Getting Your Own Swiss Bank Account Isn’t That Difficult

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Lee Ann Obringer is a Staff Writer for HowStuffWorks and she has posted a really good introduction to the Swiss Banking system, its advantages, the history of the system, the laws applicable to you as a non-Swiss citizen, a high level explanation of how the accounts are setup and maintained, their privacy and the ease with which you too can set up your own account.

It’s pretty long but easy to skim to the parts that you’re interested in.

James Bond enters a Swiss bank in Spain and is frisked before he can meet with the banker. In the “Da Vinci Code,” a triangular-shaped key activates a robotic arm that pulls a safety deposit box from the wall in a Swiss bank in Paris to ultimately reveal the secret to Christianity. The funny thing is neither of these scenes would actually happen in a real Swiss bank.

Here’s the link to “How Swiss Bank Accounts Work“.

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Misc.

Sony Creates 16.7 Million Color Flexible Display

Man! Flex-Displays are taking the developer circles by storm ;) Sony doesn’t have a practical use for this amazing display yet, but imagine the possibilities. Ultra-thin portables, video books, and paper thin televisions are the current speculation. Check out the buzz HERE.

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Gadgets / Devices

Xcopy Is Deprecated On Vista

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I tried using xcopy in Vista for the first time recently and received this in the command window:

NOTE: Xcopy is now deprecated, please use Robocopy.

It appears xcopy.exe is still available for appcompat so that existing batch files aren’t broken on Vista, but it looks like we’re being encouraged to move to Robocopy (‘Robust File Copy for Windows’).

Robocopy has been around for a while, shipped in at least one or two resource kits like the Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit Tools.

The biggest benefit appears to be the ability to create full mirror duplicates of two file structures (including all subdirectories and files, if you want) without having to copy unnecessary files. Only files that are new or have been updated in the source location will be copied. Robocopy also enables you to preserve the file information, including date/time stamps, ACLs and more.

And if you’re a GUI person, Technet has a GUI for Robocopy here.

Software

Medieval Helpdesk

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[Found via Glenn McDavid's blog]

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What Is That? You Really Must Be Astute For This One

This military hardware was the BBC’s Image of the Day recently, what is it?

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