Category Archives: technology
John Hodgman at the White House Correspondants’ Dinner


I love how he calls the president NerdCore. Again, he may well be the funniest man in television today.

Worldwide Telescope

Got a PC? Wanna see something wicked cool? Check out Microsoft’s Worldwide Telescope. Think Google Earth, only on a galactic scope. I’ve downloaded the Spring Beta on my work machine and have only spent a few minutes checking it out but, damn, it’s cool!

Teh oh noes!

This makes me sad…

Dear Ted,

You’re receiving this email because you have asked to receive high-definition movies in the HD DVD format. As you may have heard, most of the major movie studios have recently decided to release their high-definition movies exclusively in the Blu-ray format. In order to provide the best selection of high-definition titles for our members, we have decided to go exclusively with Blu-ray as well.

While we will continue to make our current selection of HD DVD titles available to you for the next several months, we will not be adding additional HD DVD titles or reordering replacements.

Toward the end of February, HD DVDs in your Saved Queue will automatically be changed to standard definition DVDs. Then toward the end of this year, all HD DVDs in your Queue will be changed to standard definition DVDs. Don’t worry, we will contact you before this happens.

We’re sorry for any inconvenience. If you have any questions or need further assistance, please call us at 1 (888) 638-3549.

-The Netflix Team

GrandCentral and Pownce Invites

Sorry folks, meant to post this a while ago but I’m all out of invites. Sorry!

I’ve got “exclusive” (as well as everyone else with the service currently…) invites for GrandCentral who recently got bought by Google and for Pownce, Kevin Rose’s latest venture.

I’ve got eight more GrandCentral invites left and three Pownce invites. If you’re interested in getting one, leave me a comment with a valid email address and I’ll see what I can do!

They’re not even trying anymore…

Just got the following email in my Gmail Inbox:

Dear valued PayPal member:

Identity protection matters. And PayPal works day and night to help keep your identity safe. That’s why it has come to our attention that your PayPal account information needs to be updated as part of our continuing commitment to protect your account and to reduce the instance of fraud on our website. If you could take 5-10 minutes out of your online experience and update your personal records you will not run into any future problems with the online service.

However, failure to update your records will result in account suspension.

Once you have updated your account records, your PayPal session will not be interrupted and will continue as normal.

To login to your PayPal account and update your records click on the following link:


Thank You for using PayPal!

The PayPal Team

OK, there’s a few things wrong here but the most blatant is the fact that they didn’t even bother spoofing the URL of, they just went ahead and put up the IP address of a server in the Czech Republic (thanks!)

Is this just an example of spammers/spoofers/phishers/whateverthefuckthey’recallingthemselvesnow not caring or just ineptitude? I’m betting on ineptitude myself.

Streaming Netflix is pretty cool

Watching Zach Galifianakis: Live on my browser is pretty cool. Added to that the fact that they reduced my monthly charge by $5 and I’m a pretty happy guy. Two DVDs at once and 14 hours of free streaming video tells me that Netflix is doing alright.

Kudos to them for taking steps in the right direction, now if only I could watch the video in Firefox rather than IE…

Fun and Games with Windows Live Writer

It’s been a while since I’ve posted and I apologize for that.  Really.  this is a post using Windows Live Writer per Tom’s recommendation.

I don’t really have much else to say at the moment, life’s been pretty much status quo, but I’ll have some exciting stuff coming up, including a white water rafting trip in a week or so that I’ll try to talk about.

I have good Coworkers

This is what I got for my birthday today at work. I have good friends here at work, but I need to mention Caley specifically as he really went above and beyond in cooridnating this whole thing and getting people to chip in.

I’m speechless…

Yeah… Let me know how that works out for you…

Got the following email in our Support mailbox asking us to join the class-action lawsuit:

I am writing you today to ask that you get involved in a Class Action Lawsuit to stop the abuse and blackmail perpetrated by a vigilante organization known as Spamhaus and run by Steve Linford.
We have talked to many ISPs and hosting companies and the consensus is basically the same. ISPs are tired of being blackmailed and bullied by this group of thugs and we propose to put an end to it by filing a Lawsuit. The defendants in this lawsuit will be


2. Steve Linford

3. Companies that use and support Spamhaus.

4. ISPs that unjustly shut or refuse service based on Spamhaus direction.

As you may already know Spamhaus just lost an 11.7 million dollar lawsuit filed by they have refused to abide by the federal court order and will be soon held in contempt. If you are using Spamhaus you may be exposing your company to huge liability as they do not follow any law in their blacklisting and Steve Linford uses his position to abuse his list as a weapon for personal vendettas.

1. Spamhaus lists sites, IPs and ISPs that are not spamming.

2. Steve Linford uses his blacklists to enrich himself and for personal vendettas

3. Steve Linford owns a hosting company UXN.COM which is a direct conflict of interest in operating his illegal blacklist

4. Steve Linford Ignores United States courts and laws

5. Steve Linford Blackmails ISPs by listing IPs of innocents in order to get them to comply with whatever he asks.

6. The same list Spamhaus misrepresents as their SBl is freely available at [URL deleted by Ted] (without the blackmail)

7. Steve Linford has no regard for free speech and puts sites on his list solely for speaking out about him to repress the growing Anti-spamhaus movement.

One only needs to log into [URL deleted by Ted] to see the absolute nonsense that goes on there and Steve Linford banging his chest and bragging he can shut down any site or host in the world.
Regardless of the fight against spam there is no place on the internet for one man to decide who has a website and who does not.

If you are Interested in more information and updates as we progress please send an email to [Email address deleted by Ted] and we will add you to our confidential list.
At the very least if your tired of this kind of blackmail, do not bow to the Illegal actions of Spamhaus and log into [URL delted by Ted] and tell them what you think of their blackmail tactics.
It is time for Spamhaus to go. if you google “Spamhaus Terrorists” and “Spamhaus Judgment” you can read more about what is going on recently.

Thank you for your time
Committee to stop Spamhaus censorship and Blackmail

Yeah, we’ll go right ahead and do that…

Google Talk is live!

Google Talk
Originally uploaded by TedsBlog.

It’s been rumored and talked about for the last few days, and now it’s here.

Google’s chat client is pretty light on bells and whistles.  Just like everything else Google does, the interface is very clean and non-flashy.  It’s got voice capabilities as well, but I’ve been trying out Skype for the last week or so and don’t really need another VoIP client, but I’m willing to give it a shot once more people I know get involved with this thing.

Posted on August 24, 2005, 10:48 By
Categories: computers, geek, technology, work

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