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Aussie vs. the Frenchies December 2, 2005

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Matt linked to a hilarious page of offensive phrases in French, to be used on visits to France. Maybe a nice bound copy of this would make a good Christmas present for that irrational France hater in your life. Why you would want to visit France if you hate it so much is a little hard to understand, though.

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Firefox Support December 2, 2005

Posted by decode in Fun Stuff, Open Source.
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While searching for which file the Thunderbird SPAM filter bits for my email are stored in (apparently in Profiles\{ProfileName}\ImapMail\{MailServer}\Spam.msf), I stumbled upon a funny conversation on Asa’s personal blog, completely unrelated to the thing he was posting on. Asa pointed to a funny and very creative piece of SPAM. In response, some random user complains that his Flash plugin doesn’t work in Firefox, then says that Thunderbird “doesn’t have much chance” and that developers should stop working on it and focus on Firefox. Asa calls him out as either a troll or someone posting a bug report in the wrong place. In response the user starts talking about how Microsoft would have provided him good support! Yeah, I can see that. Go over to some random Microsoft blog and say “My macros stopped working in Microsoft Office. You guys suck and need to stop working on Windows and IE because Office isn’t there yet.” I’m sure people would be tripping over themselves to help.

Of course, no one would think to do that. And I think it’s because of the image of Open Source vs. Corporate development. In Open Source development, there is often a name on the software being produced, and the developers are much more open about the process. I wonder how many people email Linus Torvalds for support with their Linux installation. But Microsoft Office doesn’t have a person associated with it. It’s just Microsoft’s product, and not Steven Sofinsky‘s, even though he’s the VP of Microsoft Office. Both of these views of developers have pros and cons, of course, but I wonder which one is better in the long term.

Big Letters November 30, 2005

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BoingBoing wrote about shelves in the shape of letters. They’re pretty cool. What Cory failed to mention was the price, perhaps because he couldn’t read the German on the site to find the order form. I can read it, and I created an order for 7 pieces to spell the word SHELVES. The price? €9029.00 ($10,645.10 today). Shelves shaped like letters are cool and everything, but a $10,000 set of shelves is a bit much, don’t you think?

Norge November 27, 2005

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It all started out with a sketch. Then it developed into a viral marketing scheme with hilarious videos. God Bless Norway.

Nice Jewel November 11, 2005

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If you’re looking for a Christmas present for that special someone in your life, you should look no further than online shopping. Amazon has a great deal on a 5.01 carat diamond right now, and it’s only $99,865.00. So, pull out your credit card with the $100,000 limit and make a purchase. Interesting to note, the Sales Rank says: Today: #9 in Jewelry & Watches. You know, based on the price of this diamond and the sub $10 trinkets that fill most of the Jewelry Top Sellers Page, I find that unlikely.

Searchable Comics November 7, 2005

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I like web comics. Questionable Content and Dinosaur Comics are two of my favorites. And now both of them are searchable (at least in part) over at Oh No Robot. Pretty cool. Hopefully lots of comics will have full-text searching soon.

CRS November 1, 2005

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I got a tip today on Milk Kan, an alt-folk duo from East London. This means, of course, that they speak with a Cockney accent, and may be tempted to use Cockney rhyming slang. Rhyming slangs are cool. I wish we had them in the US.

Super October 29, 2005

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Cory Doctorow over at boing boing is linking to a Sony commercial featuring video of dropping 250,000 superballs down a steep hill in San Fransisco. What he doesn’t mention is that the soundtrack consists of a José González cover of the song “Heartbeats” by The Knife. The video is pretty cool, but you absolutely must watch the H.264 version, since the low quality version simply doesn’t do it justice. And if you like the song, you can listen to it at José González’ MySpace.

Stories October 28, 2005

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I recently came across reddit, a collaborative link rating site. It almost always has good links.

WordPress.com October 21, 2005

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Looks like WordPress.com accounts are now available without an invite, as long as you download Flock, which is a web browser built on Mozilla Firefox. I’m not sure what’s in it for WordPress.com, but it’s fun for me!