Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Beautiful settings although it shows very few places in Barcelona. After half an hour or so it makes you wonder: But where is the Oscar winner? Whether Penélope Cruz really deserved the award for this particular movie, I don’t know. I enjoyed the movie overall. It is the kind of movie that has no closure, nor it needs one so precise as the beginning itself is so abrupt. A somewhat different Woody Allen. I don’t mind. Interesting vision of the Spanish man. Not at all disturbing.

Conficker worm to come April 1

Malware creators love to target April Fool’s Day with their wares, and the latest worm, called Conficker C, could be one of the most damaging attacks we’ve seen in years.

Conficker first bubbled up in late 2008 and began making headlines in January as known infections topped 9 million computers. Now in its third variant, Conficker C, the worm has grown incredibly complicated, powerful, and virulent… though no one is quite sure exactly what it will do when D-Day arrives.

Thanks in part to a quarter-million-dollar bounty on the head of the writer of the worm, offered by Microsoft, security researchers are aggressively digging into the worm’s code as they attempt to engineer a cure or find the writer before the deadline. What’s known so far is that on April 1, all infected computers will come under the control of a master machine located somewhere across the web, at which point anything’s possible. No one knows exactly how it works.

Conficker is clever in the way it hides its tracks. The first version of Conficker used just 250 addresses each day — which security researchers and ICANN simply bought and/or disabled — but Conficker C will up the ante to 50,000 addresses a day when it goes active, a number which simply can’t be tracked and disabled by hand.

At this point, you should be extra vigilant about protecting your PC: Patch Windows completely through Windows Update and update your anti-malware software as well. Make sure your antivirus software is actually running too, as Conficker may have disabled it.

Match Point

The man who said “I’d rather be lucky than good” saw deeply into life. People are afraid to face how great a part of life is dependent on luck. It’s scary to think so much is out of one’s control. There are moments in a match when the ball hits the top of the net, and for a split second, it can either go forward or fall back. With a little luck, it goes forward, and you win. Or maybe it doesn’t, and you lose.

Earth Hour

Lighting accounts for about 11 percent of a typical American home’s energy bills, while computers and electronics add another 9 percent. So by shutting off these things when we’re not using them, we can lower our load significantly.

Earth Hour started in Australia and is sponsored by the World Wildlife Fund. Anyone can participate. At last count, 2,400 cities across 82 countries have officially signed up. 195 of these cities are in the United States.

Some famous buildings will be going dark on Saturday including: The Empire State Building in New York City, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the St. Louis Gateway Arch, the Sydney Opera House, the Sears Tower in Chicago, Seattle’s Space Needle, the Great Pyramids and Sphinx in Egypt, the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, and Broadway theater marquees in New York City.

Even the flashy Las Vegas Strip will turn dark for an hour. Of course, the slot machines inside casinos will stay on, but almost all of the buildings and marquees on the Strip itself will be dark during Earth Hour.

For the very first time, the famous “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign will go off. Spokespeople say that Vegas lights have dimmed for a minute when a local celebrity dies, but the Strip and the sign have never gone dark for a full hour.

Other businesses are flicking the switch too. The golden arches at McDonald’s in New Zealand and Canada will go dark, saving more than 10,000 kilowatt-hours for our neighbor to the north. The Canadian chain says it has also saved 3.1 million kilowatt-hours of energy through improved lighting, heating, and ventilation.

Blackberry addicts can log on before Earth Hour to a special website from Research in Motion. The company is encouraging fans of the mobile device to log-off for an hour and enjoy the silence.

Coincidences

The persons close to me know I have a thing for coincidences. They occur with persons that are really close to me. Today coincidences made me find out and communicate, all I´ve wanted to know and to transmit. Maybe it doesn’t make much sense from the outside, but it sure does for me. Coincidences make my day, whenever they occur.

“Coincidences are just the mind connecting two or more unique events; if the mind does not make the connection then there is no coincidence”.

Recuerdos, memories…

Remembering Tusnad… the word I used to pronounce well… and Sf.Ana…

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A Alonso también le afecta la crisis

En una entrevista concedida a la prensa italiana, el responsable deportivo de la formación francesa, Flavio Briatore, señaló que: “Le he dicho a nuestros pilotos que sería justo bajar un poco su caché. Ellos lo han entendido y hemos llegado a un acuerdo”.

Tal y como manifestó, el campeonato de F-1, al igual que otras muchas otras actividades, no se ha escapado a los estragos de la crisis económica. “La F-1 está en medio de la crisis e intentamos que adopte una forma que pueda afrontar la situación de hoy rebajando los costes”.

A su vez, aseveró que esta campaña, sus monoplazas serán competitivos y estarán en la lucha por conquistar el campeonato junto a los Ferrari y los BMW.