23 October 2003
Wow. Amazon have got a new feature – you can now search inside books as well as their titles.
Apart from the bog-standard geek fascination as to how they pulled this off, this also offers an intriguing new way of, for example, tracking obscure references or quotes or checking for plagiarism, as well as the potential for doing all the silly things you did with Google – searching for yourself/friends/family, for example. We could even come up with the sport of “AmazonWhacking”…
21 October 2003
…I was going to link to a BBC article about how he refused to perform unless disabled people were moved away from the front of the auditorium, but why give the fucker more publicity? Regardless of this latest story, it goes without saying he’s a complete twat.
20 October 2003
One of the best pictures of the year:
[From this article on ananova]
PS Any decent captions? Send ’em in to the usual address.
Update: That image has reminded me of Blair denying being Bush’s puppet.
20 October 2003
Scott Adams, creator of Dilbert, has invited five other artists to write his strip for him this week, which is quite an interesting concept. I recall one April Fools’ Day a load of cartoonists all swapped strips for the day, this is an amusing extension of it – like bands doing covers as a tribute, I suppose…
Speaking of comics, my friend Mark‘s comic Bob’s Your Uncle is doing well in the Top Web Comics list (11th the last time I looked…). Check it out.
19 October 2003
This may be slightly oldish news, but Mozilla Firebird 0.7 is out now. Firebird is an alternative web browser, for Windows, Linux or Mac OS X. It’s fast (runs nicely on my cranky old Pentium III), open source (so you can stick it to Bill Gates) and has some damn good features, like tabbed windows (no more millions of windows or cluttered toolbar), banning pop-up windows and blocking images (no more annoying adverts), a skinnable user interface (although at the moment most skins aren’t compatible with the new version…grrrr), lots of customisation options, and it’s only a 6MB download. It rocks. It could beat IE in a fight with one hand tied behind its back. Go download it now.
16 October 2003
Sophie Ellis-Bextor has been found dead in a French footballer’s hotel room. Police say it was Murder on Zidane’s Floor.