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Boogie Board: A Battery-Powered Notepad as Convenient as Pen and Paper

Boogie Board

Now this is a cool Geek gadget!

From Popular Science:

A new electronic notepad may be lifelike, cheap and energy-efficient enough to replace those wasteful paper slips we still use for memos and grocery lists. The four-ounce Boogie Board runs for years on a single watch battery and, thanks to a novel use of the material inside ordinary computer screens, even mimics the feel of putting pen to paper.

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I’m going to get one, for sure!

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Yes, This is How I Handle Customers

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Irish Password

You know how I preach about passwords? Well, here’s a password joke:

During a recent password audit at Bank Of Ireland it was found that Paddy O’Toole was using the following password:

MickeyMinniePlutoHueyLouieDeweyDonaldGoofyBerlin

When asked why he had such a long password he replied: “Oi was told it had to be at least 8 characters long and include one capital!”

Cheers!

The Geek

P.S. See the post below this one to get your Geek Toolkit!

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Viruses Pwned by Panda antivirus

When I turned on my laptop this morning, I was greeted with a red X on the Panda icon in my system tray. When I clicked on it, the program informed me that my beta version would expire in 10 days and I should download the latest release (dated 6/30/2009, Version 0.08.82). I was ready for a sales pitch; I’m happy to say there wasn’t one. Apparently, CloudAntivirus is still free and will remain so (it’s also still in Beta).

If you missed my previous article on this nifty security tool, read Check out Panda’s Cloud Antivirus: It’s a Winner! Be sure to watch the video I have linked in that article, too. Besides just being cool, the video will give you a new viewpoint on emerging security technology in the Cloud. While you’re at it, this Panda Security video ad’s also worth a look. (Check out the threat characters – very catchy.): Viruses pwned by Panda Antivirus [HQ].

Cheers!
The Geek

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Spam-o-Meter

Spam-o-Meter is a Kool Tool that gives you an idea of how much spam is on the Internet. You can download a Mac OSX gadget, Flash for a website (like you see here), even a screen saver for Windows, all free. Check it out. I’ve posted it on a page over there to the right.

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What if Dr. Seuss Wrote Technical Manuals?

Here’s what you’d get:

Here’s an easy game to play.
Here’s an easy thing to say:
If a packet hits a pocket on a socket on a port,
And the bus is interrupted as a very last resort,
And the address of the memory makes your floppy disk abort,
Then the socket packet pocket has an error to report!
If your cursor finds a menu item followed by a dash,
And the double-clicking icon puts your window in the trash,
And your data is corrupted ’cause the index doesn’t hash,
Then your situation’s hopeless, and your system’s gonna crash!
You can’t say this? What a shame sir!
We’ll find you Another game sir.
If the label on the cable on the table at your house,
Says the network is connected to the button on your mouse,
But your packets want to tunnel on another protocol,
That’s repeatedly rejected by the printer down the hall,
And your screen is all distorted by the side effects of gauss
So your icons in the window are as wavy as a souse,
Then you may as well reboot and go out with a bang,
‘Cause as sure as I’m a poet, the sucker’s gonna hang!
When the copy of your floppy’s getting sloppy on the disk,
And the microcode instructions cause unnecessary RISC,
Then you have to flash your memory and you’ll want to RAM your ROM.
Quickly turn off the computer and be sure to tell your mom!

Cheers!
The Geek

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Win an Xbox for Asking & Answering IT Questions

Jenny Mackintosh over at the ITKE Community blog (the folks who host my Security Corner blog) announced a cool contest for anyone who wants to show their tech savvy. The only catch is that you have to register as a community member, but ITKE is reputable, so this isn’t a problem:

Now through the end of April, you can not only show off your IT skills by asking and answering questions on? ITKnowledgeExchange.com, but you can earn the chance to spend some quality time honing your bad-guy-vaporizing skills on your very own Xbox 360.

From today (March 18th) through April 30th, you have a chance to win one of three Xbox 360 consoles. The winners will be the top 3 community members who have the most Knowledge Points earned and have asked 5 IT-related questions (you still earn Knowledge points for asking questions) during the contest period. So tell your friends and co-workers to post their IT questions on? ITKnowledgeExchange.com so you can answer and rack up your Knowledge Points.

You can read my post about it here: http://cli.gs/WPeXGT.

Have fun and good luck!

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Nixie Tubes Are Beautiful

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Thanks to the latest issue of Popular Mechanics, we Geeks who remember these things can get our hands on some beautiful, handmade digital clocks (kit versions are also available). Nixie tubes have a warm glow that produces an aesthetic that today’s digital displays don’t even approach. Check out Peter Jensen’s site, tubeclock.com and browse around. You’ll learn that,

The 1950s saw the advent of the Modern design aesthetic; clean lines, utilitarian forms, and the motto: "Less is More" (Mies van der Rohe). The Nixie tube made its debut in 1954, and provided some of the first digital displays for the latest scientific equipment of the time.  Once utilized primarily in research and military equipment, Nixies are now prized for their modern aesthetic.

Nixies went out of production in the early 1990’s, but there is some new, old-stock surplus available. Do a Google search on "nixie tubes" and you’ll see. By the way, if you want to own the clock shown above, it’ll set you back $495. Look at it as the work of art that it is.

Cheers!

The Geek

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Turn Your Geek Party Into an Event With "Anti-helium"

Every Geek worth the moniker has inhaled helium from a toy balloon and proceeded to amuse everyone with the cartoon-like high pitch of his voice. I’ve been doing it almost forever and especially now that I have grandchildren (six and one in the oven).

Now, there’s a new Geek inhalation toy: “anti-helium,” better known as sulfur hexaflouride. Jay Leno tried it and it’s a hoot. Check out this video. Very cool.

Now, I just need to find a source for sulfur hexaflouride so I can turn my geek party into an event.

Cheers!
The Geek

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Clipmarks adds new features

In my previous article, “Kool Tool: Clipmarks,” I said, “You might soon find some of the stuff I’m clipping because I’m off to sign up.” Well, I did, and Clipmarks is a very kool tool. Now, it’s even better. They’ve added a whole buch of new features to the service. Here’s a list of the new stuff; you’ll want to check out the Clipmarks blog for all the details:

User Profile
Left-side Clipmarks Navigator
Right-side Chatter
Live Two-Way Commenting
Follow a Tag
Top Clippers For This Tag
ClipRoll

Head on over to Clipmarks.com and check it out…K

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