As you watch Congress and the President congratulate each other over the new federal anti-spam legislation, keep in mind that the spammers are thrilled with the new law. Here’s an article from Direct Marketer News that will chill you.
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“Marketers roundly praised the bill, particularly its pre-emption of more onerous anti-spam legislation in more than 35 states.
I’m a fan of politically correct speech. I think it’s important to avoid using expressions that perpetuate stereotypes, even if it’s reasonably clear that the words are meant kindly or inoffensively.
Following complaints by someone within the bureaucracy, the County of Los Angeles has ordered vendors to discontinue use of the words “master/slave” to describe two hard drives sharing a cable. […] continuedRead more
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“One time Pac-Bell (now under SBC name umbrella) users were promised “incredible new services” last fall if they signed up for the new co-branded SBC/Yahoo service. What they weren’t being told (at least very clearly) is that they were be opted in to the massive Yahoo marketing universe.
The Guardian reports that a media watchdog group is investigating a new ad from Intel showing mountaineers on Mt. Everest accessing the Internet using a Centrino wireless notebook. Almost a hundred people have complained that such a thing can’t be possible.
What a wonderful world! Everest’s base camp is wireless-ready, at 17,400 feet. […] continuedRead more
Here’s an article about cell phones with cameras, which are the fastest-growing consumer technology ever, according to a recent study.
Eighty million camera phones have been sold worldwide. This year more camera phones will be sold than digital still cameras.
I’m not using a camera phone. You’re not using a camera phone. […] continuedRead more
Microsoft has begun testing a news service to aggregate headlines from a variety of publications. The new service, MSN Newsbot, is currently targeted at the UK and three European countries during beta testing.Read more
I just ran into a browser hijacking that wasn’t repaired by AdAware. “LuckySearch” came up as the browser home page and default search engine every time the system rebooted, even after a thorough cleaning.
It turns out there’s new methods of hijacking a computer that are even more insidious than the adware and spyware addressed by AdAware. […] continuedRead more
If you use MSN’s web search for “linux windows,” it returns sixteen web pages with both those words on them. Try it!
If you use Google for the same search, it returns almost nine million web pages.Read more
I wrote up some notes about programs for editing and organizing images on this page – comparing Adobe Photoshop Elements with Microsoft Digital Image Pro. Fascinating, insightful stuff. (Or possibly just opinionated and annoying. I’m too close to it to be sure.)Read more
Internet site of the day – somebody with too much free time making really strange pictures of animals.Read more
(I hate to jinx anything by mentioning it, but the spam filter in Outlook 2003 is catching 98% of my spam. And there’s been close to zero false positives. I spent about a week watching the junk mail folder and adding a few newsletters to the “safe senders” list, then bumped the filter from “low” to “high.” I haven’t had to change anything since then. […] continuedRead more
Engineers at Princeton University and Hewlett Packard have come up with a combination of cheap materials that might result in a very small card capable of storing far more data than a CD – the example is a gigabyte of information in one cubic centimeter, about the size of a fingertip. […] continuedRead more
The Register’s article today helps us understand the online music services.
Apple’s iTunes store charges 99 cents per song. Apple claims it is the most popular of several competing services selling authorized downloadable music.
Apple is losing money on the iTunes Music Store.
Steve Jobs admitted to financial analysts that the service is a loss leader for Apple. […] continuedRead more