Friday, October 23, 2009

Stop Thief!, Book 'em Dano!, -and- Avast!

Stop Thief! - store clerk ran off with $1 million lottery ticket
Book 'em Dano! - more than 1,100 Feds and LA cops conduct gang sweep
Avast! - U.S. Navy's newest warships fast enough to catch pirates

On this day in history: October 23, 1988 - A concert-goer at a Skinny Puppy show in Cincinnati mistakes a stuffed dog, a prop that undergoes "vivisection" during the performance, for a live dog and calls the cops. Even after the police establish no real animals have been harmed, bandmates Nivek Ogre and Cevin Key, along with their tour manager, are arrested on disorderly conduct charges. They spend the night in jail and are fined $200.

Born on this day in history: October 23, 1959 - Weird Al Yankovic (1959 - ) California musician Alfred "Weird Al" Yankovic began playing the accordion at age seven-a passion that continued in college, where he recorded his first single, a parody of "My Sharona"
called "My Bologna." He has now sold more than 12 million albums and earned three Grammy Awards, four gold records, and six platinum records in the U.S.

Scripture of the Day: For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. - 2 Timothy 1:7

Video of the Day: Window 7 First Look, Part 3

Imagine my surprise when I encountered this vehicle in the Walmart parking lot while driving to my office this morning! Click to enlarge.

Burger King Windows 7 Whopper! Things always seem over the top in Japan, from the cartoons to camcorders and cell phones. It's almost no surprise that Microsoft has partnered with Burger King to sell a gigantic hamburger there. The Windows 7 Whopper consist of seven stacked beef patties that measure over 5 inches in height, and the whole thing costs an appropriate ¥777 (or $8.55). It's available for seven days only, completing the run of sevens.

Windows 7 Color Calibration: Windows 7 has introduced many new features that let the average user customize the way he works more easily and efficiently. One of these new—but rarely discussed—features is the Display Color Calibration wizard. If you have used Windows Media Center before, you will be pleased to find it making its way to the Windows Control Panel. It is very similar to the color calibration options in Media Center. The great thing about this new wizard is the ease-of-use and the detailed instructions provided in each step—making sure that you get your display colors just right. While, it is all good news for the average user, photo editors and video editors will be delighted to find built-in gamma and color balance controls in Windows 7. Finally, this feature has made it into Windows itself, and you are no longer dependent on you graphics cards’ control panel. Although you still might have to go there for company specific technologies which Intel, nVidia and ATi provide to further improve colors on your display. It works for multiple-monitor setups as well. You just have to move the calibration wizard to the monitor you want to calibrate. The new color calibration wizard can be accessed from the Windows control panel. You may access it by going to Appearance and Personalization / Display.

Technology News
FCC proposes formal net neutrality rules
McCain bill would ban FCC Internet regulations
Amazon announces Kindle app for Windows 7
Pystar releases Mac clone software

Ann Minch's Debtors' Revolt!