Wednesday, September 21, 2011

World Rabies Day - 9/28/2011


The world is again joining together on September 28th to raise awareness and understanding about the importance of rabies prevention. Rabies is the oldest and deadliest disease known to mankind and I think we all should support this initiative.

Rabies is a preventable disease, yet kills 55,000 people needlessly each year, half of whom are children under the age of 15. That's right, rabies kills 150 people a day!

"Rabies is primarily a disease of children, who are particularly at risk from this terrible disease, due to their close contact with dogs, the major global source. Children are more likely to suffer multiple bites and scratches to the face and head, both of which carry a higher risk of contracting rabies. Children are often unaware of the danger that dogs transmit rabies and may not tell their parents when a bite, lick, or scratch has occurred from an infected animal"
Dr. Debbie Briggs, Executive Director of the Alliance for Rabies Control

Rabies is a viral disease that can be transmitted to animals and humans. The disease is transmitted mainly by bite, but exposure may also occur through contamination of broken skin or mucous membranes with saliva from an infected animal. Once neurological symptoms of the disease develop, rabies is fatal to both animals and humans. The good news is that rabies is easily preventable.
"Vaccination prior to possible exposure is a crucial part of health management of domestic animals, and is the single most important factor in rabies prevention", said Peter Costa, Global Communications Coordinator for the Alliance for Rabies Control.

Rabies prevention starts with the animal owner. Protect yourself, your pet and your community by taking animals to be vaccinated. Avoid stray animals and wildlife. If you are bitten, wash bite wounds with soap and water and seek medical attention immediately. If your pet is bitten, consult your veterinarian immediately. Prompt and appropriate treatment after being bitten and before the disease develops can stop rabies infection and/or prevent the disease in humans and animals.

The World Rabies Day initiative also raises money towards local rabies prevention and control programs, with eight projects funded since 2008.

More information on World Rabies Day can be found at the official web site, worldrabiesday.org

References:
WHO. Human and Animal Rabies, Rabies: A neglected zoonotic disease. Available at: http://www.who.int/rabies/en/. Accessed on July 23, 2008.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Talk Like A Pirate!


Avast Ye Swabs! 'Tis International Talk Like a Pirate Day!

'Tis also da birfday of ye kittehboi, scourge of rodents and birds! Arrrrr!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Favrit Free Software

If you're like da lady, who is out of work, you can't afford expensive, big name software. Here are some alternatives.

If you use any of these programs, please consider donating to the project authors.

Open Office.org
OpenOffice.org 3 is the leading open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more. It is available in many languages and works on all common computers. It stores all your data in an international open standard format and can also read and write files from other common office software packages. It can be downloaded and used completely free of charge for any purpose. Replaces Microsoft Office .
GIMP
GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It has many capabilities. It can be used as a simple paint program, an expert quality photo retouching program, an online batch processing system, a mass production image renderer, an image format converter, etc. Replaces Adobe Photoshop.
StationRipper
StationRipper allows you to Record Internet Radio Stations and broadcasts. Users on broadband connections regularly report 3,000-6,000 new songs can be downloaded every 24 hours with the registered version! Free version is limited to two stations. You can only download hundreds of songs in a day.
VideoLan Media Player
VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVD, Audio CD, VCD, and various streaming protocols.
VideoLan Movie Creator
VideoLAN Movie Creator is a non-linear editing software for video creation based on libVLC and running on Windows, Linux and Mac OS X!
Easy Duplicate Finder
Easy Duplicate Finder is a powerful tool to find and resolve duplicate photos, documents, spreadsheets, MP3's, and more! Removing duplicates will also help to speed up indexing and reduces back up size and time.
QuickMark barcode scanner
QuickMark is a cross-platform mobile barcode solution that makes creating, scanning, and utilizing mobile barcodes fun and easy. By scanning a barcode with QuickMark's app, users are able to engage in various kinds of mobile activities or interactions, such as: accessing online content, adding a new contact to the address book, map navigation, check-in to a location, and much more.
AVG Anti-Virus Free
AVG Anti-Virus FREE is perfect if you use your PC only for surfing, searching or social networking. If you also use your PC for banking or shopping you need the protection of AVG Firewall in AVG Internet Security 2012 to keep hackers out. Please note that Comcast and other ISPs provide free antivirus software. Check with them before using a free product.
avast! Free Antivirus
Our avast! Free Antivirus often outperforms our competitors´ paid-for products and is the minimum protection anyone should have against viruses and spyware. But if you shop or bank online and store sensitive data on your PC, we recommend our maximum, next-generation protection, avast! Internet Security. Please note that Comcast and other ISPs provide free antivirus software. Check with them before using a free product.
Spybot - Search & Destroy
Spybot - Search & Destroy detects and removes spyware, a relatively new kind of threat not yet covered by common anti-virus applications. Spyware silently tracks your surfing behaviour to create a marketing profile for you that is transmitted without your knowledge to the compilers and sold to advertising companies. Beware of similarly named programs that contain malware.
Malwarebytes
Malwarebytes products have a proven record of protecting computers by completely removing all forms of malware, including viruses, Trojans, spyware, adware and rootkits. When it comes to the safety of your computer, Malwarebytes provides the ultimate in protection from the cutting edge of technology! Beware of similarly named programs that contain malware. Yes, I use both Spybot and Malwarebytes.
YAWcam webcam
Yawcam (Yet Another Webcam Software) allows you to stream a live broadcast from your webcam or DV camera. Software is obsolete. I still think it is a great basic webcam. I used it for da kittehbaybehcam.
Dis advanced tools for dem geeky anipals.
µTorrent
a (very) tiny BitTorrent client µTorrent allows you to download files quickly and efficiently using the BitTorrent protocol. BitTorent is a peer to peer protocol, which means you download and upload to other people downloading the same file. BitTorrent is often used for distribution of large files or popular content as it is a cheap, fast, efficient way to distribute files to users like you. Available for Windows, Mac and Linux. Caveat: Educate yourself about viruses and rootkits if you plan to download files from strangers.
Blender
Blender is the free open source 3D content creation suite, available for all major operating systems under the GNU General Public License.
Eagle PCB Design Freeware Version
EAGLE PCB Design Software is an easy to use, yet powerful tool for designing printed circuit boards. The name EAGLE is an acronym, which stands for Easily Applicable Graphical Layout Editor. This award winning software offers user friendly, powerful and affordable solutions for PCB design, including Schematic Capture, Board Layout and Autorouter.
Arduino
Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. It's intended for artists, designers, hobbyists, and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments.
Apache Friends XAMPP
XAMPP is an easy to install Apache distribution containing MySQL, PHP and Perl. XAMPP is really very easy to install and to use - just download, extract and start. Available for four OSs: Linux, Windows, Mac OS X and Solaris.

Sunday, September 4, 2011