Monday Meanderings

All the news that's fit to rant aboutGood morning! Put down that bagel, Ramadan begins today. The US Navy was established on this day in 1775. New York's IRT subway opened in 1904. DuPont names its new synthetic fiber "nylon" in 1938. IBM introduces EGA in 1982.

There officially launches today.

  1. AOL is disabling the Windows Messenger service on customer's computers without warning. The company says it's taking this action due to spam and an MSBlast-like worm that uses Messenger. When you launch AOL it changes the settings on your PC, permanently. You can re-enable if you know what you're doing. I agree this service is worthless for home users and poses a huge problem, that's why we alerted people to it over a year ago, but should AOL be taking it upon itself to change people's Windows settings without asking them? Seems a bit intrusive. Microsoft is reported to be considering disabling Messenger in SP-1.

  2. California wins its first anti-spam judgement. $2 million against PW Marketing of LA for sending out spamming how-to guides.
  3. Dell will be back at Comdex for the first time in six years. IBM and Intel will also have a presence. The conference which begins November 16 in Las Vegas will be much smaller than in years past, though. 50,000 are expected to attend, down from 200,000 at its peak, and there will be 500 exhibitors in just one hall at the LVCC.
  4. Dell has alsoannounced its own iPod clone, the Dell DJ. $249 for 15GB (great price!), $329 for 20 GB, it syncs with MusicMatch. No listing on the Dell site, yet.
  5. Two MIT students have created an online music library any student can listen to over the university's cable TV network for free. The Library Access to Music Project, LAMP, is in effect a 12 channel campus radio station with 3,500 CDs, and is apparently legal. The students say they'll release the software to any other school that wants it.
  6. 60% of email users say they've curtailed their use of the medium in "a big way" due to the flood of spam. However, 7% of e-mail users said they had ordered a product or service that was offered in an unsolicited e-mail, and 33 percent had clicked on a link to get more information. Doh!
  7. Yoshi's next mod: hack traffic lights so you never see red again.