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17 July, 2003

Here's a Dentist to Avoid

Story: Dentist drilled healthy tooth to punish patient.

A dentist drilled away almost half of a healthy tooth to punish a patient who owed him money... Kan advised her that she also needed a small filling on the adjacent eye tooth. But Mrs B said she was "horrified" to discover that he had bored away almost half of the eye tooth.

"He said, 'Nothing lasts forever, I am not going to last forever . . . nothing in life is free. You owe me money'."

Posted on 17 July, 2003

Goodbye IE, Hello Firebird

A few days ago I decided to give the Mozilla Firebird browser a try. During that time, I made it my default browser and I've used it for about 15-20 hours.

I'm happy to report that I have now dumped Internet Explorer, and Firebird is now my browser of choice.

I've tried various versions of Mozilla in the past, but I never really cared for them. But Firebird is different. It's lean, simple, and it appears to be extremely stable. And, unlike the previous versions, practically all of the IE keyboard shortcuts also work in Firebird. In other words, switching to Mozilla was a breeze.

I won't bore you with the details, but Firebird clearly offers many advantages over IE (can you say tabbed browsing?). In terms of speed, IE still might have a very slight edge, but the other features definitely make up for it. For more information, see Why You Should Switch to the Mozilla Firebird browser.

By the way, the pop-up blocking feature works perfectly. Now I can surf with scripting turned on, and still not see a single pop-up. In addition, it has a feature that lets you filter out images that come from a different domain -- perfect for those who don't want to see banners from ad servers.

My referral logs show that about 90% of the visitors to this site still use Internet Explorer. Mozilla usage is only 5.5%. I hope to see the Mozilla users increase over the coming months.

So goodbye, IE. You were a pretty decent browser at one time, but you have not aged well.

If you'd like to take it for a spin, here's the Mozilla Firebird download site. Versions are available for Windows, Linux, and Macintosh. Windows users can download a version that has an installer. Otherwise, you'll need to extract the files manually (which is very easy).

Posted on 17 July, 2003

Spam Analysis: Part III

This is the third in a continuing series in which I count the number of spam emails that I receive for a a 7-day period. Part I is here, and Part II is here.

This time around, I focused on the 7-day period beginning on 11 June. During that time, I received 2,216 email messages. Of those 1,997 were spam. This works out to about 285 spams per day

The table below compares the three spam-counting periods.

  One week in November, 2002 One week in
March, 2003
One week in
July, 2003
Legitimate Emails 231 230 208
Spam 702 1,318 1,997
Virus 34 26 11
Total 967 1,574 2,216


The good news is that the number of virus-ridden emails continues to decline.

The chart below shows the average daily spam messages for the three periods. It uses a linear trendline to extrapolate one year into the future. So, if the trend continues, one year from now I will be receiving about 550 spams per day.

Interestingly, 19 of these 1,997 spams used the ADV prefix in the subject line to identify it as advertising. Five others, in an attempt to be "legal" yet still foil the spam filters, used ~A~D~V~ as a prefix.

Posted on 17 July, 2003

Seamless City

Now this is an incredible project: Seamless City.

Seamless City is a continuous visual image of the city [San Francisco] made up of sequential photos of a walk through the city shot from a pedestrian point of view. Each image is seamlessly visually connected to the next as the objects are in the real world. This will make an incredibly huge single image.

Indeed it does!

Posted on 17 July, 2003

Mark Twain For President

It looks like Mark Twain is running for president in 2004. Visit his Campaign Headquarters. It appears that he has taken lessons from other candidates:

Mark Twain is confident that he will retain 100% support throughout his campaign. "I'll make whatever promises the people want," he told reporters. "Better a broken promise than none at all."

Posted on 17 July, 2003

Business Lessons

From Jason Kottke: Business lessons from the donut and coffee guy. This short piece makes an excellent point.

Trust is one of the most difficult "assets" for companies to acquire, but also one of the most valuable. Many companies take shortcuts in getting their customers to trust them, paying lip service to Trust (TM) in press releases and marketing brochures. Which works, temporarily and superficially, but when you get down to it, you can't market trust...it needs to be earned. People trust you when you trust them.

Posted on 17 July, 2003

Perfect Sideburns

If you need perfect sideburns, you can have them in only five minutes.

It occurred to me that if I was having trouble every day getting that balanced look, there had to be many other men out there going through the same morning frustration. I knew we needed something to help us achieve the finished, clean look we wanted. That's when I created "Prolook", a unique device to assist men in achieving that professional, clean, balanced barber shop look every day - quickly, easily and at an affordable cost.

Posted on 17 July, 2003

Zabriskie Point

A photo site called Zabriskie Point. I really like this style of photography.

(via Sublimate)

Posted on 17 July, 2003

More From the RIAA

News flash: RIAA Demands End to Unauthorized Humming, Whistling

After using the courts to keep Napster and MP3.com from freely distributing music over the Internet, the Recording Industry Association of America today asked a federal judge to stop people from humming or whistling copyrighted songs in public. The RIAA also asked for $300 million in damages from the estimated 22 million drunken men who think banging out the opening drum beat to "Wipeout" is a good way to impress women in bars.

And in a similar vein: The RIAA Discloses Future Plans

Hilary Rosen, Chairman and CEO of the RIAA, said the case against Napster has encouraged the trade group to enter into more litigation with a variety of parties. "Sure, there's tons of money to be made in selling over-priced CDs," said Rosen. "But litigation... ah, that's where the real money is."

Posted on 17 July, 2003

My Brush With Morbidity

People share their gruesome stories at My Brush With Morbidity.

Have you ever had something decidedly unpleasant happen to you? Have you passed a particularly horrendous accident? Have you seen someone suffer a fate worse than death or a death worse than fate? If you have a morbid tale to tell, then shout it out loud here and now! Because it's no fun to keep these things to yourself...

Posted on 17 July, 2003

Hand-Written Clock

This clever clock has been around for a while, but I've never linked to it. So, in case you've missed it...

Posted on 17 July, 2003

Email Chain Letters

Email chain letters are slightly less annoying than spam. The Break The Chain site is devoted to this topic.

Though frequently forwarded with good intentions, e-mail chain letters spread lies and half-truths and too often serve as a substitute to personal interaction.

To break the chain of junk e-mail we must each think critically and question everything. This site helps you do just that.

Posted on 17 July, 2003

Bush Re-election Posters

Betty Bowers (American's Best Christian) has compiled a collection of Bush posters for the upcoming election.

Posted on 17 July, 2003