Anti-carols, for those who are forced to get into the christmas spirit. Get a suitably happy look on your face and see how long it takes people to actually listen to the words...
Yahoo! News - Microsoft Unveils Licensing Discounts To Counter Linux. So what they're saying is they can afford to lower their prices. If they feel like it.
This article also suggests that MS's latest grab for money may be the final push many smaller organisations need to go Open Source or investigate other low-cost alternatives. This is encouraging... especially considering that kids might go to school and learn to use something other than Microsoft products. The flow-on effects could be really positive - when kids end up as university IT students, they'll be more likely to think outside the Microsoft box, for instance.
Unskilled and Unaware of It: How Difficulties in Recognizing One's Own Incompetence Lead to Inflated Self-Assessments. In short, stupid people are too stupid to realise they are stupid.
Turducken... a chicken inside a duck inside a turkey. You guessed it, an American came up with this. "More is better, right?! Shove another bird in there!"
WSJ.com - If TiVo Thinks You Are Gay, Here's How to Set It Straight. When profiling assumes too much.
The Register | Anti-pirates hit Danish P2P users with huge bills. Pretty dodgy evidence from the sounds of it - what if you have a band and record a cover of a hit song... you have an MP3 sitting on your hard drive. KaZaA lets them see it. They hit you with a bill. Seems pretty rich. Not just that, but what's with making them pay and delete the content, hmmmm?
Ctrl Alt Del - Tragically L337 - 2002.10.30 hehehehehe also funny....
Ctrl Alt Del - Tragically L337 - 2002.11.11. Just too true.
pseudodictionary - the dictionary for words that wouldn't make it into dictionaries :: v2.0, linked to the page which defines the important difference between craptacular and craptastic.
You know, just in case you needed to renew your faith in the net.
Other People's Stories. Nice concept.
TIME.com: Sim Nation. Hmm.
The existence of the Group of Eight doesn't surprise me, it just disgusts me. Instead of working with all universities in the spirit of knowledge and education; these elitist fucks decided nobody else was worthy and formed a gang. Feh!
If you want a phone logo off Mobile Fun Club (fuckers)... beware. It will take about three minutes to get to the bit where you can enter a code. The website says you can just punch in the logo code and hit hash, so I'd try that. Otherwise, for optus: hit 0 to accept their conditions; hit 5 for logos; enter the logo code; hit 1 to accept; hit 3 to select Optus; enter you mobile number; hit 1. You might avoid a four minute call at $2.91/min. FUCKERS. Now I remember why I kept the same logo for so long...
Some signs are written in two human languages. Others are not. Funny.
Slashdot | Library Censorware Blocks Own Site. Oops, eh. What really sucks is their solution.
Forbes.com: AMD to move beyond PC, faster chips no longer key. Not the kind of news I like. But then, a shift in focus doesn't mean they're ditching the market... we can only hope.
Unwrap the Gift. Discard the Directions. Dial a Geek. Finally, someone's taking steps into a huge potential market - non-tech people with high-tech toys.
*ahem* Last night, it must be said, Jay Kay and the Jamiroquai crew rocked our fucking socks off. Good for the soul. Thanks for including some great stuff from early albums, guys!
Note: yes, I am fully aware none of them will ever read this blog. It's not the point, so feck off :P
To the rest of the crowd... you can dance to new tracks, you know. They won't bite. Funk Odyssey (the track) was fucking great, but you all sat there like sacks of spuds. Pah!
Bizarre IE6 bugs piss me off.
Telstra line rentals may have to rise $13 - smh.com.au. Time to switch to Optus. Hell, if nothing else you can get screwed by a different company.
Petty bills that can block a home loan - smh.com.au. Baycorp are utter bastards. Most disgusting company I've dealt with in my life; and that includes the computer shop I took to the ACCC.
Parking Spots. Bizarre site, really.
Strongbad discusses his favourite techno tune. doof doof doof weeeeeooo doof doof....
TECHNOEROTICA - How to stop pop up advertising. *sniff* it's a beautiful thing....
btw, despite the site name this is worksafe :)
Death by Spam - The e-mail you know and love is about to vanish. By Kevin Werbach. Nothing startling, just a piece noting that people will start blocking all email, then allowing known addresses. Currently we do the opposite - we filter out specific emails we don't want, leaving us open to the next spoofed address. Spam is killing email, despite all efforts. A bunch of arseholes have made money by killing email. It makes my blood boil.
The Register | MS accused of banning mod chip Xbox from Live service. Standard procedure... MS will implement a system which will not stop pirates, but it WILL fuck over honest people. Simple solution? Buy a PS2 :)
Yahoo! News - Much-Hyped Human Transporter for Sale on Amazon... I would kinda hope that most people are now Over It. But you can now spend massive amounts of money and get your very own Segway. People.... walking really isn't that bad. Trying to ride this thing on a crowded street is not going to make you any friends... plus you might get mugged for your wheels :) Segwayjacking?
Armageddon Can Wait: Stopping Killer Asteroids. I love the elegance of the Paint It Black method.
A nice city project update - waferbaby: home » photos » the city project » liverpool.nightout. Check out the other new photos as well, I just particularly like the light in this one.
If your brain is not broken yet, take a look at Escher's "Ascending and Descending" in LEGO.
ColorMatch 5K ... it's groovy, but professionally unusable since it doesn't stick with websafe colours.
Alston says Ziggy deserves his own mobile cell - smh.com.au. Telstra is guilty of yet more cuntishness. Not only that, but Senator Alston proves yet again that he is a fucking moron.
The Kind of Noise That Keeps a Body on Balance. Shoes that use a form of vibration to keep people upright; by effectively simulating their sense of balance (probably not an accurate way to say it, but that's the general idea).
Slashdot | Microsoft Profit and Loss by Business Area (posting a slashdot link which links to the register...hmm :)). As the /. ed notes...
The full verison [sic] of Windows XP costs about $300.00. Microsoft could sell it for $45 and still make a profit. The Register journo notes that the massive revenue MS gets off Windows and Office means they can fund other areas which are making horrendous losses. So, yes, they can flood the market with a shitty game console and just keep on throwing money down the tubes to market the crap out of it.
Bond gets girl, but no cigar - smh.com.au ...poor journalism here as "ASH" is not actually spelled out. But in other news: anti gun lobby slams latest 007 movie for encouraging people to start shootouts in public places. Reckless driving blamed on 007 movie because it features a car chase. People locked up in straightjackets for thinking they are a secret agent....
What I don't get is why it's been OK for villains to smoke stogies whenever they want....
A Bookseller's Guide to Wealth - now there's a work of fiction - smh.com.au Having been one of the part-time bookseller brigade, I can say this... if you don't love the book trade, don't go into it. I loved it, but there's no big money in small bookstores. If you can live comfortably and love what you're doing, you're at the peak of bookselling. But if you want to own and run a bookshop as your primary source of income; understand that you will come under a lot of stress.
Tiny Ninja Theater presents Macbeth. Umm. OK.
Say g'day but say it fast: Telstra found guilty of misleading ads - smh.com.au. Not only that, but Telstra complained about the ACCC taking them to court about it. What possible reason would the ACCC have for not taking those dishonest fucks to court??
For those of us who can't install Lynx - Lynx Viewer. Muchos useful.
It's funny, but it's also depressing. Dilbert 2002.11.17.
Lilley Street addresses the age-old problem of the mystery light switch.
Gonther's Dark Dark Dark Diary of Darkness and Despair and Epilepsy-Inducing Animated GIFs. Amusing. Epileptics please note - the title is not kidding.
Researchers boost computer data storage with common materials - 11/11/02. 87 gigs on a DVD. Oooh yes.
ajc.com | Living | Will the real Bill Wyman please tune up. Remember kids - if someone famous has the same name as you, they can sue you! What's particularly vile about this case is the fact that the rock star Bill Whyman changed his name from his birth name.... a few significant years after the journalist Bill Whyman was born. So, just who should cease and desist? In fact I think the rock star BW should shut the fuck up and go back to navel-gazing.
The Perishable DVD as Musical Taste Test. Got a bad feeling about this? I have.
The Register | AltaVista returns from the Wilderness. "You used to love us...."
The Register | SMS a Sin, say Indian protestors. Apparently SMS messages are "a major cause of divorce" in India. I DVRC U?
WSJ.com - For Bulk E-Mailer, Pestering Millions Offers Path to Profit. This woman seems to have no idea how much or how many people despise her.
Spider-Man creator sues Marvel. Basically Stan Lee is getting ripped off as Marvel look innocent and say profit? what profit? that $400million was earnings, not profit! Hey Marvel, show a little fucking respect. Cough up the creator's share of the dough.
Mac Hall rings so true. Reminds me of the Quake fiends at college.
I was not, thank you. I enjoyed the odd game perhaps.....
Dilbert - 2002.11.10. Absolutely priceless.
Google for "i am fucking bored", and lo.... I Am Fucking Bored. The net truly has everything. Well ok it doesn't since it's actually an adult webmaster message board. Which is not particularly surprising considering the title. But it still leaves me FUCKING BORED.
I guess it's to be expected when you're totally broke. Yay for cars getting serviced then needing a new battery in the same week. What gives with car batteries anyway? Scientists have developed the technology to put a bomb up some poor fucker's arse on the other side of the planet; but my car's battery still craps out in two years... AND it's really expensive to replace.
Limp Bizkit, gig organisers slammed over teen fan's death - smh.com.au. Amazing! Watch as a rock festival turns into a buck-passing festival.
The Courier Mail: Developer anger as city tower dumped [08nov02] Sweet, that piece of shit was going to be ugly. Maybe Devine should have got a more credible spokesman, rather than John "Pay Up and I'll Talk You Up" Laws.
DJ Shadow still puts a smile on my face like ultrabright, even after all these years.
it's new, it's shiny, it's CSS-driven. hurrah.
- More universities to publish courseware online... free. Yuh. Sounds sustainable.
- More information on the laser I posted about earlier.
- AOL Selling AIM Gateway/Listener To Employers - spread the disease, then sell the cure.
- An article on MS's "PDF Killer" has been slashdotted. But it's worth it just for the error ;) The article should be back later.
But does it make a cool "zap" noise? Yahoo! News - Top Stories - US Army successfully test fires laser weapon.
A sweet CSS redesign - v-2 Organisation | beauty. utility. balance. I really hated the old design, to be honest. But then, give me free reign and you'll get shades of grey with a feature colour - it's probably an illness ;)
Woooo! Weak-End Warriors is back from its hiatus! :)
Dilbert Comic Strip - 2002.11.05. I'm so glad I no longer have a boss like this.
stolen shirts. pretty cool designs. 'course, you can't buy them anywhere near me. feh.
Zeldman makes a note of something I've said for a couple of years now... set your windows background to a light grey instead of white, then discover just how many "white" web pages don't actually have a background set. It's stunning. Yahoo, for instance, really should know better.
Amazing Phantom Links in IE5/Mac. Fucking Mac browsers. Next person who tells me that IE5.0(Mac) is the best browser around will get told where to shove it.
MegaTokyo - relax, we understand j00 ... Read the news post, "full time jitters". MT main man Piro has been laid off from his day job; and has taken the somewhat l33t step of going full time as a comic artist. Wow.
Spooky Web Design 101 @ operation-glam.com. Basically someone giving shit to gothic web design. Sometimes amusing. They catch themselves out though, first thing I thought was "Gah! Mystery Meat navigation!" then lo, they complain about mystery meat navigation....
Election Selection: Science News Online, Nov. 2, 2002. American public: "Is our election system less than perfect?" Mathematicians: "Well, DUH!"
Incorrect mime type for CSS files. Why am I linking this, you ask? Well, we spent half a day trying to figure out why our valid xhtml document was refusing to render the stylesheet in Netscape 7. It just wouldn't play nicely. The problem? Our web server happens to be iPlanet, which happens to have an incorrect mime type set for .css files. No wonder we were breaking our heads trying to figure it out - it wasn't the browser or the document; it was the server. Which is crazy, really.
So if your page breaks in Netscape 7 when you add the correct DOCTYPE, go check your server config. It does effect Apache too. Of course, you should remember that searching for help on Netscape 7 is waste of fucking time. Just look up Mozilla, or perhaps Gecko, or perhaps look up jobs that don't involve working with computers.
The Lonely Astronaut. The one where he kicks the probe nearly broke me.
Yellow 'air rage' cards - smh.com.au. I guess english football hooligans will understand that concept, certainly more than they understand "please stop singing and drinking, you're in the airport now".
Aftenposten Norway, Norwegian news in English: Cordless keyboard wrote on neighbor's computer. Which is just one of the reasons I don't have a wireless keyboard.
Googlism. Same sort of deal as google fight. People extending the tool into a meme. Strangely compelling.
You know how it is when you get in a mood and just want to be left alone.