Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, October 26, 2013)
Word of the Day

guttersnipe

Definition:(noun) A child who spends most of his time in the streets especially in slum areas.
Synonyms:street urchin
Usage: In Shaw's Pygmalion, an elocution expert plucks a guttersnipe from Covent Garden market and teaches her to talk like a lady.
Article of the Day

Rootkits

If your computer has ever had a virus, you might have encountered a rootkit—a Trojan that keeps itself, other files, registry keys, and network connections hidden from detection. It gives the attacker "root" access to the computer, which means it runs at the lowest level of the machine. Rootkits are often damaging and have gained notoriety as a form of malware—software designed to destroy data, steal information, or aggravate the user. When was the first virus for personal computers discovered? More...
This Day in History

Pony Express Announces Its Closure (1861)

At its inception in 1860, the Pony Express operated between St. Joseph, Missouri—the western end of a telegraph line—and Sacramento, California. Changing horses at stations roughly 10–15 miles (16–24 km) apart, riders carried the mail a distance of 1,800 miles (2,900 km) in about eight days, often traveling through hostile Native American territory. Though it provided an important mail link with the West, it was a financial failure, and the Pony Express announced its closure two days after what? More...
Today's Birthday

Charles William Post (1854)

Post was an American breakfast cereal manufacturer. In the 1880s, while being treated by John H. Kellogg at a health sanitarium, he developed an interest in producing healthful foods like those served by Kellogg. In 1891, he established La Vita Inn, an institute for healing by mental suggestion. After experimenting with breakfast foods, he invented Postum, a coffee substitute after which he named his company, Postum Cereal Co., the precursor to General Foods Corp. What cereals did Post invent? More...
Quotation of the Day
There is no vice that doth so cover a man with shame, as to be found false and perfidious.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Today's Holiday

Austria National Day (2015)

National Day commemorates the day in 1955 when Soviet occupation forces left Austria after taking control in 1945. The Austrian State Treaty of May 15, 1955, ensured that Austrians would regain sovereignty over their country on July 27. By October 26, it was once again a free, independent country. Although it is a national holiday in Austria, people do not get the day off from school or work, mainly because of the idea that one's country is best served by working. Schools hold special presentations, and the president delivers a speech. More...
In the News

Study: Women Better Multitaskers

There is no easy answer to the question of which gender is better at juggling multiple tasks. In a recent study of multitasking, women outperformed men and seemed to be more organized under pressure. However, evidence on the issue has generally been mixed, with men surpassing women in some studies and vice versa. This may have to do with the nature of the tasks utilized in the individual studies. The bottom line is that juggling multiple tasks slows everyone—both men and women alike—down while increasing the number of errors made. More...
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