The Null Device

2000/9/19

I have started using Skipstone (the extra-light Mozilla variant) for web browsing; it works remarkably well. Seeing a browser window come up instantly is quite novel. Mind you, it still spews garbage all over stdout (or the Mozilla engine it uses does), and still occasionally either crashes or starts spewing endless Gtk error messages. Still, it looks like the aging and flaky Nyetscape for Linux may soon have some serious competition.

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More on the McLympic brand-name fascism:

Anyway, the interesting thing with IBM is that it was simply impossible to restrict people to IBM kit. And so it went for the next best thing - all non-IBM brands have to have black tape put over the logo. Honestly. We only wish we were there to create havoc by rushing about with a Time machine (untaped!) under our arm. Or perhaps an HP laptop with its initials proudly shining out.

Am I the only one who thinks that there is something grotesquely wrong with these sorts of bans on non-sponsor clothing, soft drinks and non-sponsor logos? The most disturbing thing is how many people shrug it off as an inevitable and natural aspect of the way the world works. Then again, I also think that Internet Explorer-only web sites are wrong. Maybe I should work on growing my dreadlocks...

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Paula Yates' greatest claim to fame (outside the UK, anyway) may be marrying two rock stars, one of them suicidal, and her second greatest may be giving her children really daft names, but according to the BBC, she was a crucial vector for the sassy blonde TV announcer meme.

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US alternative band The Offspring plan to give their next album away online as MP3s, much to the chagrin of their recording company, Sony. I think it is a good idea; hopefully when this happens and doesn't destroy sales (I mean, a directory full of MP3s is not the same thing as a CD with artwork, lyrics and no compression artifacts), more artists and companies will clue in and retreat a bit from their paranoid everything-must-be-encrypted stance.

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A fascinating piece about the differences between standard French and Québécois French usage and culture, as seen in two parallel dubbings of The Simpsons: (via RobotWisdom)

The French are confident enough to let an anglicism or two slip into the dub. In Quebec, apparently, the fear is that if you give the English an inch, they'll swamp your whole language. So Homer's doughnuts remain les donuts in France, but in Quebec become les beignes.

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McLympic Update: A café in Sydneyland has been told to remove a bacon and egg roll from its menu because it's too similar to the Egg McMuffins offered by official sponsor McDonalds. (source: BBC News)

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TheSpark's personality test says I am a "Mastermind" (Submissive Introvert Abstract Thinker).

You can be silent and withdrawn, but behind your reserved exterior lies an active mind that allows you to analyze situations and come up with creative, unexpected solutions. Normal people call this "scheming." Don't learn German.
Anyway, your sense of style and originality are your strengths, and people will respect your judgment once they get to know you. If you learn to be a little more personable, you could be a great leader--you've definitely got the "vision" thing down. Just make sure all the plotting you do behind those eyes of yours is healthy.
Famous masterminds in television: Dr. Claw, The Scarecrow and Mrs. King, Montgomery Burns.

Hmmm...

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