Jakob Nielsen wrote and posted a Alertbox on the usability of websites for teenagers. Its summary says "When using websites, teenagers have a lower success rate than adults and they're also easily bored. To work for teens, websites must be simple -- but not childish -- and supply plenty of interactive features."
Planet of the Apes 4 -- If the apes really did take over. 21 entries of the high users' ratings. I forgot to post this last night. DOH! Keep your filthy paws off of me, you apes!
ZDNet UK News report an amusing worm that sings when a user open its EXE attachment. The story includes a MP3 link to listen to the "You are an idiot" accompanied by chorus of people singing the words clip.
This ZDNet Australia article says employees could receive a bill each month for the cost of 'stolen' bandwidth and wasted time if Australian-based Exinda Networks' URL Bandwidth monitoring system takes off. Exinda Networks claims to have developed a unique system that allows a company to monitor exactly which Web sites are visited by each individual employee and how much bandwidth has been used -- in terms of a cash loss to the employer. Con Nikolouzakis, director of Exinda Networks, said the URL and bandwidth monitoring system was designed to ensure employees can be held responsible for the cost of misused bandwidth and time...
Link Logger's Broadband Reports security forum thread has an amusing and scary Flash movie/animation on connected information and privacy when ordering a pizza.
OsViews's article has Thomas Hormby's editorial contribution that shows his top ten list of Apple's (and some of associated partners) most significant flops throughout the company's history. Apple and its compatriots have been highly innovative. These companies have proven that even if their ideas are well implemented, they cannot always promote them correctly. Other times, a good idea is implemented poorly, and despite their best marketing effort, the product fails.
Star Wars' Web site has an article about the short paragraphs of expository text that instantly place the viewer into the Star Wars universe, briefs him or her as to the status of all things galactic, and kicks off the action. It tells how it is created (Adobe Illustrator and Electric Image) and the past history.
BBC News shows ten photographs of Isaac Adjetey Sowah's showroom in a suburb of Accra. It has some of the most colourful and odd coffins to be found anywhere.
This Yahoo News article says experts blame poor planning, rapid industry advances and the massive scope of some complex projects whose price tags can run into billions of dollars at U.S. agencies with tens of thousands of employees.