Finds of the Week: NASA Television, World Fact Book, 1,000 Lifehacks, Should I Block It?


Finds of the Week is a list of web sites I've come across that are fun, interesting, or useful, tech related or not. I hope you enjoy them. -Rhiannon

NASA Television feed  (feed and programming guide)
NASA UStream  (nice resolution, uncrowded page)
NASA TV carries a variety of regularly scheduled, pre-recorded educational and public relations programming 24 hours a day on its various channels. The network also provides an array of live programming, such as 24-hour coverage of Space Shuttle missions, ISS events (spacewalks, media interviews, educational broadcasts), press conferences and rocket launches.

World Fact Book
The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities. The Reference tab includes: maps of the major world regions, as well as Flags of the World, a Physical Map of the World, a Political Map of the World, a World Oceans map, and a Standard Time Zones of the World map. Tons of great information.
Side note: the World Fact Book is created and maintained by the Central Intelligence Agency branch of the US government.

1,000 Lifehacks
UPDATE: Comments from our readers indicate there are several issues with this site. Based on that feedback I'm advising caution using this site.
1,000 Lifehacks is a tumblr style blog that has some interesting lifehacks. Although some of the content is focused on the US, food in particular, there are enough tips that just about anyone can use. Topics include technology, cures, funny, food and drink, health and life tips. Three posts at a time are shown, which makes it easier on those of us with small bandwidth connections. Note: Please use caution and common sense using these tips. A few of the comments posted below are good examples.

Should I Block It?
This useful site helps discover what processes and services are running on your computer. If you've wondered what that oddly named file, service or process is and wonder if it's legitimate or malicious but didn't know where to look, this is a great site to check first. There are many (many!) sites that say they can tell what a process is, but sadly I've found most of them don't contain the information I'm looking for, and some results on some sites are inaccurate. This site has a good search function and a handy list of common processes. This is a sister site to Should I Remove It?,  and is definitely a good site to visit and bookmark.

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The battery ones already mentioned struck me too, putting an AAA into a circuit, possibly in series with AAs is potentially explosive as the current may exceed the AAA's capabilities.

You should only use the same type let alone size of batteries. A child suffered serious burns recently from mixing alkalines and zinc-carbons.

There are a fair few urban myths on the site as advice too.

Can I also ask that this site stops quoting Web of Trust when recommending software? Malware authors can manipulate the "data" there far too easily. Thanks.