Protect Your Notebook

If the worst happens to your computer and it is stolen then usually there’s no way to track where it is or who has your computer. That’s where LocatePC comes in.
LocatePC sends you a secret email message from your computer containing vital information that can help you and law enforcement agencies track a stolen computer, and eventually return it to you.

LocatePC is free software, and runs unobtrusively on your computer, with no icons, popups or saved emails. If your computer is stolen then the thief will not even know that LocatePC is running, and as soon as they connect to the internet a secret email is sent to you containing the details that you need to track your hardware.

LocatePC Secret Email Example

Message sent: 7/19/06 11:43:06 (universal time: 7/19/06 19:43:06)
Computer's host name: John_Desktop
Logged in Windows account name: John
Found 2 network connection(s) on this computer (this list may be incomplete):
1 Name: MyISP Type: Dialup modem Phone number: (555) 555-4321 User name: JSmith
2 Name: BigCo Type: PPPoE Service name: MySvc User name: (empty)
Computer's web IP address reported by ip.locatepc.com:
To learn more about this IP address, use the IP tests at www.dnsstuff.com.
Computer's local IP address(es):
Adapter 1:
Computer's MAC address(es):
Adapter 1 (ZX-11 Ethernet): 00-21-54-17-64-26
Trace route to www.locatepc.com:
Hop Name/IP Addr
1 Router []
3 cust-quik.pdx.or.uspops.net []
4 fe1-1-300.gw0.pdx.or.uspops.net []
5 206-169-234-45.gen.twtelecom.net []
6 core-02-ge-3-1-0-508.ptld.twtelecom.net []
Identifying information (owner name/address, computer model/serial number):
This computer is the property of:
John Smith
123 Elm Street
Anyville, NY 12345
Computer brand: ABC
Computer model: Megazoom 10000
Show this message to law enforcement authorities. They may be able to use it to identify the ISP, and the ISP can probably find out which account was using the computer when the email was sent. This may lead to the identification of the perpetrator(s) and the recovery of your computer.
This message was automatically created and sent by LocatePC v1.4.5
LocatePC web site: http://www.iconico.com/locatePC

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Joomla a Great CMS

URL: www.joomla.org

Marquee nonprofit clients:

Al Gore’s website
Women’s Edge Coalition
United Nations Regional Information Centre

Joomla strives for power in simplicity. Its programmers believe that anyone with a bit of technical know-how should have no problem setting up and maintaining a website. They have created a tool that is friendly, comparatively easy to get started with, and prioritizes ease of use.

Screenshot:  A website that uses Joomla in a state not too far from out-of-the-box

Screenshot: Editing this site in Joomla

Joomla is designed to work just fine in basic shared hosting environments (the least expensive, most common web hosting package). Its installer looks much like the simple installers used for common desktop software, and the administrative interface that content editors use looks much like a desktop program as well. There are few barriers to entry with Joomla, which means it should not take a web developer much time to get you up and running, and if you’re technically savvy you may be able to do it yourself.

If you need to extend Joomla in a way not covered by its extensions—which happen to be beautifully documented and easy to find at extensions.joomla.org—you should not have to pay too much for a programmer, because Joomla is written in PHP, a widely-used general-purpose scripting language that is especially suited for Web development.

As is usually true, this ease of getting started comes with a tradeoff. Joomla can be a great choice to build a sophisticated website with hundreds of pages, solid navigation, and common content types such as news items or events. However, it has limited out-of- the box functionality for dealing with sophisticated dynamic content structures. For instance, the site navigation is limited to no more than two levels of hierarchy, and you can only link one page to another (for a “you might also be interested in” type of structure) based on free-form page tags, rather than more rigorous metadata and rules.

The next major release of Joomla, version 1.5, should be out by year-end. This version will be a rewrite of the underlying code, in order to make it easier for programmers to extend certain functionality and organize underlying frameworks, but it is not expected to change the way that content editors interact with Joomla. Site visitors should have no idea that anything has changed.

Joomla is fully integrated with CiviCRM and integrates well with common packages like DemocracyInAction and GetActive.

When a Computer Becomes Art

I saw this video this morning and I saw the most amazing computer case. The name of the “artist” is Will Urbina and his website is Will U Design.

Now sit and enjoy the video and the music.

What do you think about it?

Sony VAIO SZ770N/C Notebook

206708785 Now I have  3 months with my new notebook and I have to say that I am very happy with it. So I decided to talk about it.

Step up to the next level of portable computing in a lightweight, carbon-fiber casing. This slim VAIO SZ Notebook delivers a remarkable combination of smart mobile design, super-fast performance and contemporary style.

With wireless WAN, 802.11a/b/g/n WLAN and Bluetooth connectivity plus an ultra-crisp 13.3″ widescreen display, long battery life and an Intel Core 2 Duo processor, you’ve got the power to do more in less time.

Control efficiency and output with the innovative Hybrid Graphics System, while integrated security features keep your data secure. For your burning needs, an integrated DVD+R Double Layer/DVDRW/-RAM drive is included to make data storage easy. A built-in camera and microphone make real-time video conferencing a breeze so you can always stay in touch.

Powerful Performance

Next-generation hafnium-based Intel Core 2 Duo T9300 processor with 6MB L2 Cache and 3GB DDR2 system memory.

Toggle between an internal Intel 965 graphics chip for optimal power consumption with excellent quality and an external NVIDIA GeForce Go 8400M graphics chip for even more robust performance.

Genuine Microsoft Windows Vista Business operating system, could be better with Linux SuSe or Ubuntu who also works great.

Premium Mobility

Integrated wireless Wide Area Network (WAN) technology allows you to access the Sprint Mobile Broadband Service to extend your wireless coverage beyond LAN access networks and hotspots.

Incredibly slim and lightweight at 4.0lbs and 1.0 thin with a cutting-edge carbon-fiber casing.

Sony’s original SmartWi technology seamlessly integrates wireless Wide Area Network (WAN) technology, 802.11n wireless LAN and Bluetooth technologies.

Advanced Security

Fingerprint biometrics is a convenient and secure way to protect your computer and store passwords with a simple swipe of your finger.

An integrated Trusted Platform Module (TPM) TCG Ver.1.2 compliant chip enhances security by allowing you to control access on a specific client/user basis.

G-Sensor Shock Protection judges whether or not a movement is risky, activating disk drive protection only when your hardware is at risk.

  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo T9300 2.5GHz
  • Processor Technology: EM64T, Virtualization Technology, Enhanced SpeedStep Technology
  • Bus Speed: 800MHz
  • Standard Memory: 3GB
  • Memory Technology: DDR2 SDRAM
  • Memory Standard: DDR2-667/PC2-5300
  • Hard Drive: 250GB Serial ATA 5400 rpm
  • Optical Drive: DVD-Writer (Double-layer) - DVDR/RW
  • Display Screen: 13.3″ WXGA Widescreen Active Matrix TFT Color LCD with XBRITE
  • Graphics Controller: nVIDIA GeForce 8400M GS 1343MB Semi-shared
  • Network: 10/100/1000Mbps Gigabit Ethernet IEEE 802.3ab , Intel PRO/Wireless 4965AGN Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11n , Bluetooth Integrated, Sprint CDMA2000 (1xEV-DO)
  • Ports: 2 x 4-pin Type A USB 2.0 - USB , 1 x Mini-phone Headphone , 1 x Mini-phone Microphone , 1 x VGA , 1 x IEEE 1394 - FireWire , 1 x RJ-45 Network , 1 x RJ-11 Modem , 1 x DC Power Input
  • Operating System: Windows Vista Business
  • Batteries: 1 x Standard Battery
  • Color: Black
  • Dimensions: 1.5″ Height x 12.5″ Width x 9.3″ Depth
  • Weight: 5 lb

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