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9 February, 2004

Hotel Room Telemarketing?

Last weekend we spent two nights at a Marriott hotel. When we returned to the room on Saturday, the message light was flashing. Who would call us here? It must be an emergency. I retrieved the message, and it was a recorded telemarketing ad from the Marriott. They wanted to tell us about some great deals coming up. Needless to say, I was not very pleased.

I don't spend much time at hotels these days, so I don't know how things work. This was my first experience with hotel room telephone advertising -- except for all the advertising garbage they leave laying around the room.

Is this sort of thing common now? Can I ask to be put on a do-not-call list when I check in?

Posted on 9 February, 2004

A Little Respect

Take your pick:

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FrontPage 2003 Ad

This is pretty funny. It's an ad for Microsoft FrontPage 2003.

"We've cleaned up our act. FrontPage 2003 now has built-in professional coding tools that help you produce clean code faster."

The ad's copy consists of HTML code. But, guess what? The code has an error. See the last paragraph.

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What's Your Window Preference?

By default, clicking a hyperlink in this blog opens the document in the same browser window. You can use the "Links in new window" checkbox to change this behavior.

From today's email:

The default setting for links on your page should be to open links in a new window. Check the box if you don't want them to open separately. Then the world will be a better place.

Here's how I see it: People who prefer a new window, can always Shift+Click the hyperlinks (or Ctrl+Click to open a new tab).

What do you think?

The default for clicking a hyperlink should be...
Open the link in the same window (as it currently is)
Open the link in a new window
I don't care. I know how to Shift+Click and Ctrl+Click
Free polls from Pollhost.com

Posted on 9 February, 2004

Los Teen-Agers

Did you know that you can download the entire Los Teen-Agers album? Well, you can.

I bought this on eBay a half year ago, seller promoted it as terrible music: "They try and try and try, but... ...they simply can't play!", he is not all wrong, they do try hard, but I feel they can play, and play unique. But it might take you a few spins (or a couple of drinks) to get into it.

The MP3s were recorded from a scratchy LP. The sound quality is pretty bad, but the accordion playing is superb.

Posted on 9 February, 2004

No More Mozilla Firebird

Mozilla Firebird is now called Mozilla Firefox.

The Mozilla Foundation today announced the immediate availability of a new preview release of its next generation web browser, Mozilla Firefox. Mozilla Firefox 0.8 represents the bleeding edge of Internet technology and raises the bar for ease of use, performance, robustness and standards compliance.

The new release also marks a name change for the new browser, which was previously known as Mozilla Firebird. "We are pleased to release a new preview version of Mozilla Firefox," commented Mitchell Baker, President of the Mozilla Foundation. "To avoid overlap with another open source project, we have also decided to changed the name of this product from Mozilla Firebird to Mozilla Firefox."

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Create-A-Nerd

If you're using Internet Explorer, you can Create-A-Nerd and drag facial parts to create your own personalized nerd.

Posted on 9 February, 2004

Corporate Hipness

When a huge corporation tries to appeal to a young audience, the result is often amusing. For example: What's The Download (a site owned by The Recording Academy). They say:

Music downloading ain't a black and white issue. There are a number of different organizations speaking out about the future of entertainment downloading.

Yes, using slang such as ain't is one sure-fire way to make them seem hip. You'll find a poll called Whatcho'thinkin? And the contact page is called Hit Us Up.

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Celebrity Wallpaper

A very large collection of desktop wallpaper images that feature female celebrities. Some are slightly risque.

Posted on 9 February, 2004

A Shakespeare Reading

Listen to a (bad) text-to-speech program reading Sonnet 73 by Shakespeare. Or maybe you'd prefer to hear a recitation of the lyrics to Hendrix's Purple Haze.

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Automated Email From Intuit

From The Register: The perils of automated replies. A guy sends a complaint letter to Intuit, and gets this reply:

Thank you for the kind words, I assure you that your feedback will be forwarded to the appropriate department. We at Intuit strive to give you the best customer experience and it is heartening to know that we have been unsuccessful. Thank you once again for your continued support to TurboTax.

Posted on 9 February, 2004

Insane Mother

From a forum at Something Awful: My mother is insane.

My mother is insane. Like, one of those ladies you see on the local news insane... Anyway, lets take a tour of our house.

Lots of photos were submitted as proof.

Posted on 9 February, 2004

Christ In The Air

From Yahoo News (I mean Yahoo! News): American Airlines Pilot Plugs Christianity.

An American Airlines pilot asked Christians on his flight to identify themselves and suggested the non-Christians discuss the faith with them, the airline said.

The case was handed over to the airline's personnel department for an investigation, spokesman Tim Wagner said Sunday.

"It falls along the lines of a personal level of sharing that may not be appropriate for one of our employees to do while on the job," he said earlier.

I wonder what would have happened if the pilot were a Muslim?

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Unlikely Chocolate

Two chocolate products that may not have occurred to you:

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The Sound Of Music

A Photoshop contest from Worth 1000: Sound of Music.

In this contest, your task is to swap any everyday object with a musical instrument or vice versa - you may also swap a musical instrument with any other object.

Posted on 9 February, 2004