Thursday, September 30, 2010

CBC News Alerts - Flaherty scales back EI premium increase

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Flaherty scales back EI premium increase
Finance Minister Jim Flaherty says he will increase employment insurance premiums in January, but not to the level recommended by an independent panel.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

CBC News Alerts - 3 arrested in $12.5M Toronto lottery fraud

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3 arrested in $12.5M Toronto lottery fraud
The Ontario Provincial Police are seeking the victim of a $12.5-million lottery fraud that dates from December 2003, and said they have arrested three Greater Toronto Area residents in connection with the case.

Better installer for Windows 7

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This installer has 4 advantages compared to the original setup.exe:
1. This installer supports install vista and win7 in the xp based winpe.
2. You can install the OS directly onto a USB external hard drive.
3. You can choose which partition to put the bootmgr and bcd manually, which can prevent putting
   the boot files onto usb disks when booting winpe from usb.
4. If you install win7/2008 with setup.exe from winpe, the OS partition will occupy C: no matter
   which partition you choose. With this installer, you can decide which letter to be used for
   the OS partition in Windows.

1. If you install vista or 2008 with this installer, the windows partition will occupy d:.
2. After installing the OS on a USB hard drive, you are recommended to open the write cache of
   the hard drive in device manager.
3. If you want to plug the usb OS to another PC, please run
   \Windows\System32\sysprep\sysprep.exe /oobe /generalize /shutdown
   After the shutting down the computer, you can plug the hard disk to another computer.


CBC News Alerts - Ont. court strikes down anti-prostitution laws

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Ont. court strikes down anti-prostitution laws
An Ontario Superior Court judge on Tuesday struck down some key provisions in Canada's anti-prostitution laws.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

CBC News Alerts - Mexican landslide buries hundreds of homes

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Mexican landslide buries hundreds of homes
Hundreds are feared dead after a landslide buried about 300 homes in the western Mexican state of Oaxaca early Tuesday, local officals say.

CBC News Alerts - PCs win N.B. election: CBC projects

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PCs win N.B. election: CBC projects
The Progressive Conservatives will form a majority government in New Brunswick, CBC News projects.

Piriform - Features

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Optimization and Cleaning

CCleaner is our system optimization, privacy and cleaning tool. It removes unused files from your system - allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space. It also cleans traces of your online activities such as your Internet history. Additionally it contains a fully featured registry cleaner. But the best part is that it's fast (normally taking less than a second to run) and contains NO Spyware or Adware!
Cleans the following:
Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer
Temporary files, history, cookies, Autocomplete form history, index.dat.

Temporary files, history, cookies, download history, form history.
Google Chrome

Google Chrome
Temporary files, history, cookies, download history, form history.

Temporary files, history, cookies.
Apple Safari

Temporary files, history, cookies, form history.

Recycle Bin, Recent Documents, Temporary files and Log files.

Registry Cleaner
Advanced features to remove unused and old entries, including File Extensions, ActiveX Controls, ClassIDs, ProgIDs, Uninstallers, Shared DLLs, Fonts, Help Files, Application Paths, Icons, Invalid Shortcuts and more... also comes with a comprehensive backup feature.

Third-party applications
Removes temp files and recent file lists (MRUs) from many apps including Media Player, eMule, Google Toolbar, Netscape, Microsoft Office, Nero, Adobe Acrobat, WinRAR, WinAce, WinZip and many more...

100% Spyware FREE
This software does NOT contain any Spyware, Adware or Viruses.


CBC News Alerts - Building collapses in Montreal

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Building collapses in Montreal
Emergency crews are on the scene of a building collapse on Sherbrooke Street in Montreal. At least one man is trapped in the debris.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Download VMware Player 3.1.2 -

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VMware Player 3.1.2

A virtual machine is a computer defined in software. It's like running a PC on your PC.
This free desktop virtualization software application makes it easy to operate any virtual machine created by VMware Workstation, VMware Fusion, VMware Server or VMware ESX, as well as Microsoft Virtual Server virtual machines or Microsoft Virtual PC virtual machines.
  • Run multiple operating systems simultaneously on a single PC
  • Experience the benefits of preconfigured products without any installation or configuration hassles
  • Share data between host computer and virtual machine
  • Run 32- and 64-bit virtual machines
  • Leverage 2-way Virtual SMP
  • Use 3rd-party virtual machines and images
  • Share data between host computer and virtual machine
  • Broad host and guest operating system support
  • Support for USB 2.0 devices
  • Get appliance info at start-up
  • Gain easy access to virtual machines via intuitive home page interface

CBC News Alerts - 3 people confirmed dead in Alberta plane crash

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3 people confirmed dead in Alberta plane crash
Three people were killed in a small plane crash near Sundre, about 130 kilometres northwest of Calgary, police confirmed.

CBC News Alerts - Fatalities in small plane crash in Alberta: RCMP

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Fatalities in small plane crash in Alberta: RCMP
RCMP say multiple people have been killed in a small plane crash north of Sundre, Alta., on Friday afternoon.

CBC News Alerts - PM confirms military aid for N.L. Igor victims

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PM confirms military aid for N.L. Igor victims

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has confirmed that military resources are about to be deployed to help Newfoundland communities ravaged by Hurricane Igor. Department of National Defence officials had earlier confirmed three ships full of supplies were being readied.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

swf extractor

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swf extractor

Download Google Chrome 7.0.517.5 Beta

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Download Google Chrome 7.0.517.5 Beta
Google Chrome 7.0.517.5 Beta
Google - 22.28MB (Open Source) - beta

CBC News Alerts - Gun registry survives Commons vote

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Gun registry survives Commons vote
MPs have voted 153-151 to save the gun registry, with enough New Democrat MPs voting with the Liberals and Bloc Québécois to scrap a Conservative private member's bill aimed at killing the 15-year-old federal program.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010


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Lowest Regular Gas prices for Toronto

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Gas Prices for September 21, 2010

Lowest Regular Gas prices for Toronto

1292 Dupont St
Toronto - Central, ON
9:36 PM

1245 Dupont St
Toronto - Central, ON
9:36 PM

1471 O'Connor Dr
Toronto - Central, ON
1:00 AM

840 Dupont St
Toronto - Central, ON
4:46 PM

2317 St Clair Ave W
Toronto - Central, ON
4:46 PM

* Prices as of Tuesday, September 21, 2010 at 2:48 PM

Current Toronto Average
101.596Prices Rising
Current Ontario Average
100.998Prices Rising
Current National Average

CBC News Alerts - Hurricane Igor washes man to sea in N.L.: police

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Hurricane Igor washes man to sea in N.L.: police
Authorities are searching for a man believed to have been washed to sea by Hurricane Igor in Trinity Bay, N.L., after a bridge collapsed.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Jerry__Blogger ‎: BREAKING NEWS: US Recent survey shows that in Sep only 35% of black males think they're big meech, which is way down from Aug total of 78%

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: BREAKING NEWS: US Recent survey shows that in Sep only 35% of black males think they're big meech, which is way down from Aug total of 78%

CBC News Alerts - Karkwa wins Polaris Music Prize

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Karkwa wins Polaris Music Prize

Monday, September 20, 2010

CBC News Alerts - Nova Scotia MP to change vote on gun registry

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Nova Scotia MP to change vote on gun registry
NDP MP Peter Stoffer says he still dislikes the long-gun registry but will represent the majority of his Nova Scotia riding's constituents and vote against killing it in a parliamentary vote this week. A CBC News count puts the decided votes at 153 against killing the registry and 151 in favour of killing it.

Fwd: [] Windows (7) Setup and Tweaking Guide for Benchmarking

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When it comes to benchmarking, at least in some competitive form, every little bit helps. The best place to start that is with your OS. The following information is specific to Windows 7, however the general principal applies to XP and Vista.

After a nice, fresh, clean install I only installed one other program which is certainly not needed for benchmarking and normally not running during a benchmarking session. I did want to mention it though because you will see it in the images that are shown below. The program is called LogMeIn. The reason I have this installed is to allow me to tweak my OS and work on tutorials when not at home. The rest of time it is disabled. Now onto some tweaking.

Step 1

Create two partitions on your hardrive. The first partition needs to be big enough for your windows installation and whatever benchmarking software and drivers that MUST be installed. The second partition will hold all of your non-installed programs and any validation files and screenshots that you take of your bechmarks. You could also use a USB drive instead of the second partition as another option.

Step 2

Install Windows, Drivers, and all available updates.

Step 3

Goto the following website and pick your OS (for this example I am using Windows 7) then follow all the recommendations in the "Tweaked" column. If this is going to be a machine you use everyday you may want to choose the "Safe" column and skip Step 4.

This is similar to what your running services would look like (if using W7):

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Step 4

There are some additional services that can be disabled. Again if you plan to use this machine for everday use you may want to skip this step. The services are listed below and all are stopped and set to 'Disabled' except for windows update which is set to 'Manual'.

Desktop Window Manager Session Manager
Multimedia Class Scheduler
Print Spooler
Security Center
Windows Audio
Windows Audio Endpoint Builder
Windows Defender
Windows Firewall
Windows Update (Manual)

Now the services you have running should look like something below:

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So with all of these tweaks we have reduced the running services from 58 to 26 (this does not include the LogMeIn services that you will not have). That is over half.

Step 5

Now that we have all of the unnecessary services disabled it is time to get rid of some Windows Features. So lets head to the Control Panel -> Programs and Features -> Turn Windows Features on or off.

By default it should look something like this:

You want to turn all of them off except the ones that are still checked below:

The only reason I left IE8 is simply because it gives a default browser for 3DMark to use when uploading results if I have an internet connection at the time. You can go ahead and remove this as well if you are not planning on having a connection when you bench.

Step 6

Now the tweaking is done it is time to add your benchmarking programs. ONLY install the programs that require it. For instance 3DMark requires you to install their programs to work, however SuperPi does not. If your benchmarking program gives you a choice between one that needs to be installed and one that does not, do not choose the installation. The less bloat in windows the better.

For those programs that do not need to be installed just place them on either the second partition you made or your USB thumbdrive. Place a shortcut on the desktop so that you can easily run them.

Step 7

Once you have everything installed and ready to go create a 'System Image' in case your OS becomes corrupt due to a failed overclock. To do this goto Start -> All Programs -> Maintenance -> Backup and Restore. On the left you should see 'Create System Image'. From there just follow the prompts, select where to store it (external drive maybe) and let it do it's thing.

If you ever need to resotre you can just use your Windows disc. It has a restore from image option. This will save you alot of time if something goes wrong.


I hope this has been easy to understand and informational. If anyone has any suggestions or comments that would improve this in any way please feel free to let me know.

Posted By Jerry Blogger to at 9/11/2010 10:55:00 PM

CBC News Alerts - Injured veterans get expanded benefits

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Injured veterans get expanded benefits
The federal government will be spending an additional $2 billion to help about 2,300 wounded veterans,  CBC has learned.

CBC News Alerts - The King's Speech wins coveted TIFF prize

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The King's Speech wins coveted TIFF prize
The King's Speech triumphed at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sunday, scooping up TIFF's coveted People's Choice Award.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

CBC News Alerts - Air India perjury trial returns guilty verdict

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News Alert
Air India perjury trial returns guilty verdict

Inderjit Singh Reyat, who testified at the Air India trial in 2003, has been convicted of perjury.

ASUS ROG Matrix update download EAH4800 and EAH5800 iTracker2_v160

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Since the link is very hard to find on ASUS site. I upload it to fileserve and let everyone download it more easy! 4830/4850/4870, 4770/4775/4650, 5890/5870/5850/5830/5770/5550/5730

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Saturday, September 18, 2010

Download Google Chrome 7.0.517.8 Beta - Technical Details -

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Google Chrome 7.0.517.8 Beta
Google - 22.28MB (Open Source) - beta

Friday, September 17, 2010

CBC News Alerts - 5 men arrested in Britain over threat to Pope

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Transport truck collides with at least 1 cyclist

CBC News Alerts - 1 cyclist confirmed dead in N.B. accident

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News Alert
1 cyclist confirmed dead in N.B. accident
One cyclist was killed on Highway 7 between Saint John and Fredericton after a transport truck collided with one or more riders.

CBC News Alerts - Transport truck collides with at least 1 cyclist

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Transport truck collides with at least 1 cyclist
A transport truck has collided with one or more cyclists on the highway between Saint John and Fredericton.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Faster than ever - The new Chrome

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New record again!

Download Chrome

SeoQuake [Team blog] » Change log [SeoQuake FF]

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SeoQuake [Team blog] » Change log [SeoQuake FF]: "SeoQuake 2.6.6 for FireFox has been released

Posted in Change log [SeoQuake FF] | Tuesday, September 14th, 2010 | No Comments »
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[*]Google SERP problem fixed
[*]Nofollow and noindex highlighting fixed

For the extensions support please install the latest dev version of chrome for
linux (32bit):
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Widget vs Gadget?

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What is the different between a "widget" and a "gadget"?

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It could be explain in very difficult, so waste your timefor reading. However, Jerry Blogger is a straight forword person and want to save your time.

Let's begin.
Gadget=Widget, but Widget=/=Gadget

Widget in Computer Programming is a reusable element of a graphical user interface that displays an information arrangement and provides standardized data manipulation.

Gadget is a mini-applications for specific web-site or platform. For example, iGoogle.

2GB Kingston DataTraveler® 101 USB Flashdrive on (item 280562489108 end time 15-Oct-10 06:56:35 EDT)

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2GB Kingston DataTraveler® 101 USB Flashdrive on (item 280562489108 end time 15-Oct-10 06:56:35 EDT): Nice ebay cheap deal!
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CBC News Alerts - Afghan deaths focus of special forces probe

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Afghan deaths focus of special forces probe
Two criminal investigations launched by military police into the actions of Canadian special forces soldiers in Afghanistan probed the alleged improper killing of Afghans, CBC News has learned.
For the latest on this breaking story

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

How much time you wasted due to your "BROWSER"?

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 Do you know your browser could save you a lot of time for surfing the net?

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There sure are a lot of browsers to choose from these days. Peacekeeper is a free service that lets you quickly and easily find out which one works best on your PC. If you're interested in how Peacekeeper works read their FAQ for more information, or to get started, click on the "Benchmark your Browser" button now. The test only takes a few minutes but if you're an impatient type you can see the average results from thousands of users here.

IN SUM : Never Use Internet Explorer!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

OMG! AGAIN!! September 11 attacks

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OMG! OMFG!!!! yes! again!

Get through your email faster with Gmail Priority Inbox

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Welcome to Priority Inbox! By automatically separating out your most important messages, Priority Inbox makes it easy for you to read and respond to the messages that matter.

Get through your email faster

sections Try reading and replying to the messages in the "Important and Unread" section first. Mark anything that requires follow-up with a star, then go through the "Everything Else" section. If you leave Priority Inbox, you can return to it by clicking the link next to Inbox on the side navigation of Gmail.

How it works

Gmail's servers look at several types of information to identify the email that's important to you, including who you email and chat with most, how often you email these people and which keywords frequently appear in the emails that you read.

Train Priority Inbox

If Priority Inbox makes a mistake, you can use the Mark important Mark not important buttons to correctly mark a conversation as important or not important and Priority Inbox will quickly learn what you care about most.

And more...

  • Customise Priority Inbox: You can change what type of email you see in each section (such as switching the "Important and Unread" section to just "Important"). Simply click on the section headers or visit the Priority Inbox tab under Settings to customise.
  • Use filters to guarantee importance: If you want to be absolutely sure that some messages are always marked as important (such as emails from your boss), you can set up a filter and choose "Always mark it as important."
  • Search by importance: If you want to see all the messages that have been marked as important, both read and unread, perform a Gmail search for "is:important."
  • Switching back to your old inbox: If Priority Inbox isn't for you, you can easily switch back to your normal inbox by clicking "Inbox" on the left or hide Priority Inbox altogether from Gmail Settings.
To learn more about managing your email with Priority Inbox, take a look at the Gmail Help Centre.
- The Gmail Team

BBC News gadget!

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Friday, September 10, 2010

New Canada News Gadget!!!

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New Canada News Gadget!!!
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Who says birds don't have feelings?

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Who says birds don't have feelings?

This is truly amazing & very touching.............


Here his wife is injured and the condition is fatal.
She was hit by a car as she swooped low across the road.

Here he brought her food and attended to her with love
and compassion.

He brought her food again but was shocked to find her dead.

He tried to move her....a rarely-seen effort for swallows!

Aware that his sweetheart is dead and will never come back to him again,
he cries with adoring love.

He stood beside her, saddened of her death.

Finally aware that she would never return to him, he
stood beside her body with sadness and sorrow.

Millions of people cried after watching this picture in
Asia, Canada and Europe. It is said that the
photographer sold these pictures for a nominal fee to the

most famous newspaper in France .  All copies of that  
newspaper were sold out on the day these pictures were published.

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And many people think animals don't have a brain or feelings?????

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Using The Wrong Tracking Code Can Cost You more than $500k a Year

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This is a guest post from Tom Critchlow who is an excel ninja, data geek, analytics nerd and head of search for Distilled, a London & Seattle based search agency. Tom provides a cautionary tale on the importance of keeping your site up to date.

Meet the World’s Best Browser firefox 3.6.9 released

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Meet the World’s Best Browser
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You're settling for good when there's awesome.  Upgrade to Firefox 3.6!

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

SEO search Gadget: the easiest way to entre query for your site!

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SEO Search Gadget

Jerry Blogger / CC BY-ND 3.0

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

lock and dismount every volume of a physical drive

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LockDismount is a small tool that does only one thing (or two to be exactly). It locks and dismounts every volume of a physical drive (HD or UFD for example). That's it!

So what is that good for?

Microsoft changed the way programs can directly write to physical drives in Windows Vista and later.
More technical background informations about this new 'feature' (or restriction) can be found here: http://msd.........353.aspx

Unfortunately some older (but still good and useful) programs are not compatible with this new restriction and stopped working. You will usually see an "Access Denied" error message when they try to write to \\.\PhysicalDriveX.

This is where LockDismount can help. By locking and dismounting all volumes it will allow some of these older programs to work again.

How to use it?

It's simple. Select the Drive you want to lock and press 'Lock it!'. Now open the 'older program' and let it perform the task that usually gave you the access denied error message. When done, unlock the drive again. That's all.
The only important thing is that every volumes gets successfully locked and that you keep them locked until the other program is done.

Please note that you can not lock your system drive or any drive that holds a pagefile!

The idea for this little tool was born here: by Wonko cheers.gif
So you know who you have to blame for it

Programs tested so far:

Windows 7:
- RoadKil's Disk Image v1.6
- dsfi (part of the dsfok package)
- Flashnul

Windows Vista:
- still looking for testers

Download: LockDismount v0.2.0.0

Monday, September 06, 2010

7 spending tips from frugal billionaires

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by Jean Folger, Investopedia

Carlos Slim Helu (Carlos Slim), a telecom tycoon and billionaire with well-known frugal tendencies, has a net worth of U.S.$60.6 billion according to Forbes. Assuming no changes in his net worth, he could spend $1,150 a minute for the next 100 years before he ran out of money. To put this in perspective, he could spend in 13 minutes what a minimum-wage earner brings home after an entire year of the daily grind.

Granted, the world's billionaires (all 1,011 of them) are in the debatably enviable position of having, quite literally, more money than they can possibly spend, yet some are still living well below their means, and save money in surprising places. Even non-billionaires (currently 6,864,605,142 of us) can partake in these seven spending tips from frugal billionaires.

Keep your home simple

Billionaires can afford to live in the most exclusive mansions imaginable - and many do, including Bill Gates' sprawling 66,000-square-foot, $147.5 million mansion in Medina, Wash. - yet frugal billionaires like Warren Buffet choose to keep it simple. Buffet still lives in the five-bedroom house in Omaha that he purchased in 1957 for $31,500. Likewise, Carlos Slim has lived in the same house for more than 40 years.

Use self-powered or public transportation

Thrifty billionaires including John Caudwell, David Cheriton and Chuck Feeney prefer to walk, bike or use public transportation when getting around town. Certainly these wealthy individuals could afford to take a helicopter to their lunch meetings, or ride in chauffeur-driven Bentleys, but they choose to get a little exercise and take advantage of public transportation instead. Good for the bank account and great for the environment.

Buy your clothes off the rack

While some people, regardless of their net value, place a huge emphasis on wearing designer clothes and shoes, some frugal billionaires decide it's simply not worth the effort, or expense. You can find David Cheriton, the Stanford professor who matched Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page to the venture capitalists at Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers (resulting in a large reward of Google stock), wearing jeans and a t-shirt.
Ingvar Kamprad, the founder of the furniture company Ikea, avoids wearing suits, and John Caudwell, mobile phone mogul, buys his clothes off the rack instead of spending his wealth on designer clothes.

Keep your scissors sharp

The average haircut costs about $45, but people can and do spend up to $800 per cut and style. Multiply that by 8.6 (to account for a cut every six weeks) and it adds up to $7,200 per year, not including tips. These billionaires can certainly afford the most stylish haircuts, buy many cannot be bothered by the time it takes or the high price tag for the posh salons. Billionaires like John Caudwell and David Cheriton opt for cutting their own hair at home.

Drive a regular car

While billionaires like Larry Ellison (co-founder and CEO of Oracle Corporation) enjoy spending millions on cars, boats and planes, others remain low key with their vehicles of choice. Jim Walton (of the Wal-Mart clan) drives a 15-year-old pickup truck. Azim Premji, an Indian business tycoon, reportedly drives a Toyota Corolla. And Ingvar Kamprad of Ikea drives a 10-year-old Volvo. The idea is to buy a dependable car, and drive it into the ground. No need for a different car each day of the week for these frugal billionaires.

Skip luxury items

It may surprise some of us, but the world's wealthiest person, Carlos Slim (the one who could spend more than a thousand dollars a minute and not run out of money for one hundred years) does not own a yacht or a plane.
Many other billionaires have chosen to skip these luxury items. Warren Buffet also avoids these lavish material items, stating "Most toys are just a pain in the neck."

What we can learn

Some of the world's billionaires have frugal tendencies. Perhaps this thrifty nature even helped them make some of their money. Regardless, they have chosen to avoid some unnecessary spending (at least on their scale) and the 6,864,605,142 non-billionaires out there can follow suit, eliminating excessive, keep-up-with-the-Jones style spending.  No matter what a person's income bracket is, most can usually find a way to cut back on frivolous spending, just like a few frugal billionaires.

Saturday, September 04, 2010

KeePass Password Safe

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KeePass Password Safe
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KeePass is a free open source password manager, which helps you to manage your passwords in a secure way. You can put all your passwords in one database, which is locked with one master key or a key file. So you only have to remember one single master password or select the key file to unlock the whole database. The databases are encrypted using the best and most secure encryption algorithms currently known (AES and Twofish).
KeePass is really free, and more than that: it is open source (OSI certified). You can have a look at its full source and check whether the encryption algorithms are implemented correctly.

Classic Edition
KeePass 1.18
Stable Release KeePass 1.18 (Installer EXE for Windows)
This package contains everything you need to use KeePass. Simply download the EXE file above, run it and follow the steps of the installation program. You need local installation rights (use the Portable version below, if you don't have these rights).
Stable Release Portable KeePass 1.18 (ZIP Package)
Download this ZIP package and unpack it to your favorite location (USB stick, ...). KeePass runs without any additional installation and won't store any settings outside the application directory.
Supported operating systems:
Windows 98 / 98SE / ME / NT / 2000 / XP / 2003 / Vista / 7 / Wine, each 32-bit and 64-bit.


Friday, September 03, 2010

Google LatLong: Let's Go East!

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Google LatLong: Let's Go East!: "The Google Earth and Maps Imagery team has just finished rolling out new imagery across the globe, including a significant amount of aerial imagery in Eastern Europe. It's been a while since we had a big update in that part of the world, and there are a ton of fantastic sights for all you armchair geographers out there to explore. Break out the Slavic dictionary, crank up the techno, and start zooming in!"

Thursday, September 02, 2010

The Digital Economy Act 2010

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What is the Digital Economy Act?

The Digital Economy Act is a newly passed piece of British legislation that is meant to protect copyright online and increase regulation and control of the way people use the Internet.

What can you do about this?

  • Ask your candidates whether they oppose the Act. If your MP didn't bother to vote, ask why. Given the important implications this legislation has, it's vital that politicians make their position on the issue clear. E-mail your candidates directly using this tool:

  • Inform your friends about the implications of the Act and the way it threats civil liberties and the future of Internet use.

  • Join the Open Rights Group's Action e-mail list. This will keep you informed on further developments and give practical advice on how you can protest against the Digital Economy Act:
How did it happen?
  • The entertainment industry is refusing to adapt to new models, clinging to obsolete 20th Century thinking.
  • The Bill was drafted by unelected officials after lobbying from the entertainment industry.
  • It was passed in a hurry during the Parliamentary "wash up" process without full scrutiny.
Why should you be worried?
  • Websites will be blocked for alleged copyright infringement.
  • Families accused of sharing copyrighted files will be disconnected without trial. They will have to pay to appeal.
  • Even if you don't live in the UK, it sets a worrying precedent for other countries to follow suit.
Disconnection or "technical measures" like bandwidth throttling will kick in if file sharing does not drop by an incredible 70%. There are no alternative punishments to disconnection, no matter what the damage it will cause, and there is no statutory limit on the length of these disconnections, called, in the weasel words of the Act, "temporary account suspension".
Despite thousands of letters of concern and a petition with over 35,000 signatures of protest, the Bill was rushed through in the final days of parliament during the "wash up process" - it was not given the full scrutiny that it deserved.
This is a piece of legislation that gives potentially unlimited power to unelected officials, and assumes guilt on the part of those accused of copyright infringement. We can expect the industry lobbies to be out in force to roll back our human right to freedom of expression in the name of copyright very, very soon.
What's happening now?
Now that the Bill has been passed and the election is underway, candidates from all the main parties are keen to distance themselves from it. They admit that there are serious concerns and that the Bill did not receive the scrutiny and debate it deserves.

Dan Bull / Songwriter