NEWS JUNKIES

I find I’m spending more and more time at Slate Magazine for news and politics. A particularly valuable daily feature is called “Today’s Papers,” which compares the front pages of the nation’s largest daily newspapers – always fascinating, sometimes eye-opening. Recommended for news junkies.

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DISASTER: RELIGIOUS RIGHT

Despite past differences, you may have the impression that America has been united by this tragedy. I offer this without further comment.

According to The Washington Post and the New York Times, Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson said that liberal civil liberties groups, feminists, homosexuals and abortion rights supporters bear partial responsibility for Tuesday’s terrorist attacks. […] continued

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DISASTER: CIVIL LIBERTIES

The nation is entering into a debate about the relationship between privacy and national security. Regardless of where you stand, encourage the debate to be fair, reasonable, and deeply considered. A rush to cut off privacy and anonymity may seem tempting in light of the terrorist attacks, but our liberties are built on more than an obsession with security. […] continued

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DISASTER: E-MAIL HOAXES

The World Trade Center disaster has already generated a tremendous amount of e-mail spam and chain letters. As this article points out, you can count on a lot of hoaxes to be disseminated by e-mail in the next few weeks. Exercise a high degree of caution before you forward an e-mail message to your favorite fifty friends. […] continued

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DISASTER: COMMENTARY

A thought-provoking commentary on the disaster and the reactions to it. You may want to hit the author, Alexander Cockburn, by the end of it (complain to him, not me), but I found it to be more interesting than most of the other coverage so far.

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DISASTER: VICTIMS

For some reason, this list of World Trade Center tenants touched me more deeply than some of the horrific photos.

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COPYRIGHT ISSUES GET WORSE

“It is unlawful to manufacture, import, offer to the public, provide or otherwise traffic in any interactive digital device that does not include and utilize certified [Digital Rights Management] security technologies.”

According to this article in The Register, those are the opening words of draft legislation “obediently proposed by US Senators Fritz Hollings (Democrat, South Carolina) and Ted Stevens (Republican, Alaska) on behalf of their entertainment and software industry patrons.” […] continued

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COOKIE BLOCKING

Internet security is the buzzword of the moment. There’s a lot of paranoia about privacy these days. Some of it is justified.

For what it’s worth, I tend to think that cookies do not currently deserve much paranoia. There are hypothetical ways in which information from cookies could be used in insidious ways by advertisers, but I’m not aware of anything like that happening in the real world – at least not yet. […] continued

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MUSIC DOWNLOADS ON THE RISE

According to a new study, more than 3.05 billion files were exchanged over four file sharing systems in August – and that’s more than Napster at its peak in February, when 2.79 billion files were traded.

This is great news. The record industry has attempted to kill file sharing by sowing the seeds of paranoia and suing everybody in sight. […] continued

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WINDOWS 2000 TIPS

Here’s a collection of Windows 2000 hints & tips that might come in handy. How to change drive letters, how to prevent programs from loading at startup, how to open a command prompt in any directory, and lots more.

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JUSTICE DEPARTMENT WILL NOT SEEK MICROSOFT BREAKUP

The Justice Department announced today that it will not seek a breakup of Microsoft into separate operating systems and applications businesses. Instead, the government will focus on “conduct-related” provisions. Presumably this helps the sides inch towards a settlement, although the Justice Dept. rattled its saber a bit by stating it intends to ask the court to “investigate developments in the industry since the trial concluded.” […] continued

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BACK UP OUTLOOK DATA

It can be devastating to lose all the information stored in Outlook. You can back up all that data in just a few steps. Here’s some simple instructions.

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ENFISH FIND

I keep searching for the perfect way to index Outlook and my documents so information can be found easily. I’ve been using 80-20 Retriever, which integrates with Outlook, updates its index every night, and comes up with pretty good results. A bit quirky, but not bad.

Enfish Find is a brand new indexing program that will be available to download free for one day only – tomorrow, Wednesday September 5. […] continued

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