Phoenix Technologies, which makes BIOSes for notebooks and desktop computers, has a nifty idea: something called Firstware Assistant that lets you check your Outlook calendar and email without booting up the machine. You turn on the machine through a special quick-boot cycle that bypasses Windows and lets you view only certain data.… Read the rest
MSNBC: More and more people are calling themselves flexitarians — meat-eating vegetarians.
Or, as I used to call myself, a non-practicing vegetarian.
Veggie guru Molly Katzen is quoted as saying, “I don’t feel it’s wrong if you’ve got a great big plate of vegetables [and] your protein is from a healthy, happy chicken, or a grass-fed cow.”… Read the rest
This is just too much fun not to post a link to it.… Read the rest
About a month ago, I moved this weblog and my haiku site to Birdhouse Hosting, run by my friend Scot Hacker. It was a good move: Both sites are faster, Scot’s spam-filtering has given me back 20 minutes a day that I used to spend deleting junk mail, and most importantly, Scot is a patient, capable, and thorough sysadmin.… Read the rest
The Merc’s Dan Gillmor says now is time to face facts, make needed investment — in data infrastructure (last mile broadband, in particular), in education, in basic research, and in health care. Without these investments, Silicon Valley — and the U.S.… Read the rest
Brad Templeton has a canny solution to the domain-name fiasco: Let almost anyone create their own top-level domain, as long as they’re able to maintain it and contribute to the maintenance of the overall domain name system (DNS).
Instead of just a few TLDs, like .com,… Read the rest
“While using the Bovine Rectal Palpation Simulator the student palpates virtual objects resembling parts of the reproductive tract inside the rear-half of a fibreglass cow.”
(via strata lucida)… Read the rest
A school in the U.K. is now offering a course in Elvish — or more precisely, Sindarin and Quenya, two languages invented by Tolkein.… Read the rest
According to attorney Scott Bursor, phone companies’ practice of “locking” phones so they can’t be used with any other carrier is anticompetitive. He’s not the only one who’s angry about locked phones. But don’t just sit there — Schuyler Erle tells you how to do something about it.… Read the rest