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Entries from February 2007

World’s first Internet Election in Estonia

February 28th, 2007 · No Comments

Estonia is all set to be the first country in the world to allow voters to vote over the Internet in a public general election! The system was tested recently where people could “vote” to choose the king of the forest from among 10 animals. They did not disclose the results, so we don’t know [...]

Tags: politics · routine-order · technology

How to Blog Anonymously and Independently on the Cheap

February 26th, 2007 · 3 Comments

This blog is anonymous. You might want to know why, and more importantly, how.
I did have another blog which is way more popular, and older, and respected. I still blog there, but increasingly this is my “preferred blog”.

Photo Credit: Anonymous Blogger by zivpu
Fear of getting fired is not the only reason why someone would [...]

Tags: about · living · reviews · routine-order · technology

You Can’t Whistle In a Space Suit

February 26th, 2007 · No Comments

ABC News: Whistle While You Work? Not in Space

“You can’t whistle because the air pressure in the suit is only 4.3 pounds per square inch, and normal atmospheric pressure is 14.7 psi, so there are not enough air molecules blowing by your lips to make a sound.”
Now, suddenly, I don’t want to go to space [...]

Tags: routine-order · science

Buy Item Confiscated at Airports on eBay

February 24th, 2007 · No Comments

What happens to those scissors, lighters and the occasional machete confiscated at US airports?
A few of the items go for sale on ebay, a short while later. The Pennsylvania State Agency for Surplus Property sorts out the lighters from the rest and puts them for sale on ebay. Yes, the items are sold very [...]

Tags: economics · living · routine-order

Wikipedia for Dunces – Simple WikiPedia

February 22nd, 2007 · No Comments

I came across simple.wikipedia.org. Just like en.wikipedia.org and de.wikipedia.org, the “simple” wikipedia aims to explain things in a “simple” language. But saying you want to explain something using simple English doesn’t create a new language called “simple”, folks!

Also, maybe due to it’s immaturity, you can now find gems like, “Electricity is the flow of positive [...]

Tags: education · language · routine-order · technology

Wimbledon Equalizes Pay for Sexes

February 22nd, 2007 · No Comments

SI.com – Tennis – Wimbledon agrees to equal prize money – Thursday February 22, 2007 12:20PM
Wimbledon cited a combination of commercial, political and sporting factors for the decision

When I was 10 and me and my dad were watching the Winbledon on TV, I asked him – “So why do the women get a plate, and [...]

Tags: routine-order

Fran Allen is the first woman to win the Turing Award

February 21st, 2007 · No Comments

Fran Allen wins the Turing award, becoming the first ever woman to win the prestigious ACM award worth $100,000. Frances Allen, (not to be confused with the first woman of New England birth to become a nun ) was a computer scientist at IBM, an IBM Fellow, who worked on compilers, program optimization [...]

Tags: education · technology

Get a Free Organizing Calendar, 2007 Edition

February 19th, 2007 · No Comments

I love the D*I*Y Planner 2.5 Letter Calendar Pack, 2007 Edition. It is available as a pdf file you can download and print. Why pay $10 or more for a calendar when you can print your own? Just the other day I was searching for free calendars and really couldn’t find anything, since the google [...]

Tags: living

Why I Unsubscribed from Gizmodo and Engadget

February 17th, 2007 · No Comments

I unsubscribed from Gizmodo and Engadget today. While I don’t expect this to change the internet, I wish it did.

Let me try and explain why I unsubscribed in the hope that you see my point, and you too unsubscribe:

They are not blogs any more
They are more like dedicated newspapers that cover the latest shiny “bling” [...]

Tags: reviews · technology

Robert Adler, TV Remote’s Inventor Dies

February 16th, 2007 · No Comments

Man who glued TV watchers to the couch dies – CNN.com

Robert Adler, who won an Emmy Award along with fellow engineer Eugene Polley for the device that made couch potatoship possible, died Thursday of heart failure at a Boise nursing home at 93, Zenith Electronics Corp. said Friday.
The man to blame for my zillion wasted [...]

Tags: technology