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Submission + - fist ever ANSI art show (notchill.com) 5

kevin olson writes: "I'm curating a gallery show based on ANSI and ASCII artwork, this is artwork that was made back in the late 80's and early 90's using text characters before we had GUI's like Windows, etc. Back in the days of BBSES (before the internet was really used).

All sorts of people are starting to come out of the woodwork for this, Jason Scott who directed the BBS documentaries is flying out from Utah for this, Christian Wirth, who ran the biggest art group during the ANSI era, and who still tours the world this day giving speeches on ANSI and ASCII artwork will be there, I think the main reason being this has never really been done before. And anyone who was into computers and networking at this time definately remembers ANSI and ASCII artwork.

I threw up a general description of ANSI here http://ansi.notchill.com/article/1/about . The opening will be on January 12th, 7-11PM, at 20 goto 10 (http://www.twentygoto10.com/).

Also the general blog on the progress of the show is http://ansi.notchill.com/, we will presenting the artwork on 4 to 6 feet tall lightboxes, and LCD screens w/ these parallax boards mounted against the wall.

-kevin"

Education

Submission + - OLPC XO Review (bioslevel.com) 1

BIOS_LEVEL writes: "The XO is the laptop produced by the One Laptop Per Child program (OLPC) headed by Mr. Nicholas Negroponte. The goal of OLPC is to provide every child a laptop which they can use to experience technology and the Internet. Through the Give One Get One program (G1G1), residents of North America are able donate $400 to the OLPC foundation, $200 of which finances a laptop for a child, and $200 of which pays for the cost of delivering one to the donor. Colin Dean was one of the first to participate in G1G1, and this is his review of it."
Mozilla

Journal SPAM: Et tu, Mozilla? 5

This latest version (1.5.0.11) of FF is seriously kicking my ass. I used to be able to have 4x the amount of tabs open before I hit this kind of slowdown.

And Thunderbird's not playing nice with my host's new spam-fu.
America Online

Submission + - AOL Mail Rejects Firefox

msoren writes: "This may be a non-story, but I just tried to access my AOL mail account from my Firefox 2.0.0.3 browser — as usual — and I get this: This product has been tested with the following combination of operating systems and browsers and therefore supports: * Windows® 98 o Internet Explorer® 5.5 and 6.0 * Windows® 2000 o Internet Explorer® 6.0 * Windows® XP (Professional and Home) o Internet Explorer® 6.0 and 7.0 o Firefox® 1.5 o AOL® Explorer 1.0 o Netscape® 7.2 * Mac OS X® 10.3.7 o Safari® 1.3 o Firefox® 1.5 — Why has AOL made its free email program incompatible with the latest Firefox browser when it WAS compatible until today? Thanks!"
United States

Submission + - Connecticut Wants to Restrict Social Networking

csefft writes: According to the Hartford Courant, Connecticut became the latest state to want to restrict the use of MySpace and other social networking sites. The proposed bill would require that all such sites verify the identity and age of users, as well as get parent's permission for those under 18. Sites that failed to comply would be subject to a $5,000 per day fine. Attorney General Richard Blumenthal said of the proposition, "If we can put a man on the moon, we can verify age on the Internet," but quickly followed with the acknowledgement that there is no foolproof method.

Obviously another state's citizens need to be taught the truth of: "Whenever a politician starts talking about 'the children,' keep one eye on your wallet and the other on your liberty." — Anonymous
Bug

Submission + - Quick DST test available

An anonymous reader writes: According to this story, the University of Minnesota has a quick Javascript-based test available to check a system's readiness for the new DST through a web browser.
Security

Submission + - PNC Bank Spoofed, by Phishers?

aeroseth writes: "Today I received a suspicious email from PNC bank, not being a customer I looked at it sceptically is there something to this email?
Dear PNC Customer,


As use of the Internet continues to expand, more banks and thrifts are using the Web to offer products and
services or otherwise enhance communications with consumers.


Our bank works hard to ensure a safe banking online for our customers.
We have developed a new security measure as an additbional protection for accounts that have more than 10,000 dollars.

The main function of this security program is to prevent any attempts of unauthorized access to a business account.

The new safeguard system eliminates any possibility of illegal breach to a bank account.


The core of a new security system is an authorization of each bank transaction of our customers.

The authorization will only be successful after entering a personal identification number (PIN) using a personal PIN card:


- Security Number consists of 6 digits

- PIN card has a list of 300 unique PINs which can be used to confirm every transaction.


After three unsuccessful attempts of entering a personal identification number (PIN) — an account would be automatically

suspended to protect our customers from fraudulent activities.

A security number can be used only once, and then it becomes invalid after a transaction is completed.


To register for our new online guard protection system please, click on the link below and follow the
instructions on the screen. At the last step of your registration you will be asked to enter the address
where you would like your pin card be delivered, including full postal code. In order to avoid any delays,
please verify that you have input all the correct information.


The card will be delivered to you within 14 days after the application is submitted.

In the meantime, you can continue to use your business account as usual.


Please, note in case if we do not hear from you within 7 days your account will be temporary suspended as a security measure.


To start the registration — please click here: https://www.treasury.pncbank/.com/esec/login.jsp


Security Advisor
PNC BANKING SERVICES.
where you would like your pin card be delivered, including full postal code. In order to avoid any delays,
please verify that you have input all the correct information.


The card will be delivered to you within 14 days after the application is submitted.

In the meantime, you can continue to use your business account as usual.


Please, note in case if we do not hear from you within 7 days your account will be temporary suspended as a security measure.


To start the registration — please click here: https://www.treasury.pncbank/.com/esec/login.jsp


Security Advisor
PNC BANKING SERVICES.
(In the HTML source the anchored HREF URL is http://www.pnc-business.com/ no secure server like you see in the link address)"
Software

Submission + - SNORT prepares for IPO

An anonymous reader writes: Open ource innovator and SNORT creator, Sourcefire, Inc., a leader in network intrusion prevention, announced today the pricing of its initial public offering of 5,770,000 shares of its common stock at $15.00 per share. More inromation on the SNORT IPO can be found over at Linuxlookup.com
Books

Submission + - Blender Character Animation Book a Top Seller

Tony writes: Blender news has been coming thick and fast lately. Just days ago Blender's fantastic new version 2.43 was released, and now Introducing Character Animation with Blender has just been released from Sybex/Wiley, one of the top publishers in the field of 3DCG. The book reached #11 on Amazon.com's Computers & Internet top sellers list this morning, which is really something for this kind of title. ICAWB covers all aspects of character creation and animation in Blender, the world's premier open source 3D modeling and animation software package. If you have been wondering about what all the fuss over Blender is about, this is a great way to find out. More information about the book, including some snapshots, is available at BlenderNation. People interested in checking out Blender itself should go to the official Blender Website and download the latest version.

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