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Archives: October 2001

Friday, 19 October 2001

Sorry 'bout the slowdown in posting this week; had a particularly demanding week of work, and Weblog loses to Work.

A couple of local bits from the Post:

National Adds 18 Airports to Destinations; Change Faster Than Expected.

Metro talks about expansion; Georgetown Stop Would Be Included On New Blue Line. Sounds good. permanent link

Thursday, 18 October 2001

"I love the smell of PowerPoint in the morning!

It smells like...


- Lieut. Col. Ballmer, Apocal-X P

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Wednesday, 17 October 2001

A letter to The Times (UK):
Sir, I hope that I am not the only person in the creative arts who feels great disquiet about the proposals outlined by the Home Secretary in the Commons today, to introduce legislation to outlaw what has been described as "incitement to religious hatred"... Having spent a substantial part of my career parodying religious figures from my own Christian background, I am aghast at the notion that it could, in effect, be made illegal to imply ridicule of a religion or to lampoon religious figures.

[...] For telling a good and incisive religious joke, you should be praised. For telling a bad one, you should be ridiculed and reviled. The idea that you could be prosecuted for the telling of either is quite fantastic.

Yours faithfully,
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Monday, 15 October 2001

Making DVDs just got cheaper: Pioneer drops prices on DVR-A03 [MacCentral]
The DVR-A03 is the retail version of the same optical drive Apple bills as its Power Mac G4 "SuperDrive:" a mechanism that can record DVD-R and other optical media. The drive is now available for US$649. When the drive was introduced this past may, it carried with it a suggested retail price of $995. The cost of DVD-RW media has also dropped -- discs are now available for $15.99 each.
Presumably this price drop will eventually be reflected in the PowerMac G4. permanent link

The FBI has a (large) PDF you can download with warning signs to look for when dealing with mail. The PDF is almost a megabyte and not easily searchable by search engines, so I'm reproducing most of the text of it here so it's available to people without Acrobat.

With accompanying photos, it says that you should be particularly suspicious of an envelope or package in the following cases:
  • No Return Address
  • Restrictive Markings (such as 'PERSONAL' or 'SPECIAL DELIVERY')
  • Strange Odor
  • Excessive Postage (Possibly Mailed from a Foreign Country)
  • Misspelled Words
  • Addressed to Title Only (such as 'Security Manager') or has Incorrect Title
  • Excessive Tape or String
  • Badly typed or written
  • Oily Stains, Discolorations, or Crystalization on Wrapper
  • Protruding Wires
  • Lopsided or Uneven
  • Wrong Title with Name
  • Rigid or Bulky
What should you do?
  1. Handle with care. Don't shake or bump.
  2. Isolate and look for indicators
  3. Don't open, smell or taste
  4. Treat it as Suspect! Call 911.
If parcel is open and/or a threat is identified. . .

For a Bomb
Evacuate Immediately
Call 911 (Police)
Contact local FBI
For Radiological
Limit Exposure - Don't Handle
Distance (Evacuate area)
Shield yourself from object
Call 911 (Police)
Contact local FBI
For Biological or Chemical
Isolate - Don't Handle
Call 911 (Police)
Wash your hands with soap and warm water
Contact local FBI
(Ask for the Duty Agent, Special Agent Bomb Technician, or Weapons of Mass Destruction Coordinator)
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Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle's office received a letter containing anthrax [AP/NY Times]

Tom Brokaw believes he was exposed to the anthrax in the envelope his assistant got it from. [Reuters/Yahoo] permanent link

Sunday, 14 October 2001

Tuesday, October 16th looks like it'll be eventful...

Back up your important documents now, Windows folks (it's not a high probability that something bad will happen, but it's always a good idea to back up...): SirCam due to wipe Windows PCs next Tuesday [The Register, from last week]

Also Tuesday, Apple's supposedly updating the Powerbook and iBook lines [CNET], making them much more attractive deals:
Apple is making no major design changes to either portable, opting instead to boost the processing speed, memory and hard drive, sources said.

The updated Titanium PowerBook models are expected to sport new graphics chips from ATI Technologies, larger hard drives and faster processors. Sources said to look for 667MHz and perhaps 550MHz models. ... [Apple] is also expected to offer models with CD-rewritable drives and, at least optionally, combination CD-RW/DVD drives.
And the first-ever DVD of a Star Wars movie (Episode I: The Phantom Menace) is coming out Tuesday. permanent link

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