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17 February, 2003

The AOLer Translator

The AOLer Translator converts standard English text to AOL Chat Room Speak.

Original text:

In the years ahead people will increasingly rely on computers to communicate and to be entertained, to run their lives and their businesses. This transformation has tremendous potential for enriching and enhancing our daily lives, while sparking a new era of growth for the global economy.

Translated text:

IN TEH YAARS AEHAD P3OPL3 WIL INCREASNGLY RELY ON COMPUT3RS 2 COMUNICAET AND 2 B ANTERTANE3D 2 RUN THEYRE LIEVS AND THERE BUSIENSES1!11111 LOL THIS TRANSFORMATION HAS TREM3NDOUS POT3NTIAL FOR ENRICHNG AND ENHANCNG OUR DALEY LIEVS WHIEL SPARKNG A NU 3RA OF GROWTH FOR TEH GLOBAL ACONOMY!1!1 WTF

Posted on 17 February, 2003

President's Day

In the U.S. today is President's Day, a quasi-holiday. In other words, government and most banking employees get the day off work. But for everyone else, it's business as usual.

Those who don't go to work typically spend the day singing patriotic songs, lighting fireworks, and contemplating the accomplishments of two presidents who grace our low-value currency: George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.

In the past, each of these presidents had their own quasi-holiday. But in 1971 they were combined into a single holiday known as President's Day. But perhaps the best reason for President's Day is an excuse for retailers to have a sale.

To me, these types of holidays simply cause confusion. It's difficult for me to remember that the trash-pickup day will be moved one day ahead (Thursday, not Wednesday).

Posted on 17 February, 2003

Stuck in the 70's

An entire site devoted to those who get nostalgic about the 1970's.

Posted on 17 February, 2003

Stupid Security Competition

Privacy International is accepting nominations for its "Stupid Security" competition.

We've all been there. Standing for ages in a security line at an inconsequential office building only to be given a security pass that a high school student could have faked. Or being forced to take off our shoes at an airport that can't even screen its luggage.

Winners will be announced in April.

(via Wired)

Posted on 17 February, 2003

Google Buys Pyra Labs

The blogging world is abuzz with the news that Google has purchase Pyra Labs (the company that makes Blogger software). Speculation abounds, but no one really knows why Google is expanding into this new area.

Google's stated mission:

Google's mission is to deliver the best search experience on the Internet by making the world's information universally accessible and useful.

It remains to be seen how purchasing Pyra Labs will support that mission. Google currently has a very good thing going. We've all seen the rise and fall of many technology companies. Let's hope that Google won't be counted among them.

Posted on 17 February, 2003

Microsoft Taps Into Teen Market

WinInfo reports that Microsoft is working on a new product targeted to the 13-24 year old demographic. The product is named 3 Degrees:

3 Degrees presents a desktop image that represents your group of friends. To send a digital photo to all your friends in the group, just drag the file onto of the desktop image. Want to send a virtual wink or a quick instant message-like note? Simply click the image and select the appropriate choice. You can also contribute songs to a shared music playlist, set up multiple groups, and customize it all with a variety of skins. Who needs to actually meet with friends physically when you have 3 Degrees?

In fact, this type of thing is demonstrated in Microsoft's House of the Future.

Posted on 17 February, 2003

Carved Guitars

Dozens of hand-carved guitars by Doug Rowell.

Guitar players will be fascinated. Non guitar players will ask, Why?

Posted on 17 February, 2003

IP Address Locator Tool

From Geobytes. Enter an IP address, and find out the geographic location.

Posted on 17 February, 2003