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June 2007

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If you have, or have had, cats, you'll enjoy this ...

"We think what happened is that cats sort of domesticated themselves," www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/06/28/AR2007062802343.html. A Washington Post article about new research into why our cats want to hang around with us.
Also, a transcript www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/discussion/2007/06/29/DI2007062900911.html of an online chat with research scientist Carlos A. Driscoll and an additional article http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/06/29/AR2007062901677.html about the ancient roots of domestic cats.
Submitted by John Buck

The Best and Worst ISPs

PC World has an overview of ISPs, rated from best to worst www.pcworld.com/zoom?id=133019&page=1&type=table&zoomIdx=2#. See how your ISP fared.
Submitted by Stan Hutchings

Computer Tips & Techniques Newsletter

I have been receiving this free newsletter for several months and think it has a lot of good articles. I get their newsletter every few days it seems. There is almost always an article I find interesting. www.worldstart.com/comptips.htm.
"Computer Tips & Techniques will give you practical advice, great tips, a few tricks, and a cool web site every weekday. In addition to the "regular" advice and tips, each issue has a Computers 101 section that helps folks who are new to computing to understand and learn the basics. This newsletter is designed so that no matter what your current skill level, beginner or advanced, you'll get something useful out of every issue." [N.B.- see also www.worldstart.com for their home page, from which you can access Newsletters, Software Store, Computer Tips, Message Board, and Contact Information.]
Submitted by Ginny Marley

13 book hacks for the library crowd

Adam Pash is a senior editor for Lifehacker who loves anything he can get for free. Here are his "13 book hacks for the library crowd" -- lifehacker.com/software/hack-attack/13-book-hacks-for-the-library-crowd-269953.php. He starts the article, "From your local library to the classroom to the bookstore, there are a lot of tools available to help you save time and money when it comes to the bound world of information. Today, in the interest of lifehacking your bookshelf, I'm rounding up my favorite 13 "book hacks" for getting the most from your bound literature."

Some additional comments by bloggers: Don't forget LibraryThing for cataloging your own books online.
I have been using PaperBackSwap since I first saw it on LH. I highly recommend it! I have found lots of great Sci-Fi books including some old copies of the World's Best Sci-Fi from the early 80s! And it is SO cheap per book!
I prefer Good Reads to Library Thing. Yes, Library Thing does have the nifty recommendation thing to it's credit, but after the first 200 books, you have to pay. Good Reads is free.
There's BookMooch too, for swapping. I haven't used PBS, but BookMooch is really simple, and has gotten me some great stuff.
Another swapping option, besides PaperBackSwap and BookMooch, is FrugalReader.
For DVDs, there are better sites for that. Before the change, DvdAficionado was my favorite. Now it changed to DVDAF. Another choice is DVDSpot.
Submitted by Stan Hutchings

Beyond AI - The Age of Virtuous Machines

One of the chapters of JoSH's Beyond AI that Ray Kurzweil has arranged to post online is called “The Age of Virtuous Machines”, the URL of which is here: www.kurzweilai.net/meme/frame.html?main=/articles/art0708.html
The essence of the argument is that contrary to the more established story line of superhuman psychopathic machines for whom human misery just does not compute, AIs are likely to evolve what Hall calls "hyperhuman" morality. "More honest, capable of deeper understanding, and free of our animal heritage and blindnesses, the children of our minds will grow better and wiser than us, and we will have a new friend and guide–if we work hard to earn the privilege of associating with them," he writes.
Submitted by Stan Hutchings

Tutorials are available at UGR

There are currently a few tutorials up and running on the web site. They can be found at www.ugr.com/tutorials.html. Users with high-speed Internet access can view them online and those with dial-up access can order the tutorials on a CD at our costs. Gene Barlow hopes to expand these tutorials to all of their exciting products as time permits. Currently available:
Getting Ready for Windows Vista (47 minutes) ;
Perfect Backup Approach (50 minutes);
SW Conference HD Security (10 minutes) .
The following tutorials are available on a CD and we can mail them to you for a small fee.
Getting Ready for Windows Vista ($10)
Discovering your Hard Drive ($10);
Perfect Backup Approach ($10).
Submitted by Gene Barlow, User Group Relations

OpenOffice.org 2.2 is now available

OpenOffice.org runs on: Windows, Linux x86 and PowerPC, Solaris x86 and SPARC, Mac OS X and FreeBSD. The review is here: OpenOffice Sports All-Around Improvements. Available for download at www.openoffice.org.
Submitted by Stan Hutchings

Cheat sheets, and a cheat sheet of cheat sheets

Web site TechTarget compiled the cheat sheet of all cheat sheets (a meta cheat sheet, if you will). It's chock-full of references to other cheat sheets with topics ranging from Microsoft Office, internet slang, and programming to search engines, operating systems, browser shortcuts, and blogging. Like my earlier submission, I found this on Lifehacker. TechTarget's cheat sheet of cheat sheets. Try also www.lifehacker.com/software/cheat-sheets for a selection of useful cheat sheets for many different things.
Submitted by John Buck

3 awesome free Math programs

If you're interested in math and math programs, here's a tip from math-blog.com, "I've chosen one program for each of the 3 macro categories: symbolic, numeric and statistical computing, but you can expect quite a bit of overlapping and shared functionalities. "
Try the three of them, try the suggested alternatives and settle with the ones that you like and that meet your needs the best. These are free alternatives to the very expensive Mathematica, Maple and Matlab. Be sure to read the user comments below the article, too, because they suggest even more applications.
Found via digg by John Buck

Beyond AI: Creating the Conscience of the Machine

Announcing he publication of J. Storrs Hall's Beyond AI: Creating the Conscience of the Machine.
Josh (or JoSH) is the inventor of such intriguing ideas as the utility fog and the space pier. Here a first rate intellect takes on a topic of interest to technophiles.
Two chapters are readily available online at Ray Kurzweil's site:
www.kurzweilai.net/meme/frame.html?main=/articles/art0707.htm and
google "J Storrs Hall" "Creating the Conscience of the Machine" (include the quotes) for much more information and reviews.
Submitted by Stan Hutchings

Sysinternals Troubleshooting Utilities

For the technically inclined, the Sysinternals Suite by Mark Russinovich is a valuable addition to your utilities. Microsoft bought Mark Russinovich and Sysinternals, the original programs are still available. The Sysinternals Troubleshooting Utilities have been rolled up into a single Suite of tools. For example, PageFileDefrag defragments the registry files.
Submitted by Stan Hutchings

Audio available online - an example

C|Net has music online for free download, as well as a lot of information about the genre and artist. It's not the really popular music, but can introduce you to relatively unfamiliar artists you might like. For Example, the music by Vangelis Petsalis has both MP3 and streamed audio, so you can listen live, or download and listen later. Vangelis composed the music for, among others, “Chariots of Fire” and some of the music of Carl Sagan's “Cosmos”.
Submitted by Stan Hutchings

If You Can Hear It, You Can Record It

MP3myMP3 Recorder 2.0 - FREE saves any audio you hear on your computer straight to mp3 or wav. If you can hear it, you can record it! Record internet radio and save to mp3 or wav. Record streaming audio from the Internet, microphone, or any other source.
Submitted by John Buck

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