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Jokes and Humor / Pugad Baboy
« on: November 03, 2009, 10:01:38 AM »
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World Daily News / USS New York, built with steel from Twin Towers
« on: November 03, 2009, 02:34:58 AM »
USS New York, built with steel from Twin Towers, sets sail on maiden voyage

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The USS New York, a new battleship built with steel from the World Trade Center, sailed into New York harbour today on its maiden voyage and delivered a 21-gun salute near Ground Zero.

The $1 billion US Navy assault vessel, whose bow includes 7.5 tonnes of steel recycled from the 2001 terror attack, will be officially commissioned in its namesake city on Saturday.

Rescue workers and families of those killed in the attack gathered on the Manhattan waterfront to watch the 684ft warship glide up the Hudson River past the World Trade Center site with its sailors standing at attention on the deck.

"It's a transformation ... from something really twisted and ugly," said Rosaleen Tallon, who lost her fireman brother, Sean, in the terror attack. "I'm proud that our military is using that steel."
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The battleship, including a nuclear submarine, was scheduled to be built before the September 11 attack. However, after the atrocities, the US Navy decided to incorporate recycled steel from the fallen twin towers and name the vessel after New York as a tribute to the victims. It is a San Antonio-class amphibious dock vessel, capable of carrying 800 marines with helicopters.

Two other US Navy ships of the same class have also named to commemorate the September 11 attacks.

The USS Arlington was named to honour victims who died at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. The USS Somerset commemorates the county in Pennsylvania where the hijacked United Airlines flight 93 crashed.

As the USS New York sailed towards New York, Mayor Michael Bloomberg was ferried aboard by one of the ship's hovercraft. He spent the evening with the crew watching the New York Yankees play the Philadelphia Phillies in baseball's World Series yesterday.

The USS New York will remain in the city until Veterans Day on November 11. It will then head to its home port of Norfolk, Virginia, for a year of crew training and exercises.

The US Navy said it had many requests to serve aboard the ship. Some 13 percent of the current crew of 361 sailors come from New York - far higher than would normally be assigned.


"If a Man Wants to Leave His Toothbrush at My House, He Bloody Well Better Marry Me"


Good day, Woman UP'pers. On this All Saints Day, I'm wondering what the rest of you in the coven think about a couple of different pieces in the Washington Post. First, what a great obit of Michelle Marvin, who popularized palimony but never collected a dime of the $104,000 she was awarded for what a judge called "rehabilitative purposes'' after her companion (but not husband) Lee Marvin dumped her and she sued him for a share of the millions he'd made while they were together. (She did award herself his last name, which must have been more self-flagellating than self-aggrandizing after he left her for his childhood sweetheart.)

After an 11-week trial -- of marriage itself, according to her lawyer -- she famously said, "If a man wants to leave his toothbrush at my house, he bloody better well marry me." Then she spent 30 years with (but not married to) Dick Van Dyke.

I remember her as the cautionary, anti-role model of my adolescence, and do wish her obit had shed a little more light on the decades after the lawsuit; does anyone know how the story ended?

Also wondered what others thought about the woman addicted to abortion. (Here's a Post transcript of an online discussion with Irene Vilar, under the headline "Nightmare addiction: abortion.'' It's sub-titled: "Irene Vilar tries to explain the pathology that led her to abort 15 pregnancies."

So my question to my pro-choice sisters: If there's nothing wrong with abortion, either morally or physically, then what does sheer volume change? If, as Slate's Emily Bazelon wrote last year, "sometimes an abortion is a few not ideal hours that give you the rest of your life back,'' then at what point does it become a pathology? (Six? Ten?)  {Melinda Henneberger}


How Obama's Health Reform Push Compares to his Predecessors'

As President Obama leans into the Sisyphean boulder of health care reform, he inches forward in the footsteps of several predecessors. No fewer than four U.S. presidents in the past century have tried and failed to enact universal health care legislation.

To be sure, Obama has had help along the way. And as the current congressional debate underscores, not all universal health care plans are created equal. But it seems likely that 44 will be the first president to achieve a congressional vote on universal health care legislation.

A look at how and when his Oval Office brethren fell short:

Theodore Roosevelt – A Plan Dead Before Arrival

After cutting ties with Republicans, Roosevelt entered the 1912 presidential election under the banner of the Progressive "Bull Moose" Party, which proposed universal health coverage. His new platform, known colloquially as the "Square Deal," placed state and federal governments in charge of "the protection of home life against the hazards of sickness."

Roosevelt lost the election to Democrat Woodrow Wilson, and the continued calls of Progressives for universal health care were eventually drowned out by the trench mortar blasts of World War I.

Harry S. Truman – Red-Washed

Parrying jabs from opponents of "socialized medicine," Truman attempted to pass universal health care legislation during the height of the "red scare" of the late 1940s and early 1950s.

"The health of American children, like their education, should be recognized as a definite public responsibility," Truman said in 1945, his first year in office.

Truman advocated a single system for all Americans that traversed the socio-economic ladder as part of his "Fair Deal" agenda. But members of the American Medical Association and the American Hospital Association, as well as a Republican-led Congress, opposed his initiatives. Republican Sen. Robert Taft said president's plan "is to my mind the most socialistic measure this Congress has ever had before it."

The proposal petered out in congressional committee talks.

Richard Nixon – "Water"-logged in Congress

Attempting to expand on President Lyndon Johnson's successful enactment of Medicare and Medicaid, Nixon adopted a pro-universal-health-care stance in the early 1970s.

"The time is at hand this year to bring comprehensive, high-quality health care within the reach of every American," Nixon said during his 1974 State of the Union address.

The administration's plan required all employers to offer health insurance for workers, while providing a government-subsidized program for those not covered through work. But Senate Democrats, most notably Edward Kennedy, opposed the president's initiatives in favor of government insurance for all.

Despite opposition, Nixon's plan seemed on course for congressional passage until the Watergate scandal extinguished the president's legislative initiatives. Economic troubles later in 1974 also derailed the health care debate.

Bill Clinton – Divided, It Fell

Roughly 20 years after Nixon's failure, Clinton reinvigorated the debate during his successful 1992 run for the White House. At that time, the U.S. economy was in a recession and people feared the loss of health care coverage.

Once elected, Clinton made reform the cornerstone of his administration's domestic policy. "Our health care is too uncertain and too expensive, too bureaucratic and too wasteful," he said during a 1993 congressional address. "After decades of false starts, we must make this our most urgent priority: giving every American health security, health care that can never be taken away, health care that is always there."

But as the nation's economy improved, the public's worries about losing health coverage subsided and partisan friction slowed the reform's early momentum. Congressional committees julienned the president's proposal, and in September 1994 Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell declared Clinton's health care reform bill uncookable.

Barack Obama – Still Truckin'

Obama's initiative has survived committee talks but still must pass both the House and Senate.
A vote is likely this month, although the final form of the legislation – as well as its chance of success – is far from certain.

World Daily News / Kosovo Honors Bill Clinton With Statue
« on: November 02, 2009, 06:38:01 AM »
Kosovo Honors Bill Clinton With Statue

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PRISTINA, Kosovo (Nov. 1) - Thousands of ethnic Albanians braved low temperatures and a cold wind in Kosovo's capital Pristina to welcome former President Bill Clinton on Sunday as he attended the unveiling of an 11-foot (3.5-meter) statue of himself on a key boulevard that also bears his name.
Clinton is celebrated as a hero by Kosovo's ethnic Albanian majority for launching NATO's bombing campaign against Yugoslavia in 1999 that stopped the brutal Serb forces' crackdown on independence-seeking ethnic Albanians.

This is his first visit to Kosovo since it declared independence from Serbia last year.
Many waved American, Albanian and Kosovo flags and chanted "USA!" as the former president climbed on top of a podium with his poster in the background reading "Kosovo honors a hero."
Some peeked out of balconies and leaned on window sills to get a better view of Clinton from their apartment blocks.

To thunderous applause Clinton waved to the crowd as the red cover was pulled off from the statue.
The statue is placed on top of a white-tiled base, in the middle of a tiny square, surrounded by communist-era buildings.

"I never expected that anywhere, someone would make such a big statue of me," Clinton said of the gold-sprayed statue weighing a ton (900 kilograms).

He also addressed Kosovo's 120-seat assembly, encouraging them to forgive and move on from the violence of the past.

The statue portrays Clinton with his left arm raised and holding a portfolio bearing his name and the date when NATO started bombing Yugoslavia, on March. 24, 1999.
An estimated 10,000 ethnic Albanians were killed during the Kosovo crackdown and about 800,000 were forced out of their homes. They returned home after NATO-led peacekeepers moved in following 78 days of bombing.

Leta Krasniqi, an ethnic Albanian, said the statue was the best way to express the ethnic Albanians' gratitude for Clinton's role in making Kosovo a state.
"This is a big day," Krasniqi, 25 said. "I live nearby and I'm really excited that I will be able to see the statue of such a big friend of ours every day."

Clinton last visited Kosovo in 2003 when he received an honorary university degree. His first visit was in 1999 — months after some 6,000 U.S. troops were deployed in the NATO-led peacekeeping mission here.
Some 1,000 American soldiers are still based in Kosovo as part of NATO's 14,000-strong peacekeeping force.
Police in Kosovo upped security measures ahead of Bill Clinton's arrival by adding deploying more traffic police and special police.

NATO officials said the peacekeepers were also on alert, although no additional security measures were taken.

World's largest cruise ship lowers smokestacks to squeeze under Danish bridge on maiden voyage

Sun Nov 1, 1:10 PM
By Jan M. Olsen, The Associated Press

KORSOER, Denmark - The world's largest cruise ship cleared a crucial obstacle Sunday, lowering its smokestacks to squeeze under a bridge in Denmark.

The Oasis of the Seas - which rises about 20 stories high - passed below the Great Belt Fixed Link with a slim margin as it left the Baltic Sea on its maiden voyage to Florida.

Bridge operators said that even after lowering its telescopic smokestacks the giant ship had less than a 2-foot (half-meter) gap.

Hundreds of people gathered on beaches at both ends of the bridge, waiting for hours to watch the brightly lit behemoth sail by shortly after midnight (2300GMT; 7 p.m. EDT).

"It was fantastic to see it glide under the bridge. Boy, it was big," said Kurt Hal, 56.

Company officials are banking that its novelty will help guarantee its success. Five times larger than the Titanic, the $1.5 billion ship has seven neighbourhoods, an ice rink, a small golf course and a 750-seat outdoor amphitheatre. It has 2,700 cabins and can accommodate 6,300 passengers and 2,100 crew members.

Accommodations include loft cabins, with floor-to-ceiling windows, and 1,600-square-foot (487-meter) luxury suites with balconies overlooking the sea or promenades.

The liner also has four swimming pools, volleyball and basketball courts, and a youth zone with theme parks and nurseries for children.

Oasis of the Sea, nearly 40 per cent larger than the industry's next-biggest ship, was conceived years before the economic downturn caused desperate cruise lines to slash prices to fill vacant berths.

It was built by STX Finland for Royal Caribbean International and left the shipyard in Finland on Friday. Officials hadn't expected any problems in passing the Great Belt bridge, but traffic was stopped for about 15 minutes as a precaution when the ship approached, Danish navy spokesman Joergen Brand said.

Aboard the Oasis of the Seas, project manager Toivo Ilvonen of STX Finland confirmed that the ship had passed under the bridge without any incidents.

"Nothing fell off," he said.

The enormous ship features various "neighbourhoods" - parks, squares and arenas with special themes. One of them will be a tropical environment, including palm trees and vines among the total 12,000 plants on board. They will be planted after the ship arrives in Fort Lauderdale.

In the stern, a 750-seat outdoor theatre - modeled on an ancient Greek amphitheatre - doubles as a swimming pool by day and an ocean front theatre by night. The pool has a diving tower with spring boards and two 33-foot (10-meter) high-dive platforms. An indoor theatre seats 1,300 guests.

One of the "neighbourhoods," named Central Park, features a square with boutiques, restaurants and bars, including a bar that moves up and down three decks, allowing customers to get on and off at different levels.

Once home, the $1.5 billion floating extravaganza will have more, if less visible, obstacles to duck: a sagging U.S. economy, questions about the consumer appetite for luxury cruises and criticism that such sailing behemoths are damaging to the environment and diminish the experience of travelling.

It is due to make its U.S. debut on Nov. 20 at its home port, Port Everglades in Florida.

General Topic / Kinsay Nabiktima NinyoAni?
« on: November 02, 2009, 02:14:26 AM »
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numero unong rason nganong maghilak ko inigpatupi sa bata pa, kay tungod ani hahaha...kusog mamaak sa buhok...perting sakita.  ;D ;D ;D

Jokes and Humor / W. T. Duck
« on: November 02, 2009, 01:53:35 AM »
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Love Talk / Older Men Are Better Than Younger Men?
« on: November 01, 2009, 05:28:26 AM »

react na mga gurlzz.... ;D

General Topic / Our Proud Philippine Soldiers...hahahahaha
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Talk of the Town / ‘Wedding of the Year’ for Mar and Korina
« on: October 28, 2009, 05:14:51 PM »
‘Wedding of the Year’ for Mar and Korina
October 27, 2009, 5:54pm

They are now, officially, no longer the most eligible bachelor and bachelorette in the country.

Senator Manuel “Mar” Roxas and broadcast journalist Korina Sanchez said “I do” to each other at the Sto. Domingo Church in Quezon City Tuesday afternoon to the cheers of select guests inside the church and the public who closely followed their romance.

The exchange of vows was made with a Filipiniana-inspired background that was meticulously set up by the groom’s cousin, Margarita Fores. Sto. Domingo was literally abloom with sampaguita and rosal, Korina’s favorite flowers, for what is touted to be the country’s Wedding of the Year. Six bishops officiated in the wedding. Fr. Tito Caluag, S.J., delivered the homily.

The radiant bride walked down Sto. Domingo Church’s aisle (purportedly one of the longest aisles in the country) in an ecru Filipiniana dress by Pepito Albert and shoes by Cesar Gaupo to the beautiful  rendition of Vehnee Saturno’s “Kahapon, Bukas, Ngayon” by the Philippine Madrigal Singers with the Manila Philharmonic Orchestra.

The song was inspired by the romantic response of Sanchez to Roxas’ repeat “performance” when the couple became guests in the television noontime show Wowwowee.

Sanchez’s brothers G, Milano, and Mickey gave the bride away to the groom who wore a Randy Ortiz Barong. The senator waited patiently at the altar with the Best Man, his son Paolo.

All the bridesmaids, including Korina’s closest friend Dang Cecilio-Palanca who was Maid of Honor, were dressed in Patrice Ramos-Diaz creations while the male entourage was all in Barong Tagalog by Ortiz.

Baby James Yap, son of actress Kris Aquino and cager James Yap, was the Ring Bearer, while Miguel Sanchez, son of Dyan Castillejos, was the Bible Bearer. Korina’s niece, Shaila, was one of the flower girls.

Broadcaster Ted Failon did the First Reading, followed by Elay Antonino for the Second Reading. Margarita Fores, the groom’s first cousin, delivered the Prayers of the Faithful.

The principal sponsors were Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, Chief Justice Reynato Puno, former Senate President Jovito Salonga, ABS-CBN chairman Eugenio Lopez III, George Araneta, Red Cross’ Rosa Rosal, Probe’s Che Che Lazaro, Ruby Roxas, Baby Fores, and Helen Costales.

The wedding was attended by the couple’s closest friends and families as well as political and showbiz bigwigs.

Both public personalities, Roxas and Sanchez opened their wedding to the public with seats reserved within the church on a first-come, first-served basis. There were also giant TV screens outside the church for those who didn’t make it inside the church.

There was none of the pomp and pageantry usually associated with such high-profile weddings. The couple decided to forego their grand reception which was originally planned to cater to 10,000 people at the Araneta Coliseum.

Instead, the couple had a meet and greet with their visitors who were treated to refreshments and sandwiches.

The couple donated the money intended for their wedding reception to the victims of typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng. An estimated P2.2 million was apportioned to the Caritas Manila, the Philippine National Red Cross, ABS-CBN’s Sagip Kapamilya, and GMA 7’s Kapuso Foundation.

The wedding was all the more memorable for its simplicity. An intimate dinner followed at the Bahay na Puti, the Aranetas’ ancestral home in Cubao, Quezon City with just the wedding entourage, immediate family members, and closest friends of the bride and groom, numbering around 200, in attendance.

The “white-and-wood” themed reception featured wooden candelabras carved by artisans from Pampanga and bedecked with rosal and sampaguita flowers for the table centerpiece, glass vases, candles, Venetian mirrors, and Araneta-Roxas heirloom pieces like crystal and silver.

Traditional Filipino food such as caldereta, kare-kare, and lechon, all prepared by Cibo which is family-owned, was served at the wedding banquet. Guests went home with Venetian mirrors and jewelry boxes all crafted in Pampanga as wedding souvenirs.

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Sports and Fitness / Agassi admits using crystal meth
« on: October 28, 2009, 05:00:43 PM »
Agassi admits using crystal meth

October 28, 2009, 2:54pm

LONDON, October 28, 2009 (AFP) - Tennis great Andre Agassi has admitted he tested positive for hard drugs during his career and lied to sporting authorities to escape a ban, reports said Wednesday.

Agassi, one of the world's greatest tennis players with eight Grand Slam titles, reveals in his autobiography to testing positive for the highly addictive drug crystal methamphetamine.

The champion, now 39, also says that he has always secretly hated playing tennis and lived in fear of his bad-tempered and violent father.

In the book, serialised in London-based The Times newspaper, Agassi reveals how he took crystal meth in 1997 when his form was falling and he was having doubts about his impending marriage to US actress Brooke Shields.

He duped the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) into believing he had taken the drug -- possession of which carries a maximum five-year jail sentence in the United States -- by accident, according to the newspaper's website.

The repercussions for Agassi's career could have been disastrous if the positive test was made public at the time.

In the book, Agassi recounts sitting at home with his assistant, referred to only as Slim, and being introduced to the drug.

"Slim dumps a small pile of powder on the coffee table. He cuts it, snorts it. He cuts it again. I snort some. I ease back on the couch and consider the Rubicon I’ve just crossed," he said.

"There is a moment of regret, followed by vast sadness. Then comes a tidal wave of euphoria that sweeps away every negative thought in my head. I’ve never felt so alive, so hopeful - and I’ve never felt such energy.

"I’m seized by a desperate desire to clean. I go tearing around my house, cleaning it from top to bottom. I dust the furniture. I scour the tub. I make the beds."

That same year he received a phone call from a doctor working for the ATP informing him that he had failed a drugs test - for which he could face a three-month suspension for using recreational drugs.

"My name, my career, everything is now on the line. Whatever I’ve achieved, whatever I’ve worked for, might soon mean nothing. Days later I sit in a hard-backed chair, a legal pad in my lap, and write a letter to the ATP.

"It’s filled with lies interwoven with bits of truth.

"I say Slim, whom I’ve since fired, is a known drug user, and that he often spikes his sodas with meth - which is true. Then I come to the central lie of the letter.

I say that recently I drank accidentally from one of Slim’s spiked sodas, unwittingly ingesting his drugs. I ask for understanding and leniency and hastily sign it:


"I feel ashamed, of course. I promise myself that this lie is the end of it." The ATP reviewed the case -- and threw it out, the newspaper cites the book as saying.

In 1997, Agassi pulled out of the French Open and slumped down the world rankings in a loss of form.

But he resurrected his career in 1998, making the biggest one-year leap in history into the top 10 before going on to win the French Open the next season. He finished at number one in 1999 after taking the US Open.

One of the pillars of the game, Agassi is currently married to former number one women's tennis player Steffi Graf.  (MB)

Sports and Fitness / Roach dangles cash for a Pacquiao fall
« on: October 28, 2009, 04:58:55 PM »

Roach dangles cash for a Pacquiao fall ;D

October 27, 2009, 5:36pm

The wad of $100 inside Freddie Roach’s pocket – amounting to $1,000 all in all – has remained unclaimed.

Although the top trainer doesn’t wish to see Manny Pacquiao suffer a knockdown in his remaining days of sparring at the Wild Card in Hollywood, Roach is dangling cool cash so the Filipino’s sparmates will go the extra mile in their respective sessions with the pound-for-pound king.

“It’s still with me and I am telling the new sparring partners that they will be rewarded with $1,000 if they score a knockdown over Manny in sparring,” said Roach, who will preside over Pacquiao’s first sparring at the Wild Card on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila).

Unbeaten super-welterweight Shawn Porter will be called in to bang bodies anew but he’ll have new company in super-feather Raymundo Beltran and welter Raymond Serrano, who have replaced Urbano Antillon and Jose Luis Castillo.

Roach said Tuesday’s sparring will be for 10 rounds, while Thursday’s will go 11 and Saturday 12 rounds, the most number for Pacquiao.

World Daily News / Gadhafi tells Canadians, you're not welcome in Libya
« on: October 26, 2009, 08:44:42 AM »
Gadhafi tells Canadians, you're not welcome in Libya

By Terry Pedwell (CP) – 1 hour ago

OTTAWA — Canadian travellers have been told they're not welcome in Libya, in an apparent reprisal for Canada's near tongue-lashing of Moammar Gadhafi.

Gadhafi cancelled a planned stopover in Newfoundland last month after the Harper government made public its intention to scold the Libyan leader over the hero's welcome Libya gave a man convicted in the Lockerbie bombing.

Since then, Gadhafi has made clear to officials within Libya's travel documentation offices that no visas are to be granted to Canadians wanting to enter the country.

That has left some Canadians who were part of recent tourist groups travelling in the Middle East and North Africa in the lurch.

Canadian officials said on the weekend they were aware of the problem and that Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon raised the issue when he met with Libyan officials in Tripoli.

"We are aware of the difficulties experienced by a few Canadian citizens interested in visiting Libya," Cannon's press secretary Natalie Sarafian said in an email.

"Minister Cannon was in Libya (last) week where the issue was discussed. We are working towards a positive resolution of the matter."

Gadhafi drew international rebuke in August for throwing a huge welcome-home party for Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, who was released from a Scottish prison on compassionate grounds.

The national fete for a convicted terrorist outraged many, especially the relatives of the 270 victims killed in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103.

A spokesman for Prime Minister Stephen Harper said the action "constituted an insult to all the victims who died, including Canadians."

While supporting the government's decision to rebuke Gadhafi over the celebration, Liberal consulate affairs critic Dan McTeague doubted Cannon showed the same bravado in front of Libyan officials that he used in public comments prior to Gadhafi cancelling his Newfoundland stopover.

"It appears that once again the Harper government demonstrates that its line is tough for the Canadian public but when it comes to actually managing these things internationally, not only does it get it wrong but it tends to contradict itself," said McTeague.

Not allowing Canadians into Libya may be an inconvenience for tourists who hoped to see the many attractions the north African country has to offer. But the move could also put at risk development projects, including the geological work being done by at least one Canadian company on underwater acquifers in Libya.

Calgary's Pure Technologies has employees who travel in and out of Libya who help to monitor and maintain the infrastructure of the Great Man River Project, the world's largest irrigation project.

Despite the recent problems, Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade has not posted any new warnings about travel restrictions to Libya, and there is no mention of the issue on the Libyan Embassy of Ottawa's website. Embassy officials could not be reached for comment.

Technology / Seven things to know about Windows 7
« on: October 25, 2009, 07:22:03 AM »
Seven things to know about Windows 7
By Brandon Griggs, CNN
October 24, 2009

(CNN) -- OK, so after eight years and a lot of grumbling -- Vista, anyone? -- Microsoft has finally released a new operating system that people seem excited about.

Windows 7, which went on sale Thursday, promises a smoother user experience, multi-touchscreen capability and more seamless networking with other computers.

Early reviews have been good.

"We think it's a far superior product to the previous Microsoft operating systems," says Vishal Dhar, co-founder of iYogi, a tech services company. "It's got a more intuitive interface."

Great. But it is right for you? Which version of the software best fits your needs? And are there tricks to installing Windows 7 and navigating its new features?

We anticipate seven of the most common questions about Windows 7 and offer some advice:

Will my aging computer run Windows 7?

Maybe. If your PC can run the much-maligned Windows Vista, it can probably run Windows 7. Check your computer's specs: To install Windows 7, you'll need at least a 1 gigahertz or faster 32-bit (x86) processor, plus at least 2 GB of RAM and at least 16 GB of available hard disk space.

Yes, that sounds like a foreign language to most people. If you're not sure what all that means, try downloading a free Microsoft tool called a Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor, which will scan your PC, report any potential problems and offer ways to fix them.

Is upgrading to Windows 7 worth it?

That depends on your budget and how you use your computer. The software will cost you from $120 to $220, depending on which version you buy. If you're broke and you're happy with your Vista or Windows XP system, then there's probably no rush.

But keep in mind that Windows XP is eight-year-old software, and that it will eventually stop running new applications. Newer operating systems also offer better security against hackers. You'll need to upgrade someday.

Depending on how old your computer is, you may be better off buying a new laptop or PC, preloaded with Windows 7, instead of trying to refresh your aging machine. Retailers such as Best Buy and are offering Windows 7-loaded laptops for as low as $499.

Which version of Windows 7 should I buy?

Most casual computer users will probably be satisfied with the Home Premium edition ($119.99), which includes most of the basic features you'll need. That includes Home Group, which makes it easier to share music, video and documents -- a common printer, too -- between Windows 7-enabled computers in a home.

Small business owners and people who work from home may opt for the Professional edition ($199.99), which supports all the Home Premium features while automatically backing up all your data to a networked hard drive.

If you guard corporate secrets or work for the CIA, you'll want the Ultimate edition ($219.99). It comes with BitLocker encryption, which prevents thieves from accessing your files if your laptop is stolen.

How tricky is Windows 7 to install?

If you're upgrading from Vista, it's supposed to be a breeze: Insert the disc, and it does the rest. "It's the easiest upgrade I've ever seen," says J. Peter Bruzzese, who writes about tech for InfoWorld. "All of my settings carried over."

Upgrading from Windows XP is more complicated. Users will need to back up their files, format their hard drive, install Windows 7 and then reinstall browsers, reimport bookmarks and so on. Microsoft has a wizard called Easy Transfer that uses a USB cable to help you transfer files and settings.

It's not officially recommended, but Bruzzese says XP users also can install a borrowed copy of Vista, then upgrade easily from there to Windows 7.

What if I need help?

If you don't have a tech-savvy friend, nephew or neighbor, try Microsoft's online Windows 7 Solution Center, which will walk you through the installation process.

You may also want to consider hiring a tech-support service such as iYogi, whose technicians connect to your computer remotely to diagnose problems, help you install Windows 7 and show you how to migrate your old applications onto your new system. Services start at about $30.

Will Windows 7 run my old XP programs?

Most likely. Heeding complaints about Vista's compatibility problems, Microsoft is introducing something called XP Mode, which creates a virtual, or "shadow" Windows XP operating system running inside Windows 7.

Once XP Mode is running, it fools your older apps into thinking they're on Windows XP. Here you'll find an XP start menu and all your familiar XP features -- all of which should work as they did before. XP Mode is only available in the higher-priced Professional and Ultimate editions, though.

Does Windows 7 have any cool new bells and whistles?

• Well, it's got trippier desktop wallpaper, for one. Microsoft has replaced much of its blandly pretty nature shots with colorful psychedelic images.

• A Library feature allows you to gather files -- documents, photos and video -- from different places on your computer and group them together in new folders by topic, such as "beach house," or "Grandpa Fred."

• A new feature called AeroPeek displays outlines of your open windows behind the window you're working in. A related feature, AeroSnap, allows you to move, shrink and enlarge windows on your screen so that you can see several at once.

• Finally, Windows 7 needs less processing power than previous Windows versions, meaning that in theory, you should be able to work faster and in more windows at the same time. In other words, it's built for today's warp-speed, multi-tasking lifestyle.

Talk of the Town / Bears Play Hockey? U Should See This
« on: October 24, 2009, 06:05:18 PM »

Youtube Replay / 10 Smartest People on the Planet
« on: October 24, 2009, 06:02:53 PM »

Sports and Fitness / Pacquaio Vs Cotto: Tale of the Tape
« on: October 21, 2009, 11:41:33 AM »
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Talk of the Town / Robber pleads guilty after leech provides DNA
« on: October 21, 2009, 11:20:57 AM »
Robber pleads guilty after leech provides DNA

Tue Oct 20, 1:47 PM

SYDNEY (Reuters) - An Australian man faces jail for armed robbery after police used blood from a leech to make a DNA match from a 2001 crime scene, a court spokeswoman said on Monday.

Peter Alec Cannon, 54, pleaded guilty to aggravated armed robbery in the Supreme Court in Launceston on the island state of Tasmania on Monday.

Crown prosecutor John Ransom told the court that a policeman had picked up a leech from near a safe at the scene of the crime from which forensic scientists extracted blood and a DNA sample, according to a report in local newspaper The Mercury.

Seven years later, when Cannon was arrested and charged with a drugs crime, police took a DNA sample from him and it matched the sample from the robbery.

The court heard that Cannon and another man had robbed and assaulted a 71-year-old woman at her bushland home, stealing $500 from her.

The court spokeswoman said Cannon was remanded in custody for sentencing on Friday this week.

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