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6 December, 2002

Lotus Improv

How many of you spreadsheet junkies are old enough to remember Lotus Improv? I certainly do. It was a great product, with great potential. But people were so accustomed to traditional spreadsheets, that it just never caught on.

I have an unopened copy (still in its original shrink-wrap) of Improv Release 2.0 for Windows. Fortunately, it's on 3.5' floppies rather than 5.25" floppies. I can't decide if I should open it and try to install it, or keep it in its pristine state.

Posted on 6 December, 2002

Annoying Web Tricks

A guy who calls himself Twistin' Todd makes things out of balloons. He has a gallery at his web site. I'm impressed with his balloons, but not with his site design. This web site just happens to demonstrate one of the most annoying aspects of the Web: Moving the mouse pointer over a hyperlink changes the font size. The result is that all of the text jumps around on the screen. Extremely annoying. What were you thinking, Todd?

If you'd like to read 40 more of my web browsing pet peeves, here they are.

Posted on 6 December, 2002

Freehand Painting With Photoshop

Wow! Seung Ho Henrik Holmberg is an artist in Sweden who uses Adobe Photoshop. But unlike most Photoshop users, he creates his images from scratch.

Click here for some amazing examples.

Posted on 6 December, 2002

Spam King: Follow-Up

Last month I pointed to an interview with a loser named Alan Ralsky, the Spam King. Now, via Boing Boing, there's a follow-up to this story.

[Ralsky] says he's been inundated with ads, catalogs and brochures delivered by the U.S. Postal Service to his brand-new $740,000 home. It's all the result of a well-organized campaign by the anti-spam community, and Ralsky doesn't find it funny. "They've signed me up for every advertising campaign and mailing list there is," he told me. "These people are out of their minds. They're harassing me."

This is, perhaps, the most satisfying bit of news that I've heard in a long time.

Posted on 6 December, 2002