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What is the internet made of?
This is the median of internet entertainment: exactly half of the stuff on the internet is better than this, and exactly half is worse:

Posted by chrisdye on April 13, 2010. Tagged with
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Falcon = Packet Loss
Pigeon Internet

On 9 April 2009, a South African IT company, The Unlimited, conducted a race to see which was faster–sending a carrier pigeon with a 4 GB memory stick 50 miles or sending the data on South African carrier Telekom. The pigeon took two hours; Telekom had only transferred 4% of the data in that time.
Posted by vinny9 on September 12, 2009. Tagged with
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I Torrent 'House'
Stephen Fry: The Internet and Me
Posted by vinny9 on March 10, 2009. Tagged with
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Browser? Damn Near Killed 'Er
Has anyone tried this flock business? I saw it back in beta and now they're in 1.1. I don't know... Anyone have something nice to say about this?

http://flock.com/

meh.

This reads like spam. I'm tired.
Posted by vinny9 on May 29, 2008. Tagged with
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Flickr Sucks
Ok, not really, but their "Photos from your contacts" algorithm does. I've started getting around it by just plugging people I want to watch into my RSS aggregator, or feed reader. I've always just used it for blogs, but this is also a great way to get all the photos I was missing. There's lots out there, but I like Bloglines. You can just click the "add" button and enter in the address of whomever you want to watch. In my case, it's just:

http://flickr.com/photos/vyxle/

Speaking of which, someone's already subscribed to my photos. Is it one of you guys?
Posted by alice on January 13, 2008. Tagged with
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My MiniCity
It's sort of like Sim City, but with a collaborative aspect--when you visit my town, more people come to live there. Please to be clicking, 'cause right now I'm just above AIDStown and I don't wanna catch it. (You can get it just by looking at someone, right?)

My environment

If you build a town, post your link here, for the clicking!
Posted by alice on December 12, 2007. Tagged with
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Now That's What I Call Internet
How many do you recognise? I got 23. (Never mind that, how many of these have previously appeared on Sillytech?)

Posted by goodladd on September 21, 2007. Tagged with
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Google Alert feature request
Google Alerts are a good way of tracking things on the internet. Set up a watch on a word and google will tell you whenever it finds a new page using the word. I have some set up for "Sillysoft", "Lux Delux", etc.

Here is my feature requests to google to make their alerts even better:
- Let me set domains for my alerts to ignore (to avoid Sillysoft alerts whenever a new sillysoft.net page goes up).
- Give me a link in the alert email to report the page as spam or phishing or content theft.

Thank you, oh mighty Google.
Posted by dustin on August 27, 2007. Tagged with
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How to get discounts on the internet
If you're ever buying something on the internet and you see a Coupon Code or similar field on the checkout page, take a moment to look around for a coupon that you can use.

RetailMeNot.com is one site that is dedicated to collecting coupon codes. I searched it for godaddy.com and got 10% off a couple of domains using digg as the code. Nice.

Google is another option, running a search for XYZ coupon can turn up results that Retail Me Not doesn't have. I just checked and it works for Sillysoft.
Posted by dustin on January 7, 2007. Tagged with
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YouTube > BoobTube?
The new Nintendo (the Wii) will allow people to surf the Internet on the TV. I thought this was kind of a useless feature. But this interview between the CEO of Nintendo and his R&D team presented an interesting philosophy behind the decision...

Bearing all this in mind, the potential I see in the Internet Channel lies in the fact that the internet, which has until now been viewed alone, can now be viewed by everyone. With a computer, even if you have people peering over your shoulder to see the screen, the limit is pretty much two, with four or more people looking at the same screen being totally out of the question. With the Wii, which is connected to the living room TV, families will be able to enjoy the internet together. I don't know what lies ahead, but I think this has the potential to change the way we live.
Posted by vinny9 on September 25, 2006. Tagged with
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High density living
My move went well and new apartment is awesome. Huzzah!

Shaw has done well, and their internet tubes here work for my account. For fun, I opened MacStumbler to log all the wireless networks I can detect walking my laptop to the corners of my apartment. There's lots, pick your favorite (DeDutchZone I think).



Hello to all downtown Vancouver wireless nodes. How you doing?
Posted by dustin on September 1, 2006. Tagged with
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Just in case you need this information...
http://www.catsthatlooklikehitler.com/
Posted by chrisdye on August 9, 2006. Tagged with
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Breakdown of internet populations by country
Here's a nifty chart showing the break-down of internet population by country:



Canada is the 8th most populous net country. Canuckistan represent!

This chart was stolen from this post on Niall Kennedy's Weblog, and he built it off of data from comScore.

Posted by dustin on July 25, 2006. Tagged with
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How to buy a domain name and set up a website on it
A friend asked me today how to go about buying a domain name and setting up a website on it. Here's the process:

1. Buy a domain name from a registrar. There are tons of different places you can do this. I recommend GoDaddy.com because they're cheap and popular (aka no bankruptcy). On their site you can play around by entering different domain names and they will tell you what's available. When you find one you want you can buy it online using a credit card.

One thing you should know about GoDaddy is that they keep their prices low by trying to sell you all kinds of other services in addition to the domain you want. Just click 'No thanks' for all the stuff they offer you and it will all go well. The price of a domain name there should be $10 per year or less. You can buy it for 2 or more years at the start if you want. This means you won't have to bother renewing it in a year, and sometimes there are further discounts for buying many years at once.

2. After you buy a domain name you need to get a webhost to serve a website on it for you. If you have a friend with a server then you could ask him to host it there. Otherwise there are a million commercial webhosts out there. I have only had shitty experiences with cheap webhosts, so I can't recommend any personally. I've heard some good rumblings about DreamHost though. A cheap webhost will probably charge from 5-20$ per month.

Once you have a friend or company ready to host your site you will have to login to your registrar's control panel (this would be at GoDaddy) and change your nameservers to whatever your webhost tells you to. This way the registrar knows to point everyone looking for your domain to your webhost, and your webhost then serves up the content.

That pretty much wraps up the lesson. Any questions?
Posted by dustin on May 15, 2005. Tagged with
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