Archive for October, 2003

Anisgili svnoyi

October 31, 2003

Tsalagi for Halloween (literally, “Scary Night”).

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Good 802.11g equipment roundup by PC World

October 30, 2003

PC World has a good roundup of 802.11g equipment in this article. I’ve heard the range of stories from almost completely satisfied to true horror stories and this article bears that out.

Making Outlook work harder

October 30, 2003

OutlookCode.com is one year old. It’s a site that help people share code and ideas for working with and using Outlook.

How many group posters does it take to change a light bulb?

October 26, 2003

This was posted on one of the mailing lists I’m a part of. It had me rolling on the floor!
How many group posters does it take to change a light bulb?
1 to change the light bulb and to post that the light bulb has been changed
14 to share similar experiences of changing light bulbs and how the light bulb could have been changed differently
7 to caution about the dangers of changing light bulbs
27 to point out spelling/grammar errors in posts about changing light bulbs
53 to flame the spell checkers
41 to correct spelling/grammar flames
6 to argue over whether it’s “lightbulb” or “light bulb” … another
6 to condemn those 6 as anal-retentive
2 industry professionals to inform the group that the proper term is “lamp”
27 to post URL’s where one can see examples of different light bulbs
14 to post that the URL’s were posted incorrectly and then post the corrected URL’s
12 to post to the group that they will no longer post because they cannot handle the light bulb controversy
4 to suggest that posters request the light bulb FAQ
44 to ask what is a “FAQ”
4 to say “didn’t we go through this already a short time ago?”
143 to say “do a Google search on light bulbs before posting questions about light bulbs”
1 forum lurker to respond to the original post 6 months from now and start it all over again

iTunes for Windows

October 26, 2003

I’ve been using Media Center by J. River since it was in early beta, and Media Jukebox before that — they’ve got a free version but I upgraded to the paid version years ago. But back when I had the PowerBook I played around with iTunes and was impressed with its interface and usability. Well, I finally got around to downloading iTunes for Windows but haven’t gotten around to actually installing it and figured I’d take a look through Apple’s music store and maybe that’d help motivate me. Guess what? — I can’t find a way to browse the iTunes store without installing iTunes! Does that make any sense? Now I’m all huffy about it.

Free wireless at McD’s in SF Bay area

October 25, 2003

It says they’ll give you 2 hours of free wireless time at a participating SF Bay Area McDonald’s hot spot restaurant. The catch? You’ve gotta give ’em an email address. They say they’ll email a password to you in 24 hours.

Murphy honored, 50 years later

October 23, 2003

A friend sent this to me (yeah, Bud, I call you a friend, and you can’t stop me!)
The NewScientist has this article about the Ig Nobel prize for 2003. One of the winners was Edward A. Murphy, the “author” of Murphy’s law. Read more of the story behind the law here.

Way OT : dog friendly

October 22, 2003

www.dogfriendly.com can help find parks and beaches that allow dogs as well as lodging. For those that can’t get by without their pooch.

Update rollup 1 for Windows XP …

October 21, 2003

… is available here. The knowledgebase article contains a link to the complete download (8.96 MB) or you can supposedly get it via Windows Update. It addresses issues detailed in 22 knowledgebase articles.

Yahoo’s anti-SPAM email move

October 20, 2003

MyWay has this link to a Reuter’s article about Yahoo’s newest anti-SPAM move. It allows a premium mail subscriber to create a “base name” and up to 500 variations. The user can create a “new” email address and give it out to whomever they like. If SPAM starts to show up, that one account can be shut down. This is similar to services like Mailshell and SpamGourmet and, when coupled with other anti-SPAM measures like Bayesian filters, can provide the most SPAM-free solution. I never give out my true email address except to people I trust — every other email address is one of my “traps”.