Archive for December, 2008

Microsoft Recommends… Firefox?

Thursday, December 18th, 2008 | SMASH Technology with No Comments »

This week hell has officially frozen over, or so it would appear to the number of IE users who have been referred by Microsoft to switch to the browser’s immediate competitor.

A warning to users surfaced this week, claiming that a flaw in Microsoft’s premiere surfing engine could allow would-be hackers to infiltrate and gain access to users’ personal files - or even take over their computers.

The “flaw” was spotted last week when hackers started attacking users of IE 7. However, it’s not limited to 7 and  has also been found in earlier versions of Microsoft’s browser, IE 5 and IE 6.

The Redmond software giant acknowledged on Dec. 16 that more than two million Windows users had already become infected via the IE flaw, according to an article by the Press Association. How many more people will get hit before the patch is widely distributed is anyone’s guess. Read the rest of this entry »

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SMASHgods TV: Top Chef New York, Weeks 4 and 5

Monday, December 15th, 2008 | SMASH TV with No Comments »

Rocco diSpirito is a tool. He was the guest judge on last week’s episode of “Top Chef: New York”. Somehow he doesn’t have the flair and respect that someone like Thomas Keller or Daniel Boulud have earned, or even a Mario Batali with his orange Crocs. No, Rocco is all about being Rocco, getting maximum face time and talking too much. Sure, he was once a hot young chef in Manhattan (Union Pacific), then he had the ruinous reality show on NBC, “The Restaurant”, that exposed him in rather unflattering ways. No, Rocco is someone who is around still to add a name or B-level kitchen cred to this show, and besides, it looks like Padma likes him. Even the wonderful Fabio, intensely full of natural (and not manufactured) charm himself, couldn’t resist digging at him in an aside —that Rocco is American, not Italian—but in some ways I suppose he understands the appeal. Read the rest of this entry »

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Stalking, Courting or Pimping Condi?

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008 | SMASH Politics, SMASH Pop Culture with 6 Comments

Courting Condi

Remember that lumpy older brother bully who made life hell for Macaulay Culkin’s character in the holiday classic “Home Alone”? I didn’t think so. Former child actor Devin Ratray is hoping to reprise his bullying ways, or at least become a gadfly or find some newfound publicity. This time his attention is turned toward the current (and outgoing) Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. “Courting Condi” is a new film by Brit Sebastian Doggart that depicts Ratray’s quest to get close to the Secretary to get her attention and declare his love for her. Fiction? Documentary? I haven’t seen it yet, but the trailer has made its way around the Internet and I guess that Doggart wants to do both: create a Michael Moore-style documentary and also imbue it with some snarky satire, because, well, it focuses on a woman who has apparently been part of the evil “vulcans” that took us into a fraudulent and costly war in Iraq, let’s see, approved of torture methods, ignored terrorist threats before 9/11, um, hold on, kowtowed to the hawks like Cheney and Rumsfield and let the henchmen call the shots, etc. Read the rest of this entry »

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Goodbye Shiba Inu Pups!

Monday, December 8th, 2008 | SMASH Pop Culture with No Comments »

So it may time to say goodbye today —finally, and sadly, after 8 weeks of virtually uninterrupted happiness and an addiction for millions around the world. Yes, it’s true. The 6 Shiba Inu puppies that have been on puppycam via UStream for the past eight weeks from here in the SF Bay Area are about to find homes by disparate owners. We’re in desperate times economically; the headlines of home foreclosures, layoffs, our dwindling 401Ks, and all around malaise, but many of us certainly knew where to go to escape all of these glum times. And it was in the precious bundles of these tiny Japanese hunting dog breeds: three males (Aki, Akoni, Ando) and three females (Autumn, Ayumi, Amaya), all mischievous, all gnawing at each others’ little furry legs, all barking, and all identified by different-colored collars. (I have been partial to Ayumi.) Read the rest of this entry »

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Smash TV: Survivor Gabon, Weeks 9 and 10

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008 | SMASH TV with No Comments »

Survivor Gabon

After Week Eight’s GREATEST EPISODE EVER in the “Survivor” enterprise, this week’s episode was CBS’s way to do the yearly Thanksgiving catch-up. This is the time for all families who have been belching up their turkey meals on a Thursday night to snooze in front of their fireplaces and remind themselves what a blast Survivor Gabon has been this season. And, there is ample opportunity to hop in and join all the shenanigans. Because this week, CBS managed to actually show not just some nicely edited recaps from the first several weeks, but it also unveiled some of the contestants’ application videos. Some were quite revealing because it helped explain some of the treacherous and evil behavior of some of the castaways up to now. Read the rest of this entry »

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The VW Pickup Does Baywatch

Monday, December 1st, 2008 | SMASH Technology with No Comments »

VW Pickup

Does VW know what it’s doing? Will they ever get the pickup right? We covered this ongoing struggle before over the summer, and the results were not all that pleasing. Acting as if it has just come up with something totally revolutionary, VW’s new “Pickup Concept”, which premiered this fall in Hanover at a commercial vehicle show, is probably a few decades too late. Why is the usually uber-practical “car for the people” trying to reinvent the wheel? With foreign companies like Toyota, Nissan and Honda already successful with their tons of steel, and sometimes with way too much horsepower, what would possibly behoove VW to want to trot out a fully-designed truck now. Read the rest of this entry »

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