GOOGLE ANNOUNCES FREE WIRELESS BROADBAND

A potentially world-changing announcement from Google today – the launch of Google TiSP, a free in-home wireless broadband service that delivers online connectivity via users’ plumbing systems. A simple fiber-optic cable running through any toilet on a municipal sewage system can be used to make the connection with a TiSP Access Node. […] continued

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ZE FRANK & THE SHOW

Ze Frank has just finished a year of producing The Show, three-minute video monologues that appeared online five days a week. Slate, the Los Angeles Times, and others are writing paeans to a project that blossomed into something unique and special. The audience turned into a community making creative contributions and The Show became a conversation – consistently interesting and frequently hilarious. […] continued

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LIFE WITHOUT THE NETWORK

From Max Barry’s marvelous book Company, about corporate life in the weeks after the computer network goes dead:

“Two weeks ago the network went down; soon after Senior Management assured the company it would have the problem fixed within a few days; now everyone is realizing it is never going to happen.

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THE IT CROWD

The IT Crowd is my new favorite TV show. The first season’s six episodes can be downloaded pretty freely – here’s one collection of links to downloadable files, for example. Much of it is available on YouTube if you don’t mind low resolution video – here’s the first part of episode 1. […] continued

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HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY

Happy Valentine’s Day! Stuck for a gift? I’m sure a lot of you depend on Thinkgeek.com for your last minute holiday shopping, so you’ll be relieved to know that Thinkgeek is all prepared for Valentine’s Day. For example, you might not have known where to go for a t-shirt that says:

Roses are #FF0000
Violets are #0000FF
All my base
Are belong to you

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VIRAL ADVERTISING

The folks responsible for promoting Windows Vista are trying hard to be hip – check out http://clearification.com. Microsoft is footing the bill for Demetri Martin, a Daily Show regular, to film short episodes of a random and mildly amusing story that features Vista computers in various scenes. The idea is to create a viral buzz that drives people to check out the site out of curiosity because they hear about it from friends. […] continued

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DISCLAIMER FOR THE INTERNET

A particularly thorough disclaimer for a rock climbing site inspired attorney David Canton to adapt it into a disclaimer for the Internet.

WARNING

Business is unpredictable and unsafe. The Internet is dangerous. Many blogs have been written about these dangers, and there’s no way we can list them all here. Read the blogs.

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TRACKING SANTA

If you have Google Earth installed, then clicking on this link will allow you to track Santa Claus as he delivers presents around the world. at 3:00pm PST, he’s travelling from city to city in India. Click here: http://dev.keyhole.com/santa/SantaRadar.kml

Here’s the Google blog entry explaining that the company did not license the Naughty and Nice data layers this year – even though Santa explained that it had been checked twice. […] continued

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RIAA BANS TELLING FRIENDS ABOUT SONGS

In the news today:

“LOS ANGELES-The Recording Industry Association of America announced Tuesday that it will be taking legal action against anyone discovered telling friends, acquaintances, or associates about new songs, artists, or albums. “We are merely exercising our right to defend our intellectual properties from unauthorized peer-to-peer notification of the existence of copyrighted material,” a press release signed by RIAA anti-piracy director Brad Buckles read.

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PANEXA AND THE IMPORTANCE OF READING SAFETY INFORMATION

The web can be a valuable resource for researching heavily advertised pharmaceuticals. Case in point: the ads for Panexa may look tempting, but it’s a clear example of how important it is to read the safety information and possible side effects before deciding to take a new drug.

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GOOGLE PURGE

The hard-working reporters at The Onion bring us news of the latest step in Google’s expansion effort.

Google has announced Google Purge, a far-reaching plan to destroy all the information it can’t index.

“As a part of Purge’s first phase, executives will destroy all copyrighted materials that cannot be searched by Google.

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GOOGLE MOON

In case your travels take you really far, Google has just opened Google Moon, with the same interface as Google Maps. Hidden joke alert: when you first check it out, make sure you zoom all the way in for a close look, then go take a look at new Google job listings. […] continued

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TEN AXIOMS OF MODERN COMPUTING

John Dvorak’s column in PC Magazine today lists ten axioms of modern computing. He recommends simply accepting them; fighting them will make your life miserable. Although tongue is planted firmly in cheek, you will likely recognize more than a few things on the list.

  • “USE DEFAULTS. Always let the program choose the default during installation.
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DAVE BARRY ON 2003

2003: A Dave Odyssey is Dave Barry’s annual review of the past year’s most important events. “Some other troubling questions from 2003 were: If Californians hated Gray Davis so much, why did they elect him governor TWICE? Did Gray have photos of the entire California electorate naked? Can we see them?” […] continued

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