Cool & innovative Sites!

I wished I still had my pick-of-the-week feature on this site, because the one I found here is really great. It’s pointing to the finalists of the ArsDigita Price. A list of outstanding web sites, outstanding in the sense of useful (not flashy), innovative (not just a copycat) and often open source friendly. Check it out – you won’t regret it!

Interview with Dan Connolly

Dan Connolly heads the Architecture Domain of the World Wide Web Consortium, best known for overseeing HTML and related technologies. I am very curious about XML, and if you are too, this interview will give you insight about some of the high level issues.

More than you ever wanted to know about MIME

MIME is what makes your email client or browser recognize the content type, and what application to launch to view it. It’s a great, powerful concept. Actually, I just post it here so I won’t loose the link to this useful reference site that lists all MIME types. If you are a geek (like me), this will really excite you 😉

Harsh word for Ford

Everybody was confused about William Clay’s announcement that SUVs are evil, but I was surprised about the brutality of the words I read. Here are two extracts from the Wall Street Journal that are extremely harsh: “… and left observers wondering if the latest Mr. Ford ins’t yet another guilt-ridden rich kid, not a proud tycoon like those who preceeded him.” (…) “Cynical public relations spin or nutball naivete, the Ford statement elicited predictable huzzahs from the environmental lobby and the edditors of certain elitist, bigcity newspapers who wouldn’t know an SUV from a BLT.”

Name a title, get a picture

This is so much fun! This guy Sam asks people to send them a title, or a sentence, whatever. And he draws an image to the title! If you are down, send this guy a line, he’ll cheer you up!

Global Statistics

Did you ever wonder how many countries there are in this world, or what the population of the Bahamas is, or whether there is a country starting with the letter “X”? I found a cool statistics site, and want to make sure that I don’t loose the link. Also, I didn’t post here for ages!

Backdoor in Microsoft’s Web Server Software

There is a really scary article in the Wall Street Journal about a back door in Microsoft’s web servers software. With the right password, and a specific server configuration (Frontpage 97 extensions installed, I believe), you are pretty much in controol

I provided a link to Slashdot, because the online WSJ requires a paid account.

Microsoft’s offer to settle got rejected

Stay tuned! Today, the DoJ rejected a settlement offer from Microsoft. And tomorrow, Judge Jackson will deliver a verdict. This will be really interesting, but it’s unlikely that Microsoft is being broken up. Works for me – a breakup would probably strenghten Microsoft’s position, so I would prefer to see restrictions than a breakup.

Military Spending

[Nearly 70% of the military budget] is to provide men and weapons to fight in foreign countries in support of our allies and friends and for offensive operations in Third World countries .. Another big chunk of the defense budget is the 20% allocated for our offensive nuclear force of bombers, missles, and submarines whose job it is to carry nuclear weapons to the Soviet Union… Actual defense of the United States costs about 10% of the military budget and is the least expensive function performed by the Pentagon…
Rear Admiral Gene LaRoque, U.S. Navy retired

Update on Pine Ridge Occupation

The above link is a fine hub for more information on the peaceful occupation of the Red Cloud Tribal Building. Please support this group!