10/16/2005

FBI Raid Shuts Down Suspected Spammer

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

A man described as one of the nation’s leading senders of spam says an FBI raid on his home office has halted his e-mail operation.

Warrants unsealed last week show that a September raid on Alan M. Ralsky’s home in a Detroit suburb included the seizure of financial records, computers and disks.

“We’re out of business at this point in time,” Ralsky said. “They didn’t shut us down. They took all our equipment, which had the effect of shutting us down.”

Terry Berg, the top deputy in the Detroit U.S. attorney’s office, declined to comment.

Source: AP

Breakthrough In Printed Electronics

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

A world first in volume printed integrated electronics circuits was exhibited at the recent Plastics Electronics trade fair in Frankfurt. The Institute for Print and Media Technology at Chemnitz University in Germany has developed a new process that enables electronic circuitry to be produced with mass printing technology. The new process will enable the mass production of very cheap integrated circuitry in paper and cardboard and can be expected to have massive consequences in manufacturing, the future of RFID and the blurring of the line between printed objects and the virtual world.The first practical applications are expected to be electronic printed maps and printed paper keyboards, closely followed by labels for clothing, luggage, packaging, ticketing and after that … almost anything.

Source: Gizmag.com

Tip: Switch Windows XP Search UI To Windows 2000 UI

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

If you are one of those people who didn’t install one of the many desktop search tools (I recommend the one from Copernic), and still using Windows XP search tool, you might find it a bit annoying.

Unlike the clean and simple search tool in Windows 2000, Windows XP search tool is full with bells and whistles, which might irritate some people.

Fortunately you can remove all the unwanted extra “features? and get the plain old Windows 200 search UI.

In order to do that follow these steps:

  • Open the Registry Editor (Regedit.exe).
  • Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ CurrentVersion\Explorer\CabinetState.
  • Under CabinetState create new String value named “Use Search Asst? by going to Edit -> New -> String Value.
  • Double click the new “Use Search Asst?, type “no” in the Value Data dialog
  • Click OK
  • Close the Registry Editor.

Now you have the good old Windows 2000 search UI (You might need to restart your system in order for this to take effect).

Google Satellite Photos Worry India Leader

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Indian President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam expressed concern Saturday about a free mapping program from Google Inc., warning it could help terrorists by providing satellite photos of potential targets.

Google Earth, an Internet site launched in June this year, allows users to access overlapping satellite photos. Although not all areas are highly detailed, some images are very high resolution, and some show sensitive locations in various countries.

At a meeting of top police officials in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad, Kalam said he worried that “developing countries, which are already in danger of terrorist attacks, have been singularly chosen” for providing high resolution images of their sites.

The governments of South Korea and Thailand and lawmakers in the Netherlands have expressed similar concerns.

Source: AP

Samsung Blames FTC for Losing Apple Deal

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Samsung Electronics has blamed the Fair Trade Commission (FTC) for losing a deal with Apple for a joint flash-memory factory worth about 4 trillion won.

The two companies had planned to set up a NAND flash memory line in South Korea to supply Apple’s iPod MP3 players, but the U.S. firm pulled out of the project after they heard about the FTC’s possible investigation of Samsung, Kim Il-ung, marketing director of Samsung’s semiconductor business, reportedly said at the investors relations session on Friday.

After the talks failed, Apple is looking for a partnership with other semiconductor firms, Kim said.

Source: The Korea Times

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