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Thursday, November 30, 2006

Disposable e-mail 

An e-mail address that lasts 10 mins, just long enough so you can register at a site and get authenticated and then it expires taking all the spam with it!

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Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Tonight I Celebrate My Love For You 

I'm happy to see, "my cousin", Katie and her man Peter getting such rapturous reviews on Amazon for their new album. Get it for your loved ones this festive season.

I was about to go buy it but unfortunately it doesn't seem to be available in the US. I assume this is to give all the other artists a chance to sell their records.
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Thursday, November 16, 2006

Scary headline of the day 

"Microsoft provokes London Tube crash"

Seen while making a log of the Moreover feeds on Economist.com, in preparation for getting these improved. (But unfortunately way too late for that competition that Mike ran last year sometime for blue-screens and error messages captured out in the wild.)

Take care on the way home, everyone...
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Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Today a search engine tapped on the inside of my screen... 

What's that innocent-looking beverage in my coffee cup, you ask? But no, it was Ms Dewey.

(It looks like I'm about a month late on this but anyway - via Cre8pc, where one of the comments tips a few search terms to try: “painting”, “President Bush”, “Gmail”, “Congress”, amongst others...)
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Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Flash and Firefox to unite 

This happened last week but I haven't had time to write anything about it...

The rough jist of it, as I read it is to have a single scripting language used in firefox and in flash...

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4 second wait and I'm off 

There is an interesting bit of research here: http://www.akamai.com/html/about/press/releases/2006/press_110606.html which indicates that people will only wait 4 seconnds for a retail web page...

Small sample though...
I think this 4 second study has more to do with Akamai trying to get more and more business than actual research.

Yes the faster your web site is, more clients it keeps. But from where I sit this study seems highly biased. I would prefer to hear something from Jakob Nielsen before I would believe them.
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Thursday, November 09, 2006

Beyond belief 

I'd heard rumours that the BBC were slightly uneasy about the sorts of story that always seems to rise to the top of their "MOST READ" feature.

If they continue to report stuff like this, I guess it's no more than they should expect.

Watch the real time progress of this gem here.
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Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Python riddle 

Even I did level 0. How far can you get?

Add your progress to the comments!

produces a clue to get you beyond the next stage after round 1
I must admit I am totally baffled by that. I'll see if Stew's clue helps me.

Tom Shelley
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Friday, November 03, 2006

Microsoft Novell tie up 

Or should that be Microsoft tie up Novell?

Well it had to happen at some point. The realisation that Novell and Microsoft are no longer competitors but that Google is a greater threat to them both is probably what brought this about.

John Carroll over at ZDnet explains the nitty gritty of the deal better than I could (not sure that his comparison with Palestine/Israel is entirely thought out though).
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Thursday, November 02, 2006

Red light means doors are secured 

Or, if you're a cyclist Diamond Geezer explains the highway code for you.
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