Monday, July 02, 2007

And We'll Have Fun, Fun Fun...

1ɯʇɥ.dı1ɟ ʇɐ pǝɯɹoɟɹǝd ǝq uɐɔ uoıʇɐɯɹoɟsuɐɹʇ ssǝ1ǝsn ɟı buıʇuɐɥɔuǝ sıɥʇ ¿sıɥʇ pɐǝɹ noʎ uɐɔ

(What's it good for? Well, nothing. Does it have to be good for something?)

One of our readers sent us a link to a file converter service called Zamzar. We have no way to test whether it will handle Mac files as claimed, but it tidily turned a .pdf to a .doc , and might be worth a try if you are confronted with an attachment you can't open or make use of.

Are you paying attention to security on your PC? Got your firewall and viruschecker up to date? Late last month there were news stories about the FBI's efforts to curb the hijacking of PCs by bot software. Think it surely doesn't apply to you? Those 'ecard from a family member' emails you may have been seeing in your spam trap are a good example, and there's an interesting article which explains exactly how that one works.

Our reader who especially likes mapping and search engine sites sent us a link about the new feature of google maps which allows you to customize your map directions by dragging the line to add cities, etc. Very cool. A serious time-sink for map freaks. You could spend hours building loops around the Jemez Mountains, and dragging the route to Salt Lake City around through various parts of the Four Corners.

Lastly, and this is a re-run from last year: On the Dallas Wind Symphony's web pages are several full audio renditions of John Philip Sousa's Stars and Stripes Forever. Their live version is instant memory territory; in this country everyone's high school band played it, and by the last few seconds of the recording you'll be transported back.

P.S. The library will be closed on Wednesday, July 4th.

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