I'll Have Nunavthat

Via Angie: “A Nunavut Tourism marketing officer was fired last month after a local resident complained about a web site she ran in her spare time.” This has to be the first marketer on the planet I've ever felt bad for. She deserves to be with a smarter company. Don't ever lose your voice – no job is worth that price.

Microsoft Botches Deployment of XP SP2

Why didn't Microsoft just seed a torrent (and a checksum to match)? Instead, they're telling folks to wait until it's their turn to download the new service pack via WindowsUpdate.com. Meanwhile, how many systems will fall victim to holes purportedly patched by SP2? BitTorrent could have cut their bandwidth bill in half and made a lot of geeks happy at the same time. That said, I'm already seeing quite a few “unofficial” seeds pop up across the 'Net.

Free Radicals! Free Radicals!

Sarcasm, sardonic wit, and extremism… in case you hadn't already noticed, I tend to use these devices. Sometimes, it's just to see if the audience is really breathing (not listening, as THX has that covered). What's the use in writing something for anybody if nobody really reads it? Or, to put it another way, will the blogosphere eventually collapse upon itself? I watched a program on the Discovery Channel last night that said the more we use blogfluorocarbons, the bigger the hole in the Ozone gets. To do my part, I'm not going to write anything more in this entry.

The Ultimate Gmail Apps Page

Don't ask me how I found it, but I did. It's perfect for all you Gmail addicts out there. Oh, and while we're on the subject of email, don't ever expect me to take action on those ANNOYING challenge / response messages – like the ones that come from Mailblocks. Next time I respond to a message (belonging to a thread that I didn't initiate) that bounces me through one of those scripts, I'll bill the original sender my regular hourly rate after I jump through the flaming hoop.

The Geekiest Scale

After getting serious about losing weight and measuring our BMI, we finally spent more than $50 on a good bathroom scale. If I were handing out awards for the geekiest scale, the winner would be the Tanita BF681 Family. We got it locally with an outstanding 20% off coupon, but they're available online, too. Turns out, with a more accurate reading, I'm currently at 153 pounds / 20 BMI – which tells a slightly different story than our old unit. And forget about relying on the online weight calculators; they often don't take into account body-type differences, and (bottom-line) they're not measuring your body directly. Trust me, this one's worth the money; it's easy to use, simple to set up, stores four profiles, and matches the shower curtain (almost).

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