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Virus Alert November 24, 2005

Posted by Binford in Technology.
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Normally I don’t post anything about computer viruses, simply because of the sheer amount of new ones that pop up everyday,  but this latest one deserves a mention.

It’s being called the worst computer worm of the year — a fast-spreading Internet threat that looks like an official email from the CIA or FBI but can leave your computer wide open to intruders.

The bogus email claims the U.S. government has discovered you visiting “illegal” websites and asks you to open an attachment to answer some official questions. If you do, your computer gets infected with malware that can disable security and firewall programs and blast out similar emails to contacts in your address book.

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Remember to always practice safe computing.  Never open attachments that you are not expecting and from people you don’t know.

Heating Water With Microwaves November 23, 2005

Posted by Binford in Technology.
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This is a very cool (hot?) product.

Pulsar Advanced Technologies has announced will next week launch its lead product, the Vulcanus MK4, a water heater USING microwave technology to heat water on demand. This technology with super-heating capabilities will drastically cut energy costs and totally eliminate the need to store hot water. The Vulcanus MK4 is making its world premier at Construct Canada in Toronto between Nov. 30 and Dec. 2.

The tankless system uses microwave technology to heat water on demand, saving energy and providing an endless supply of hot water for residential and commercial usage. The technology is designed to eliminate the deadly Legionella Pneumophila, since water will not stagnate, as it does with conventional hot water heaters.

Powered by electricity and unaffected by the volatile gas markets, the Vulcanus MK4 can heat water from 35 degrees Fahrenheit to 140 degrees Fahrenheit in seconds and can source multiple applications at once: showers, dishwasher, sink usages and more. The Vulcanus MK4 is the size of a stereo speaker with a sleek modern look, making it ideal for condos and apartments, while powerful enough to serve the needs of any size family.

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Like everything else that saves you money, the upfront costs to implement this system will be huge.