Serious news today, including a warning from the department of Homeland Security. The fork was introduced in America on this day in 1630. The first building was constructed in Yerba Buena, now San Francisco, in 1835. The first color TV broadcast, Arthur Godfrey, in 1951. The Beatles performed (and recorded) All You Need is Love before an estimated international audience of 400 million in 1967. David Letterman left NBC in 1993.
George Orwell was born in 1903. Mike Meyers in 1963.
Should you stay off the net today? CNET quotes Brent Houlihan, chief technology officer of NetSec, "I told my wife, unless it is absolutely necessary and unless you are going to a site like our banking site, stay off the Internet right now."
Or use Mozilla. Or Firefox. Or Opera. Or Safari. Or anything but Internet Explorer. And by the way, IIS ain't such a hot idea either.
- Australia is considering legalizing music copying for personal use. The Canadian model, as it's called, includes a royalty on blank media.
- The creator of ASCII has died. Bob Bemer invented ASCII in 1961 as a standardized way for computers to communicate with each other. He also created the backslash and the escape key sequence. He was 78.
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