It wasn't much more than a decade ago when I dipped into the World Wide Web for the first time, and experienced the wonders of the new medium. Someone had passed around the address of a British cow-flipping site. You clicked on the cow, and after a brief 20 seconds of so, the page would reload with the cow appearing upside down. Crowds formed around my desk. We've come a long way since. To pages like The Sounds of Pasta. To listen to 8 ounces of elbow macaroni being poured from a cardboard box into a plastic container, click here. (via Metafilter)
The Brits continue to sprint ahead of us in these things. A Google survey shows the average Briton spends more time online than watching telly. That's about 164 minutes a day versus 148 minutes watching television, or, for the math-impaired, nearly three hours. The article, in the Guardian, presents findings from another poll that contradict Goggle's conclusion, but it's a lot of Web surfing nonetheless. The first commenter, Saqib Khan, 16, writes in: I'll download music or look at websites about things I'm interested in, like American pit bulls, or coursework for school. It's a lot more useful than TV. (The Brits also do a killer mash-up -- "Riders On the Storm" meets "Rapture?")
Commenters on BuzzMachine, which wrote about the article, wonder if all the explosion of video available on the Internet is hurting TV stations. A brisk debate follows, the evocatively named Mumblix Grumph writing, I watch more shows on the laptop than I do on the TV set then again, I watch at work where I screw off more than Dagwood Bumstead. Your mileage may vary. Another wag wonders if this means the Buggles will redo their hit, the one that was the first video to play on MTV, as "Internet Killed the TV Star."
So what's Origami?
On the Web site, Microsoft is being about as teasing as a Levitra ad.
Rumors have swirled - a music player, a video player, a gaming machine.
The Allied cryptographers working in Bletchley Park were a legendary team, credited for saving countless Allied lives during World War II, but even they could not decipher some of codes that Germans U-boat commanders used for their North Atlantic attacks.
In 1942 the Nazis switched to a new version of the Enigma machine to scramble secret transmissions, and quickly began delivering heavy losses to the Allied fleet. Cryptographers adjusted eventually, but to this date three codes have remained untranslated.
Make that two.
In a post that asks the immortal question -- "is Tammy the next dog poop girl?" - a Metafilter reader with the unlikely name of Paris Hilton explains why the phrase Tammy NYP was the most searched-for term in the blog universe yesterday.
Tammy, 17, a student at Nan Yang Polytechnic in Singapore, had her digital camera stolen by a rival cheerleader, said to be jealous of her popularity. The rival uploaded onto the Web a 10-minute video of Tammy having sex. Then, just to make her point, she mass emailed it to the school's students and faculty.
Looking for something on your home computer network? Google announces a feature of its new Desktop 3 software that allows you to search all your computers for documents, spreadsheets, web histories, etc...
And the Electronic Frontier Foundation is urging you not to do it.
The feature copies all such files from your hard drives to Google's servers, and while the data is password protected, EFF is concerned that this makes people's information more valuable to government agencies, people suing you and hackers who've pinched your password.
WXPN-FM's got a new arrangement with its old partner - National Public Radio - which allows NPR's web site to stream the show as it happens, and then archive it so fans can hear it months from now.
It's one of four shows that XPN is sharing with the mothership, bringing a much larger audience to the World Cafe Live's free-at-noon Friday concerts and stocking NPR with more good audio.
With all the talk about Google being the new Microsoft, I thought it would be a good time to check in on Yahoo!, whose execs this week rolled over and exposed their bellies, conceding that having the No. 1 search engine is no longer their goal.
This reminds me of my grandfather's advice, which was always be No. 2 because that way everyone will be gunning for someone else.
And so the counter-intuitive pieces have started coming, such as the PC Magazine column this week by Lance Ulanoff, which began, "Is it just me, or did Yahoo! suddenly get interesting again? While all of us have been busy lauding the steady progress of Goggle as its products make their way into every aspect of our online lives, Yahoo! has been making significant announcements and product rollouts in sectors that may have the biggest impact on our lives over the next five years."
We hope we wouldn't open an email attachment that promises video and is named Kama Sutra -- even if it came from someone we know and trust, because we were taught to surf safely. But let's say we did? We'd be screwed.
Delete this one even if it's from your best friend. It happens to be a very nasty piece of work. It also goes by the names W32/Nyxem-D (Sophos and F-Secure), Tearac.A (Panda Software), and W32.Blackmal.E@m, The Washington Post reports.
The Post's Brian Krebs writes that it is a fast-crawling worm that gets busy the third day of each month, eating many of your documents, spread sheets, power points, etc.