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July, 2004 | Jason E. Shao

Panic at Nigerian ‘killer calls’

Nigerian mobile phone users have been anxiously checking who is calling them before answering them in recent days. A rumour has spread rapidly in the commercial capital, Lagos, that if one answers calls from certain ‘killer numbers’ then one will die immediately. ——–

Sun’s Gosling: New Java Flavors Brewing

And there was another one where a bunch of us decided to take the second floor of one building and we put like sheetrock over all the doorways and re-plastered them and painted them. We re-did the numbers on the stairwells going up. We rewired the elevator system so that it looked like when you ...

Blogging styles: Articles or Links?

I haven’t blogged on this site for a while. I have made some posts to my RUJason site using Blogger. Since blogger’s redesign and the launch of MT 3.0 I’ve been comparing the 2 services and have come to the conclusion that both are now mature, capable platforms specialized for different styles, comments & links, ...

DNS changes in minutes (not hours)

VeriSign is to rapidly update Domain Name System (DNS) records every few minutes instead of only twice a day. From 8 September changes in the .com and .net zones will take an estimated five minutes to propagate across all 13 .com/.net authoritative name servers. The old systems will remain there for those who don’t want ...

BSA: Piracy “losses”

The BSA seems to be confused on where to pin the blame on software piracy, but it may be due to the audience they are trying to influence. Piracy is a global problem and it is hard to pin it down to a single cause. Currently P2P networks are a problem, but according to this ...

Air Conditioned Jacket

You know, you can find the damndest things when you clean out your email, like perhaps an air conditioned jacket from Japanese firm PC2B. It keeps you cool and makes you look like a bloated marshmallow man all at once. Perhaps you could just, you know, take off the jacket. ——–

Pop Goes the GMail

Pop Goes the GMail is a small Gmail -> POP3 converter that someone wrote for Windows. It seems interesting, but most of the neat GMail features are actually more to do with the web interface, so it seems like you’d be giving up most of the benefits of the service. ——–

Surgery Abroad Risks

In recent months, doctors have traced the problems to what has apparently become a phenomenon among New York City’s Latinas: haphazard cosmetic surgery conducted in the Dominican Republic after being arranged through beauty salons in Washington Heights and other city neighborhoods. The salons act as conduits for the procedure, with recruiters, some from the Dominican ...

Sun licenses search software for desktop

Sun licensed the software from a small company in Alameda, Calif., called Karelia, which worked for years on a version of Watson for Apple computers. Sun has created a new version of the software–code-named Alameda–that runs on any Java-enabled computer, said Peder Ulander, senior director of marketing for Sun’s Desktop Solutions Group. Interesting. I was ...

Plagiarism Detectors

A survey of around 350 undergraduates found nearly 25% had copied text from another source at least once. A new service that can scan 4.5 billion web pages is now online so that lecturers can check the originality of the work submitted by students. I wonder how much of this plagiarism would be avoided if ...