Here’s how to delete all of the data from your old BlackBerry after you’ve upgraded to a new one, or whatever.

Options > Security > General settings > Click on the Password field > Select Wipe Handheld.

 You will be asked to type in ‘blackberry’ in order for the procedure to commence. Within 2 minutes, your BlackBerry should be clean as a whistle.

Can You Zattoo?

I got an email a couple of weeks ago from a friend in Switzerland who recommended that I try out a Zattoo offers live TV on your PC for Europeans. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to work in the U.S. (It must be restricted by IP address.)

Zattoo Screenshot

The programming on Zattoo, frankly, looks like an ex-expatriate’s dream, with channels including BBC Prime, Eurosport, TF1, ZDF, France2, Sat 1, and Rai Uno. I will have to wait until this spring when I visit to see it myself. If anyone has given it a try, please let me know.

Juiced?Then the other day I was reading about a friend of a friend who has just published a book entitled, The Royal Nonesuch. In that I had not seen the fellow for a couple years I checked out his blog and read about Joost, which I’d heard rumblings about in the past. Joost is a venture by the guys who created Skype, Niklus Zennstrom and Janus Friis.

I’ve applied for the beta testing of Joost and am waiting to get access. The technology uses the same peer-to-peer connection that is used in Skype. It sounds interesting and I will let you know what it looks like.

If anyone has experience with Joost, please let us know.

Libya is buying 1.2 million laptops for its children. The agreement for the purchase is through the One Laptop per Child project, which is run by Nicholas Negroponte, brother of John Negroponte.

I have a two things to say to this purchase:

  1. Hooray for Libya! Hooray for Libya’s kids!
  2. WTF USA? WTF England, France, Germany, Canada, et al? Way to take care of your kids.

More on OLPC later. I have opinions on that I urgently want to share, but not to day.

Think that $250 million is a lot of money even to a G-8 country? $250 million represents almost exactly what Halliburton was reimbursed when the U.S. Army decided, in February 2006, not to dispute the company’s cost accounting, even though the Pentagon’s own auditors had identified those costs as potentially excessive.

Alright. The world is ending. I’m tired of giving my blog the silent treatment. And Internet Explorer 7 is expected to be pushed out to all Windows Update and Microsoft Update subscribers tonight.

Can I just say that IE 7 was kind of a bear to deal with when blogging because of the safety features? Oh well. I’ve committed now. I’ll continue to show Lebenzeichen.

AWW! Crapola. IE 7 doesn’t come with tonight’s smorgasbord. Rather it’s coming later in October. or something.

I’ve been playing around with Tor and Vidalia for a while now. Tor is a tool for hiding browsing information and Vidalia is the management tool for the “onion skin” routers that one bounces through when using Tor.

The Tor/Vidalia and, now, Torpark, remind me a little bit of TriangleBoy, which was a tool developed in the to anonymously surf the web. TriangleBoy was developed with money from the NSA.

Anyway, Torpark is really cool in that it is less of a hassle than Tor/Vidalia bundle. I will give a more thorough review later, but for now there seems to be a few sites that have picked up on its release.

ZDNet has a video of a MacBook afflicted with random shutdown that seems to be afflicting more and more MacBook owners.

The test for whether a MacBook has this problem, is to type the following in the terminal, hitting return at the end of each line:

yes >/dev/null &
yes >/dev/null &

Enjoy the video. I wish I could post it here.

orb180.jpgAmbient Devices, a company started by “former Massachussetts Institute of Technology students” (n.b., one might think graduates, but apparently CNET thinks they’re a too old for such nomenclature), has a series of devices that would look brilliant on any office worker’s desk.These have to be checked out. I want one.

The products range from a device that can show pollen count, emails, and market activity in analog, to a glow-worm like ball that sits on your desk that changes colors according to a range of things you might want to track (e.g., traffic congestion).The devices aren’t cheap, but they will make an impression.