Is it really death of the robocall? We can only hope

Posted: 8/31/2009 by Floyd in Labels:

Well what the FTC is planning to do could be another nail in the coffin so to speak, and reading this story kind of build up my hopes that the robocall could finally die and give up the ghost, but I will give it some time and see how many dinner interruptions I get after the ban goes into effect.

The rule change, then, will affect companies that can legally make telemarketing calls but are not banks, charities, telcos, or politicians. Such companies will need to obtain written consent from consumers before robocalling them.

Apparently violaters also face of fine of up to $16,000 per call, this sounds like good news but just can't believe the old aggravating calls known as robocall will go down without a fight there are too many of us out there they can terrorize,,lol, These are some of the biggest annoicances (Banks, politicians, charities, and telephone companies are also allowed to robocall away, even when asking for cash.)

Nice light template for blogger called Loading Template

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Here is a real nice and clean template called Loading Template, this one is one of the cleanest yet and it does show some vivid color on the ads on the demonstration but I stuck with the main theme it also has ads in the sidebar and one in the header, I utilized the one in the header and kind of stuck to the overall theme of the template. This is a good looking one and joins some of my favorites.

Fresh looking template called Design Blog

Posted: 8/28/2009 by Floyd in Labels: ,

Here is one that looks different and neat, I like how the header title looks in this one like in 3D mode. Great fresh colors on this also I grabbed this over at Deluxe Templates, go over and see for yourself how this one lokks on your blog.

Checking out the Google V8 unstable it's fast

Posted: 8/27/2009 by Floyd in Labels: ,

To see the version of chrome you may be using open a tab and type about:version and it will tell you I decided to try out this V8 version and one thing for sure is the thing is very fast and comparing it to my other browsers seems much faster but would imagine to figure the speed correctly many variables have to be took into account and I am not doing that lets just say the websites I frequent seem faster.

My version;
Google Chrome4.0.202.2 (Official Build 23795)
User AgentMozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686 (x86_64); en-US) AppleWebKit/532.0 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/ Safari/532.0

There are probably problems that will arise from this unstable but I am impressed with the speed of it, and if you feel to live somewhat on the edge today go over and download you a spin of this, it has some speed. The deb packages are on the page down toward the bottom for the 32bit or 64bit systems.

To remove it simply open a terminal and type this;
sudo apt-get remove google-chrome-unstable

And with that it should ask y or n, just push y for yes and it is gone.

Letter Frame template for blogger

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Falcon Hive always amazes me, trying out the new Letter Frame template and this one looks good, sets up fairly easy also. A nice color combo that is easy on the eyes will make this one a favorite.
Download Letter Frame.

Court overturns software decision

Posted: 8/26/2009 by Floyd in Labels:

The SCO Group vowed to renew legal battles against computer giant IBM and Novell after a federal appeals court ruled Monday in its favor on key issues related to the ownership of software programs that run the computers of companies around the world.

CEO Darl McBride hailed the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals decision as putting back on track its 6-year-old legal battle with IBM. SCO claims its Unix operating system was used illegally by its huge adversary to make a crucial improvement that turned the Linux system into a competitor.

The ruling may mean The SCO Group will renew its effort to collect licensing fees from thousands of companies that run the Linux system, said McBride. He also said the ruling again calls into question IBM's ability to continue marketing its Aix server program, which is derived from Unix.

Salt Lake Tribune

Related article concerning SCO

Obese people have 8 percent less brain tissue?

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I knew that being overweight had a lot of downsides such as a negative effect on blood pressure, cholesterol and heart disease to name a few, but this is the first time I have seen this linked to affects on the human brain and it just gives us another reason to cut back on the calories. This is really a great little article and a real eye opener for me and I am not obese but, it makes me want to cut back a little more on the corn bread and pork chops oh, uh, and the vanilla shakes.

A new study finds obese people have 8 percent less brain tissue than normal-weight individuals.
Their brains look 16 years older than the brains of lean individuals, researchers said today. Those classified as overweight have 4 percent less brain tissue and their brains appear to have aged prematurely by 8 years. The results, based on brain scans of 94 people in their 70s, represent "severe brain degeneration," said Paul Thompson, senior author of the study and a UCLA professor of neurology.

Read the whole article

Gray Fox theme for FireFox

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This is a great looking theme for FireFox, there are many great looking theme's out there but this one rocks, give it a try.
Gray Fox

Blogger HTML encode with Grease Monkey

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Script adds a HTML encode selection at the bottom of the posting window in blogger, so let's try it out. First I installed the firefox add-on here Grease Monkey Add-On.
Then I went ahead and installed the script here, Grease Monkey Script.
The code you want to show you simply paste it in the posting window and highlight it and click the extra button you see on the right and it should work, like this;

<p class='comment-footer'>
<b:if cond='data:post.embedCommentForm'>
<b:if cond='data:post.allowNewComments'>
<b:include data='post' name='comment-form'>
<b:if cond='data:post.allowComments'>
<a href='data:post.addCommentUrl' onclick='data:post.addCommentOnclick'><data:postcommentmsg></data:postcommentmsg></a>

And we see how it works, and if the code shows up in our post if it does show up we now have an easy way to do it, so click the links and try this one out very useful tool when posting code. One other thing when you highlight your code make sure you are in the Edit Html section in your blogger post and not Compose section. Still had to clean it up a bit because it inserted this " instead of this ' but all and all a useful tool none the less.

How I installed font in Ubuntu fairly easy

Posted: 8/23/2009 by Floyd in Labels:

I will give you an example of a font I use just to get the idea, take the font Desyrel for example; Desyrel font download the font to your desktop and extract it there just right click and extract here it will give you a folder.

on keyboard press Alt+F2 and type in gksudo nautilus and after this it will open a window as root click on file system then usr>share>fonts>truetype and you will want to drag your extracted DESYREL_.ttf from desktop to truetype and drop it there.

Close the window and click on system system>preferences>appearance and click on fonts, and search there click on corresponding window beside the application font, document font, etc.
My settings;
Application font Desyrel 12
Document font Desyrel 12
Desktop font Desyrel 12
window title font (Bold) Desyrel 12
fixed width font Desyrel 12
This is being used as an example, change the font as you wish or use a different one they should all work like this.
Ubuntu default is all 10 and is all sans except last one is monospace, window title font in Ubuntu is also bold, I also make sure that subpixel smoothing (LCDS) is ticked in fonts makes the font easier to read for me.

Some of My favorite Gnome Themes and Icons

Posted: 8/22/2009 by Floyd in Labels:

Some of the themes and Icons I like best when looking at Ubuntu Linux, there are many out there this is just a short list of my favorites, go check out for many more;

Minty Icon set and Minty Theme; (download the minty iconset in tar and download the minty theme in zip,,extract here on desktop the zip folder and drag tar file over to appearance window)

Moomex; (Azenis icons look great with this)


Water Vapor;


Prowler X11 Mouse theme;

Ljuda Human;


Gion icons;
(hint;combine these with sugar theme)

Azenis Icons; (hint;combine these with Moomex theme)

Black Gnome Icons;

Adrix Icons;

Gnome colors Icons;

LaGaDesk BlueNight icons;

OSX Icons;

Glue to help bond bone together shows promise

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Very good article about the glue inspired by the Sandcastle worm shows a lot of promise to the medical industry, but forming glue in the blood vs forming it in sea water may be very different but apparently changes in PH cause the glue to harden and where the PH is low the glue is a fluid.

the researchers recreated a synthetic version of the worm's adhesive--a polyacrylate glue that is water soluble but doesn't dissolve in liquid, is at least as strong as Super Glue, and is twice as strong as the worm's original glue. Cell culture experiments showed no sign of toxicity; early tests in rats appear to back that up and also show no unusual immune reaction.

The medical industry is in need of better glues that when applied to wet surfaces they don't just migrate away, and an even greater need on it's usage in grafting small fragments of bone together. Karp notes that there's still a lot of work to be done. "Just the idea of forming glue in the presence of blood may be very different than forming it under seawater or under lab conditions," he says. But he believes that the group is off to a good start. "I think it's a really interesting and novel approach, to better understand the biology of the sandcastle worm to create new adhesives," Karp says. "Evolution is the best problem solver. There's nothing that can compete with it."
Audio Link
Technology Review

Had to add a dot after nautilus in launcher cairo-dock

Posted: 8/21/2009 by Floyd in Labels:

Something strange happened when using cairo-dock in Ubuntu jaunty today, I actually selected a new theme I think it was chrome by cos any way my launcher would not work to open nautilus you have to right click on the launcher and select modify and then you will open a window where you can see the command on click, mine just said nautilus. I skipped a space and added a dot and it works perfect after that, I remember reading somewhere where this would work and it did and so instead of it just saying nautilus it now says nautilus . (after adding the period it works like a charm now), I don't know how many launchers this affects but it does some of them and if it happens this could get it working again.

Nice looking template for blogger called XClear

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Great looking template called XClear and looks like the same principle as the this one has a little different color combo but is closely related to Protonema.

Check out and download XClear.

Just News template simple and clean

Posted: 8/20/2009 by Floyd in Labels: ,

Here is a neat template called Just News, and of course goes into the favorite column. It is one nice template that has ads ready also I deleted them but it has got them as you see, I left the top banner and utilised it to promote the Firefox browser.

I picked this up at btemplates go over and check this one out.

Just News template

More Ubuntu testing the cube in 3D wrap affect

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This is a neat item you can add in Ubuntu and probably many distributions of Linux, it's the desktop cube. First you have to have compiz fusion and download the Compiz Config Settings Manager, this little item will occupy you for a while. In your task bar if you have the workspace switcher added, or if you don't right click and choose add to panel and add it. Right click on the workspace and choose properties this will bring up a small screen and then choose 3 columns and 3 rows, from here you can go Alt+Ctrl and left click your mouse and get this affect, depending on how many desktops you have open.

Corsair introduces the 128GB flash drive

Posted: 8/17/2009 by Floyd in

Remember the little flash drives you know the MB ones that are a dime a dozen? Well to get a little bigger the price is around 400 bucks this will get you the corsair 128GB flash drive, comes with a 10 year warranty and heck with this thing I could not only take a view pictures with me, I could take a whole OS with me. Corsair Voyager 128GB

Modern design pushes the envelope on Historical Architecture

Posted: 8/14/2009 by Floyd in Labels:

No expense spared! Quality fitting and fixtures throughout. Architects owned and designed 5 star energy rating residence.

- Quality Smeg Appliances
- Combined Polished concrete and Bluestone flooring
- Polished concrete kitchen bench
- Heating and Cooling
- Rogerseller sanitryware
- Remote alarm
- High ceilings
- Environmentally Sustainable Design
- Loads of storage
- Mural on terrace by Artist Emma Burmeister
- Solar hot water
- In the heart of Sydney road shopping precinct
- Park at one end of the street & train station at the other
- Stone throw away to Princess Park and City Link
- Supermarkets, public transport and community facilities at your doorstep


This project to us is a platform to establish a critical dialogue within our built environment; to raise questions as much as it is to finding solutions. The project is a critique on our cultural attitudes and how we determine them. A critique on what we consider to be of heritage significance and how to narrate such ideas in a critical and contemporary manner.

Be sure to hit the link below to check the interior of this beauty, I found this via PSFK , there is also a real estate link but how long it lasts would be a good question. This design will take your concepts beyond what we perceive as historical or architectural into a whole new realm.

Check out other views of this masterpiece

visit also via PSFK

Auction on Aug 15th 2009 (link to property while it lasts)

Kuroshio Sea,Auquarium set to music

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Allow some load time before playback, so you will have a smooth playback. This is the second largest aquarium in the world and it looks just beautiful to the music, song is please don't go by by Barcelona.

Kuroshio Sea - 2nd largest aquarium tank in the world - (song is Please don't go by Barcelona) from Jon Rawlinson on Vimeo.

A legend,Les Paul dies at age 94

Posted: 8/13/2009 by Floyd in Labels:

All the blogging in the world could not fully say what this man has done for music, the man who developed the solid body guitar among other music inventions passed away today at the age of 94;

NEW YORK — Les Paul, the guitar virtuoso and inventor who revolutionized music and created rock 'n' roll as surely as Elvis Presley and the Beatles by developing the solid-body electric guitar and multitrack recording, died Thursday at age 94.

Known for his lightning-fast leads, Paul performed with some of early pop's biggest names and produced a slew of hits, many with wife Mary Ford. But it was his inventive streak that made him universally revered by guitar gods as their original ancestor and earned his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as one of the most important forces in popular music.

Paul, who died in White Plains, N.Y., of complications from pneumonia, was a tireless tinkerer, whose quest for a particular sound led him to create the first solid-body electric guitar, a departure from the hollow-body guitars of the time. His invention paved the way for modern rock 'n' roll and became the standard instrument for legends like Pete Townshend and Jimmy Page.
Taken from the Associated press 

Dell: Returns are a non-issue

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This is what tech senior marketing manager had to say about MS spouting off about return ratio of Linux machines verses Microbloat, uh, Microsoft.

the number of Linux returns are approximately the same as those for Windows netbooks. He categorized the matter of returns as a "non-issue". "They are making something of nothing," he said of Microsoft's claims.

This was in response to; Microsoft chief operating officer Kevin Turner recently talked about netbook and claimed that retailers experiencing higher return rates.

And the reason that we were able to make so much traction - because this is the first real test of the value of Windows - the reason we were able to make so much traction on this particular space is because we went to retailers and said, "Hey, what are your return rates on these Linux netbooks that you are getting?" And they said, "Oh, gosh, they're, like, four or five times higher than what we're seeing on other PCs that have Windows." I said, "Exactly." So let's do the TCO story.

Microsoft seemed to be insinuating that netbooks with Linux were some kind of in the stratosphere return problem, which just isn't so.

Read the whole story on nixCraft

Great looking template called Dark Mistry

Posted: 8/12/2009 by Floyd in Labels: ,

A very nice and colorful template called Dark Mistry, very easy to setup and a unique looking template, I really like the colors on this one and how the sidebar is set up on it, very neat template.
Download This template

The smart measuring cup

Posted: 8/11/2009 by Floyd in Labels:

Ever tried to measure out something in one of those cups you have to strain your eye to see? Well not anymore, this measuring cup reads it out in digital no more guess work at just how much ingredient you need, and apparently this can be seen in the stores by Fall;

What a simple solution to getting the measure right; The SmartMeasure Cup it is! It’s got an angled display at the handle so that you don’t need to haunch over or crane your neck to see the unit-markings of the cup. A backlit LCD display conveys the precise measurements, eliminating guesswork and eyestrain.

Read more and view it at Yanko Design

eSolar launches in California

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I was watching this I believe on the Discovery channel where they were trying to get one of the huge boilers up on the tower, apparently they have succeeded and was able to launch and get up and running, sounds like great news we just need more of them, apparently it will be supplying 4,000 homes;

Located in Lancaster, California, this is the first eSolar concentrating solar thermal power plant with 24,000 mirrors instead of the company’s usual 12,000. The entire plant was built less than a year through the use of eSolar’s pre-fabricated components. Within that span of time, the plant’s heliostat mirrors have been utilized in various occasions, not to harness energy, but to greet the company CEO on his birthday and celebrate USA’s Independence Day. As was intended by Southern California Edison and eSolar, the 5-megawatt Sierra SunTower plant was connected to the grid this August 5 to power 4,000 homes in California’s Antelope Valley.
story taken from cleantechnica

Did blogger fix the follower widget?

Posted: 8/08/2009 by Floyd in Labels:

That is what I keep asking myself because I just put it back on here and testing it with Explorer and so far it is working, but that is not to say that tomorrow it might not be again I was just racking my brain wondering why all of a sudden I can open my blog up using IE-8 with the follower widget on there. I have just done a fresh install of vista on my machine and maybe that's why? I have Linux on here and that is what I mostly use I just use IE-8 when I log into windows to test some things now and then and find that I can now add the follower widget without it breaking IE-8, oh well I guess I will just have to keep an eye on it and see what happens I don't want to rest to easy knowing what trouble I've had in the past.

I just figured out IE-8 not seeing my blog?

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Since I run FireFox all the time or Opera I opened up IE and found my blog not showing up and that I had put a bit of javascript code in the side-bar that seemed to be the culprit, but removing the code took out my little subscribe to twitter icon that scrolled with the page. But anyway it seems to be rendering o.k for now and that could be the under statement of the year, but so many people are using it you have to make it compatible for now.

Install Firefox 3.5.2 on Ubuntu x86_64 through Ubuntuzilla

Posted: 8/05/2009 by Floyd in Labels: ,

I did a lot of checking and found many how to out there on this one, but having to choose one this one worked great for me and let's hope it does for you also.

I downloaded the files I needed from Ubuntuzilla, it is a self extracting .deb file so pretty straightforward on the installation. Here is where you will find the files from Ubuntuzilla; Sourceforge Ubuntuzilla files, just make sure you get the right one mine is a 64bit so I got the amd64.deb file, if you are running the 32bit you would get the i386.debfile.

After installing from Ubuntuzilla go over to Ubuntu Manual and make sure you have those dependencies enter in terminal command,,

sudo apt-get install libstdc++5 libnotify-bin

I already had those but ran it just to be sure, after this type in command;

and follow the install instructions from there, one other thing when it goes down to getting the key it might take a little while to do so don't get antsy.

"When Firefox starts it probably won't connect to the internet" so in the address navigation type in about:config and hit enter, it will say something about voiding the warranty just continue and in the filter type in network.dns.disableIPv6 you want to double click on that to make it read true instead of false, then close and restart. If you want to read more just go over and read Ubuntuzilla, this worked great for me.

Great looking fluid width called Evidens White

Posted: 8/04/2009 by Floyd in Labels: ,

Great looking template I got over at btemplates, it's called Evidens White and it is fluid I like these they look a little better on my wide screen.

I even went into windows and opened IE-8 up just to see how it loaded this and it loaded this template great without any errors, I have been having some problems while in windows concerning IE-8 and how it renders a lot of pages.

But IE has given me trouble for years I think some update that Microsoft put out affected IE-8 and messed up something? But, at any rate go over and give this one a shot real clean nice looking template.
Btemplates Evidens White

Linux desktop 9.04 Jaunty Gnome enhanced

Posted: 8/03/2009 by Floyd in Labels:

Linux desktop, originally uploaded by bigbluenation.

I never get tired playing with Linux, this is a desktop on the dark side.

Windows goes the other way on IE and Europe

Posted: 8/02/2009 by Floyd in Labels:

Apparently now windows is going to ship IE with windows 7 anyway, as far as I am reading this right.

A week ago the European Commission said it welcomed our proposal to provide Windows users a “consumer ballot screen” to select the Web browser of their choice to surf the Internet. We believe this approach addresses the Commission’s previously stated competition law concerns regarding our inclusion of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (IE) browser in Windows.

I’d like to use this post to explain in more detail how the consumer ballot screen would work. But first I’d like to update you on our Windows 7 launch plans for Europe, which I blogged about on June 11.

As I explained at the time, we are committed to making Windows 7 available in Europe at the same time it is available to consumers worldwide on October 22.

To meet that goal, and in light of the Commission’s pending legal inquiry of our inclusion of IE in Windows, we decided last month that we would ship a unique version of Windows 7 in Europe—which we dubbed Windows 7 “E”—that would not include a Web browser. Instead, we decided to offer IE separately and on an easy-to-install basis to both computer manufacturers and users who wanted the Microsoft browser.

We have now decided to alter that launch plan. In the wake of last week’s developments, as well as continuing feedback on Windows 7 E that we have received from computer manufacturers and other business partners, I’m pleased to report that we will ship the same version of Windows 7 in Europe in October that we will ship in the rest of the world.

If the Commission accepts our recent proposal, we would then fully implement all of its terms. As proposed, we would use the Internet to deliver a ballot screen update to customers who purchase Windows 7 in the European Economic Area, either as part of a PC or as a retail upgrade product.

Microsoft on the issues

June article related

Install flash on opera 10 for x86_64bit system

Posted: 8/01/2009 by Floyd in Labels: ,

I wanted to give opera 10 a try and soon discovered it is very fast,but,just don't have enough extensions like Firefox but fast as it is I use it quite a lot just for surfing around. My problem after the download was that I went to youtube and I had audio but no video, so I am looking for a quick fix and found it.

Go over to softpedia and download the flash player for 64bit Linux to your desktop as a tar file and right click on it and extract here.  You will end up with a file, press alt+F2 and type in gksudo nautilus, navigate to the file system then usr/lib/opera there should be a folder called plugins there. Drag and drop the file into this folder and now you should be able to open opera 10 and watch some youtube.

Remember this is for the 64bit system, I am running it now and it is working great for me I hope it works great for you guys also, lets make it simple, the simpler the better.

Opera 10 for Linux x86_64 bit system