Thursday, May 30, 2002

Here is the world's smallest website. Look carefully and you'll see navigation buttons. There are games such as pong - this looks very similar to the resolution of the original game 20 years ago but it's somewhat dwarfed when viewed on a 1280x1024 desktop.

Wednesday, May 29, 2002

I just finished reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire which ends the resurgence of the evil Lord Voldemort and Prof. Dumbledore's advice that unity between wizards, giants, and Muggles will be able to defeat this evil. Then I see a headline on today's USA Today suggesting that Al-Qaeda is trying to provoke war between Pakistan and India in Kashmir.

It's so clear now. It's all a conspiracy! J.K. Rowling, on behalf of her fellow wizards, has written what at first glance are merely very readable novels about Harry Potter and the world of wizards. Actually, though, the wizards and Lord Voldemort are real. Lord Voldemort is known to us Muggles as "Osama Bin Laden". The super-secret Echelon survellience network and Area 51 are just a cover to hide wizarding schools and Quidditch arenas. The delay of the release of the fifth Potter book is probably due to a squabble at the Ministry of Magic about how much to admit and how much help the wizards need from us Muggles.

Before you question whether or not I'm completely mad, somebody else has had similar thoughts. Does that prove or disprove my madness? Does it support my theory?

Tuesday, May 28, 2002

In a discussion on slasdot about "How Effective are Ergonomic Keyboards?", one reader echos my sentiments about why keyboard-based editor are better for your hands.

Thursday, May 16, 2002

PC Magazine Utility AutoWhat? 2 lets you examine and edit the auto-complete data used by IE and other programs.

Wednesday, May 15, 2002

ewwww... here's a candidate for whowouldbuythat.com: on ebay you can buy the bone chips from Seattle Mariners pitcher Jeff Nelson's recent surgery. Drat! Ebay took it away. A friend tells me that bidding was up above $12,000 when he last looked.

Tuesday, May 14, 2002

Monday, May 13, 2002

Be glad that your mother doesn't leave messages like the messages on Amy's Answering Machine. (This has some good text, but much better Real Audio content.)

Thursday, May 09, 2002

A new distributed computing project is starting to model climate. In the FAQ, we find that some astute readers have asked "Won't all these computers being left on for 24 hours a day have a detrimental impact on the Climate System?" Here's a summary of the answer:
  1. 100,000 computers running this software use 432,000,000kJ of energy per day. (Is 432gJ legal in physics jargon?)
  2. This same amount of energy can boil water for 5,400,000 cups of tea.
  3. 37 million UK residents consume 126 million cups of tea collectively each day.
  4. Therefore, UK tea drinkers will use 23 times more energy each day than this project (at the (optimistic?) level of 100,000 full-time computers).
Every now and then I'm bombarded by competing reactions and I don't know how to react. Should I be amazed by the skill and hard work? Should I be bewildered by the amount of time spend on a seemingly trival pursuit? Should I just bow down in awe of the geek-factor? The trigger (this time) is the Periodic Table Table by Theodore Gray