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22 September, 2003

Happy Birthday Dear Spreadsheet

From CFO.com: Spreadsheets Forever. This is an interview with Dan Bricklin.

This month the spreadsheet turns 25.4. Or 23.9. Or 24.7. That's the beauty of the spreadsheet: change your assumptions and the numbers that derive from them change as well. So whether you're dating the spreadsheet's creation from its initial conception, its first commercial release, or the incorporation of the company that brought it to market, the ramifications of a new approach to a problem can be calculated instantly. To ask what-if is to know "What if...?"

If you'd like to celebrate, download a copy of VisiCalc from Dan Bricklin's Web site.

Posted on 22 September, 2003

The Rise And Fall of George W.

Here's a chart that shows how Americans' perception of George W. has changed over time.

The data are from the CNN/USA Today Gallup Poll. The most recent data point (50% approval) is from a survey conducted September 19-21. Significantly, this is the lowest that it's ever been.

Posted on 22 September, 2003

False Advertising

Good Photoshop work at Fark. Topic: False Advertising

Posted on 22 September, 2003

Windows Messenger Spam

From Wired: Blackmailed by pop-up advertising.

Windows computer users are fuming over a new breed of pop-up ads with a dubious sales pitch: Buy our software, and protect yourself from pop-ups like this one!

The gray pop-ups, known as Messenger spams, are sent using special software that taps into a Windows feature designed to enable administrators to send messages to users on a network.

This is not at all surprising. Every day I get spam email that advertises anti-spam software.

Problem is, there are actually people who are dumb enough to buy a solution from the person who is actually causing the problem.

Posted on 22 September, 2003


What is digiscoping?

Digiscoping means shooting digital photos through a spotting scope. The magnification of the spotting scope makes possible to take "extreme telephoto" pictures. E.g. in the case of my equipment, 30x magnification by the scope and digital camera's focal length of 34-102 mm (in the 35 mm equivalent focal length), means that the "35 mm equivalent" focal length of the combination is 1020-3060 mm.

(via Joho the Blog)

Posted on 22 September, 2003

Wilderness Grooming

How to keep yourself neat, tidy, and well-groomed -- even when you're out in the wilderness.

As you can see here, a clam shell makes an excellent tool for keeping your beard in tip-top shape.

If the wilderness area you're in is not near a beach that has clams, you're out of luck.

(via Discordian Research Technology News)

Posted on 22 September, 2003

Theatrical Contacts

If you need to radically change the look of your eyes, you'll want to check out these theatrical contact lenses. Here is just a small selection.

Posted on 22 September, 2003

Steve's Experience With Verisign's Site-Finder

From Steve Davis' blog: The site-finder farce continues.

You clearly state in your terms of use that if I do not agree with those terms of use I am not to use it. Since the system you have installed forwards me to your service automatically if I type in a 'non-existent' URL and, as I have stated, I choose not to agree with your terms of use, what now?

Despite my request you appear to be unwilling to exclude me from your service. Therefore I wish it placed on record that I will deliberately and willfully break the terms of use. I intend to use your service for unlawful purposes and I also intend to conduct deep recursive meta-searches using your service. Further, I intend to develop an application to exploit the results of deep meta-searches of your service and sell access to data I retrieve and analyze.

Posted on 22 September, 2003

Internet History

The History of the Internet from 1962-1992. After that, it was all downhill.

"In the Beginning, ARPA created the ARPANET. And the ARPANET was without form and void. And darkness was upon the deep."

And this is kind of related: Search the Internet Archive.

Recall is a search engine at the Internet Archive that indexes the text of over 11 Billion pages. The archive has pages dating way back to 1996 through the present day.

It's currently in beta.

Posted on 22 September, 2003

Blasphemous Photos

More accurately, blasphemous captions. At Blasphemy Parade, you'll find religious pictures with user-submitted captions.

Like this one:

Just a few of the captions:

  • "Let me see. No, no, you're still making your E's backwards!"
  • "I -- I feel sure your majesty will be able to f-f-find Waldo in this one, and so I will not have to jump from the window."
  • Funny, I don't remember any biblical references to King Solomon signing autographs, let alone with a Bic pen
  • "All right. I'll change your grade to a B. But only this one time!"

(via Love and the Happy Cynic)

Posted on 22 September, 2003

Ugly Shoes

Seth has collected lots of photos of ugly shoes.

Welcome to my page of ugly shoes. If you've ever wanted to see a bunch of ugly shoes but didn't have the time to scour the Internet looking for them, then this page is for you! I've already done all the work, now you just sit back and enjoy my ugly shoes.

Nike gets full credit for this one.

Posted on 22 September, 2003

Microsoft vs. Google?

Article: Microsoft Reveals Search-Engine Ambitions.

The Redmond, Washington-based software giant has acknowledged that it is determined to create its own search technology, a move that suggests there soon could be a major shakeup of the booming search-engine market. The revelation also may provide some clues to Microsoft's nascent next-generation platforms, meaning it is likely search capability will be a major feature of the company's yet more-integrated upcoming products.

Forget searching the Net. I'd be satisfied if Microsoft would simply develop a good way to search the contents of a local hard drive.

Posted on 22 September, 2003

Excel 2003 Review

In the unlikely event that anyone is actually interested, I posted a review of Excel 2003.

I'm sure Microsoft has lots of good reasons for releasing Office 2003. Enticing Excel users is obviously not among them.

Posted on 22 September, 2003

Celebrity Plastic Surgery

Here's a blog devoted to celebrity plastic surgery. It's called Awful Plastic Surgery. Here's Meg Ryan before and after destroying her lips.

(via Idle Type)

Posted on 22 September, 2003

True Color GIF Files

I've always thought that GIF files were limited to 256 colors. Wrong! Here's proof that GIF files can display 32,697 colors.

The mistaken belief that GIF has a limit of 256 colors probably comes from the way GIF was first used when it came out. In the late 1980's, PC video cards generally supported no more than 256 colors. Image exchanges were becoming popular among BBS systems and the Internet and viewer programs were quickly produced. No one tried or needed to generate images with more than 256 colors since they could not be viewed on anything less than high priced graphics workstations.

(via Muxway)

Posted on 22 September, 2003

The Angle-Grinder Man

Apparently, he's legendary in the UK - The Angle-Grinder Man.

The purpose of my site is two-fold: Firstly it serves to publicise and promote my free wheel-clamp removal service. Secondly, it is intended as a forum to consolidate and galvanise public opinion and give voice to the frustrated and disenfranchised silent majority on the issues of wheel-clamping, congestion charging, speed cameras, etc.

Posted on 22 September, 2003

Maytag Repairman Dead

Gordon Jump, the actor who played the Maytag repairman in dozens of TV commercials, is dead at age 71. And no, he didn't die of boredom.

He was replaced by Hardy Rawls earlier this year.

Posted on 22 September, 2003