Month: May 2006

  • Bellsouth doesn’t want you to know how much it hates customers

    (via Slashdot) Originally, BellSouth simply denied working to support the NSA’s illegal wiretaps of US citizens as fully as possible. Now, a request has been made to USA Today to retract the earlier story. The telecommunications giant sent a letter to USA Today on Thursday asking it to retract last week’s story that BellSouth and […]

  • The Pirate Bay shut down?

    When I couldn’t reach thepiratebay.org to see what new TV shows were avialable, I went looking for a reason.  My first assumption was that somehow, despite past failures to do so, companies who have seen their IP distributed on The Pirate Bay managed to get the site taken offline.  It appears Slashdot confirms my first […]

  • Microsoft hoping to replace JPEG?

    I don’t know how I ended up finding this article, but here’s a good write-up on Microsoft’s new photo format.  The claim is Windows Media Photo will manage roughly double the compression ratio JPEG has while maintaining or bettering JPEG’s visual quality.  If true, this could really catch on.  Even with high-bandwidth connections more readily […]

  • The facts

    This is just one of those posts intended to remind you of the facts. Chuck Norris gave Mona Lisa that smile. When Chuck Norris does a pushup, he isn’t lifting himself up, he’s pushing the Earth down. Chuck Norris doesn’t read books. He stares them down until he gets the information he wants. Guns don’t […]

  • PC World’s 25 worst tech products

    Thanks to a couple of cow-orkers who shared this with me. It’s so hard to pick a favorite, as there are so many disasterous products. Let’s try popping up this sample: 7. Microsoft Bob (1995) No list of the worst of the worst would be complete without Windows’ idiot cousin, Bob. Designed as a “social” […]

  • Some days just feel like this

    And that’s a good thing (click for full sized image). [tags]Calvin and Hobbes, Comic, Kites[/tags]

  • I gotta get me on of these

    Another excellent comic from xkcd.com: [tags]Laser scope, Humor, comic[/tags]

  • The effects of total isolation

    (via Modern Mechanix) Printed originally in Mechanix Illustrated in 1962, this is a brief account of one man’s exposure, so to speak, to an environment of solitude, weightlessness, darkness and silence. EXPERIMENT IN LONELINESS IN an underground “sensory deprivation chamber” at the VA Hospital in Oklahoma City sits an eight-foot-deep tank of water. It is […]

  • No .xxx domains for now

    (via Freedom-to-Tinker) Well, for now, ICANN has said no to .xxx domains. ICANN had decided, some time back, to move toward a .xxx domain for adult content. The arrangements for .xxx seemed to be ready, but now ICANN has pulled the plug. The reason, apparently, is that the ICANN board was worried that ICM, the […]

  • X-Treme tape

    (via CoolTools) When duct tape and electrical tape are not enough for you, try X-Treme tape. Electrical tape simply does not work in a marine environment. Even duct tape won’t stick to something wet. Try getting any tape to stick to a rope or line on a boat. Or try to get a waterproof seal […]

  • More free books

    I recently picked up an EBookwise-1150 ebook reader (now available for $124.95 with 64 Meg SmartMedia card).  I’ve purchased and downloaded a few books from the EBookwise web site, but I can’t afford to pick up as many books as I’d like there.  So when I found the manybooks.net web site to pick up scads […]

  • Some good news for fathers everywhere

    According to Snopes, it is true that more collect calls are placed on Father’s day than any other day. So it might cost you, but you probably have a better chance of hearing from your kids… According to Hallmark, “Father’s Day is the fourth-largest card-sending occasion with nearly 95 million Father’s Day cards expected to […]