I’ve been freeloading for far too long from a friend who’s been graciously hosting my websites. Today I’ve contracted for a new server to host JoeLevi.com. So far the transition has been relatively painless. Anyone see any problems?

Via JoeUser.com

You may have heard about the memos that’ve recently surfaced charging that President Bush didn’t complete his National Guard Service commitments.

The evidence for these claims largely came from a series of “newly discovered” documents allegedly written by now deceased Colonel Killian. Based on these documents, CBS’s 60 Minutes gave significant air time to the claim that Bush didn’t meet his National Guard duties and therefore has less credibility in what he says and does. … Here’s a link to one of the documents: http://www.cbsnews.com/htdocs/pdf/BushGuardmay4.pdf

When looking at the technological aspects of the documents a few suspicious things stick out: the font is Times New Roman 12pt, the margins are 1.25″, the font is Kerned, the header is PERFECTLY centered…

Sure, way back then on a manual typewriter you could set the margins to 1.25″, you could spend a lot of manually centering the header… but Times New Roman on a typewriter? It didn’t exist… Kerning on a manual typewriter? Impossible. Typewriters can only type mono-spaced letters where the spacing of each letter is pre-set (for example, the T in “To” could not overhang the o (etc.) like it can with modern word processors.

Ironically, the most damning evidence that these are fake (read: fradulent) is when the memo’s are transcribed into Microsoft Office Word. If you overlay an MS Word version over the original (margins, centering, kerning, spacing, etc.), they don’t just “sorta match up,” the overlayment isn’t even fuzzy. It’s exactly right. So, somehow the author of the documents seems to have had a copy of Microsoft Word, with which to write these memos… Either that or Microsoft built their word processor around these particular memos.

In the second case, Microsoft must have had a copy of these memos since the 70’s… And the government has been concerned with antitrust?! How did MS get a copy of these memos? What other private, confidential, or even TOP SECRET memos do they have, and how did they get their hands on them? Since that’s not a realistic case, let’s look at the first case…

In the first case, they’re outright fradulent, and being only 50 some days out from a federal election, the purpose of the fake memos would be to influence the outcome of the election. Where did CBS get these memos? If it’s from the Kerry campaign (or even if it’s not) someone needs to face federal election fixing charges and go to prison for a long, long time.

What’s even more funny/disapointing, it wasn’t the 60 Minutes staff, nor even anyone at CBS (who had been told by 2 of 3 “experts” that the memo’s seemed fake) that caught these glaring mistakes, it was bloggers… What does that say about the credibility of CBS? Or of Big Media in general?

According to TechNewsWorld Microsoft is trimming back the proposed feature set of their upcoming operating system (codenamed “Longhorn”).

Recently, Longhorn’s release date was pushed up from the 2007 to early 2006, apparently, after timelines have already slipped to a late-2006 release, Microsoft has had to trim down Longhorn’s list of proposed features to meet the release date. Most notably, the most advanced and forward thiking portion of the new OS, an updated file system called “WinFS” (based around a relational database) was trimmed back to work only on local stores (not across networks), and now has been cut entirely.

While this isn’t crippling (worst case would be to have an NTFS or FAT32, which is what we’re using now), it was one of the two coolest items of the new operating system. I could go into detail about what it was, but suffice it to say, it’s a great loss.

Remember those stereograms back in highschool, the prints that looked like a “static field” on paper, and when you crossed your eyes just right you’d be able to see a 3D image in the static? Remember how cool that was?

What if you could do that with actual photographs? It’s been done! Quentin Burke has taken a bunch of pictures of natural arches using two 3D methods (“parallel” that works best with a 3D view, and “crossed” which works using the “crossed eye” method that the old “static field” used). Take a look!

Years ago I tried the whole “make money off your website” deal. Most were ad banners that were ads for other ad banners (ePipo, AllAdvantage, etc.). Basically, you’d install a program and it’d cycle through ads on your desktop. You’d be paid for the number of hours that you were “looking at the ads” as well as for the activity of anyone that you signed up down stream.

When the Dotcom collapse hit, most of those programs went away, leaving only the way to earn money on the web (at least by a small web site, like mine) is to link to high-paid trial and class-action laywers Mesothelioma pages. (Don’t get me started…)

Enter Google AsSense. I’ve always been impressed with Google. They’re honest. They’re forward thinking. So, if you notice on the right side of my ‘blog pages you’ll see some simple ads provided by Google. Every time tha tyou click one of those links I’ll have to worry a little less about how I’m going to afford to keep the website running for another week. (No pressure! 😉 )

So I’m going to try it out and see how it works out! Please, let me know what you think about it!

According to this C|Net article, “Federal agencies estimate that [we’ll] run out of 10-digit [phone] numbers, which include area codes, by 2025.”

The article doesn’t say who “Federal agencies” are, and they like to point the finger at VoIP as a “problem child” in the phone number problem. The real problem here is cell phones… Not too long ago families had one phone number, their home landline. Now you’ve got that one, maybe a fax line, and two or three cell phones, plus a dedicated number to your desk at work.

So here’s my plan… via advanced technology we have personal phone numbers (basically, each person gets their own single phone number). That number then uses technology to track you down, whether at home or mobile (via your VoIP, cellular, or landline phone, which has a REALLY big device ID number). If you’re at work, your personal number would call-follow you to your company’s PBX (or whatever) number and pass off your extension. If it’s a fax, the system will direct it to a fax receipt system (which could print out on a printer or fax machine near your desk, or be delivered to your email address(es) via .PDF file attachment. Companies (since they are “entities”) only get one phone number, they’ll have to use extensions or such to get to a person inside the company, or to another location.

Just a thought.

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What’s 852? Why, that’s simple! 7,225! How do I know that? Well, thanks to the Vedics (who predate Christ), we have mathematical shortcuts all rolled up in what’s called Vedic Maths.

This particular shortcut tells us that the square of any number ending in 5, ends in 25 and is precede by the number(s) before the 5 (x) multiplied by that number plus one (x + 1). So in this case, 8 * 9 = 72, then tack on 25 at the end and you get 7,225. Wow!

Via Wired News.

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