Archive for the Miscellaneous Category

Library Etiquette

When did libraries stop being quiet places to research and/or study? I’ve been to two in the last week and both had noise levels comparable to that of a coffee shop. Now don’t get me wrong, I liked the fact that there were many people at the libraries visited. I see this as validation of the thriving nature of the community. However, allowing kids to run around or having full blown conversation for everyone around you to hear is a bit much.

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AOL’s Big Privacy Blunder

After reading story below, I have to thank my lucky stars that I use Google and not AOL to search for information via the Internet. Even still, I might have to reconsider my decision to keep my AOL account. AOL’s Big Privacy Blunder ISP stuns its users and bloggers by making sensitive query data available to the general public by Jason Hahn (woowhee) In an inexplicably foolish and potentially devastating move, America Online (AOL) released massive amounts of private data to the whole world. Sometime on Sunday it was discovered that AOL made 20 million search queries made by 650,000 […]

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Finally…

I’ve been thinking about canceling my AOL account which I’ve had since back in the days when they charged by the minute — particularly since I use a local broadband provider to connect to the Internet. But I’ve begrudging continued to pay so that I wouldn’t have to give my email address or IM handle. But it looks like I’ll soon no longer have to pay for that privilege. Particularly since come this fall, AOL will stop charging folks to use their service. Dear AOL Member, I want to let you know about some exciting changes happening at AOL. Our […]

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Deathstyles of the Rich and Famous

A reason to be thankful that I’m merely middle-class (aren’t we all??) and not rich or famous. Deathstyles of the Rich and Famous: The upper class has its problems, too. Slate, By Jacob Weisberg, Posted Wednesday, June 14, 2006, at 3:45 PM ET There are diseases of poverty, such as tuberculosis, malaria, and HIV/AIDS. There are diseases of affluence, such as lung cancer, high blood pressure, and type-2 diabetes. And then there are the hazards of extreme affluence, such as being thrown off a polo pony, flipping your Cigarette boat, or succumbing to altitude sickness on a vanity expedition to […]

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Charging Customers for Plastic Bags

Charging customers for plastic bags might help cut down the number that end up in landfills, but the whole idea of seperating out the charge, leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Ikea to charge for plastic bags BBC, Last Updated: Sunday, 4 June 2006, 11:45 GMT 12:45 UK Ikea is to become the UK’s first major retailer to regularly charge customers for plastic bags, to try and tackle waste and environmental damage. The Swedish firm will charge shoppers 5p for every bag with immediate effect, rising to 10p in September. It believes the move – accompanied by a switch […]

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