Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Have a happy new year!

Have a happy new year everyone! If you're going out to a party, be safe out there. Next post will be in 2009.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Microsoft releases patch for IE

In reply to my post yesterday, today Microsoft released a patch for IE to fix the critical flaw that has been exploited by some.

The company on Saturday warned that 1 in 500 Internet Explorer users worldwide may have been exposed to malware hosted at both legitimate Web sites and porn sites that exploit an unpatched vulnerability.

Microsoft confirmed finding exploit code on a search engine in Taiwan and on a Web site in Hong Kong that serves adult entertainment content.

"Based on our stats, since the vulnerability has gone public, roughly 0.2% of users worldwide may have been exposed to websites containing exploits of this latest vulnerability," Microsoft Security Response Center researchers Ziv Mador and Tareq Saade said in a blog post. "That percentage may seem low, however it still means that a significant number of users have been affected. The trend for now is going upwards: We saw an increase of over 50% in the number of reports today compared to yesterday."

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Funny Christmas video

I love Christmas time but found this funny video on YouTube that I thought I would share.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

X-Men Origins: Wolverine trailer

There is a nice trailer for the new Wolverine movie coming out, X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Check it out below.

Do not use Internet Explorer

This morning it was reported that there was a major security flaw in Internet Explorer from versions IE5 to IE8 beta.

The attack has serious and far-reaching ramifications -- and they're not just theoretical attacks. In fact, the flaw is already in wide use as a tool to steal online game passwords, with some 10,000 websites infected with the code needed to take advantage of the hole in IE.

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So make sure to use another web browser for now such as Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera, or Safari.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Hope everyone had a happy holiday

I hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving. I did with my wife and our families got together and it was fun. I haven't blogged much recently because my wife and I got our own apartment and have been busy getting everything moved in and put in place. We're still working on it though.  :)

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

OpenOffice 3 is officially released

Yesterday OpenOffice 3.0 was released and it seems that so many people are downloading it that their site has been changed and they have a note. The biggest enhancement for the OpenOffice 3.0 suite is the ability to open Microsoft Office 2007 file formats.

The software suite combines word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation tools similar to the Microsoft Office suite. The open source version, however, is free, making it an attractive alternative for people or businesses that need only basic capabilities.

The biggest improvement to OpenOffice 3 is the ability to open Office 2007 files. However, some files, such as .docx, .xisx, and .pptx, can only be read. The second major enhancement is a new version for the Apple Mac. The upgrade installs and runs like a normal OS X application.

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Sunday, September 28, 2008

Funny cat video brings back memories

Seeing the below video of the cat brings back memories to when my family use to have 2 cats and we did the same things with them, and they acted the same way as the cat in the video. They would do this over and over and not get tired of it.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Don't wear your pants too low, you may be arrested

Are you serious? Are we actually wasting time and money on this? Wow. There is actually a law in some states for wearing baggy pants that show the wearer's underwear. I personally don't wear my baggy jeans like that, but I know others do and I don't have a problem with that. In Florida a 17-year old spent a night in jail for wearing low pants. Read the story on Yahoo. This is just stupid and a waste of time and money.

From the same article, it looks like other cities are considering a law like this too:

Laws that ban low-slung pants are on the books in several US cities, including Delcambre, Louisiana, where offenders can be fined up to 500 dollars or jailed for up to six months.

Dallas, Texas and Atlanta, Georgia are among the larger US cities considering similar measures.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Google releases Chrome browser

As I write this blog post, I'm writing it in the new Google Chrome browser. The browser is in beta right now but looks quite good in my opinion. The browser has a clean look as Google's homepage and is simple to use. The browser is also open-source. Looking in the Windows Task Manager, the Chrome browser does not take up much memory to run, as does Firefox and IE. Make sure you check it out. I'm expecting future releases of the Google Chrome browser to challenge Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer in the browser wars.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Project Blue Mars 3-D virtual world

I was searching virtual worlds on Google and came across a blog post about a possible Second Life killer named Project Blue Mars. A snippet from the blog post about Project Blue Mars:

The game plan is to build a world based on the idea of a terraformed Mars in the year 2177. OK a sci-fi conceptual world sounds neat. But its the tech underneath thats important.

First they are licensing the CryEngine2 gaming engine, used in the most advanced game out right now Crysis. Next you make a deal with e-frontier (now a division of Smith Micro) makers of Poser and Shade, and creators of a huge library of 3D objects that can be imported into the game, including realistic people avatars and residential houses, furniture, etc. Finally, you license 3D Game Studio, a gaming development platform that can create dozens of activities for players to participate in (notice the golf course in the screenshot above). This is the basic building blocks to a successful 3D Virtual World that potentially could blow all the competition away.

The company web site that is working on Project Blue Mars is Avatar Reality. Some information about Project Blue Mars from Avatar Reality:

Blue Mars is a new online massively multiplayer virtual world (MMVW), featuring stunning graphics, realistic characters and endless social bonding opportunities. Set on Terraformed Mars in the year 2177 AD, players will be able to live out their fantasies through personalized avatars. Blue Mars is scheduled for beta release at the end of 2008.

Check out how real looking the below image is from Project Blue Mars. Go to the Avatar Reality site to view a larger version and a lot more cool screenshots of the virtual world.


Image courtesy of Avatar Reality


You ask about the in-game content, will it be like Second Life where users can create their own content? The answer is no.

Unlike Second Life, most of the world's content won't be created by users; instead, they'll license third-party developers, with whom they'll share revenue from virtual item sales, while also protecting the company from DMCA/content theft complaints (a recurring headache in SL.)
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Mercenaries 2 multiplayer video

I just watched a video showing multiplayer play in the new Mercenaries 2: World in Flames game and it looks awesome. I don't know if there will be split screen for this game but that would be awesome to include for this game. Watch the video below.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

New Spider-Man game trailer

Yup you guessed it, another game post as I'm finding some cool videos of upcoming video games from the G4 web site. If you're a Marvel fan or a Spider-Man fan or a Wolverine fan as I am, then this game will get you very exicted. Spider-Man: Web of Shadows is due out this November 21st for the Xbox 360, PS3, PS2, PSP, Nintendo Wii, DS, and PC platforms. Watch the awesome game trailer below. You'll notice in the trailer that X-Men's Wolverine is in the game.



Watching the video it shows that the symbiote that once took over Spider-Man, and then Venom is trying to take over New York City. You fight as Spider-Man to stop it and you can switch between the black suit and his red suit. I don't know how Wolverine fits into this but I'm wondering if he'll be a playable character or not. This looks like a really cool game and I'm excited about it coming out.

See two more videos and some screenshots on the official Spider-Man: Web of Shadows site.


Image courtesy of seizecontrol.marvel.com


Update at 10:32pm
I searched around online and found an interview that IGN had with Chris Scholz, the studio head at Shaba, and Graham Fuchs, the senior executive producer on the game. Below are some insights to the game. Read the whole interview on IGN.

IGN AU: So does that mean that some missions will be open to you and some won't based on where on the metre you are?

Chris Scholz: It's more about who's fighting with you in the missions, or how the city's reacting to you. And then ultimately it does end up [influencing] who's there in the final battle, by your side.

IGN AU: Right. You've got to feel like a superhero -- that's the whole point! You mentioned upgrading Spider-Man before -- take us through that. How much will we be able to create the Spider-Man we want to play as?

Chris Scholz: Okay, so you have the red suit and the black suit, and they're both upgraded differently. For the black suit you have more strength-type abilities -- you can pick up cars and throw them, the red suit is more agility and web-based, so you have a bunch of upgrades for all the different types of web moves you can do. There are six channels that you upgrade, and there's a whole variety of different moves, and you use the experience that you gain from beating people to really customise the character how you want.


Picture of symbiote Wolverine.
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Left 4 Dead trailer

Below is a gameplay trailer video of the upcoming zombie action game Left 4 Dead by Valve. This game looks promising and looks to be a lot of fun. Playing this game with multiple people (online or multiplayer) seems like it would be a really fun time if you're into these types of games.

Sims 3 to be released February 2009

Electronic Arts announced on Wednesday that Sims 3 will be released on February 20, 2009.

This latest installment from the hit series features a new open neighborhood theme, where Sims from different communities can interact with one another. "The feature-set includes a new seamless, open neighborhood, new Create-a-Sim, new unique personality traits, new unlimited customization and new gameplay that's quick and rewarding," EA said of the new title.

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Monday, August 18, 2008

Nvidia is offering free games

Nvidia is giving users free games to download and play. You can read more about this on ExtremeTech.com. You can see the free games to download on the Nvidia GEForce The Force Within page.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Sims 3 interview and video

GameSpy had an interview with Rod Humble from Maxis and they asked him questions about Sims 3. Make sure to check that out as it has some interesting stuff about Sims 3. Also check out the short Sims 3 video trailer below that EA released.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Former Google engineers unveil Cuil

On Sunday former Google engineers unveiled a new search engine, named Cuil.

From a Yahoo article:
Cuil Inc (pronounced "cool") is offering a new search service at http://www.cuil.com that the company claims can index, faster and more cheaply, a far larger portion of the Web than Google, which boasts the largest online index.

The would-be Google rival says its service goes beyond prevailing search techniques that focus on Web links and audience traffic patterns and instead analyzes the context of each page and the concepts behind each user search request.

"Our significant breakthroughs in search technology have enabled us to index much more of the Internet, placing nearly the entire Web at the fingertips of every user," Tom Costello, Cuil co-founder and chief executive, said in a statement.

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Cuil clusters the results of each Web search performed on the service into groups of related Web pages. It sorts these by categories and offers various organizing features to help identify topics and allow the user to quickly refine searches.

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Cuil has indexed a whopping 120 billion Web pages, three times more than what they say Google now indexes, Patterson said, adding the company has spent just $5 million,

Google itself preemptively responded to Cuil's arrival with a blog post on Friday boasting of the growing scale of its own Web search operations.

It looks like Cuil may challenge Google search in the future. The search results pages of Cuil are different from ones that I am use to such as Google and Yahoo but I found it easy to use. I will definitely keep an eye on Cuil as it seems cool. :)

Monday, July 14, 2008

Google finally releases their 3D virtual world

On July 8th Google released their 3D virtual world called Lively. I downloaded, installed, and started it wondering what it would be like. I was thinking of comparing it to Second Life, the popular 3D virtual world, but it is nothing like SL right now. So back to Lively. I was able to choose my avatar from a few pre-created ones. I then went to a room where there were others in this virtual world. I could move the camera around but I couldn't move my avatar. So after a few minutes of trying different keys and nothing made my avatar move, I left the room. I then saw that I could create my very own room. So I picked an island from a list of pre-created rooms and I made it private so only I could make changes to it. Looking through the tool list of what I could do to the island, I didn't see much that I could do so I logged off. :)

To me it just seems like another way to chat and instant message your friends. This right now doesn't seem like something I will be using but maybe future releases will improve this virtual world to something like SL. Maybe I just have to play more with it.

If you gave Lively a try let me know how it went and what you were able to do in it.

Monday, July 07, 2008

Is the end of the world near?

A lot of people talk about the end of the world and some worry about it, others don't. Mostly it depends on your religion, when/how/why the end of the world will come. A post on AOL says that some think the apocalypse will take place in 2012, actually on December 21, 2012.

Ancient Mayan societies, known for their advanced mathematics and astronomy, followed a "long count" calendar that lasted 5,126 years. When their charts are translated to the Gregorian calendar, the international standard used today, time runs out on Dec. 21, 2012.

Believers say there are other links besides just the Mayan calendar that portend catastrophe. The sun will be aligned with the center of the Milky Way for the first time in about 26,000 years on the same day, which marks the winter solstice. Some say that will disrupt the energy flow to Earth, or that the high rate of sunspots or sun flares that NASA has predicted for 2012 could affect Earth magnetic fields.

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What do I think you may wonder? Well I don't believe the above story, but I do think global warming is a reality and that is a big factor in the survival of Earth. I am somewhat scared about the future and the future my children may live in (I don't have any children yet).

Friday, July 04, 2008

Fake domain name renewal company

I found a web hosting blog post about a so-called domain company named "Domain Registry of America" that is sending out mail notices to people telling them that they need to renew their domain name through them, even though the person did not buy the domain name from them. Well they are a fake domain name company and do not send them any money if you received a letter from them. I know that I have received a letter from them in the past about my domain name and I ripped it up and threw it out as I have my domain name registered through GoDaddy.com, so I knew something was weird about that letter. I hope this post helps people recognize this scam and not fall for it.

And happy 4th of July everyone!

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Mercenaries 2 game preview

I was a big fan of the first Mercenaries game back when it was out on PlayStation 2, and I'm still a fan of it. Gamespy has a Mercenaries 2: World in Flames on Xbox preview and it looks awesome. Check out the below video and picture. Read more about the game on Gamespy.

Watch a walkthrough video from Gamespy below. Nice graphics and action scenes.



Below is one of the pictures that Gamespy has of Mercenaries 2: World in Flames. View them all on Gamespy here.

(Picture courtesy of Gamespy)

Friday, June 20, 2008

Mozilla releases Firefox 3

It's here! Firefox 3 has been released and I downloaded my copy yesterday. You can download Firefox 3 at Mozilla's site. Here are some of the new features in Firefox 3:

User Experience. The enhancements to Firefox 3 provide the best possible browsing experience on the Web. The new Firefox 3 smart location bar, affectionately known as the "Awesome Bar," learns as people use it, adapting to user preferences and offering better fitting matches over time. The Firefox 3 Library archives browsing history, bookmarks, and tags, where they can be easily searched and organized. One-click bookmarking and tagging make it easy to remember, search and organize Web sites. The new full-page zoom displays any part of a Web page, up close and readable, in seconds.

Performance. Firefox 3 is built on top of the powerful new Gecko 1.9 platform, resulting in a safer, easier to use and more personal product. Firefox 3 now uses less memory while it’s running, and its redesigned page rendering and layout engine means users see Web pages two to three times faster than Firefox 2.

Security. Firefox 3 raises the bar for security. The new malware and phishing protection helps protect from viruses, worms, trojans and spyware to keep people safe on the Web. Firefox 3’s one-click site ID information allows users to verify that a site is what it claims to be. Mozilla’s open source process leverages the experience of thousands of security experts around the globe.

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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Celtics are now 17-time NBA champions

The Boston Celtics won game 6 of the NBA championship series by the score of 131-92 to win the NBA championship. The Celtics franchise has now won the championship 17 times. Congratulations to the Boston Celtics! Below is a picture of the Celtics celebrating winning the championship and Paul Pierce holding the trophy.


Picture courtesy of Getty

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Are these real jobs on CareerBuilder.com?

A few days ago I was looking through a job search on careerbuilder.com and some of the results that came up looked fishy to me. I included a screenshot below of three jobs listed on the site that looked a little odd to me. Are these really scams from people trying to steal others' personal private information? Or are these actually legitimate jobs from legitimate real employers? Has anyone applied to jobs like these or been scammed by something like this? Let us all know please.

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Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Fan runs on field and gets layed out

Now the video below is one of the reasons why you shouldn't run on the field during a baseball game. Another reason would be because you will spend the night in jail. Watch the drunken fan get layed out with a nice hit at Fenway Park.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Listen to music online for free

Awhile back a friend of mine told me about Songza.com. It's a site where you can listen to music for free. I find it useful especially when you don't have your music CDs around and you want to listen to something specific.

The way it works, as it seems to me, it plays music videos from YouTube but it just plays the audio and it doesn't show the video.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Movie blogging: Harold and Kumar 2

Wow it's been awhile since I've posted on my blog so I thought I would post about the latest movie I have just seen. Saturday night my wife and I went with her cousin to the movie theater and we watched Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay. We saw part 1 so we both thought it would be similar as it was and much more funnier in my opinion than the first part. My wife's cousin didn't see part 1 so she didn't know what to expect. It was really funny but there are parts with racial jokes, of course drug use, and sexual jokes/situations too. If you can't handle those or are sensitive then this movie is not for you. If you are ok with those things, then go see it. If you've seen the movie what did you think?

Saturday, April 26, 2008

The Internet is running out of bandwidth

AT&T says the internet has two more years until it runs out of bandwidth.

Blame broadband, says AT&T. Decades of dealing with the trickle of bandwidth consumed by voice and dialup modems left AT&T twiddling its thumbs. The massive rise of DSL and cable modem service in the 2000s has had AT&T facing a monstrous increase in the volume of data transmissions. And that's set to increase another 50 times between now and 2015. That's enough, says AT&T, to all but crash the system.

Web video (especially high-definition video) is the most commonly mentioned bandwidth hog. AT&T says video alone will eat up 80 percent of traffic in two years vs. just 30 percent now.

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With all of the video that is now online and with P2P sharing I think this could happen, but will it? What do you think?

Verdict in Sean Bell trial

If you didn't hear by now, the three New York detectives that have been on trial for a few charges, from manslaughter to misdemeanor reckless endangerment, in the death of Sean Bell, were found not guilty. I copied some quotes from a NY Times article:

"We just all gasped, like, 'Wow, how could you throw out this whole case?'" said Les Paultre, the father of Nicole Paultre Bell, who was to marry Mr. Bell the day he was fatally shot by the police outside the strip club where his bachelor party had been held. "That's basically what the judge did. He just threw out this whole case."

Some of Mr. Bell's supporters who had gathered outside the courthouse on Friday morning said the judge's decision was the latest in a string of verdicts that condoned the killing of an innocent black man by a New York police officer.

Ms. Paultre Bell's father said that the family received a taunting telephone call Friday afternoon and that the caller identification suggested it came from someone at the Sergeants Benevolent Association, a police supervisors' union. The association's president, Edward D. Mullins, said he would investigate. "If it happened in our office, I want to know who did it," he said.

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Monday, March 24, 2008

A family to keep in your prayers

Make sure to keep Nicole Paultre, her daughters and family in your prayers as she is keeping strong after her fiancee was killed by police. Read the interview she had with Essence.

I posted about this sad story awhile ago.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Safari web browser on Windows

Have you ever wanted to test to see how your web site looks on an Apple computer with the Safari web browser but you only have a Windows system? Well now you can with a Windows system. Apple has released a version of the Safari web browser that works on Windows systems. You can download it on Apple's site.

Lots of talk about IE 8

Microsoft has decided that IE 8 will now "by default, interpret web content in the most standards compliant way it can." (source) They were going to have it default to the way IE 7 interpreted web pages but there was lots of discussion and outcry by the web community, so they actually listened. This is good news for web developers. We won't have to write special code for IE only.

Some notes about IE 8 (from a Sitepoint newsletter):

There are plenty of details available for interested developers. In CSS Improvements in Internet Explorer 8, Microsoft details the new style features in the browser:
  • support for data URIs, which let you embed small images directly within your style sheets for improved performance
  • much less buggy CSS floats, which has enabled Microsoft to abolish the hasLayout hack previously used to work around these bugs.
  • correct support for margin collapsing
  • support for generated content, including automatic counters, using :before and :after pseudo-elements.
  • support for the :focus pseudo-class
  • support for CSS outlines (borders that don't affect layout)
  • orphan, widow, and page break control in print output
  • support for CSS tables, enabling much easier and more powerful page layout with CSS
  • and many more smaller improvements!

And these CSS improvements are just the tip of the iceberg. Improvements for developers in IE8 beta 1 can be seen in almost every part of the browser:
  • The IE Developer Toolbar has been greatly enhanced. Its CSS debugging and live editing features are now just about on par with the much-loved Firebug extension for Firefox. And the toolbar is now built into the browser by default!
  • JavaScript has gotten a big speed boost, and Microsoft has fixed the notorious circular reference memory leak.
  • The Document Object Model (DOM), the primary API used by JavaScript developers, is now much more standards compliant, bringing it up to the same level found in the other major browsers.
  • IE8 supports the W3C's new Accessible Rich Internet Applications (ARIA) standard, enabling accessibility tools like screen readers to work with slick, JavaScript-powered user interface elements.

Read more about IE 8 on Microsoft's IE blog.

No more Pepsi for me

Well I'm going to try and make a big change in my life, at least to me it seems big but to others it probably isn't. I'm going to try and stop drinking Pepsi and other drinks such as Coke and Sprite. I got to lose some weight and get more healthy in my life. So this is day 2 of my Pepsi ban. It's going to be hard but it's something I got to do. I know I'm addicted to it, as I write this I want to get a big cold glass of Pepsi, but I got to fight the urge. :)

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

New Sims 3 site with screenshots

Today EA has updated their Sims 3 teaser site with The Sims 3 screenshots and information about the upcoming new The Sims 3 game. I included one of the screenshots below, but you can view them all here. The screenshot images look cool and more realistic than previous Sims games. But we're going to have to wait until 2009 for The Sims 3.

I'm excited about this game and I'm hoping it's better than The Sims 2.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

PHP and Visual Studio 2008 coming together

Since I code most of my sites using PHP I thought this was interesting. I also use Visual Studio to code HTML, and I'm trying to learn C# and eventually C++ sometime in VS. From the article "PHP Vendor Supports Visual Studio 2008" on DevSource.com:
cx.Software has announced on Feb. 27 the immediate availability of VS.Php 2.4 for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 to accompany the official launch of Microsoft's Visual Studio 2008 tool set.

Miami-based Jcx.Software released VS.Php 2.4, which provides unique value to PHP developers, such as support for both XDebug and DBG debugging engines, said Juan Rivera, founder of Jcx.Software.

Security suites to protect your computer

I wanted to share with you the article "5 Great, Lesser-Known Security Suites" on InformationWeek.com to make everyone aware of some ways to protect your computer. Personally I use McAfee anti-virus protection and some of the free tools from Comodo, such as their firewall. The article goes through these security suites: Dr. Web Antivirus, ESET Smart Security, MS Live OneCare, TrustPort Workstation, and ZoneAlarm Security Suite.

Microsoft IE8 beta talk

Microsoft is planning to release a beta version of Internet Explorer 8 by the end of June the latest. Hopefully IE8 will be much better than IE7 and hopefully it won't break current sites. Read more on this article on InformationWeek.com.

Hackers use Google to show vulnerabilities

I just read the article "Google-Powered Hacking Makes Search A Threat" on InformationWeek.com and it left me a little worried about my sites, but probably not as much as some companies are about their sites. Apparently hackers have created and released a windows application that can find holes in any web site.

From the article (text is from link above):
Wednesday saw the debut of the latest such tool, which derives its power from Google (NSDQ: GOOG)'s vast index. That's when the Cult of the Dead Cow, the self-proclaimed "world's most attractive hacker group," released a Web auditing tool called Goolag Scanner.

"It's no big secret that the Web is the platform," said cDc official Oxblood Ruffin, in a statement. "And this platform pretty much sucks from a security perspective. Goolag Scanner provides one more tool for Web site owners to patch up their online properties. We've seen some pretty scary holes through random tests with the scanner in North America, Europe, and the Middle East. If I were a government, a large corporation, or anyone with a large Web site, I'd be downloading this beast and aiming it at my site yesterday. The vulnerabilities are that serious."

To prove that point, Ruffin provided InformationWeek with a list of 11 high-profile U.S. government agency and lab Web sites that had been scanned and found to have what appear to be significant security holes, including satellite access codes, credentials for VPNs and routers, and open proxies. He asked that the information not be published, as the group's intent is not to embarrass government officials or encourage attempts to hack government systems.

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Goolag Scanner presently exists only as a Windows application, though it is being ported to other platforms. It allows the user to quickly scan Google's index for files on Web sites that may reveal security vulnerabilities. For example, Goolag Scanner allows you to search Web sites for containing file called "unattend.txt," which is used to drive unattended Microsoft Windows installations. The file may include information useful to hackers, such as administrator passwords.

Goolag Scanner doesn't do anything a hacker or penetration tester couldn't do by typing text into Google and using certain operator commands to constrain the search to a specific domain or file type. But it makes searching for holes much easier.

I am probably not going to download and use this tool because I'm cautious about using anything that a hacker has created and released. But maybe sometime I will if others say that they do and it doesn't do anything bad to their computer.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Microsoft to give students free software

An article on DevSource says that Microsoft is planning to give students free developer and design tools. As the article states, this is a good way to get potential future developers to work with Microsoft's software and platform now.

In a speech scheduled for Feb. 19 at Stanford University, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates is expected to formally launch the effort known as the Microsoft DreamSpark student program. The DreamSpark program makes available, at no charge, a broad range of development and design software for download. The program is now available to more than 35 million college students in Belgium, China, Finland, France, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.

The DreamSpark program includes free access to Microsoft development tools including Visual Studio 2005 Professional Edition, Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition, XNA Game Studio 2.0, and a 12-month free academic membership in the XNA Creators Club. The designer tools covered by the program include the Expression Studio, which consists of Expression Web, Expression Blend, Expression Design, and Expression Media. Microsoft also is providing students free licenses to SQL Server 2005 Developer Edition and Windows Server, Standard Edition, as part of the program, Wilson said.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Free Quake multi-player online game

Looks like a free online Quake multi-player game will be coming out for anyone to play. Being free it will have ads in the game. The game will be playable in a web browser. Read more about it here.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Firefox 3 Beta 3 now released for download

Mozilla has released Firefox 3 Beta 3 for download for testers and developers. This article on InformationWeek.com says that there are numerous fixes and improvements such as better performance, stability, security, and personalization. From the article:

Among the features that work better in the new version are one-click site info, which lets users click on the favicon in the Firefox location bar to find out more about a Web site, and malware protection, which warns users when they attempt to visit sites known to install malware.

Before downloading Firefox 3 Beta 3, you should read this Mozilla Developer News blog post about this Beta version.

Pictures of Saints Row 2 game

It looks like a sequel to the GTA-like game Saints Row will be coming out in the near future, as pictures of Saints Row 2 for X-box 360 are on GameSpy. Check them out as they look good. I've only played a little of Saints Row and I found it fun and it reminded me of the late GTA games, so I'm hoping Saints Row 2 is better than part 1.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

New PS2 Twisted Metal game

The Twisted Metal video game series continues on PS2 with Twisted Metal: Head-on: Extra Twisted Edition. I didn't expect them to make anymore Twisted Metal games because the last ones that they released didn't do to well. I remember playing the older Twisted Metal games with my brother and they were fun. Reading about the new game on GameSpy and looking at the pictures of the game, it appears to be not much of an improvement from previous games.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Chargers must be sore losers

Remember back last year in the playoffs when the New England Patriots beat the San Diego Chargers and the Chargers (especially Ladainian Tomlinson with his crying and not wanting to shake hands after the game) complained that the Patriots celebrated too early or they celebrated on the Chargers logo. Well it seems they're going to make stuff up again. According to this article on AOL.com, it says that Chargers center Nick Hardwick said that Patriots Richard Seymour head butted a Chargers assistant before Sunday's game. They even have a video where it "supposedly" happens. Watch the video below around the 2:46 mark, and you'll see Seymour talking trash and getting in the face of a Chargers player and a Chargers staff member/coach, but there is no head butt.


Wow, it just seems everyone is trying to do anything they can to get the Patriots off their game. I don't think it will work though.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Movie blogging: Cloverfield

Well I got to see the new movie Cloverfield, which I have been wanting to see since I saw the previews on television and online. I have to say that I was a little disappointed, but I did enjoy the movie despite the way the film was shot, which is in first-person camera view. So at times it was hard to tell what was going on. You didn't (or at least I didn't) get a good view of the movie's monster until near the end of the movie, which I thought was a cool scene. I think that the movie would have been much better if it was in third-person view rather than the first-person view.

I remember reading somewhere that there will be another Cloverfield movie coming out, but it will be based on the same time period but from a different person's perspective.

Jill Marie Jones interview on Essence

I saw this interview on Essence.com with former Girlfriends star Jill Marie Jones and thought I would talk about it here in case others are wondering what she is doing now since she left the popular show. She is now working in a few movies, you can find out which ones by reading the interview. Jill Marie Jones also tells us that she didn't leave the television show Girlfriends because of money, but because she wanted to do movies. Well I wish her the best in whatever she does and I do miss her being in the Girlfriends show. Honestly I haven't watched the show since she left because the show seemed so much more interesting and fun with her character in it.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Movie blogging: First Sunday

My wife and I saw the new movie First Sunday and we both thought it was a good funny movie. There are racial jokes but my wife and I still thought that the movie was funny. Ice Cube and Tracy Morgan are both funny in the movie but I have to say that Katt Williams is the funniest as in all of his scenes he's cracking a joke. If you like comedy and don't mind almost 'over the line' jokes then I think this is a must see movie for you.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady seen with a cast on

I just saw the pictures on BostonHerald.com of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady with a cast on his right foot.

A video taken of Brady in New York yesterday, which is available on TMZ.com, shows the NFL's MVP returning to girlfriend Gisele Bundchen's apartment. He's dressed in dark glasses and a black hoodie with a coat over it, walking gingerly on the sidewalk after emerging from a black SUV parked on the street.

The walking cast clearly is visible below the denim jeans he is wearing. He has a white sneaker on his other foot. The video has him carrying a bouquet of flowers, slowly moving up the steps to Bundchen's West Village apartment.

During his weekly appearance on WEEI's "Dennis and Callahan" show, Brady didn't dismiss the notion he had suffered some type of leg injury during Sunday's AFC Championship win over the San Diego Chargers.

Hopefully Brady is not seriously hurt and he is able to play in the Super Bowl and play well. Even if he has a minor injury it could still affect his throwing as the article points out.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Today is MLK day

As I do every year since I started this blog I acknowledge when it's Martin Luther King day, as we should all acknowledge and honor King. I saw the article "Tributes to MLK tend to ignore his complexity" on MSN.com and I thought it was an interesting read.

One of the many points the article makes I will touch on:
"We're living increasingly in a culture of top 10 lists, of celebrity biopics which simplify the past as entertainment or mythology," he said. "We lose a view on what real leadership is by compressing him down to one window."

This is so true as many people look up to the wrong type of people such as celebrities, entertainers, and others in Hollywood when they should be looking up to people who do good or have done good in history. It's so bad that even a celebrity is governor in California, which is a joke in my opinion.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Patriots in the Super Bowl again

My favorite NFL football team, the New England Patriots, are going back to the Super Bowl again. They will be playing against the New York Giants in this years' Super Bowl. Today the Patriots beat the San Diego Chargers 21-12 and the Giants beat the Green Bay Packers 23-20. Of course my prediction for the Super Bowl will be that the Patriots beat the Giants in the Super Bowl. Can the Patriots keep their record perfect? We will have to wait and see.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Second Life camping bots

I play the 3-D online virtual game Second Life occasionally when I have free time, but mostly to play virtual hockey. I do camp in Second Life sometimes to get some free money. I heard about people using camping bots to camp and get free SL money but I wasn't sure how that worked. I found the FreeHands site, which has a free download-able alpha version of their bot to use to camp in SL. I am interested in this but I wasn't sure how safe it was to download, install, and use. Has anyone used this bot? If so, leave a comment and let me know how it works.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Spider-Man and Mary Jane no more?

I saw this on Yahoo!'s home page and thought I would blog about it. It seems that Marvel Comics is going to erase Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson's marriage in the Amazing Spider-Man comic.

From this USA Today article:
In Amazing Spider-Man #545 last week, Peter and Mary Jane make a tearful deal with the devil-like character Mephisto: In exchange for saving Aunt May's life, Mephisto erases all traces of the Peter-Mary Jane marriage from memory.

In the issue out this week, subtitled Brand New Day, Peter Parker returns to his roots — young, nerdy and single. Aunt May is alive and well and Mary Jane is again just part of the cast. The marriage never happened.

Now I have never been a huge comic book fan but I've always liked Spider-Man and I think this is somewhat wrong to do now. It seems other Spider-Man fans are also upset over this.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Change timezone for PHP

It's now 2008 and this will be my first post for '08. I hope everyone had a happy New Years day.

I few months back I was building a site using PHP and I wanted to put the time in EST form in a hidden input element for a form I was building, but the web hosting server was located in western US so the time was being displayed in WST form. So I looked around for a way to somehow get the time to display in EST form but I couldn't find a solution then.

A few days ago I found a solution to this problem I was having. So now I able to have the time display in EST form in a hidden input element for my form. I hope this helps others who are having this problem.

PHP Code:

putenv("TZ=US/Eastern");
$time = time ();
print date("l, F jS, Y",$time) . " @ ". date("g:i A")."\n";

I can't take credit for finding the solution I needed, I found it here. If you want to change the time to a different time zone other than the eastern time zone, check the site, they give a list of timezones.