The Curt Jester reports that the Raving Atheist has changed the name of his blog to the Raving Theist and this post contains the following announcement:

Three years ago, I promoted and appeared in the atheist documentary “The God Who Wasn’t There,” dedicated to the proposition that Jesus never existed.

TODAY I DEDICATE THIS SITE AND MY LIFE TO THE WORSHIP AND SERVICE OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR, JESUS CHRIST.

The rest of the post is the creed which suggests he has become a Catholic. Good for him! The comments however are full of rather abusive and insulting comments from other Athiests.

Presuming this isn’t a Christmas joke it will be very interesting to see if he explains the conversion in detail. The Jester has some experience in this matter so his blog will be a good thing to check out over the next few days as this goes on.

If you are a Christian in general or a Catholic in particular I suggest praying for him as there are some tough times ahead. If you are a disappointed atheist will I guess you just have to deal with it and hope for the best.

Well it looks like some people who purchased digital frames on Amazon got more than they bargained for:

Amazon.com Inc. last week warned customers running Windows XP that a Samsung digital photo frame it sold through earlier this month might have come with malware on the driver installation CD.

An Amazon.com customer posted the warning a week ago to the online retailer’s user forum. It its note to customers, Amazon.com noted that a Samsung advisory had been issued for the SPF-85H, an 8-in. digital photo frame that Amazon sold for approximately $150 starting in October.

The Samsung SPF-85H is no longer available on Amazon.com.

Anything that can store data can store a virus, make sure that when you do a virus sweep you include ANY cards and or external locations that a virus might be hosted to. In fact if you are thinking of doing a major backup it would be a good idea to consider a virus scan first so you don’t back up an infection.

Via guess who. Seriously I’ve never seen a guy manage to get so many thing posted online while still having a life, which he does. How does Glenn Reynolds do it?

UPDATE: Ann Althouse asks a similar question and Glenn Answers it.

I wish I wrote this but modesty forbids:

I completely agree with the protesters who say that the war crimes in Gaza should end.

So, what are those war crimes?

Let us count the charges, shall we?

* I agree that the deliberate targeting of Israeli civilians by Hamas is a war crime.

* I agree that the use of residential areas by Hamas to attack Israeli civilians in order to draw retaliatory fire to civilians is a war crime.

* I agree that the recruitment of civilians to act as human shields by Hamas for combatants not in uniform is a war crime.

* I agree that the use of journalists as human shields by Hamas is a war crime.

* I agree that the use of civilians and children by Hamas as bait for the enemy so that snipers can target relief personnel accompanying their military is a war crime.

* I agree that the deliberate killing of injured and wounded civilians by Hamas to increase casualty rates is a war crime.

* I agree that the use of university buildings for weapons manufacture by Hamas is a war crime.

* I agree that stockpiling explosives in civilian areas or the transport of explosives through civilian areas by Hamas so that those civilians are wounded or killed by mishandling or targeting of those weapons is a war crime.

* I agree that systematically exterminating members of a rival party (Fateh) or religion (Christianity) by Hamas for political purposes is a war crime.

* I agree that the torture of Fateh members and Christians while held in jail without charges by Hamas is a war crime.

* I agree that the passage of laws by Hamas which threaten inhumane punishments such as crucifixion, torture, amputation, and death for political crimes is a war crime.

* I agree that taking hostages and refusing to give free access to Red Cross/Crescent personnel or their use as propaganda material is a war crime.

* I agree that Hamas’ use of civilian police forces as a reserve army by an organization on international terror lists is a war crime.

* I agree that the use of public airwaves by Hamas to incite violence upon Israeli civilians is a war crime.

* I agree that the use of civilian foreign aid by Hamas for military purposes is a collective war crime.

Oh. Wait. That’s not what you’re protesting.

If it’s been put better elsewhere I’m not aware of it.

Drudge reports that the IDF is taking the war to YouTube:

In the midst of its Gaza operations, the IDF is entering yet another conflict zone: the Internet. The Israeli army announced yesterday the creation of its own YouTube channel, through which it will disseminate footage of precision bombing operations in the Gaza Strip, as well as aid distribution and other footage of interest to the international community.

IAF destroys truck with Grads
Footage shows terrorists loading vehicle with missiles; Navy joins op.

“The blogosphere and new media are another war zone,” said IDF Foreign Press Branch head Maj. Avital Leibovich. “We have to be relevant there.”

This is exactly the right move as they will be able to report unfiltered news but news that the media chooses to ignore. After all if nobody reports on something; such as Col John Chu’s 6/29/06 testimony before the House Armed Services Committee reporting on WMD found in Iraq; as far as people are concerned it never happened.

A YouTube clip is worth 1000 words.

Meanwhile the Gazans have taken their propaganda war to Second Life:

Dozens of people have been gathering since Saturday in Second Life at a protest of the recent attacks in the Gaza Strip. The Egypt and Qatar-based news site, IslamOnline.net, has built a Palestine Holocaust Memorial Museum with scores of pictures of the attacks and people wounded in the attacks drawn news sources around the world. The museum was previously named the Gaza Holocaust Museum, about which we blogged in March 2008. Those who identified themselves who attended the gathering were mostly in Egypt, but also included people in Morocco, Italy, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, France and the United States.

The gathering is an example of the rich, textured opportunity that 3D immersive spaces like Second Life offer for people to express their concerns about present day issues.

I wonder if the 2nd life pro Hamas protesters will also be physically attacking pro Israel 2nd life protesters? I would doubt is as I suspect the pro Israel people have actual lives to live.

The dichotomy is actually perfect. Israel moves to inform using reality while Hamas tries to sway opinion using fantasy.

Update: Via Glenn Confederate Yankee reports that Hamas supporters are flagging Israel’s youtube posts and have already succeeded in having some pulled;

Several of the videos showing the Isreali Air Force hitting Hamas rocket launching sites with GBU-39 precision-guided bombs have been flagged by pro-Hamas (or at least anti-Israeli) users and momentarily removed for terms of use violations before being restored. Some have been removed and have not been restored. Expect this online battle to continue, and perhaps intensify.

Considering Google’s/Youtube’s history this should be no surprise.

LGF is reporting this too.

I got in early this morning and woke up late today so this is behind the times.

Of course if you really want to get most of the news as always you can keep an eye on Israellycool since they are as on top of it as you can get.

Well Hamas continues the great Arab tradition of saying on this in English and another thing in Arabic:

It is also the exact antithesis of how Hamas sounds on the Arabic website. In Arabic, death is glorified; in English, it is tragic. In Arabic, martyrdom is the highest achievement; in English it is barely mentioned.

Hasn’t it struck people as odd over the years that the protests from Gaza et/al over the years always have more signs in English than Arabic? It’s almost as if their photos are staged!

Meanwhile Michael Ledeen states that the war has to be won in Iran not Gaza:

They, and those who think the same applies to the Iranians, forget that our enemies want us dead or dominated, they don’t want a world at peace in which they will have to deal with real problems of governance. They are waging jihad, not diplomacy.

It follows from this that you cannot “solve” Gaza by fighting in Gaza alone, you have to win the terror war. And to do that, you must accomplish regime change, just as Netanyahu said. But the crucial regime change must be accomplished in Iran. Whatever Israel accomplishes in Gaza (and the same holds for our battles in Iraq and Afghanistan), it is only a matter of time before the mullahs reorganize, rearm, and return to battle. And the next battle may involve nuclear weapons.

Boy that sounds familiar.

Cynthia McKinney has apparently found a new source for a paycheck. Pimping for Hamas. The Captain comments:

I think McKinney would have been shocked to reach Gaza’s shore. The whole blockade-running attempt was a cheap political stunt intended to get attention.

I actually think this is what she does for a living, an awful lot of money seems to fund “protesters”. And as Michelle reminds us she was bought and paid for long ago.

In fact so was George Galloway.

Jeff Goldberg reports the position of the president elect:

If someone was sending rockets on my house where my daughters were sleeping at night, I would do everything to stop it, and I would expect Israelis to do the same thing.

These aren’t my words — they’re Barack Obama’s.

Of course they are old words as comments from the invisible man are fleeting these days as the Daily Mail notes:

Barack Obama remained silent over the violence in Gaza as Israel today threatened to continue its attacks for weeks.

Instead, the president-elect is continuing his 12-day Christmas holiday in Hawaii and was seen enjoying a round of golf.

Gateway Pundit reports the Arabs are playing the Nazi Card:

The reaction to Operation Cast Lead by the pro-Hamas radicals and Leftists has been predictably foul and bizarre.
They are even equating the Israeli acts of self defense to the holocaust.

They should take it as a complement after all Arabs communities are one place where Mein Kampf still sells.

Egypt is worried about Hizbullah reaction:

Turkey and Egypt plan to warn Israel that if a ground operation is launched in the Gaza Strip, Hizbullah might open another front in south Lebanon, Turkish sources told al-Hayat newspaper.

The article suggests that Nasrallah will settle for protests but I maintain that the decision will be made in Iran not in Lebanon.

Will Israel go in with ground troops? Will Lebanon? When will all of this be finished? Only time will tell.

Park’s Associates blog picked up on our story concerning the fate of HiWired and added some new news for me.

I didn’t know Singu ended up at Radialpoint, he’s a good pickup for them.

It also hit me this morning that if HiWired was picked up then the Remote backup that we offered is still functioning, so if you had databackup through HiWired, (And you should have) it will not only continue to function but will be renewable (and you should renew it).

I don’t know if Plum Choice will be keeping the same backup through Ctrl-Center but I would strongly suggest they do. I’ve seen too many systems that were not backed up to the grief of their owners.

Remember THE DATA IS THE REASON FOR THE SYSTEM! If you don’t back it up, and the current HiWired is offering backup for as low as $8 a month. People feel really foolish when they don’t backup and your system crashes. Don’t make that mistake.

Update: Missed linkback now included.