Thursday, March 28, 2002

Roger Ebert on music piracy

I gain more respect for Roger Ebert every day. Here is an intelligently written commentary on the state of internet music sharing and how it relates to the music industry. He talks about Universal's new CD copy-protection scheme that will render CDs unplayable in DVD players, CD-ROMs, and car stereos and how record companies, by trying to eliminate music sharing and MP3 swapping, are really just biting the hand that feeds them -- the fans.

AdCritic.com is coming back!

Seen on FARK, but definately newsworthy enough to be seen here as well. The popluar site that hosted all kinds of advertisements, like the classic "Vikings?!" ad, and the "Dodge Aries" spoof is coming back!

AdCritic had originally shut down a few months ago because they couldn't pay for all the bandwidth they were using. I hope this doesn't mean more stupd web ads, but hopefully this new incarnation can stay afloat.

Wednesday, March 27, 2002

Klingon Google

This is the most retarded thing I've seen all week. I know Google is trying to be all multi-language and stuff (I tend to get redirected to Google.ca most of the time), but this is ridiculous. A version of Google for Klingons.

Friday, March 22, 2002

Spam sucks! (and so does trafficmagnet.net)

First off, please DO NOT go to trafficmagnet.net. I don't want to give those bastards any traffic.

They are the scum of the earth and should be destroyed. The reason? They have webcrawlers that go and harvest email addresses from web pages for the sole purpose of spamming them. I've received the same email sent to various email aliases that I have set up. I've NEVER sent any email from these addresses, as they're purely aliases, yet I get spam all the time.

Click below for the offending email and my reply. Maybe I'll just go post the address to all of the alt.binaries.erotica newsgroups :)

Update: I found an old email that I had previously sent to this woman. It's included in the body of this article.

The offending email:

Date: Sat, 23 Mar 2002 1:11:54 +0800
From: Christine Hall
Reply-To: Christine Hall
To: "MAILMAN-OWNER@SPINE.CX"
Subject: LISTS.SPINE.CX

Hi

I visited LISTS.SPINE.CX, and noticed that you're not listed on some search engines! I think we can offer you a service which can help you increase traffic and the number of visitors to your website.

I would like to introduce you to TrafficMagnet.net. We offer a unique technology that will submit your website to over 300,000 search engines and directories every month.

You'll be surprised by the low cost, and by how effective this website promotion method can be.

To find out more about TrafficMagnet and the cost for submitting your website to over 300,000 search engines and directories, visit www.TrafficMagnet.net.

I would love to hear from you.


Best Regards,

Christine Hall
Sales and Marketing
E-mail: christine@trafficmagnet.net
http://www.TrafficMagnet.net

And my reply:
(Keep in mind that this wasn't the first time I responded to this email. I tried being nice, but that obviously didn't work.)

Date: Fri, 22 Mar 2002 13:40:13 -0400 (AST)
From: Steve Dinn
To: Christine Hall
Subject: Re: LISTS.SPINE.CX

Ok, that's about enough. I've received this email about 10 times and I'm sick of it. I'm going to be blunt here so you can understand what I'm saying to you. I guess the other times I complained, I didn't write monosylabically enough for you to comprehend:

DO NOT send any more advertisements to ANY email address ending in "spine.cx". I do not care that I'm not on some search engines. I don't give two shits. Really. You are just pissing me off. I would NEVER give business to a company that sends unsolicited email, and hey! that includes you.

Not only am I NOT going to do business with you, but I'm going to tell ALL my friends who have ANYTHING to do with the internet NOT to do business with you. I am going to make a point of mentioning on my website that your company sends unsolicited email, and that you are among the more unscrupulous individuals online today because you do so. Make sure you check that out, next time you're scanning it for email addresses.

Then, just for good measure, every once in a while I'll write YOU an unsolicited email just to tell you once again how shitty I think your company is for doing this. Then maybe you can see how badly it sucks.

Am I getting through to you now?

My god, you people have no souls.

Have a nice day,
Steve.


An old email:
(I really wasn't kidding when I wrote this :)

Date: Thu, 19 Jul 2001 20:19:58 -0300 (ADT)
From: Steve Dinn
To: Christine Hall
Subject: Re: LISTS.SPINE.CX

I thought I told you stop harassing me.

Please don't send me any more emails. I run *all* the domains that end in .spine.cx so please don't send any emails to any addresses that end in @spine.cx.

Got the picture? Good.

Next time I won't be so pleasant.

-Steve.

Tuesday, March 19, 2002

Feature: Spoo.ca

Spoo.ca is another Halifax website, run by Simon Leither. As it turns out, spine.cx and spoo.ca both decided to use PHPNuke around the same time, in August 2001. Simon was even nice enough to post an article about the Pub Crawl. It's a pretty cool site all around...a bit more free-form than spine.cx. Check it out.

Friday, March 15, 2002

It's St. Patrick's Day!

Get out your shamrocks and your leprechans, and wear something green. This Sunday is the day when everyone is Irish. It's time to drink green beer and insult the British. Then we drink more green beer, maybe some good Irish whiskey, and stumble all the way home down the rocky road to Dublin to have a Guiness.

I'll direct your attention to this thread where it is being discussed where and when the festivities will commence. Anyone who'll be in Halifax on Sunday night is more than welcome to join our "merry band".

Wednesday, March 13, 2002

Live action remakes of anime movies & shows

Recently, I've seen more than one account of rumours that anime television show Dragonball Z and ultra-violent anime movie Ninja Scroll are going to be remade as live action movies.

What's the deal here? Where are they going to find an actor with Goku's hair? How are they going to manufacture enough fake blood to properly reproduce Jubei's battles? These are questions that must be answered!

Tuesday, March 12, 2002

Canadian Gov't to raise taxes on recordable media

I'm sure many people have seen this on Slashdot, but I think this needs as much exposure as it can get.

Here is a PDF describing the atrocity. Basically we're looking at $1.23 for all CD-RWs, $2.27 for all DVD-Rs, and a completely ridiculous $21/Gig tax on portable MP3 players. That's $420 for a Nomad! WTF?!

Monday, March 11, 2002

Jeff & Crystal's baby joins us outside the womb

Jayden Cole Pick was born March 9th, 2002 at 1147h at the maternity wing of the IWK hospital. He weighed in at 7 lbs 3 oz, which I think puts him slightly below Featherweight :)

Congratulations Jeff & Crystal.

EDIT: Pictures of baby Jayden are just a link away. Click on the Read More link.

Click for photos.

Friday, March 8, 2002

Dial M for Penny

Jesus Murphy. Some guy was shot several times and killed outside the Copper Penny last night...only about two hours after I left. Yikes. Although I heard on the Q104 this morning that the "alleged" shooter was arrested at the scene.

On a side note, I went searching to "Copper Penny" on Google to try to get a useful link, and ended up finding this. What kind of drugs is this guy on? He says about the Penny, and I quote, "Not so smoky anymore." I don't think he's ever actually been there.

Tuesday, March 5, 2002

New DVD standards obviously not carved in stone

DVD Forum's Steering Committee voted this week to approve the use of low-bit-rate compression for high-definition DVD. The DVD Forum's decision, made at a meeting on Feb. 26 in Tokyo, to stick with a red-laser-based scheme but switch to low-bit-rate compression, came only a week after nine of the world's biggest electronics companies agreed to promote a blue-laser-based format for next-generation video and computer optical disks

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