Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Are light cigarettes healthier?

Many smokers have switched to "light" or "low tar" cigarettes thinking they are a healthier alternative to regular cigarettes. This assumption could not be farther from the truth. The numbers for tar and nicotine attached to brands of cigarettes comes from a smoking machine that "smokes" every brand of cigarettes the same way. These machines cannot tell how much tar/nicotine an individual smoker will receive because people do not smoke cigarettes the same way the machines do. Find more, here.

Since the 1970s, cigarette manufacturers have altered the composition and design of cigarettes to reduce the amount of nicotine and tar measured by federal machines. By lowering the cigarette emissions detected by federal machines, manufacturers could justify marketing these products as safer alternatives. Cigarette design revisions for these purposes include adding a filter, increasing the size of the paper wrap that covers the filter and adjusting the blend of tobacco with fillers and additives. Read more, here.

Smokers often choose light cigarettes as a way of lessening the damage to their bodies and abating their guilt. Even if light cigarettes do contain less tar and nicotine than the regular versions, that does not mean a person who smokes them inhales less of those compounds, according to past research and a new study from Japan. Doctors think that even though light cigarettes may appear more healthful, people smoke them more often, inhale deeper, or take more puffs off those types. Read more about this research, here. The full research, can be found here.

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Free Games..

After a long time, I am posting again.. I was trying to write a nice article, which I wont tell you because I hope to post it..

For the time being, I just want to upload two of the latest games I developed in Delphi 7. If anyone has any suggestion, I am full of ears :)

The games are on the right, at the 'My games' section.

NOW without bugs..
I hope.. :)

Saturday, October 02, 2004

Maps and driving directions online

The reason of this post, is that I can't remember how many hours I have spent in front of my computer trying to find an online map. I just want to introduce maporama to everybody that don't know it.

According to the company, the simplest expression of Maporama's location-centric technology is that it provides relevant answers to the three omnipresent questions everybody is faced with when planning a trip:
Where is this address?
How to get there? and
What is located around it?

In addition, you can have information about the length of the trip, the average time, the weather of the place you are going, as well as comprehensive driving details.

I believe that once you try it, you wont search for other online map again :)

Monday, September 27, 2004


A computer software company which is worth mentioning is SysInternals. There are various useful freeware utilities that make the use of Windows much easier..

I believe that every computer using windows should have at least Process Explorer, which is a utility similar to default Task Manager of Windows, but much better and with more options.

A very useful utility is Autoruns, which shows all the auto-starting programs that start at System bootup or login. With this program it is very easy to boost you system's boot time, as you can indicate which programs you want be executed at start up and which not.

Thursday, September 23, 2004

Is the use of mobile phones at gas stations safe?

There is a rumor that mobile phones could cause explosion if used in gas station. I couldn't believe it so easily, so I did a research on it. I found that there might have been some explosions at gas stations in the past, but there is no evidence that the reason was the use of mobile phone. Motorola and others, including petroleum industry organizations, have looked into this matter at length and have conlcuded that mobile phones are safe. Their report is here.

A test that a British technology TV programme did, is also interesting. They filled an old caravan with petrol and petrol fumes and then placed six mobile phones inside it. More information here.

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Mobile phones on airplanes

It was some days ago, when my friends and I, were trying to find the reason of forbidding the use of electronic devices on an airplane. I decided to do a small research on internet about this and I found this.

The result of researches on the impact of mobile phones on airplanes lead to the permitting of the use in the near future. This is stated here.

To conclude, there was no reason to forbid the use of mobile phones on airplanes..

Tuesday, September 14, 2004


I heard and used the SETI program 4 years ago. SETI stands for Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence. It is a scientific effort seeking to determine if there is intelligent life outside Earth. Everyone having internet connection can participate in this effort by downloading a software that listens and analysis artificial radio signals coming from other stars. You can download the software from here.
And who knows, maybe your computer will detect Extraterrestrial Intelligence!!
More information about SETI, click here.

Sunday, September 12, 2004


Για όσους συνεχίζουν με πάθος να πιστεύουν στην αστρολογία, υπάρχει αυτό.
Αν και μετά από αυτό, συνεχίσουν να υπάρχουν κάποιοι που πιστέυουν στα ζώδια, τότε υπάρχει και αυτό.
Ελπίζω να είναι αρκετά.. Τα παραπάνω sites έχουν πολύ καλά παραδείγματα και αποδείξεις για αυτό το οποίο υποστηρίζουν..