Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
These two guys, Ace and John bought a lion cub from Herod's of London in the 1960's and named him Christian. But Christian, although quite tame, got too big and British officials would not allow them to keep him. So with the help of George Adamson, the first human to establish the idea of wildlife conservations, they took him to Africa to learn how to live in the wild at Kora National Park.
Now this story is already pretty interesting, in the 60's apparently you could buy a wild animal at a department store and take him home with you. But the story gets even better, after this lion was taken out to Africa, and was taught how to be a wild cat, Ace and John went back to Africa to see him. They were told by George, the man who trained him to be wild, that he had not been seen for 9 months. Which means that Christian has fully adapted to life in the wild. They were told that Christian won't remember the two men because it had been so long since he saw them last.
Here is where it gets really interesting. The night before John and Ace were to arrive at the camp out side the conservation area where Christian now lived, Christian, his lionesses and their cubs all showed up at the camp. Christian was waiting for John and Ace on top of a rock! According to George Adamson, who spent significant time with lions in the wild, he believed that lions have a mysterious, telepathic communication ability with humans. This was proof of that, Christian, who had no reason to come back to camp, returned with his pride to meet with his human friends.
This video shows Ace and John meeting with Christian and you can actually see Christians face change when he sees his old friends, then he runs to them and embraces them. This video shows the human like emotions that a lion is capable of feeling. Apparently, after the video, the three friends hung out at camp until the middle of the night when Christian returned to his pride leaving Ace and John exhausted.
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Image by jules:g via Flickr1. Dont assume anything. Make some time to learn about securing your system.
2. Acquire and use a reliable antivirus program. Select an antivirus that has a consistent track record. Checkmark, AV-Test.org and TuV are among the most respected independent testers of antivirus software.
3. Acquire and use a reliable firewall solution. Again, independent reviewers are your best bet for reasonable choices. Some operating systems come with a firewall which only filters incoming traffic. Use a firewall that can control both incoming and outgoing Internet traffic.
4. Do not open e-mails coming from unknown or distrusted sources. Many viruses spread via e-mail messages so please ask for a confirmation from the sender if you are in any doubt.
5. Do not open the attachments of messages with a suspicious or unexpected subject. If you want to open them, first save them to your hard disk and scan them with an updated antivirus program.
6. Delete any chain e-mails or unwanted messages. Do not forward them or reply to their senders. This kind of messages is considered spam, because it is undesired and unsolicited and it overloads the Internet traffic.
7. Avoid installing services and applications which are not needed in day-by-day operations in a desktop role, such as file transfer and file sharing servers, remote desktop servers and the like. Such programs are potential hazards, and should not be installed if not absolutely necessary.
8. Update your system and applications as often as possible. Some operating systems and applications can be set to update automatically. Make full use of this facility. Failure to patch your system often enough may leave it vulnerable to threats for which fixes already exist.
9. Do not copy any file if you don't know or don't trust its source. Check the source (provenance) of files you download and make sure that an antivirus program has already verified the files at their source.
10. Make backups of important personal files (correspondence, documents, pictures and such) on a regular basis. Store these copies on removable media such as CD or DVD. Keep your archive in a different location than the one your computer is in.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Image via WikipediaAs spring approaches, many of us begin dusting, sweeping and organizing our homes. Many of us, however, miss the one area most in need of a good scrub – the Family PC.
Between rarely used programs that hamper processing speed, and spyware or viruses inadvertently downloaded while surfing the Internet, the home computer needs to be maintained regularly. Just like your backyard garden.
The question is, how does the average family keep its PC running at top speed and protected at the same time? Consider these four easy steps to help keep your PC running smoothly:
1. Remove unused programs to boost startup speed.
Just because you aren't using a program doesn't mean it isn't consuming resources and affecting your PC's performance. Identifying and removing rarely used applications from the startup menu is an easy way to maintain the system and maximize the resources available to the programs you do use.
2. Update antivirus software.
Antivirus software detects and removes viruses, which attach themselves to a program or file in order to spread from computer to computer. By installing antivirus software and keeping it up to date, you help to keep your computer free from destructive viruses.
3. Clean up temporary files.
Obsolete temporary files can accumulate on your hard disk over time and slow down your PC. Removing these periodically is a good way to keep the PC running efficiently.
4. Defragment your hard drive.
Over time, your hard disk can become "fragmented," which means that your files are scattered in pieces across the hard disk. With a fragmented drive, your computer must search the entire hard disk to find all pieces related to a file every time the file is accessed, slowing down the computer's response time. It's a good idea to defragment your hard disk regularly.
More than half (57 percent) of American adult computer users who have a home computer think maintaining a secure computer requires a great deal of time, according to an online study by Harris Interactive and Microsoft. However, software is available that can take the hassle out of it and automatically protect and maintain your PC. Consider using an all-in-one solution such as Microsoft’s Windows Live OneCare, which automates the cleaning process and keeps your PC maintained and secure all year.
For more information about Windows Live OneCare or keeping your PC clean and protected, visit www.getgreenstaygreen.com.
Image via WikipediaWhether you are at home or on the road, it is important to take care of your health. Since traveling can bring you into contact with many things that your body isn’t used to, it is easier to get sick, especially when your body has not had time to adjust to time changes or the food and water in a new environment.
In fact, more than 10 million overseas travelers fall ill with diarrhea and other sicknesses each year that are caused by bacteria, viruses and parasitic bugs found in drinking water and food, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates.
So what kinds of foods are safe to eat when traveling? First, avoid foods that require a lot of handling before serving. Many germs are passed through improper food handling practices or poor hygiene. In most cases, foods that are boiled should be safe to consume. Avoid dishes that contain raw meat or seafood. Undercooked meats and poultry should be avoided as well.
Perishable foods generally need to be cooked to, and held at, the proper internal temperature before serving. If the dish you ordered is supposed to be served hot, make sure it is hot when it is served to you. The same is true for any foods that are intended to be served cold. Otherwise, it may not be safe to eat.
If you are taking food on the road with you, try to pack nonperishable foods that don’t require refrigeration to remain safe. If you are traveling with cold foods, pack them in a cooler with plenty of ice or freezer packs. Raw meats should be packed in a separate cooler or placed in leak-proof containers on the bottom of the cooler so they cannot contaminate other foods.
If you buy fresh fruits or vegetables from a local market while traveling, make sure to thoroughly wash and peel them as necessary before eating, just as you would at home.
Dehydration can be a problem when traveling. Many times we wait to drink until we feel thirsty, which usually means we may already be slightly dehydrated. But when traveling, how do you know if the local water supply is safe to drink?
Water supplies in rural areas and developing countries may not be adequately disinfected and could contain potentially harmful microorganisms, such as bacteria, viruses and parasites. If you need to use tap water from an unknown source, be sure to boil it for several minutes first at a good rolling boil. Avoid consuming beverages that may be mixed with the local tap water supply, such as juices or sodas from sources such as fountain machines. Also avoid consuming beverages containing ice, since freezing does not kill most microorganisms.
While bottled water is an option many travelers reach for, not all bottled water products sold abroad may meet American standards. NSF International, a nonprofit organization that certifies bottled waters sold around the world, reports that bottled water products in other countries can be impure or even counterfeit (i.e., refilled from a local tap source), so always check the seal to ensure it is intact.. Travelers outside the U.S. should look for bottles carrying an NSF Mark. A list of NSF certified brands is also posted on the NSF Web site (nsf.org/certified/bwpi). Children and the elderly can have especially sensitive stomachs and should be extra cautious about consuming any drinks from containers that are not factory-sealed beverages.
While watching what you eat and drink can help avoid illness, the best action you can take to maintain your health all year long is to wash your hands frequently. If fresh water is scarce, use antibacterial hand gels or wipes to help keep your hands clean, especially after using a restroom and before eating.