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Exit ArchiveArchive for November 3rd, 2005

First off, congrats to John for figuring out how to post a picture. And a cool one, at that.

Now, time for some links for your pleasure and fun! And because you have nothing better to do today.

It is so rare for someone to admit they do something unpleasant and yucky. It’s also rare for someone to be so logical about something that people generally feel so stringly about. Je am talking about smoking, and though I would love nothing more than to see the tobacco companies be shot through the head—a decidedly reactionary and cruel stance—I have to agree wholeheartedly with Robb’s latest treatise.

Speaking of nefarious plots, how about that RFID in our passports thang? How about it, indeed! Wired has a good article called “Fatal Flaw Weakens RFID Passports.”

Speaking of speaking of nefarious plots, did you know Sony, in their latest stupid bid to prevent music piracy, has placed a little trojan horse program on audio CDs that install themselves on your PC (Windows only, of course) and can then be used by third parties to hide any file from the system and perhaps do truly disastrous damage? No? Well, Wired to the rescue again! Read “The Cover-Up Is the Crime.”

Off of the speaking of speaking ofs, I enjoy this little item regarding Microsoft’s not-so-hot presentation design. This is what I do for a living, these presentations, and have to agree that Steve Jobs does beautiful if spare presentations, while Microsoft, like everything else it does, gums up the works.

That is all. FOR NOW…

John the Apprentice

So, here’s one of the many reasons I haven’t had much time to post things lately.