Friday, May 28, 2004

Webby Awards

Every year for the last several years, I always try to check out what's going on at the Webby Awards. I am always looking for new sites to visit, or see what is the now the latest and greatest web technology.

As always there is something new and interesting, but also seems like 90% of sites they select were last year's winners as well. This is only my opinion, it still a great site to check out.

Waste of Time Corner
- Yahoo! News - Homer's 'Iliad' Now in 'Messenger Speak'
- Things You Never Knew Existed
- Yahoo! News - Top Stories Photos - AP

Friday, May 21, 2004

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Thursday, May 20, 2004

Free Copy Of Visual Basic

Microsoft is giving away free copies of Visual Basic .NET 2003 Standard Edition. All you have to watch 5 promotional videos and answer a short ratings surveys. After you completed the videos and surveys, you will get a screen requesting some personal information, then they will email you a special code you can use to get a free copy of the software.

Other Sites:
- Datadocktor'n: Defragmenting your hard drive (this is a joke)
- MiniTutorials: Mini-tutorial on various computer subjects.

Articles about Microsoft's Longhorn
- Microsoft Shakes Up Windows with 'Modular' Longhorn
- PC Magazine Longhorn Preview
- 829967 - Release Notes for Microsoft Windows Code Named "Longhorn" Preview Release

Monday, May 17, 2004

Movies and Clocks

Thunderbirds (the Movie)
"I can't believe they turned this show into a movie, but I will probably go to see it." It you don't know about the Thunderbirds, it was a SciFi show in the 60's (I think) done with Super marionettes. By today's standards it is very primitive, but the marionettes were pretty interesting.

Bar Code Art
This is an interesting web site. It is art done with bar codes. Here are a few examples:
- Bar Code Clock
- Bar Code Jesus

The Human Clock
It's a human clock, check it out...

Saturday, May 08, 2004

"Top 100 April Fool's Day Hoaxes of All Time"

Obviously it is not April, but I thought this was funny. So, here it is...

Remember: don't be gullible..

Friday, May 07, 2004

The Channel 9 Guys - Who We Are

"We are five guys at Microsoft who want a new level of communication between Microsoft and developers. We believe that we will all benefit from a little dialogue these days. This is our first attempt to move beyond the newsgroup, the blog, and the press release to talk with each other, human to human."

Microsoft quietly rolled a new web site called 'Channel 9' that is designed to facilitate communication between Microsoft and its developer and customer constituencies.

TechTV lays off San Francisco staff

"TechTV told 285 San Francisco employees on Thursday that their jobs are being eliminated, a move that was widely feared by workers after Comcast announced in March that it would acquire the technology cable channel. "

I am sad for all the people that are being laid off at TechTV, but I hope this doesn't effect the shows like ScreenSavers or TechLive.

Wednesday, May 05, 2004

Getting rid of your junk...

It use to be if you wanted to get rid of your junk; you would toss it, give it away or sell it on eBay. Now you have Freecycling If you want to give something, this is a new way to do it.

Cool links of the Week

The Adventures of Seinfeld & Superman
Very funny commercial, but it is a little long and drawn out...

Fun IQ Test
This is a fun IQ test, that asks you 11 questions that you have to answer very quickly...

There are 600,426,974,379,824,381,952 ways to spell Viagra
The title of this link says it all...

- BoomerangIt: A service that will help you get your stuff back.
- Do you want to fight a parking ticket that you have received.
- Dot Mixer: Part of the San Francisco Exploratorium Accidental Scientist Online Music Exhibit.

Tuesday, May 04, 2004

Payday Loan, Pt. 3

Alternatives to paydays loans. This site has a great article about it.

Personal Note: I realize this subject is kind off the main theme (technology and Internet) of my blog, but this is just one my many rants about modern society. I have lots more stuff I would like to publish here, but most of it is in half written states. I am mostly trying to decide weather I will publish here, or try to publish it in a magazine somewhere.
- Jason

Sunday, May 02, 2004

It's Expensive to be Poor

If you have good credit and a good paying job, then you will be able to buy products and services at much lower prices then if you didn't have these resources. There are millions of Americans families that are at or near the poverty lines and are just barely make it from paycheck to paycheck.

Some of these people make too much money to get government assistance, and too little money to provide for all the needs of their family. There are several businesses that cater to these individuals, but charge high prices for services they provide.

There are a great deal of services that some people can take for granted because of the credit rating they might have. Although, for people who don't have good credit they have to pay a higher cost for same service. For them, it becomes a vicious cycle, of credit debt and working just to make minimum payments on their bills. Thus stuggling for several years just to try to pay back some of the debt they have accumulated.

Below are a few examples:
- Furniture Rental Stores: These stores rent/sell you low-quality overpriced furniture.
- Prepaid cellular & phone cards: The more minutes you buy will reduce the price that you pay, but these minutes can be expensive. Especially if you can qualify for a regular cellular plan.
- Check cashing and cash advanced services: Charge high percentage fees, for cashing a paycheck.
- Secured Credit Cards: Charge high credit card fees for making purchases against money that you pre-deposit into your account.
- Easy/No Credit: Several businesses offer these services, but charge incredible high finance fees and interest.

2nd Class Citizens
If you don't have credit or a credit card, you are pretty much treaded a second class citizen in today's society. For example, if you don't have a credit card you will have problems renting a hotel room or a car. If you don't have credit, you will have to higher interest rates for things that you want to buy.

Some other grips are:
- High health insurance costs (effects everyone even those with insurance).
- Fewer tax breaks for the single parents and singles.
- Low paying jobs, without health benefits.
- Lotteries feeding off the hopes of desperatation of people, looking for a quick fix to their problems.
- Fraudulent credit repair services that make big promises they can't keep, and sometimes making the problems worse.

More Internet Videos

These web sites have some interesting Internet videos. 'The Exorcist in 30 seconds, re-enacted by bunnies' is exactly what it says it is. Very funny and short. is a archive of several variations of the original Star Wars Kid footage.

- The Exorcist in 30 seconds, re-enacted by bunnies.