Punctuation is everything

A teacher in a class wrote on the board “A woman without her man is nothing” and asked his students to punctuate it correctly.

All of the males in the class wrote: “A woman, without her man, is nothing.”

All the females in the class wrote: “A woman: without her, man is nothing.”

Well, Punctuation is everything.

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Of Yvonne Ridley and Nagasaki

British convert Yvone Ridley delivered a truthful and not-to-miss speech on the state of Islam today, and empowering Muslim youth, in her speech delivered to the audience of Cairo. Kudos for her throws it in-your-face approach.

On an another note, the power struggle between Yasser Arafat’s legacy Fatah movement and the public popular Hamas movement just goes to show how the state of Palestine is in disarray.

Makes me wonder whether these movements have Palestinians struggle and best interests in their minds or just a power struggle to corruption!

Japan’s Shoichi Nakagawa, a senior politician has labeled US bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki a war crime. You bet that was long over due from Japan! US claims more lives would have been lost in a continuing war than the deaths in the bombing. How skeptical, and in my opinion the most cowardly, inhuman, and shameless tactic. The US wished to display its superiority, revenge Pearl Harbour (a regrettable Japanese massacre) and send a message across to the Soviets.

We will never know how many victims the war would have claimed, or how long the war would have lasted, if the bombings would not have occurred. But I do know that path was never chosen. And the world seems to have quickly forgotten about this and the Japanese holocaust.

YouOS, Your OS?

My first account with YouOS, a MIT project on the future of OS being web-based was about 6 months back. I signed for curiosity and forgot about it quite soon. The OS an alpha build has various apps such as a text editor, RSS reader, email client, lots of other community developed apps. The support seems interesting and everyone is welcome to write apps for it.

I recently revisited the concept and had to set up a new account (forgot old username/password) and decided to explore further and bring you a few shots. Applications:

Applications

YouPanel:

YouPanel

Changing wallpaper (right-click on YouOS desktop):

Wallpaper

The main advantages:
1. They are cheaper (annual subscription fee) than buying a stand alone for your PC software
2. You can access your desktop, apps and files from any where in the world as long as there is access to the Internet.

The main disadvantages:
1. If the web server is down, you are out!
2. The web-based app may not be as fast or as robust as your desktop app

If you really want to view the YouOS as proper desktop than you need to use the -k IE switch, a tip submitted by a user at the YouOS blog:

1. Right-click your desktop and Select New. Select Shortcut and click it.
2. Enter in the Location Field C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXE -k http://www.youos.com/ and click Next.
3. Give your shortcut a name and click Finish.
4. Double-click the shortcut and Internet Explorer will open as a kiosk screen.

The future being on the web, is a vision being shared by many especially Google which is developing various web based app and an MS Office alternative. There are already other web-based word processors and spreadsheets available to users now for a fee but none have been a run away success so far.

The future as some see it is having just a display, keyboard and mouse (unless these are obsolete too) with internet connection. You log-in to your desktop, the web server is your processor, your RAM and your hard disk. Your files, music, photos every thing on it. You buy and install apps online to your desktop/system.

Why? Well, to reduce system costs. You don’t have buy any motherboard, processor, RAM, hard disk, graphics cards, sound card, optical devices. Just sign-up with may be http://www.windowsonline.com or http://www.GoOS.com (Google OS may be?) or http://www.mylinux.com and pay an annual fee to get your OS and desktop.

But that still does not remove the concept of a local OS, there still has to be some kind of an OS that just runs the browser on your display, supports peripherals and networking standards for communication, and this could be embedded in an EEPROM inside the display.

No one’s going to dump their desktop for YouOS but it seems that the future is headed that way, or may be not. Time will tell.

But I do find the project interesting and fun, and if it catches up, you can at least boast that you were part of the early adopters.

Did you know?

Coca-Cola was originally green.

The most common name in the world is Mohammed.

The name of all the continents ends with the same letter that they start with.

The strongest muscle in the body is the tongue.

There are two credit cards for every person in the United States.

TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on one row of the keyboard.

Women blink nearly twice as much as men! (Ed’s note: First they tease you, then they blame you)

You can’t kill yourself by holding your breath.

It is impossible to lick your elbow.

People say “Bless you” when you sneeze because when you sneeze, your heart stops for a millisecond.

It is physically impossible for pigs to look up into the sky.

If you sneeze too hard, you can fracture a rib. If you try to suppress a sneeze, you can rupture a blood vessel in your head or neck and die.

Each king in a deck of playing cards represents great king from history.
Spades – King David
Clubs – Alexander the Great
Hearts – Charlemagne
Diamonds – Julius Caesar.

111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321

If a statue of a person in the park on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle. If the horse has one front leg in the air, the person died as a result of wounds received in battle. If the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.

What do bullet proof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers and laser printers all have in common?
All invented by women.

This is the only food that doesn’t spoil. What is this?
Honey

A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out.

A snail can sleep for three years.

All polar bears are left handed.

American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by eliminating one olive from each salad served in first-class.

Butterflies taste with their feet.

Elephants are the only animals that can’t jump.

In the last 4000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.

On average, people fear spiders more than they do death.

Shakespeare invented the word ‘assassination’ and ‘bump’.

Stewardesses is the longest word typed with only the left hand.

The ant always falls over on its right side when intoxicated.

The electric chair was invented by a dentist.

The human heart creates enough pressure when it pumps out to the body to squirt blood 30 feet.

Rats multiply so quickly that in 18 months, two rats could have over million descendants.

Wearing headphones for just an hour will increase the bacteria in your ear by 700 times.

The cigarette lighter was invented before the match.

Most lipstick contains fish scales.

Like fingerprints, everyone’s tongue print is different.

Source: via email

Online safe practices for kids

After tossing her books on the sofa, she decided to grab a snack and get
on-line . She logged on under her screen name ByAngel213. She checked her
Buddy List and saw GoTo123 was on. She sent him an instant message:

ByAngel213:
Hi. I’m glad you are on! I thought someone was following me home today. It
was really weird!

GoTo123:
LOL You watch too much TV. Why would someone be following you?
Don’t you live in a safe neighborhood?

ByAngel213:
Of course I do. LOL I guess it was my imagination cuz’ I didn’t ! see
Anybody when I looked out.

GoTo123:
Unless you gave your name out on-line. You haven’t done that have you?

ByAngel213:
Of course not. I’m not stupid you know.

GoTo123:
Did you have a softball game after school today?

ByAngel213:
Yes and we won!!

GoTo123:
That’s great! Who did you play?

ByAngel213:
We played the Hornets. LOL. Their uniforms are so gross! They look like
bees. LOL

GoTo123:
What is your team called?

ByAngel213:
We are the Canton Cats. We have tiger paws on our uniforms. They are
really cool.

GoTo123:
Did you pitch?

ByAngel213:
No I play second base. I got to go. My homework has to be done before my
parents get home.
I don’t want them mad at me. Bye!

GoTo123:
Catch you later. Bye

Meanwhile……GoTo123 went to the member menu and began to search for her
profile. When it came up, he highlighted it and printed it out. He took
out a pen and began to write down what he knew about Angel so far.

Her name: Shannon
Birthday: Jan. 3, 1985
Age: 13
State where she lived: North Carolina

Hobbies: softball, chorus, skating and going to the mall. Besides this
information, he knew she lived in Canton because she had just told him
He knew she stayed by herself until 6:30 p.m. every afternoon until her
parents came home from work. He knew she played softball on Thursday
afternoons on the school team, and the team was named the Canton Cats. Her
favorite number 7 was printed on her jersey. He knew she was in the eighth
grade at the Canton Junior High School. She had told him all this in the
conversations they had on- line. He had enough information to find her
now.

Shannon didn’t tell her parents about the incident on the way home from
the ballpark that day. She didn’t want them to make a scene and stop her
from walking home from the softball games. Parents were always
overreacting and hers were the worst. It made her wish she was not an
only child. Maybe if she had brothers and sisters, her parents wouldn’t be
so overprotective.

By Thursday, Shannon had forgotten about the footsteps following her.

Her game was in full swing when suddenly she felt someone staring at her.
It was then that the memory came back. She glanced up from her second base
position to see a man watching her closely.

He was leaning against the fence behind first base and he smiled when she
looked at him. He didn’t look scary and she quickly dismissed the sudden
fear she had felt.

After the game, he sat on a bleacher while she talked to the coach. She
noticed his smile once again as she walked past him. He nodded and she
smiled back. He noticed her name on the back of her shirt. He knew he had
found her.

Quietly, he walked a safe distance behind her. It was only a few blocks to
Shannon’s home, and once he saw where she lived he quickly returned to the
park to get his car.

Now he had to wait. He decided to get a bite to eat until the time came to
go to Shannon’s house. He drove to a fast food restaurant and sat there
until time to make his move.

Shannon was in her room later that evening when she heard voices in the
living room.

“Shannon, come here,” her father called. He sounded upset and she couldn’t
imagine why. She went into the room to see the man from the ballpark
sitting on the sofa.

“Sit down,” her father began, “this man has just told us a most
interesting story about you.”

Shannon sat back. How could he tell her parents anything? She had never
seen him before today!

“Do you know who I am, Shannon?” the man asked.

“No,” Shannon answered.

“I am a police officer and your online friend, GoTo123.”

Shannon was stunned. “That’s impossible! GoTo is a kid my age! He’s 14.
And he lives in Michigan!”

The man smiled. “I know I told you all that, but it wasn’t true. You see,
Shannon, there are people on-line who pretend to be kids; I was one of
them. But while others do it to injure kids and hurt them, I belong to a
group of parents who do it to protect kids from predators. I came here to
find you to teach you how dangerous it is to talk to people on-line. You
told me enough about yourself to make it easy for me to find you. You name
the school you went to, the name of your ball team and the position you
played. The number and name on your jersey just made finding you a
breeze.”

Shannon was stunned. “You mean you don’t live in Michigan?”

He laughed. “No, I live in Raleigh. It made you feel safe to think I was
so far away, didn’t it?”

She nodded.

“I had a friend whose daughter was like you. Only she wasn’t as lucky. The
guy found her and murdered her while she was home alone. Kids are taught
not to tell anyone when they are alone, yet they do it all the time
on-line. The wrong people trick you into giving out information a little
here and there on-line. Before you know it, you have told them enough for
them to find you without even realizing you have done it. I hope you’ve
learned a lesson from this and won’t do it again. Tell others about this
so they will be safe too?”

“It’s a promise!”

Source: via email