Cave of Romulus and Remus unearthed

Photo of the ceiling of the long-lost underground grotto with a white eagle, the symbol of the Roman empire, at its center.

According to a recent report on BBC News, a cave believed to be the Lupercal was found near the ruins of Emperor Augustus’ palace on the Palatine hill.

In this context, one might also start wondering about the possible link between the Lupercalia of ancient Rome and nowadays’ Valentine’s Day.


FileZilla – a powerful little FTP client (and server)

FileZilla logo

The FileZilla Project has developed both a free, open source FTP client (FileZilla) and a corresponding FTP server (FileZilla Server).

As of this writing, the project has been around for more than 6 1/2 years and the change log shows continuous, regular improvements of the product.


Blocking ads and web bugs in Firefox

Screenshot of right-click options for handling an image ad

Wladimir Palant’s Firefox add-on Adblock Plus provides you with the capability to identify and block various components of a web page, most importantly any pesky or undesirable advertisements and also web bugs.

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Remove Duplicates from Outlook Express or Outlook

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MAPILab has developed a nifty little utility, Remove Duplicates from Outlook Express that does a pretty good job at eliminating duplicate messages from Outlook Express, which tend to occur whenever the mail server encounters an error and cannot complete the download of all messages queued.

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The Berlin Wall of Texas

When I read a recent Associated Press article by Alicia A. Caldwell, published 11/11/2007 in the St. Peterburg Times, the vivid imagery of the border fence proposed by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection cutting through properties, I could not help but thinking back to my school days, when we were shown images from when the Berlin Wall was built.


Failure to launch new generation of spy satellites

In a New York Times article published on 11/11/2007, Philip Taubman elaborates on the death of a spy satellite program, dubbed the Future Imagery Architecture, for which bids were solicited in 1998, even though an internal assessment raised questions whether it was achievable given the tight constraints on the project.

According to the New York Times, the collapse of the project resulted in a loss of at least $4 billion; cost estimates at the time the project was killed off in September 2005 ran as high as $18 billion.

Ed Nowinski, a former key player of the project, asserts that the most of the problems had been solved by the time project was shut down, so that with adequate time and money, the electro-optical satellite could have been built.


Loophole still allows E. coli O157:H7 into the food chain

An article by Stephen J. Hedges, published in the Chicago Tribune on 11/11/2007, points out that millions of pounds of beef that tests positive for the particularly aggressive strain of the bacterium each year are allowed to be served for consumption, just as long as companies comply with U.S. Department of Agriculture regulations by labeling it as “cook only.” Read the rest of this entry »


Focussing on the Founding Fathers’ principles might help

After Washington left office, a treaty was signed, stating “as the government of the United States is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion,” there should be no cause for conflict over differences of “religious opinion” between countries.

The treaty passed the Senate unanimously.

Excerpted from a New York Times article by  Jon Meacham.


Securing Firefox with NoScript

Logo of NoScript plug-in

This nifty add-on for Firefox allows you to drastically increase your protection against cross-site-scripting (XSS) attacks as well as common script annoyances.

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Protection from MRSA

While at present the conventional wisdom that there is no cure for Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) still holds true, this does not mean that there would not be any protection from MRSA available.

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