This Broadband Reports story mentioned a South Florida Sun-Sentinel story about users being so frustrated with the current flood of phishing scams, worms, and hacks that they are quitting the Internet altogether.
Compfused.com has a funny photograph of Japanese showing off their world renowned Air Force.
According to ABC7.com's news article, ABC News learned federal law enforcement officials believe terrorists linked to al-Qaeda may try to use watches to bring down commercial planes. The threat is serious enough that airport screeners nationwide have been alerted. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) are warning transportation officials to look for al-Qaeda terrorists wearing two types of digital watches.
TV Cream's Top 100 Toys shows the list of favorite toys based on the Web site readers.
Photograph #1 -- A mosque is seen still standing in this aerial view of the town of Meulaboh in Aceh province, Indonesia, which was flattened by tidal waves.
A happy ending story with a girl saving tourists from her school lesson. A 10-year-old British girl saved 100 other tourists from the Asian tsunami having warned them a giant mass of water was on its way after learning about the phenomenon weeks earlier at school.
Broadband Reports mentions Neowin's sneak peek of Microsoft's upcoming anti-spyware software recently acquired community favorite Giant spyware, and has code-named their re-hashed version of that software "Atlanta". It is currently in an internal beta test. There are screenshots of the application in action.
I found a funny Rage3D forum thread that made me laugh and feel like an old fart. It is related to the technologies we have now. :)
Movie Titles 4 -- Movie titles made real is the current contest theme with doctored images. Basically, take any movie title and turn it into an image that depicts that title.
Broadband Reports has a link to America Online's second annual top-10 spam terms. It lists the subject lines of the most popular junk e-mails intended for its 29 million subscribers. AOL said the number of spams sent to users, including what AOL blocked, was down from 2.4 billion in 2003 to 1.2 billion this year.
This CNN story says Americans are using sick time for many reasons besides a cold whether it's personal errands, catching up on sleep or simply relaxing. More than one-third of U.S. workers who responded say they played hooky from work over the last 12 months in the recent CareerBuilder.com survey "Out of the Office." 35% of those polled admit to calling in sick when they felt well at least once during the last year. One-in-10 said they did so three or more times.
I just read a sad CNN story about three survivors that were devastated by tsumani disaster. :(
The Old Car Manual Project has a collection of manuals, brochures, and pictures of old cars even before 1920.
A co-worker shared me this story about New Year's Eve - Hogmanay:
What does Hogmanay actually mean and what is the derivation of the name? Why do the Scots more than any other nation celebrate the New Year with such a passion? Why should a tall dark stranger be a welcome first foot visitor after midnight, carrying a lump of coal and a slice of black bun?
2004: The Good News says every year at the end of December, major media outlets compile lists of the year's top stories. Television news stations compile poignant montages of the past 12 months. Inevitably, these images are tragicâ€”images of war, crime and natural disaster set to pensive music, only occasionally interrupted by shots of the team that won the Super Bowl, the World Series, or every four years, pictures from the Olympics. That's to be expected, of course. No news, as they say, is good news. Good news also tends to happen gradually, which makes it less conspicuous. Bad news happens in clumps. It makes itself known. In just a few hours, a hurricane or an earthquake can wipe out thousands of homes and businesses. The prosperity, wealth and rise in standard of living that created those homes and businesses took place over decades, if not hundreds of years. No one reports a new subdivision going up. Everyone's on the scene when a tornado takes one down. At the end of the year, itâ€™s easy to get so caught up with what's going on in Fallujah, the calamitous tsunamis that hit South Asia, or the threat of terrorism, that we overlook the overwhelmingly positive but subtler, more gradual trends lurking beneath the headlines.