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Saving those all important VoIP calls

Vomit earns the coveted Compendium Award for worst product name of the day. It's a tool that converts conversations over Cisco VoIP gear into .wav files that you can then play ad nauseum, use to amuse co-workers, threaten blackmail, etc., etc. Yes, of course, the name stands for something: Voice Over Misconfigured Internet Telephones.

Via Boing Boing.

This site is a bright idea

Proving once again that there really is a Web site for everything is Kilokat's Antique Light Bulb Site, which is devoted entirely to old light bulbs. And not just the kind that burn out just as you're climbing the stairs and you're suddenly plunged into darkness.

This site continues on with its original purpose of sharing items from my collection including antique light bulbs, early radio tubes and box art, Geissler and Crookes discharge tubes, x-ray tubes, Aerolux figural neon glow lights, vintage Christmas lights and more.

Via ResearchBuzz, which also notes the existence of Accordin Links, a site entirely devoted to, well, accordions.

Could wireless end messy divorces?

Maybe, maybe not. The BBC reports:

A leading woman member of Malaysia's ruling party has condemned a ruling by a senior cleric giving Muslim men permission to divorce their wives by sending a mobile phone text message.

Via Boing Boing.


How much will that software really cost you?

Yes, it's axiomatic (ooh, big word!) that the true cost of software bears little resemblance to whatever you pay for it initially. The USC Center for Software Engineering provides a a model for estimating the true costs of commercial off-the-shelf software. It's quite the detailed thing (then again, so is rolling out software across an enterprise); it might be worth printing out and taking with you on your next long flight.

Via Boing Boing.

Ghosts of failed dot-coms

You can find dot-bomb detritus all over the place these days ( sock puppets, anyone?).

And it's causing a problem for the San Francisco Giants. Seems Pacific Bell Park has 42,000 cupholders emblazoned with the logo of newly departed WebVan, and team officials are concerned their players will somehow be associated with those losers, according to the San Francisco Chronicle:

Does the team scrape the labels off right away? Can it go looking for another advertiser?

"Our lawyers are looking at it," said Giants executive vice president Larry Baer.

In fact, Baer said the team has been working on it ever since it first got wind that Webvan was headed for the dot-com dumper.

Via Obscure Store.


The spy's guide to securing your Cisco routers

Well, OK, it's not really top secret, at least, not any more. The National Security Agency has posted its Cisco Router Security Recommendation Guides - as well as its Windows 2000 security guides.

And this time, they've posted them on a gigantic server, able to withstand even a gazillion simultaneous Slashdot users.

Oprah for Internet czarina?

CNN reports that some survey has found that at least some people would prefer to have Oprah Winfrey run the Internet. Others would rather have the Pope or Bill Gates run it.

Yeah, yeah, that last one obviously shows some people didn't take the survey, by the Markle Foundation, seriously.

Saving the Palm

Maybe it's a bit early to write the obituary for the Palm. Still, some Palm fans are worried enough to write Apple-like steps for saving the Palm.



What's Microsoft doing at an open-source conference?

You remember Craig Mundie. He's the Microsoft exec who says Linux and Apache will make your teeth fall out.

So give him credit for agreeing to debate Tim O'Reilly at O'Reilly's own Open Source Convention later this month in San Diego. In this Q&A O'Reilly explains his reasoning for inviting Mundie:

(A)t bottom, I believe a "kinder, gentler Microsoft" that is more supportive of software innovations in the public sector is actually in Microsoft's best interest. The question is how to get them to understand that. There is a huge amount of open source at a grassroots level within Microsoft. The question is how to help them develop a conscious open source strategy.

On the other side, I want open source developers to get over their everything-Microsoft-does-is-evil mentality. Microsoft is doing a lot of interesting work, especially in the area of defining a next-generation "Internet operating system." It's absolutely critical that we come up with a version of that operating system that has the open characteristics of today's Internet. If those of us who are steeped in open systems don't engage with Microsoft around this next-generation system, it's more likely to be closed and proprietary.

Via Boing Boing.

Like a big pizza pi

That's amoré.

Yap'PI'ing lets you hear pi recited in a variety of Indo-European languages - as well as in Morse code, as played by a harpsichord and as punched into a telephone keypad. Hours, well, minutes, well, seconds of fun.


OK, so, like, bullies have left the playground and moved online. Salon provides its usual in-depth coverage of this new phenomenon (even if the New Yorker got around to it first).


Better check your phone bill

The Washington Post reports that long-distance carriers are quietly jacking up charges for calling-card use. Qwest, for example, instituted some rather dramatic increases recently, which you would have gotten advance warning of only by scanning the company Web site:

When the LaPlata, Md., lawyer called his long-distance carrier, Qwest, to protest, he was told that his 10 cents-a minute rate had gone up to 69 cents a minute with an additional $1.25 connection fee per call. Belson complained that he had received no notice of the increase. A Qwest official subsequently said the change had been posted on the company's Web site and in a document at the Federal Communications Commission a month earlier

Via Dotcom Scoop.

John Deere, Internet powerhouse?

Speaking of Dotcom Scoop, it serves up today's most bizarre rumor: a trial balloon about John Deere (yes, the green-tractor people) buying troubled ISP Excite@Home. If it happens, the ad campaign (for Deere@Home?) could "revolve around the Internet being as easy to use as a lawnmower," the site quotes one tipster, allegedly in the men's room when he overheard the idea.

Have some birthday pi

Where is your Birthday in PI? lets you type in your birthdate (numerically, natch) and see its first occurence in pi:

For those that don't remember, PI is the big number that begins with three.

Via Memepool.

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And what cool stuff have you run across? Contact Fusion Executive Editor Adam Gaffin.

Compendium archive:

Week of 01/21/02
Tracking down a stolen Mac; Dead C Scrolls; Googlewhacking; How bad is it in the Valley?; Storage lessons from the Wayback Machine; The pub-seeking handheld; Internet gang wars; Outlook XP breaks MIME.

Week of 01/14/02
Why should iMac owners have all the eye candy?; Luxo Redux; So you think your job is bad; Google as a DNS replacement? Not so fast; Nokia exec cites stock plunge in speeding-fine appeal; The tragedy of the .coms; The Google parlor game; Some people *like* Steve the Dell Guy; Ban all Microsoft attachments?

Week of 01/07/02
Dot-com to bare all; iMac Dance; Wendy's remembers Dave; Search engine bites the dust; Wendy's Web site ignores Dave's death; Geek comic strip; Youngest security expert ever; Spam poetry; Confessions of a hacker; Breathless Apple; Dave Barry does Windows XP.

Week of 01/02/02
Dropping everything to vote; The best Apple rumors, ever; Guess Steve Case isn't getting into Harvard; Make your own O'Reilly cover; Boosting your wireless juice; Telnet lives!

Week of 12/03/01
This space intentionally left blank (vacation).

Week of 11/26/01
The most useless software ever; Is Microsoft getting ready to squash PC vendors?; Excite@Home: The Watergate of the New Economy?; No more 3Com Park. Is CMGI Field next?; Are you an e-bore?; This site'll have you coming and going; Entertainment Weekly's loss of innocence; Ensign Crusher as Entertainer of the Year; Oh, for the old days.

Week of 11/19/01
The Museum of Broken Packets; Just in time for Thanksgiving; Tourist Guy found; Why virtual offices suck; A domain ruling that sucks; Hacking the iPod.

Week of 11/12/01
Why you shouldn't ship computers via UPS; When .Net requires Java; High-tech grafitti artists; Spam from beyond the grave; New group tries to oversee the whole Internet; Paging Dick Tracy; Students use PDAs to cheat; Windaz for Aussies, Newfies; Another alternative to Passport; A virtual honeynet

Week of 11/05/01
Bill Gates: Father of open source; Verizon exec: Monopoly is good; Weird molecule names; E-mail: too much of a good thing?; A cluster of one; More woes for dot-bombers; Spam as weapon in the war on crime; Just when you think the Web can't get any better; Just when you think the Web can't get any worse; More proof I shouldn't be a wiseass; Using your Web logs to ID hacker attacks; Help save the FAQs; Who do you trust, baby?; Powerpuff Girls powerless against virus; Big IP pipe between US, Europe.

Week of 10/29/01
The profit of turning thugs into programmers; Work Name Generator; A programmer's lament; The world's best ATM; Are anti-spammers killing people?; Web services and storage; Get your Aerons here; Perl for the XXI-imum century; Microsoft's blocking of non-IE browsers.

Week of 10/22/01
Government info taken off the Web since 9/11; Beware hackers who talk too much; A contest you can enter sitting down; Now don't try this in the office; Bob Patterson must die; Finally, a useful 404 page; Tech calls from hell; Teletubbies XP; More XP fun; Anthrax and e-mail; Larry's ID card; World's longest gum-wrapper chain.

Week of 10/15/01
Let's drop PDAs on Afghanistan; Voice control? Try grunt control; Spam gets back to business; A content-management portal; Share your system tray with the world; Would you let the recording industry onto your network?; Al Queda's low-tech high tech; 9/11 archive; Shoe company gets open source after all; Pod people, coming soon to a cube near you.

Week of 10/08/01
Larry and Scott's dueling ID cards; Cringely: Broadband is dead; The dangers of Photoshop; The dangers of copy protection; Microsoft mining whois for telephone solicitations?; How to REALLY throw a LAN party; Good fences don't make good 'Net neighbors; How Google adapted to 9/11 news; Web services as over-hyped hooey; Why shoe guys shouldn't do open source; Online air hockey.

Week of 10/01/01
AT&T waives 9/11 wireless charges for some; Shifting gears; Craig Burton on the Novell/Microsoft suit; In search of the post-PC interface; Vibrating PDAs and wearable phones; Gary Condit's Web site; No, that isn't a real photo of a WTC tourist; How to throw a LAN party; How sucky is your intranet?

Week of 9/24/01
For grizzled 'Net veterans; UK ISP forced to pull deceptive ads; Pretty Good encryption controversy; Are you as smart as Miss America?; Really securing your computer; Still lots of insecure IIS servers; Kids, don't try this at home; Anthrax Kills; Larry's national database; Nimda hysteria?

Weeks of 9/10/01 - 9/17/01
Attack and post-attack items.

Week of 9/3/01
999,999,999 bottles of beer on the wall; Finally, a wind-up cell phone; Enough with the ringing!; The VoIP calculator; 802.11b insecurity; Hank the Angry Drunken Dwarf explains IOS DHCP; Is ENUM the mark of the devil?; AOL gives user permanent demerit; The Ballmer music video; Cleveland news flash: Y2K was last year.

Week of 8/27/01
Re-routing around censorship; Us vs. them in scripting; The boss button; Fighting off the hackers for fun; Peer computing as a weapon of war; Unix poetry; The Windows Fatal Exception Decoder; New Fusion widget: Getting rid of spyware; The sound of 200 cell phones going off at once; Taleban Web site hacked; Hey, sysadmin, remember Sircam?

Week of 8/20/01
On the importance of flame wars; Bill Gates sees dead people?; A markup language for grunts and groans; Is Microsoft leaking those Ballmer dance videos?; Good Samaritan not so good?; Steve Ballmer works up a sweat; Open-source wireless cracking; When technology goes too far; Another dumb computer arrest?; Is Cisco Communist?

Week of 8/13/01
Moron marketers threaten 'Net users; Finding free wireless access; Complete wastes of time; OS holy war flares in North Carolina; Are programmers weird?; Somebody actually buys an X10 camera; We're number, uh, two!; Those after-hours computer discussions; An entire city running on Linux; Distributed spam fighter under development; Could a Warhol virus infect the entire 'Net in 15 minutes?; Tell AOL what to do with its CDs.

Week of 8/6/01
Fusion shatters a myth; Bridging .Net and Java?; AT&T Broadband cuts off non-IIS servers to fight Code Red; Bluetoothless; Tennessee town bites into Apple; And you thought TI-99/4A fans were over the edge; Biometrics coming to your local supermarket; Steve Ballmer a-hootin' and a-hollerin'; Speaking of Web images; Just how far PC prices have fallen; Does Starbucks' CEO get his own wireless strategy?

Note: Compendium's entire staff took the week of 7/30 off.

Week of 7/23/01
Crackers getting more sophisticated; Sex and Microsoft Office; The wonders of science, part MXXII; Finally, a useful virus; A shocking game controller; Big Ball of Mud school of programming; Two vitally important new resources; Adobe: Ooops; Eudora Welty, dead at 92; Centralizing Unix administration in Perl; Spellchecking the entire Web.

Week of 7/16/01
Worm turns on Microsoft Web servers; The day the ISP died; Cell-phone users have no shame; Even Internet consultants can screw up the 'Net; Symphony for Dot Matrix Printers; The ultimate cup of coffee; The solar-powered ISP; Everhost; Internet VCer: Oops; The Lego Palm and the pink fuzzy laptop; The Microsoft-English dictionary; Putting a loved one in the home.

Week of 7/9/01
Saving those all important VoIP calls; This site is a bright idea; Could wireless end messy divorces?; How much will that software really cost you?; Ghosts of failed dot-coms; The spy's guide to securing your Cisco routers; Oprah for Internet czarina?; What's Microsoft doing at an open-source conference?; Like a big pizza pi; Cyber-bullies; Better check your phone bill; Have some birthday pi.

Week of 7/2/01
How HP wastes energy to save energy; New toy for the bored and lonely; Weird programming languages; When sponsors are speakers; The case of the disturbing backwards monitor; Congress to ICANN: Drop dead; Yet another video game made into a movie; Smile, you're on Candid (Police) Camera; High-speed hotels; Network Solutions blocking name transfers?

Week of 6/25/01
One of the fathers of Usenet dead at 45; Are you ready for insta-spam?; Diary of a site collapse; Skirting the issue; Assimiliating the Web; Trolling for help; Software wars; Rating the rater; True tales from the help desk; How about spam embedded in your mail?

Week of 6/18/01
Unix diapers; A beautiful waste of time; A P2P taxonomy; This page is too stupid; Homeless dot-commer bogus?; Whee, Linux is fun!; Blue Screens everywhere; Forget viruses: This fungus eats CDs; Microsoft revises Smart Tags a bit; Homeless dot-commers.

Week of 6/11/01
Slashdot crashes the NSA; They may be Smart Tags, but they're not Original Tags; What open source and California wines have in common; Jakob Nielsen no tyro; How to make Windows 2000 really, really secure; Where the Internet begins; A useful computer bug; The clothes make the geek; The end of the Internet; Why PDF bites; Novel use of a wireless phone; Hidden info; When Web sites tell too much.

Week of 6/4/01
DSL modems are so '90s; Bye-bye Netscape; Get ready to upgrade those mail servers; The anti-.Net; The real reason to buy a Palm; Anatomy of a DDoS attack; Pain is good.

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