Saturday, September 20, 2008

US Navy "Batman Boat" Has Drug Runners Thinking They're Being Chased By UFOs. "David Lim's" blog, Auckland, New Zealand

The Navy's 80-foot $6 million "Stiletto" with its Batman-esque twin m-shaped hull has been floating around as a prototype project for several years now, but it has suffered from budget cuts in the Defense Department.

However, it appears that the Stiletto is starting to see some action in the war against drugs. Recently a group of drug runners in Florida tried to elude one by sailing near reefs and sandbars at 42 knots and skimming over water less than 5 feet deep. But the Stiletto kept on coming.

After a two-hour chase, the drug boat finally ran out of gas and the passengers were apprehended. They told authorities that it was like being chased by a UFO. A UFO boat, huh? These guys were so f'ing high.

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Who will be the next Prime Minister of New Zealand?

Looks like John Key will likely be the Prime Minister of New Zealand?

According to a recent poll, John Key rated 41 per cent compared to Helen Clark at 30 per cent to be the preferred Prime Minister.

Hope this sign will stop the crooks! David Lim, Auckland, New Zealand, Monavie

(Source: NZ Herald)

Holy Gang Member?

Gang members unlikely Catholics? A Texas teen says she has been forbidden to wear Rosary beads around her neck in school because local police say they are a gang symbol. Tabitha Ruiz was stopped by security guards at her high school in Dallas last week and told to take off the silver and ruby beaded Rosary, a gift from her mother. "Lately they [gang members] have been seen wearing religious jewellery such as the Rosary, so it is a factor," said Kevin Janse of the Dallas Police Department. (Source:

Monday, September 15, 2008

Boost your compute with free software! "David Lim's" blog, Auckland, New Zealand.

If you own a PC, chances are high that you've already reached deeply into your pockets and parted with sizeable sums of cash for applications that can be downloaded for free.

Think of any application you're ever likely to need and chances are that there's a free version available online. After hours spent slaving over a hot keyboard, I've tracked down a treasure trove of online freebies for your computing pleasure.



Available free from, there's not much Picassa can't do. Able to manage huge photo libraries, tagging and finding photos you forgot you ever had is almost effortless. Getting rid of red-eye and do other photo corrections: Total cost nada. Creating online albums and making slideshows, sticker price, Free. Doing digital photography with Picassa: Priceless - even if its free.

The Gimp

If your image editing needs are a little more extreme, get the Gimp   it's way cheaper. Whilst you could plunk down several hundred bucks for a commercial photo editing app, try dropping into and downloading the industrial strength open source photo editing app.


There are a million different digital video formats and until the advent of VLC, playing these needed multiple video player applications and a cluster of different video codecs. Not with VLC media player, which plays a multitude of audio and video formats (MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, mp3, ogg, ...) as well as DVDs, VCDs and a multitude of other streaming formats.


Open Office

Shrink wrapped office software needn't cost a bomb. Open Office does the full office monty including word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics and databases. These are no lightweight apps either, with the word processor able spell check, do complicated layouts and read Microsoft Word files, there's a lot to like about Open Office, especially its ultra low (free) price. Get your very own copy of Open Office here.

Thunderbird & Lightning

As sweet as scoring a free full function Office software suite may be, being truly productive requires access to an industrial grade email app. Thank goodness for Thunderbird. Rock solid and Fully customisable, Thunderbird allows you to organise mail, RSS feeds and newsgroup folders whilst allowing messages to be tagged so you can stay on top of a bulging email in-box. Mozilla's best feature however is its zero dollar price tag.

If Thunderbird has one downside, it's the lack of an integrated calendar for scheduling appointments and meetings. Lightning takes Mozilla one step further by adding calendaring directly into Thunderbird, allowing you to easily perform email-related calendaring tasks.

Cute PDF

Acrobat files may have become the de facto standard for electronic documents, unfortunately until now, creating .PDF formatted files was a pricey undertaking. Thanks to a freebie called CutePDF Writer, nearly any Windows application capable of printing is now able to create PDF documents.



If you're looking for a powerful music library management app and are tired of your current music running like a bloated dog, try Songbird for size. Its a free download and is an open-source music player on steroids. With support for a growing number of MP3 players, Songbird also has robust music playlist management features and a growing library of plug-ins for customisability.


Unless you're lucky enough own a Media Centre-equipped version of Windows Vista, converting your PC into a full-blown, music and movie playing media hub used to be a tricky undertaking. Not any more however thanks to MediaPortal, a free download that'll make your PC/TV a fully fledged media centre capable of letting you to listen to music, watch videos, DVDs and record live TV.


More than just a free app, lastFM is a great way to listen to and discover new music online. Once you've registered, download the free lastFM application, which will keep your profile updated with what you've been listening to on your PC or MP3 player. As learns more about the music you like, the more it'll dish up thats close to your musical preferences.



If your system has slowed to a crawl, don't despair, download Ccleaner, a fantastic PC decrapifier and give your machine a quick spring clean. Able to identify and clean stray files, cookies and other accumulated digital detritus, Ccleaner can make a huge difference and best of all, its a freebie.

Disk Keeper Lite

If your PC is still running like a sloth on valium, chances it could be suffering from a fragmented hard drive. As information is moved on and off your PCs hard drive files become "fragmented", slowing down the process of accessing data. Disk Keeper Lite re-organises files and free space back into contiguous blocks, greatly speeding things up.

Undelete Plus

Ever nuke a file only to later regret it? Undelete Plus is a free utility that'll undelete files even if they've been emptied from the recycle bin. Undelete Plus borders on being idiot-proof to drive and will scan any selected drive to present you with a list of recoverable files.