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Seriously? Notepad?

I think he was half joking.

In yesterday's webconference with a vendor, the presenter fired up Notepad to do some text manipulation. Let's ignore my observation that Notepad is a crippled piece of junk compared to TextEdit, and go on to his comment that Notepad was "the best tool every produced by MicroSoft."

I replied "I thought that was Steve Ballmer."

Embarq's Hosting Abilities are at Least, Cheap

I don't actually use the space that comes with our DSL contract. But wow, ignoring the whole issue of terms and conditions, Embarq's hosting is just terrible, or at least, so minimal that it is a joke. What is this, 1999? 20 megs? 15 pages? 1 Gb a month?

But in happier news, when calling to get our DSL speed raised, we not only got it raised, but got the price lowered.

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Handy Method of Escaping a Verizon Contract

This script can get you out of your Verizon cell contract if you have text as part of your service but don't have a separate text plan add on.

You know, in case you have some reason you might want to switch to some other carrier. Cingular, for example.

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Amazon Unbox Doesn't Trust You. Don't Trust Amazon Unbox

I'll bet you never read the "terms and service" agreements that almost everyone forces on you before you use their product.

If you're considering using the Amazon Unbox movie service, be glad that the folks at Boing Boing have taken the trouble to read and analyze it for you:

Boing Boing: Amazon Unbox to customers: Eat shit and die

For example, here's his analysis of their "privacy" terms:

Amazon says it respects your privacy, but this clause tells the real story. Click "I agree" and you've just signed away permission for Amazon to wiretap all of your viewing habits, and to search your entire hard drive continuously and report back on all the software you've installed. The entertainment industry can produce a blacklist of legal software that it just doesn't care for -- say, software that lets you take screenshots, or screen-movies -- and refuse to allow your movies to run if you've installed it. In other words, this clause lets Hollywood specify how you must configure your PC.

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