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Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Sunspots 65

Things I have recently spotted that may be of interest to someone else:

I recently mentioned that the Microsoft system for downloading and installing Windows patches has potential systematic problems. Shavlik Technologies, which was mentioned by Windows Secrets as a solution, has released a free evaluation version of its NetChk Protect, only if you have a business e-mail address. This eliminates yahoo, netzero, earthlink, google, and hotmail and similar addresses, apparently. The company is supposed to release a version for home users in the near future.

From Wired, items about:

>A gadget that tells you whether your breath smells bad, on a scale from 1 to 5. I'm not sure I want to know.
>A human-computer interface for detecting interesting items from a stream of photos. The computer isn't physically hooked to the brain.

Harper's Index is available for June. (Back Indexes are also available through this link.) Sample: There are an estimated 25,000 illegal Irish immigrants in the US.

Nature has published a list of the 50 most popular science blogs.

Correspondence in First Things in response to an article by Stephen M. Barr, and his response to the correspondence. Includes a letter by Charles Colson, with an extensive response. The correspondence is (although rather long) quite instructive on origins.

Stephen Carter has a thoughtful piece on free speech in the public schools, including universities, in Christianity Today.

A splendid article "Stop Test-Driving Your Girlfriend," on how men should choose a spouse. Thanks to the Evangelical Outpost for the link.

This week's Christian Carnival is here. (For information on locating these Carnivals, see here)

From the CBC (that's the Canadian Broadcasting Company) an extensive web site on Iran.

When I don't tell where I found an item above, I either found it directly, or was probably pointed to it by the Librarian's Internet Index, SciTech Daily, or Arts and Letters Daily. All of these sources are great.

Thanks for reading! Keep clicking away.

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