Day 3 of the new job is at an end, and things are looking very nice indeed. I'm learning oodles...

Day 3 of the new job is at an end, and things are looking very nice indeed. I'm learning oodles about how to use Oracle databases (though I still know nothing, relatively speaking -- Oracle is a big thing). The working environment is physically very comfortable, if too far away from central London for my liking. The people are nice and reasonably friendly, and I am slowly getting to know people and vice versa. And I'm earning a pound every four minutes. That's 50p as I write this message. It's not hard to love your job when that's the case :-)
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Semi-interesting and way too long article on the structure of the Internet. Executive summary: it's...

Semi-interesting and way too long article on the structure of the Internet. Executive summary: it's more connected than people think, but less decentralized than you'd think. But since I've read this before in other places, not as I'd think. More immediately useful is the discovery that multitasking is unproductive, which should be upsetting to all those women who keep boasting to me that they can think about seven things at a time compared to my five. It should also really piss off bosses who assign you "just one little thing" fifteen times a day and then wonder why you're working behind schedule.
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Ooh! Get in on this one quick. A new language called Curl, with Tim Berners-Lee (like, the inventor...

Ooh! Get in on this one quick. A new language called Curl, with Tim Berners-Lee (like, the inventor of the web...) as a founder. It's sort of DHTML, but as a single language, without the mess of JavaScript and HTML and other technologies, and it's also got significantly greater capabilities, more along the lines of a programming language than a scripting language. From what I've seen, I like this a lot, and so did some other people. The downside is it needs a plugin to operate: this severely limits the penetration of the technology. However, the same was initially said about Flash when I started using it (way back when it was still called Splash Animator); all it takes is for the dominant browser (then Netscape, now IE) to pre-bundle it, which they'll do if they have any sense at all. This could be good.
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Dammit, I'm being outclassed! Now more than one of my friends has a top-notch website being...

Dammit, I'm being outclassed! Now more than one of my friends has a top-notch website being continuously updated, and we can't be having that! So after you check out the previously-plugged Alpen.Freewebspace.Com and the fabulously interactive WAbson.Org.UK, you'll have to come back here, where I will be furiously working on a major update. Both are brilliant sites, especially Matt's Gnus in Brief and Will's commented photos gallery, spoiled only be their creators' miserly unwillingness to splash out on a real .com domain like *cough* certain people.
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Ooooooh. Can I have one?

Ooooooh. Can I have one?
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In the news today: the Onion, which you should really be reading every week anyway, presents highly...

In the news today: the Onion, which you should really be reading every week anyway, presents highly amusing keep-cool tips including such sage advice as "Put out any fires in your home". Also, in case this comes to anything, remember you heard about a planetary system similar to Sol here first.
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I was interested by this page of global internet usage statistics. For instance, less than 50% of...

I was interested by this page of global internet usage statistics. For instance, less than 50% of the current online audience speak English (Japanese and Chinese are 2nd and 3rd in popularity). And of course, there's the fact that there are only 500 million English speakers in the world, and the other 5.5 billion speak something else (frequently Chinese :-). The Register has an amusing piss-take of Manchester Business School's new logo, namely that its a blatant copy of somebody else's logo, but it took them three years to come up with it. The register has a bunch of stuff today, in fact: Sponsored by the competing BlueYonder service, a suspiciously critical article of NTL's broadband service Novell posted a security patch for its software, but won't tell users what problem its fixing :-) Yahoo being blamed for kidnappings and torture. Yes, I'm sure it's their fault that parents let their kids chat to strangers without warning or supervision. The reg thinks chat rooms should be supervised though, and...
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Never a truer word was spoken. Survey question: "Across the U.S. and on Capitol Hill, debate is...

Never a truer word was spoken. Survey question: "Across the U.S. and on Capitol Hill, debate is raging on the issue of human cloning. What do you think?" Answer: "Cloning? Why? Aren't most Americans pretty much exactly alike as it is?"
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Long weekend! Woohoo! Now, if only I didn't have so much work to do, things would be fine. Some...

Long weekend! Woohoo! Now, if only I didn't have so much work to do, things would be fine. Some interesting things I've bookmarked recently: Marvel Dotcomics, including the very readable Ultimate X-Men. I'd forgotten what fun comic books are, although admittedly the clunky Flash format only becomes readable on the monster 18" flatscreen with ridiculous resolution that I'm using at the moment. Oh, and of course you need broadband. Duh. The very useful SamSpade.Org provides useful web-based network functions for the enterprising geek. Not sure if I've mentioned this already, but Things I have Argued About With My Girlfriend is a very, very amusing read. A currency convertor is always useful. Well, often anyway. A really useful Oracle 8i SQL Reference book online. I wonder if Oracle knows?
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In between a surprisingly productive weekend, I finished reading Space by Stephen Baxter. It's a...

In between a surprisingly productive weekend, I finished reading Space by Stephen Baxter. It's a very good book, with an absolutely staggering scope of activity, and that is at the same time its major flaw: Baxter attempts to cover, in 500-odd pages, enough material to fuel an entire library worth of science fiction. It gets almost comical: an event of the order of "an entire alien species is discovered, has a philosophical crisis, and is wiped out" is covered in less than ten pages, and there are lots of events of that order in this book. Well worth the read, nevertheless. From the sublime to the ridiculous, I was amused by this article in the Onion today, and also by the antidote to the DMCA -- if you make copying movies a religion, then freedom of religion beats the DMCA.
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Buzz was funny today; Adobe has a press release about its new product, including a hilarious quote...

Buzz was funny today; Adobe has a press release about its new product, including a hilarious quote from "Customer TBD". I mean, if you're going to make up a customer to praise your product, at least remember to give it a name :-)
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I don't know what's more sad: the fact that boxers are beginning to get into...

I don't know what's more sad: the fact that boxers are beginning to get into professional-wrestling-style pre-fight scuffles, or that said boxers still think calling someone "gay" is an insult. Anyway, it's boxing, so I'm not interested.
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This kicks butt. Oh yes, indeed. A web-enabled Etch-A-Sketch! That's not an application that looks...

This kicks butt. Oh yes, indeed. A web-enabled Etch-A-Sketch! That's not an application that looks like an etch-a-sketch, you understand, but an actual etch a sketch, controlled by a small robotic microprocessor and hooked up to a webcam. Come on, that kicks butt. Let's have that link one more time. God, I love the Internet.
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