Posted in Politics

Is Cutting Interest Rates in Europe a Good Idea?

Hi all, Last week, the European Central Bank cut the interest rates for loans from them to 0.25 % (from 0.50 %). Do the really think that this is a good idea? I realise that they want to raise inflation, however, flooding the market is not the right tool for this any more – instead of raising inflation they are raising stock exchange indexes. If we want to raise inflation, we have to give money to the people who really need to buy something from the real economy – the poor ones. So, instead of flooding the markets with more…

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Posted in IT

How to “restart” FreePDF

Hi all, If you are using FreePDF, you might have come to the problem that it suddenly stops working – you have to reboot the computer and suddenly all the documents you wanted to convert to PDF pop up. Well, there is an easier and faster solution than rebooting – go to the FreePDF main directory (e.g. “C:\Program Files (x86)\FreePDF XP” double-click on fpassist.exe – et voilà: the tool is up and running again. Find information in English on the 2-click solution here: http://yro.slashdot.org/story/11/09/03/0115241/heises-two-clicks-for-more-privacy-vs-facebook

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Posted in IT

BadBIOS-Virus/Trojan – Reality or Hoax?

Hello, As some of you might have already read or heard somewhere, there are currently rumours of a rather scary virus/trojan that remind me a little bit of the e-mail-hoaxes I received in the 1990s (this virus will kill your harddisk and then spread to all your e-mail-contacts… – you know what I mean?). However, this is actually spread by a well-known security consultant, Dragos Ruiu, and this makes things different (Source: http://arstechnica.com/security/2013/10/meet-badbios-the-mysterious-mac-and-pc-malware-that-jumps-airgaps/). So, I am wondering, if a security guy is fighting this thread for 3 years now, that means everything could be infected by now… desktops, workstations, laptops, tablets, smartphones,…

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Posted in Animals

How to Give a Pill to a Cat

Hi everybody, Everyone who ever had to give a pill to a cat knows, that this can become a quite tricky issue. Cats usually have a rather good understanding, how to avoid swallowing a pill, and it usually comes to some kind of ‘brute force’ that might damage the relationship between the cat and the pill-giver for at least 2 hours or so :-). Since one of our cats have to take heart-pills every day now, I developed an idea, how to give the pill in a way the cat actually enjoys taking it. Here we go: Take one of those…

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