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Monday, July 31, 2006

Inquiry into Indian 'beggar amputations' scandal

The Indian Medical Association has launched a probe after three doctors were shown on television offering to amputate beggars' limbs for money.

The secret filming apparently shows one senior doctor offering to perform the operation for the equivalent of $200.

There have long been rumours that criminal gangs pay for the amputation as beggars are able to generate more sympathy and make more money.

The police say they will investigate the allegations.

Man, it's a sick world


Thursday, July 27, 2006

Thousands of EU net names frozen

Thousands of website names ending in the .eu suffix have been suspended by the body that administers the domain.

Brussels-based EURid froze 74,000 domain names which it believes have been stockpiled by a syndicate of registrars who intend to sell them on.

The process, known as 'warehousing', is not permitted by EURid which is suing 400 registrars for breach of contract.

The organisation believes the domains were acquired by three UK companies which acted as a front for the group.

EURid named the companies as Ovidio Ltd, Fausto Ltd and Gabino Ltd.

'In this case we are convinced that the domain name holders of the 74 000 .eu names are acting as a front for a number of registrars. The domain name holders and the registrars can be regarded as one and the same,' said Herman Sobrie, legal manager of EURid.

"Since registrars should only register domain names for existing customers and not 'warehouse' the names in order to resell them at a higher price, this is clearly in breach of the registrar contract."

Nice to see them taking some action.



Tuesday, July 25, 2006

$560m and all I got was a lousy Pacman game

MySpace, the world's most popular networking website, has restarted after being shut down for more than half a day following a power cut.

The company blamed the closure on record-breaking heat in Los Angeles where its data servers are held.

The high temperatures caused 'massive power outages' a spokesman for the company said.

MySpace lets users build a personalised home page and has almost three million visitors each month.

A MySpace spokesperson said: 'Due to the record breaking heat in Los Angeles over the weekend the area where MySpace's servers are stored had massive power outages.

'With power resumed, the network is now up and running.'

The spokesman said backup generators at the data centre had failed.

Earlier in the day visitors to the website were greeted with a game of Pacman and a message saying the service hoped to be back up and running within the hour.

I bet there was some serious ass-kicking at MySpace


Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Teensy, eensy, wireless memory chip announced

A chip the size of a grain of rice that can store 100 pages of text and swaps data via wireless has been developed by Hewlett-Packard.

The tiny chip was small enough to embed in almost any object, said HP.
The chip could be used to ensure drugs have not been counterfeited, on patient wristbands in hospitals or to add sounds or video to postcards, said HP.

But it warned that the device was at least two years away from being a finished product.

Then of course, there's always the issue of security.


Saturday, July 08, 2006

Will your computer be Windows Vista capable?

Microsoft's new operating system, Vista, which is due to go on widespread release in January 2007 will make big demands of your computer's graphics capabilities.

In the old days the PC did not have much in the way of graphics. On WordStar (omg! I feel really old - Wordstar was the software I learned word processing), just about the first ever word processor for the PC, you could have any colour you liked - as long as it was green.

The term 'Aero Glass' may not mean much to a lot of you at the moment but it is the name that defines the new (less violent) world of graphics.

It is the 3D front end for Windows Vista, Microsoft's new operating system, which is due next year.

This allows the windows to be transparent and you can move them around in a 3D environment."

But the not so good news is that not everyone will have a PC that will be compatible.

A lot of people buy PCs that do not have a separate and discrete graphics card. They have something called integrated graphics, which is basically built into their motherboard and controlled by the main processor via a small chip.

Typically today you may buy an Intel PC that has graphics built in, or 'on board'. That's where the questionable part may be - it may or may not work with Aero.

A Windows Vista Capable PC includes at least:

  • A modern processor (at least 800MHz).

  • 512 MB of system memory.

  • A graphics processor that is DirectX 9 capable.

To be able to run Windows Vista Premium, your computer will need at least:
  • 1 GHz 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor.

  • 1 GB of system memory.

  • A graphics processor that runs Windows Aero.

  • 128 MB of graphics memory.

  • 40 GB of hard drive capacity with 15 GB free space.

  • DVD-ROM Drive.

  • Audio output capability.

  • Internet access capability.

Should you wish to watch TV you will need a minimum of 1Gb of system memory to run Windows Media Center, not to mention a compatible tuner card.

So what versions of Windows Vista will be available?

Does your computer currently have the basic requirements for Vista?

Luckily, Microsoft has a useful little gizmo, called the Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor (beta) that you can download to scan your system and tell you what version of Vista your system is capable of handling (if any).

One thing is for sure - the PC is about to get as much of a major overhaul as the Windows operating system.


Tuesday, July 04, 2006

zpy.dll - Zonealarm - zpy.dll available here for free (with no spam)

If you are looking for zpy.dll you are probably in ZoneAlarm hell right now.

For some reason you decided to try uninstalling, then reinstalling v6.5 of the firewall, maybe because your Eudora email client was having kittens or your anti-virus software wouldn't update ...

It doesn't matter because you're there now, trying to get the damn thing to reinstall but faced with a dumb message that zpy.dll is missing and perhaps you should reinstall the application - like you hadn't thought of that already. :rolleyes:

I've loaded a zip file to It contains zpy.dll. Click on this link to begin the download.

Zpy.dll needs to go into the folder, Windows > System32 > ZoneAlarm. Just extract the file from the zipped folder and drop it into the above and the program will reinstall when you double-click on the installer.

Unfortunately, that's the only good news you're going to hear - the latest version of ZoneAlarm sucks to absolute suckiness; can cause the dreaded Blue Screen Of Death (BSOD) if you try disk-checking or will sit quite happily burning up 90% of your CPU power.

If you have any type of BitTorrent software installed (including that contained as part of the framework of Opera 9), then you're going to sit wondering if you have been thrown back in time 10 years due to the lack of computing power now available to you.


Further reading (you're not going to like it) ...

(not for the faint of heart but necessary if you wish to fix your computer)

Oh, by the way, you probably don't need the zpy.dll file at all.

Yeah, after all that!

Try going into Program Files from MyComputer and deleting the Zonealarm folder(s) - that should do the trick, at least as far as allowing you to reinstall the damn thing.

You will need to do something if you want to get your computer going again properly unless you are prepared to wait for the fix ... whenever that comes along.

This version of Zonealarm should NEVER have been released. It sucks.

Double MEH!