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Intel is preparing to launch its Sandy Bridge processors at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January. The most interesting thing about these new processors is the kill switches that are built into them.

Sandy Bridge is the code name for Intel’s processor configuration and it is the successor to Nehalem.

According to an ITBusiness.ca article, David Allen, director of distribution sales, North America at Intel said that although Sandy Bridge is now shipping to Intel's distribution and equipment partners, Intel Premier partners are the only ones that can purchase it before the general release date, which is scheduled to coincide with CES.

“This is our first microprocessor where we have one billion transistors on a single CPU like this,” Allen said. “Now we've built in more thermal capabilities and performance enhancements. With Sandy Bridge, we'll still have the naming conventions for Core i3, Corei5 and Core i7.”

The new performance capabilities are improved graphics, faster processing and “improved” security and trust features designed to keep the whole computing experience more secure.

That is if your definition of secure resembles the anti-theft technology that Intel has built into Sandy Bridge. Allen told ITBusiness.ca that users no longer need to worry if their laptop gets lost or stolen because with Sandy Bridge it can be shut down remotely.


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http://www.tgdaily.com/opinion-features/53108-analysis-intel-to-introduce-processor-with-remote-kill-switch


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IDG News Service - A former government contractor says that the FBI installed a number of back doors into the encryption software used by the OpenBSD operating system.

The allegations were made public Tuesday by Theo de Raadt, the lead developer in the OpenBSD project. DeRaadt posted an e-mail sent by the former contractor, Gregory Perry, so that the matter could be publicly scrutinized.

"The mail came in privately from a person I have not talked to for nearly 10 years," he wrote in his a posting to an OpenBSD discussion list. "I refuse to become part of such a conspiracy, and will not be talking to Gregory Perry about this. Therefore I am making it public."

No one has come forward to corroborate Perry's story, but the allegations are remarkable. If they're true -- and at present they're being greeted with skepticism by the security community -- they mean that the FBI may have developed secret ways to snoop on encrypted traffic and then hidden them in source code submissions accepted by OpenBSD.

Perry is now CEO with a VMware services company called GoVirtual, but 10 years ago -- when the backdoor code was allegedly added to OpenBSD's IPsec stack -- he was a government contractor working for the FBI, he said.


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http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9201220/Former_contractor_says_FBI_put_back_door_in_OpenBSD

Related:
http://www.itworld.com/open-source/130820/openbsdfbi-allegations-denied-named-participant
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The computer worm known as Stuxnet was discovered this past July and specifically targets computers that run critical infrastructure such as the electric power grid, water treatment and oil and gas pipelines.

Washington (CNN) -- A highly complex computer attack that may have been targeting Iran's nuclear power plants is posing a serious security threat to critical infrastructure worldwide, according to government and cyber-industry experts testifying Wednesday on Capitol Hill.

...

The head of the Cybersecurity Center at the Department of Homeland Security said Stuxnet is an incredibly large, complex threat with capabilities never seen before.

"This code can automatically enter a system, steal the formula for the product you are manufacturing, alter the ingredients being mixed in your product, and indicate to the operator and your anti-virus software that everything is functioning as expected," Sean McGurk told the Senate Homeland Security Committee.


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http://www.cnn.com/2010/TECH/web/11/17/stuxnet.virus/index.html?iref=NS1



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Radiation from Wi-Fi networks is harmful to trees, causing significant variations in growth, as well as bleeding and fissures in the bark, according to a recent study in the Netherlands.

Update:

A Dutch agency that looks into the health effects of electromagnetic radiation issued a statement that the results of the research described in this story were unconfirmed. "Based on the information now available [it] can not be concluded that the Wi-Fi radio signals leads to damage to trees or other plants," it said, according to a Google translation.

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NoBull and Guestbook gadget users...

Posted by R. Doyle | 7:49 PM | news | 0 comments »


We recently experienced an outage at our hosting companies data center. If this has affected your guestbook gadget or NoBull guestbook then contact us for more info.
Due to the outage we have purchased hosting at another company and will keep the prior configuration intact temporarily as a backup.

As of November 17, 2010 all guestbooks should be up and running on new server space. If you need me to transfer your old messages to the new server space then please contact me at service@tropicalpcsolutions.com by December 7th 2010. After this date we will not be able to access the old messages.

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A Chinese scientific research center has built the fastest supercomputer ever made, replacing the United States as maker of the swiftest machine, and giving China bragging rights as a technology superpower..

The computer, known as Tianhe-1A, has 1.4 times the horsepower of the current top computer, which is at a national laboratory in Tennessee, as measured by the standard test used to gauge how well the systems handle mathematical calculations, said Jack Dongarra, a University of Tennessee computer scientist who maintains the official supercomputer rankings.

Although the official list of the top 500 fastest machines, which comes out every six months, is not due to be completed by Mr.

Dongarra until next week, he said the Chinese computer “blows away the existing No. 1 machine.”

He added, “We don’t close the books until Nov.1, but I would say it is unlikely we will see a system that is faster.”

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A series of computer errors at an Air Force base in Wyoming Saturday took 50 nuclear intercontinental ballistic missiles -- one-ninth of the U.S. missile stockpile -- offline for about an hour, CBS News chief political consultant Marc Ambinder reports.
Engineers believe that the outage at F.E. Warren Air Force Base was caused by a hardware failure in a launch control computer rather than a power failure as had been previously reported, according to a defense official with knowledge of the situation.

Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was immediately briefed about the incident Saturday. He in turn told Defense Secretary Robert Gates. President Obama was briefed Tuesday morning.

According to an administration official, at no time did the president's ability to launch missiles decrease should that have been necessary.

A military official said that the failure triggered an emergency protocol and sentries were dispatched to verify in person that all of the missiles were safe and properly protected.

The military does not believe the incident was sabotage.


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http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20020817-503544.html


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Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) issued its biggest-ever security fix on Tuesday, including repairs to its ubiquitous Windows operating system and Internet browser for flaws that could let hackers take control of a PC.
The new patches aim to fix a number of vulnerabilities including the notorious Stuxnet virus that attacked an Iranian nuclear power plant and other industrial control systems around the world.

Microsoft said four of the new patches -- software updates that write over glitches -- were of the highest priority and should be deployed immediately to protect users from potential criminal attacks on the Windows operating systems.

Microsoft said it also repaired other less serious security weaknesses in Windows, along with security problems in its widely used Office software for PCs and Microsoft Server software for business computers.



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We are currently updating all of our gadget's advertising policies, and we will be changing some gadgets around over the next couple of weeks.
In an effort to better place the ads within our gadgets we have undergone a major overhaul of most gadgets. This overhaul should not effect the availability of any given gadget for more than 30 minutes to an hour.

This overhaul covers gadgets being hosted on all domains including but not limited too:

1) scripts.tropicalpcsolutions.com
2) widgets.tropicalpcsolutions.com
3) beachydee.com
4) beyondastronomy.com
5) nobullwidgets.com
6) undergroundwidgets.com
7) essentialreader.com


We appreciate your patience in this matter.
Dave


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The news of Intel's very expensive McAfee purchase raises one obvious question: why is security software worth over $7 billion to a chip maker? Intel has been short on specifics, but it's becoming clear that virus-killing silicon is coming.

Computer security with hardware roots isn't new for Intel, but it's stuck in last-gen tech that can't stop your system from getting smoked. Feature sets that can help filter out malicious network traffic or let CPUs screen for certain worms have been safeguarding computers you've already thrown away by now. But they're limited. Right now, most of the anti-malware grunt work is being handled by software. Letting applications do the heavy lifting is a resource-heavy affair, which makes chipmakers like Intel nervous when they look forward and see the future of computing floating in the cloud.

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http://gizmodo.com/5616890/intel-wants-to-sic-mcafee-on-malware-with-virus+fighting-chips

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A computer security researcher has built a device for just $1,500 that can intercept some kinds of cell phone calls and record everything that's said.
The attack Chris Paget showed Saturday illustrates weaknesses in GSM, one of the world's most widely used cellular communications technologies.

His attack was benign; he showed how he could intercept a few dozen calls made by fellow hackers in the audience for his talk at the DefCon conference here. But it illustrates that criminals could do the same thing for malicious purposes, and that consumers have few options for protecting themselves.

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http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/38502995/
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Cyber criminals have raided the accounts of thousands of British internet bank customers in one of the most sophisticated attacks of its kind.
The fraudsters used a malicious computer programme that hides on home computers to steal confidential passwords and account details from at least 3,000 people.

The internet security experts M86, who uncovered the scam, estimate that at least £675,000 has been illegally transferred from the UK in the last month - and that the attacks are still continuing.

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1302062/New-trojan-virus-Zeus-v3-empties-online-bank-accounts.html
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Conficker is building and maintaining a powerful network of enslaved computers, and machines infected with the worm can be made obey the whims of Conficker's unknown commanders. Why?
Conficker's obfuscated code, stealthy peer-to-peer mechanisms, evasion of network filtering, and sophisticated updates are exemplary in the world of worms. If Conficker has any equal in its combination of technical inscrutability, pervasiveness, bulletproof networking, and steady innovation, it's another application called Skype. Like Conficker, Skype obscures its operation from debuggers and disassemblers, can't be effectively blocked on the network layer, stumps experts with its formidable peer-to-peer system, and is backed by a team dedicated to preserving these advantages. Skype works this way to gain specific commercial advantages. Conficker works similarly. But why does Conficker even exist?

The public doesn't yet know why such cutting-edge work has been poured into developing and spreading the Conficker worm. But one worrisome possibility is that Conficker's army of zombie PC's could present the "Internet emergency" that authorities (the U.S. government in particular) have long warned about — a sustained attack of such scale and resilience that the network is brought to its knees. The sleeping giant Conficker may be designed specifically to launch just that conflict.


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http://cryptome.org/0001/conficker-kill.htm
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Server Outages Notice

Posted by Dave | 7:27 PM | misc | 0 comments »


Recently our hosting company's server came under a DDOS attack and as such our gadgets, guestbooks and apps were offline for awhile. All files are back online and the hosting company has implemented means in which to eliminate this script-kiddie behavior in the future.

I also set up a business class business account with another hosting company and the VPS is on the to-do list. In case of any future server attacks I will point the DNS to the 2nd server.

We are interested in your hosting experiences...Who do YOU recommend and why?

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Computer maker Dell is warning, according to The Register, that some of its server motherboards have been delivered to customers carrying an unwanted extra: computer malware. It could be confirmation that the "hardware trojans" long posited by some security experts are indeed a real threat.
Unlike hard-drive-based computer viruses which can be disabled by antivirus software, a hardware trojan lives out of reach of such defences. It comprises some kind of alteration - by sabotage or accident - to the very heart of a computer: its microprocessors, memory chips or circuit boards.

News that Dell may have a hardware trojan problem emerged on a support forum after a user was warned by a Dell call centre that the firm's PowerEdge R410 server motherboard contains spyware of unspecified function that a Dell engineer needed to come and remove.

Dell confirms on the same forum: "The potential issue involves a small number of PowerEdge server motherboards sent out through service dispatches that may contain malware. This malware code has been detected on the embedded server management firmware."

http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/shortsharpscience/2010/07/pc-giant-warns-of-hardware-tro.html
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New: Android Apps

Posted by Dave | 11:41 AM | android apps | 1 comments »


We recently released an Android app that calculates wireless link data. This app can be found in the Android Market or at the following sites...


Our app domain is located here:
http://apps.tropicalpcsolutions.com

This is still a work in progress...
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We have set up a new iGoogle gadget platform that allows us to host our own embed codes and we now develop gadgets for both 2 and 3 column iGoogle layouts.
Many of our popular widgets were developed specifically for 3 column layouts and have no 2 column counterpart. This will change soon as we have started building 2 column gadgets.

View our new and updated iGoogle gadget section:
New and updated iGoogle gadgets
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Widgets are very popular these days, but there does seem to be a shortage of available Wordpress options. Not anymore...we will show you how to easily add any widget to your Wordpress blog (Example code included).
For this example I will be embedding our U.S.G.S. earthquake watch widget. In order to install a widget to your Wordpress blog you will need the proper plugin code (found below).

Tutorial:
http://widgets.tropicalpcsolutions.com/web-files/wordpress-plugin.html

Plugin Code:
http://widgets.tropicalpcsolutions.com/web-files/tpcs-plugin.zip
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BLUFF CITY, Tenn. — After a Tennessee police department let its website expire, the site was snatched up by a new owner — a man who uses it to gripe about traffic cameras that issue speeding tickets.

Computer network designer Brian McCrary says he discovered the Bluff City Police Department site was up for grabs, so he paid domain provider Go Daddy for the rights to http://www.bluffcitypd.com.

I think this is pretty funny and a clever way to "get even". They MIGHT have an issue with the usage of the name "bluffcitypd" but he could simple say "pd" means something else
e.g. Bluff City Public Dissidence

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http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gLzn1--Nxa6Y5Bn6yjSpKCHs-RngD9G6GTV80

If for some reason the site goes down or the Police Department regains ownership, a screen capture is available here.
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We have just released a new USGS Earthquake watch widget. This widget help you keep up to date with the latest info from the USGS.

To get the widget embed codes or add it to your iGoogle page the click the below link:
http://widgets.tropicalpcsolutions.com/widgets-2010/usgs.html
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New! Lottery Number Gadget

Posted by Dave | 7:10 PM | gadget , widget | 0 comments »



We have released a new gadget that will help you pick winning lottery numbers!
Our latest gadget will help you pick random lotto numbers. Whether you play 4,5,6 or more numbers this gadget will pick your winning numbers.

To get this gadget use the below links. There are two versions available, a standard gadget and a slimmer version for blog sidebars.
If you would like to get embed codes for your website or blog then I would recommend visiting Widgipedia. You can find direct links to the Widgipedia embed codes here.
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Are you a Facebook user? Many users have complained about the apparent disregard the owner/ceo of Facebook has towards his users. And now there is Openbook...


Now only does Facebook have to contend with the recent release of the "dumb fucks" comment made by the founder, now they have Openbook to deal with.

Openbook is a new site that helps people see how much personal information they are putting out there! If you are a regular Facebook user you should check out this site and see for yourself how open everything is.

Check out OpenBook: http://youropenbook.org/
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A dangerous loophole has been discovered in the majority of common Windows security software, as discussed in a shocking report released by Matousec.com.

Today's malware writers and hackers are skilled enough to penetrate even the most up-to-date and expensive antivirus/antispyware software, as shown in this technological discovery. The latest invasion technique is known as the argument-switch attack or KHOBE attack, which allows malicious commands to bypass the protection of security software. Unfortunately, the technique has been proven to successfully bypass the level of protection offered by 35 of the most popular antivirus software programs, as shown in the list below:

* 3DEQSecure Professional Edition 4.2
* avast! Internet Security 5.0.462
* AVG Internet Security 9.0.791
* Avira Premium Security Suite 10.0.0.536
* BitDefender Total Security 2010 13.0.20.347
* Blink Professional 4.6.1
* CA Internet Security Suite Plus 2010 6.0.0.272
* Comodo Internet Security Free 4.0.138377.779
* DefenseWall Personal Firewall 3.00
* Dr.Web Security Space Pro 6.0.0.03100
* ESET Smart Security 4.2.35.3
* F-Secure Internet Security 2010 10.00 build 246
* G DATA TotalCare 2010
* Kaspersky Internet Security 2010 9.0.0.736
* KingSoft Personal Firewall 9 Plus 2009.05.07.70
* Malware Defender 2.6.0
* McAfee Total Protection 2010 10.0.580
* Norman Security Suite PRO 8.0
* Norton Internet Security 2010 17.5.0.127
* Online Armor Premium 4.0.0.35
* Online Solutions Security Suite 1.5.14905.0
* Outpost Security Suite Pro 6.7.3.3063.452.0726
* Outpost Security Suite Pro 7.0.3330.505.1221 BETA VERSION
* Panda Internet Security 2010 15.01.00
* PC Tools Firewall Plus 6.0.0.88
* PrivateFirewall 7.0.20.37
* Security Shield 2010 13.0.16.313
* Sophos Endpoint Security and Control 9.0.5
* ThreatFire 4.7.0.17
* Trend Micro Internet Security Pro 2010 17.50.1647.0000
* Vba32 Personal 3.12.12.4
* VIPRE Antivirus Premium 4.0.3272
* VirusBuster Internet Security Suite 3.2
* Webroot Internet Security Essentials 6.1.0.145
* ZoneAlarm Extreme Security 9.1.507.000


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http://beforeitsnews.com/story/45/594/Warning-_Dangerous_Hole_Found_in_35_Major_Antivirus_Programs,_Read_Here_For_List.html
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Recently Google announced their work in the field of facial recognition. This is an interesting field of research and the implications are amazing, but the privacy issues are concerning users world wide.
The company is reviewing its products and the merit of introducing the controversial technology in light of recent complaints.

It is under investigation in several countries after admitting that its Street View mapping cars had inadvertently collected browsing information sent over wireless networks, although it says that none of this data can be traced to individuals.

Read the entire article:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/google/7744031/Google-reconsiders-introducing-facial-recognition-technology.html

More face recognition info: http://face.com/
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These days many folks are using ad blocker programs/plug-ins. I even often use one when editing my own content etc...so, there are good uses for them. None the less sometimes they might cause a problem so here is some code to help you detect the ad-blockers (and notify the end user).

There is no doubt, some ads are just bad for your computer - I have had ads crash my laptop and try to install spyware etc... So really, ad blockers are a necessary evil.

Why do I call them an 'evil'?

I call ad-blocker programs 'evil' because the seriously impact the webmasters of the sites you visit. many of us provide free services and spend much time helping folks out each day. We obtain no paycheck or salary except what we can obtain via advertising. When you stop our ads from being displayed you are helping to put us out of business.

In all fairness, most people have no idea just how bad these programs are to the sites they visit, so you cant really hold it against the folks. I have found that a simple notification might alert the visitor to the situation without being too obnoxious.

Below is some very simple Javascript that will detect if your Google ads have been blocked via some sort of ad blocker. The below code only detects blocked Adsense iframes but could possibly be modified to detect other ad units (or the lack thereof).


<script>
var detect_google_ads = document.getElementById('google_ads_frame1');
if(detect_google_ads == null){

//alert("Please disable your ad blocking software.");
//document.write("Please disable your ad blocking software.");
//location.replace("ad-blocker-notice.html");

}

</script>



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http://tropicalpcsolutions.blogspot.com/2010/03/using-ghostery-to-block-internet-ads.html
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Here we go again . . . Apple App Store Fail No. 5102928. A few weeks ago stealth Israeli startup Tawkon gave me a sneak-peak developer build of what I believe is the most important app on my iPhone. What does it do? It analyzes the cellular radiation your iPhone emits at any given moment, at any given location, whether in standby mode, or within a call.

Sounds like science fiction, right? Well, that’s where Israeli hardware and software engineering prowess come into play (more on that in a second). Sadly, Israeli military training may have met its match . . . the infamous iPhone App Store approval process.

The purpose of Tawkon’s app is to provide the user with an indication—or “prediction” as they call it—of the radiation level being emitted by the iPhone. This level changes based on environmental conditions, distance from cell towers, and even the manner in which the device is held. To illustrate: the iPhone’s antenna is located at the bottom of the device. If the user cradles the phone too tightly in the palm, the antenna has to work harder, thereby increasing radiation. The 3GS models have improved chipsets, so radiation would be lower on them compared to previous versions, and Tawkon takes this into considering when calculating its prediction.

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http://techcrunch.com/2010/03/04/tawkon-iphone-radiation/


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Google's roving Street View spycam may blur your face, but it's got your number. The Street View service is under fire in Germany for scanning private WLAN networks, and recording users' unique Mac (Media Access Control) addresses, as the car trundles along.

Germany's Federal Commissioner for Data Protection Peter Schaar says he's "horrified" by the discovery.


"I am appalled… I call upon Google to delete previously unlawfully collected personal data on the wireless network immediately and stop the rides for Street View," according to German broadcaster ARD.

Spooks have long desired the ability to cross reference the Mac address of a user's connection with their real identity and virtual identity, such as their Gmail or Facebook account.

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http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/04/22/google_streetview_logs_wlans/
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That's right...it's that time of year and Google is up to it again.
Every April 1st Google comes up with something. SO there it is...April Fools day ;)

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http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2010/04/different-kind-of-company-name.html
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Computer programs have been able to predict which of three short films a person is thinking about, just by looking at their brain activity. The research, conducted by scientists at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging at UCL (University College London), provides further insight into how our memories are recorded.

Professor Eleanor Maguire led this Wellcome Trust-funded study, an extension of work published last year which showed how spatial memories -- in that case, where a volunteer was standing in a virtual reality room -- are recorded in regular patterns of activity in the hippocampus, the area of the brain responsible for learning and memory.

"In our previous experiment, we were looking at basic memories, at someone's location in an environment," says Professor Maguire. "What is more interesting is to look at 'episodic' memories -- the complex, everyday memories that include much more information on where we are, what we are doing and how we feel." - ScienceDaily

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http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/03/100311123520.htm

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Internet ads are unavoidable for the most part. They clog up the screen space and slow down the overall experience. Now you can block internet ads altogether easily with Ghostery.


The idea of blocking internet ads needs to be approached from different angles, one being the end user who wants a safer and faster web experience and the web publisher who builds and maintains the content.

From the end-users perspective...

Blocking the ads is an overall A+ thing to do. With a simple browser plug-in you can easily block most ads and other internet oddities like spy/tracking cookies et cetera. If you want to allow some things such as 'Google gadgets' then you simply click on the option to allow gadgets to be displayed. The plug-in will notify you (on your browser) how many objects it has detected:





From the publishers perspective...

This is not really a desired action you want from your guests as this will limit the amount of income you can generate. One way to avoid forcing a user to block your ads is to make sure the ads dont overpower your visitors. If someone comes to your site and sees a page full of ads with no content they will most likely leave. If they are a regular visitor and just cant deal with "all those crappy ads" then they will most likely opt to block the ads via a plug-in like Ghostery. Please note that this is *not* a paid endorsement...I actually use and like this product.

Now, lets assume that your visitors *always* have their ad blocker on (like me)...you want to make sure your content still looks like content! Many publishers don't bother to view their content with an ad blocker installed so they have no idea how their content falls apart when viewed as such.

Below is a screenshot of our widgets domain with the ads blocked (notice that I did allow the display of Google gadgets for this screenshot):



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Read another topic oriented article about denying webmasters revenue by blocking ads:
http://arstechnica.com/business/news/2010/03/why-ad-blocking-is-devastating-to-the-sites-you-love.ars

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The famous cryptome website was recently shut down by Microsoft for publishing a rather damning document from Microsoft to law enforcement.


The actual document and more details can be found at the cryptome website:

http://cryptome.org/0001/ms-spy-takedown.htm
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We have recently noticed a pick up in the ad revenue being spent by various internet companies. Some of the larger internet companies seem to be paying out unusually large amounts per click for rather routine niches.

In our case the largest payout per single click was just under $14. That's right, and there was more than one click from this unit that yielded similar results. Below is an example screenshot I took of one of our top preforming ad units (with unrelated info removed). We even left the title of that ad unit visible to show the routine nature of the niche.






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In preparation for the new year we have decided to move forward with a different advertising technique regarding the gadgets from UndergroundWidgets. We also have begun to develop and label various gadgets as to their 2 or 3 column designs for iGoogle.

Starting in 2010 all TPCS widgets will be released through UndergroundWidgets. These widgets will be labeled as to whether they are intended for a 2 or 3 column iGoogle layout. To view this list click the below link:

http://www.undergroundwidgets.com/html/featured.html

New advertising ideas...

Yes, we have started to make widgets with new advertising ideas in mind. Not that these ideas are earthshakingly new, but I have not used them before so I am currently unaware of their overall worth.



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