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Archive for August, 2006
Blogarity Project: Blog for Charity
Posted on Friday, August 25th, 2006 at 3:31 pm.


So, since last time I missed the Blogathon, I am again doing another ‘thon of the nature - a 12-hour, 25-post one, called the Blogarity Project. It is also at a different time, in February. You should visit the Forums and register, and participate if possible. I am blogging for Amnesty International, and I will add a notice when time comes. I will have a new design up at that time, so no annoying sidebar that breaks in IE. (Though IE sucks.)

digg Blogarity

Verizon DSL Modem
Posted on Thursday, August 24th, 2006 at 5:38 pm.


Once again, I must say that Verizon sucks. The story is, on Thursday, my dad got mad and broke the cable modem. (Nothing weird. He gets mad about me using the computer all the time. See technophobe and asian. Two or three capacitors came from their sockets. So I called up Verizon the next day, saying that I needed a replacement as soon as possible, like that day. They said that it was not possible. So they promised to send me one by 12:00 the next day.

Hi. My name is Steven and I am typing this article via a public library computer terminal. It was 12:40 and there was no Verizon DSL Modem in sight, so I called Verizon Tech support. (And you piss the automated thing by saying “agent” a lot.) I stated that the dude that talked to me yesterday said it was to be delivered by 12:00 today. The support rep at the other end said something incomprehensible about warranties and said it required at least 3 days. So I argued with them, and I finally just went “bye” and hung up.

Verizon sucks, dude. I probably won’t be able to set up the Quivira Media v2 Io on time (tomorrow) becuase of the stupidity of a certain crappy telco called Verizon. DIE VERIZON!

UPDATE: To be as honest as possible on this topic, I will admit that I did recieve the modem when I got home. Aside from being 6 hours late, I do appreciate Verizon’s actions on this matter. Though Verizon still sucks, and their reps are a bit confused. Nevertheless, I got my modem. Thanks, Verizon!

USB Powered BBQ
Posted on Wednesday, August 23rd, 2006 at 8:05 pm.

Adding to the ongoing list of strange USB-powered toys (including the USB Aquarium) is the USB-powered BBQ. This is a barbeque grill that requires thirty (30) (trente) USB ports to power that little piece of grill you have to cook… well, I don’t know. Some Japanese modders made this with 6 USB adapter cards. See here for more pictures, and a video.

(via Gizmodo)

Facebook Adds Blog-Like “Notes”
Posted on Tuesday, August 22nd, 2006 at 10:49 pm.

Facebook has added a feature called “notes” - which is very close to a blog, but just called “notes”. It’s more devious from a blog, though, becuase you not only can add ‘notes’ and have them show up in your profile chronologically, but you can also add a photo for the note, as well as you can tag people in the note so they can be notified that they were included in that particular note. In other terms, you can “tag” people in the notes, just like you can tag people in photos. Of course, you can add comments to note posts.

Example of a sample note being written, with the good ol’ autocomplete with tagging people in the note. You can also add a photo for the note.

You can apparently enter the feed of your blog to be displayed alongside your notes, apparently. It looks like it aggregates - but I won’t test it.

British Airline Terror Plot Disrupted
Posted on Thursday, August 10th, 2006 at 5:00 pm.

LONDON — British authorities said Thursday they had thwarted a terrorist plot to simultaneously blow up several aircraft heading to the U.S. using explosives smuggled in carry-on luggage. Home Secretary John Reid said 21 people had been arrested in England following a lengthy investigation, including the alleged “main players” in the plot. (Source: AP/NewsVine)

The goddamn terrorists tried to attack someone again, but this time they failed. So what I have heard is that terrorists were trying to blow up as many as ten planes heading for the US today. They mixed Gatorade and some kind of gel to create an explosive liquid that could have been detonated wirelessly using an iPod or cellphone, or any kind of electronic transmitter. London police confirmed that 24 people were arrested and are in custody.

Dave thinks that World War Three is coming soon. And I agree. It is pretty inevidable. Oh, and I started a new forum, WW3Forum. It is here:

Update: Homeland Security posts a Code-Red alert, and bans liquids from the airplanes.

WASHINGTON — The Bush administration posted an unprecedented code-red alert for passenger flights from England to the United States and banned liquids from all carry-on bags Thursday, clamping down quickly after British authorities disrupted a frightening terror plot. (Source: AP/NewsVine)

Update: My World War 3 Watch site is now up.