Archives for January 2005
Willie Nelson's Biodiesel
Wired News has a short article discussing a new company founded by Willie Nelson, which markets biodiesel, which is made from “vegetable oils, mainly soybeans, and can be burned without modification to diesel engines.” As any diesel vehicle can use biodiesel without any modifications, it isn’t hard for a truck driver (or say, someone driving a black VW Jetta) to switch over. Especially as the price per gallon is competitive with standard diesel prices – the article lists $1.69/gallon.
This is an ideal crossroads for Willie Nelson, as it could ease dependence on foreign oil, lessen the environmental impact of oil drilling and help out the nation’s farmers. Good stuff.
Leonardo's Secret Lab
From The Independent comes word that researchers “have discovered the hidden laboratory used by Leonardo da Vinci for studies of flight and other pioneering scientific work in previously sealed rooms at a monastery next to the Basilica of the Santissima Annunziata, in the heart of Florence.”
Civil War Map
Civil War Maps – (American Memory from the Library of Congress) – “Civil War Maps brings together materials from three premier collections: the Library of Congress Geography and Map Division, the Virginia Historical Society, and the Library of Virginia. Among the reconnaissance, sketch, and theater-of-war maps are the detailed battle maps made by Major Jedediah Hotchkiss for Generals Lee and Jackson, General Sherman’s Southern military campaigns, and maps taken from diaries, scrapbooks, and manuscripts — all available for the first time in one place.”
Apple – IT Pro
Finally, Apple has acknowledged the need to provide information geared towards IT professionals. It is surprising that it took so long considering they released the Xserve quite a while back, and OS X is based upon a BSD core.
Ciphire Labs has announced Cipher Mail, a “powerful email security tool” that “requires no learning” and “works smoothly with your regular email client.”
The cross-platform software grabs your outgoing messages, retrieves the recipient’s public key, runs some security test then encrypts your message, including attachments and sends the message on its way. An explanation of the process, with an illustration of each step is available on their site if you want more detailed information.
The great thing about the software, is the fact that it works in the background with preexisting mail clients, so you can continue to use Thunderbird or Outlook (though there are many reasons to switch away from that program) in your daily routine.