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January 28th, 2005


VERY Incorrect Statement!

Yesterday evening, I was going through "TotalFark" reading various posted links and ran across an article on "The Observer Online" site entitled, "Stop using Internet Explorer immediately".

In the article, on page two, third paragraph down, is an outright incorrect statement:

"Find a Web browser that suits your needs, it doesn't matter which browser you use, so long as it is not Internet Explorer (be careful though, some browsers, like Opera, use the Internet Explorer engine, and so should not be considered safe)."

Needless to say, I fired off an email to correct them. Haven't heard back yet though. I think the articles author, Lance Gallop, must have Opera confused with the IE shells like Avant or Maxthon. I've also "alerted" the "Opera Forums" and the "opera.general" newsgroup, so the author may soon be deluged with emails!
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Arrgh... my DSL just went down for little over an hour... back now, I think...

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Anyone else find it amusing, when you'll be reading through an online forum post from someone who tries to hotlink a picture from another website, and run across something like this?

The person that does that ALWAYS gets ridiculed from the other forum posters afterwards!
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Just got a reply from my email about the "Opera" mistake:

"Dear Mr. Sims,

Thank you for alerting me to this mistake in Lance Gallop¹s Jan. 26 column
about Internet Explorer and Opera. This mistake should not have occurred and
I would like to offer my sincerest apologies.
We are printing a correction in the paper as well as correcting the online
version so that the mistake is not out on the Web.
Thank you for reading The Observer.

Best regards,

Sarah Vabulas
Viewpoint Editor

Just When You Think You've Heard It All...

"A Slovak man trapped in his car under an avalanche freed himself by drinking 60 bottles of beer and urinating on the snow to melt it.

Rescue teams found Richard Kral drunk and staggering along a mountain path four days after his Audi car was buried in the Slovak Tatra mountains.

He told them that after the avalanche, he had opened his car window and tried to dig his way out.

But as he dug with his hands, he realised the snow would fill his car before he managed to break through.

He had 60 half-litre bottles of beer in his car as he was going on holiday, and after cracking one open to think about the problem he realised he could urinate on the snow to melt it, local media reported.

He said: "I was scooping the snow from above me and packing it down below the window, and then I peed on it to melt it. It was hard and now my kidneys and liver hurt. But I'm glad the beer I took on holiday turned out to be useful and I managed to get out of there."

Parts of Europe have this week been hit by the heaviest snowfalls since 1941, with some places registering more than ten feet of snow in 24 hours."

Frivilous Lawsuits

I'm no expert, but after doing some research, and examining my MGM DVD's closely, in my opinion there is no merit whatsoever to this lawsuit against MGM concerning their widescreen DVD's. The movies in question were shot in an matted (or framed) widescreen format in the beginning. That way, the filmmakers can crop the movie the way they intend for the theaters and another way for television. I won't go into details here on how the process works, far too long a post if I do. I direct you to this page for a full explaination of the process.

Most films in the last two to three decades were filmed using the matte process, with later TV showings in mind at the time of filming.
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Direct download link to a funny parody of the upcoming Star Wars movie(in Quicktime .mov format).