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Free One Year License to Panda Cloud Antivirus PRO, Today October 29, 2010

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Panda has made this free offer (a $29.95 value) available exclusively through CNET.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-13845_3-20021017-58.html

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NYT – What is it like to live until 100? Eight men and women, 99 to 103, speak about their century of life October 19, 2010

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(New York Times) Secrets of the Centenarians: Life Before, During and After 100  (includes photos and audio)

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Google Research – Hard Drives Failure Patterns and the Key Factors that Affect Their Lifetime October 15, 2010

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Google Research:
Failure Trends in a Large Hard Drive Population by Eduardo Pinheiro, Wolf-Dietrich Weber, Luiz André Barroso, 5th USENIX Conference on File and Storage Technologies (FAST 2007), pp. 17-29

This paper above research paper examines the population of hard drives under deployment within Google’s computing infrastructure.

Direct Download URL to PDF-based Research Paper:

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Free One-click Desktop-based English Thesaurus and Dictionary Can Look Up Words in Almost Any Program October 13, 2010

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Do you use an application that does not have a built-in dictionary or thesarus? WordWeb is a (free) one-click English thesaurus and dictionary application that can look up words in almost any Windows-based program (see the above screen capture). WordWeb works off-line (as an installed desktop application), but can also look up words in Web references such as the Wikipedia encyclopedia.

WordWeb (Free) Features Include:
  • Definitions and synonyms
  • Related words
  • 5000 audio pronunciations
  • 65 000 text pronunciations
  • 150 000 root words
  • 120 000 synonym sets
  • Look up words in almost any program
  • You can use WordWeb to look up words in most Windows programs.
  • You can also launch WordWeb manually to loop up a word
How to Use WordWeb's One-click Look Up (using your mouse)
  • Hold down the Ctrl key, right click with the mouse on the word you want to look up. You can change the keyboard-mouse combination using the item on WordWeb's Options menu.
  • WordWeb will automatically look at the word you clicked on and surrounding words, and look up the longest phrase, collocation, or word in the database. 
  • If the automatic selection is not correct you can chose another combination of words by using the drop down arrow in the WordWeb window
Requirements (WordWeb 6.1)
Windows 2000/XP/Vista/Windows 7

Download URL (17.7 MB):

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Free Application Auto Tracks Your Computer Activities and Time Applications Used October 9, 2010

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  • Learn which applications you use the most or which web sites you spend the most time.
  • Determine how much time you have spent on a project
Requirements:
Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP
.Net framework 3.5 SP1

ManicTime v1.4.3 Download (available as a portable version also):

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Security updates available for Adobe Reader and Acrobat October 8, 2010

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Further information and security update links at:
http://www.adobe.com/support/security/bulletins/apsb10-21.html

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Implications of Using Tools Built on Top of Tools, Especially When The Core Tool (E.g., Facebook) is a Closed System October 6, 2010

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CBC Radio Spark interview [runs 14:29] with Jer Thorp, a data artist and educator from Vancouver and a ‘data artist in residence’ at The New York Times.

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Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browser falls below 50 Percent of worldwide market for first time October 5, 2010

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  • Global: IE fell to 49.87% in September this year 
  • Europe: IE market share has fallen to 40.26% in September this year from 46.44% in September last year. 
  • North America: IE is still above 50% at 52.3% followed by Firefox at 27.21% and Chrome at 9.87%.
For additional details, please see:

http://gs.statcounter.com/#browser-ww-monthly-200909-201009

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NYT – U.S. Seeking Mandate to Intercept and Unscramble Encrypted Internet Messages October 2, 2010

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Enable Facebook Security Feature – Get Notified by Email or SMS if a Diferent Computer Logs Into Your Account October 1, 2010

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To enable this Facebook Security feature:
  • go to the Account Settings page
  • click on the link next to "Account Security" at the bottom of the page. 
  • If you select the option to receive notifications for logins from new devices, when you log in, you'll be asked to name and save the various devices you use to access Facebook. 
  • whenever someone logs in to your account from a device not on this list, Facebook will ask the person to name the device.
  • Facebook will send you an immediate email notification – and if you want, a text message – so that you're always up to speed on how your account is being accessed. 
  • This notification will provide steps on how to reset your password and remove the device, so you can quickly secure your account if it's being accessed from a device you don't recognize.
To lean more, please see:

http://blog.facebook.com/blog.php?post=389991097130

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