Thursday, September 30, 2010

Charter Communications Maybe I Should Switch

Sorry for the recent lack of postings here. My ISP has got to have the most unreliable connectivity up time. I switched to Charter a few months back and I do get the speed that they advertised, however I haven't had a stable connection since day one. They have sent technicians out once every two weeks since I've decided to switch, what a mistake. I would not recommend them to anyone. Besides the connectivity issues I been having it seems that they don't want to give up trying to sell me a larger package or offer phone service. All I want from them is what I paid for, a stable and reliable internet connection. Has anyone else out there had problems with their ISP quality of service?

Monday, September 27, 2010

Cyber Security & Your Privacy

United States Federal law enforcement officials are cunstucting legislation to increase their capability to wiretap Internet based communications, arguing that they are behind the times and can't keep up with the rise of Internet communication versus the use of telephones. The bill would require all network based services and communication, from Smart phones to Facebook and P2P (peer-to-peer) networking have the capabilities and technology in place to be able to comply if served with a wiretap order. This would include the ability to intercept and unscramble encrypted messages.

What does this mean for you? At anytime the Feds want to issue a "wiretap order" anything you talk about, write about or communicate what so ever over any device can be and will be intercepted, unscrambled and decrypted at their discretion. That in-turn can be used to prosecute, harass, profile or discriminate against you. To sum it up, do we really have to give up our privacy rights in order to receive increased Cyber Security from the US government? You decide.
-The Juice

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Favicon to Blogger

Before doing this Tutorial I highly recomend you backup your Template by using the 'Download Full Template' link under 'Design View' in your blogger settings.

Ever wanted a cool looking Icon in front of your Blogger URL but can't because Google Blocks it? Well heres a workaround.
First we need an Icon editor. I recomend getting IcoFx because its free and easy to use. Lets get started Download the Icon Editor and Install.

Select 'File' in upper left hand of screen and sellect 'New' a window will popup tick the following options:
Colors>True Color + Alpha Channel (32 bits)- this denotes the color and bit depth
Size>32x32- this denotes the icons size in pixels, I choose 32x32px so I can add a bit more detail this can be set at 16x16 if you like.
Hit 'Ok' to continue
To the right are your tools you can use to draw, they are pretty much self explainitory so I won't get into that for now.
I'll start my Icon by drawing a square with corners cut off with the 'Rounded Rectangle' tool and filling in the collor with the 'Paint Bucket' tool. You may also what to experiment with the 'effects' option in the upper left of the main menu. If you make a mistake you can use the undo button or by pressing 'ctrl' & 'z' at the same time. After you are all finished editing and are happy with your design you'll need to save your work. To do so go to 'File'>'Save As' and save as 'favicon.ico' Try to remember where you save it as it my be difficult to locate after you exit out of the program.
 Now we need somewhere to host the '.ico' file we created and be able to hotlink to our blog I have found that is an excelent source for this
A)Select 'Choose File' and browse to where you saved favicon.ico
B)Select 'Upload' to upload the file to Picpanda
Select and highlight & copy the code in the 'Hotlink for Websites' area as shown in the picture and paste it into a new notepad document
This may seem a little tricky but is really simple once you understand, the code we just copied is not exactualy what we want we need to extract just a snipit of it.
Look at the code and right after it says '<img src=' copy the web address that are in quotes and paste it under the other code in notepad. It should look something like this.

Now copy this code: <link href='xxx' rel='shortcut icon' type='image/x-icon'/>
Replace 'xxx' whith the web address you just copied, it should now look similar to this.
Next go to your blog and choose 'Design'>'Edit HTML' and look for a snippit of code that should look like this <title><data:blog.pageTitle/></title> and past in the Code that you copied to notepad after.
Hit 'Save Template' & then preview. That should be it. Enjoy having your own customized Favicon!
Custom Favicon Displayed in FireFox

If you followed my instructions step by step carefully you should now have a custom Favicon showing before your url like mine in the picture to the left. Be sure to check back often as more content is added daily. Good luck and happy Blogging.

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Friday, September 24, 2010

Energy Crisis

Lindsay Lohan More Jail Time

Lindsay Lohan once again hancuffed and returned to jail today after LA Supreme Court Judge Elden Fox refused to set bail and ordered her to remain in custody. During the 10 minute hearing Lohan admitted to failing a drug test while on probation for her Drug & drunken driving case in 2007. Since then Lohan has been to rehab and jail. She was released twice from jail due to overcrowding. Her longest time spent in jail was 14 days on a 90 day sentence earlier this summer. Jude Fox said it's not likely that Lohan will be released any sooner than her scheduled court date in October.

Lindsay, grow up! Clean up your act, finish probation and get out of the spotlight!
-The Juice

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Facebook Down?

According to & Facebook is down. Could it be a conspiracy?  An enraged group of anti-social hackers, outragged at the new movie 'The Social Network' due to release in October. Maybe just a stunt to get free publicity for their movie. Regardless in my opinoin it seems the whole nation has become to dependent on these social tools technology has blessed us with.

It all makes me wonder what "wide spread panic" may have been caused by this unexpected downtime.  Maybe a pale and malnourished  teen in Arizona got up from his computer for ten minutes to talk in person to his next door neighbor best friend.  Maybe Mrs.Johnson wasn't able to Facebook her husband  the missing ingredient for the family dinner plans of a lifetime.  Maybe I'm stuck writing this stupid article because I can't tend to 'Farmvile'. Who knows... although one thing that I do know is, we all need a break from our social networking lives. With that said I'm off to take a walk. Who knows what interesting things  I may find outdoors.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Gaming Faces Supreme Court Case, Music Industry Defends Free Speech

Music or games – free speech is free speech, say legal, advocacy, and industry groups. Photo (CC-BY-SAFHKE.
A California ban of the sale of violent video games to minors may not seem relevant to the world of music on first blush. But the music industry, joining everyone from software makers to legal groups to state Attorneys General, feels otherwise. Overzealous restriction of the sale of games, these groups say, is tantamount to an attack on rights of free speech protected by the United States Constitution. And while the California law would make a separate set of rules for gaming, the message from the music industry, as others, is clear: diminish the freedom of one medium, and you diminish us all.
In addition to the National Association of Broadcasters, The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) joins an amicus brief with booksellers, publishers, novelists and writers, music retailers, “amusement and music operators,” and the Recording Academy, jointly filing their protests with the US Supreme Court.
Amongst the authorities cited in that brief: reviews of the game Halo, histories of banned books and laws concerning free speech, violence in Elizabethan England, and Homer and Aeschylus. (Yes, Homer’s Iliad Book 13 sits alongside Grand Theft Auto.) Even Punch & Judy, Tom and Jerry, and Little Red Riding Hood make an appearance. So does the Bible.
Of course, the music industry is sensitive to these attacks, having been at the business end of similar, ill-fated litigation. Books, magazines, newspapers, television, broadcasting, music – there simply isn’t a medium in America that hasn’t had to fight off similar complaints.
There are various arguments for whether or not gaming is reviewed as art, though here, there’s enough legal precedent to assume they are, in the eyes of the law. More telling, however, is the observation that “protection accorded to depictions of violence did not turn on … merit.” (The case cited in the brief protected gory, grisly images and descriptions of crime, which New York law tried to ban in the 1940s. At the time, the Supreme Court conceded it couldn’t understand why you’d want such a thing, but that merit was not the basis for the ruling.)
And that’s the bottom line: free speech is not about merit, or one medium or another, just as this Supreme Court decision is as much about music or words as it is about games.
The precedent, legally, is clear, leaving only the “newness” of the technology as a defense. Here’s the brief’s response to that issue:
"California also appears to suggest that the new technologies represented by video games require a reassessment of First Amendment principles. Technological change usually causes fear and uncertainty.
In the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, technological change has repeatedly revolutionized entertainment media and communications, as well as the storage, retrieval, and distribution of information. Each of these technological advances—movies, television, the Internet, and now handheld, interactive electronic video games—has brought with it the fear that the new technology would corrupt the young. But there is no reason to permit fear of novel technologies to diminish fundamental constitutional rights such as the First Amendment."
For any artist, for anyone in the business of expression, this is a case to watch, at least in regards to US law.

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Saturday, September 18, 2010

Jupiter Close

   Hurry grab your telescope and get ready to look to the heavens. This upcoming astrological event won't happen again till 2022. The way Jupiter orbits the Sun we can get a close look on September 20th, 2010. Jupiter will be 75 million kilometers closer than our previous encounter in August 2009. The next time Jupiter and Earth pair up so closely wont be until 2022. We can expect Jupiter will appear about 4 percent brighter than normal due to one of its brown cloud belts will be hidden from view.

What is the Secret of Soylent Green?

Can't wait till this movie is remade.


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Wednesday, September 15, 2010


Tech Support: "I need you to right-click on the Open Desktop."
Customer: "Ok."
Tech Support: "Did you get a pop-up menu?"Customer: "No."
Tech Support: "Ok. Right click again. Do you see a pop-up menu?"
Customer: "No."
Tech Support: "Ok, sir. Can you tell me what you have done up until this point?"
Customer: "Sure, you told me to write 'click' and I wrote click'."

You know it is time to reassess your relationship with
your computer when....

1. You wake up at 4 O'clock in the morning to go to the bathroom and
stop to check your email on the way back to bed.

2. You turn off your computer and get an awful empty feeling, as if
you just pulled the plug on a loved one.

3. You decide to stay in college for an additional year or two, just
for the free internet access.

4. You laugh at people with 28.8 modems.

5. You start using smileys :-) in your snail mail.

6. You find yourself typing "com" after every period when using a word

7. You can't correspond with your mother because she doesn't have a

8. When your email box shows "no new messages" and you feel really

9. You don't know the gender of your three closest friends because they
have nondescript screen name and you never bothered to ask.

10. You move into a new house and you decide to "Netscape" before you

11. Your family always knows where you are.

12. In real life conversations, you don't laugh, you just say "LOL, LOL".

13. After reading this message, you immediately forward it to a friend!
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