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1 December 2004
I’ve got some Gmail invites — anyone want one?
2 December 2004
Perhaps Jim was right: it is just a google search page. And since Firefox has a Google search bar always available, it’s not really useful to have Google as your home page.
Back to Wikipedia, I guess…
Updated: email stats.
6 December 2004
Not all web surfers think spyware is a problem. Some say the snoopy software is a fair trade-off for free applications, even with the intrusion into their computers and lives.
“Typically the assumption has been that spyware sneaks onto computers, or users are unaware of what they have agreed to install,” said Gregg Mastoras, a senior security analyst at antivirus vendor Sophos. “But some people actually do knowingly install adware because they want to use a particular application that comes bundled with it. Some just aren’t particularly concerned by adware’s presence on their computers.”
7 December 2004
New Flotsam: hello, world.
9 December 2004
Today’s announcement marks the immediate availability of Thunderbird 1.0 for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux-as a free download from mozilla.org and by CD from the Mozilla Store. Thunderbird is now available in English, German, Greek, and Turkish with more languages on the way.
10 December 2004
Usually, PowerPoint presentations are dry affairs with someone in a suit trying hard not to vocalize the exact same information that appears on their slides. But what if a group of artists got hold of the software and competed with each other to see who could use it most imaginatively?
In this How-To we’re going to show you how to change the Do not Disconnect circle/slash icon that endlessly and annoyingly flashes all the time on our desk. We replaced ours with the Engadget logo, the Sony CEO, and Hello Kitty but any graphic will do. You can also change battery icons, power status, boot up logos and fonts, or so it seems. We sprinted to write this up, so we might update it as we try some new things. Now on with the How-To!
Very cool: Google Suggest.
11 December 2004
The Open CD 2.0 release is out:
We are pleased to announce the immediate availability of TheOpenCD v2.0. The disc contains old favorites like Mozilla, OpenOffice, AbiWord, Gimp in updated versions, but also has some noteable additions like Firefox, Thunderbird, Blender and Gaim. The CD browser technology is also new this time, and is based on Gecko (see screenshots). This approach should make it simpler to make derivatives, including localized versions, some of which will be out shortly. We have timed the release to be out just before the holidays so you can fill the stockings of friends and family with Free and useful software. Get a copy from one of our FTP mirrors or on Bittorrent.
More open source software for Windows at the GNUWin II project.
New Flotsam: gardening III.
17 December 2004
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19 December 2004
Now that’s the Linux I’ve come to love.
While burning Fedora Core 3 disks for Merrystar’s lab, I cleaned up my docs page a bit and updated the entry on Tsiolkovsky.
21 December 2004
Mozilla 1.7.5 is out. They just keep plugging along, you know?
The Skye Bridge Company was subsequently set up to the collect the tolls.
Even before the bridge was built critics voiced their hostility at having to pay to cross from the mainland to the Island of Skye and vice versa.
Campaigners, led in part by activist Robbie the Pict, have continued a long-running campaign of civil disobedience ever since in an effort to bring the tolls, the highest in Europe, to an end.
Four protesters, including Robbie the Pict, were convicted of not paying the tolls and were sent to jail for refusing to pay.
22 December 2004
It’s not the first night of insomnia that knocks you out.
It’s the second. And the third.
I don’t want to think about the fourth night.
Friday cannot come soon enough this week.
When your wife gets a haircut, notice.
When your wife gets her first haircut in 16 months, notice quickly.
Do not wait two hours.
23 December 2004
Via Jim, Understanding Terror Networks - FPRI
We cannot, in all good conscience, publish a buyers guide recommending that you buy new handsets as gifts for loved ones (or even yourself) without recommending what to do with the old models. If the phone being replaced is new enough, you can always sell it off or hand it down to a deserving friend or family member who could use a newer model. However at some point in the hand-me-down chain, there is an old phone that is either going to collect dust in a drawer, or worse, wind up in the trash. It’s these phones that we’re after.
This is going to be the ultimate system for inter-vehicle gaming and sending inflammatory IMs to the guy who just cut you off.