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8 February, 2003

Fire Hydrant Resources on the Web

If you need information about fire hydrants, look no further than FireHydrant.org.

FireHydrant.org is the largest and fastest growing fire hydrant resource on the Web! We hope to continue to grow and become a web site that serves all possible areas of interest in the realm of fire hydrants... This is the Web's first attempt to bring together the technical aspects of hydrants along with historic preservation and enthusiast/collector interests. 

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Posted on 8 February, 2003

Watching Commercials at the Movie Theater

Roger Ebert also despises this trend.

If I were faced with 20 minutes of paid advertising before a movie, I would simply walk out and demand my money back. Commercials are fine when they underwrite TV or subsidize newspapers, which could not exist without them. But when I pay for a ticket, I am personally subsidizing the screening and resent being made into a captive victim. I received an avalanche of mail on this subject, and cannot understand why advertisers would want to attract hostility toward their products by deliberately offending potential customers.

Posted on 8 February, 2003

Check Your Zipper

Examine the zipper on any piece of clothing, and there's an excellent chance that you'll see the letters YKK -- which stands for Yoshida Kogyo Kabushikikaisha. Even if your zipper doesn't read YKK, it's still very likely that it was made by YKK.

This Japanese company was founded in 1934. They makes other fastening devices, but they are best known for their zippers.

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Posted on 8 February, 2003

The Holy Land Experience

The Holy Land Experience is another one of those web sites that seems like a parody, but it's real.

In concept, The Holy Land Experience is an idea whose time has come. It has taken twelve years to move from concept to completion. With great care, each detail of The Holy Land Experience has been made, to the best of our ability, to accurately conform to the Bible and biblical history.

Posted on 8 February, 2003

Thirteen Ways to Prepare for War

Egged on by CNN and Fox News and entranced by war drums from the hawkish White House, you're probably wondering how you can ready yourself for the imminent war with Saddam Hussein and Iraq.

Ross Levine dishes out some advice.

Posted on 8 February, 2003

The RIAA's Web Site

From InfoWorld: If the RIAA can't keep its site up, who can?

For one reason or another your business or organization has raised the ire of some very tech savvy individuals and you can't seem to keep your Web site up and running. What do you do? That may just be what the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is asking itself, given that its site came under attack yet again on Friday.

The solution? Call in the FBI.

"It's part of the problem of attracting so much attention," Terranson said. "These kids [the "script-kiddies"] have so much time to spare."

Posted on 8 February, 2003

Gator and Pop-Ups

From the New York Times: Publishers Settle With Gator in Fight on Web Pop-Up Ads

The nation's largest newspaper publishers have settled a dispute over pop-up ads that were being placed over their Web sites without permission. Judge Claude Hilton of United States District Court in Alexandria, Va., had granted a preliminary injunction ordering Gator to stop delivering pop-up ads at the sites run by [the companies in the lawsuit]. Mr. Ross declined to say whether Gator could serve pop-up ads over the Web sites or whether the settlement included any payments.

The final paragraph is worth quoting:

Gator, which says it has 30 million active users and 500 advertisers, has contended that having its windows pop up is comparable to what happens when a user runs instant messaging, e-mail or other programs in separate windows.

They claim 30 million active users? No doubt, 29.9 million of them are trying to figure out how to get the Gator spyware off of their system. Here's how.

Posted on 8 February, 2003