SPAMMERS HAPPY WITH FEDERAL LAW

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.

“Marketers roundly praised the bill, particularly its pre-emption of more onerous anti-spam legislation in more than 35 states.

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MASTER & SLAVE

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.

But.

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. […] continued

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YAHOO AND PRIVACY

Here’s a good description of why Yahoo just sent out millions of notices about its “privacy policy.”

“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.

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WONDERFUL WORLD

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. […] continued

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CAMERA PHONES

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. […] continued

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WHAT TO DO IF YOUR INTERNET CONNECTION GOES DOWN

As we grow more dependent on the Net, it’s important to have contingency plans. Here’s a useful collection of tips and tricks in case your Internet connection goes down.

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MICROSOFT VS. GOOGLE

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.

The new service competes with Google News. It’s the first salvo in a bigger war. Microsoft is investing heavily in search technology. […] continued

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WEB BROWSER HIJACKING

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. […] continued

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MSN SEARCH

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.

What’s going on? This author makes a mistake and argues that it demonstrates Microsoft’s censorship of its web search results. […] continued

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GRAPHICS PROGRAMS

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.)

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FREE WINDOWS DOODADS

Microsoft has free “Winter Fun Packs” available for download. Greeting card templates, screen savers, effects for Movie Maker 2, visualizations for Media Player 9. Whee.

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OUTLOOK 2003 AND SPAM

(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. […] continued

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NEW MEMORY DEVICE

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. […] continued

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iTUNES ECONOMICS

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. […] continued

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