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June 9, 2008

Richard Bolles' Top 7 Web Sites For Job Seekers


In no particular order:








Bolles, "... who has been offering job-hunting advice for almost 40 years, finds that although there have been a lot of changes in the outward form of the search, the substance has remained the same: finding employers who have vacancies. The old way to find these openings was through newspaper classified ads, while today it is online job postings, he said last week at the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan," wrote Jane L. Levere in yesterday's New York Times.

She added that Bolles "... was 'not impressed' with Monster.com and other job boards. 'There are too many jobs that have complicated job titles,' he said. 'Consequently, employers may call a job by one title and the job hunter may call it by another; therefore, the site will say there is no match.'"

June 9, 2008 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

What is it?


Answer here this time tomorrow.

June 9, 2008 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (10) | TrackBack

Hyperwords — 'Makes every word or phrase on a page a hyperlink'


That's how an article in the latest issue (June 5, 2008) of The Economist's Technology Quarterly characterized Norwegian computer scientist Frode Hegland's creation which enables a whole "... new sort of navigation."

June 9, 2008 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Over Door Tri-Fold Mirror


Just the thing for tight spaces.

From the website:

    Over Door Tri-Fold Mirror

    View any angle with this nifty 3 panel mirror that opens up and adjusts for a 360° view or folds flat for storage.

    Simply hook over a door.

    Size when open: 43" x 42" x 1/4".




June 9, 2008 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

GM OnStar Stolen Vehicle Slowdown — The end of high-speed police pursuit?

It comes from outer space.


Long story short: Beginning this September GM's OnStar service, which currently provides emergency services and directions to drivers, will be able to disable a car's accelerator using Global Positioning Satellite and cellphone technology, leaving the brakes and steering in working order so the driver can bring it to a safe stop.

Here's Val Clifton's May 30 Cypress Sun article about the new new thing in car theft countermeasures.

Technology may prevent high speed pursuits

By the end of this year, officers will have a new tool to aide them in their pursuit of criminals.

Aimed at reducing car thefts and the high speed chases they can incur, OnStar has developed a device that can remotely decrease the speed of stolen vehicles.

The Stolen Vehicle Slowdown technology is an enhancement to OnStar’s existing Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance, which aids in more than 6,000 vehicle theft cases each year.

Emergency Service Line Manager Cathy McCormick said the SVS feature, which will be available later this year, was announced last October.

“For 2009, depending on the model, it will be a part of the “Safe and Sound” package, so it won’t be any additional cost for the customers,” McCormick said. “OnStar expects 1.6 million vehicles will be equipped with the technology next year.”

OnStar has been working with police for more than a decade, she said, sometimes as often as 700 times a month.

“The beauty of this particular technology is that it will allow them to get within view of the vehicle without the thief even knowing it,” McCormick said. “The tool can be used before a high speed pursuit can even be contemplated.”

Once OnStar has identified the vehicle’s location using its Global Positioning Satellite technology, it will work with police officers on the ground to confirm they have the correct vehicle in their sight.

OnStar can flash the lights of the car so that the officer can verify they are following the correct car. Once police have confirmed the scene is safe for a slowdown, the OnStar advisor can initiate one.

SVS can only be activated if the subscriber has filed a stolen vehicle report, and the police have a direct line of sight on the vehicle in question and have confirmed with OnStar that conditions are safe to activate a slowdown.

“It slows the vehicle, but the braking and steering will still work,” McCormick said. “The thieves will just think they are experiencing a mechanical malfunction.”

In 2007, more than 31,000 vehicle thefts occurred in Houston, according to OnStar data. Across the country, that figure numbers closer to 1.2 million with many thefts resulting in one of the 30,000 high-speed chases that occur yearly.

The National Traffic Safety Administration reports that these chases result in 12,000 incidents of property damage, 7,500 injuries and 300 fatalities each year.

Harris County Sheriff’s Lt. John Legg said that OnStar has been of assistance to law enforcement and that the department welcomes any tool that will aid them in dealing with auto thefts.

“It would appear that this new technology would be beneficial by way of preventing high speed pursuits for those vehicles in which this technology has been installed,” Legg said. “It does seem like it’s a promising advancement.”

A June 5, 2008 article in The Economist about this feature noted, "Some people worry that hackers might take over the system. But Chet Huber, OnStar's boss, reckons that the benefits outweigh the risks."

There's little doubt in my mind that there's a backdoor for the NSA and its brethren.

June 9, 2008 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

BehindTheMedspeak: IV Pole Drink Holder


Think outside the wheelchair and walker spaces for which this nifty item was invented.

For the longest time I've been trying to figure out a better way to have my Diet Coke in the OR without inadvertently knocking it over and making a mess of my anesthesia machine or cart.

Not to mention avoiding the gimlet eye of the circulating nurse who invariably spots my drink and says, "Dr. Stirt, you know it's against hospital policy to have food or drink in the OR."

Yeah, yeah.

Cellphones are still prohibited but darned if surgeons don't take calls via Jawbone while operating so I figure I ought to get a little slack as well.

But I digress.

From the product website:

    Clip-On Drink Holder — Frees Your Hands

    Clip-On Drink Holder carries glasses, cans, coffee mugs and more for you.

    It simply snaps onto your walker, wheelchair or even your patio chair so your drink is right where you want it.

    Holds any size cup securely.

    Strong, durable plastic.

    7" x 4".


June 9, 2008 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Helpful Hints from joeeze: How to store a tomato


Enough already with the Chinese earthquake and pacemaker hacking — how about something useful for a change?


Mr. joe?

OK, I hear you.

In the latest issue (July/August 2008) of Cook's Illustrated magazine is a nugget worth savoring; it follows.

    Lengthening the Life of Tomatoes

    We've heard that storing a tomato with its stem end facing down can prolong shelf life. To test this theory, we placed one batch of tomatoes stem-end up and another stem-end down and stored them at room temperature. A week later, nearly all the stem-down tomatoes remained in perfect condition, while the stem-up tomatoes had shriveled and started to mold. Why the difference? We surmised that the scar left on the tomato skin where the stem once grew provides both an escape for moisture and an entry point for mold and bacteria. Placing a tomato stem-end down blocks air from entering and moisture from exiting the scar. To confirm this theory, we ran another test, this time comparing tomatoes stored stem-end down with another batch stored stem-end up, but with a piece of tape sealing off their scars. The taped, stem-end up tomatoes survived just as well as the stem-end down batch.


FunFact: Tomatoes should always be stored at room temperature, never in the fridge.

Now there's news you can use.

June 9, 2008 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Electrified Tennis Racket — 'How do you like your mosquitos cooked?'


From the website:

Electric Mosquito Trap Racket

Headache to catch and kill the mosquito, fly, etc.?


Press button to switch on and release button to switch off the Electric Mosquito Trap Racket.

Requires 2 AA batteries (not included).

Light indicator shows battery life.


CAUTION: The net cannot be touched by or washed using water — keep away from children!


I guess that means most readers will have to pass on this.

Oh, well.

Yellow, Green or Red.


[via technabob]

June 9, 2008 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

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