Archive for November 16th, 2008
This December, New Year’s Eve revelers will have a close-up view of Times Square’s first environmentally friendly billboard powered entirely by wind and sun. There is however one small problem. The billboard will be lit by floodlights rather than light-emitting diodes. It won’t have a backup generator, so it could go dark during a long period with little wind or sun. But Ricoh spokesman Ron Potesky said the sign’s turbines will probably be able to keep the billboard lit even after four days without breezes or bright sun.
Construction on the 35,000-pound sign advertising Ricoh Americas Corp. is to begin this month across the avenue from the building where the ball drops on New Year’s Eve. A lighting ceremony for the 126-foot wide, 47-foot tall sign is scheduled for Dec. 4.
Powered by 16 wind turbines and 64 solar panels, the sign is expected to save $12,000 to $15,000 per month in electricity costs. Ricoh, an office equipment and document storage supplier, estimates the sign will also keep 18 tons of carbon out of the environment.
On November 12th, the SeaMonkey Project released a new version of its all-in-one internet suite. SeaMonkey 1.1.13 closes several security vulnerabilities and fixes several smaller problems found in previous versions. With that, SeaMonkey stays at the same level of security as its sibling Firefox 3, which is issuing updates for the same problems this week as well.
“The SeaMonkey team urges users of older SeaMonkey versions, including the SeaMonkey 1.0.x series, which no longer receives security updates, to upgrade. Additionally, the team continues to strongly urge people still using the old Mozilla Suite or Netscape 4, 6 or 7 to upgrade to the new SeaMonkey 1.1.13 version.
All these older software packages suffer from a large and steadily increasing number of security vulnerabilities because they are no longer being maintained. SeaMonkey 1.1.13 is a modern, drop-in replacement, providing the same familiar suite functionality with additional features and fully up to date security.”
SeaMonkey 1.1.13 is available for free download from the open source project’s website at www.seamonkey-project.org. If you are still using this legendary Web browser, I strongly encourage you to upgrade at your earliest convenience. The Internet is getting more and more dangerous as times goes by. Good Day.
—“Come now,” coaxed the doctor, “you’ve been seeing me for years! There’s nothing you can’t tell me.”
—“This one’s kind of strange…”
—“Let me be the judge of that,” the doctor replied.
—“Well,” she said, “yesterday I went to the bathroom in the morning and heard a plink-plink-plink in the toilet and when I looked down, the water was full of pennies.”
—“That afternoon I went to the bathroom again and, plink-plink-plink, there were nickels in the bowl.”
—“That night,” she went on, “I went again, plink-plink-plink, and there were dimes and this morning there were quarters ! You’ve got to tell me what’s wrong with me!,” she implored, “I’m scared out of my wits!”
—The gynecologist put a comforting hand on her shoulder. “There, there, it’s nothing to be scared about.”
—“You’re simply going through the change!”
It’s amazing what people will create to obtain a couple of smiles. This is an excellent joke using a pun. Good Day.
Source: Bits & Pieces