Saturday, January 31, 2004
This Simon Dumenco is a good writer. I need to watch out for his stuff.
Friday, January 30, 2004
But they?ve always been home-grown gangsters, laundering the proceeds of a post office blag or doing a bit of fencing in the snug.
Now we learn that for the past three years the Railway Tavern in Hampton Wick, Surrey, has been run by a member of the American Mafia. "
Thursday, January 29, 2004
What a fine menu!
Wednesday, January 28, 2004
Tuesday, January 27, 2004
How many counties, cities, police departments, transportation systems, animal shelters, recreational outlets, and libraries operate lost and found services? Probably too many to count. No doubt many of these never connect lost property to the original owners. The process of auctioning unclaimed property is also imperfect. It can be both expensive to conduct and ineffectual in reaching a wide audience of potential buyers. What if there was an eBay auction service for lost and founds? Coraider Services Limited may have the answer. They operate the Virtual Bumblebee lost and found property system jointly with the Surrey [UK] Police. At this writing, the system has logged a rapidly growing 31,749 lost and 1,322 found items and animals submitted by 15 participating organizations. They also run a property disposal site for the Police constabularies for auctioning unclaimed property which, according to Coraider's Nick Browne, "we have recently updated with RSS feeds." Browne recently did a a presentation on RSS for the Director of Technology of the Metropolitan Police to show them the power of RSS in reaching potential buyers. Take a look at what they've done. Lost property is entered into an asp driven database which is searchable by keyword, police department, and other criteria. The system then generates dynamic RSS feeds for those items that meet the search criteria. Today Surrey, Sussex, Devon & Cornwall, Northhamptonshire, Wiltshire....tomorrow the world? Sample Feed:
Would you believe the quintessential Hollywood tough guy thinks today's movies are too violent? That's just one surprise in our revealing interview with this Oscar winner, who's bound to win another nomination for 'Mystic River.'
An interview by Dennis McCafferty "
Sunday, January 25, 2004
Saturday, January 24, 2004
The BJP has reined in its religious radicals, but they're still there on the fringes
BY WILLIAM DALRYMPLE "
First Footsteps In East Africa
Kasidah of Haji Abdu El-Yezdi, The
Land of Midian, The, Vol. 1
Land of Midian, The, Vol. 2
Personal Narrative Of A Pilgrimage To Al-Madinah & Meccah ? Volume 1
Personal Narrative Of A Pilgrimage To Al-Madinah & Meccah ? Volume 2
Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo Volume 1
Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo Volume 2
Vikram and the Vampire; Classic Hindu Tales of Adventure, Magic, and Romance "
Friday, January 23, 2004
Thursday, January 22, 2004
The trawlermen were shipwrecked in late November but were rescued after clinging to a barrel for a week.
But their ordeal was not over - they were taken to distant Sri Lanka, where no-one realised where they were from due to language difficulties."
Wednesday, January 21, 2004
Microsoft's effort to make a Canadian teenager named Mike Rowe stop using the domain name "mikerowesoft.com" for his small business has garnered widespread coverage, even earning a mention on NBC's "Today Show" yesterday morning. A sampling of the reaction:
- Times Colonist: Langford student battles tech giant:
"Victoria intellectual property lawyer Dawn Wattie said Rowe's chances against the Microsoft legal machine probably 'aren't very good.' Mostly, the little guys lose, she said."
- ZDNet Commentary: Microsoft stuck with MikeRoweSoft mess:
"Let's be clear: Microsoft is not only within its rights but is pretty well compelled to defend its name. Under U.S. law, if you let one potential infringement slide you lose the ability to defend against any. Where the company went wrong was in treating a teenager like a con artist: it may be backing down now, but the damage has been done."
- The Mac Observer: "In today's corporate-dominated environment, companies have far too much power when it comes to such things as domains. From J.K. Rowlings management coming down on kids with Harry Potter-related domains, to Miller Brewing going after the Miller family, if you have a domain that is covered by a corporate trademark, beware."
- A range of reaction from seattlepi.com readers on Brian Chin's Buzzworthy weblog: Writes one, "How silly from Microsoft to generate so much negative publicity over a trivial domain name dispute. They must protect their trademark, but could have done so in a more discreet manner." Counters another, "This is not big corp vs little kid. This is a matter of a little kid, with the help of the press costing a big corporation a lot of money on legal fees for no good reason. You are on the wrong side of this one kid."
Update, 11 a.m.: There are now indications that Microsoft may be loosening its position. Company spokesman Jim Desler just gave us this statement, echoing what the company told ZDNet earlier today: "We take our trademarks seriously, but in this case maybe a little too seriously. It’s important to recognize that under the law companies are required to take this type of action to protect their trademark against widespread infringement. But that said, we appreciate that Mike Rowe is a young entrepreneur who came up with a creative domain name. We’re currently in the process of resolving this matter in a way that will be fair to him and satisfy our obligations under trademark law."
Tuesday, January 20, 2004
Monday, January 19, 2004
Sunday, January 18, 2004
Friday, January 16, 2004
On the whole I have found asylum seekers and illegal immigrants to be considerably superior in intelligence and motivation to work to a large proportion of the British population. They are often much more cultivated, and many of them are linguistically gifted. Most of the ones I see who are in deep despair ascribe their unhappiness to the fact that they are not allowed to work, which is their dream."
Jake Ortman writes about terrorists... damn terrorists...
At a morning press conference, an official said he believes the man is a member of the notorious al-gebra movement. He is being charged by the FBI with carrying weapons of math instruction.
"Al-gebra is a fearsome cult,", he said. "They desire average solutions by means and extremes, and sometimes go off on tangents in a search of absolute value. They use secret code names like "x" and "y" and refer to themselves as "unknowns", but we have determined they belong to a common denominator of the axis of medieval with coordinates in every country. "As the Greek philanderer Isosceles used to say, there are 3 sides to every triangle," Ashcroft declared.
Thursday, January 15, 2004
Uh oh, I'm letting down on the job...it's already Wednesday, and I have a lot more to tell you about. :-)
NewsGator Web Edition, part of the NewsGator Online Services suite, is a web-based content aggregator which runs in a web browser.
Now there are plenty of other web-based aggregators out there...why do we need another one? A couple of reasons.
First, it works with the NGOS synchronization system (more info). So you can read posts at home with Web Edition, and when you get to the office and download posts with NewsGator for Outlook, you won't have to read the same content. Unless you want to. And remember the sync system works with POP Edition and Mobile Edition too - more to come on that. Combine that with an online subscription management system, which even allows you to expose a subset of your subscriptions publicly as OPML, and we're onto something here.
Second, it's tightly integrated into the rest of the NGOS features - including custom search feeds and premium content...
Available January 19 at http://services.newsgator.com.
Wednesday, January 14, 2004
'This has to be stopped,' Deputy Chief Justice Fazel Ahmed Manawi told the Reuters news agency"
'At any other university, people would have just laughed. But this is Wisconsin. It's cheese. And this is no laughing matter,' said Xiaochun Li, a mechanical engineering professor and laser expert."
Tuesday, January 13, 2004
But, if you're Tom Paulin and you incite murder, in a part of the world where folks need little incitement to murder, as part of a non-factual emotive rant about how 'Brooklyn-born' Jewish settlers on the West Bank 'should be shot dead' because 'they are Nazis' and 'I feel nothing but hatred for them', the BBC will keep you on the air, kibitzing (as the Zionists would say) with the creme de la creme of London's cultural arbiters each week. Message: this behaviour is completely acceptable."
As promised, here is the first in a series of posts describing NewsGator 2.0 and NewsGator Online Services.
NewsGator 2.0, and NewsGator Online Services (NGOS) provide synchronization capability for your subscriptions. The basic premise - your subscriptions follow you wherever you go, and you never have to read the same thing twice. There are three classes of information that is synchronized:
- Subscriptions - so you can add/delete your subscriptions in one place, and the changes will be reflected on other machines.
- Read/unread information - if you download an item on one machine, you won't see that item anywhere else (unless you want to).
- Which machines have which subscriptions - if you use NewsGator for Outlook at home and at work, you may want separate (but overlapping) subscriptions in each place. For example, you may have feeds at work that you can't access at home, since they're behind your corporate firewall. NGOS allows you to specify where each subscription should apply, and just "does the right thing" when it's time to sync.
The sync system is very easy to use - you just enable the synchronization option, and a wizard walks you through a very short process to set up the initial sync. After the initial sync, the system is completely automatic - you don't have to do anything, or even think about it. It just works.
To save bandwidth, only differences are synchronized on each automatic sync. This ensures great performance, even on low bandwidth connections.
You can even (optionally) expose your OPML file publicly. My blogroll on the right side of my weblog is generated automatically using my public OPML file. You can specify which subscriptions should be exposed, and can expose as many OPML files as you like, with different sets of subscriptions.
Beyond NewsGator for Outlook, the sync system works with all NewsGator editions, including Web Edition, POP Edition, and Mobile Edition. If you're away from the office, you can use mobile edition to read a few posts...or read everything on web edition from a public computer.
The API's used for the sync system will be available for any interesting 3rd parties who are interested in making their applications work with our system.
More to come over the rest of the week!
Monday, January 12, 2004
Sunday, January 11, 2004
Friday, January 09, 2004
Thursday, January 08, 2004
Wednesday, January 07, 2004
Tuesday, January 06, 2004
Monday, January 05, 2004
Sunday, January 04, 2004