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Archive for October, 2009

Laser Mice!

by on Oct.26, 2009, under Uncategorized

mousebrainNot nearly as dangerous as Laser Cats, but significantly more real, is the new technology of controlling mouse (live, not computer) behavior with light pulses to the brain.  Wired magazine has reported that researchers have succeeded in activating specific neurons in the brains of mice by illuminating them with light.  Neurons, which aren’t ordinarily light sensitive, were made so by infecting the mouse brain with a virus that carried a gene from photosensitive algae.

Virus + algae + mammalian brain = amazing new medical potential (continue reading…)

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Installing Virtualbox

by on Oct.17, 2009, under Uncategorized

VirtualBox256Have you ever wanted to experiment with a different OS but were afraid to make the commitment?  Virtualization software is your answer.  Its easy, and free.  With it, you can install any OS (except MacOS) inside a working copy of any other OS.  (continue reading…)

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Some New Blog Tricks

by on Oct.07, 2009, under Uncategorized

wordpress-logoI’ve been working with a construction organization, of which I’m a member, to “blogify” their website and I’ve been learning a few new WordPress tricks along the way.  They’re nothing earth shattering, but they were all things I hadn’t tried before.  The list of plugins and such are after the jump. (continue reading…)

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Exim4 to Gmail success

by on Oct.03, 2009, under Uncategorized

mailbox_schemFinally, I think I have my mail server working correctly so that I can send email notifications for system and blog events.  Up to this point, I never received any notification when comments were left on posts.  I used the procedure from this site for my exim4/Ubuntu setup.  Steps repeated after the jump.

[Update:  Yep, it works.  After a false alarm of it not working due to getting stuck in a spam filter, I now get an email to moderate posts from new users and when a comment is posted.] (continue reading…)

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