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Saturday, August 03, 2002

Computers/Macintosh

Apple Security Update 8-02-02

Latest security update from Apple. Available here as a download or directly through Software Update.

Via Versiontracker.com

Career Column

Career-Op: Privacy and You
by Douglas E. Welch, ComputorEdge Magazine

These days, privacy seems as quaint a concept as a horse and buggy. Everywhere we go, everything we do, especially online, is being tracked by someone. While most of the data can be useful for online retailers, most of this information is simply a free-floating opportunity to snoop. Even worse, we, high-tech careerists, are the makers of this privacy invasion. We create the tools that allow these invasions of privacy and we are often the ones to suffer the most. Maybe the time has come to reduce the amount of data we collect so that everyone can benefit from some slim slice of online privacy.

Events

Flavors of India Family Festival

Saturday August 17, 1-4pm

Pacific Asia Museum

Guests may participate in a henna body decoration workshop. Children are invited to bring their own percussion instruments to join in an Indian musical instrument performance featuring the tabla. Adults will enjoy a lecture discussing Ayurveda health principles and food applications. Also featured will be an Indian cooking demonstration and a demonstration illustrating the complicated art of wearing a sari (the traditional Indian woman's clothing). Indian tea and snacks will be available for tasting.

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Thursday, August 01, 2002

Events

Here are a variety of upcoming events for the first weeks of August 2002.

Museum of Neon Art - Free Admission

Date: Thursday, August 8, 2002
Time: 5:00PM - 8:00PM PDT (GMT-07:00)

Museum of Neon Art - Free Admission 2nd Thursday of each month, 5-8 pm


Summer ArtWalk 2002 - Ventura

August 17, 2002

Downtown cultural district
Ventura, CA

(805) 658-4760

Over 100 Ventura County artists display artwork at 50 gallery, business and studio locations, plus roving musicians and performers. Tour at your own pace. Free. 3-9 pm.


Outdoor Giggle and Wiggle Concerts for Kids The Getty Center

Kick up your heels with award winning, kid-centered musicians performing energetic, engaging and just-plain-wacky songs -- from the first note to thefinal bow.

Saturdays 4 & 5 pm

August 10 The Chenielle Sisters

August 17 Trout Fishing in America

August 24 JosÚ-Luis Orozco


FREE Sunday Concerts In The Park at Peter Strauss Ranch

August 11, 2pm - 4pm

Pacific Crest

Join us for an afternoon of traditional Bluegrass music with this well known band out of Bakersfield. Pacific Crest won 1st place in the 2000 L.A. County FairÔ??s Bluegrass Band Contest. Info: www.topangabanjofiddle.org/summer_concerts.html or 8 0 5 - 3 7 0 - 2 3 0 1. Topanga Banjo and Fiddle Contest in cooperation with National Park Service

Wednesday, July 31, 2002

Computers/Windows

Web Album Generator

I have been using the Mac OS X program WebPics to create web photo albums from my digital camera. My friend, Sam, over at NightsNWeekends.com let me know about this Windows program to performs the same task. The examples look very nice with captions, navigations buttons and more.

Web Sites

America As It Was- A Tour of the USA in Vintage Postcards

My friend, Jo Ann, passed on this wonderful directory of sites displaying historic postcards. The sites are cataloged by state and location.

From the site...

This is a special project for the USGenWeb Project and history and vintage postcard buffs everywhere. It's a directory of vintage postcard collections of the American Local History Network and USGenWeb Project, Historical and Genealogical Societies, Private Libraries and Museums, Universities, Towns, Parks and Private Collectors. It does not include any commercial listings (unless they contain significant galleries for public viewing), auctions, electronic greeting cards or modern postcards.

Monday, July 29, 2002

Computers/Mac

Six Degrees - timefreeing technology

This weeks mailing from Tidbits had a link to an interesting piece of software. Basically, Six Degrees watches your email activity and then builds a database of links between conversations, project and people. This database then allows you to more easily find information based on these relations.

I get a sizable amount of email, so I am installing the 30-day demo to see if it can make my online life any earlier. You might want to check it out for yourself.

Computers/Science/Astronomy

Keeping with the ongoing Astronomy theme that seems to have arisen, here are 2 interesting little programs. Enjoy!

EarthGlobe 0.9

Realtime 3D view of Earth day-light/seasonal cycles

MoonDock

Displays the Moon phase in the Dock or on the Desktop

Via Versiontracker

Computers

JPEGDeux

This is a nice little slide show program for OS X. It works as advertised and a bit more quickly than than the slideshow program I had been using.

From their site...

JPEGDeux 1.5, released on 7/28/02, adds many many new features. Among them are moving or copying images to arbitrary folders, precacheing images for greater speed, the ability to rotate or flip images, a preview drawer, and lots more.

JPEGDeux is a program that displays slideshows of image files. The shows can be displayed in a window, full screen, or in the Dock (!), and there are several customization options.

The name comes from the program JPEGView, which I admire as a specialized tool that works intuitively and is done right (it still runs great in the Classic environment despite being written in 1995). JPEGDeux is open-sourced under the BSD license. The code demonstrates some interesting Cocoa techniques, such as short-circuiting the main run loop and a customized image view.

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Via Macintouch

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Sunday, July 28, 2002

Events

Artful Minds and Stagecoaches: a family art class featuring artist, Julie Brown, and artists from the Artful Minds School (all ages)

The General Phineas Banning Residence Museum
Wilmington, CA

Sunday, August 11, 2002

2:30 p.m.