Rogue Dialers Still On The Rampage

Seems that those rogue dialers are still out there: This from the Manchester Evening News: £8m net swindle UP TO 300 internet users a day are targeted by a swindle which cost British consumers about £8m in a year, says BT. The company has received more than 80,000 complaints from computer users whose machines are …

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Love Is In The Air, Or At Least A Captive Audience Is

Was reading a piece in the Journal (subscription only) saying Delta Air Lines’ Song division is going to plug the CD by Better Than Ezra (a band that last had a hit 10 years ago) to passengers, a captive audience Delta have just realised they can sell anything to so long as they batter them …

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Skype Voicemail. Is Anybody There?

Either I’m even less popular than I thought, or I don’t seem to be getting my Skype voicemail. I know it’s beta, but what do you do when people say they’ve left a message and there’s no record of it?

Podentaries

Great piece (thanks, Bleeding Edge) by Randy Kennedy in today’s NYT about podcasting audio tours: With Irreverence and an iPod, Recreating the Museum Tour : The creators of this guide, David Gilbert, a professor of communication at Marymount Manhattan College, and a group of his students, describe it on their Web site as a way …

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The Blogosphere (Tree)mapped

I was intrigued by this effort to count the number of blogs around the world and offer a break down by region, if not country. The results, though very rough, and which include large slabs of the world (like South America), offer up some interesting conclusions, particularly for Asia. Bottom line is that there is …

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Giving Your Email Address Out By Phone

I don’t like working in the office. I’m there now, trying to do a column, and all I get is lots of people yelling on the phone, in their cubicles, in my cubicle. I can’t believe that once I used to write stories in an open-plan newsroom. I suppose it’s a skill worth working on, …

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The Power Of Wikis, The Power Of Tags

I’m really getting into these client-side wikis. This one is especially cool — TiddlyTagWiki – Micro-content with the power of tags … — and is a great example of using tags on one’s own computer to tag one’s private content: Welcome to TiddlyTagWiki – an adaptation of Jeremy Ruston’s TiddlyWiki. It’s a simple, self-contained, client-side, personal …

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Make Your Own Skype Phone

Want to save a few bucks and convert an old wireless phone into a Skype phone? Check out Jarnaker.com: By having the phone off hook I carefully inserted my little screwdriver here and there until a heard a click in the handset. And when I found that click I injected a signal from my MP3 …

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Why Can’t Brits Dial The Right Number?

Exactly a month after my first one, I just got another SkypeIn miscall to my UK number. The guy was very apologetic, but what is it with us Brits that we can’t dial the right number? It also made me realise there’s no way to mute the call or divert it to voicemail on Skype. …

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The Toolbar That Works

Netcraft is now offering a Firefox version of its excellent anti-phishing Toolbar. The toolbar runs on any operating system supported by Firefox and displays the hosting location, country, longevity, popularity, and an abstracted risk rating for each site visited. Additionally, the toolbar blocks access to phishing sites reported by other members of the Netcraft Toolbar community …

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