News: New Windows Is Out. Sort Of

 Psst! Wanna buy the latest version of Windows, years before you’re supposed to? Head off to Malaysia’s Johor Bahru, where CDs containing software Microsoft has code named “Longhorn” are on sale for six ringgit ($1.58).
 
Reuters reports that the software is an early version of Longhorn demonstrated and distributed at a conference for Microsoft programmers in Los Angeles in October, according to Microsoft Corporate Attorney Jonathan Selvasegaram.
“It’s not a ready product,” he said from Malaysia. “Even if it works for a while, I think it’s very risky,” to install on a home computer, he said.
 
Actually, this happens all the time. I’ve seen early versions of new Windows products all the way back to Windows 95 dotted around Asia. Most are a nightmare to install, and I’d steer clear of them if I were you.

News: Flushing Nemo

 Wireless Flash reports that the movie Finding Nemo, about a fish that escapes from its tank by getting flushed down a dentist’s spitoon, is inspiring some idealistic kids to flush their pets down the toilet.
 
 
RotoRooter plumbers report their technicians in Los Angeles have “rooted out a whole zooyard of critters from American toilets including frogs, ducks and snakes”, Wireless Flash reports. Last week, a plumber rescued a five-week old puppy from a drainpipe in Demossville, Kentucky, and another couple even tried to flush a cat down their commode. Other bizarre animals found in drains include Cornish game hens, pot-bellied pigs and even a talking parakeet.
 
RotoRooter officials, despite their motto being ‘And Away Go Troubles Down the Drain’, hope to nip the “Finding Nemo” flushing fad in the bud with a campaign called DON?T FLUSH NEMO!, pointing out:
  • Pipes are not connected to the ocean
  • Flushing a fish down the toilet will not help them find freedom. It actually will provide less freedom because the pipes are smaller than most fish bowls, and, er, finally,
  • There’s no fish food in the toilet.
So now you know.