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6 April, 2003

Anaglyph Garden

At Anaglyph Garden, you get:

Organic three-dimensional crops of computer generated objects.

These are some very cool images. Anaglyph Red-Blue glasses are required.

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Simulate Tractor Feed Computer Paper

Lifted from http://oldcomputers.net

I like the ability to simulate the look of

old-fashioned green bar tractor feed paper

using an HTML table.


The tricky part is getting the text to

line up with the bars.


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Play Zork, the classic text adventure game. This version was coded in PHP.

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Save Money!

This site explains how to save lots of money by changing the bar code on products. If you prefer to live life outside of prison walls, this is not recommended.

(via Bifurcated Rivets)

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Which Simpson Character Are You?

I took the test. I am Lisa Simpson.

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Desert Photos

Last weekend we took about 135 photos in and around Borrego Springs. Here are just a few of  them.

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Spreadsheet History Updated

Dan Bricklin and Bob Frankston recently spoke at the Computer History Museum. Topic? The origin and impact of VisiCalc. Details here. Dan writes:

In preparation, I have finally added some more material to the History section of my website, including additional pictures with explanation from the slide show I've given over the years. See "Software Arts and VisiCalc", starting with "The Idea". I still have lots more to add, and hope to have some additional material added by the end of next week.

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New Tagline for Google?

Is this for real? Nope.

The sum of all human knowledge at your fingertips, and you're searching for "Britney Spears."

It's one of several web site re-branding exercises.

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Un-public domain

A clever article by Ed Foster. It's an April Fool's spoof, but it makes some excellent points about the possible future of libraries.

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Ragtime Ruby

Check out this amazing 12-year old pianist. I heard Ruby Fradkin's CD on Whole Wheat Radio last week. I was impressed.

You can also download a high-quality video of her playing "St. Louis Blues" from Kulak's Woodshed. She's accompanied on the tuba by Freebo.

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Peace Sign is Too Controversial

Story: Peace Sign Nixed From Movie Ad Over War Concerns

"What a Girl Wants," which debuts in theaters on Friday with emerging star Amanda Bynes (news), has nothing to with the current U.S. military campaign. But ad executives at Warner Bros. decided to remove Bynes' V-shaped peace sign on newspaper ads and instead have her placing her hand on her hip.

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Copy-Protected CDs

Story: Copy protected CDs flood the markets

Macrovision, one of the largest producers of copy protected CDs, announced this week that the number of copy protected music CDs on the market is now in excess of 100 million.

But they're not releasing crippled CDs in the U.S.

However, these protected discs have only been released to the markets in Europe, Asia, Australia and Latin America. The US has not yet been targeted, because reports indicate that American consumers are far less tolerant of the system.

In related news... Copy protected CDS: artists can be the losers

Music companies which use copy protection may be denying the artists under contract to them legitimate play time on radio stations, if the happenings at one outfit are any indication. This radio station, which recently received its regular bag of freebies from EMI, finds that it is unable to play any of the CDs it received - the copy protection on the discs gets in the way.

My prediction: CD sales will continue to decline, and the music industry won't even consider the fact that releasing defective products is a contibutor.

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Microsoft Wants Your Ideas

Ideas Happen is a site where you submit your ideas for a contest. Those who's ideas are in the top-12 get $25,000. In several places, you see the text, "Ideas Happen is brought to you by VISA."

Click the Rule-Legal link, however, and you see this:

9) SPONSOR: The Sponsor of this contest is Microsoft Corporation, One Microsoft Way, Redmond, Washington, 98052-6399. VISA and its Member financial institutions have not sponsored or offered this contest in any way.

Huh? Maybe Microsoft realizes that people would shun the site if they thought Microsoft was responsible. Maybe some kind of lack of trust thing? Or maybe they doesn't want to foster the common belief that Microsoft doesn't have any original ideas?

Before you send in your ideas, read the fine print (this applies whether you win or not):

By entering, each entrant forfeits to Sponsor all rights to content of his/her entry (including the essay) and the concepts embodied therein. Entrant unconditionally assigns and transfers to Sponsor all rights, title, interest and claim, which it now has or may in the future have to the entries or any element(s) thereafter including, without limitation, the copyright therein. Sponsor shall have right to use, alter, assign or dispose of such entries however it sees fit without approval of entrants. Permission is also granted for Sponsor to publish entry in perpetuity in any medium it may see fit including, but not limited to, website, television, radio and/or printed materials. Entrants shall not receive any compensation or credit for use of entries, other than that disclosed in these rules. Entrants agree to be bound by the terms of these Official Rules.

(via SlashDot)

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