Austrailian Man Chooses Chip … At What Cost?

I saw an item on slashdot a few days ago that’s been gnawing at me for a while now.  It involves a story about somebody referred to as “Australia’s Geekiest Man” and the fact that in his effort to create a software controlled environemnt that he’s had an RFID tag implanted in his arm.

Currently he’s using this tag as part of the control mechanism he’s concocting.  … doing things like locking and unlocking doors, operating window shades, and all manner of other stuff.  The problem is that there’s a price to be paid for implanting something in your body that had the monstrous potential for tracking and misuse as an RFID tag (or any other kind of tracking device).

Has this man and others like him who have had RFID chips implanted sacrificed their souls?  Probably not yet, because the political / religious world situation hasn’t quite gotten far enough along yet for it to be mandatory for everyone.  However that day is coming soon and then what is going to happen?

The more acceptable this kind of technology is the easier it’s going to be to eventually require people to have it implanted whether they like it or no.  That’s when it’s going to be essential to refuse the things.

Revelation 13:17, “And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.”

Bear in mind that the word “mark” in this scripture actually refers to a puncture, very much like an injection, which is a method used to implant RFID chips.

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Another ‘Patch Tuesday’

Another ‘Patch Tuesday’ has come and gone, this time with more security patches being released for several versions of IE, including IE7, that are intended to make it harder for evil sites to spoof the content of the location bar as part of “phishing” scams where they try to convince you that the site you’re looking at is your bank when really it isn’t.

Other patches include more efforts to keep people from hacking into the computer to steal information or install malware in ‘drive by downloads’ and so on.

My preference and advice is to avoid a LOT of trouble by simply not using IE for any reason at all, ever.  You’re a lot better off to get Firefox 2 and use it instead of IE.  For most people’s email needs, I’d recommend either Thunderbird or Claws-mail.

In addition to using Firefox instead of IE, I also use WindizUpdate instead of Windows Update.  You get all the same windows security updates & such, but it works in Firefox and you don’t have to connect to Microsoft to do it.

How do I find out My PageRank?

There are several ways.  Google likes to promote use of it’s toolbar but personally I would not only never use it, I advise against it because of privacy reasons.  Instead there are several web pages you can use to find out the page rank of any given page.

http://www.rankalert.net/datacenter-watch.php? Checks 72 of Google’s datacenters, can be used to spot changes as they happen.

http://***.***.com/index.php This tool is used by P**P**P**t to determine PageRank and Alexa rankings

I’ve changed the url recommended above because, as Tricia pointed out, this url was created specifically for ***, there could be objections if it were overused.  You’re better off doing most of your checking on http://urltrends.com/index.php instead and only using the *** version of that url to check what *** will see when it looks up your blog.  Better yet, log in to *** and look at the “My Blogs” link on the dashboard.

http://www.iwebtool.com/pagerank_checker checks PR on 37 datacenters.

http://www.iwebtool.com/pagerank_prediction This tool attempts to predict what a page’s PR will be at the next PR Update.  It’s NOT very accurate (But then *NO* “PageRank Predictor” should be considered more than educated guesswork), but it can give you an idea of where a page’s PR is headed.  Can check up to five pages at a time.

There is also at least one plugin for Firefox called Search Status that can not only tell you the pagerank of any page you visit, but it can also tell you the Alexa rankings, highlight links that have “nofollow” on them, lookup “whois” information for a domain and more.  You can get the Search Status Plugin at http://www.quirk.biz/searchstatus/

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Warning, Headhunters!

The first thing this word brings to my mind is a tribe of cannibals in a
jungle someplace dining on neighbors and any unsuspecting strangers that
happen by. Would you believe that in today’s world when people talk
about headhunters they actually mean that they recruit personnel to fill
jobs?

One example of modern headhunters
is A.E. Feldman Associates, Inc. They find people to fill upper level
management positions for fortune 500 companies, helping them find the
best people for their top positions. They’ve been doing it since 1967
and have built something of a reputation over the last thirty years and
I wouldn’t be surprised if they weren’t on the fortune 500 themselves
(no, I’m not going to look it up.). That’s a long stretch from the group
of jungle savages the term used to refer to.

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