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Yahooligans! The Web Guide For Kids

Tuesday 29 November 2005 @ 9:29 pm

Yahooligans! is a great portal for kids. It features comprehensive safe surfing, games, homework help, and many kid friendly activities.

Yahooligans!

Basically, Yahooligans! is a “kids-friendly” searchable directory of Internet sites for kids. Each site has been carefully checked by experienced educators to ensure the content and links are appropriate for kids aged 7-12. All selected websites listed in the directory are handpicked by Yahooligans!’s specially trained editors, not from some filtering process, so they are safe for kids to browse. In addition to this directory, yahoo also has a number of fun features, including Yahooligans! Games, Sports and News pages, Movies, Animals, and lots more.

All in all, Yahooligans! is a cool web-surfing tool of choice for kids. So, parents like 5xmom, Double Happiness, Willwolf, and even Rojaks Daily should now direct their children to Yahooligans! instead of some other polluted search engines. LoL… :D




China Shut Down Controversial Blog

Friday 4 November 2005 @ 4:53 pm

The blog titled Wang Yi’s Microphone (http://zhivago.tianyablog.com) was shut down by China’s government as they claimed the blog has dealt with national security laws for posting “sensitive subject” of the government. The site’s host company, Tianya was ordered to close the blog by the authorities in Hainan province.

This incident happened after the blog was nominated for a “Best of the Blogs” award in the freedom of expression category by the German public radio station Deutsche Welle. It is the same award our beloved blogger, JeffOoi, has received.

The France-based Reporters Without Borders statement said one of most recent posts by the owner Wang, who is a teacher at Chengdu University in the southwestern province of Sichuan, dealt with a campaign by peasants in the southeastern province of Guangdong to remove a village chief accused of corruption. Probably this is the root of the whole issue.

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Fold n’ Drop Your Windows

Friday 19 August 2005 @ 5:07 am

OriMado
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Found an interesting freeware, you guys might be interested to try it out. The software is called OriMado, it allows you to fold the window in Windows OS by moving the mouse in certain directions, or so called using mouse gesture.

For instance, you can just drag a file from one file explorer window to another by folding one of the windows, just like what you see in the picture on the right. I downloaded the small application and tried it on my Windows XP, it really works !! From the picture shown, I was actually moving the ReadMe.txt file come along with OriMado application from om_5 to My eBooks folder in My Documents.
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More Critical Holes Found In IE & Outlook

Saturday 14 May 2005 @ 4:22 pm

Using Firefox Instead
After more than a month I wrote “Yet another “Don’t Use IE” article“, today more holes are found in IE and yet no further information about the patch for it.

Well, please don’t say I anti IE or siding Firefox, I write my posts based on articles that I come across. If firefox developers are slow in patching the vulnerable application, I’ll sure turn to other better alternatives as well. This post is nothing special but just another “Critical Holes Found In IE” article.

Security consultants at eEye Digital Security, has discovered high-risk vulnerabilities in two of Microsoft’s most widely used software programs, Internet Explorer web browser and Microsoft Outlook email client. These flaw found are serious ones, and they warned that users of the 2 dominant applications were at risk of PC hijack attacks.

Qouted:
“A vulnerability in default installations of the affected software allows malicious code to be executed, contingent upon minimal user interaction,” eEye said in a notice posted on its upcoming advisories Web page.

Users running Windows NT 4.0, fully patched Windows 2000 and Windows XP (even with Service Pack 2 installed) are all vulnerable, the security-research firm told Microsoft.

Qouted:
Marc Maiffret, eEye’s co-founder and chief hacking officer, told Ziff Davis Internet News that the vulnerability carries the highest severity rating because of the “ease with which an attacker can compromise a vulnerable system.”

Anyway, Microsoft and eEye are working on a fix but unfortunately no further information on when it will be available.

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2005 RoboCup U.S. Open

Wednesday 11 May 2005 @ 2:28 pm
US RoboCup

Well, robot dog soccer is one of five games that teams of scholars competed in during the 2005 RoboCup U.S. Open. RoboCup is a three-day competition, which ends Tuesday, May 10, 2005, is to develop software for better robots with the long-term goal of fielding a robot soccer team good enough to play a human team by 2050. Hahaha … I wonder how painful will it be when the human football player smack into the robot. :D

Anyway, in this robot dog soccer, the robot dogs by default are programmed to act like pets, but when programmers insert their own programs into it, the robot dogs search for the ball with the cameras in their noses, chase it, silently communicate with each other over a wireless network and ultimately try to put the apple-sized ball into the goal. One dog is programmed to be goalkeeper.

“RoboCup is primarily organized to drive software that will make really aware robots possible,” RoboCup U.S. Open Chairman Tucker Balch said. “Soccer provides a really nice testing environment. Everyone understands soccer so we don’t have to explain what they’re trying to do.”

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Intel Lost The Dual-Core War ??

Friday 6 May 2005 @ 1:40 am

Finally I come across article debating this hot issue.

Now Intel and AMD dual core processors are already available in the market, but have you thought that are they value for money spent? It is no doubt dual core processors would certainly take computing to the next level, the question now is by how much and are those two Intel and AMD dual core processors will perform the same?

AMD Opteron
Anyway, I would have to agree with the following quote from the article regarding the thermal issues. AMD is proud of their Opteron dual core processors regarding low power consumption and low heat generated. AMD stresses on “2 cores with 1 core power consumption“.

Although Intel may have won the race-to-the-launch game, they still lurk behind AMD in majority of the performance tests conducted by various media outlets.

We all know Intel’s recent history with its desktop processors. They were sub-par, to say the least. The Prescott chips were plagued with thermal issues, performance lags due to the use of 31 stage pipelines, high prices and the fact that they couldn’t come anywhere close to what AMD had to offer.

Intel Pentium EE
I still remember how Intel was touting “Speed Is King” by emphasizing on the Mhz they labeled on their processors since Pentium III. If you noticed Intel’s move in re-labeling all their processor’s code names last year, you’ll have a doubt why did they do that. I think the reason would be the same as the following quote says: Performance Is Far More Important Than Speed.

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