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5 March, 2003

PC Magazine's Top 100 Web Sites

They call it the Top 100 web sites you didn't know you couldn't live without.

Unfortunately, the layout of this article is atrocious. It's obviously designed to maximize the number of ads served.

Posted on 5 March, 2003

Modern Pulp Fiction Art

Excellent images here.

Pulp magazine covers from the 30's to the 60's depicted old terrors and fools. Our drivel-free, sardonic (we hope) cover commentary reflects on the absurdity of life today.

(via Bifurcated Rivets)

Posted on 5 March, 2003

Classic Typewriters

The Classic Typewriter Page covers the the strange and beautiful world of early writing machines.

You'll find lots of interesting stuff here, including an extensive gallery, and a list of the 86 typewriters in the author's collection.


Posted on 5 March, 2003

Microsoft Office: What's it Called This Time?

WinInfo is reporting that the upcoming version of Microsoft Office will be known as "Microsoft Office System." Individual components will be referred to using 2003 as an identifier. For example, Excel 2003.

The new Microsoft Office brand is a key element of our effort to shift perceptions of Office from a set of programs for document creation to a platform for information work that includes desktop programs, servers, and services," an internal Microsoft document reads. "This marks just the beginning of our ongoing effort to position the Office System as a strategic business asset and to communicate and deliver on a broader promise to the world."

The WinInfo article also provides a summary of the new features. Interestingly, Excel is not even mentioned.

For those who are keeping score, here's a concise history of the Microsoft Office names, along with the year in which they first became available.

  • Microsoft Office (1992)
  • Microsoft Office 5 (1993)
  • Microsoft Office 95 (1995)
  • Microsoft Office 97 (1997)
  • Microsoft Office 2000 (1999)
  • Microsoft Office XP (2001)
  • Microsoft Office System (2003)

In my experience, the typical user usually has no idea what version of Office and Windows they are using.

Posted on 5 March, 2003

Automobile Furniture

Furniture that resembles cars.

Hand-crafted, these items are made of polyresin and reinforced with fiberglass or steel, weather resistant, and may easily be repaired with "Spackle and Paint" for years of enjoyment!

The Cadillac sofa shown here sells for $2,310.

Posted on 5 March, 2003

New Yorker Computer Cartoons

I searched the New Yorker cartoon database, and found 369 cartoons that deal with computers.

(via Robot Wisdom)

Posted on 5 March, 2003

Children's Art Gallery

750 kids' drawings from around the world are available at the Global Children's Art Gallery. Some of these are very good! You can even buy a print for $12.

Posted on 5 March, 2003

Terrorist Busters

The image shown here is not the work of some kid who was playing around. Rather, it  appears at... the CIA's web site.

(via JOHO the Blog)

Posted on 5 March, 2003

Arrested for Wearing a Peace T-Shirt?

This can't be true!

ALBANY, N.Y. -- A man was charged with trespassing in a mall after he refused to take off a T-shirt that said "Peace on Earth" and "Give peace a chance."

Either there's something missing from the story, or this country is worse off than I thought.

Posted on 5 March, 2003