Thursday, January 11, 2007

As promised...

Here are those links I collected today:

Someone once said that if you were to make a list of your 10 closest friends and acquaintances and order your earnings and theirs from smallest to greatest, you'd probably find yourself somewhere near the middle. All that this means is that we are subtly influenced by our friends, even when we're not aware of it, especially in matters of money. Being somewhere in the middle is probably more comfortable for the average person.
Top 25 Personal Finance Myths -

Those who do have profiles view them infrequently, if at all, once the account is created and the initial enthusiasm fades. Barely a fifth are accessed "several" times while just 26 per cent are used once a day by their owner.

In further findings, Pew debunks the myth teens are leaving themselves open to predatory adults by making too much personal information available online. Sixty six percent have ensured their profile is protected and cannot be openly viewed.

Bubble bursts on Web 2.0 site membership claims | The Register

And if the Higgs is lighter than physicists thought, then we might not have to wait for the Large Hadron Collider, a brand new, massive particle smasher, to come online at CERN, the European particle physics lab. The LHC is scheduled to start smacking stuff into each other this year. Instead, the folks who run the Tevatron, the big collider at Fermilab in Illinois, might be able to nab the Higgs first.
Wired Science -

British scientists are preparing to launch trials of a radical new way to fight cancer, which kills tumours by infecting them with viruses like the common cold.
Common cold virus may be new weapon to fight cancer | Special reports | Guardian Unlimited -

Last fall, he put his revolutionary polemic into action with Manifesto Games, a site where you can buy and download computer games that, like Gibbage (shown at left), are too lo-res, too niche, or just too damn weird for retail shelves.
Wired 15.01: PLAY -

As you can see, FileMenu Tools rolls several simple utilities we've posted about before into one nice package. Add to that the ability to create your own custom commands (your imagination is the limit, really), and this freeware, Windows-only tool looks pretty good. — Adam Pash
Download of the Day: FileMenu Tools (Windows) - Lifehacker -

According to Eric Thompson of AccessData, a typical password consists of a root plus an appendage. A root isn't necessarily a dictionary word, but it's something pronounceable. An appendage is either a suffix (90 percent of the time) or a prefix (10 percent of the time).

So the first attack PRTK performs is to test a dictionary of about 1,000 common passwords, things like "letmein," "password," "123456" and so on. Then it tests them each with about 100 common suffix appendages: "1," "4u," "69," "abc," "!" and so on. Believe it or not, it recovers about 24 percent of all passwords with these 100,000 combinations.

Note created January 11, 2007Schneier on Security: Choosing Secure Passwords -

Like Dustin mentioned in his latest post, Origami Experience™ is the newer, cooler, more functional version of the Program Launcher. Not only can you quickly open your programs, files, folders, or websites, but now you can now easily access your media content. Last but not least, we’ve listened to your feedback, and integrated all of the configuration tools directly into the application. No more extra applets to manage!
Team Blog : Origami Experience™ Feature Screenshots -

I can write essay after essay about the inefficacy of security cameras. I can talk about trade-offs, and the better ways to spend the money. I can cite statistics and experts and whatever I want. But -- used correctly -- stories like this one will do more to move public opinion than anything I can do.
Note created January 11, 2007Schneier on Security: Surveillance Cameras Catch a Cold-Blooded Killer -

Know that box of sad, unmarried, AC adaptors you've got lying around? Tim Matheson's quickie video video tutorial shows you how to hack 'em to power low voltage electronics.
Hack Your AC Adaptors To Power Low Voltage Electronics - Consumerist -

Workrave is a program that assists in the recovery and prevention of Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI). The program frequently alerts you to take micro-pauses, rest breaks and restricts you to your daily limit.
Workrave -

GTD is a great time management practice. There are many great applications out there to organize your tasks and your life using GTD. But when it comes to Outlook, a very popular application which manages mail, time and contacts, a user has only the option of plugins designed for GTD. Let’s face it. We all are reluctant to leave our favorite application and use another one just to manage tasks. And then? Another application for emails, another one for tasks? It can be really confusing.That’s why I developed Jello.Dashboard. It’s just a homepage for Outlook, easy to install and use and totally free.
Jello « Jello.Dashboard -

A stranger called Abbas. He knew where he lived in Manhattan, in the upper West 100's. He knew Abbas had a fireplace in his bedroom. Abass's apartment was not for rent, but the caller saw an ad on Craigslist saying it was. Abbas did not place this ad.
Blogger Finds Own Apartment Listed On Craigslist - Consumerist -

And thus ended that experiment. That took some extra special parsing with Vim... I only thought of the easier way as I was finishing this post, which is pulling the HTML from the print version of the notebook instead of the functional one. I will also post my editing commands to remove all of the notebook functional crap shortly.

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