Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Mozilla Firefox 1.5 has been released, download it now!

The Mozilla Corporation has released Mozilla Firefox 1.5 today, the best web browser today in my opinion. Read more about it and the new and improved features that come with version 1.5 here. Mozilla actually has a new domain too, mozilla.com, home of the Firefox web browser and Thunderbird email client. Download the new version at GetFirefox.com.

Friday, November 18, 2005

Mozilla Firefox 1.5 Release Candidate 3 has been released

We're getting closer and closer to Mozilla Firefox 1.5 being released. But for now Release Candidate 3 has been released for testing purposes only. Get it now on Mozilla.org.

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Boston.com article about the lead in drinking water

Boston.com has an article about the lead in drinking water situation that I posted about earlier today, Concerns raised on lead levels by Beth Daley, Globe Staff. Read it and check if you have lead water pipes in your street.

Scary stuff! Your Boston home may have lead in the drinking water

This is really some scary stuff. Last night on Fox 25 there was a report on lead in the drinking water in the homes in and around Boston. Fox25.com has the story on their site but you can go directly to the Conservation Law Foundation web site and click on the "Lead in Drinking Water" story/report (or just click the link). There is a PDF available on that web site (you can directly download it here), where they list all of the addresses of Boston properties with water service lines made of lead. The PDF list is very long, actually 87 pages. I don't know about you but this is some scary stuff that worries me. It's going to take me a while to look through the long list to see if where I live is listed but I have already found a neighbor's home right down the street from me is listed. In the article/report (Lead in Drinking Water) it states that "Boston's drinking water has proven to contain some of the highest lead levels of any major water system in the country." If that quote doesn't scare you, then you probably don't live in or around Boston.

The guy on Fox 25 last night interviewed someone in the Boston water department (this may be the wrong name of it, but it was someone from some kind of Boston water department) and he said that these pipes will be fixed/replaced in the next 10-15 years. What! What! We're talking about people's health and people's lives here. This guy probably doesn't even live in or around Boston. If he did and if others did, I'm sure this would be fixed sooner than 10-15 years. The article/report from above also mentions that of the Massachusetts children that have had blood tests, it shows an elevation in lead levels in their blood. "26 have populations that are nearly 80 percent non-white and 20 percent below the poverty line." Anyone else thinking that if the 80 percent were white and were rich, that this problem would be fixed by now or at least they would have a plan in place to tackle this situation? I at least think there would be more made about this and you would see action being taken now, not 10-15 years from now.

Everyone has to do something about this. Write to the mayor, write to city hall, write to any government office. We need this problem to be taken care of now, not later.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Destiny's Child is no more

Well Destiny's Child has performed together for the last time, on Tuesday they performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Kelly Rowland said that "you never know" when Kimmel asked if they would have a future reunion. Read more about it on Yahoo Music. I'm a big fan of Destiny's Child, they are one of my favorite female artists along with Missy Elliott, Mary J. Blige, and Erykah Badu. Hopefully they do have a reunion sometime.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Sony BMG not sorry about putting virus-like program on CDs

A few days ago I wrote about the whole Sony CD spyware incident. Well "Sony BMG was unapologetic in its mission to use anti-piracy technology. '(It) is an important tool to protect our intellectual property rights and those of our artists,' Sony stated (Sony Still On The Hot Seat by Antone Gonsalves, InternetWeek.com)." So their important tool is ok to force on their consumers' computers without asking them? Well Sony, you are going to lose a lot of customers. You lost one right here too.

The program that is on about 19-20 Sony CDs is XCP (eXtended Copy Protection) copy-protection technology. Sony BMG is temporarily stopping the manufacturing of CDs containing the XCP technology. Notice the word temporarily, so Sony BMG will stop for now (so they say) but later they will probably continue to put this spyware on their CDs. I know I am going to stop buying any Sony CDs and I may never buy one again. Why would I buy something that may break my computer or worse spy on me (and maybe steal sensitive or personal data)? I've read about other people who are now going to boycott all Sony products. I think that may be a little too extreme but it does make you think, are they doing this to other products they sell? Are other companies doing this? Hopefully not my PlayStation 2! Read more about the XCP software.

Metal Gear Solid 4 on PS3

GameSpy.com has some information with some screenshots and movies of the upcoming PS3 Metal Gear Solid 4 video game. You can read more about it and view the screenshots and movies on GameSpy.com.

PS2 The Matrix: Path of Neo a disappointment

Looking on GameSpy.com, because I like to read their reviews for video games, I noticed the much talked about and anticipated game, The Matrix: Path of Neo for PlayStation 2. GameSpy gave it 2 stars out of 5. This game had so much hype that I'm disappointed by reading the review. When are they going to make a great Matrix game? Will they ever? Read the review on GameSpy.com.

Monday, November 14, 2005

Development software available

In the SitePoint.com blogs section, Kevin Yank made two posts (one in the .NET blog and one in the Java/J2EE blog) about free development software now being available for download for free. This is great news for developers and people wanting to learn new technology, such as myself. In Kevin Yank's posts, he says that Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Express Editions and Sun's Java Studio Creator can now be downloaded for free. Download them now while you still can.

Saturday, November 12, 2005

The .NET Framework 2.0 is available to download

The final version of the .NET framework 2.0 is now available to download. You can read more about this on ASP101.com.

Friday, November 11, 2005

Sony CDs might mess your computer up and spy on you

The article "Are these the Sony rootkit CDs?" by Graeme Wearden on ZDNet.com says that the EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation), a cyber-rights group has found 19 Sony CDs that put an application on it which can be used to hide malicious code. I never thought I would read something like this but I should expect the unexpected these days. No more buying Sony CDs for me anymore. Is this Sony or the music industry trying to get back at people who use file-sharing programs to download music? Or is this program used to spy on us to see if we are downloading music? Probably not but you never know. Another article on ZDNet.com has more, "'Bots' for Sony CD software spotted online" by John Borland, CNET News.com.

Second Life, your own virtual 3-D world

While reading the InternetWeek.com newsletter I got in my inbox I saw there was article about an online virtual world (Online Virtual World Is Part Fantasy, Part Civics Experiment by Christopher T. Heun). So I went to the article and read about it and I found it actually quite interesting. An online virtual 3-D world called Second Life is available for anyone (membership is free), but you need to have a broadband internet connection. If you want to "buy land" it costs a minimum of $9.99 per month. Once you buy virtual land, you can build whatever you like. It seems to be a pretty cool idea, hopefully the users only use it for good and not for anything bad. I know that I'm not going to pay $9.99 a month to buy "virtual" land when I could use that money for actual "real life" land.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Want a faster Mozilla Firefox? Try Fasterfox

If you use Mozilla Firefox and want it to run faster there is an extension that you can download and install called Fasterfox. You can download it from the Fasterfox web site. Fasterfox includes performance and network tweaks for Firefox.

Work with the web? Check out SitePoint.com

I'm a web developer and my favorite web site to go to get information about web development, web design, web marketing, new things on the web, and a lot more is SitePoint.com. They publish articles, sell books, have blogs, and forums. I personally am signed up for the newsletters that they have and I have recently signed up with the forums. A little while ago I bought the book Build Your Own Database Driven Website Using PHP & MySQL by Kevin Yank and it is a great learning tool. If you want to build a dynamic web site using PHP and MySQL, then this is the book for you. Visit the site now and read the latest articles, there's always something good on SitePoint.com.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Microsoft acquires the file-sharing service FolderShare

Microsoft has acquired FolderShare, a file-sharing service. It is said that Microsoft acquired FolderShare because of its strategy of making its products available as Web Services. Read more about this story on InternetWeek.com.

File-sharing application Shareaza 2.2.1.0 has been released

Shareaza, a file-sharing client for Windows that supports the Gnutella, G2, eDonkey and BitTorrent protocols, has released a new version, version 2.2.1.0. You can download the update on SourceForge.net. The update includes changes to the user interface and has performance improvements.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Cam Neely, inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame

Cam NeelyIn Toronto on Monday night, Cam Neely was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. He is 40 years old and was recently named Boston Bruins ambassador. In his All-Star career, Neely played 726 regular season games, scored 395 goals and had 299 assists. For playoff stats, he had 55 goals, and 89 points in 93 playoff games. He had to retire in 1996 at 31 years old because of injuries. Cam Neely was the one who created the type of hockey player, power-forward. He wouldn't go around you to score, he would go right through you. Knock you down, take the puck and score. All Boston Bruins fans miss him but wish him the best. There's a great article on Cam Neely by Scott Burnside on ESPN.com.

Terrell Owens, not to play again for Eagles

ESPN.com is reporting that Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Terrell Owens was suspended for Sunday's game against the Washington Redskins and for the three next games without pay. Then the Eagles are planning to deactivate him for the rest of the season. (Remember a few years back, the same happened to Keyshawn Johnson when he criticized coach Jon Gruden.) Coach Andy Reid said that Owens "had been warned repeatedly about the consequences of his actions." Owens was suspended on Saturday, two days after he said the Eagles showed a "lack of class" because they didn't celebrate him on his 100th career touchdown catch. OK T.O. maybe they should have thrown you a parade, you selfish classless player. Maybe that will be the last touchdown catch you get, but probably not with other NFL teams and coaches thinking "I can change this guy." Let me tell you, NO you can't. This guy will never change and will never get it. It's all about him, him, him, I, I, I. Football is a team sport. There's no room for players like Terrell Owens in the league. He may get all the stats in the world but he will never win a championship.

One funny note, in the ESPN.com article, it says that reporters were waiting outside Owen's home for a word and a pizza guy delievered pizza to Owen's home. The deliveryman, James McDevitt got a $5 tip but told reporters he left the tip on the door step.

I mean what a joke this guy is. I can't believe that the Eagles actually kept him on their team for this long. I'm so glad the New England Patriots (my favorite NFL team and the team I follow) did not pick up T.O. or players that act the way he does. Bill Belichik and his coaching staff wouldn't take any of that crap, he would be off the team once the first thing came up.

Here's an interview that ESPN had with Terrell Owens last Thursday.
http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=to/unplugged

Monday, November 07, 2005

Two Carolina Panthers cheerleaders arrested

Apparently two Carolina Panthers cheerleaders were having sex in the bathroom of a club in Tampa, Florida and were arrested early Sunday. The story on ESPN.com says that they were taking so much time in the bathroom that other were getting annoyed and another woman got into an argument with them. You can see the "mug shots" on ESPN.com of the two women who were arrested. Wow, another wild story that has to do with another NFL team this year. A few weeks ago we all heard about the Minnesota Vikings, who had an orgy on a cruise and now this.

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Creative pumpkin carvings

I know it is past Halloween but I found the site, PumpkinGutter.com, which has some really cool looking pumpkin carvings. It's amazing what people can do with their creative minds.

Saturday, November 05, 2005

To flock or not to flock to the new Flock web browser

A new browser is coming and its' name is Flock. This new web browser is being made with the new web 2.0 technologies such as blogs, RSS feeds, and sharing photos in mind. The new "social browser" is being created by a startup in Palo Alto. A preview of this new browser is available on their web site. The browser is built on the Mozilla project codebase. Can this browser actually challenge Microsoft Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox? Here are some Flock sites and articles about the new browser:

Friday, November 04, 2005

Firefox 1.5 Release Candidate 1 is available

Mozilla has released Firefox 1.5 Release Candidate 1. You can go to their site to download this version for testing purposes only. Firefox 1.5's final release is scheduled to be made available later this year. Maybe in time for Christmas? Wow what a Christmas gift. What did you get for Christmas? I got Firefox!!! :)