December 20, 2002
Web advertising gone mad

It seems as though the bane of Web surfers everywhere -- the dreaded pop-under ad -- is getting even more annoying. According to this report over at CNet's, new ads will "kick" you to Orbitz, or another advertiser using similar technology, merely by moving your mouse over the ad. No clicking required. The brain-dead […]

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October 1, 2002
The Senator from Disney

Sen. Fritz Hollings ($-Disney) and his proposed law, the Consumer Broadband and Digital Television Promotion Act, would require devices that can record or playback digital media to carry government-mandated copy-protection technology to thwart piracy. Princeton University's Edward Felton is compiling "Fritz's Hit List" -- a series of devices that would be affected by the new […]

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September 16, 2002
Distributed critiquing

As part of the promotion for the Stanley Kubrick/Steven Spielberg movie A.I., Dreamworks created an ingenious online game that had Internet cybersleuths trying to solve a murder mystery. The puzzles were extremely complicated -- and unlikely to ever be solved by just one person. So, thousands of people banded together, using their expertise, knowledge, and […]

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September 3, 2002
The wonders of WindowsXP

Well I just finished wiping my C: drive clean and re-installing WindowsXP. I'd tried the upgrade and it had been mostly OK for several months, but it just got too unstable. So I'm starting with a clean slate. Unfortunately, as always, there are problems. It seems that my backup of my C: drive did not […]

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August 26, 2002
The beginning of the end for VHS?

The New York Times has an article on the emergence of DVDs in the past five years. I got my DVD player a little over 2 1/2 years ago (DON'T BUY RCA) for one simple reason -- widescreen. I've hated for years that filmmakers were forced, for some bizarre reason, to produce the "pan & […]

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August 5, 2002
Computer fun

I just spent a half-hour searching the internet for a modem driver for my parents aging laptop. The company that sold that model has since gone out of business and the driver was difficult to find. The moral of the story: If you're going to buy a laptop or any peripheral for your computer, buy […]

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February 16, 2002
Big Brother Central

There's another great article on the Weekly Standard's Web site on China's access to the Internet. The Internet in China isn't the Information Superhighway that it is in the United States. It's more like Big Brother central, where news sites like CNN and The New York Times are blocked, and every e-mail message read and […]

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