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Tuesday Afternoon (10 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 28-July-2009  15:18:29 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Ma Baker sent word that voting has started for the OCAU Annual Bake Off July 2009. Aargh, I really shouldn't have looked at that thread before having lunch.

If you're bored in Sydney in early August, you can help set a tooth power-brushing record. To celebrate the launch of Dental Health Week, Oral-B, the most recommended toothbrush brand in the world, will be setting an Australian first with the Oral-B Powerbrushing Record for the most number of people brushing their teeth at once! .. Everyone who registers and participates will: * Receive an Oral-B Australian Powerbrushing goodie bag, including a rechargeable Oral-B Powerbrush worth more than $100. * Go into the draw to win $5,000 cash.

US telecomms giant AT&T has apparently blocked 4chan, or bits of it. It seems to have been lifted now, with more info here. In the end, this wasn't a sinister act of censorship, but rather a bit of a mistake and a poorly executed, disproportionate response on AT&T's part. Whoever pulled the trigger on blackholing the site probably didnít anticipate [nor intend] the consequences of doing so.

Tabris noticed this interesting site full of free educational videos on zillions of topics including maths and physics. We have 800+ videos on YouTube covering everything from basic arithmetic and algebra to differential equations, physics, and finance which have been recorded by Salman Khan.

XbitLabs checked out video driver performance in Win7. The new driver tests we are going to carry out today will be rather unusual. We will test new ATI and Nvidia drivers in the new Windows 7 operating system that promises to have a great future ahead of it.

There's not much info on it, but apparently the new "G2" X25-M SSDs from Intel get confused by BIOS passwords. Intel advises everyone getting a G2 to not create/delete/alter BIOS passwords, at least not until the drive is flashed with an updated firmware that fixes the problem. A new firmware is in the works and is expected to become available soon.

Joanna noticed the Victorian Police continuing their internet presence, with a map of road fatalities in 2009. Sobering stuff.

Today's timewaster is Hedgehog Launch 2, which is a bit confusing at first but makes more sense when you've completed a few goes. :)



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