31. December 2003 - Saturn's going to be really beautiful

When the clock strikes midnight tonight, heralding the start of 2004, go outside and look up. Directly overhead you'll see a yellow star outshining the others around it. That star is the planet: Saturn. After Mars, Saturn is having its closest encounter with Earth for the next 29 years.
2004 is going to be a big year for Saturn. The Cassini-Huygens spacecraft, en route since 1997, will arrive there in June. Other spacecraft have visited Saturn--Pioneer 11 and the Voyagers--but they merely flew by, taking hurried pictures during encounters that lasted little more than days. When Cassini reaches Saturn it will stay, orbiting and studying the planet for at least four years.

06. December 2003 - ASTEROID FLYBY ... or was it Santa ...

Discovered only yesterday, a small asteroid named 2003 XJ7 will fly by our planet today 150,000 km away--barely 40 percent of the distance to the Moon. Closest approach occurs at approximately 19:04 UT on Dec. 6th. The asteroid is small, about 20 meters wide, and fast moving. At closest approach it will race across Canis Major at a rate of 0.4 deg. per minute. Glowing like a 13th magnitude star, 2003 XJ7 is too faint to see with the unaided eye. Even so, advanced amateur astronomers might be able to photograph it using large backyard telescopes and CCD cameras.

02. December 2003 - Rip-off Ireland: it’s official ...

A major study found that, of 15 developed economies, Ireland was the most expensive for goods and services, alongside Finland, and that price increases are eroding our ability to attract and maintain jobs. The Annual Competitiveness Review, which is appointed by the Government, found Ireland was fourth most expensive for insurance premiums and the third dearest for electricity and landfill costs. Ireland also has the lowest broadband internet penetration and the second most expensive. The National Competitiveness Council also warned that unless price increases are tackled, the country risks missing an economic upturn. "As if we didn't know" ...

24. November 2003 - Town requires homes to have guns ???

GEUDA SPRINGS, Kan. -- Residents of this tiny south-central Kansas community have passed an ordinance requiring most households to have guns and ammunition. Noncomplying residents would be fined $10 under the ordinance, passed 3-2 earlier this month by City Council members who thought it would help protect the town of 210 people. Those who suffer from physical or mental disabilities, paupers and people who conscientiously oppose firearms would be exempt. The ordinance is similar to one passed in Kennesaw, Ga., 21 years ago, which is still in effect.

20. November 2003 - "ISS" five years in orbit ...

Today, the International Space Station reached a milestone -- five years in orbit. The Zarya Control Module became the first ISS component to reach space on Nov. 20, 1998.
The Zarya Control Module, also known by the technical term Functional Cargo Block and the Russian acronym FGB, was the first component launched for the International Space Station. This module was designed to provide the station's initial propulsion and power. The 19,323-kilogram (42,600-pound) pressurized module was launched on a Russian Proton rocket. Click here to see ISS's next visible oasses, over Ballydehob

11. November 2003 - "Once and again" ...

Flood on 11 Nov. 2003 As if we didn't know:"The dominant influence on Ireland's climate is the Atlantic Ocean. With southwesterly winds from the Atlantic dominating, rainfall figures are highest in the northwest, west and southwest of the country, especially over the higher ground. Rainfall accumulation tends to be highest in winter and lowest in early summer. The annual number of days with more than 1 mm of rain varies between about 150 in the drier parts and over 200 in the wetter parts of the country.

08. November 2003 - LUNAR ECLIPSE ...

On Saturday, Nov. 8th, the full moon will glide through our planet's shadow and turn a delightful shade of sunset-red. This is the second lunar eclipse of 2003. Observers of the first one in May might remember that the moon was nearly invisible during totality. This eclipse will be different. During totality on Nov. 8/9th the moon will remain relatively bright, and there will be a pleasing gradient of color across the face of the moon--pale-white on one side, crimson-red on the other. Why the difference ??? Click here to read more.


Moon enters
Earth's shadow



Moon exits
Earth's shadow
Universal Time

23:32 (Nov. 8)

01:06 (Nov. 9)

 01:31 (Nov. 9)
  03:04 (Nov. 9)

03. November 2003 - Happy 20th Birthday Computer Virus ...

On November 3, 1983, the first virus was conceived of as an experiment to be presented at a weekly seminar on computer security. The concept was first introduced in this seminar by the author, and the name 'virus' was thought of by Len Adleman. After 8 hours of expert work on a heavily loaded VAX 11/750 system running Unix, the first virus was completed and ready for demonstration. Within a week, permission was obtained to perform experiments, and 5 experiments were performed. On November 10, the virus was demonstrated to the security seminar.

31. October 2003 - ...



It's been a wonderful week for sky watchers. Two fast-moving clouds of gas from the sun (CMEs) swept past Earth--one on Oct 29th-30th and one on Oct 30th-31th and sparked extreme geomagnetic storms. Beautiful Northern Lights appeared as far south as Ballydehob. The ongoing geomagnetic storm, which began on Oct. 29th when a coronal mass ejection swept past Earth, is subsiding. The source of all this solar activity is giant sunspot 486. It unleashed two of the most powerful solar flares ever recorded toward Earth. More such eruptions are possible in the days ahead (Sunspot 486 is so big it's easy to see from Earth, but never look directly at the sun) ... Although mid-latitude auroras have faded, high-latitude auroras however are persisting.

04. October 2003 - IE Patchwork quilts of our time

THERE'S A NEW security patch at Windows Update which will fix the gaping hole The INQUIRER reported on yesterday. See Internet Explorer trojan problem still not patched. Microsoft rates the patch as critical, so if you use Internet Exploder, you'd better get it quickish. A number of orgs have already pointed out it was a critical hole that needed to be fixed quickish. Secunia rates the problem as "extremely critical", according to this web page. Microsoft's earlier attempt to patch up this problem didn't patch up the problem. Full details at the Microsoft security page, here ...

28. September 2003 - WHAT IS GOING ON ...

Power cut affected whole of Italy. The cut started about 3.30am this morning. This power cut follows problems last week in Denmark, before that in London, and first of all in the Northeast region of the USA, from New York to Cleveland and Detroit, as well as Toronto and Ottawa in Canada.

28. September 2003 - Europe goes to the Moon ...

ESA PR 60-2003. SMART-1, Europe’s first science spacecraft designed to orbit the Moon, has completed the first part of its journey by achieving its initial Earth orbit after a flawless launch at 01:14 Central European Summer time from the Guiana Space Centre, Europe’s spaceport at Kourou, French Guiana. The European Space Agency’s SMART-1 was one of three payloads on Ariane-5 Flight 162. 42 minutes after launch, all three satellites had been successfully released into a geostationary transfer orbit (742 x 36 016 km, inclined at 7 degrees to the Equator). While the other two satellites are due to manoeuvre towards geostationary orbit, the 367 kg SMART-1 will begin his much longer journey (ten times more distant than the geostationary orbit). The spacecraft has deployed its solar arrays and is currently undergoing initial checkout of its systems under control from ESA/ESOC. This checkout will continue until 4 October and will include the initial firing of SMART-1’s innovative ion engine.

22. September 2003 - A dramatic end for GALILEO ...

a dramatic end for a vehicle that travelled 4,631,778,000 kilometres, taking it past Earth, Venus, Jupiter and five of Jupiter's moons. After a 14-year celestial tour, the Galileo spacecraft was steered into Jupiter's atmosphere and destroyed. Galileo was the first spacecraft to orbit Jupiter and probe its atmosphere. It did 35 laps around Jupiter and made a number of orbits around its largest moons: Europa (11), Callisto (8), Ganymede (8), Io (7) and Amalthea (1).

20. September 2003 - Fake Microsoft security spam conceals virus

First of all: MICROSOFT NEVER sends you emails with patch or fixes embedded in them – and you only get security alert notices if you've opted for. Even if a email looks convincing ... don't click ... a particularly ugly one that's doing the rounds at the moment, spreads by a Virus called W32.Swen.A@mm. This one, claiming to come from "Microsoft Corporation Public Support" looks highly convincing [click here to see a screen shot] comes with an attachment called Q934821.exe which you shouldn't click under any circumstances. If you're concerned about holes and other Microsoft security information,you should click here.
Symantec Security Response has developed aremoval tool to clean the infections of W32.Sobig.F@mm.

07. September 2003 - Fury over Meacher claims ...

The US government last night expressed abhorrence at Mr Meacher's views. An embassy spokesman in London said: "Mr Meacher's fantastic allegations - especially his assertion that the US government knowingly stood by while terrorists killed some 3,000 innocents in New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia - would be monstrous, and monstrously offensive, if they came from someone serious or credible.
"My nation remains grateful for the steadfast friendship of the British people and Her Majesty's government as we face, together, the serious challenges that have arisen since September 11 2001."

06. September 2003 - M. Meacher: "This war on terrorism is bogus"

Michael Meacher: "The 9/11 attacks gave the US an ideal pretext to use force to secure its global domination" ...
Wow, these are unusual clear words from a politician, in todays Guardian. Michael Meacher MP was Labour environment minister from May 1997 to June 2003.


30. August 2003 - Oh! ... "The New Law" ...

After the Columbine incident in Colorado, Oklahoma passed a new law against planning or carrying out that kind of violent event. Unfortunately, the law -- hastily constructed and passed in a knee-jerk reaction to public fears -- is quite vague and over-broad, and doesn't even require the state to prove criminal intent to convict someone of felonious conduct. In fact, the law is so wide open to interpretation that it could even allow a person to be convicted of a felony simply for having violent thoughts or imagining and writing stories about violent incidents

27. August 2003 - EYE-CATCHING MARS ...

On Tuesday night (Aug. 26th) and Wednesday morning (Aug. 27th), Earth and Mars are going to have a historic close encounter--the closest in almost 60,000 years. The two worlds, center-to-center, will be just 56 million kilometers apart--a short distance on the scale of the solar system. The last people to come so close to Mars were Neanderthals. Go outside around midnight, look south and up. Mars will be the brightest object in the sky. The view through a telescope is very pleasing.

27. August 2003 - Demonstrations against EU Software Patent Plans

The Proposal for a software patent directive, which will be submitted to the European Parliament for plenary debate and subsequent decision on September 1st, is giving rise to another wave of protests. Various groups in Belgium and elsewhere are mobilising for a rally in Brussels on August 27th and are calling on web administrators to temporarily block their web sites. [Click here for more information]

27. August 2003 - Shuttle disaster report criticises Nasa

A report into Columbia's break up as it re-entered the Earth's atmosphere in February this year said that a schedule-driven culture starved of funding and burdened with an insufficient safety programme was as much to blame for death of its seven astronauts as mechanical failings. It said that Nasa's attitude towards safety had improved little since the 1986 Challenger disaster and mission managers at the space agency had fallen into the habit of accepting some flaws as normal. The root causes of the Columbia disaster were also an "echo" of the Challenger accident, repeated for 20-years and embedded in Nasa's organisational system. But most of all, the report noted, there was "ineffective leadership" that "failed to fulfil the implicit contract to do whatever is possible to ensure the safety of the crew" ...

23. August 2003 - W32.Sobig.F@mm Worm ... WARNING ...

On August 18, a new mass-email worm called W32.Sobig.F@mm was discovered. This worm arrives as an attachment to an e-mail message. Often, the message appears to come from a trusted person. Once it successfully infects your machine, the worm can update itself over the network, steal e-mail addresses stored in files on your system, and spread the infection to other machines through e-mail. [Click here for more information]
Symantec Security Response has developed aremoval tool to clean the infections of W32.Sobig.F@mm.

22. August 2003 - Egyptian Jurists to Sue 'The Jews' ...

The August 9, 2003 edition of the Egyptian weekly Al-Ahram Al-Arabi featured an interview with Dr. Nabil Hilmi, Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Al-Zaqaziq who, together with a group of Egyptian expatriates in Switzerland, is preparing an enormous lawsuit against "all the Jews of the world" for Compensation for 'Trillions' of Tons of Gold Allegedly Stolen During Exodus from Egypt

18. August 2003 - 'HAPPY HOURS' will be banned, from Today ...

PUB 'happy hours' will be banned from Monday. The practice of selling cut-price drink at selected times is being outlawed under tough new measures brought in yesterday by Justice Minister Michael McDowell. He signed an order which will allow for fines of up to €1,500 for first offences and temporary closure orders. It gives undercover gardai the same enforcement powers as their uniformed colleagues. And it will place a new onus on publicans not to supply drink to people under 18, to ensure that drink is not given to people already drunk and to prevent disorderly conduct. New powers will allow gardai to seek the wider use of temporary closure orders where pubs permit drunkenness, disorderly conduct or when they supply alcohol to someone who is drunk or under age.

18. August 2003 - W32.Welchia/Lovsan.D Worm ... WARNING ...

W32.Welchia.Worm is a worm that exploits multiple vulnerabilities, including: The DCOM RPC vulnerability (described in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS03-026) using TCP port 135. The worm specifically targets Windows XP machines using this exploit. The WebDav vulnerability (described in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS03-007) using TCP port 80. The worm specifically targets machines running Microsoft IIS 5.0 using this exploit. W32.Welchia.Worm does the following: Attempts to download the DCOM RPC patch from Microsoft's Windows Update Web site, install it, and then reboot the computer. Checks for active machines to infect by sending an ICMP echo request, or PING, which will result in increased ICMP traffic. Attempts to remove W32.Blaster.Worm.
Symantec Security Response has developed aremoval tool to clean the infections of W32.Welchia.Worm.

16. August 2003 - Today Debian celebrates its 10th Birthday ...

Debian, the popular open-source linux distribution, celebrates its tenth Anniversary today - The Debian Project was officially founded by Ian Murdock on August 16th, 1993. At that time, the whole concept of a "distribution" of GNU/Linux was new. Ian intended Debian to be a distribution which would be made openly, in the spirit of Linux and GNU. The creation of Debian was sponsored by the FSF's GNU project for one year.

14. August 2003 - An enormous power failure in Northeast USA

Thursday, August 14, 2003; 6:00 p.m ET
Major U.S. cities in the Northeast region, from New York to Cleveland and Detroit, as well as Toronto and Ottawa are experiencing a massive power outage. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Thursday said that a massive power outage that hit New York City and other East Coast cities was not caused by a terror attack. [Click here to read more]

13. August 2003 - W32.Blaster.Worm ... WARNING ...

W32.Blaster.Worm is a worm that exploits the DCOM RPC vulnerability (described in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS03-026) using TCP port 135. This worm attempts to download and run the Msblast.exe file. Systems Affected: Windows 2000, Windows XP ... It's good advice to patch your Windows-System N O W (click here) ...

The W32/Blaster worm exploits a vulnerability in Microsoft's DCOM RPC interface as described in VU#568148 and CA-2003-16. Upon successful execution, the worm attempts to retrieve a copy of the file msblast.exe from the compromising host. Once this file is retrieved, the compromised system then runs it and begins scanning for other vulnerable systems to compromise in the same manner. In the course of propagation, a TCP session to port 135 is used to execute the attack. However, access to TCP ports 139 and 445 may also provide attack vectors and should be considered when applying mitigation strategies. Microsoft has published information about this vulnerability in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS03-026.

CERT/CC:   "Lab testing has confirmed that the worm includes the ability to launch a TCP SYN flood denial-of-service attack against windowsupdate.com. We are investigating the conditions under which this attack might manifest itself. Unusual or unexpected traffic to windowsupdate.com may indicate an infection on your network, so you may wish to monitor network traffic".

Symantec Security Response has developed aremoval tool to clean the infections of W32.Blaster.Worm Webcast.

11. August 2003 - Slán agus beannacht leat ...

06. August 2003 - Binky, Scasy, Dia or what ...

Just arrived ...

Say hello to a new sunshine and family member of us, our little female Kitten without (so far) a proper name. Any good ideas are welcome and very much appreciated.

27. July 2003 - Nessie does not exist ... BBC 'proves'...

A BBC team says it has shown there is no such thing as the Loch Ness monster.

Using 600 separate sonar beams and satellite navigation technology to ensure that none of the loch was missed, the team surveyed the waters said to hide Scotland's legendary tourist attraction but found no trace of the monster. Previous reported sightings of the beast led to speculation that it might be a plesiosaur, a marine reptile which died out with the dinosaurs. The team was convinced that such an animal could have survived in the cold waters of Loch Ness, despite the normal preference of marine reptiles for sub-tropical waters.

"There was an anticipation that we would come up with a large sonar anomaly that could have been a monster - but it wasn't to be."

The BBC team says the only explanation for the persistence of the myth of the monster is that people see what they want to see. [Check for yourself]

25. July 2003 - Windows MIDI Decoder Heap Corruption ...

A set of integer overflows exists in a DirectX library included in Microsoft Windows. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability to execute arbitrary code or to cause a denial of service.
It's good advice to patch your Windows-System N O W (click here) ...

Microsoft Windows operating systems include multimedia technologies called DirectX and DirectShow. DirectX consists of a set of low-level Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) that are used by Windows programs for multimedia support. Within DirectX, the DirectShow technology performs client-side audio and video sourcing, manipulation, and rendering. DirectShow support for MIDI files is implemented in a library called quartz.dll. This library contains two (newly known) vulnerabilities.

A specially crafted MIDI file could cause an integer overflow, leading to incorrect memory allocation and heap corruption. Any application that uses DirectX/DirectShow to process MIDI files may be affected by this vulnerability. Of particular concern, Internet Explorer (IE) uses the Windows Media Player ActiveX control and quartz.dll to handle MIDI files embedded in HTML documents. An attacker could therefore exploit this vulnerability by convincing a victim to view an HTML document, such as a web page or an HTML email message, that contains an embedded MIDI file. Note that in addition to IE, a number of applications, including Outlook, Outlook Express, Eudora, AOL, Lotus Notes, and Adobe PhotoDeluxe, use the WebBrowser ActiveX control to interpret HTML documents.

18. Jul 2003 - Today, Nelson Mandela turns 85

Nelson Mandela is one of the great moral and political leaders of our time. His role in fighting apartheid, his imprisonment on Robben Island, and his ability to steer South Africa through the crisis of its re-birth earned him the international reputation of benevolent negotiator and quintessential peacemaker. Join the rest of the world in celebrating the birthday of a man who epitomises the spirit of human courage and freedom - post your birthday message, greeting, wishes for Nelson Mandela, click here!


15. Jul 2003 - Matilda creates her first and own jam brand

300 Gr.Loganberry, 100 Gr.Strawberry, 50 Gr. Raspberry, 30 Gr. red Currant, 20 Gr. white Currant, 10 Gr. black Currant ... and ... 500 Gr. Jam Sugar ...


14. July 2003 - MEMORANDUM for President Bush

By Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity ... hear, hear, hear ...
Attempts at cover up could easily be seen as comical, were the issue not so serious. Highly revealing were Ari Fleisher’s remarks early last week, which set the tone for what followed. When asked about the forgery, he noted tellingly—as if drawing on well memorized talking points—that the Vice President was not guilty of anything. The disingenuousness was capped on Friday, when George Tenet did his awkward best to absolve the Vice President from responsibility.



Sky watchers in Alaska, parts of Canada, most of Europe and Asia will experience a partial eclipse of the Sun this weekend. The event takes place on Friday evening, May 30th, in Alaska and northwestern Canada; and on Saturday, May 31st elsewhere. Click here, to read the full story from Science@NASA.


19. May 2003 - More madness - US killers blame 'The Matrix'

It is not unusual for violent criminals to identify with popular culture – bank robbers often take inspiration from heist movies like Point Blank, and there is evidence that the destroyers of the World Trade Centre were fans of Independence Day – but The Matrix appears to have a special hold ... essentially the line is: I can't be guilty, because this isn't reality and we live in a computer-simulated world just like the one depicted in the film.


15. May 2003 - Net losses: Industrialized fishing hits fish stocks

Net losses: Horrific revelation in todays "natur" published. Industrialized fishing hits fish stocks. Analysis of data from five ocean basins reveals a dramatic decline in numbers of large predatory fish (tuna, blue marlins, swordfish and others) since the advent of industrialized fishing. The world's oceans have lost over 90% of large predatory fish, with potentially severe consequences for the ecosystem. These findings provide indirect support for goals established at the UN's World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg last year. UN officials argued that three-quarters of the world's fisheries were fished to their sustainable limits or beyond, and made proposals for the restoration of depleted fisheries by 2015.


12. May 2003 - Frustrated, U.S. Arms Team to Leave Iraq

Despite the supreme confidence of the Bush administration that evidence of weapons of mass destruction would be found, special U.S. search teams, equipped with state-of-the- art field labs are leaving Iraq disappointed. To date, their search for Saddam Hussein's notorious weapons program has been fruitless.


09. May 2003 - Let it "Bee" ... ... Gabrielle in action ...




It happens only 13 times each century: Mercury passes directly between the sun and Earth. The next such transit is only days away on Wednesday, May 7th. Sky watchers in Europe, Asia, and Africa will have a good view of the planet's tiny silhouette creeping across the face of our star. Tune into spaceweather.com next Wednesday for images from around the world ... and some from out of this world, too. The transit begins at 0513 UT and ends a little more than 5 hours later (click here to read more).


01. May 2003 - Remarks by President Bush

"Any outlaw regime that has ties to terrorist groups and seeks or possesses weapons of mass destruction is a grave danger to the civilized world - and will be confronted".
Well spoken (I should say) ... but did you know, that the United States is the only country (ever) convicted by the "International Court of Justice", "the World Court" and the "UN Security Council" for "unlawful use of force" and for "supporting terrorism" against a democratic elected government (Nicaragua). The United States, of course, dismissed the court judgment with total contempt and announced that it would not accept the jurisdiction of the court henceforth (and that's where we stay today" ... "Any outlaw regime that has ... "


25. April 2003 - Guess what ... Sonja is here ...


25. April 2003 - Celebrating 50 years of the DNA Double Helix

On April 25th 1953 James Watson and Francis Crick described the structure of DNA in the journal Nature. This momentous discovery, which was the culmination of research by Medical Research Council scientists, Maurice Wilkins and Rosalind Franklin in London, and James Watson and Francis Crick in Cambridge, was one of the most significant landmarks of 20th century science.


08. April 2003 - Watch ISS (Internationl Space Station) pass over

On April 8th (evening) ISS will beautifully pass over Ballydehob (north-west Europe). Rising above horizon (WNW) at 20:29:30 (UT) and entering earth shadow (ESE) at 20:39:01 (UT). Maximum altitude will be (SSW) at 20:34:44 (UT) with it's closest distance of 448(km). If the sky is clear it will be a lovely sight. ISS will pass close to Mercury, Moon and Jupiter and fly by Saturn. (Click here fore more details).


"> 04. April 2003 - An early touch of summer (life is easy) ...



01. April 2003 - March basked in rare sunshine ...

It's official now: Ireland has just enjoyed the sunniest March in decades, with exceptional sunshine figures experienced everywhere. Met Eireann monthly data records reveal that it has been the sunniest March in 20 years. Sunshine figures were up all over the country with 165 per cent. But the all over record goes to Malin Head in Donegal, where it has been the sunniest March since 1929. The sunshine was due to a system of high pressur that moved north from its traditional spot near the Azores and settled for an unusually long time very close to Ireland. No record for lack of rainfall were brocken though, as the month started out very wet with heavy rainfall until March 12th.


"> 29. March 2003 - After 3 Years the Chicken House is finished ...

We had a great time with nice people and we are very proud, that no one "chickened out" on the (chicken) run to the chicken house for the opening ceremony and "cock tail" ... kikeriki ...


27. March 2003 - Bush and Blair in despair ...


22. March 2003 - Blasts Rock Baghdad After 2-Day Assault

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Explosions rattled the city toward evening Saturday and there was a dark plume of smoke rising southwest of the city center after two days of fierce bombardments destroyed presidential palaces, government offices and military headquarters.


21. March 2003 - Astronomical Spring Is Here

Equinox at 01:00 Universal Time, the time when night and day are of equal length in all parts of the Earth. The word equinox comes from a Latin word meaning "equal night." Spring equinox: the beginning of spring, often called the vernal equinox. Vernal means "of spring." It occurs usually on March 20th or 21st.


"> 19. March 2003 - The true meaning of Easter

Easter spirit has taken over ... one month to early ... see for your self, if you can find the eggs.



14. March 2003 - Happy Birthday NCSA Mosaic 0.10

Sun 14. March 1993 - 03:00:45 -0800 the first (real) WWW Browser, NCSA Mosaic for X 0.10, was released allowing people to view HTML (combining, for the first time, graphics and text together) with an easy-to-use interface . This caused the explosion of people using the World Wide Web as we know it today. Mosaic was produced by the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), which licenses its code (Netscape/Microsoft etc.) under the name of Spyglass. In 1994, Netscape (founded by programmers of Mosaic) Navigator was released, followed by Internet Explorer (Microsoft) in 1995.


09. March 2003 - Uff ... Mickey Joe Harte wins ...

Having watched RTEs 'You're A Star' competition for the last couple of weeks, I must say ... very exciting ... and I am really pleased that one of my contenders finally got through. Mickey Joe Harte, the 29-year-old from Lifford, Co Donegal, is on his way to Latvia to represent me and of course Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest.


27. February 2003 - W32.HLLW.Cydog@mm ...

W32.HLLW.Cydog@mm is a mass-mailing worm that spreads by email. This worm uses Microsoft Outlook to send itself to the contacts in the Outlook Address Book.   It's good advice to upgrade your Virus Scanner N O W ...

The email will have a random subject chosen from a predetermined selection. The attachment will have a random file name chosen from a predetermined selection, with a file extension of .exe (Executable) or .scr (Screen Saver). W32.HLLW.Cydog@mm also attempts to spread using the KaZaA, eDonkey2000, Bearshare, Grokster, and Morpheus file-sharing networks. The worm attempts to terminate the active processes of various antivirus programs and system utilities. W32.HLLW.Cydog@mm also attempts to delete Program files that Norton AntiVirus products use Files shared by various Symantec programs, including the virus definition files. W32.HLLW.Cydog@mm is a Visual Basic application that is packed with UPX 1.24.


21 February 2003 - Wow ... 107 U.S. Cities and counties for Peace

Today, Los Angeles passes 107th resolution opposing war!

107 U.S. cities and counties have now passed resolutions opposing the war, along with both houses of the Maine state legislature and the Hawaii House of Representatives.
Cities for Peace is a national coalition of local officials and concerned citizens working to express the will of their communities through civic resolutions regarding the proposed war in Iraq.


20 February 2003 - Final confirmation of Spring

The weather really doesn't show it (or, maybe it does) it's springtime and the breeding season is on. This little black fellow was born today 15:45 GT as the first to start with this lovely business ... an there will be more to come (hopefully as healthy as this one).


February 2003 - America get's ready for war, what war ???

Don't Be Afraid, Be Ready--One individual, One family, One Community At A Time.
The threat of terrorism forces us to make a choice. We can be afraid, or we can be ready. Today America's families declare, "We will not be afraid. We will be ready!" The Department of Homeland Security announces Ready.Gov to help American families prepare for even unlikely emergency scenarios.


12. February 2003 - JBDGMGR.EXE virus hoax is on the loose ...

Already in April 2002 appeared a message concerning a new virus that was reportedly discovered in Windows utility JDBGMGR.EXE. This is a hoax and like the SULFNBK.EXE Warning hoax, tries to persuade you to delete a legitimate Windows file from your computer. Jdbgmgr.exe is the Microsoft Debugger Registrar for Java. The Jdbgmgr.exe file may be installed when you install Windows. (CAUTION: Don't mistake JDBGMGR.EXE with the Bugbear worm, this is a real worm and completely unrelated to this file).
Please ignore this hoax or anything similar warning about jdbgmgr.exe and, more importantly, don't pass it on (to us).


09. February 2003 - Uff, the last Potatoes are out (finally) ...


07. February 2003 - a "fine document" ...

Secretary of State Colin Powell called the British intelligence dossier on Iraq a "fine document" when he presented his case to attack Iraq at the U.N. on February 5th. The next day the news broke over BBC News as well as in The Guardian, that significant pages of the intelligence brief were essentially plagiarized from a graduate student's thesis along with copies from the Internet. Some of the information in the dossier pointed to information from the Gulf War, not the current situation. It looks as if there wasn't any "new evidence" to speak of.


31. January 2003 - Dear Mr. President (The Honorable George W. Bush)

Dennis Hastert, the speaker of the House of Representatives, asked president Bush to file suit to force the European Union to import America's genetically modified food. Dear Mr. President,
We are writing today in support of the U.S. Government taking a case against the European Union (EU) to the World Trade Organization (WTO) to protest their restrictions against the importation of genetically modified foods. The European Union’s moratorium on agricultural biotechnology has been in place for over four years with no end in sight. This policy has translated into an annual loss of almost $300 million in exports for U.S. farmers. However, it should be noted that this is a policy based on prejudice and misinformation and not on sound science.


25. January 2003 - Microsoft SQL Server 2000 attacked ...

W32/SQLSlammer exists only in the memory of unpatched Microsoft SQL servers. Its purpose is simply to spread from one system to another and it does not carry a destructive payload. Block UDP port 1434 at the firewall (where possible). This worm was detected on January 25th, 2003 at 05:30 GMT. It has been detected in various countries around the world. The worm generates massive amounts of network packets, overloading servers and routers and slowing down network traffic. As many as 5 of the 13 internet root nameservers have been down because of this during Saturday the 25th. Necessary Patches are available under:
- http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/MS02-034.asp
- http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/MS02-039.asp


19. January 2003 - The End of our Christmas tree ...



16. January 2003 - And Bad News for the world today ...

Click here to read the transcript of the: "DoD News Briefing - of Secretary Rumsfeld and General Myers"
I really have to post this here, because it's News ... Bad News in fact ... Bad News for the sanity of the civilized world. If "intelligent" people can unchallenged argue like that ... what, I ask my self, can stop them.


15. January 2003 - A milestone moment in US History

Just two days before his retirement Rep. Governor George Ryan of Illinois made a spectacular mark in US History ... he pardoned 4 candidates on Death Row and changed 156 Death Sentences to "Life In Prison Without Parole". The Governor declared that his state's death penalty was fraught with error and has come so close to the ultimate nightmare, the state's taking of innocent life.


10. January 2003 - "SEEGFROERNIE" ...

The freezing of Lake Hofmann in Ballydehob Ireland.
Overnight, with temperatures arround -2 Grad Celsius, lake Hofmanns surface froze solide. But, unfortunately the weather is changing again (warm and rainy) therefore there will be no skating on it for the near future (I suppose).


01. January 2003 - HAPPNEYEA200...

From The Irish Independent Front Page...
Another year passes into history . . . a year dominated by the fear of terror and war, yet also filled with the routine joys and pleasures that make life worthwhile. And if you're a wide-eyed little girl like Kim Murphy (4) from Dublin's North Circular Road, one guaranteed to bring a smile is the annual panto at the Gaeity Theatre. Some things never change . . . thank goodness.