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Are you a programming freek?

Programming can be both challenging and fun. During this series of articles, we’ll focus on a tutorial on programming. This article is an introduction to a programming language called Hop, which is two years old. This programming language is going to be discontiniued, because a newer version will be released in February of this upcoming year. The Hop language and its IDE will be introduced, because it leads to this new programming language. Keep in mind, that a programming language is at least twelve years old, so Hop is very new, as we can tell. Stay tuned for more on Hop and its IDE, or Intebrated development environment. The textbook and some examples will be part of the series of articles. This article is intended for people learning programming, or, for programmers willing to learn a new language nd update his or her education in computer science.

The World’s Worst Viruses

Earthworms are a boon to the backyard gardener and healers still use leeches to thin a sick patient’s blood, but no good has ever come from a computer worm or virus. Computer viruses have become increasingly dangerous and quick-spreading in the last couple of years, wildly proliferating through cyberspace and causing billions of dollars in damage.

Some of the distinctions between different types of malicious code are now blurred, but the classic computer virus is a piece of sneaky code that tells your PC to do something that you usually wouldn’t want it to do. Without your knowledge, a virus could wipe out the programs and data on your hard drive or even let someone take over your machine remotely. A virus replicates by embedding itself into programs or system files.

Worms are another type of devious program that, today, typically spread via e-mail or Internet chat programs. With the help of unprotected users’ address books, worms such as Klez spread explosively–disrupting networks and businesses. The oldest worms didn’t change system files or obliterate data. But as worms got more sophisticated, the newer ones started to behave more like viruses, doing considerable damage. For example, Klez can delete files and create the mechanism to run itself on system startup.

A third general classification of malevolent code is the Trojan horse. This destructive program poses as an innocent application or file, such as a screen saver or photo. Unlike worms and viruses, Trojan horses don’t replicate.

Some viruses and worms won’t destroy your data, while others do tremendous damage. For example, the LoveLetter virus overwrote files and inserted viral code on hard drives around the globe two years ago.

“As far as what [virus writers] can do, the sky is the limit,” says April Goostree, virus manager for McAfee.com. “In the antivirus industry, we never say ‘never’ anymore. Because as soon as you do, you are going to be proven wrong. It’s anybody’s guess about what the next virus will do.”

Here’s a look at ten of the most malignant viruses and worms of all time.

10. Surreptitious Sircam

Sircam appeared in July 2001 on PCs running Windows 95, 98, and Me. The worm appeared in e-mail in-boxes with an attachment; the body of the message was in Spanish or English. Typical greetings included “Hi! How are you?” and “Hola como estas?” If you launched the attachment, Sircam installed itself on the infected computer, then grabbed random documents and sent them out to e-mail addresses it captured from your address book. It also occasionally deleted files and filled the infected computer’s hard drive with gibberish. Visit Symantec’s Security Response for instructions on how to remove Sircam.

9. Red Raider

Code Red burned brightly in the summer of 2001, infecting hundreds of thousands of computers–mainly on corporate networks. Code Red slithered through a hole in Internet Information Server (IIS) software, which is widely used to power Internet servers, then scanned the Internet for vulnerable systems to infect and continue the process. The worm used contaminated PCs as weapons in denial of service attacks–flooding a Web site with a barrage of information requests. The original target was the official White House Web site, but government officials changed the site’s IP address to thwart the attack.

The worm exploited a weakness in the IIS software (which has since been fixed with a patch from Microsoft) that allowed an intruder to run arbitrary code on a victimized computer. Multiple variants of this worm now exist. Visit Symantec’s Security Response for instructions on how to protect your system from Code Red.

8. Bad Benjamin

Benjamin–a new breed of worm–was let loose in May 2002, and it affected users of the popular file-sharing program Kazaa. The crafty worm posed as popular music and movie files. Kazaa users thought they were downloading a media file to their machines, but they got the imposter instead. It then set up a Kazaa share folder and stuffed it with copies of itself posing as popular music and movie files, which other Kazaa users would download. It congested the system’s network connection and would ultimately fill up a hard drive. Visit Symantec’s Security Response for instructions on how to remove Benjamin.

7. Numbing Nimda

Nimda (also known as the Concept Virus) appeared in September 2001, attacking tens of thousands of servers and hundreds of thousands of PCs. The worm modified Web documents and executable files, then created numerous copies of itself. The worm spread as an embedded attachment in an HTML e-mail message that would execute as soon as the recipient opened the message (unlike the typical attached virus that requires manual launching of the attachment). It also moved via server-to-server Web traffic, infected shared hard drives on networks, and downloaded itself to users browsing Web pages hosted on infected servers. Nimda soon inspired a crowd of imitators that followed the same pattern. Visit Symantec’s Security Response for the Nimda removal tool.

6. Tennis Anyone?

The Anna Kournikova (or VBS.SST@mm) worm, appearing in February 2001, didn’t cause data loss, although in the process of boosting the profile of its namesake, the Russian tennis player, it did cause embarrassment and disruption for many personal and business users. The worm showed up in Microsoft Outlook users’ e-mail in-boxes with an attachment (supposedly a picture of Kournikova). The attachment proved hard to resist. The result? Clicking the bogus attachment sent copies of the worm via e-mail to all addresses found in the victim’s Outlook address book. Kournikova also brought about a number of copycat variants. Visit Symantec’s Security Response for instructions on how to remove Kournikova.

Most worm creators have never been identified, but a 21-year-old Dutchman, Jan de Wit, admitted to unleashing this worm. The admitted virus writer is appealing a 150-hour community service sentence handed down in September 2001 by a judge in the Netherlands.

5. (Expletive Deleted) Explorer

The Explorer.zip worm appeared in the summer of 1999, following in the footsteps of Melissa. The worm deleted Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files and randomly altered other types of files. Like Melissa (see below), Explorer traveled via e-mails that appeared to be from someone the recipient knew. The message included a file that, if activated, showed a fake error message to the user. Unlike Melissa, this virus did not use Outlook to gather e-mail addresses. Instead, it watched the in-box of the infected computer and then sent automatic replies to senders, using the same e-mail subject as the original message.

4. Maniacal Magistr

Magistr is one of the most complex viruses to hit the Internet. Its victims, users of Outlook Express, were hooked by an infected e-mail attachment. The virus, discovered in mid-March 2001, sent garbled messages to everyone in the infected user’s e-mail address book. Attached were files pulled at random from the infected PC’s hard drive plus an executable file with the Magistr code. This virus was not as widespread as many others, but it was very destructive. Magistr overwrites hard drives and erases CMOS and the flashable BIOS, preventing systems from booting. It also contained antidebugging features, making it hard to detect and destroy. Visit Symantec’s Security Response for instructions on how to remove Magistr.

3. Malevolent Melissa

The Melissa virus swamped corporate networks with a tidal wave of e-mail messages in March 1999. Through Microsoft Outlook, when a user opened an e-mail message containing an infected Word attachment, the virus was sent to the first 50 names in the user’s address book. The e-mail fooled many recipients because it bore the name of someone the recipient knew and referred to a document they had allegedly requested.

So much e-mail traffic was generated so quickly that companies like Intel and Microsoft had to turn off their e-mail servers. The Melissa virus was the first virus capable of hopping from one machine to another on its own. And it’s another good example of a virus with multiple variants. Visit Symantec’s Security Response for instructions on how to remove Melissa.

2. Klez the Conquerer

The Klez worm, which blends different virus traits, was first detected in October 2001. Klez distributes itself like a virus, but sometimes acts like a worm, other times like a Trojan horse. Klez isn’t as destructive as other worms, but it is widespread, hard to exterminate–and still active. In fact, so far, no other virus has stayed in circulation quite like Klez. It spreads via open networks and e-mail–regardless of the e-mail program you use. Klez sometimes masquerades as a worm-removal tool. It may corrupt files and disable antivirus products. It pilfers data from a victim’s e-mail address book, mixing and matching new senders and recipients for a new round of infection. Visit Symantec’s Security Response for instructions on how to remove Klez.

1. Love Hurts

LoveLetter is the worm everyone learned to hate in spring 2000. The infection affected millions of computers and caused more damage than any other computer virus to date. Users were infected via e-mail, through Internet chat systems, and through other shared file systems. The worm sent copies of itself via Microsoft Outlook’s address book entries. The mail included an executable file attachment with the e-mail subject line, “ILOVEYOU.” The worm had the ability to overwrite several types of files, including .gif and .jpg files. It modified the Internet Explorer start page and changed Registry keys. It also moved other files and hid MP3 files on affected systems. Visit Symantec’s Security Response for instructions on how to remove LoveLetter

Computer programs that benifit the Blind & Visually Impaired

As many know, it is at times difficult to use a personal Computer, or to use computers in general.
The world of the sighted indavidual will use their eyes, and struggle if they have eye strain, or if the glair off the screen is too much.
While the Visually Impaired croud will use what are called, Screenreaders.
Now, a Screenreader is a downloadable program used to benifit the use of it by the Visually Impaired, by taking text on a computer, and transmitting it through Audio output, that will give the user a way to do book reports, Computer Programing anywhere from Computer Annalliest to programing for Nasa, the U.S. Military at Rollsroyce Jet Engens.
Thats right, I said the Corporation that maid the Rollsroyce Merllin Engen for the greatest World War II aircraft such as the Lancaster III, P-51 D Mustang, The P-38 Lighting, and the Spitfire.
But these Programs are also used in the Automoteave corporation aswell. as for other great jobs such as AT&T, Virision, Sprint, T-Mobile, Rebel, and many more.
The one most used at the Indianapolis Yellow Cab Company, in Indianapolis, Indiana is JAWS for Windows.
Now, Jaws stands for Job Access With Speech.
This screenreader if looking to use it, it able to do all programs on a computer for instents Microsoft Word, and the new Microsoft Word Publisher.
With it, you can make spread sheets, compose Computer Programs and write them, aswell as go on the web, and use programs such as Skype, or even Facebook & Twitter.
The bummer for this marvelous program is the price tag on it.
$1300 is the new price for it.
It use to be $1200 but with the Economey, it will not work for some people and their budgit.
Now, Jaws has a 40 Minute Demo you can use, but you have to restart the computer to use it after 40 Minutes.
You can find more Infomation by going to freedomscientific.com and or going to http://www.freedomscientific.com/products/fs/jaws-product-page.asp and get their quickly.
Now, as many know in the Blind & Visually Impaired world, people with site, or some sight who wish to understand more, go to info sorces such as Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Wikipedia, Bing, Google, and Ask.com for info.
Well, we have a vidio for you all, and will talk about some of the basics of this ScreenReader.

Moving on, we now look at Window Eyes.
Window Eyes, a cheeper virision in some ways, is also widely used in and throughout the Blind community. It can preform all that Jaws can do, but does have quite the limmatations to go along with it.
We have a Preview of the Window Eyes 7.2 that was created by one of the good people at GW Micro INC.
In this Vidio, it will discuss some of the new feachures in Window Eyes, and along with Office 2010.

This poticular Screen is different from JAWS in price, and in other levels. But it has simmularitty between the two.
As shown, Window Eyes, is some what more difficult to use on sertin levels.
With motaple coursers, and different commands with the coursers, it can overlaps with confushion.
The user might have slight problems with the program due to the matter of Megabite space, aswell as some scripts for websites, Programs, and other things will not work with this softwear.
Its Price Tag of anywhere from $800 to $1000 is about a good few hundered dollars cheeper then JAWS, but the problem of cost will lingure, as will the problem of it not working with Skype on some Acasions, this Screen Reader is just one of the many avalable programs on market.
Now, with the Two main Programs that will put a bomb in your wallet, we now move to the last screenreader on our list for this Article of Science & Technology.
NVDA or Non Visual Desktop Access, is one of the many programs on market.
It is a freewear program, and is a walping $0.00 No charge program.
It was created in the Late 1990’s and has prospered sense with donations, and fundrasers. It though, does have a $100 price if you want extra, but eithor way, it is a program with no monthley or yearly payments. Just one and your ready to use the Computer you so greatly own.
It is well known for the voice it outputs from the computer.
The Distinctive british like voice that is the Defalt, is at times anoying, but a shure sign that NVDA is rolling along.
It though will work with Microsoft Works. but will not work with Microsoft Word Publisher.
The reason is mearly the lac of scripts provided to NVDA programs.
Though it will work with Microsoft Works, Skype, Notepad, The Internet, Macafee Internet Security, and with Microsoft Web Outlook, it is a drawback for not working with other programs such as Nortin Security, Adobie Installer, and can barly keep up with popular chatrooms such as xat.com and other popular chatroom providers.
It will work with Facebook, Twitter, WordPress, Blogger, Youtube, Google, Bing, Facebook Chat, Myspace, Myspace Chat, and many other great inventions of social media.
Though it can on a side note, kinda work with xat chatrooms, will involve lots of key command monouvering, aswell as refreshing the page if the text people type starts to not be detected by the program.
NVDA is though a great program, with a great history ahead.
With the current NVDA Virision 11.1 Installer & Portable, this Softwear program will sertenly be a great aid for thoese in need of a PC Program for visual dissabillity.
Now, like we all know in the visually Impaired, people want a vidio with more infomation, and a chance to see it in action. We have one on NVDA here below, from the Crossroads Rehabillitation Center in indianapolis, Indiana.

You can obtain these Screen readers online, or over the phone and have the softwear within 3 to 5 Bisness days. When Installing, a voice will come on to give you step by step installing instructions, so you can do it your self, if your visually Impaired.
The following are where you can Obtain the following Screenreaders, and more Infomation about them, and their use.
JAWS for Windows: http://www.freedomscientific.com/
Window Eyes: http://www.gwmicro.com/
NVDA: http://www.nvda-project.org/
We also have a list of Blind Organizations for you to exploar, and to even get an understanding of.
The ACB American Council for the Blind: http://www.acb.org/
The NFB National Federation of the Blind: http://www.nfb.org/
The AFB American Foundation for the Blind: http://www.afb.org/
You can go to the websites listed above, and get more Infomation about Blindness, the causes of it, Mobillity training Infomation, Membership, Infomation Technology, and talk with people who are visually Impaired and learn about the Visually Impaired world.
There are also Schools you can contact, such as the Blind Schools across the United States.
The Best in the Country, is in Vancoover, Washington State.
For more Infomation on Blind Schools in your State, contact your local NFB, ACB, or AFB Chapter in your Area for more details.
I too am Visually Impaired, and used NVDA for the work I do on this site, and to communacate with friends and Co Workers on Facebook.
The Program from my stand point is very helpful, and will benifit others who need it for their ongoing day to day perpous.
~Lincoln Ritchhart
CEO & Chairman
American Nation News


  Many scientists who do not practice a faith, are more likely to think that the existence of a god is not possible. However, studies have shown that a supernatural force is in control. Even though nonbelievers deny this devine existence, it is still there, and it is everywhere. How many times can someone hear the Gospel of the Lord and not planted into his or her heart?

In recent studies, scientists dedicated their time on studying the parts that hold together an atom. As they looked deeply, they saw that what was holding together the atom was in the shape of crosses! That’s right, crosses!
This scientific discovery makes a statement in scripture, a true statement. In the Holy Bible, God says that he holds together all things.
So, if that statement is true, then the statement about the Sacred book of wisdom not having mistakes is true as well. If the statement about the Sacred book of wisdom having no mistakes is true, then that means Jesus Christ did come to this Earth to pay the price on the cross. This leads us to the following question: Jesus could have chosen to pay for our sins some other way, instead of the cross; could it be that he chose the cross to tell us that our father in Heaven loves us, and that he holds all things together?
The proof of this particular atomic element holding the atom together might answer this question, in a way that convinces a nonbeliever to believe. This divinity found in the atom can answer the question asked above and many, many more.

So, what is it that you think about after reading this? As you know, you, the reader of this article are composed of atoms; you are part of what is scientifically called Matter. Matter is anything that takes up space, and everything in this world, whether is a human, an animal, plastics, liquids, ETC, is matter. The purpose of this article is to help you understand God’s love for you. This is intended to lead you to believe. God is holding you together, even though you don’t see it.

Hopefully, the words written on this article will change your life. The American Nation News team is convinced that its purpose is to bring you articles of news that will inspire you, shock you, and most importantly, make your life better.
Stay tuned for more articles here on the top source for news that are recent and important.

Steve Jobs has died

Steve Jobs, who as Apple’s founder and twice CEO revolutionized the use of computers, phones, and music players before popularizing digital tablets, died today after a seven year battle with pancreatic cancer and related ailments. He was 56.

Job’s family sent out statements regarding his death and his life. As well as the Apples Board of Directors.

Many people reacted to this in an honoring manor of Steve’s life.

  • Barack Obama: “Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve.”
  • Bill Gates: “The world rarely sees someone who has had the profound impact Steve has had, the effects of which will be felt for many generations to come. For those of us lucky enough to get to work with him, it’s been an insanely great honor.”
  • Tim Cook, email to Apple employees: “Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.”

    “No words can adequately express our sadness at Steve’s death or our gratitude for the opportunity to work with him. We will honor his memory by dedicating ourselves to continuing the work he loved so much.”

  • Jerry Brown: “Steve Jobs was a great California innovator who demonstrated what a totally independent and creative mind can accomplish. Few people have made such a powerful and elegant imprint on our lives.”
  • Larry Page: “He always seemed to be able to say in very few words what you actually should have been thinking before you thought it.”
  • Mark Zuckerberg: “Thanks for showing that what you build can change the world.”
  • Sergey Brin: “Your passion for excellence is felt by anyone who has ever touched an Apple product… you will be missed very much.”


I used some of this information from this site.



We will always remember Steve not as a person, but as a revolutionist. Who has changed the world in its technology, and intelligence.


Signed, Tyler