Categories: "General Thoughts"

Newly Launched: Hurricane Website from NASA

06/03/05 | by Clarise | Categories: On the web

June 1st is the official start of the Atlantic Ocean hurricane season. NASA has launched a hurricane resource webpage. It is an interesting website that compiles data from different computer models and satellites. It also explains the methodology of NASA when it investigates hurricanes.

Source of picture: NASA Hurricane Multimedia Gallery

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I.E. 7 not Supported on Windows 2000

06/02/05 | by Clarise | Categories: On the web

For those unhappy about the news about I.E.7 being unsupported in Windows 2000, Smile :P, Firefox is a better browser option anyway.

According to the article in c|net Windows 2000 users to miss out on IE 7,
"IE 7, which will be available in beta this summer, will offer improved security features and basic tabbed browsing. It is also expected to offer improved standards support, including enhanced support for CSS 2 and PNG transparencies."

Firefox has tabbed browsing right now (which actually is a very nice feature) and other features like: Popup Blocking, Privacy and Security, RSS integration, Text Zooming to make small text easy to read and Standard Developer Tools, e.g. JavaScript and CSS error/warning console. I have not really made a side by side comparison of the benefits of I.E.7 vs Firefox but at first glance, Firefox already has some (maybe all &#59;)) of the features that are being offered by I.E.7.


e-mailholic -- Survey Says ....

05/29/05 | by Clarise | Categories: General Thoughts

The Infoworld article Survey: US residents addicted to e-mail describes the email dependency of most Americans. I guess I can be considered an "emailholic". I am one of those who checks emails when I get up in the morning, while waiting for the coffee to brew. But, I am not an extreme case who checks "messages in the bathroom, in church and while driving".

No email for a week? Maybe I'll have a withdrawal symptom. My family is dispersed all over the world. So, I think I will feel cut off from my family especially my nieces and nephews if I don't have email for a week. I hardly spend on international long distance calls anymore because of emails and web chats.

Email has changed the way we communicate. Yes, too much of everything is never good.... But, I think as long as I am not anxious about the emails I send, I can be one of the email junkies ... &#59;D



04/30/05 | by Clarise | Categories: In real life

I hate SPAM. SPAM is annoying and it makes one's work day inefficient. How many of us spend valuable time during the day to train SPAM filters to make sure they go to SPAM folders? One's mailbox gets clogged with messages that are marked SPAM whether they go to the deleted folders or not. Gone were the days when all messages one gets are real.

The past few days, I have been getting SMS SPAM. The first one I got, I let it go. I just deleted the message. But then more came and I was really getting ticked off. This morning, I called my mobile phone carrier, Cingular. I told the Cingular Customer Care representative that they should block SPAM SMS and asked what they are doing about it. The Cingular representative, Sandra, told me she put my mobile phone number under DO NOT CALL list/DO NOT SEND SPAM SMS list for Telemarketeers and other kind of organizations that bug and spam you. Apparently, by default, one's phone number is open for telemarketers and spammers. So, unless you are in Cingular's "DO NOT" list, one is open to all these SPAMMERS. Cingular's list is different from the National Do Not Call Registry. Hence, it does not matter if your mobile phone is registered in the US National Do Not Call Registry that is managed by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

So, if you don't want to be SPAMMED and you are a Cingular or a former AT&T Wireless customer who got integrated with Cingular, make sure that you have your mobile phone "BLOCKED" - I believe that is the term the Cingular Customer Care Representative used. If you are not with Cingular, ask your wireless carrier.

I will have to wait and see if I get anymore SMS SPAM, now that I'm in that list or am "BLOCKED". If I do, Cingular will definitely hear from me.


Gastric Emptying Study

04/21/05 | by Clarise | Categories: In real life

Today, I ate radioactive scrambled eggs with toast. No, it is not a figure of speech for eating a rotten egg, as my niece Christine thought that I was using. I went for a Gastric Emptying Study.

This medical procedure helps to evaluate how quickly food is emptied into the intestine. The test consists of eating scrambled eggs that have been mixed with a very small dose of radioactivity. Scans are then taken to see how much of the eggs remain in the stomach. Based on my readings on Gastric Emptying Study, when normal, it should indicate that usually about half should pass into the intestine within 90 minutes. Anything longer than 110 minutes implies poor gastric emptying function.

The procedure was very simple. I just laid on the examination table under the machine, which captured the images. I read my storybook in my Palm until Joseph came over to see how I was doing. So laying there for 90 minutes did not get boring. I could not see the monitor display while I laid there, so Joseph took pictures for me with my phone.

At one point, Joseph became tech support and worked with the technician because there was a software error. It scared me for a moment. I thought, I’d have to eat another egg and repeat the procedure. But, they just rebooted the machine and everything was fine. Yes, the wonders of reboot...

In the Nuclear Medicine department of the hospital, we were told that they are not famous for their cooking… They are a different kind of gourmet chefs. They may not be famous but they surely cook unforgettable radioactive scrambled eggs.


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