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Dell tired of sticker mania from Microsoft and Intel

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This Ars Technica article reports the stickers (e.g., Intel Inside, Centrino Mobile Technology, Designed for Windows XP, Mobile Graphics by ATI, etc.) placed on computers and laptops by the major OEMs are not only irritating to some users, but apparently Dell is tired of the branding game, too. Why might Dell object? The king of computer mass production says that the time it takes to put all of these various stickers on products is a bottleneck in their operations.

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Funny Cartoon: Boss Spams Dilbert...

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This cartoon shows Dilbert's boss using spam keywords to get Dilbert's attention, but Dilbert knows better.

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Ghostzilla -- The Invisible Browser

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Again, smi2le sent me a cool link called Ghostzilla. It is a Web browser like Firefox, but it shows up and disappears instantly, discreetly, blended with your Windows application -- any application -- so the Web pages look like part of it and not like the Web at all.

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BBS: The Documentary

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This is mainly for old farts who used bulletin board systems (BBSes) on dial-up modems before the Internet became popular... And who are interested if they weren't there to experience the fun days of BBSes. I decided to check this out even though I knew about it for years. I did not know I could download it for free and legally...

BBS: The Documentary is a fantastic film, by Jason Scott who is a computer historian (and proprietor of the textfiles.com history site). Four years, thousands of miles of travelling, and over 200 interviews later, "BBS: The Documentary", a mini-series of 8 episodes about the history of the BBS, is now available. Totalling five and a half hours, this documentary is actually eight documentaries about different aspects of this important story in the annals of computer history...

There is a DVD version that can be ordered, or downloaded for free and legally (hurray for Creative Commons) with less contents.

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Funny Dilbert Cartoons: Coding Language, Methodology, & Changes by Management

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Dilbert shows the true events that happen in software developments. Yes, it is actually happening at my work place too. [sighs]

#1 and #2.

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Ontrack Data Recovery's 2004 list of the 10 strangest and funniest computer mishaps.

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ZDNet UK posted Ontrack Data Recovery's 2004 list of the 10 strangest and funniest computer mishaps... Some of them are funny!

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Users confuse spyware with Star Wars.

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ZDNet UK reports that Some 11 percent of the British population are convinced that spyware is "a gadget from Star Wars", according to research published on Thursday. The survey, carried out by NOP and commissioned by security company Blue Coat, appears to highlight a lack of concern in the UK market about spyware, with more than half of those surveyed unaware that spyware is software on a user's computer that tracks their behaviour and reports it back to a third party.

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The Scourge of Arial

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This article talks about the history of this popular old font that started in the 1950s. Also, the relationsip with Helvetica font.

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Unmaintainable Code

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A co-worker shared a link to the Unmaintainable Code. The article gave tips from the masters on how you write code that is so difficult to maintain, that the people who come after you will take years to make even the simplest changes. Further, if you follow all these rules religiously, you will even guarantee yourself a lifetime of employment, since no one but you has a hope in hell of maintaining the code. Then again, if you followed all these rules religiously, even you wouldn't be able to maintain the code!

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Codename "Longhorn" = Windows Vista

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According to BetaNews, it appears Microsoft has chosen "Windows Vista" as the official name for Longhorn (codename for the next Windows version).

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A deaf car driver with a Linux command joke...

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I saw this funny joke thread in alt.games.ea.battlefield newsgroup:

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Anti gypsy-music computer virus welcomed by victims.

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A co-worker sent me this funny ZDNet UK story about Romanian security firm BitDefender revealed that after releasing signatures to protect its customers from a virus that deleted files from their computers containing gypsy music, it was inundated with letters of complaint from customers who wanted the virus to spread.

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Developers are from Mars, Managers are from Venus

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A co-worker, a developer, instant messaged/IM'ed me this amusing Code Project article on the communications between developers and managers:

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MP3 is 10 years old!

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/. reports today (well the other side of Earth) is MP3's 10th birthday.

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One way to get an increase in your allowance... Spam!

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FoxTrot shows how to get an increase in your allowance. I wonder if this would work for salary. >:)

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Apple's iPod Flea Ad Spoof

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This New York Times link (Internet Explorer required?) is a funny spoof to Apple's iPod. It is about iPod Flea!

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Study Finds Value in Spam (E-mail)

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According to this LiveScience story, a steady diet of spam -- the electronic variety -- can be good for you.

Researchers split a group of more than 2,100 Canadians into two groups. One group got e-mails that promoted healthy lifestyles, the other got none. "These were informative and motivational messages sent weekly for 12 weeks," explained study leader Ron Plotnikoff of the University of Alberta. The e-mails promoted the benefits of a good diet and physical activity. Those who were effectively smapped, as a group, saw their mean body mass index (BMI) go down, meaning it improved. BMI is a measure of body fat based on height and weight. Overall BMI rose for the control group, which did not get the emails.

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