Monday, February 24, 2003

Wired News: When All That's Left Is a Name

Wired News: When All That's Left Is a Name
From the downtown San Francisco skyscraper named for AirTouch, a wireless provider acquired four years ago by Vodafone Group, to the ballpark bearing the name of Pacific Bell, the local phone company now owned by SBC Communications, some of the region's most visible structures boast corporate names that are no longer in active use.

Tuesday, February 18, 2003

Study: SUV's Not Safer Than Cars

Study: SUV's Not Safer Than Cars
BERKELEY (KRON) -- Bigger isn't necessarily better when it comes to safety on the road, that's the gist of a continuing study on sport utility vehicles, conducted by scientists in Michigan and Berkeley Joe Millionaire's New Million

Joe Millionaire's New Million - Surprisingly useful advice on what Joe and Zora should do with their money. Useful links to financial advice here, even if you don't care about the show.

Sunday, February 16, 2003


Ticket stubs are everywhere, one of the many receipts in our daily lives - but we all save some from time to time. The Ticketstub project is a place where you can upload scanned images of your saved stubs, and tell a story about that night, that concert, that movie, what happened on that date; basically, ask youself why you saved the stub as a reminder.

Spychecker - database of Spyware (adware) products lets you detect spyware before you download.

Not sure if the free software you are about to download is in fact a so called Spyware, or adware or otherwise advertising enhanced product that installs additional third party components on your system?

We currently index almost a thousand software titles, providing the most complete online database of this kind.

SBC enforcing all-encompassing Web patent

The Register
SBC Communications Inc is enforcing a patent it owns that, it claims, covers the use of frame-like user interfaces in web sites, it emerged this week Kevin Murphy writes. . If your web site uses a frames or a persistent user interface, then you could be in infringement.

NASA - Space Shuttle Columbia and Her Crew

On Feb. 1, 2003, the Space Shuttle Columbia was lost duirng the re-entry into Earth's atomosphere. As NASA mourns the loss of seven family members, this page will collect and distribute information about the crew, the mission and the ongoing inverstisgstion.

More Changes...

  • Added AlwaysOn to the Business/Econ Section
  • Updated the "Other Blogs" section - removed many blogs, added a few, and fixed entries for several
  • Deleted "My Playlist" feature do to lack of use
  • Updated my "About" page

Saturday, February 15, 2003

Textism - Word HTML Cleaner

Textism - Word HTML Cleaner
This utility strips proprietary Microsoft tags and artefacts from Word HTML documents, leaving basic formatting and typographic entities intact.

Google Buys Pyra: Blogging Goes Big-Time

Silicon Valley - Dan Gillmor's eJournal - Google Buys Pyra: Blogging Goes Big-Time
Google, which runs the Web's premier search site, has purchased Pyra Labs, a San Francisco company that created some of the earliest technology for writing weblogs, the increasingly popular personal and opinion journals.

cool - now my blog will be powered by Google!

Julia Keller: Is PowerPoint the devil?

KRT Wire | 01/22/2003 | Julia Keller: Is PowerPoint the devil?
PowerPoint has a dark side. It squeezes ideas into a preconceived format, organizing and condensing not only your material but - inevitably, it seems - your way of thinking about and looking at that material. A complicated, nuanced issue invariably is reduced to headings and bullets.

via LucDesk

Tuesday, February 11, 2003

20 days without a PC

20 days without a PC
Would I be willing to give up PCs and the Internet for 20 days?


Twenty days later, I'm glad that I did. Sure, I missed Google, MapQuest, and spelling checking. But my digital exile had unexpected upsides--and it revealed how PCs controlled me, in ways I hadn't seen before.

Monday, February 10, 2003

Empty offices around valley may soon be new homes

Mercury News | 02/07/2003 | Empty offices around valley may soon be new homes
Hammered by some of the worst office vacancy rates in the nation, growing numbers of local landlords are proposing to convert their deserted properties to residences, which could significantly bolster the Bay Area's desperately short housing supply.
Current plans call for transforming offices into more than 1,000 apartments in the South Bay, and at least 500 more residences of varying types are in the works for San Francisco. But with one out of every five local offices now vacant, that could be just the beginning.

About time!

Cross-cultural band rocks for peace / Pakistan's Junoon turning up volume to promote understanding

Pakistan's Junoon turning up volume to promote understanding
Islamabad, Pakistan -- The members of South Asia's hottest rock band have crossed innumerable hurdles together, bound by a love of music and a belief in promoting global peace.

Now the Pakistani-American trio Junoon is battling to keep its message of tolerance alive in an increasingly polarized Sept. 11 world. The group includes one U.S.-born Christian and two Pakistani Muslims, who sing in Urdu, Punjabi and English.

Dell Computer's `Steven' is arrested on drug charges

Dell Computer's `Steven' is arrested on drug charges
Dude! The actor who gained fame and a cult following as the slacker "Steven" in commercials for Dell computers was arrested buying a small bag of marijuana, police said.

Monday, February 03, 2003

TRADERS - Voices from the Trading Post

Voices from the Trading Post - An excellent site of oral histories from the trading posts on the Navajo reservation.

"Traders: Voices from the Trading Post," focuses on late-nineteenth-century and twentieth-century trading posts in the Four Corners region, encompassing the Navajo and Hopi Reservations.