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Life Changing Books

Boingboing has a great post about big-name scientists and books that have changed their lives. My personal list of life-changing books includes:

What are yours?


May 2, 2008 Posted by | General, Philosophy | 1 Comment

How Secure is Your Mac?

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I’ve discovered that a Mac straight out of the box is pretty open to attack (e.g. the firewall is turned off by default, etc.). It turns out you can set a firmware password to prevent a malicious user from booting up with their own external hard drive or optical disc.

Here are the instructions.

May 2, 2008 Posted by | How-To, Mac, Software | Comments Off on How Secure is Your Mac?

Family Trees

I’ve been wanting to map out my family tree for the longest time. After finding It’s Our Tree (still in beta), I now have no excuse to get started on this project.

It’s free, it has a slick interface, and it’s viral in its growth. As you add family members, you can invite them to access the tree and add to it. How awesome is that?

May 2, 2008 Posted by | How-To, Software | Comments Off on Family Trees

Only 24 Hours

Scott Adams, creator of Dilbert, had a recent entry on time management in his blog. Here’s an excerpt:

Let’s say you have a typical life and try to live it in the healthiest way. You might allocate your 24-hour weekday this way:

Sleep: 8 hours
Exercise: 1 hour
Work: 8 hours
Eating: 2 hours (leisurely)
Hygiene: 1 hour
Travel: 1 (Commute, errands)

That leaves you three hours for family time, sex, shopping, food preparation, chores, household repair, volunteering in the school, and so on. If you have a dentist appointment, or your talkative relative calls, or American Idol has a two-hour special, you’re tapped out.

It’s a challenge to live a happy life if you aren’t giving enough attention to all of those categories, yet doing so is nearly impossible.

I found this to be thought-provoking and perspective building. Out of curiosity, how do you usually break up your day?

May 2, 2008 Posted by | General, Philosophy | Comments Off on Only 24 Hours

Space Junk

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Ever wonder how much crap we have in orbit? Here’s a diagram from Cellar – Image of the Day:

Between the launch of Sputnik on 4 October 1957 and 1 January 2008, approximately 4600 launches have placed some 6000 satellites into orbit, of which about 400 are travelling beyond geostationary orbit or on interplanetary trajectories.

Today, it is estimated that only 800 satellites are operational – roughly 45 percent of these are both in LEO and GEO. Space debris comprise the ever-increasing amount of inactive space hardware in orbit around the Earth as well as fragments of spacecraft that have broken up, exploded or otherwise become abandoned. About 50 percent of all trackable objects are due to in-orbit explosion events (about 200) or collision events (less than 10).

May 2, 2008 Posted by | General, Oddities | Comments Off on Space Junk

Sync Multiple iTunes Libraries

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Here’s an interesting bit of software that synchronizes music, podcasts, video and all of their metadata between up to 5 computers in your household.

Out of curiosity, how many of you out there maintain multiple iTunes libraries?

May 2, 2008 Posted by | Mac, Music, Software | Comments Off on Sync Multiple iTunes Libraries

Tetris the Movie

We are graced by yet another video game to movie translation. It was inevitable. 😉

May 2, 2008 Posted by | Games and Gaming, Humor, Video | 4 Comments