Wikipedia Takes On News

The guys at Wikipedia, the collaborative encylcopedia, have taken on news, Wired reports. Wikinews is still in beta, but fully functioning. For those familiar with South Korean news site OhmyNews (an English version is here), the idea is similar: Authors are able to add their content irrrespective of who they are. Unlike OhmyNews, however, other people …

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Urine, Corrosion, And The Decay Of Bridges

You have to feel sorry for designers, particularly bridge designers. How can you factor in all the variables that will determine whether your bridge survives? Take for example, a bridge in Palembang, on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. Built between 1962 and 1965, the 1,177-meter long and 22-meter wide bridge was named after the then …

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Smart Phones Have To Be Dumb

I’ve been giving a Treo 600 a run for its money in the past couple of months and I’m impressed. Yes, I know that there’s a new one out and I’m way behind the curve, but my theory is that these products need to be not just good, but super reliable if they are going …

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Lycos And One Way Not To Deal With Spam

Lycos Europe, according to The Register, is distributing “a special screensaver in a controversial bid to battle spam”. Make Love Not Spam “sends a request to view a spam source site. When a large number of screensavers send their requests at the same time the spam web page becomes overloaded and slow”. The idea, of …

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SMS Crannies?

I reckon we need to redesign public spaces to take into account all the folk who mill around tapping out SMS messages. People seem to be have gotten the idea that you can walk and talk on a cellphone at the same time, thereby causing minimal disruption to others, but texting still seems to be …

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Fixing Friends’ PCs

I don’t have a huge number of friends but those that do like me and trust me enough to ask me for computer help. That, or they are just too cheap to call a professional. Part of the problem is, it’s horrible to try to fix someone’s computer over the phone. I get a headache just trying …

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Blogs, Links and Posts

I’m writing this from my Treo which is a great example of portable blogging, I guess, but it’s not good for adding links. Does a blog posting have to have links to be good? I know one school of thought has it that blogs must be alive with links to offer value, while others suggest …

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Whatever Happened To Downloadable Calendars?

Whatever happened to those downloadable diary items for Palm and other handhelds? I’m pretty sure I recall a time when you could visit a site, see a schedule you wanted in your Palm and download it with one click. I guess it might have been vCalendar but that seems to be dead as a dodo. I …

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Email Newsletters And Reputation Maintenance

It always surprises me how companies which try to present an image of good email practices (i.e., don’t spam) let their standards slip so easily, and their reputations with it. In June 2003 I signed up for Click2Asia, an online dating service for ethnic Asians (no I’m not Asian, but I figured living there for …

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Russia Gets Serious About Its Virus Writers?

Is Russia finally getting serious about its virus writers? Kaspersky Labs and F-Secure, two anti-virus manufacturers, report that Evgenii Suchkov (or Eugene Suchkov, sometimes known as Whale or Cityhawk) has been found guilty of writing two viruses, Stepar and Gastropod. Suchkov was sentenced in the Russian republic of Udmurtia, and while he was only fined …

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