East of the Sun, West of the Moon

2005/6/28

Awake yet? (3)

Filed under: News,OS X,Software — Erwin @ 10:30 am

It would appear that vitamin C isn’t the cold cure (NewScientist.com) that I grew up thinking it was:

Regular doses of vitamin C will not prevent a cold in most people – though they might reduce its duration slightly, according to a major new review of existing research.

The idea that the vitamin can prevent and treat a cold became popular following the 1970 publication of Nobel laureate Linus Pauling’s book, Vitamin C and the Common Cold. “Pauling’s book was very influential. But I’m confident that the general population doesn’t stand to gain any great benefit in terms of colds from taking regular doses,” says Robert Douglas of the Australian National University in Canberra, who co-authored the review.

I’m going to assume that orange juice still is a fairly healthy substance and keep on drinking it, though (and yes, I realize OJ isn’t the only thing containing vitamin C).

Apple released iTunes 4.9 (Playlistmag.com), now with podcast support:

Apple on Tuesday released iTunes 4.9, a new version of their digital music jukebox and music download store software for Mac OS X and Windows. The new release features the ability to browse and subscribe to “podcasts” — radio-style shows that you can download over the Internet and listen to either in iTunes or using an Apple iPod.

I’ll be downloading that shortly and see if I like their approach. Right now I’m using NetNewsWire‘s support for downloading enclosures but I’m not 100% happy with its cooperation with iTunes even if part of the problem is my own, using an NFS mount to store its tracks (which works fine when playing tracks but when adding new ones it seems to be fairly unhappy).

Ah, it’s summer (concordmonitor.com):

A flammable liquid accidentally thrown on an outdoor fireplace grill caused a backyard explosion that sent five people, including an 8-year-old boy, to the hospital, fire officials said. The injuries were not serious.

*rolls eyes at the world*

Now playing: Slipknot – The Nameless

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