Watch out you folks who like to chat by IM while at work, new software designed to allow parents to better track children’s online activity pushes Internet monitoring into fresh territory: instant-messaging conversations. Ascentive, a closely held Philadelphia software firm, last week released a new version of its BeAware computer monitoring software. The updated version offers a ChatWatch feature that allows the owner to view any instant-messaging sessions or chat-room conversations that take place on the machine. Read the story from ZDNet here.
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On November 6th the Northern Lights could be seen as far south as Texas caused by “a large coronal mass ejection from the Sun.” If you have never seen the northern lights, see if you can check out some of the forcast links below – it is an experience you will never forget. Some great Aurora links:
Man Drives Self to Funeral Home to Die MAPLEWOOD, N.J. (Reuters) – An 80-year-old man who told his family he would drive himself to the funeral home to die did just that, his wife said on Tuesday. Or how about Man Climbs Tree to Avoid Taxi Fare WARSAW (Reuters) – A Polish man who climbed a tree to avoid a several zloty (dollar) taxi fare on Saturday, may end up paying more than $4,000 for a rescue operation that involved two fire brigade units. Pursued by an irate taxi driver in the northwestern city of Szczecin, the passenger climbed a tall tree, jumped from branch to branch and hurled bananas from a shopping bag at a crowd which soon gathered at the scene.
Looking for some basic ways to reduce your consumption and footprint on this earth of ours? Have a look at this list of simple ideas (courtesy Ann Arbor Unitarian Universalist Green Sanctuary Project):
For thanksgiving our family is taking our annual trip to New York. We’re thinking of taking the kids to a broadway show, so I’m looking for tickets on the web. Do you think I’m going to buy tickets from any place called TonysTickets.com?
The Onion never lets me down: Teen Who Just Discovered Led Zeppelin Starting To Piss Off Friends: According to friends, Campa’s newfound love of the band has caused him to behave in a “dicklick” fashion. “Last Saturday night, a bunch of us were driving around cranking the new Slipknot when Mark popped the tape out and started messing with the radio,” said Rick Eglund, 17. “I was like, ‘Dude, what’s your problem?’ He said it was time for WLUP’s ‘Get The Led Out’ and that he never missed it. I told him he was gonna miss it that night. Then, he tried to stop me from putting the tape back into my own stereo. I had to pull over and force him to switch seats with Dan [Alberman].” “The stupid thing is, at the time, we were driving Mark home,” Eglund continued. “He has all their CDs, so he could’ve listened to Zep all night if he’d just waited five minutes. I guess he had to prove what a big fan he is.”
For those of us who live near the near-fallen motor city, the words green and Detroit don’t usually go together. This week’s “Detroit Metro Times” article, Down a green path, discusses a proposal for an alternative community called Adamah. “The project leans heavily on agriculture. Plans include greenhouses for tulips and vegetables, grazing land and a dairy, a tree farm and lumber mill, community gardens and a shrimp farm. The plans also include windmills to generate electricity, ivy-covered freeway buffers to help clean the air, a canal for both irrigation and recreation, even co-housing, which can include shared dining and common areas to provide a greater sense of community. It calls for creation of living and work spaces in such old industrial buildings as the former Packard auto plant.”
Almost everyone has heard the clip from Lou Gehrig’s farewell to baseball speech where he says, “today (today…today) I consider myself the luckiest (luckiest..luckiest) man on the face of this earth. Well check out the whole speech. It reads like a beautiful piece of American folk art.