All Things Gibbs

* Gearhead: Virtual CD Drives, TIFFs and PDFs * Backspin: IT: red in tooth and claw * Gibbsblog: The past 7 days

Gearhead: Virtual CD Drives, TIFFs and PDFs

Following up on the recent Gearhead column about Virtual CD, reader Dale Wisler wrote that he needed the software “only occasionally to convert some copyright-protected Windows Media files to MP3. [Windows Media Player] allows me to burn to CD or to MP3, but it thinks my Sony MP3 player is an external storage drive (I have to use Sony’s software to copy songs).”

To read this week's Gearhead, click here.

Backspin: IT: red in tooth and claw

Most of us have a list of things that we’d like to do before we shuffle off this mortal coil. Some people’s lists include such things as base jumping naked off the Empire State Building or hiking across the Hindu Kush in the dead of winter in nothing more than Speedos and flip-flops.

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Gibbsblog: The past 7 days

Ubuntu Live Conference NewsClick HERE.

The first Ubuntu Live Conference is now history, and there were some pretty interesting announcements. The folks at O'Reilly have wrapped this up wonderfully, so I'll let them tell you about it.

Now THIS is a flamewar

Associated Press reports:

ELM MOTT, Texas --A Navy man who got mad when someone mocked him as a "nerd" over the Internet climbed into his car and drove 1,300 miles from Virginia to Texas to teach the other guy a lesson.

As he made his way toward Texas, Fire Controlman 2nd Class Petty Officer Russell Tavares posted photos online showing the welcome signs at several states' borders, as if to prove to his Internet friends that he meant business.

When he finally arrived, Tavares burned the guy's trailer down.

Remember Magic Lantern?

In brightest day, in blackest night

No evil shall escape my sight

Let those who worship evil's might

Beware my power, Green Lantern's light!

No, not that one. No power rings here. Magic Lantern was the keylogger created by the FBI to gather information on bad guys. The successful use and deployment of what could only be called spyware hinged upon the cooperation of spyware detection companies, the OS software company, or the exploitation of unpatched (and presumed unpatchable) flaws in both.

Cell Phones Make Me Sick

That's what some folks claim anyway. These people suffer from IEI-EMF, idiopathic environmental intolerance with attribution to electromagnetic fields. Now comes a study titled Does Short-Term Exposure to Mobile Phone Base Station Signals Increase Symptoms in Individuals who Report Sensitivity to Electromagnetic Fields? A Double-Blind Randomised Provocation Study (whew)...

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