Friday, October 24, 2008

Cloud Computing Requires Changing Your Mindset on Security | Advice and Opinion

Cloud Computing Requires Changing Your Mindset on Security | Advice and Opinion: "Here's a couple of questions:

Do you have a personal account with Amazon where you enter in your credit card information?

Has your business done Web advertising through Google?

It's funny that I can't remember the last major data breach either of those companies have had as a trusted vendor in the consumer space. So tell me, why would they fail to extend the same security policies to enterprise data if you entrusted it to them? Would that be good business for them?"

Collateral Damage | PBS | Window Mobile is doomed.

I, Cringely . The Pulpit . Collateral Damage | PBS: "I am not a very sophisticated mobile phone user. I don't use most of the bells and whistles on my phone, probably because I don't know what they even are. But just because I'm an idiot about USING mobile phones doesn't mean I don't understand the emerging mobile market, to which I have been paying a lot of attention of late. And why not? As personal computers fade from what Al Mandel called 'ubiquity to invisibility,' something has to take over. And everyone I respect thinks the new dominant platform will be mobile. So it's my job to tell you, then, that Windows Mobile is probably doomed."

America's Most Overrated Product: the Bachelor's Degree - Chronicle.com

America's Most Overrated Product: the Bachelor's Degree - Chronicle.com: "Unbelievably, according to the Spellings Report, which was released in 2006 by a federal commission that examined the future of American higher education, things are getting even worse: 'Over the past decade, literacy among college graduates has actually declined. … According to the most recent National Assessment of Adult Literacy, for instance, the percentage of college graduates deemed proficient in prose literacy has actually declined from 40 to 31 percent in the past decade. … Employers report repeatedly that many new graduates they hire are not prepared to work, lacking the critical thinking, writing and problem-solving skills needed in today's workplaces.'"

Summary of Findings: Most Voters Say News Media Wants Obama to Win

Summary of Findings: Most Voters Say News Media Wants Obama to Win: "Voters overwhelmingly believe that the media wants Barack Obama to win the presidential election. By a margin of 70%-9%, Americans say most journalists want to see Obama, not John McCain, win on Nov. 4. Another 8% say journalists don't favor either candidate, and 13% say they don't know which candidate most reporters support."

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Orson Scott Card

Meridian Magazine:: Ideas and Society: Would the Last Honest Reporter Please Turn On the Lights?: "It's not too late. You know that if the situation were reversed, and the truth would damage McCain and help Obama, you would be moving heaven and earth to get the true story out there.

If you want to redeem your honor, you will swallow hard and make a list of all the stories you would print if it were McCain who had been getting money from Fannie Mae, McCain whose campaign had consulted with its discredited former CEO, McCain who had voted against tightening its lending practices."

See? Now THAT’S Funny. | The Truth About Cars

It would never happen in America and so much the shame for that...

See? Now THAT’S Funny. | The Truth About Cars: "Awesome Cop Work in Europe!"

YouTube - Evolution of Dance

YouTube - Evolution of Dance

Monday, October 20, 2008

Digital Camera Accessory Review: Our favorite AA Charger: The Maha/PowerEx C-204W

Digital Camera Accessory Review: Our favorite AA Charger: The Maha/PowerEx C-204W: "As you'd expect though, over the course of three years, even something as seemingly ordinary as battery charging technology has evolved. In part based on our my test results (see the aforementioned Battery Shootout page), Maha has developed a charger that does an even better job of 'topping off' batteries than the C-204F did, and added a host of other advancements as well. The result is the new Maha Powerex C-204W, the subject of this review. Thanks to the advancements that Maha has made, the C-204W has finally taken over the top spot as the charger I most prefer for routine use."

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Dan's Motorcycle "Storing Your Motorcycle"

Dan's Motorcycle "Storing Your Motorcycle": "Every year lots and lots of people just come in from riding, push their bike over in a corner and walk away. They return in four or five months and wonder why their bike won't run... well DUH ! If you want that bike to work for you, you've got to take care of it. Let's take a look at how you do that."

Winterizing your Motorcycle - CycleChaos

Winterizing your Motorcycle - CycleChaos: "Although storage procedures vary from manufacturer to manufacturer, there are some general processes that you should do for your ride before you put it into storage."

Motorcycle Winterization

Motorcycle Winterization: "Half A$$ Winterization

Let’s all face it. We live in the meteorological dead zone of the Pacific Northwest, where overcast days outnumber sun-dress sightings by about 300 to 1. All too often, when the clocks roll back, I tool along behind other cars in heavy traffic under a light drizzle. And I watch with envy as that same Beemer-guy rides past me in the HOV; all toasty and dry in full rain gear and heated vest and gloves, I feel like a wimp."

Motorcycle Winterizing Tips

Motorcycle Winterizing Tips: "This is difficult for me to write about because it means that the Michigan riding season is ending. Regardless, I hope you find these tips helpful. For those that live in a climate that does not have off road months, you can ignore this. Those of us in the snow belt... read on..."

How to winterize your motorcycle

How to winterize your motorcycle: "Winter is fast approaching and if you live in a frigid climate it's time to store your bike for the season. In storing your bike for a few months over the winter, your main concern is to avoid corrosion while in storage and the goal is to have a bike that is ready to go when you are."

Motorcycle Winter Storage - Motorcycle Maintenance Guide

Motorcycle Winter Storage - Motorcycle Maintenance Guide: "Outside a single white snowflake falls... Disbelief falls on your face as another snowflake falls... Then you realize, another riding year over and it's time to put the bike away for the winter. This is the time to get in that last few riding days and put our bikes properly away for the winter so they are ready for the next riding season to start again."

How to Winterize Your Motorcycle - wikiHow

How to Winterize Your Motorcycle - wikiHow: "For many motorcyclists across the country, the end of fall marks a crucial maintenance time for their cycles. Some fortunate riders enjoy year round suitable cycling climate. If you are not one of the fortunate, you need to follow a few important steps to protect your cycle over the winter months ahead. The following steps are helpful guidelines to assist you in winterizing your motorcycle to assure come spring, you can get back on the road with little trouble."

Winterizing your motorcycle

Winterizing your motorcycle: "For Canadian motorcyclists autumn marks the end of the riding season and a time of completing a crucial step in the maintenance for your motorycle-Winterizing! The following are simple guidelines to assist you in accomplishing this task to assure that next spring you are back on the road with no problem."

Road Star Clinic - Re:How to winterize your bike

Road Star Clinic - Re:How to winterize your bike - Road Star Clinic Forum: "I have a friend who just bought a bike and I put together a list of how to winterize her bike. This is written assuming the bike will be stored inside a non-heated garage in the midwest over the winter from around the end of November to the beginning of April. Her bike is a Yamaha V-Star 650."

Solar-Powered Electric Motorcycle

I'm not sure how useful this would be, but it is interesting...

Prometheus Demonstrates Solar-Powered Electric Motorcycle : CleanTechnica: "This past weekend, Prometheus Solar founder Jim Corning demonstrated his proof-of-concept electric motorcycle at the Santa Monica AltCar Expo. The motorcycle is a reconstructed Ninja 250 that uses four solar panels which provide 800 watts of power."

Thursday, October 16, 2008

sometimes late at night

Sometimes, late at night, you are heading back from a late meeting or a movie or something, you stop at a SuperAmerica or some other quick stop kind of place. You go in looking for a particular snack, say Mallo Cups. And they don't have any. Do you ever start wandering looking for something else to spend your money on but you really don't find anything so you start looking at the other snacks and you notice the hot dog rolly thing that has several nasty looking hot dogs that have clearly been there all day and you quickly look away hoping to see something else and all the while you feel the Krispy Kreme donut case calling calling calling you but you resist and head for the corn nuts next and on the way you remember that you need aspirin for the car so you head over there and see the beef jerky in 40 different flavors and you pause, thinking hmmm maybe, and then you realize you are thirsty and you end up spending at least $15 in the store? Me neither...

Saturday, October 11, 2008