AOL is advertising on radio their new AOL for Broadband service. On first listen it seemed to be a simple AOL service you sign-in to through your existing service provider. The 'broadband' aspect just seemed to be a requirement since they were feeding you large media files. Some rapidly spoken words at the end of the radio commercial perked my ears, and I confirmed it through their website. Get this: "AOL FOR BROADBAND REQUIRES PURCHASE OF A SEPARATE HIGH-SPEED CONNECTION FROM YOUR LOCAL CABLE OR TELEPHONE COMPANY". Yep. They expect you to purchase a second broadband connection (on your own dime apparently) and then download AOL branded media exclusively through it (more dimes required). Incredible, eh? Two broadband connections to one house. One for AOL, the other for everything else. Considering the cost of a single broadband connection can be upwards of $40, would people really be eager to drop an additional $40 to get AOL content? How good could it be?
August 2004 Archives
If you are on the lookout for a good movie to watch, check out movies released through the Criterion Collection. In their own words:
Criterion began with a mission to pull the treasures of world cinema out of the film vaults and put them in the hands of collectors.Their selections are not always what is expected. For instance, they released The Unbearable Lightness of Being, but they also released The Rock. The released Brazil, but they also released RoboCop. An interesting and eclectic selection for sure. A full list of their collection is here. So far, from working from their list of releases, I haven't been disappointed. According to my brother, who works at a video store, each new Criterion release is only available for a short time fir purchase so they don't pay licensing fees indefinitely. Keep watch on the coming soon section and then keep your 1-click-purchase trigger finger ready.
In our seventeen years, we've seen a lot of things change, but one thing has remained constant: our commitment to publishing the defining moments of cinema in the world's best digital editions.
If tomorrow morning, when you come back to your computer, you find a huge smoking crater where the Internet once was, now you'll know why.
via MetaFilter: This article describes the practice of an employee outsourcing their own job to India and pocketing the savings himself. The example given comes from an anonymous Slashdot post, perhaps making this more of an urban legend, but still, the idea of it definitely appeals to the greedy bastard in all of us.
About a year ago I hired a developer in India to do my job. I pay him $12,000 out of the $67,000 I get. He's happy to have the work. I'm happy that I have to work only 90 minutes a day just supervising the code. My employer thinks I'm telecommuting. Now I'm considering getting a second job and doing the same thing.
Still using Internet Explorer? Unaware that other browsing options exist? Oblivious to the fact that your browsing experiences could be richer and more fulfilling (while being less-fattening and oh-so-full of lubricating ruffage)? Check out Browse Happy, a site that provides plain information about different browsers, their pros and cons, their risks and rewards and their daily caloric content. Learn about your local (browsing) environment. Minimize your every (HTTP request) impact on the world around you. Brag about your lack of ecological (memory) footprint. All while basking in the glory of international (W3C) standards. Ah hell. Just switch already.
via BoingBoing: A virtual character from a video game will be 'posing' topless for Playboy magazine. The character's name is BloodRayne and she is a vampire. Definitely not the first nude animated character, nor even the first topless video game character, but definitely the first to be given exposure in a national nudie mag. Or so they tell me.
Sometimes in the middle of a shell script you may need to have a command pause for a few seconds, minutes or hours. Although there are some simple programs you can download to help you with this, few realize that you can also just use the
pingcommand to create a delay. Within a DOS batch file you can execute the following:
By modifying the
ping -n 1 -w 1000 220.127.116.11 >NUL
-wparameter value, you can specify the amount of time to wait for a reply in milliseconds. The above will wait for 1 second. You do need to make sure the address you are trying to ping is unreachable, otherwise the command will finish quicker. The UNIX equivalent is the following:
You don't get millisecond precision with the UNIX version of ping. Modify the
ping -c 2 -n -i 1 127.0.0.1 >/dev/null
-iparameter to specify the delay in seconds. This method of creating a delay doesn't rely on a non-reachable address, instead you are setting
pingto send 2 packets to your local machine and to wait for
-iseconds in between. Nifty, eh? I used these methods to upload a webcam image to a server once a minute from both a Windows and UNIX machine. Update: Alright, I've already been informed twice of the existence of the unix command
sleep. Just between you and me though, the cool people use
Push me.Those are apparently the only lyrics of this techno dance song by DJ Benny Benassi from Italy. I came across what first seemed like a commercial, but is actually the music video, and was instantly mesmerized. And not just because of the exposed flesh. The music is an extremely catchy and relaxing techno beat with computerized voices repeating the above quotes over and over. Synchronize the beats with beautiful oiled women in bikinis using power tools in slow motion and we definitely have a winner. Check out the video here, or click the image.
And then just touch me.
Till I can get my satisfaction.
The full band name is Benny Benassi and the Biz from their album Hypnotica. There is also a CD released with 10 version of just the song satisfaction but I can't find it except through iTunes and don't like linking there.
If you have ever been irritated by a news article link that drops you at a 'free' registration page, then definitely check out bugmenot. It is essentially an online free index of usernames and passwords to sites that require 'free' registration. No more typing garbage into a registration forms and trying to figure out whether to click the checkbox labelled [ ] Shall we not never not (not) send you spam and sell your email address? Just use bugmenot to get a currently working, updated when needed, username and password pair to give you access. If you happen to use Mozilla or FireFox, you can get a bugmenot extension to retrieve login information for a site with a right-click. The extension even auto-fills the form fields and submits. There is also one for IE, and also a barebones bookmarklet.