UserFriendly's Flash link of the day is Pandora. It is a music discovery service designed to help people to find and enjoy music that they'll love. It's powered by the Music Genome Project, the most comprehensive analysis of music ever undertaken. Just tell it one of your favorite songs or artists and it will launch a streaming station to explore that part of the music universe.
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.
This cartoon shows Dilbert's boss using spam keywords to get Dilbert's attention, but Dilbert knows better.
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...
This Dr. Fun cartoon combines computer security with honeypot ants.
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.
This article talks about the history of this popular old font that started in the 1950s. Also, the relationsip with Helvetica font.
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!
I saw this funny joke thread in alt.games.ea.battlefield newsgroup:
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.