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11 November, 2003

IE Is Not Dead

Contrary to earlier reports, Internet Explorer is not dead. From CNET: Internet Explorer to stomp pop-ups.

Microsoft plans to add pop-up blocking features to Internet Explorer next year as part of its Service Pack 2 update for Windows XP, a move that would go far toward stamping out the Web advertisements.

But there's no mention of adding tabbed browsing. If you're smart, just download a copy of Mozilla Firebird and forget about IE.

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The Buzz Index

If you really want to get depressed, check out the Buzz Index from Yahoo (I mean Yahoo!). It has a list of items that are currently "hot," based on search requests.

Last week's hot topics include Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears, The Matrix, Tupac Shakur, 50 Cent, Halloween, NASCAR, and Eminem.

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Jeff's Ahstray

Access this webcam, and find out what's in Jeff's ashtray.

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Air Stockings

Attention women! Throw away your old-fashioned stockings. The latest thing is spray-on stockings.

From the FAQ:

Q. Please instruct me how to finish up beautifully.

A. The point is not spraying too thickly for the beautiful finishing. Please spray on the entire leg thinly about 20 centimeters apart from the skins, and extend it well. The air stockings are smoothly extended even spraying little, and cover up pores, uneven skin color, and wounds. If spraying too thick, it caused uneven finishing and much more adheres to your clothes.

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Products That Don't Exist

From Dumbentia: I'd Buy One of These. Some very nicely-done product parodies. For example, you'll find Polygam-a-Cal, which is a calendar for polygamists.

I just imagine there are all kinds of problems with scheduling when you're a polygamist, not to mention keeping track of birthdays and graduations for dozens of children.

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The Cardstacker

Bryan Berg is the Cardstacker.

Bryan broke the Guinness World Record for card structures in 1992 at the age of seventeen with a tower fourteen feet, six inches tall. His latest record-holding structure is more than twenty-five feet tall.

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Overpaid Jobs

From CBS Marketwatch: Ten most overpaid jobs in the U.S.

Almost no one in America would admit to being overpaid, but many of us take home bloated paychecks far beyond what we deserve.

"Fair compensation" is a relative term, yet HR consultants and executive headhunters agree some jobs command excessive pay that can't be explained by labor supply-and-demand imbalances.

It's an interesting list, and I certainly agree with most of them. Especially #2, #6, and #10.

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Crayons In History

For your enjoyment: The Crayola Crayon Chronology.

Since 1903, when Binney & Smith introduced the first Crayola crayon, people have been fascinated with the heritage of our color names. You'll find a summary of Crayola crayon history for now but come back soon and explore a detailed description of how each individual crayon was introduced, how the name was chosen, read interesting stories about each crayon, and more!

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Banana Skin Coat

I never thought it was possible to create a banana skin coat. But it is.

I drove to the store and bought 18 pounds of bananas. I wanted to make a banana skin coat. I chose greenish bananas, because I thought they would be stronger than yellow, and therefore easiest to work with.

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Dead Baseball Players

Here's a fascinating list of notable baseball players who died in accidents. It covers the time period from 1861 to 2001.

For example, do you know the cause of death for Terry Lyons, in 1959? Gas asphyxiation by his dentist. And, in 1967, Jimmie Foxx choked to death on a piece of meat.

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Christian Toiletries

If you're feeling kind of "dirty," nothing gets you cleaner than a bar of Faith Prayer Soap. Here's an actual testimonial:

"Whenever I take this soap in my hands, it's like a miracle, I feel good all over and closer to my faith. Everyone I know wants to get these soaps for themselves and for gifts as well." - Leticia Hart

(via Everlasting Blort)

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How Blogs Work

You're reading a blog right now. But do you really know what blogs are all about? If not, check out How Blogs Work. It's actually a pretty good (and concise) introduction to the world of blogging.

(Thanks Craig Cooma)

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Will The Real Penny Please Stand Up?

If you live in the U.S., you've seen thousands of pennies. But can you spot the real penny from a group of a dozen? Go to Common Cents and see.

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EXIF Viewer

Digital camera users might want to check out EXIF Image Viewer.

EXIF viewer is a simple image viewer application for photos taken with digital cameras. It's capable of reading EXIF information embedded in photos as well as little thumbnail. Because small thumbnail is already present in most photos displaying it is really fast. EXIF viewer can also provide detailed information about photos (shutter speed, aperture, etc.) and conveniently list them for comparison purposes. EXIF viewer also displays image histogram. It also features copying/moving and deleting of selected photos.

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Search Is Fixed

If you've tried to do a search at this blog lately, it probably didn't work. Thanks to Jeroen for pointing out the problem to me. I have no idea how long it's been broken, but it's fixed now.

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Hitchcock Cameos

You probably know that Alfred Hitchcock made a cameo appearance in most of his films. Here's a complete list of his cameo appearances (with images).

Shown here is a still from North By Northwest. Hitchcock's cameo role occurs during the opening credits.

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Who Am I?

This is kind of fun: Guess the Dictator or Television Sit-Com Character.

Here are the rules: Pretend to be a dictator or television sitcom character. I'll try to guess who you are by asking simple yes/no questions. If you're not sure of the answer to a question, answer "No."

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Do Not Knock

From CNN: Do-not-call list revives door-to-door sales.

Now that the national do-not-call list makes it impossible to reach millions of potential customers, some marketing companies are returning to an old-fashioned alternative: door-to-door salespeople.

As a person who works out of his home, I'm not looking forward to this. So far, most of the peddlers I get have been children. I can't believe that parents allow their kids to knock on strangers' doors in an attempt to raise funds for their school or organization.

And then there are the people who leave their advertising garbage at my doorstep. Real estate agents are the biggest culprit.

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Penn State And The RIAA

A fascinating article at The Register: Penn State's pigopolist pork is not smelling sweet.

Barry K. Robinson sits on Penn State University's Board of Trustees, and, as it turns out, serves as senior counsel for none other than the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). This is a handy coincidence. You might recall that Penn State announced a deal last week to subsidize the Napster music service and give all of its students free music downloads.

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Shotglass Chess

A new twist on an old game: Shotglass chess. The pieces are actually shotglasses.

Shotglass Chess plays by the same rules as regular chess but the fun really begins when you capture an opponent's piece! Depending on the Shotglass Chess rules you adopt, you or your opponent will be tipping back the contents of the shotglass with every capture!

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MS Reader

From JD's New Media Musings: Ebooks not ready for prime time. It describes one person's experience purchasing e-books from Amazon, and trying to get them to work with Microsoft's crapware known as MS Reader. The conclusion:

Amazon finally refunded my money (all of $18). But what I thought funny and instructive is that in order to protect Microsoft's intellectual property, which it is against the law for me to do anything to undermine, disable, reverse engineer, *they* require me voluntarily to disable the security devices on *my* system (including any firewall designed to protect me against damage arising out of weaknesses in Microsoft operating systems).

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Sony's CDs

Here we go again. From CNN: Sony CD thwarts file sharing.

Sony Music said Monday it plans to introduce new CD technology in Germany that prevents users from copying songs to file-sharing sites, but allows them to make copies for their personal use.

And this quote by Sony Music Chief Technology Officer Phil Wiser is hilarious:

"All copy protections can be hacked," Wiser said. "But if we give people what they are asking for in terms of value, they won't go out and steal it. It's called trusting the consumer."

Phil, what people really want is to not get ripped off by your company. Try selling unprotected CDs for $5. Problem solved.

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