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Santa Fe, New Mexico resident Arthur Firstenberg claims that his neighbor Raphaela Monribot's use of electronic devices such as cell phones, computers, compact fluorescent lights and dimmer rheostats is aggravating his "electromagnetic sensitivity" and causing him to get sick.
This is an interesting concept. The guy says he has a sensitivity to all electromagnetic devices. After his new neigbor moved in he became sick and is suing her to stop her from using "cell phones, computers, compact fluorescent lights and dimmer rheostats."
I don't doublt that the guy could possibly have a sensitivity - who knows. What I don't agree with is the idea that he could ask a neighbor to stop living her perfectly normal 21st century life.
According to the CNN aricle this guys electric meter is on the neighbor's house. That brings up a picture that he is living in very close quarters. If I had this type of sensitivity I would be living in the middle of nowhere where I could be a hermit in peace.
I don't understand why you would sue your neighbors for something that is YOUR problem.
Wingnuts. They're everywhere.
Edited to add - ok I did a google search on this guy and he is a real wingnut. He has a history of frivoulos lawsuites and scare tactic books about the evil conspiracy of cell phone signals eating your brain.
I am having to brush up on my Visio and be able to put together a nice looking network diagram. I will document the resources I am using as I find them in the hopes it will help me later or help someone else going through the same.
I just spent an interesting couple of hours troubleshooting an Outlook 2007 problem. Whenever this customer opened any calendar entry, or tried to create a new calendar entry, Outlook crashed.
I tried a lot of normal things -
Run Install with Repair option
Turn off Outlook cached mode and rename outlook.ost files
Run all Microsoft updates at update.microsoft.com
Run Outlook with /cleanviews and /cleanreminders (Start, run, type in outlook /cleanviews is a good one to try)
Uninstalled SnagIt, which I had read on a forum had helped a similar problem
Deleted the Outlook forms cache - frmcache.dat in case it was corrupted.
After all this I was getting annoyed at the problem. It was starting to get personal. I did some general web searching on "outlook crash calendar" and finally just "outlook crash" as my keywords. I came across a page asking if someone tried running Outlook in safe mode. I googled "Outlook safe mode" and you run it with Outlook /safe. I saw a page that said if you can run Outlook in safe mode try deleting the file outcmd.dat and then restart Outlook.
That did the trick. Now I have a happy customer who does not have to re-image their laptop, and I am happy that I won the battle.
This is about the funniest thing I have seen, Stan and the boys are geeking it out to get yellow Lotus swag. This totally reminds me of the yellow shirt my buddy Jorge used to wear and I would pretend I needed sunglasses to look at him.
Skype requires me to look at you while you're talking, which is totally ridiculous. The only sci-fi show that understood this was Star Trek. Bones and Jim would use their flip phones to talk quickly about beaming or health issues. The only time they'd fire up the videophone was when a Klingon was sitting in a spaceship 20 yards away with guns pointed at them.
Call Me! But Not on Skype
This is a great little rant about video phones and why we aren't as exited about them as one might think.
"Smartphones such as the iPhone and Android-based handsets, which are used increasingly for business purposes, are essentially miniature personal computers, and in 2010 will face the same types of attacks that target traditional computing,"
Information Week has a decent list of what security experts are predicting will be this year's top security challenges.
I think the bot nets and organized crime aspects are the most worrisome. Network spreading malware infects unprotected computers, which can then be controlled remotely to instigate DDOS against common targets. Of course this isn't new but I worry when the people behind the bot nets become organized and politicized.
As the quote above indicates, another hot topic in security is going to relate to Smart Phone apps. How much security is built into your Smart Phone and its application marketplace?