October 19th, 2005

Neko (lofulah)

1GB for $33

Kingston 1GB CompactFlash card for $33 shipped after rebate
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Matched on subscription to vendor "Buy.com"

Buy.com offers the Kingston 1GB CompactFlash card for $47.95
with free shipping. This 10% off coupon for new customers
and $10 mail-in rebate cut it to $33.15. That's a $2 cut and
the lowest total price we've ever seen for this card. Rebate
ends October 22.

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Granted, you need to be a new customer, and then mess with the mail-in rebate, but.. yeah.
Neko (lofulah)

Stalking. Via Printer. o.O

GAH, WHAT THE HELL?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/10/18/AR2005101801663.html?referrer=email

It sounds like a conspiracy theory, but it isn't. The pages coming out of your color printer may contain hidden information that could be used to track you down if you ever cross the U.S. government.

Last year, an article in PC World magazine pointed out that printouts from many color laser printers contained yellow dots scattered across the page, viewable only with a special kind of flashlight. The article quoted a senior researcher at Xerox Corp. as saying the dots contain information useful to law-enforcement authorities, a secret digital "license tag" for tracking down criminals....

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...With the Xerox printers, the information appears as a pattern of yellow dots, each only a millimeter wide and visible only with a magnifying glass and a blue light.

The EFF said it has identified similar coding on pages printed from nearly every major printer manufacturer, including Hewlett-Packard Co., though its team has so far cracked the codes for only one type of Xerox printer.

The U.S. Secret Service acknowledged yesterday that the markings, which are not visible to the human eye, are there, but it played down the use for invading privacy.

"It's strictly a countermeasure to prevent illegal activity specific to counterfeiting," agency spokesman Eric Zahren said. "It's to protect our currency and to protect people's hard-earned money."...
Neko (lofulah)

iBook

I do believe my iBook's going to die again, and very soon.

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Bleh. Time to study. ECE210 exam tomorrow, and I need a 95%. Or more. Wish me luck, I think I'll need it.

Oh, yeah, so this will make it the... what, 7th logic board issue? I really wish I knew why...
Magic - definitely not the problem. Have reasons.

Static discharges that flicker from my finger to the metal screws under the iBook, or the battery locking circle. But those should be grounded, right?

The way I handle my iBook - I have a tendency to pull it out of my messenger bag with one hand - grabbing the center of the iBook - I wandered around a bit, and one possibility someone else noted for their TiBook death was that a flexing board/case contacting the motherboard might have caused the frying. It's a possibility for me.

The fact that I carry it around everywhere. But really - don't see why that should be a problem.