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TECHREPUBLIC BLOG ROUNDUP NEWSLETTER for October 19, 2005
WILL YOU BE A BIG GEEK THIS HALLOWEEN?
Are you still trying to figure out your Halloween costume? I sure am. I
have a couple of parties to attend and I’d like a fresh look for each.
I’ve been a witch for several years running now. I’ve added a little
something to the costume each year; pointy-toed shoes, a cape, large
false eyelashes. It’s been a blast, but I’ve been trying to think of a
technology-related costume to wear this year. I want to surprise my
geek friends with something really off the wall.
If you have any suggestions for me, please post them in this
discussion. That way, everyone can benefit from the ideas.
And while we’re at it, let’s take photos and share our Halloween
festivities with one another, shall we? Be sure to take your camera to
any Halloween parties you attend and SEND ANY TECH-RELATED COSTUME
PHOTOS TO CONTENT1@CNET.COM. We’ll collect them and create a Halloween
mailto:email@example.com (Please use “Halloween” as the subject.)
What? You didn’t know TR had photo galleries? Have you been living
under a rock? Check these out:
* Wacky laptop tricks: Wild and creative ways to use an IBM laptop
* Vista in Waiting: The long, long road to installing Windows Vista
* Dinosaur sightings: Old-school computer hardware
* Dinosaur Sightings 2: More old-school hardware from CNET (TR’s
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THIS WEEK’S BLOG ROUNDUP HIGHLIGHTS
JUSTIN FIELDING asks, “What would you think if you started working for
a company and found that they had no firewall protecting their Internet
facing services?” Sound pretty silly, right? But, “Is your Wireless
infrastructure properly protected?”
It turns out that HUTCHTECH is human. He wants one of the new
video-capable iPods. However, he says the real Apple story of late is
the new iMac feature Front Row, which allows you to use your iMac as a
full-screen media center.
Regarding the quick implementation of Microsoft patches, SONJA THOMPSON
asks, “What happens when an early bird tries to avoid a worm?”
NARENDRN promotes XML databinding in Java using Castor.
The ECCENTRIC TECHIE is excited about the possibility that “MSN & Yahoo
users can share Instant Messages soon.”
How do you make a fanboy happy? Get someone famous to read his blog.
Find out who read THE TRIVIA GEEK’s blog and just how excited he is
CRAIG said, “The future or demise of Visual FoxPro has way more to do
with the Visual FoxPro Community than anything the folks in Redmond are
doing or will do.” Do you agree with him, or does Microsoft hold all
the cards? Comment to his post, “Want to invent VFP’s future?” and let
“Should you worry about password cracking?” JESPER JOHANSSON says, “No.”
Find out why.
If you didn’t like the answer to that question, try this one: “Are
usernames superfluous?” He said no again. Read his post to find out
MARK KAELIN wants to know, “Do politics and games mix?” It sounds like
a sticky wicket to me, but Mark says, “I have always thought that all
the hype over violence corrupting the youth, whether it was the Three
Stooges, Bugs Bunny, Rock and Roll, or Grand Theft Auto, was really
just a red herring for what is essentially the normal generational
Finally, LEOOFMARS insists that “We should be dumb,” when he describes
a “smart number fetish” he’s recently encountered.
JUST FOR FUN
What TV family has added new words to our dictionary? THE TRIVIA GEEK
knows. Do you?
ROD TRENT is torturing me with news of Xbox Karaoke at $1 per song.
That could break me.
ARSNAKE has posted some family photos. How sweet! Thanks for sharing.
Now just take some Halloween costume photos for me!
FEEDBACK: WHAT SHOULD I BE FOR HALLOWEEN?
If I want to impress the geeks at any Halloween party, what should my
costume be? Please post any suggestions for cheap and easy costumes in
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