Well not really but it’s kinda funny to see this on the Britanica blog:

Many people may not have heard of ICANN, the organization that oversees the Internet’s top-level domains (TLDs; e.g., .com, .net, .org, .edu, .us), but a decision that they reached will likely affect millions of Web surfers, making it easier for them to identify porn sites from…ummm…non-porn sites. At its conference in Brussels, ICANN’s board gave initial approval for the creation of the .xxx TLD. According to the ICM registry, which backed the bid, there are some 110,000 pre-reservations for the domain–and they expect the first sites to pop up sometime in 2011.

This is actually rather significant in one respect. I talked to a friend of mine from my old HiWired days concerning porn and virus’. He said that 19 times out of 20 the virus’ we found on people machines were caused by surfing for porn. Said virus’ were always more likely to be found on a machine that didn’t use a “reputable” porn site. It will be interesting to see if this kind of “Red Light District” for the net will make it less likely that people trolling for porn online will find a electronic venereal disease.

On a less serious note that really ages me why is it that this story being in the Britannica blog makes me think of a bunch of teens from a century ago sneaking peeks at native girls in National Geographic? Is there anyone alive using the net old enough to get the reference?

in the area. Tornado activity is not something you see often around here and the storm track indicates it should miss here but if it changes direction blogging might be interupted.

If you are in the path of this storm I suggest in addition to seeking shelter unplug your pc etc. If you have a guarantee on your surge protector that is good, but not having to make the claim and having a working PC…that’s better

If you aren’t familiar with the “Sticky Notes” program you ought to be, basically it is a small app that allows you to create post-it type notes that can be placed on your desktop. These can be used as reminders for all kinds of things, VERY useful.

After my last windows update My Sticky notes program decided to stop functioning. As everything else was working one doesn’t want to be constantly undoing updates since you might end up creating security holes.

My first step was a simple uninstall/reinstall. This failed to solve the problem meaning that the update didn’t overwrite any file within the Sticky notes program, this suggested that the issue might be with a system file the program used

Lucky for us the old XP SFC function (System File Checker) carries over to windows 7. This is a function that can repair and re-write damaged system files. It can be accessed as follows

Go to Command Prompt (enter command prompt in the search box to access it)

On the Command line enter the following “SFC /SCANNOW”

This will begin the scan of system files. I would strongly recommend not playing with anything while the scan takes place. It will take some time but it will repair any system files it finds off. One advantage of Windows 7 is you will likely not need system CD’s for this function to work. In XP it often called for the install disks during the scan.

When it is complete you you should have your sticky notes working once again. You may have to change the icon back, but the program will work.

Tim Blair reminds us that everything costs something, in this case an upload costs 1.6 million:

A MAN who bragged about illegally uploading a Super Mario Bros computer game to the internet yesterday agreed to pay manufacturer Nintendo $1.6 million in a landmark anti-piracy court settlement.

James Burt, 24, agreed to pay $1.5 million in damages plus $100,000 in court costs to the gaming giant behind the hugely popular Wii game.

The Laws are on the books and companies are going to use their lawyers to make sure they are enforced. Until and unless they are changed ask yourself, is it worth it?

When you put the need to play a video game next to say Nujood and woman under Islam it really puts things in perspective doesn’t it?

And unlike Nujood, James did this to himself.

I’d hit him with a nelson but he’s going to be paying for this literally for the rest of his life, so I’ll spare him than and suggest we don’t repeat his mistake.

This is not something I would normally cover but the rumored Lindsay Lohan sex tape is going to produce a lot of serious viral infections and not just on film.

Mark my words as soon as such a tape comes out the Limewires and bittorrents will be full of downloads and fake sites promising said tape delivering instead a plethora of virus, spyware, malware, various bots and Martha Coakley negative ads (they are running everywhere else after all).

So teenagers heed my warning, the 40 seconds of film you will “enjoy” may cost you many dollars and hours of virus removal.

And if you don’t, well you can always hire me to remove them.

What are the odds of this post and this story coming on the same day?

Police in Greensburg said a 14-year-old girl and two 15-year-old girls at Greensburg Salem High School sent the pictures to their teenage boyfriends, who are 15, 16 and 17 years old. None is being identified because most criminal cases in Pennsylvania juvenile courts are not made public.

Police said the teens are part of a new trend known as “sexting.”

“It’s very dangerous. Once it’s on a cell phone, it can be put on the Internet where everybody in the world can get access to that picture. You don’t realize what you’re doing until it’s already done,” said Capt. George Seranko of the Greensburg Police Department.

Hey given the choice of listening to Rihanna; a well known pop star, or some old unemployed guy who doesn’t even know the difference between Lady Gaga and Christiana Aguilara, whose advice to you expect them to take?

Via the Incredibly not work safe Doc Weasel blog. The relevant post is the one before this work safe one. The fact that there is no direct link tells you how work safe the post is.

There are role models and there is Rihanna:

While promoting her album, Rated R, in an interview with New York City radio station Hot 97, the singer admitted she was the woman in the naked photos, which were leaked earlier this year.

“They were for my boyfriend at the time,” Rihanna, 21, said, adding, “if you don’t send your boyfriend naked pictures, then I feel bad for him.”

As a former one myself I’m sure there are teenage boys all over the world that are cheering this advice.

As a FATHER, I’m just shaking my head in despair of how many kids are going to take this to heart. I get the feeling that very few of those teens will be found in line to get Sarah Palin book signed.

As a tech support guy I had to laugh at the next quoted sentence:

…discovering nude photographs of herself on the Internet – just weeks after a photo of her battered face also found its way online, allegedly having been leaked by the police department – the singer said, “trust me, I was [freaked out].

“It was the worst thing that could possibly ever happen to me. I just felt like my whole privacy was taken before that [with the other photo leak] and then, when that came out, I thought, ‘Oh great, so now there’s nothing they don’t know about me and my private life,’ ” she said. “It was humiliating and it was embarrassing – especially my mom having to see that.”

It would seem to me those paragraphs are mutually exclusive. And I would remind you that in the digital age if you take pictures like that, they will not only be on the net, but they will be googled and oogled on the net for the rest of your life and beyond!

Do you want those photos to come up in when your name is googled for a jobsearch someday? Unless your goal in life is to try to generate hits for the huffington post I think not. I’d stay far away from this advice.

Rihanna you have earned this Nelson award.

Take my advice: don’t let your daughters become a Nelson award on some other blog.

First of all lets quote Tom Baker as the 4th Doctor in the Face of Evil:

“The very powerful and the very stupid have one thing in common. Instead of altering their views to fit the facts, they alter the facts to fit their views…which can be very uncomfortable if you happen to be one of the facts that needs altering.”

This is going to mean a great amount of wealth transferred to the “right” people.

The Second thing is a very Sicilian thing: How stupid do you have to be to put stuff like this in and e-mail in particular or in writing in general? No Sicilian would EVER dream of anything like that. These guys may be “scientists” but they must not have a brain between them.

Remember what I’ve said before, nothing that you wouldn’t show to someone publicly should ever be in an e-mail. You have been warned!

Today I ran into the wife of a fellow I haven’t seen for decades, like me he is a computer guy and is currently employed as same.

As we talked I found we have a lot in common, same amount of kids, both with a son newly in college all pretty much the same.

I forget how but the conversation came up but somehow the conversation came to wireless security and I almost fell out of my chair.

He keeps a wide open wireless network with no security at all

. He operates under the theory that if someone wants to break in they will.

This man is a computer professional, he has been doing this work for over two decades. He also does plenty of financial stuff online.

If I wasn’t so bald already I’d be tearing out my hair. He should know better, how can he NOT know better and even worse as a computer expert how many other people has he said this too.

Sometime I wonder why I even bother, so let me say it one more time.

USE PROPER WIRELESS SECURITY WHEN SETTING UP A HOME NETWORK!

If you don’t then the resulting problems you will have will be your own.

Watch and learn!

The newest Mac vs PC ad is out mentioning Windows seven and it has something in common with the first one…

…it can’t find anything bad to say about Windows 7. It plays the fear card but nary a word about the actual windows 7 operating system. And about that great customer service

If I’m Apple I’m afraid but not too afraid after all Microsoft needs them that’s why they invested 150 million in them. Microsoft does have anti-trust issues and if Mac dies those issues surface.