GeekSpeak for 2009-01-24

Lightroom 2, Digital Asset Management

Tom Hogarty, product manager of Photoshop Lightroom at Adobe, joins the Geeks to talk about digital asset management and using Adobe Lightroom 2.

Mac Trojan Horse Found in Pirated iWork 09

Intego has discovered a new Trojan horse, OSX.Trojan.iServices.A, which is currently circulating in copies of Apple’s iWork 09 found on BitTorrent trackers and other sites containing links to pirated software. The version of iWork 09, Apple’s productivity suite, are complete and functional, but the installer contains an additional package called iWorkServices.pkg.

Obama Staff finds White House in the Technological Dark Ages

Two years after launching the most technologically savvy presidential campaign in history, Obama officials ran smack into the constraints of the federal bureaucracy yesterday, encountering a jumble of disconnected phone lines, old computer software, and security regulations forbidding outside e-mail accounts.

Network Solutions Under Large Scale DDoS Attack

CircleID reports: Network Solutions is having problems with “all” its name servers, according to their tech support and a recent post on North American Network Operators’ Group (NANOG) mailing list indicates that it has been under very large-scale UDP/53 DDoS attack for the last 48 hour period. As a result, domain names hosted with Network Solutions’ Worldnic have been affected.

Millions of websites are potentially unreachable.

Eighth Grader Helps to Save Birds

He has invented a painted, plastic decals that can be fixed right in the centre of a window pane without causing any obstruction to the human view.

The colour he has used for the paint is ultraviolet in nature which is beyond the range of the human visible spectrum. This allows the birds to notice the solid window and at the same time is invisible to humans. This prevents birds from colliding with decalled windows.

Lots of Pure Water Ice at Mars North Pole

Universe Today: Using radar data from the [SHARAD|SHAllow RADar] instrument on board the [MRO|Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter], French researchers say the data point to 95 percent purity in the polar ice cap. The north polar cap is a dome of layered, icy materials, similar to the large ice caps in Greenland and Antarctica, consisting of layered deposits, with mostly ice and a small amount of dust. Combined, the north and south polar ice caps are believed to hold the equivalent of two to three million cubic kilometers (0.47-0.72 million cu. miles) of ice.

Crayon Physics Deluxe

Crayon Physics Deluxe is a 2D physics puzzle / sandbox game, in which you get to experience what it would be like if your drawings would be magically transformed into real physical objects. Solve puzzles with your artistic vision and creative use of physics.

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Malware Found on Credit Card Clearning House Network

Heartland Payment Systems says that 250,000 US businesses that they process credit cards for may have been compromised. That means millions of credit cards – watch your statements carefully.

Light Lane - Concept from Altitude’s Alex Tee and Evan Gant

A small device connects to your bike and projects a bike lane around you. Helping to define the space you are taking up with your bike.


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[tom_hogarty.jpg|Tom Hogarty is the Senior Product Manager for Adobe Systems Professional Digital Imaging Department. His primary product and marketing responsibilities center around Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, Camera Raw and the DNG File Format. Prior to joining Adobe, Hogarty worked in New York City as a consultant to many of the industry’s leading professional photographers as they converted film to a digital workflow.]

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There’s some debate but because a shipping crate containing the Robot
popped up in one episode with the first letters in red paint of each word
with the others in black stacked thusly on a side panel:

that ToS LOST IN SPACE Robot’s name was Gunther or Gunter. Jonathan Harris
(Dr. Smith) has said he personally preferred the pun Claude (clawed).