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Homepage Hazards

    ๐Ÿ“‚ Hacking,Web         ๐Ÿ—จ No Comments

Sites, specially news-related or educational, usually cram their homepages with links to various sections and freshly updated pages. In that regards those homepages are portals into the rest of their respective sites where the real content resides. That's all fine and good until they display links from those sections that the site maintains little control — Continue reading ยป

Graphics Design Weekend

    ๐Ÿ“‚ Technology         ๐Ÿ—จ No Comments

My graphics design knowledge doesn't extend much beyond Microsoft Paint and Picture Manager. I'm not very artistic but I've always wanted to learn a bit more about making simple art and manipulating photos on the computer. Photoshop is the tool of choice for professionals. We have some talented people in the art department where I — Continue reading ยป

The Greedy Shepherd

    ๐Ÿ“‚ Web,Writing         ๐Ÿ—จ No Comments

Preface: A few days ago I received an email from Answers.com inviting me (and other recipients) to write an essay or a poem using 10 words they had selected and link those words back to them โ€” certainly a publicity and SEO stunt. At the end of the contest they will judge the entries and — Continue reading ยป

Discover Card

    ๐Ÿ“‚ Business,Financial,Money         ๐Ÿ—จ No Comments

My memory is hazy on this, but I think Discover Card was the first credit card I ever had. What I'm sure of is that Discover Card was the only credit card I carried in my wallet for years. I signed up for mine back in college years when credit card companies were just beginning — Continue reading ยป

Circumcision - Religious Child Mutilation

    ๐Ÿ“‚ Religion         ๐Ÿ—จ No Comments

If you are a male born into a Jewish or Moslem family, chances are you are circumcised. Circumcision is a euphemism for penile mutilation. I was horrified by the images I saw in this LiveLeak video taken from a Turkish ceremony where scores of young boys are gleefully taken by their parents to a butcher — Continue reading ยป

Apple Safari on Windows

    ๐Ÿ“‚ Web         ๐Ÿ—จ One Comment

I'm a man of habits. That trait also extends to my browser of choice and, like many, I use Internet Explorer (IE) to surf the Web. Years ago, when the Internet was still new to the general public, it took me some time to actually start using a browser alongside my favorite text-based programs to — Continue reading ยป

HTTP Authorization and .NET WebRequest, WebClient Classes

    ๐Ÿ“‚ Computers,Web         ๐Ÿ—จ 4 Comments

One of the more useful, yet simple, classes of .NET is System.Net.WebClient. It basically simulates a simple browser to interact with web pages within your code. You can use it to GET pages or POST data to pages over http or https (SSL). The page response can be saved into a byte array, a string — Continue reading ยป

Healthcare and Blood Test

    ๐Ÿ“‚ Health         ๐Ÿ—จ No Comments

With the political party debates getting under way leading to the US presidential election, the subject of national healthcare has once again garnered some attention. In the last go-around, with the male Clinton in the office, national health insurance became a hot topic but was eventually shelved. It is a known fact that the US — Continue reading ยป

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