Friday, February 27, 2009

Adobe Threat - Its always something -

Adobe has warned of a serious flaw in all versions of Adobe Reader and Acrobat that could lead to complete loss of control of your PC. A buffer overflow vulnerability could all a hacker to take complete control through a “poisoned” .pdf file.
Adobe suggests users follow the following procedure to mitigate the threat:

“Launch Acrobat or Adobe Reader
Select Edit>Preferences
Select the JavaScript Category
Uncheck the ‘Enable Acrobat JavaScript’ option
Click OK”

Adobe hopes to have a patch available by March 11th.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Jeanne Louise Calment age 122 years

Jeanne Louise Calment 21 February 1875 – 4 August 1997 was a French woman with the longest confirmed lifespan in history at age 122 years 164 days (44,724 days in total). She lived in Arles, France, for her entire life, and outlived both her daughter and grandson. Because her husband was a bourgeois, she never worked, instead living a comfortable lifestyle. She became well-known from the age of 113, when the centenary of Vincent van Gogh brought reporters to Arles, as she was the last person living to have met the artist. She entered the Guinness Book of Records in 1988, and in 1995 was declared the oldest person who had ever lived, having surpassed Shigechiyo Izumi of Japan. Her lifespan has been thoroughly documented by scientific study, with more records having been produced to verify her age than for any other case.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Monday, February 23, 2009

Feb 23, 1945 - Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima

Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima is a historic photograph taken on February 23, 1945, by Joe Rosenthal. It depicts five United States Marines and a U.S. Navy corpsman raising the flag of the United States atop Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima in World War II.
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Sunday, February 22, 2009

Feb 22 1959 the 1st race at Daytona International Speedway

In the first race at Daytona International Speedway, Lee Petty battled with Johnny Beauchamp during the final laps of the race. Petty and Beauchamp drove side by side across the finish line at the final lap for a photo finish. Beauchamp was declared the unofficial winner, and he drove to victory lane. Petty protested the results, saying "I had Beauchamp by a good two feet. In my own mind, I know I won." It took NASCAR founder Bill France, Sr. three days to decide the winner. In the end, with the help of the national newsreel, Petty was officially declared the winner.
Daytona race today - 5pm EST on Fox

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Watch a good movie

If you rent or buy movies be sure watch "Changeling". It only has a few bad words and is a true story. Very good movie. See the trailer at:

Friday, February 20, 2009

February 20, 1962 - Friendship 7 launched

The Mercury-Atlas 6 mission was the first attempt by the U.S. and Mercury program to place an astronaut in orbit. The MA-6 mission was launched on February 20, 1962, from Launch Complex 14 at Cape Canaveral, Florida. The flight used Atlas # 109-D and Mercury spacecraft # 13. The spacecraft was named Friendship 7. It made three earth orbits, piloted by astronaut John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth. (The Soviet Union had already placed a cosmonaut, Yuri Gagarin, in orbit on Vostok 1 in April 12, 1961 and Gherman Titov in August 6, 1961)

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Google is at it again

As always Google celebrates holidays with a festive logo. Today is Valentine's day and Google has this image as the logo. The X & O stands for hugs and kisses. On the humor side I received a phone call from an excited young lady that was worried that she had been the victim of a virus or malware attack. She was relieved to find that Google had just give her a hug and a kiss.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Valentine’s Day

This year’s most prolific threat is from a Storm-like Trojan called Waledac. It’s spreading via links in emails with such smarmy subjects as “I love being in love with you”, “Deeply in love with you” and “I knew I loved you”.

Needless to say, stay away from emails pertaining to Valentine’s Day. For that matter it’s a good idea to avoid holiday themed emails all year long, ESPECIALLY those annoying E-Cards. Just make a pact with your friends to only send standard holiday cards via snail mail.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Long before the Hudson miracle

Long before the Hudson miracle, there was Capt. Richard Ogg

Boy, I must be old as I can remember the landing. I think there may have been a movie made from this incident.
Thanks to Linda for this story.

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

The Day the Music Died

Frb. 3rd 1959 – Hours after appearing at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa, USA, American rock and roll musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson were killed when their plane crashed shortly after taking off from the nearby Mason City Municipal Airport.
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Buddy Holly on YouTube
Ritchie Valens on YouTube
The Big Bopper on YouTube

Sunday, February 01, 2009

I lost a friend

I lost a good friend last week, His name was Mike Robins. I knew Mike because he like I was interested in radio. He was the dispatcher supervisor for the Indiana State Police Dist. 42 Versailles. Mike had a big part in the 911 set-up in Ripley County along with other public service adventures. He loved short wave listening (SWL) and later on obtained his Ham Radio license. He also had a hobby, as I did, of photography both film and digital. Here is but one of the images he captured:

He called it simply "Aurora"
I have few friends and Mike was one of the best. Rest in piece my friend.

History repeats

If you think back to February of 2007 you will remember the ice and snow Indiana was having. Yes History repeats.

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