OzSource Australia Update

You may have noticed all the non Steam content has evaporated from the site ozsource.org, That's because I have split the site and moved the media aspect to www.OzSource.com.au

ozsource.org will now remain a Steam fan/info site just the way it has always really been.  Ozsource Australia will now be focused on alternative and future Media, something I have always had a passion for.

What's new at Ozsource AU?

Printable Home Theater signs and Logo’s

I came across this excellent resource of various Theater Signs whilst visiting AVS forums. What can you do with these? Checkout this AVS forum post and finish off your home theater room with some professional looking wall posters.  You can even create an impressive desktop background or Collage for your HTPC screen using these images.

HDMI cables and Versions, buying cheap is fine.

Is a more expensive HDMI cable better? In most real world cases, the answer is a definite no. As long as the cable you are buying conforms to the HDMI 1.3 spec you will be fine in today's consumer devices.  There is a common saying on the internet in regards to buying HDMI cables

What is ITC Processing: ATI

ITC Processing has been available on ATI graphics cards since Catalyst 9.2 though it can have a positive or negative impact depending on your display device.  I posted this on my blog at aaronwhittaker.com a while ago though I have yet to see any significant difference with having this option enabled.

Logitech Mini diNovo perfect for a HTPC

If you have a Windows based HTPC this little baby is an awesome addition to your Home theatre Centre. Offering two distinct operating modes: A media mode (see pic) and a cursor mode, this portable keyboard offers pretty much everything you require for a lounge room PC based perspective.

XBMC HTPC Windows Quick Setup guide

As highlighted with our previous XBMC introduction article,   I have been using XBMC since it's transformation from XBMP (Xbox Media Player) and was the sole reason I purchased the original xbox.  This day and age the focus is on High Definition formats and the original Xbox just doesn't cut it in terms of horsepower.

Cheapest online PS3 Slim Australia.

Available now for pre-ordering and finally arriving on the 3rd of September (Tomorrow) in Australia, the PS3 Slim is a hot piece of hardware.  At long last Sony have got the pricing almost perfect on their current generation console. From the vast majority of stores, it looks as if it will retail for around AU$500

Artificial Sweeteners hurting our kids

I am usually a pretty mellowed blogger, not much gets me fired up.  This post will be short and sweet and to the point, but I will follow it up on my housedad blog in more detail (and less swearing) as it affects everyone.

The point of this post?

Artificial Sweeteners are deadly

I don't often swear a great deal, but the exploitive companies allowing this sort of bullshit to be propagated into our society can go fuck themselves.

With our oldest son, the wife and I had noticed considerable  random behavioural issues which seemed to be directly related to what my son was eating and drinking, this was about 4 months ago.

From his diet we have eliminated artificial colours, preservatives and most of the commonly known dodgy additives from his diet.

The changes in his behaviour since the switch have been incredible.  He changed from a demanding, tantrum powered and extremely unfocused little boy into a clever, imaginative and the most loving kid you have ever met.

He has always liked cordial in the past but we could never brand that didn't have any of the bad additives until recently.  SPC have relaunched their fruit juice and cordial range with a healthy preservative free focus.  Their cordial still has preservatives in it but the cordial concentrate seemingly was OK.  If only we had read the label a bit better.

When we go shopping, both the Wife and I have learnt what additive codes should not be purchased, we both failed to understand the word SUCRALOSE on the bottle.

A few drinks from this cordial - I am talking 2 and a half glasses over the course of a day, turned my son into a Hell spawn demon.  After going to the toilet constantly over the course of today and a few hours after the last drink, my poor sons reaction was like someone coming down off ecstasy.  He was screaming and crying uncontrollably, unable to focus and telling us to "leave him alone" - almost having some sort breakdown, He is only 3 years old for christs sake.

Whilst writing this he has been tossing and turning in bed and waking up crying numerous times.

I just do not understand how these sort of known mind altering and PROVEN cancer causing artificial additives can be allowed in our food.

The Australian Government promotes these additives in our food as a way of stopping overweight kids.  What happened to research and a bit of god damned exercise?

Some Research:

Sucralose or Chlorinated sugar

description from Sweetpoison.com

Splenda, also known as sucralose, is an artificial sweetener, which is a chlorinated sucrose derivative. Facts about this artificial chemical are as follows:

Pre-approval research showed that sucralose caused shrunken thymus glands (up to 40% shrinkage) and enlarged liver and kidneys.

A possible problem with caecal enlargement and renal mineralization has been seen in post approval animal research.

Sucralose Breaks Down

Despite the manufacturer's mis-statements, sucralose does break down into small amounts of 1,6-dichlorofructose, a chemical which has not been adequtely tested in humans. More importantly, sucralose must break down in the digestive system. If it didn't break down and react at all (as the manufacturer claims), it would not chemically-react on the tongue to provide a sweet taste. The truth is that sucralose does break down to some extent in the digestive system.

Independent, Long-Term Human Research

None. Manufacturer's "100's of studies" (some of which show hazards) were clearly inadequate and do not demonstrate safety in long-term use.

Chlorinated Pesticides

The manufacturer claims that the chlorine added to sucralose is similar to the chlorine atom in the salt (NaCl) molecule. That is not the case. Sucralose may be more like ingesting tiny amounts of chlorinated pesticides, but we will never know without long-term, independent human research.

Conclusion

While it is unlikely that sucralose is as toxic as the poisoning people are experiencing from Monsanato's aspartame, it is clear from the hazards seen in pre-approval research and from its chemical structure that years or decades of use may contribute to serious chronic immunological or neurological disorders.

It is very important that people who have any interest in their health

stay aware from the highly toxic sweetener aspartame and other questionable sweeteners such as sucralose (Splenda), and acesulfame-k (Sunette, Sweet & Safe, Sweet One). Please see the extensive resources for sweeteners on the Healthier Sweetener Resource List.

Aspartame Nutrasweet, Equal

Commonly found in Coke brands like Diet Coke and Sprite Zero, Cordial concentrates - pretty much any diet food on the market. Well our market as it has been banned numerous places overseas and a lot of schools in the UK. It is even worse than Sucralose.

From splendaexposed.com

The dangers of aspartame are now widely known, but the risks of using Splenda are not documented – until now. Splenda may not penetrate the blood brain barrier as aspartame does, hence entering the brain and creating neurotoxin havoc at the brain center, but Splenda CAN adversely affect the body in several ways because it IS a chemical substance and not natural sugar.

Has the FDA repeated the aspartame approval process for sucralose, allowing a product with proven carcinogens to flood our food supply?  Only time will tell, as it has with aspartame. Yet at the cost of human lives.  Read more here

Sweeteners to avoid

Refined sugar (sucrose)

Corn syrup and high fructose corn syrup

Sucralose (Splenda)

Aspartame (Nutrasweet, Equal)

Saccharine (Sweet 'N Low)

I will detail the lifestyle change regarding "clean" food and our family on Housedad.org in the next few weeks.   In the meantime the failsafe guide chart we have been following can be found here: www.fedup.com.au

COLOURS

102,104,107,110,122,123,124,127,128,

129,132,133,142,151,155

natural colour 160b (annatto)

PRESERVATIVES

Sorbates                     200-203

Benzoates                  210-213

Sulphites                    220-228

Nitrates, nitrites          249-252

Propionates                280-283

SYNTHETIC ANTIOXIDANTS

Gallates                     310-312

TBHQ, BHA, BHT        319-321

FLAVOUR ENHANCERS

Glutamates incl MSG 620-625

Ribonucleotides          627, 631, 635

Hydrolysed Vegetable Protein (HVP)

ARTIFICIAL FLAVOURS

No numbers since they are trade secrets

Smokers to pay $20 for a pack of cigarettes

You have to give it to the Australian Government and its lopsided Health priorities and Freedom restrictions.  It appears to be all part of a dodgy stimulus plan to replenish the Governments coffers with complete disregard for the actual health of its people.
According to this news.com.au article:
CIGS could cost more than $20 for a packet of 30 and come in plain wrapping if radical proposals now under consideration by the federal government are accepted.

The government is considering a cigarette tax hike and a ban on all remaining tobacco advertising and sponsorship in response to its yet-to-be-released Preventative Health Taskforce report.

What the hell is the Preventative Health Taskforce and what are their priorities?

It seems targeting smokers is a sure fire way to bring in the dollars under the guise of better health.  Most smokers are of working age and earn enough to pay the excess tax and can put up with various price hikes.

Anti-smoking organisations such as the Public Health Association, the Cancer Council and the National Heart Foundation have backed the plan but fail to target the more fundamental issues present.  What about the hundreds of proven dangerous additives available in our food today - this is a simple example of dodgy $$ fuelled prioritising.

Artificial colours and flavours are allowed in my kids food in Australia - stuff that has been banned in the UK due to known health issues.

The government needs to get its priorities right and stop treating Australians like idiots.