DNS evaporates.
It gets worse: Under SOPA’s provisions, service providers (including hosting services) would be under new pressure to monitor and police their users’ activities. While PROTECT-IP targeted sites “dedicated to infringing activities,” SOPA targets websites that simply don’t do enough to track and police infringement (and it is not at all clear what would be enough). And it creates new powers to shut down folks who provide tools to help users get access to the Internet the rest of the world sees (not just the “U.S. authorized version”).
The Electronic Frontier Foundation has created a page that makes it very easy to send a letter about SOPA to your representatives in Congress. You can find it right here.
There is also a website called “Stop American Censorship” that has even more ways to let the federal government know that you do not want SOPA to pass. You can find that site right here.
We must stop SOPA. The Internet has made it possible for average people all over the world to communicate with one another on a grand scale, and this is a direct threat to the establishment and the big media corporations that they control. They are going to try again and again to take back control over the flow of information. We must not allow them to succeed.
Please share this article with as many people as you can, and please do what you can to help defeat SOPA."
Two bills before Congress, known as the Protect IP Act (PIPA) in the Senate and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House, would censor the Web and impose harmful regulations on American business. Millions of Internet users and entrepreneurs already oppose SOPA and PIPA.
The Senate will begin voting on January 24th. Please let them know how you feel. Sign this petition urging Congress to vote NO on PIPA and SOPA before it is too late. "
SOPA Losing Support Quickly
"..abbreviated IBM and nicknamed "Big Blue" (for its official corporate color), is a multinational computer technology and IT consulting corporation headquartered in Armonk, New York, United States. The company is one of the few information technology companies with a continuous history dating back to the 19th century. IBM manufactures and sells computer hardware and software (with a focus on the latter), and offers infrastructure services, hosting services, and consulting services in areas ranging from mainframe computers to nanotechnology.
IBM has been well known through most of its recent history as one of the world's largest computer companies and systems integrators. With over 388,000 employees worldwide, IBM is one of the largest and most profitable information technology employers in the world. IBM holds more patents than any other U.S. based technology company and has eight research laboratories worldwide. The company has scientists, engineers, consultants, and sales professionals in over 170 countries. IBM employees have earned Five Nobel Prizes, four Turing Awards, five National Medals of Technology, and five National Medals of Science... IBM and the Holocaust, from youtube.com
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"LOS GATOS, CALIFORNIA (ANS) -- In the 21st Century, whenever people look for information, they look to the Internet.
Using the Internet and emerging technologies to bring people to Christ is one enterprising organization's mission and the heart of what it does every day, with a long-term goal of presenting the Gospel to 1 billion people worldwide through leading-edge communication and technology.
According to a media release from A. Larry Ross Communications, Global Media Outreach (GMO) is using this tool to bring the mission field to the doorsteps of anyone with access to the World Wide Web.
With over 70 different Web sites, thousands of people each day indicate decisions for Christ through GMO. Then, through e-mail, the conversation and study of Christ continues using additional information accessible through GMO.
Whether someone has decided to become a follower of Christ, rededicated their life to Christ or still has questions, GMO can provide prayer, guidance and discipleship through the online ministry response centers. GMO also offers online Bible studies, Web sites with next steps for the journey and links to local church communities.
Global Media Outreach (GMO) today announced its Christian discipleship strategy with the expansion of www.iChristianLife.com -- a Web site designed to help people grow as Christians, after they make a decision to follow Jesus.
iChristianLife utilizes a multimedia approach to Christian discipleship, worship and Bible study. With audio and video content on demand, the site focuses on multiple areas of Christian growth and provides encouragement and learning for new or recommitting believers..."
Chat rooms and bulletin boards
Evangelistic websites are one way of using the Web for evangelism. But you can also interact with people directly on the Web, and share your faith in an appropriate way
"A woman in Canada, was not only converted through a chat room integrated into TruthMedia’s [www.truthmedia.com] web outreach, but is going on to share her faith with others, online.
“Yesterday I had the privilege of getting to help lead a young man to Jesus in your chat room. This was such an awesome experience my life has changed forever. I was saved in your chat room in Feb 2003. It was a confusing time for me. If it wasn’t for God’s grace and women in that room who helped me get started, by not expressing their own opinions but by always directing me to seek and ask God first, I’m not sure where I’d be.”...
Related Sites: BeliefWatch: GodTube
By Lisa Miller
Newsweek "March 26, 2007 issue - What would Jesus download? One of the hottest sites on the Internet is GodTube.com, the Christian answer to YouTube. It's a goofy, fascinating window into the world of Christian youth. There's a clip of Ray Comfort, the popular evangelical preacher, demonstrating the perfection of God's creation with an actual banana. It's hard�OK, impossible�not to see it as an (unintentional?) dirty joke. Another clip sends up the hip-hop anthem "Baby Got Back": This version is called "Baby Got Bible" and contains hilarious lyrics like "Bless me, bless me and teach me about John Wesley."
"..The new law will create a mega-agency to “represent the government in negotiations over international standards and orders the White House office of technology to convene a cybersecurity university-industry task force to guide the direction of future research,” according to Slashdot. Michael Arcuri, a New York Democrat who sponsored the bill, called cybersecurity the “Manhattan Project of our generation” and estimated the U.S. needs 500 to 1,000 more “cyber warriors” every year in order to keep up with potential enemies...
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This article explains how you can tweak and tidy up your PC to give it a boost and help it to run programs better. (from easycomputertips.com)
If you find your PC is slower at handling everyday tasks it may be because over time, computers get cluttered with unnecessary files that need cleaning out. A slow PC can also be because your software or hardware is outdated, but there are certain steps you can take to improve performance.
This guide shows you how to give your slow PC a speed boost and also to keep your computer free of clutter."
"Here�s a list of regular tasks that users should be performing to assure their computer�s health. In the course of my work as a corporate IT manager, I find that many users can benefit from a regularly scheduled checkup routine.
If you already take these steps, the list may be helpful to save for a user/colleague.
"By David Grant
If you want to transfer your 45’s, EP's, and LP's to CD, reasonable results with cheap and even free software can be achieved. Not quite the standards of the professionals, but reasonable never the less. So here’s a guide on how you can proceed.
If your turntable is connected to a Hi-Fi amplifier with a dedicated phono turntable) input, then connect a stereo phono lead (sometimes referred to as RCA leads) from the 'line out' or 'record out' from your amplifier to the 'line in' on your computer. The socket on your computer should be labelled 'Line In,' very often colour coded Blue and may have a symbol by it which looks like four or five curves in a line and an arrow running through the middle pointing away from the smallest curve.
If however you have a turntable, but no amplifier or don't have access to one (ie. beg, borrow, steal - well maybe not steal!) or your amplifier has no dedicated phono/turntable input, then you will need a 'phono pre-amp'. This piece of kit amplifies the very small signal coming from the turntable to match the input of your soundcard (ie. the 'line in' on your computer) and also changes the frequency response of the signal so the sound is acceptable to listen to.
If you are going to use a pre-amp, then connect the phono (RCA) lead from your turntable to the input of the pre-amp and the output of the pre-amp to the 'Line In' on your computer soundcard, so you will need another stereo 'phono to phono' (RCA to RCA) lead to run from the pre-amp to your computer.
This pre-amp will work fine for LP's EP's and 45's, but technically the match should be different for 78 rpm records, and even different 'matches' for different types/labels of 78's - however unless you are wanting a professional result then a standard phono pre-amp should be fine. If you are going to use an audio editor, or dedicated software then you can use their built in graphic equalizer to 'tweak' the sound anyway.
Now you are connected, you need some software to record your audio. The first thing to do is decide what end result you would like. Here are some options:
If you just want a simple way to transfer your LP to CD with no restoration, splitting the audio into tracks isn't a priority, and you have some software to burn the file to CD then try Audiotouch Lite. It has the simplest interface ever. Once a couple of settings are made it's a 'one button' operation. You can also use this software to record any audio running through your PC, like Internet Radio or a microphone. Another piece of software is ‘Audacity’ which is a very good audio editor and is free. It’s rather more complicated to use though, so expect a bit of a learning curve to begin with.
The other option is a dedicated Software Package that will Record your LP, Restore, split your recording into tracks, and Burn to CD. You may even find you can save your audio in MP3 format so you can transfer your audio to a portable player. This is definitely the way to go especially if you have quite a few LP’s to transfer, and of course these packages include an option to clean up the audio to remove crackles, pops, and other unwanted noises. It is surprising how long it can take to transfer your LP’s so a small investment in dedicated software to begin with makes the process so much easier and quicker.
There are quite a few software packages to choose from. I've never come across free software in this category and some are quite good but some are awful! So beware. I’ve tried quite a number so here are a few which make a good job and don’t cost very much.
Steinberg Clean is very good, if you can get hold of a copy, but I think it has been dropped. Some suppliers were still advertising it at the time of writing this, plus of course there is always ebay.
Acondigital.com’s Acoustica 3.3 is very good as is Acoustica’s Software ‘Spin it again’ (Don’t be confused by the two ‘Acoustica’s – they are different companies). If you would like more information on these packages then visit our website where you can see the results of my tests on both packages.
Setting up the software is straight forward and ‘wizards’ take you through this process, so it doesn’t take long at all, plus it’s well explained in the ‘help’ files. All these software packages will burn your transferred audio file to CD in a format that will play both on your computer and a normal home CD player. The process is all included in the wizards and is very easy to do.
I hope this has given you an understanding on how you can transfer your LP’s to CD and you enjoy the end results.
David Grant is an audio electronics engineer and owner of http://www.soundabout.net which is a professional format transfer service. Transferring Vinyl LP's to CD, 78 to CD, Tape to CD and even removing unwanted noises from ‘live’ recordings. For more information on Professional Services or understanding more on how you can transfer your own LP’s to CD visit our website http://www.soundabout.net
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"Golden Records is software that helps you to convert your vinyl LP records, audio tapes or cassettes onto CD or to wav or mp3 files. It is designed specifically with records and cassettes in mind and has been developed to make the conversion process as easy and intuitive as possible. Just install the software and follow the step-by-step wizard."
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"..The company, meanwhile, sounds as though it has no plans to trim back its information-sharing ambitions.
"We have not yet decided when or in what manner we will redeploy the permission for mobile numbers and addresses," the letter states. "We are evaluating whether and how we can increase the visibility of applications' request for permission to access user contact information. We are also considering whether additional user education would be helpful."..
"...It has been proven time and again that the more a bad guy knows about you the greater your security risk is. ...
What can I do to keep my information private?
The biggest concern isn't so much about your name and profile URL being exposed. The greater concern, for you anyway, is the publicly available information contained on your profile page.
To protect yourself, you may want to reconsider your current privacy settings. To do that visit your Facebook profile's Basic Directory Information page by following the steps listed above or just click here.
On the top right of the page you should see a button that says "Preview My Profile." Clicking that button will show you all the information you make public on Facebook. Data you may want to consider hiding includes your hometown, birth date, age, phone number, current city and e-mail address.
So what do you say? Is Bowes' data dump making your rethink your Facebook profile settings or are you not concerned? ...
"Q: Growing tired of the Facebook privacy scandals, I tried to leave the social network, but you need to be a member now to access a number of outside websites. How can I get around this?
A: Facebook, as you're well aware by this point, has a history of privacy scandals. CEO Mark Zuckerberg is constantly trying to push what privacy means in the 21st century — how transparent should we all be on the Internet? — but with each step, a significant number of users push back. Last week, Facebook announced on its Developers blog that it was making it possible for third-party applications to gain access to users' mobile phone numbers and addresses. By early Monday morning the Facebook team had dialed back the change until further notice.
Some of the privacy issues have been just too much for users, resulting in cancelled accounts. But more and more organizations are joining the Facebook Connect network and incorporating the site's development tools into their own. It's getting to the point where you're at a disadvantage if you don't have a Facebook account; you can use it to log in with the same username and password on more than two million sites — it's not just for checking in on your cousin's newest baby pictures. So, here's the trick: You can go nearly invisible on Facebook — nobody will be able to view your photographs, see your activity or where you've checked in except for existing friends — but still have an account to use around the web.
If you're ready to move into Facebook stealth mode, follow these simple steps:
• Visit Facebook.com, log in to your profile and click 'Account' in the top-right corner. From there, choose 'Privacy Settings.'
• From the 'Privacy Settings' page, click on 'View Settings' to see who can search for you, send messages to your account, see your education and work settings and more. Change all of these drop-down menus to 'Friends Only.'
• Return to the 'Privacy Settings' page and choose 'Customize Settings' near the bottom of the page. This new page will load a number of different privacy options, but you'll want to click through each one and change the setting to 'Only Me' so that nobody else can see your Facebook activity.
• Stay on the 'Customize Settings' page and scroll down to 'Things Others Share.' Here, you'll want to edit and disable settings so that your friends are unable to write on your wall, comment on posts and check you in to places.
• Return to the 'Privacy Settings' page and, under 'Apps and Websites' in the bottom-left corner, select 'Edit Your Settings.' This page shows all of the third-party websites and applications that you have given access to some of your Facebook information. If you see anything on this list that you want to remove, just click to remove it from the list.
• Stay on the 'Apps and Websites' page, scroll down to 'Instant Personalization' and select 'Edit Settings.' Uncheck the box at the bottom of this page to block other websites from accessing your Facebook interests. Select 'Confirm' when a pop-up asks you if you're sure you want to disable this option.
• Return to the 'Apps and Websites' page, scroll down to 'Public Search' and select 'Edit Settings.' To keep search engines from finding your Facebook profile, uncheck the box on this new screen."
"The Excel Basics Series shows a systematic description of what Excel can do from beginning to end.
#1 Video topics:
1)What is Excel? Calculating formulas and Data Analysis
2)Rows, Columns, Cells, Worksheets, Sheet Tab Names, Workbook
3)File extensions (file types): .xlsx, .xlsm, .xls, .xlsb
4)Excel 2007 Ribbons
5)Excel 2007 Quick Access Tool Bar (QAT)
6)How to find features in Excel 2007
7)How to add buttons to the QAT Quick Access Toolbar" Microsoft Excel Tutorial for Beginners #1 - Overview , from youtube.com "A quick look at setting up a simple spreadsheet in Excel complete with a chart. More tutorials to follow that will go into more detail on how to use the different features of MS Excel."
Pros: Does as specified. Power switch is good feature. No annoying pre-installed software. Nice external material choice. Feels solid. Doesn't get too hot.
Cons: Haven't owned it too long, but... Cords in the back. Takes up space, although not much. Comes with a short USB cable.
Other Thoughts: I use it at work to store all my personal files and music which takes up alot of space on a hd. I will not move it around much which keeps me from dropping or mishandling it. If you need extra hd space and are not concerned with portablilty then this is ideal. so far i have been satisfied. If it wasnt for the cables sticking out of the back then i would have given it a 5-Excellent rating "
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"Almost a year ago I moved into a new apartment and did something revolutionary: I didn't set up cable or satellite TV. I was frustrated by the lack of choice (only one provider), lengthy contracts, and inexplicably high price. As someone who watches a lot of television, this seemed like a truly difficult problem, but I resolved to find a way to see my favorite shows without paying a cable or satellite bill. Fortunately, it was much easier than I thought... Hulu TV
"the study of the rules that govern the structure of sentences, and which determine their relative grammaticality. The term syntax can also be used to refer to these rules themselves, as in �the syntax of a language�. Modern research in syntax attempts to describe languages in terms of such rules, and, for many practitioners, to find general rules that apply to all languages. Since the field of syntax attempts to explain grammaticality judgments, and not provide them, it is unconcerned with linguistic prescription." Wikipedia-Computational Linguistics "(the grammar of how words are combined to form sentences). In order to understand syntax, one had to also understand the semantics and the lexicon (or 'vocabulary'), and even to understand something of the pragmatics of language use. Thus, what started as an effort to translate between languages evolved into an entire discipline devoted to understanding how to represent and process natural languages using computers...."
" Refers to the spelling and grammar of a programming language. Computers are inflexible machines that understand what you type only if you type it in the exact form that the computer expects. The expected form is called the syntax."
"VeriChip is the first Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved human-implantable RFID microchip. VeriChip received United States FDA approval in 2004. About twice the length of a grain of rice, the device is typically implanted above the triceps area of an individual's right arm. Once scanned at the proper frequency, the VeriChip responds with a unique 16-digit number which can correlate the user to information stored on a database for identity verification, medical records access and other uses. The insertion procedure is performed under local anesthetic and once inserted, is invisible to the naked eye. The process can easily be performed in a physician's office.
As of May 2007, 116 U.S. hospitals had signed up to adopt the technology in their emergency rooms. The company estimates that approximately 2000 people currently have a VeriChip worldwide."
"Company pushes RFID implants for immigrants, guest workers Scott Silverman, Chairman of the Board of VeriChip Corporation, has alarmed civil libertarians by promoting the company's subcutaneous human tracking device as a way to identify immigrants and guest workers. He appeared on the Fox News Channel earlier this week, the morning after President Bush called for high-tech measures to clamp down on Mexican immigrants."
Related Sites: Having trouble watching videos on youtube?, from answers.yahoo.com "download and work with mozilla firefox. its more stable then internet explorer.
..it all depends how fast broadband you have !!! Trouble watching videos onlin " It sounds like your computer isn't downloading the video fast enough for you to watch. Are you onbroadband?
You could try pausing the video when it starts and leaving it for a while to catch up on itself. ...
Alternatively ... how much free disc space have you got .... the stutters can often be down to explorer deleting ond temp files to accomodate new ones.
If the disc is too full ... it will freeze Trouble watching YouTube videos., from myps3 "I think it is just a download speed problem.
Try closing all other windows and/or make sure u arent downloading anything else at the same time.
The reason it plays through perfectly the second time is cause the video has downloaded itself temporarily into the cache (i think) so u can re watch it for a short time with out redownloading it.
Hope that helps."
When you have done the video go to file, publish, publish to this computer, when wait for it to transfer, and then it will turn into a wmv file, so then you can upload it onto youtube " Making Videos With Movie Maker
August 26, 2008 by Bruce Walls websitevideoguide.com "Here’s a video to get you started, there are many more available on the internet."
"SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (ANS) -- An Internet ministry which has published more than 40 million evangelistic outreach brochures in more than four decades has become the target of malicious spam, hacking and phishing, causing its operation to shut down.
ACTS International was founded in Australia by Dick Innes, who has been based in Southern California since the early 1980s.
"What God has done and is doing through this ministry is amazing when you realize that there are only two of us on our U.S. staff -- my wife, Joy, and myself," Innes told ANS.
According to Innes, more than 40 million of ACTS printed Encounter outreach brochures have been distributed by several thousand churches, chaplains (military, prison and hospital), other organizations, business people and individuals.
"Ten years ago the U.S. ACTS office changed from hard copy print media to communicate via the Internet and E-mail which has proven to be very efficient and effective," he said.
"Since going online and starting in a very small way ACTS has received 23,401 salvation and re-commitment to Christ responses. Of these responses 3,507 have been received so far this year and have come from 119 countries that we are aware of."
A listing of these countries can be seen online at www.actscom.com/news.php#countries.
Innes said that ACTS also publishes a weekday devotional, Daily Encounter, which has over 184,000 worldwide subscribers, and Weekend Encounter which has over 10,000 subscribers.
He continued: "Combined with prayer partners on the Prayer Encounter subscriber list, ACTS has over 200,000 worldwide subscribers. A big percentage of the salvation responses come from Daily Encounter subscribers as many non-Christians are subscribed to this list.
"Unfortunately, however, in the past three weeks our major websites of www.actsweb.org (of which we have several including sites in French and Spanish) have been maliciously attacked.
"Last year a phisher sent out 80,000 spam email messages making them appear that they were coming from an @actsweb.org email address.
"Three weeks ago another phisher attacked us sending out pornographic spam emails making them appear that they came from an @actsweb.org email address," Innes said.
"As a result all of the response pages on our ACTS websites were closed down as was the sending out of our Daily, Weekend and Prayer Encounter subscriber emails. In the process of changing to a new server we were hacked for a second time -- causing a complete close down of our actsweb.org websites. On the very first day of moving to the new server we were hacked again. And closed down again."
Innes went on to say: "As of today our tech support team are little-by-little putting online only a small section at a time, making sure that these are as safe as possible from hackers, phishers and spammers."
He added: "Obviously the enemy hates the publishing of the gospel and Word of God and as technology continues to get more and more sophisticated, we can be sure that these evil malicious people will continue to do all in the power to block the publishing of the gospel. Thus all websites and e-mail services that are doing the work of God are going to need more and more prayer for God�s leading, provision and protection."
The ACTS main website is www.actsweb.org, which is currently being rebuilt.
Innes concluded: "We are also in the process of setting up a special gospel outreach service for churches to replace our literature ministry that hundreds of churches have used. This web service is specifically designed to communicate to non-Christians and the un-churched with articles that speak to the needs of the average person in today�s society."
A demo site can be seen at www.goodnewsfor.com .
"Fortunately the Good News websites have not been hacked or attacked," he said. "
If your computer is infected with a virus, you'll want to remove it as quickly as possible. A fast way to check for viruses is to use an online scanner, such as the Microsoft Safety Scanner. The scanner is a free online service that helps you identify and remove viruses, clean up your hard disk, and generally improve your computer's performance.
If you're not sure whether your computer has a virus, see How can I tell if my computer has a virus? to check for some telltale signs. To try a different online scanner, follow the links to other companies that provide them on the Windows Security software providers webpage." Safe Mode
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"(Reuters) - Iranian hackers have repeatedly attacked Bank of America Corp , JPMorgan Chase & Co and Citigroup Inc over the past year, as part of a broad cyber campaign targeting the United States, according to people familiar with the situation.
The attacks, which began in late 2011 and escalated this year, have primarily been "denial of service" campaigns that disrupted the banks' websites and corporate networks by overwhelming them with incoming web traffic, said the sources.
Whether the hackers have been able to inflict more serious damage on computer networks or steal critical data is not yet known. The sources said there was evidence suggesting the hackers targeted the banks in retaliation for their enforcement of Western economic sanctions against Iran.
Iran has beefed up its cyber capabilities after its nuclear program was damaged in 2010 by the Stuxnet virus, widely believed to have been developed by the United States. Tehran has publicly advertised its intentions to build a cyber army and encouraged private citizens to hack against Western countries.
The attacks on the three largest U.S. banks originated in Iran, but it is not clear if they were launched by the state, groups working on behalf of the government, or "patriotic" citizens, according to the sources, who requested anonymity as they were not authorized to discuss the matter.
They said the attacks shed new light on the potential for Iran to lash out at Western nations' information networks.
"Most people didn't take Iran seriously. Now most people are taking them very seriously," said one of the sources, referring to Iran's cyber capabilities.
Iranian officials were not available for comment. Bank of America, JPMorgan and Citigroup declined to comment, as did officials with the Pentagon, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Bureau of Investigation, National Security Agency and Secret Service.
A U.S. financial services industry group this week warned banks, brokerages and insurers to be on heightened alert for cyber attacks after the websites of Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase's experienced unexplained service disruptions.
NBC reported late on Thursday that the Iranian government was behind these attacks, citing U.S. national security sources. Reuters could not verify that independently.
Tensions between the United States and Iran, which date back to the revolution in 1979 that resulted in the current Islamic republic, have escalated in recent years as Washington led the effort to prevent Tehran from getting a nuclear bomb and imposed tough economic sanctions.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Google disclosed Friday that its Street View cars had mistakenly collected data about the Web sites users were visiting on open wireless Internet networks.
Alan Eustace, a senior executive in Google's engineering and research department, apologized for the mistake in a blog post and said the company is working with regulators to dispose of the data.
"We are profoundly sorry for this error and are determined to learn all the lessons we can from our mistake," Eustace wrote.
He said the company has stopped its Street View cars, which are used to gather information for Google's mapping service, from collecting WiFi data entirely.
Eustace also stressed that the data was only collected from networks that were not password protected, and that it was never used "in any Google products."
While the data were collected from networks that were not password-protected, Google would not have been able to access any encrypted data, such as bank account information, the company said.
Google (GOOG, Fortune 500) had previously said that its Street View cars only collected information that is publicly broadcast on WiFi networks, such as network names and router numbers. At the time, however, the company said the cars did not collect "payload data" sent over the network, which could include what Web sites people are visiting.
That disclosure, in a blog post on April 27, was in response to an inquiry from the German data protection authority.
On Friday, Google said the request from a German authority had prompted the company to conduct an internal investigation of "everything we have been collecting," according to Eustace.
"It's now clear that we have been mistakenly collecting samples of payload data from open (i.e. non-password-protected) WiFi networks," he said in his post.
The mistake stemmed from an experimental piece of software code, which sampled all categories of publicly broadcast WiFi data, that was inadvertently included in a program the cars began using in 2007 to collect other wireless data.
Eustace said "only fragments" of data were collected by the cars, which use equipment that automatically changes channels about five times a second.
Danny Sullivan, editor of industry blog Search Engine Land, said the cars would have only detected "snippets" of information, and that encrypted data would not have been compromised.
"There could be some incredibly sensitive data in there, and there could be some that means very little," he said.
Sullivan said he was not surprised that Google could have made such a mistake. "But it doesn't make it any more acceptable," he said, adding that the disclosure comes at an inopportune time for the company.
"This is a really bad thing for them to have happen right now," he said. "They're already under fire on privacy because of the way they rolled out Google Buzz."
In February, Google modified a feature on its new social network service that automatically made people's private contacts public, after an uproar over the privacy breach. To top of page
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