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Friday, October 29, 2004

Georgewbush.com: Simply Inaccessible

Each morning before I start my work day I like to take a few minutes to browse
http://www.georgewbush.com so I can keep up to date on the latest news from the Bush- Cheney campaign back home. This morning I was horrified to learn that I could no longer access the official website for the Bush-Cheney '04 campaign from my London based desktop.

I soon discovered that that the Bush-Cheney campaign was not simply singling out my desktop by blocking my IP address, but had essentially blocked access from all non-US IP addresses utilising Akamai 's content distribution network. Apparently, the website had been under attack from foreign elements last week forcing a decision to block access from the rest of the world.

Netcraft have been following the story here.

If you are interested in getting your daily does of George W. Bush, configure your web browser proxy settings to point to our New York webcache and enjoy the Bush website leading up to Tuesday's election.



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Thursday, October 28, 2004

Wikipedia goes mobile

Simon Waldman wrote a piece in The Guardian this week on the growing phenomenon of Wikipedia. EcoblogIT mentioned Wikipedia a year ago, but Simon's article gives a good account of how the project is faring at three years old. Another interesting development is that of iPedia, a mobile client for accessing Wikipedia.
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Wednesday, October 20, 2004

More on Google

Google's unmatched searching capabilities are no longer limited to the web. With a small download you can use Google search to find documents, web pages, AOL Instant Messenger chats and Outlook Express messages on your local machine.

http://desktop.google.com/

I'm sure the GroupWise message plug-in will be released in the next version.
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Tuesday, October 19, 2004

GoogleMail File System Arrives

If you are one of the lucky Google Mail account holders you may be interested
to know about GMailFS. By downloading a small Windows programme you can directly access your GMail account as if it were a file system from your local machine.

Security, privacy and reliability aside, this may well spell the end of the centralised corporate file server.

http://blog.ziffdavis.com/gallagher/archive/2004/10/12/2170.aspx

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Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Feds shut down anti-globalisation websites

Intolerable and intrusive international police operation?
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Monday, October 11, 2004

Great Multimap enhancement

This hack was mentioned in the Good Experience newsletter as spotted by David Teten. It allows you to move the A-Z map from Multimap around on the aerial photo of an area.
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Friday, October 08, 2004

I'm anxious

According to research commissioned by Citrix, one in four British executives suffer from "Access Anxiety".
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Spy Act

Uncle Sam sails to the rescue of PC users blighted by spyware.
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