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16 September, 2003

More Tattoos

There is no shortage of tattoo photos on the Web. Another collection is at Shane's Archive.

Here you will find the most comprehensive collection of Star Wars, GI Joe, Transformers, comic characters, Anime and toy related tattoos known to mankind.

Posted on 16 September, 2003

Does Microsoft Want To Lose?

An interesting article at eWeek by Jim Rapoza: A Pyrrhic Patent Victory.

An even more paranoid - yet still plausible - reading of events is that Microsoft wanted to lose. After all, Microsoft spent $150 million to kill Netscape on the Mac. Spending $520 million to damage its Web and multimedia competitors would be a relative bargain...

Microsoft's eventual goal is to roll many Web capabilities into its applications and operating systems. If the browser ceases to be a place where interactive applications are possible, people may turn to interactive Internet applications that are embedded in Microsoft applications.

Posted on 16 September, 2003

Stolen Mail

Robert X. Cringely writes: How to Steal $65 Billion: Why Identity Theft is a Growth Industry.

Recently my mail was stolen. It wasn't supposed to be stolen, which is a given, but it also wasn't supposed to be able to be stolen because I was out of town for two weeks and had the Post Office hold my mail. Only it turns out that in Santa Rosa, California at least, holding mail means different things to different mail carriers. Someone -- a substitute carrier I'm told -- saw that big old pile of mail down at the post office (the pile with the big "vacation hold" sign above it) and thought what the heck I'll just deliver that mail anyway. And so they did...

Posted on 16 September, 2003

Animal Domains

Last week I compiled a list of color domains. I simply appended ".com" to a bunch of colors, and made a note of where I ended up.

Today, I'm doing animal domains. As you'll see, most of these sites have nothing to do with the actual animal.

  • antelope.com - The site for Antelope Internet Systems (an ISP)
  • cat.com - The site for Caterpillar heavy equipment
  • chicken.com - "This site is planned for development."
  • deer.com - A site for deer hunters.
  • dog.com - A search site for dog-related stuff
  • donkey.com - "This site is planned for development" From the wonderful folks who bring you chicken.com.
  • duck.com - The site for On2 Technologies (originally known as the Duck Corporation). They do software-based compression algorithms.
  • eagle.com - The site for Eagle Aeronautics, Inc.
  • ferret.com - The site for the Dancing Ferret Entertainment Group
  • fish.com - Somebody's personal site ("nothing about fish here")
  • frog.com - The site for Frog Publications (educational materials)
  • goat.com - The Lair of the Goat. I don't know what this is (and I don't really care)
  • goldfish.com - The site for Goldfish Financial Services
  • goose.com - The site for Goose Hummock, a fishing charter company.
  • hippopotamous.com - Redirects to netidentity.com, which invites you to get an email account: YourName@hippopotamous.com.
  • horse.com - "The world's largest online equestrian store"
  • lion.com - The site for Lion Technology, Inc. ("your link for training and compliance resources")
  • lizard.com - The site for Galloping Gecko (just a guy's home page)
  • monkey.com - A site for some design company. With a fairly obnoxious design, I might add.
  • mouse.com - Just a bunch of links. Not even worth looking at.
  • parrot.com - "This site is planned for development." From the wonderful folks who bring you chicken.com and donkey.com
  • penguin.com - The site for the Penguin Group (a publishing company)
  • pig.com - Just a picture of a pig
  • platypus.com - The site for artist Anna Mir
  • rabbit.com - a "mega adult portal" (i.e., a porn site)
  • rat.com - Renegade Advanced Technologies. But no content, just a graphic.
  • rhinoceros.com - Whoever owns this site can begin uploading files as soon as they're ready.
  • sheep.com - The home of Adopt-A-Farm (adopt a lamb online)
  • snake.com - The site for Snake Software
  • stork.com - The site for a Dutch company that "increases the effectiveness and efficiency of its customers' industrial production processes."
  • tiger.com - The site for Tiger Information Systems, in Hong Kong.
  • turkey.com - The site for Turkey (as in the country)
  • turtle.com - The home of Turtle and Hughes, Inc. (an electrical supplier)
  • yak.com - A long distance company.
  • zebra.com - The site for Zebra Technologies, a bar code and label printing company.

Posted on 16 September, 2003

Dirty Hands At the Airport

Read the results of a study by the American Society for Microbiology. It examined airport toilet etiquette, specifically the frequency of hand-washing.

Females wash their hands more frequently than males -- except at San Francisco International. At that airport, 80% of the males washed their hands, but only 59% of the females did so.

(via The Green Man)

Posted on 16 September, 2003

Weird Inventions

Saddletrout Studios presents: Weird Inventions From the Attic.

All rules of practical design were ignored to bring you this exhibit of crazy devices.

One of the inventions is an indoor sundial. And there's even a wrist model. This clever invention features a small light that rotates around the sundial face. Ingenious!

(via The Presurfer)

Posted on 16 September, 2003

A Free PC From Lindows

Back in July, I mentioned Microsoft's $1.1 billion class action settlement. Californians who purchased Microsoft software between 1995 and 2001 can submit a claim to get a voucher. You can make a claim for up to $100 without providing any proof.

Well, the folks at Lindows come up with a clever idea. They will file the claim on your behalf, and give you a free computer. They say, "Get a free PC, courtesy of Microsoft."

The free computer is nothing to get excited about. It's a $169 Lindows WebStation, which is probably most suitable for grandmothers. But, if this is really legit, it sounds like an easy way to get something for nothing.

Posted on 16 September, 2003

The Napster Music Player

From Yahoo News -- I mean Yahoo! News: Samsung to Market Napster-Branded Music Player

Samsung on Tuesday said it plans to co-market a new line of digital music players with the soon-to-be-relaunched Napster  2.0 service, in the latest move to stoke up its brand image among youthful consumers globally.

Now here's a product that's guaranteed to fail. I guess some people just don't understand that Napster is dead. Even "youthful consumers" are smart enough to avoid the new Napster.

Posted on 16 September, 2003

A How-To Blog

Another example of an innovative blog: How To: By You.

Every now and then, a new topic will be posted. It could be anything from 'How to eat peas.' to 'How to build an areoplane.' No answer is wrong and it's up to you, the player, to explain how to do it. Eventually a voting system will be implemented and the answer with the most votes will win

Currently, it has only six topics. The most popular is, "how to cook the perfect grilled cheese sandwich." Opinions vary.

Posted on 16 September, 2003

RIAA Lawsuit Cartoons

Slate has five pages of cartoons about the recent RIAA lawsuit fiasco. Here's an example, by Jeff Stahler of the Cincinnati Post.

Posted on 16 September, 2003

Ten Things About Blogging

Venomous Kate shares her secrets: 10 Things I've Learned About Blogging. I know just about nothing about blogging, but her points make a lot of sense -- especially this one:

If it's not fun, don't do it. But if you enjoy it, if it really adds something to your life, then don't let anyone's opinions or personal issues or downright nastiness stop you from pursuing it. Just blog.

In the 11+ months that I've been doing this, I think I've received only one negative comment. And, obviously, it was from a complete moron.

Posted on 16 September, 2003

Need A Barber Pole?

Even if you don't run a barber shop, it might be kind of cool to have a barber pole in your house. They seem to be a bit expensive, but what do I know? I've never really shopped for a barber pole.

You can, however, get a "mini pole" (shown here) for a mere $75. It's the...

Perfect solution for shops that can't have outdoor poles or shops in malls. Has an 8 foot cord and mounting bracket included. Comes available in hair stylist or barber inner cylinder, please specify.

If you're really on a budget, go for the barber pole decal -- only $7.95.

(via Information Junk)

Posted on 16 September, 2003

Strong Numbers

The Strong Numbers site is the "Blue Book for Everything." It's a price guide that...

provides consumers with the fair market values for literally hundreds of thousands of items. The FREE service is brought to you by StrongNumbers, the nations leading collector of fair market values for new and used goods.

I found out that my Sony F707 digital camera is worth about $448, and my Fender 40th Anniversary Strat is worth $245.

(via Love and the Happy Cynic)

Posted on 16 September, 2003

Cold War Museum

Take a trip back in time at the Cold War Era Civil Defense Museum.

This virtual museum is dedicated to the civil defense and emergency workers of the United States who worked throughout the Cold War to try to protect the public from nuclear attack. Thankfully, their services, in that aspect, were never needed. This virtual museum is for historical purposes and does not make fun of civil defense as many do. However, I do throw in a few "light" comments here and there.

This is an extensive site, with lots to see. Shown here is a family radiation measurement kit:

This is the Bendix Family Radiation Measurement Kit that was sold in the 1960s. The price on the box is $24.95. This kit has a" Lafayette Radio Electronics" store price tag on it.

(via The Cartoonist)

Posted on 16 September, 2003

EarthLink Is A Spammer

From Internet Advertising: http://www.internetnews.com/IAR/article.php/3077671

EarthLink began a new ad campaign this past weekend to build awareness of the steps it has taken to address consumers' two biggest Internet-related headaches: spam and pop-up ads.

From a news report: EarthLink Sues Alabama Spammers

Atlanta-based EarthLink Inc. is suing 25 "Alabama Spammers" described by the nation's third-largest Internet service provider as the most sophisticated it has ever faced.

From EarthLink's web site: Core Values and Beliefs

We respect the individual, and believe that individuals who are treated with respect and given responsibility respond by giving their best. We require complete honesty and integrity in everything we do.

From my Inbox: Spam From EarthLink

OK, technically the spam came from Oceanic Specials. But clicking the link in the spam message redirects me to EarthLink's web hosting site. So, obviously, EarthLink hired the human scum who run Oceanic Specials to send the spam.

Oceanic Specials, by the way, refers to itself as a "direct marketer," and they "deliver targeted messages to its members." And, of course, they have "Partners." This is a classic definition of a spammer.

For the record, I've never had any type of relationship with EarthLink or Oceanic Specials. In fact, I've never even visited either web site. And even if I had, there is no way that I would have given them my email address -- much less agree to "opt in" to receive their marketing offers.

Apparently, others have had spam-related problems with EarthLink. This is from Modem Site:

I have an e-mail account with EarthLink that supposedly provides Spam filtering. Before I ever used this e-mail account anywhere, I started receiving Spam! (EarthLink actually uses mail servers that allow spammers to find valid EarthLink addresses!!! Unbelievable, but true!) I receive SPAM from EarthLink itself - I opt-out and continue to receive it!

This is just another example of corporate hypocrisy, I guess. As far as I'm concerned, any bit of credibility that EarthLink ever had just went down the tubes.

Out of fairness, I plan to send the URL for this blog item to EarthLink. If they reply, I'll publish it here.

Posted on 16 September, 2003