Archive for January, 2009:

13-Year-Old Girls Drums Rush’s “YYZ”

{ Posted on Jan 27 2009 by }
Categories : Videos

Jacob, until you can play this I do not want to hear you play drums anymore. That means you better start practicing.

Digital TV Transition moving to June 12?

{ Posted on Jan 27 2009 by }
Categories : Tech

DTV Transition
On Monday, the Senate approved a new date for the transition to digital television – June 12. Congress will soon follow suit. Is it really necessary to delay this anymore? PSA have been floating around for a while now, and people have had plenty of time to pick up a converter box. Will this change of date confuse the people who have bought new HD TV’s and other new electronics for the transition? Are there not enough converter boxes to go around?

I think there should be a test transition, if possible, before the actual change. If people are unable to get channels, they can call their local TV company for instructions.

What do you think? Leave a comment!

Benny Lava

{ Posted on Jan 25 2009 by }
Categories : Videos

I think if we had music like that in America then the world would be a better place.

Star Wars: Retold

{ Posted on Jan 21 2009 by }
Categories : Videos

I’ve seen the one with the little girl and that was just amazing but this one was really funny. I loved the editing that was done. It was simple yet very funny. I just love this video.

Clock ticking on worm attack code

{ Posted on Jan 20 2009 by }
Categories : Tech, Videos

BBC NEWS
Clock ticking on worm attack code

Experts are warning that hackers have yet to activate the payload of the Conficker virus.

The worm is spreading through low security networks, memory sticks, and PCs without current security updates.

The malicious program – also known as Downadup or Kido – was first discovered in October 2008.

Although the spread of the worm appears to be levelling off, there are fears someone could easily take control of any and all of the 9.5m infected PCs.

Speaking to the BBC, F-Secure’s chief research officer, Mikko Hypponen, said there was still a real risk to users.

“Total infections appear to be peaking. That said, a full count is hard, because we also don’t know how many machines are being cleaned. But we estimate there are still more than 9m infected PCs world wide.

“It is scary thinking about how much control they [a hacker] could have over all these computers. They would have access to millions of machines with full administrator rights.

“But they haven’t done that yet, maybe they’re scared. That’s good news. But there is also the scenario that someone else figures out how to activate this worm. That is a worrying prospect.”

Experts say users should have up-to-date anti-virus software and install Microsoft‘s MS08-067 patch. The patch is known as KB958644.

Speaking to the BBC, Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant with anti-virus firm Sophos, said the outbreak was of a scale they had not seen for some time.

“Microsoft did a good job of updating people’s home computers, but the virus continues to infect business who have ignored the patch update.

“A shortage of IT staff during the holiday break didn’t help and rolling out a patch over a large number of computers isn’t easy.

“What’s more, if your users are using weak passwords – 12345, QWERTY, etc – then the virus can crack them in short order,” he added.

“But as the virus can be spread with USB memory sticks, even having the Windows patch won’t keep you safe. You need anti-virus software for that.”

Method

According to Microsoft, the worm works by searching for a Windows executable file called “services.exe” and then becomes part of that code.

It then copies itself into the Windows system folder as a random file of a type known as a “dll”. It gives itself a 5-8 character name, such as piftoc.dll, and then modifies the Registry, which lists key Windows settings, to run the infected dll file as a service.

Once the worm is up and running, it creates an HTTP server, resets a machine’s System Restore point (making it far harder to recover the infected system) and then downloads files from the hacker’s web site.

Most malware uses one of a handful of sites to download files from, making them fairly easy to locate, target, and shut down.

But Conficker does things differently.

Anti-virus firm F-Secure says that the worm uses a complicated algorithm to generate hundreds of different domain names every day, such as mphtfrxs.net, imctaef.cc, and hcweu.org. Only one of these will actually be the site used to download the hackers’ files. On the face of it, tracing this one site is almost impossible.

Variant

Speaking to the BBC, Kaspersky Lab’s security analyst Eddy Willems said that a new strain of the worm was complicating matters.

“There was a new variant released less than two weeks ago and that’s the one causing most of the problems,” said Mr Willems

“The replication methods are quite good. It’s using multiple mechanisms, including USB sticks, so if someone got an infection from one company and then takes his USB stick to another firm, it could infect that network too. It also downloads lots of content and creating new variants though this mechanism.

“Of course, the real problem is that people haven’t patched their software,” he added.

Microsoft says that the malware has infected computers in many different parts of the world, with machines in China, Brazil, Russia, and India having the highest number of victims.
Story from BBC NEWS:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/hi/technology/7832652.stm

Published: 2009/01/20 11:54:45 GMT

© BBC MMIX

Dirty Dancing In The Principal’s Office

{ Posted on Jan 15 2009 by }
Categories : Videos

This was the funniest video I have seen all year. You can watch all the episodes here.

Racist Sony Commercial

{ Posted on Jan 13 2009 by }
Categories : Videos

Why asians are better at making electronics then white men

Your Ultimate Survival Guide

{ Posted on Jan 05 2009 by }
Categories : Videos

I always carry a bottle of water with me so I should be good.

I GOT THE COLD!

{ Posted on Jan 02 2009 by }
Categories : Random

colds

So as you should know, my brother loves to just sneeze and cough all over the place without covering his nose or mouth.

We went on vacation over the Christmas break and I had to sleep with him. He was coughing all night and it drove me crazy. The last night I started to get a sore throught and I knew it was starting. I acquired a minor cough then my nose started running.

I want to thank whoever made nasal spray. That stuff works like a charm. Just spray it in your nose and if you did it right then you should be good for the rest of the day. I was for the most part except when I stayed outside for awhile but when I went back inside it had stopped.

The bad thing is that once I get a cold it usually lasts around a month and Mebibyte could tell you the same for me. How many of you have bad colds that seem to last forever?

3 Smart Things About Sleeping Late

{ Posted on Jan 01 2009 by }
Categories : Random

1 // You may need more sleep than you think.
Research by Henry Ford Hospital Sleep Disorders Center found that people who slept eight hours and then claimed they were “well rested” actually performed better and were more alert if they slept another two hours. That figures. Until the invention of the lightbulb (damn you, Edison!), the average person slumbered 10 hours a night.

2 // Night owls are more creative.
Artists, writers, and coders typically fire on all cylinders by crashing near dawn and awakening at the crack of noon. In one study, “evening people” almost universally slam-dunked a standardized creativity test. Their early-bird brethren struggled for passing scores.

3 // Rising early is stressful.
The stress hormone cortisol peaks in your blood around 7 am. So if you get up then, you may experience tension. Grab some extra Zs! You’ll wake up feeling less like Bert, more like Ernie.

Taken from http://www.wired.com/