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Saturday 22 September 2001, 23:15 BST
How to make your personal computer truly secure. [Via blogjam]
Catherine Bennett welcomes the new shadow cabinet. [Via More a way of life....]
Gays and lesbians who were kicked out of the US armed forces for breaching the "don't ask, don't tell..." policy imposed by President Clinton have now been deemed eligible to be called up to serve in the forthcoming war on terrorism. Then those who survive the conflict will probably be fired all over again once the conflict is over, just as they were after the Gulf War.

Astonishing, just astonishing. What happened to all that "Gays and lesbians will have a detrimental effect on military efficiency" crap that pushed Clinton into the awkward compromise policy in the first place? [Via Looka!]
How does a [insert low-IQ group of your choice] copy a Word file? [Via It's All About Me, Me, Me]
Friday 21 September 2001, 23:50 BST
Ernie's mother gets on his case.
I saw The Fast and the Furious this evening. It is what it is: loud, dumb, unpretentious fun and none the worse for it - in short, a perfectly satisfying evening's entertainment. And I have to note that while the nominal leading man, Paul Walker, was only so-so, his adversary Vin Diesel will go far. (I really must get round to seeing Pitch Black some day.)
The Blog Twinning Project: Bringing People Together Whether They Like It or Not. This could be very interesting. I can see why someone might think this site is similar to linkmachinego, but I'd have said that plasticbag.org is a very different type of weblog from mine.

Still, that's part of what makes this such an interesting project: it's how others see us that's so fascinating. I only had a chance to take a quick look at a few of the twinnings this evening, but I'll certainly be going back to add a few pairings of my own over the weekend. [Via plasticbag.org]
Thursday 20 September 2001, 23:20 BST
Remote control roaches. This whole idea creeps me out. The accompanying photo makes my skin crawl. [Via my 2p]
The late Carl Sagan puts it all into perspective. [Via Ponderous Ponderings]
Gbloogle: All GBlogs, All the Time. Ben Hammersley has put together a very nice little search engine for GBlogs. It's in beta at the moment, but I hope he keeps it running because it's already very useful indeed.
Also from Ben Hammersley, here's a report that Microsoft's license for FrontPage 2002 (their web page design program) requires that "You may not use the Software in connection with any site that disparages Microsoft, MSN, MSNBC, Expedia, or their products or services ..."

The inevitable MetaFilter and Slashdot threads on this topic eventually turned up the truth of the story, which is that the restriction refers only to the use of the program's logo or the various server-based add-ins MS supplies with FrontPage (like the MSNBC news headline component and the MSN Money Central Stock Quote Ticker) on sites critical of Microsoft.

What's interesting is that so many people were prepared to believe that Microsoft would be arrogant enough to try to pull a stunt like that. Presumably the next step would have been to ban Word and Outlook Express users from writing nasty comments about Uncle Bill, followed by a ban on using Internet Explorer to view sites or documents containing anti-MS content.
Tuesday 18 September 2001, 22:30 BST
Wil Wheaton on attending cons and encountering WILLIAM FUCKING SHATNER! [Via plasticbag.org]
An insightful essay on what makes for a good email newsletter, with particular reference to the joys of popbitch and NTK. [Via I Love Everything]
Whip-Its: Dairy-Driving Daredevils. Were these for real? [Via a fire inside]
Geeks at 39,000 feet. [Via spitfire!]
Monday 17 September 2001, 22:50 BST
Daypop is a new "current events search engine" which specialises in picking up weblog entries and news stories when they're still fresh. Since Google have recently announced that they're going to be refreshing their index more frequently precisely so as to catch news stories, I'm not sure how long Daypop's advantage will hold, but for now it's an impressive tool for picking up what webloggers are saying about the events of the day. [Via As Above]
Kittens. Lots and lots of kittens. Very, very cute. And the puppies aren't bad either. [Via wherever you are]
The Signs of the Zodiac as body art. Leo is especially impressive, I think. [Via It's All About Me, Me, Me]
Free software as a replacement for Microsoft. A first-rate rant from Larry Augustin. [Via rc3.org]
Last night's Star Trek Night on BBC2 was reasonably respectful and good fun, despite the presence of Jonathan Ross as the evening's host. It was good to see Trials and Tribble-ations again (not least for Worf's embarrassment when asked why the TOS-era Klingons didn't have cornish-pasty foreheads), but I can't for the life of me understand why Voyager's Counterpoint won the Viewers' Vote when DS9's excellent Far Beyond The Stars was on the ballot.
Somehow I don't think the Miami Tourist Board will be using this article to publicise the delights of South Florida any time soon. [Via world of jill matrix]
Sunday 16 September 2001, 23:35 BST
The US Internal Revenue Service have ruled that because of the chaos caused by Tuesday's attack some taxpayers can extend deadlines for submissions. However, there is a catch:
"The perpetrators of the attack, and anyone aiding the attack, will not qualify for relief under this notice."
[Via rec.arts.sf.written]
Nottingham City Council have found out the hard way that solar power isn't always a viable power source in the UK, even after a particularly pleasant summer. [Via comp.risks]
Alana Kumbier thinks that the latest US season of Big Brother has been greatly improved by depriving the viewers of their influence over who gets evicted and having the housemates form alliances and stab one another in the back, Survivor-style. [Via PopPolitics]
James Lileks remembers the buildings that stood at the WTC site before the WTC. I quite like the look of that City Investment Building, myself.

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