San Francisco Historic Same Sex Marriage

Today was the first full day of legalized same sex marriages in San Francisco. The anticipated protesters never appeared. Overall, everything went really smoothly with plenty of volunteers and staff on hand to assist. At one point in the morning, there were more press personnel than actual wedding couples. Here are a few shots from some of the ceremonies.

Will You Bleed For Free Exotic Erotic Ball Tickets?

The Exotic Erotic Ball is proud to announce its 7th Annual Blood Drive for FREE Tickets, October 11, 2007 at the Blood Center of the Pacific’s Irwin Center office, in San Francisco. Donors giving blood according to the instructions provided at this link will receive one FREE General Admission ticket to the Exotic Erotic Ball, Saturday, October 27, 2007, a value of $69.00. http://em.exoeroball.com/100807/

The Exotic Erotic Ball has long fostered strong ties to the San Francisco Bay Area community. Over the years, the Ball has distributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to charities supporting causes such as helping the victims of homelessness, AIDS, domestic violence, child abuse, and has always supported freedom of expression and First Amendment Rights. The Ball hosts an annual blood drive with Blood Centers of the Pacific and in 2006, 50 donors gave 50 pints of blood and each received a ticket to the Ball. For 2007, legendary rap artist, Snoop Dogg, will perform in a charity concert at the Cow Palace Arena on Friday, October 26, 2007, as part of the Exotic Erotic Expo and Ball Weekend, with all funds being donated to the Healing Circle and other San Francisco Bay Area Charities. Thus far, the Ball has donated $45,000.00 to The Healing Circle through Snoop Dogg in July 2007. Snoop will return the next night, Saturday, October 27, 2007, as a special guest at the Ball, where he will join Tera Patrick and Danny Bonaduce as judges of the Ball’s world famous costume contests.

Apple Takes Cheap Shot At Windows For A Virus Apple Introduced Into The IPod

Toward the end of September 2006, Video IPod users started to report problems with the W32/RJump worm showing up on their PCs after installing the IPod. The infection occurs when a removable storage device or a mapped drive hosting a copy of W32/Rjump.worm is accessed and the user agrees to the auto run prompt for execution of the worm. W32/Rjump.worm creates a port exception for its backdoor component to bypass the built-in firewall of WinXp by executing the following netsh command.

%Windir%\%Sysdir%\cmd.exe /c netsh firewall add portopening TCP 16942 NortonAV

Today, Apple Computer announced on their Web site that they discovered that a limited number of the Video IPods sold after September 12, 2006 were infected with the RavMonE.exe virus (aka W32/RJump) at the manufacturing stage. They issued this statement on their Web site which included a cheap shot at Windows for not being more “hardy against such viruses” even though they were the ones to introduce the virus in the first place. That’s just a cheap shot and they should own up to their mistake without trying to shift blame on someone else. Aside from taking a swipe at Microsoft, they did little to explain how this worm got into the IPod to begin with. Just in case they remove it from their site, here is an excerpt of their statement:

“We recently discovered that a small number – less than 1% – of the Video iPods available for purchase after September 12, 2006, left our contract manufacturer carrying the Windows RavMonE.exe virus. This known virus affects only Windows computers, and up to date anti-virus software which is included with most Windows computers should detect and remove it. So far we have seen less than 25 reports concerning this problem. The iPod nano, iPod shuffle and Mac OS X are not affected, and all Video iPods now shipping are virus free. As you might imagine, we are upset at Windows for not being more hardy against such viruses, and even more upset with ourselves for not catching it.”

Because this worm propagates via mass storage devices, users who encountered this problem should scan all their removable storage devices like CF cards, flash drive, and removable hard drives in addition to scanning their PCs.

Fleet Week San Francisco 2006

Fleet Week returns to San Francisco on October 5 starting with practice runs for the Red Bull Air Races and Blue Angels survey runs. The Blue Angels will perform Friday and Saturday but the weather forecast calls for rain on Thursday and partly cloudy on Friday so plans may change. Muni Pier will be admitted by paid tickets only. Other good spots include Marina Green and the Pier 39 area.

Hidden feature of iTunes 7 now works with multiple music libraries

Apple released a major release of iTunes on September 12th. Among the major features is hard to find feature that allows you to manage multiple music libraries. After starting iTunes, hold down the option key on the Mac or Alt key in Windows. The Shift key also works in Windows. You will be prompted to ‘Create a new library’ or ‘Choose a library’. The feature comes in handy if you want to sort your music by iPod models or simply create a separate library for iPod synching vs another one that will not be synced to the iPod.

Check here for more information of the new features of iTunes 7.

Even more features.

Social bookmarking. An interview with del.icio.us creator Joshua Schachter

Like for so many, bookmarking web pages has always been a chore for me. With multiple computers and browsers, it’s a never ending battle to maintain bookmarks across platforms. One option is to add the bookmark to the Yahoo home page but that involves multiple steps and is cumbersome. So I recently stumbled upon del.icio.us. del.icio.us is a social bookmarking site. According to Wiki, “Social bookmarking sites generally organize their content using tags. Social bookmarking sites are an increasingly popular way to locate, classify, rank, and share Internet resources through the practice of tagging and inferences drawn from grouping and analysis of tags.” At first, I had no idea what the spelling of del.icio.us stood for. It wasn’t until I heard this interview with creator Joshua Schachter that I realized that it was pronounced “delicious”. Being a new user, I haven’t really explored all the features of the site yet but I have moved many of my bookmarks off my browser. One feature I would like to see is the ability to sort bookmarks by popularity. For example, when I search for bookmarks for photography, I get almost 282,000 results presented in seemingly random order. The home page does have a ‘hot list’ button but that only shows recent bookmarks. They should take a page out of Digg.com and YouTube and offer an option of presenting the results in a format selectable by recent, today, this week, this month, and this year.

Yahoo acquired del.icio.us last year and Joshua Schachter now works at Yahoo as the director of engineering in the social search group at Yahoo.

See a list of my bookmarks on del.icio.us