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Wednesday, October 30, 2002
 
New and Improved!

The nice people at blogdex have re-vamped their site. For those of you who don't know blogdex, it is a site that keeps track of how many times a certain link has been mentioned on a number of blogs in the recent past, giving you an idea which stories are being linked to most frequently in the 'blogosphere'. The cool thing for the moment in my opinion is the amazing number of times James Lileks makes the list right now.

 
Belgian in Space!

After a long wait, the second Belgian ever was launched into space. Yay!

Tuesday, October 29, 2002
 
Curious Yellow

I love this kind of article, describing how it is technically possible to take over the internet using a 'worm' infection. The scary thing is, this might actually work.

Monday, October 28, 2002
 
Saddam's got mail!

Wired is reporting that Saddam Hussein's e-mail inbox has been hacked! It probably is the equivalent of the president@whitehouse.gov address that nobody really reads, but still, there is some embarassing stuff in there... for the people who sent it!
Read the full thing: Wired News: Dear Saddam, How Can I Help?

 
Human Virus Scanner
The virus that have infected you will be show here along with thier cures, if known.
Viruses you suffer from:

  • Pokemon
    Pikachu! Use your hyper-electric-get-a-life move now!
  • Linux
    Install the latest version of Microsoft Windows. Learn to love it.
  • Junkfood
    Eat some real food. Something which you can identify the source of every ingredient, not the point of manufacture.
  • Sci-fi
    Stop wearing the stick-on ears.
  • Free BSD
    The GPL isn't that bad really. Adopt a penguin at the zoo.
  • Amiga
    Gnome is better than workbench. BEOS is better than Amiga OS. The TV Modulator was a pain in the arse and an EXTERNAL power pack? I ask you. And it didn't have a built in MIDI port like some of its rivals.
  • 8-Bit
    Polygons, all the polygons you can get are not enough.
  • British
    No need for cure. Benign virus.
  • UNIX
    Anything this old must be obselete. Go and install a nice modern operating system. I hear MSDOS has come a long way lately.
  • Discordia
    Buy a suit. Invest your money. Eat hotdog buns on a friday.
  • Windows
    Try MacOS X. It's based on UNIX, it has a smoother UI than Windows and it doesn't suck.
    As an extra feature the boxes look nice.
  • vi
    Escape Meta Alt Control Shift.
  • Politics
    Stop caring!
  • Brand Names
    Having a well-known name doesn't make it good.
  • Computer Games
    Stop staring at the screen and get some fresh air. You should see a doctor about the RSI in your thumbs.
  • Conspiracy Theory
    Face it, the elected government is in control. Actually that's quite scary.
  • Environmentalism
    Consume more stuff! It's easier to buy new stuff than to recycle.
  • Macintosh
    Use a mouse with more than one button.

    Viruses you might suffer from:
  • USA (70%)
    Rule, Britannia! Britannia rule the waves! [repeat]
  • Goth (90%)
    Grow up. Let your roots grow out. Listen to Britney.
  • BBCB (70%)
    CTRL-Break, and get a real computer. Repeat: "Mode 7 was not a good thing."
  • Religion (80%)
    Read "God's Debris" by Scott Adams (yes, the Dilbert guy)
  • Japan (60%)
    Big is good. Small is bad. Giant robots would not make a good last line of defence for Earth.
  • Southampton (70%)
    Move to the Isle of Wight.
  • X11 (85%)
    I hear Mac OS 10 Aqua is nice at this time of year.
  • Hippyism (68%)
    Free love is passe and potentially dangerous, and patchouli smells like cat piss.

    What virusses are you infected with?


 
More nifty media stories

Another great Washington Post article about the media: Foxnews is trying to get camera crews to join the UN inspectors that are to inspect Iraq, selling it as the ultimate in reality TV.
Also, an AP journalist named Christopher Newton was fired for having for over 2 1/2 years invented people, organisations and quotes to embellish his articles. (More on that here.)