Rules for safe computing!
December 4, 2005 - zdnet.com, "IE flaw lets intruders into Google Desktop"
They report, "A security researcher in Israel has found a way to steal information from unwitting users of Google's desktop search tool by exploiting an unpatched flaw in Microsoft's
ubiquitous Internet Explorer."
November 28 2005 - Your cell phone information is for sale on the internet!
The Washington Post reports: "They're not just after your credit card or Social Security numbers.
Fueled by the ease of online commerce, snoops are on the trail of other personal information, too. One of the hottest markets: records of phone calls, especially from cell phones.
", ... "Think your mate is cheating? For $110, Locatecell.com will provide you with the outgoing calls
from his or her cell phone for the last billing cycle, up to 100 calls. "
Florida radio station Local6.com
, says, "A Problem Solvers investigation has discovered that several Web sites will sell the last 100 phone numbers you
have dialed to anyone who knows your phone number." - THINK ABOUT IT!
PLANTS THAT POISON LIVESTOCK IN THE GREAT PLAINS AREA. is a good source
She says, "It has good photos and information on the effects on and treatment of livestock that has consumed the
Be very wary of incoming e-mails. Mal ware, viruses,spyware and sneak-ware hide in e-mails as an
attachment and posing as important mail: subject lines that say "test", "hi", "microsoft patch",they pose as
coming from PayPay or your bank!. Don't click on ANY attachments
unless you KNOW they came from a reliable person. This virus steals contacts from your
address book so e-mails may look familiar. Call or e-mail your contact and ask them if they sent you an attachment
September 28 2002 - ANTHRAX
This space was launched when we saw a need to help our friends become educated about the danger of
livestock and even human poisoning from toxic weeds left standing when the drought had depleted the normal forage,
then we updated with links
West Nile virus links -
So, now the looming danger is the Anthrax virus which is always lurking naturally in the soil but
causes outbreaks from time to time during times of prairie stress. Not only are cattle dieing, most notably in Butte County but hunters are
urged to beware as bagged wild game could transmit this dread disease to humans.
It is the goal of "The Prairie Spider" to provide a rich source of information for the people of Western South Dakota.
Many "General Reference" links found on
our main index page need some explanation. This page will explain more fully those links, as well as provide some links which may be more temporary.
August 3 2002 - update - - West Nile Virus which causes encephalitis, has now been been found in both western and eastern South Dakota - The life cycle of the West Nile Virus is dependant on a bird/mosquito one.
The disease does incidentally infect other animals including horses and humans. There is a high incident of mortality for infected horses, Symptoms include blindness, limpness of limbs, and tremors. The disease is spread from the primary carriers, which include crows and pigeons, via mosquitoes to horses.
It is remommented that horses be vacinated against this disease.
Here are links to some good informational web sites RE West Nile Virus:
~ LIST OF STATE LINKS
July 16 2002 - update - Not having found a South Dakota web site to which to refer you I am providing some links to
sites that have information which can be correlated to our area!
~ CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL - COMPREHENSIVE INFORMATION
~ HARVARD - INFORMATION
~ SOUTH DAKOTA DEPT HEALTH - WEST NILE VIRUS
~ SOUTH DAKOTA - UPDATES AND LINKS
1. Good picture of the noxious ~ PRICKLEY or BUFFALOBUR NIGHTSHADE ~
2. Picture and Information of ~ COCKLEBUR ~ poisonous in seedling stage.
July 11 2002 - update - It is being reported that sheep are being lost in Belle Fourche area due to blue green algae.
Again out of state but valuable North Dakota State University RE: blue green algae.
and a comprehensive drought toxcisity discussion (including toxcisity in normally good forage); University Of Wyoming
July 8 2002 - update - I have been in contact with the University of South Dakota - they state there is not a good SD web source
of information; they reference various books. I'm going to look more. I have added the Montana site. Stay tuned!
- TOXIC PLANTS, WEEDS & PONDS
For these links click in the bar below - or the "TOXIC PLANTS and PONDS" CELL ON SPIDER HOME page.
Even though these web pages do not originate in Western South Dakota, they have
some valuable information.
NORTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY - Blue green algae Toxicity in Stagnent ponds - in times of dought;
UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING - Blue green algae Toxicity in Stagnent ponds - and other dought hazards; salts & heavy metals;
MONTANA STATE UNIVERSITY - Nitrate Toxicity of Montana Forages - in times of dought; comprehensive tables.
UNIVERSITY of MISSOURI - Has good sketches of many of same poisonous plants as we - including hemlock -
MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY - Excellent site: has a table of toxic plants and primary causes of poisining;
WASHINGTON THOROUGHBRED - This is out of our area but is informative.
animal symptoms; lists of informative books, bulletins etc; a wealth of additional links toward bottom of page.
EQUINE RESEARCH CENTRE, BRITISH COLUMBIA - Again, out of our area, but informative.
PLANTS THAT POISON, The San Diego Turtle and Tortoise Society - a very long list of poisonous plants.
PET TOXINS - This one includes both indoor and outdoor hazards;