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Archive for March 2003: « February 2003 | Up a level | April 2003 »

March 31, 2003

Pioneer Adam Osborne, Dead at 64

Adam Osborne has died.

  by GilbertZ | Leave or Read Comment(s) (1) | Links to this entry (0) | Technology


Weight Watchers in 1974

Weight Watchers recipe cards, circa 1974. Things have changed a bit...

  by GilbertZ | Leave or Read Comment(s) (1) | Links to this entry (0) | Miscellaneous


March 25, 2003

Google not rushing into going public

Good news for avid searchers, Co-founder downplays Google IPO.

  by GilbertZ | Leave or Read Comment(s) (0) | Links to this entry (0) | Technology


Al Jazeera reporters banned from New York Stock Exchange

AP reports that NYSE Revokes Credentials for Al-Jazeera. Officials are saying it was for security reasons...

  by GilbertZ | Leave or Read Comment(s) (0) | Links to this entry (0) | Current Events


Segway review

Joi Ito has done the first Segway review I've seen. Somehow I doubt the Segway will ever reach sales commensurate to even 1% of the hype, but it probably is a fun ride...

  by GilbertZ | Leave or Read Comment(s) (0) | Links to this entry (1) | Technology


The Command Post

For those that need to hear the latest war news immediately, the best place on the web for that right now is The Command Post - A Warblog Collective.

  by GilbertZ | Leave or Read Comment(s) (0) | Links to this entry (0) | Current Events


Al Jazeera is now in English

Al Jazeera - is now in English.

  by GilbertZ | Leave or Read Comment(s) (0) | Links to this entry (0) | Current Events


Search engine consolidation continues. Looksmart buys GRUB

Although there was no fanfare or announcement, hidden in their filing is the note that looksmart has purchased Grub.

Expect some news from Yahoo and Microsoft in the coming couple of months...

  by GilbertZ | Leave or Read Comment(s) (0) | Links to this entry (0) | Technology


March 23, 2003

Smoking Gun has video of Bush that BBS has apologized for

Not that this is such a big deal, but The Smoking Gun has obtained the video that BBC had to apologize for...

Excerpt:

The British Broadcasting Corporation has apologized to the White House for its broadcast Wednesday night of a live Oval Office feed showing President George W. Bush preparing for his speech announcing the start of the Iraqi war. Administration officials are apparently steamed because Bush was seen having his hair primped and readied by a female stylist armed with a comb and hairspray. Below you'll find a screen grab from the BBC feed as well as a 10-second snippet from the unauthorized TV transmission.

  by GilbertZ | Leave or Read Comment(s) (2) | Links to this entry (0) | Current Events


Halliburton in the news again

Halliburton is in the news again.

  by GilbertZ | Leave or Read Comment(s) (0) | Links to this entry (0) | Current Events


Some evidence that the Baghdad Blogger is for real

So far, The Baghdad Blogger seems to be for real.

  by GilbertZ | Leave or Read Comment(s) (0) | Links to this entry (0) | Current Events


28 Baby Girls found in suitcases on Chinese bus

How can people do this?

28 baby girls found in suitcases on Chinese bus

  by GilbertZ | Leave or Read Comment(s) (1) | Links to this entry (0) | Miscellaneous


March 22, 2003

Scientists track down mystery virus

The Washington Post has some good news: Scientists Find Mystery Illness Virus

  by GilbertZ | Leave or Read Comment(s) (2) | Links to this entry (0) | Science


Turkey overflights

U.S. Scraps Turkey Troop Deployment. After all the negotiations, Turkey finally decided to allow US overflights right before moving in some troops into Iraq to protect their interests. However, they realized that giving the US overflight permission could endanger their ability to move in so they added restrictions. The U.S. decided to give up on the Northern front.

  by GilbertZ | Leave or Read Comment(s) (0) | Links to this entry (0) | Current Events


Seeing double, triple

Wisconsin is seeing double.

  by GilbertZ | Leave or Read Comment(s) (0) | Links to this entry (0) | Miscellaneous


Drug relieves Fibromyglia

A friend of mine is in the hospital with Fibromyalgia, given the wrong drugs for a long period of time. Almost killed her. If anyone has some good info on what helps and works for it, please comment. Thanks!

  by GilbertZ | Leave or Read Comment(s) (3) | Links to this entry (0) | Science


March 20, 2003

Gulf War 2 net talk

Here's some net coverage of Gulf War 2: Raed is apparently a blogger based out of Iraq. His perspective is quite interesting and worth a look. Another one blogging from Iraq is Kevin Sites, a CNN correspondent (although the site is his personal one, not affiliated to CNN).

Elsewhere, on one side of the equation you have michael moore's message to George Bush and on the other side you have a statement to France by someone who is not as attached to the statue of liberty as some others are.

  by GilbertZ | Leave or Read Comment(s) (0) | Links to this entry (0) | Miscellaneous


Google growth and miscellaneous GoogleBits

FastCompany has an interestiing article on Google: How Google Grows...and Grows...and Grows...afterwards, check out Good Experience's interview with Marissa Mayer, Product Manager at Google as well as Neema's report on the seminar by Marissa.

A few points struck me:

1. Google news has a delicate balance. Since it is being cited as a news source, those blurbs carry a lot of responsibility to them. It's more than just a machine picking up news items from all over the web, even though, all it is, is a machine picking up news items from all over the web.

2. Marissa's interviews sound very similar to interviews given by Larry Page. They probably have the same talking points.

3. Nice Flow Chart :)

  by GilbertZ | Leave or Read Comment(s) (0) | Links to this entry (0) | Technology


March 14, 2003

Yahoo! to buy ESpotting?

The NYPost reports that YAHOO! TO BUY U.K. ONLINE PAY-FOR-PLACEMENT AD FIRM. If it's true, Overture's days are numbered. At least that's the buzz. But I think Google's announcement I reported here a couple of days ago will wind up being a much bigger problem for Overture. But one thing's for sure, Microsoft and Yahoo! will be doing some purchases soon.

  by GilbertZ | Leave or Read Comment(s) (0) | Links to this entry (0) | Technology


March 12, 2003

Northwest Territories wants Government to tighten Canadian Diamond definition

The Globe and Mail reports that the Northwest Territories want tighter restrictions on the definition of a Canadian Diamond.

Excerpt:

The Northwest Territories, frustrated at seeing many of the benefits from its newfound diamond riches flow abroad, wants federal rules rewritten to compel companies to keep gem-finishing work in Canada or lose the right to call their stones Canadian.
The NWT government is lobbying Ottawa to have regulators revisit the definition of "Canadian diamond" in hopes it will be changed from any gem "mined in Canada" to only those "mined, cut and polished in Canada."

  by GilbertZ | Leave or Read Comment(s) (2) | Links to this entry (0) | Jewelry


Barney Miller

So that's why all the comedians made those jokes about Abe Vigoda during the Friar's Roast.

  by GilbertZ | Leave or Read Comment(s) (0) | Links to this entry (0) | Entertainment


Old Footprints: Italian Volcano

Ananova reports: Oldest set of human footprints found at volcano.

Excerpt:

Scientists have found the oldest set of human footprints to be discovered, preserved on an Italian volcano.
They were left by three small human-like creatures who scrambled down the side of the mountain between 325,000 and 385,000 years ago.

  by GilbertZ | Leave or Read Comment(s) (0) | Links to this entry (0) | Science


Dealtime buys Epinions

Epinions.com has been bought by Dealtime.

  by GilbertZ | Leave or Read Comment(s) (0) | Links to this entry (0) | Technology


Bush signs Anti-Telemarketing Bill

Some 30 years after telemarketing became a real big problem for anyone with a phone in their home the Federal Government has created a National Do Not Call List, to be implemented by summertime. If they continue with the same pace on email, that means that We the People, by 2025 or so, can count on our government to make junk mail not using a do not email registry, illegal.... Let's just hope some smart techies can come up with something better in the meantime...

  by GilbertZ | Leave or Read Comment(s) (2) | Links to this entry (0) | Miscellaneous


March 11, 2003

Oscar Fashion

CNN Money has an article on Red carpet fashion and product placement, like the Bvlgari necklace Nicole Kidman is wearing.

  by GilbertZ | Leave or Read Comment(s) (0) | Links to this entry (0) | Entertainment


People in jail but still no sign of loot in largest Diamond Heist ever

The Statesman has a detailed article on the Belgian diamond heist.

Excerpt:

ANTWERP, Belgium: The thieves stood ankle-deep in a mess of diamonds, gold, jewelry, stocks, bonds, cash and lockboxes strewn on the vault room floor.
After outwitting security in the world's diamond-cutting capital and prying open 123 vaults, they had one unexpected problem: There was just too much loot to carry.
Two weeks later, authorities are still trying to figure out how much the thieves actually did get away with. Their rough estimate is $100 million.
That would easily make the Antwerp heist the largest safe-deposit box robbery ever %u2014 twice the 1976 hit in Beirut, Lebanon, when a guerrilla group blasted its way into the vaults of the British Bank of the Middle East and into the Guinness Book of Records.
It would also beat the largest jewel theft on record, when machine gun-toting thieves took $45 million in gems from the Carlton Hotel in Cannes on the French Riviera in 1994.
So far, authorities have three Italians and a Dutchwoman behind bars, but no clue where the loot is.
The robbery has Belgians reaching for Hollywood metaphors. "Ocean's Eleven," the daily La Libre Belgique wrote. "Mission Very Impossible," says diamond dealer Marcel Fuehrer, one of the few whose vaults were spared.

  by GilbertZ | Leave or Read Comment(s) (4) | Links to this entry (0) | Jewelry


Diamond Underwear?

Diamond.com is apparently offering Diamond Underwear on Amazon. (Thanks Nate)

  by GilbertZ | Leave or Read Comment(s) (2) | Links to this entry (0) | Jewelry


The Tyranny of email

Critical Section has an interesting article on The Tyranny of Email.

  by GilbertZ | Leave or Read Comment(s) (3) | Links to this entry (0) | Technology


UNgate?

The Observer has a couple of reports recently about the US spying on UN officials.

  by GilbertZ | Leave or Read Comment(s) (0) | Links to this entry (0) | Miscellaneous


Good Luck Dave

Good luck in Boston, Dave.

  by GilbertZ | Leave or Read Comment(s) (0) | Links to this entry (0) | Technology


If Spam was illegal

If SPAM was federally illegal, maybe good people (rodents?) wouldn't have to go to such lengths to fight it.

  by GilbertZ | Leave or Read Comment(s) (0) | Links to this entry (1) | Technology


Dave Barry's blog

For those of you who can't get enough of Dave Barry, check Dave Barry's Blog.

  by GilbertZ | Leave or Read Comment(s) (0) | Links to this entry (0) | Entertainment


P.J. Stock: doing what he does best

P.J. Stock, doing what he does best. I know hockey never was and never will be a "gentle" sport, but I'd rather see finesse players like Super Mario, than a PJ Stock, whose style of play I've never liked. What is the skill level in hacking at the hands of a Mike Modano level player? Anyone can do that....

  by GilbertZ | Leave or Read Comment(s) (4) | Links to this entry (0) | Sports


Damn Small Linux

Damn Small Linux is pretty cool.

  by GilbertZ | Leave or Read Comment(s) (2) | Links to this entry (0) | Technology


March 10, 2003

The Kimberley Process

The Kimberley Process has a website.

  by GilbertZ | Leave or Read Comment(s) (1) | Links to this entry (0) | Jewelry


March 09, 2003

Diamonds are Saddam Hussein's Best Friends

Newsmax reports Diamonds are Saddam's Best Friends.

Excerpt:

Diamonds Are Saddam's Best Friends
If London's Sunday Times has it right, Saddam Hussein may be getting ready to hit the road. He's bought millions of dollars' worth of diamonds - the traditional hard currency of fleeing refugees.
According to the Times, Saddam dispatched a "personal jeweler" to Bangkok, Thailand, to pick up a small mountain of the gems, prompting, the paper reports, speculation that the Iraqi dictator may be getting ready to get out of town while the getting is good.
It was the jeweler%u2019s second visit to Bangkok, the paper reported. Three months ago, Saddam's son, Uday, had sent him to buy a $750,000 diamond ring from an American dealer, according to a Times source.
Saddam, reputed to be worth at least $2 billion, is one of the world's richest men. Although he told Dan Rather last week he would never leave Iraq, the Times suggests that the diamond purchase may signify a change of mind, adding that he might have decided to convert part of his wealth into diamonds because it is easier to hide and move around than paper currency when one is on the lam.

  by GilbertZ | Leave or Read Comment(s) (1) | Links to this entry (0) | Miscellaneous


March 08, 2003

Friedman's Inc faces Federal bias Suit

Black Enterprise reports: Jewelry Retailer Faces Federal Suit.

Excerpt:

One of the nation's largest jewelry retail chains, Savannah-based Friedman's Inc., is being challenged for alleged racial discrimination in their hiring and promoting of African Americans, and for fostering a hostile work environment. Yesterday, Attorneys Morris J. Baller and Thomas A. Warren of Goldstein, Demchak, Baller, Borgen & Dardarian filed a federal class-action suit in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt, Maryland, on behalf of former, present, and future employees and job applicants, then held a press conference about the case in Washington, D.C.

  by GilbertZ | Leave or Read Comment(s) (10) | Links to this entry (0) | Jewelry


Study to be conducted on local jewelry industry

The Boston Business Journal reports: Study to be conducted on local jewelry industry

Excerpt:

A study is being done of the jewelry industry in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, which is expected to lose one-third of its work force to retirements over the next 19 years.

  by GilbertZ | Leave or Read Comment(s) (2) | Links to this entry (0) | Jewelry


Man swallows 3 carat diamond in theft attempt

Innovative, but not too bright.

  by GilbertZ | Leave or Read Comment(s) (2) | Links to this entry (0) | Jewelry


Larry Page

Joi Ito has been meeting some interesting people lately, like Larry Page of Google.

Google has 3 billion pages indexed. Wisenut is making noises about some big announcement coming soon. But they are still at one to one and a half billion pages. The amount of processing involved in analyzing and categorizing that much data is mind boggling.

All of these companies have probably created their own database systems from scratch just so that they are optimized for the requirements of a search engine.

This field has been full of announcements lately and I bet that a big player is behind the acquisitions and will soon acquire the acquirer. Yahoo has something up their sleeve and Bill Gates most certainly has to have something planned. Stay Tuned.

  by GilbertZ | Leave or Read Comment(s) (0) | Links to this entry (0) | Technology


Vanilla Pepsi and Diet Vanilla Pepsi?

The Cola Wars are alive and well.

  by GilbertZ | Leave or Read Comment(s) (90) | Links to this entry (1) | Miscellaneous


Roger Ebert's Overlooked Film Festival

From April 23-27, Roger Ebert is hosting a Film Festival celebrating some "overlooked" movies.

  by GilbertZ | Leave or Read Comment(s) (2) | Links to this entry (0) | Entertainment


March 07, 2003

Fight between N.W.T. and diamond company over polar bear trademark settled

Fort Frances Times reports: Fight between N.W.T. and diamond company over polar bear trademark settled

Excerpt

A dispute between Sirius Diamonds Ltd. and the Northwest Territories government over use of a polar bear trademark has been settled.

Sirius has used a particular four-legged pose of the polar bear to market its fire and ice diamonds from the Ekati mine northeast of Yellowknife.

The government has always said the trademark is theirs and Vancouver-based Sirius, which has a manufacturing facility in Yellowknife, had no right to use it.

The settlement stipulates Sirius is the only manufacturer that can use the four-legged polar bear logo for 10 years. The company has agreed to join the government's diamond certification program in exchange.

  by GilbertZ | Leave or Read Comment(s) (1) | Links to this entry (0) | Jewelry


March 06, 2003

Happy Birthday Michelangelo: Google unveils new logo

Google has unveiled a new logo:

  by GilbertZ | Leave or Read Comment(s) (2) | Links to this entry (0) | Miscellaneous


March 04, 2003

Customers complain that McDonald's burgers don't match the ads

I guess they missed my favorite scene from the movie Falling Down.

  by GilbertZ | Leave or Read Comment(s) (2) | Links to this entry (0) | Miscellaneous


Twins Separated at Birth

Newsday reports that Twins separated at Birth, Adriana Scott and Tamara Rabi, were reunited accidentally after 20 years...

  by GilbertZ | Leave or Read Comment(s) (5) | Links to this entry (0) | Miscellaneous


AOL to start charging for IM

The Holland Sentinel reports that AOL will soon be charging users to use instant messenger.

  by GilbertZ | Leave or Read Comment(s) (0) | Links to this entry (0) | Technology


4 Arrests in largest Diamond Heist in Antwerp History

JCK reports: Four arrested in Antwerp's biggest Diamond Robbery. Here's an excerpt:

Four people have been arrested by Belgian police in connection with biggest diamond theft in the history of Antwerp, the diamond-cutting capital of the world. According to United Press International (UPI), the arrest of the suspects--a Dutch woman and three Italian men--was announced by the city prosecutor's office on Feb. 25, a week after the weekend theft.
  by GilbertZ | Leave or Read Comment(s) (2) | Links to this entry (0) | Jewelry


Word Bursts

Daypop has released a new feature called Word Bursts, which give you an idea of "Hot Topics" in the news.

  by GilbertZ | Leave or Read Comment(s) (0) | Links to this entry (0) | Technology


The Hours

I saw the Virginia Woolf movie THE HOURS last night. What bode for a good movie right from the start is that for the first time ever, I was the one and only person in the theatre! That was so cool. And they did a great job with the movie once you are able to follow what they are doing... Bravo.

  by GilbertZ | Leave or Read Comment(s) (0) | Links to this entry (0) | Entertainment


Ferraris that float

Livio De Marchi has designed some great water cars, like this Ferrari, being driven in Venice during Carnaval:

  by GilbertZ | Leave or Read Comment(s) (0) | Links to this entry (0) | Miscellaneous


March 03, 2003

All The Web powered by FAST has changed their look

AlltheWeb.com has a site redesign. I like it.

  by GilbertZ | Leave or Read Comment(s) (0) | Links to this entry (0) | Technology


March 01, 2003

Alan Parker's Director's Notes on The Life of David Gale

I saw The Life of David Gale last night. Although I have loved many of Alan Parker's films, I felt the script was a bit too contrived for me and wound up a bit disappointed. However I enjoyed reading the Director's notes much more than the film. Very interesting stuff. The movie is about the Death Penalty.

  by GilbertZ | Leave or Read Comment(s) (2) | Links to this entry (0) | Entertainment


The Philodemus Project

The Philodemus Project is a great site detailing the finds from Pompeii and Herculaneum, buried by an eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D.

  by GilbertZ | Leave or Read Comment(s) (0) | Links to this entry (0) | Science








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