The Life of Josh

Computer Engineer, Security Consultant, and Tech Nerd.



Second large earthquake hits Haiti

A second large earthquake has just hit Haiti. This one was a 6.1 magnitude quake on the Mercalli Scale. Last week’s quake was a 7.0, and while there have been 49 aftershocks since then of at least 4.5, this is the first that approaches the earlier massive quake. It seems the previous January 12th quake, and aftershocks that followed, had already done so much damage that this new large one had not much else to destroy. That is pretty depressing. If you hadn’t planned to donate before please know that there are multiple ways to donate to the relief effort. Please consider even a small donation.

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Ding dong the bitch is dead.

So Martha Stewart was found guilty. I’m happy as hell that she was put in her place. Here is a woman that is worth hundreds of millions, if not billions via her holdings in Martha Stewart Omnimedia. Yet, for some reason, she decides to put her personal reputation, as well as her corporation’s brand image, on the line for 4,000 * 60 or roughly $240,000. Most people do the math and say, “She must be telling the truth. Who would be so stupid?” The reality is that most CEOs are control freaks. They have gotten to their position of power, wealth and influence because they are right more often than they are wrong. Many HATE being wrong and will do anything to avoid being wrong. Most of them are assholes. She deserves what she gets. I hope she has a girlfriend in jail real soon. I wonder when we’ll get to read her next article; Tossing Salad in a State Penitentiary.

The News

The news is so depressing. I’m not really sure why I watch it. Something makes me turn it on each night. Tonight’s news told us about 2 pregnant women that were beaten to the point of losing their babies. We saw Marines killed in Iraq. There was a horrible fire in NJ that left firefighters with 2nd and 3rd degree burns. There was a car accident on I-80 that killed a mother, daughter and grandmother leaving man without his sister, niece, and mother. They were on their way to a religious retreat when their brakes apparently failed. Lastly we have the Port Authority of New York / New Jersey that wants to put a Bus Station at ground zero. They want to put it under the memorial ground. Don’t you love how respectful the government can be? It’s only been 2 years, and already NYC is back to the same old shit. Man.. I really need not to turn on the news at night.


Press Release: Apple Unleashes the World’s Fastest Personal Computer—the Power Mac G5

First 64-bit Desktop Processor; First 1 GHz Front-Side Bus

WWDC 2003, San Francisco—June 23, 2003—Apple® today unleashed the world’s fastest* personal computer—the Power Mac® G5—featuring the world’s first 64-bit desktop processor and the industry’s first 1 GHz front-side bus. Powered by the revolutionary PowerPC G5 processor designed by IBM and Apple, the Power Mac G5 is the first personal computer to utilize 64-bit processing technology for unprecedented memory expansion (up to 8GB) and advanced 64-bit computation, while running existing 32-bit applications natively.

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Press Release: Apple Introduces iChat AV and iSight

Video Conferencing for “The Rest of Us”

WWDC 2003, San Francisco—June 23, 2003—Apple® today introduced a major breakthrough in video conferencing—the iChat™ AV software application and the iSight™ digital video camera. Together they enable high-quality video conferences between two Mac® users over any broadband connection, revolutionizing the way people communicate with business associates, colleagues in education, friends and family. iChat AV also features audio conferences even over dial-up connections to the Internet. iChat AV requires no set up or configuration beyond installing the software and plugging in any FireWire® video camera and microphone. Buddies with audio or video conferencing capability automatically show up in your buddy list, and initiating a video or audio conference is as simple as pushing one button. iChat AV is a key feature of the upcoming release of Mac® OS X version 10.3 “Panther,” and is available as a public beta today for Mac OS X version 10.2 “Jaguar.”

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Ohio Man Admits To Taking Part In Plot To Destroy Brooklyn Bridge

I found a story on NY1 that an Ohio truck driver admitted Thursday he was part of a terrorist plot to sabotage the Brooklyn Bridge. This is some scary ass stuff. I don’t know about other New Yorkers, but I’m freaked. Here we are in June, and coming up in 3 months is the 2 year anniversary of the World Trade Center. I am not sure how to stay in New York City, and not go koo koo. For anyone that doesn’t know, I was a first responder to the WTC with an ambulance on September 11th so for me all of this is a little more real than for someone that watched it on TV.

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Drive by shooting in Israel

An two-year-old Israeli girl was killed and a second child and an adult were wounded in a shooting attack Tuesday near the West Bank town of Qalqilya Tuesday night.

The man, apparently the driver, was moderately wounded, while a second child was seriously wounded when shots were fired at the car as it was exiting the Trans-Israel Highway near Kibbutz Eyal, adjacent to Qalqilya.



Sixteen people were killed and more than 100 were wounded when a Hamas suicide bomber, dressed as an ultra-Orthodox Jew, detonated his explosives belt on a bus in downtown Jerusalem Wednesday. A number of those wounded in the Jerusalem bus bombing Wednesday afternoon included pedestrians outside the nearby Clal Building, a shopping center in the city’s downtown area, on Jaffa Road. Forty-five people remained in hospital Wednesday night. Ten are listed in ‘serious’ condition. The rest are listed in ‘light-to-moderate’ condition.


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