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1 April 2000

Customer: have some cheese, don't you?
Owner: (brightly) Of course, sir. It's a cheese shop, sir. We've got--
Customer: No no... don't tell me. I'm keen to guess.
-- The Cheese Shoppe Sketch, Monty Python

Given the recent flaps about closed, poorly-made censorware, it's about time somebody started this:

    For computer owners interested in restricting which websites can be visited by other users of the same machine (such as parents, kiosk owners, and some libraries), FreeBlocker provides an open-source, strongly-secure access control mechanism with a publicly-viewable list of which sites it blocks and in what categories.

    Unlike its commercial competitors, FreeBlocker will not block sites the programmers disagree with unless they truly have content that should be blocked according to the standard criteria (see list). Since the criteria and the list of blocked pages is open to scrutiny, users will be able to evaluate FreeBlocker's effectiveness for themselves.

    Currently only available on Windows and Linux.

Bill & Ted together again?!

"Party on, Neo." "Party on, Bill." "Excellent!"

Weird Al touring dates. He's coming to St. Louis next...

Prompted in part by desires expressed by Jason Kottke and Laurel Krahn (among others), an anonymous benefactor has notified me that s/he set up as a place for webloggers to post links and journal entries they wouldn't risk putting on their own sites. Go there to find out how to post.

It'll only succeed if enough different people post so that individual identities aren't guessable, so go to it.

W.E.B.L.O.G.: Wireless Electronic Being Limited to Observation and Gratification

Cyborg names of many web folks... [MetaFilter]

I didn't even know they had a "Go to Jail" piece:

If any parts of today's entry weren't strictly true, a better world they would be.

Oh, and don't forget to set your clocks forward...

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