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Saturday, November 27, 2004

The Diplomad: In Praise of France

Usable GUI Design: A Quick Guide Quick essay on Usability, with browser examples.

BLACKFIVE: SI Sportsman of the Year - Vote For Ranger Pat Tillman VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE.

Google gets gruff over click fraud | CNET Why Iraq?

Friday, November 26, 2004

The Awful Forums - Another Iraq war video Really interesting video by BBC on the Fallujah attack. Long and in-depth look...

Sexy Trek It's so wrong, and yet so right...

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Who Profits from Security Holes? How bad is this problem? How much junk can get installed on a user's PC by merely visiting a single site? I set out to see for myself -- by visiting a single web page taking advantage of a security hole (in an ordinary fresh copy of Windows XP), and by recording what programs that site caused to be installed on my PC. In the course of my testing, my test PC was brought to a virtual stand-still -- with at least 16 distinct programs installed. I was not shown licenses or other installation prompts for any of these programs, and I certainly didn't consent to their installation on my PC.

Check out this 4-minute video of a computer getting pwned...

The Donovan's Photo album. Amazing amazing set of slides on what happened in Fallujah.

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

UW is on boing boing!

Monday, November 22, 2004 - Long Island News A judge in Long Island went Judge Judy on a 17-year-old girl who was in court facing drug possession charges after her cellphone started ringing during a hearing. The judge had already warned everyone to shut off all electronic devices or face contempt charges, and when the girl’s cellphone started ringing he setenced her to 21 days in jail, which she had to start serving immediately.

Sunday, November 21, 2004

When Your Co-Worker is Away Tim, maybe this will give you some ideas.