Email Job Offers: Are They Real?

Ever since I got an email account at the University of Minnesota, I have received occasional offers from people claiming to be foreign princes or artists needing U.S. representatives or business contacts or the like. They request all kinds of information, such as name, address, nationality (strange, since they seem to know already I live in the USA), country (again, they already seem to know), marital status, occupation, and phone number. Since I have never, ever given out the address, I tend to wonder about these offers coming from anonymous Hotmail accounts registered under the United States’ .com domain. I…

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Happily Folding and BOINCing Away…

Since the other day, my computer has been happily Folding and BOINCing, in tandem, all quite well. So far, I’ve completed 82 frames of the 250 assigned in my [email protected] work unit, and have already submitted two for [email protected], with credit pending. Each Spinhenge unit took around 4,000 seconds of CPU time, though I have no idea how long [email protected] has been actually computing. All I know about [email protected] is that it takes anywhere from 20-60 minutes a frame, depending on what I’m doing (what programs are running, or if the computer is idle). I’ve definitely been leaving it on…

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Valentines’ Day… Ho Hum

So, today was Valentines’ Day, huh? A Hallmark holiday if I ever saw one. I did get some entertainment in orchestra today, though. As a result of this holiday, too. A group of kids, apparently going around the school delivering Valentines’ songs, sang one of their songs in our class. “Oh say can you see/That John-John loves you?…” to the tune of “The Star-Spangled Banner“. The whole class cracked up. That would be worth having Valentines’ Day every day, if only that would happen all the time.I know, I know, this has nothing to do with technology or computing, but…

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Another (Astonishing) Hard Disk Update

Hello, world. I have some incredible news. The crashed hard disk I blogged about (lamented, mourned, etc.) last Spring has been cloned. I have all my old data back. Not only that, but in the process, my dad found that the old one is still working, and not exhibiting the classic “Click of Death” it was that fateful day in April. It can be used as an external disk now, since it’s been cloned. Only problem is, nobody can access my old Windows profile folder. For better or for worse, who knows. It’s not a major inconvenience; all the data…

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Firefox Extension Incompatibility (?)

I recently noticed that some menu items were missing in my copy of Firefox, like “Restart Firefox” and “Extension Options”. I analyzed the errors and realized that they were all supposed to be written in the menus by one extension: MR Tech’s Local Install. After some diagnostics, disabling certain extensions, and disabling recently installed extensions, I found the culprit: GMarks. It seems the two extensions are incompatible. GMarks blocks the menu access or something. I’ve had to disable it, but it’s not as big a deal now that I have the Google Toolbar 3 Beta for Firefox, which has similar…

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Oh, Such Exquisite Timing…

Picture this: You’re in the car, in a parking lot, about to pull out to go to a theater rehearsal, which starts in five minutes (giving you just enough time to get there). Your mother, who is driving you there, has a conference call with family in a few minutes. She shifts into reverse, begins moving, and the car swings out into the traffic lane of the parking lot. Shift to Drive. Hit the gas, and the car starts to thump. “We have a flat tire.”It may seem hard to believe, but this is what happened to me today. Imagine…

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Reuters’ Virtual Reporter

In an amazing twist of events, Reuters, the world-news organization, has dedicated a reporter to covering stories solely about, and concerning, members of Linden Technologies’ Second Life online RPG. The link attached to this post goes to the page where this reporter’s articles will be posted. The journalist, Adam Pasick, is identified in Second Life as Adam Reuters, signifying his involvement in journalism. His avatar sports a press pass.

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Bye Bye, Power…

So I’m working along at the library of a college, and the lights suddenly flicker and go out. The power supply for my laptop is missing something: the green light. I notice the battery icon in my system tray where the plug used to be. Something’s fishy. The power just failed. What’s wrong? I’ll try to find out, and in the mean time, I’ll move my computer before it runs out of juice. (Somehow, the computers in the computer lab are running just fine, along with a few minimal lights throughout the building.) Perhaps we will never know what happened.

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