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How is your hearing?

Mosquito Ringtone and other ultrasonic ringtones only kids can hear!

I’d never thought of this!

The link above offers some high pitched sounds for you to listen and judge how high a pitch you can hear.

The story is that if you are under 20 you may still be able to hear tones over 17kHz but older folks can’t. I could hear the 12kHz but nothing higher.

So some folks got the idea to use these tones as teen repellent! Just by blasting them in areas teens hangout and adults don’t want them the teens tend to go away.

Kids, have now begun to use these tones as cell phone text message ring tones. That way when they get a text message the teachers can’t hear them receive their messages.

What next! 

Mozy Remote Backup: Free. Automatic. Secure.

Mozy Remote Backup: Free. Automatic. Secure.

Backups, I’m guessing at least 80% of us are not backed up at all and a good part of the rest would find they lost ‘something’ if they had a hard disk crash right now.

I happened across this service and just started using them to see what I thought. So far, I’m impressed, and for the price, (2gigs free, 5gigs for $20/year and 10gigs for $30/year) it’s probably the best secure offer going for small users.

It requires Windows XP using NTFS drive format, it doesn’t work with 32bit FAT systems. I can’t use it on my wife’s Win2000 system or the Ubuntu Linux box.

It won’t look across my LAN system. (Thought I could take care of my wife that way.) It only works with local hard drives.

The install went very easily and it scans your drives and offers common groups of files to backup or you can select on your own. It will sit in the background and encrypt groups of files and upload them during your choice of times of system non-use times.

I’m impressed. Years ago there was a service called XDrive that had a free offering but it has gone to pay only and costs $10/month for 5gigs.

If you are interested in trying it they have a referral offering so use this link to signup and you’ll be helping me. 🙂


Google Calendar

Google Calendar


Calendaring has long been a sore spot for me. MS Outlook does most of what I want but it’s M$ software, expensive. Yahoo has a decent system but its covered with ads. Mozilla Sunbird is developing slowly and I believe will eventually be what I use as it uses the MAC iCal standard but it doesn’t have all the needed features for me yet.

Along comes Google Calendar and it looks like its going to be very good. It’s still beta but has promising features working for the most part right now, specifically calendar sharing, alerts and most of the repeating event features that make a calendar useful.

It’s new and it’s worth a look. If you have a GMail address now, it’s a must!

Folder View

Folder View – Official Home

Folder View is a free (freeware) add-on for Windows that drastically enhances the way you browse the folders on your system. Files are often scattered around many different folders on the harddisk and locations on the network. Every time you want to copy, move, open or save a file, this situation leads you to a quest through levels of folders.
Click for large view

I haven’t tried this yet, but only becuase I have been using Windows Explorer replacements for some time. If Eplorer did these things I might use it again. (Linux has had this all along. )

Hit the Switch!

Switch. Off.

More people are interested in switching off their PCs & Macs than ever before. See why they made the change and how easy it was. Discover how compatible you are with other people. Learn about all the great ways getting out more will give you a better life. And understand how a simple outdoor activity can make your life easier and your possibilities endless.

OK, it’s a joke and it’s on me.  🙂

Makes a good point though.

Kintaro Walks Japan

TV is so crummy these days. When I stumbled across the Google Video Blog and saw this link to an hour long online video I thought I’d check it out. If I can find more of this quality of shows I’ll give up TV completely. It’s very well done and the experience reminded me of my bicycle journeys from my youth. If you have some time to watch a video, this is a good one!

Official Google Video Blog: Independent Films: Part 3

Kintaro Walks Japan
“I met a Japanese woman, fell in love with her, and decided that a good way to impress her would be to walk the 2000-mile length of Japan. I spent nearly five months walking through the countryside, arm wrestling old ladies, running from trains, and eventually becoming a Japanese media sensation.

How to Write More Clearly, Think More Clearly

How to Write More Clearly, Think More Clearly, and Learn Complex Material More Easily

One wonderful thing about the Internet is the educational opportunities in it. This page is from a University of Georgia Prof. who wants to help his students write papers well.

It’s not exactly new to me, but it is concise, much as a speech note page and maybe it will help you or others you show it to as well.

What Is Web 2.0

O’Reilly: What Is Web 2.0

Design Patterns and Business Models for the Next Generation of Software

by Tim O’Reilly

has been a question of mine and that I hear from folks just getting
started in computers nowadays. If you are new to the net, or if you are
not new but still don’t have any grasp of what you are doing with the
Internet this five page article is a well written ticket just for you.