Saturday, July 22, 2000
7/22/2000 6:22:46 PM
ePrompter does the job.
Longtime TBTF reader Craig McAllister has developed a near-perfect little
utility that simplifies handling multiple email accounts.
ePrompter unobtrusively notifies
you of arriving mail in up to eight accounts. Use it to watch spam
accumulate in your convenience Hotmail, AOL, and Yahoo mailboxes. ePrompter
does not transmit any personal information back to home base, a refreshing
policy in an era of rampant
adbots and spyware.
ePrompter runs on Windows 95, 98, NT, and 2000. Its download is a slim 574K
and installation and setup are foolproof.
Thursday, July 20, 2000
7/20/2000 7:58:42 AM
Last fall the Green Party of New Zealand protested the introduction into
that country of
transgenic mice for laboratory experimentation. News about the
bright rodents has been around for a while, but I've missed it
completely. (Here it is in
my hometown paper from 1997, and Google finds
relevant links.) Now Brian Tew passes the story along after a
mention on the TV program The Hollywood Squares.
Mice with firefly genes have been designed to light up selectively in
response to certain conditions such as the presence of a particular
antigen. It's the mice with jellyfish genes that will be of compelling
interest to cats everywhere: under untraviolet light they glow from every cell.
Kitty Boutique must surely stock minature untraviolet miner's helmets with
cutouts for your cat's ears.
Wednesday, July 19, 2000
7/19/2000 6:39:52 PM
The CARROT and the STIC.
What happens to the direct-target-marketing crowd when privacy fears
really kick in and Americans begin to choke off the flood of personal
data? This satire at
had me rolling on the floor laughing and scaring the cats.
"You no establish date of birth, we establish date of death,
capiche?" -- STIC executive member Tony "The Tiger" Tetrazzini
"We've gone to great lengths to accommodate that small but vocal
minority of the American public which wants both personal privacy
and freedom from grievous bodily harm."
However, critics allege that the STIC opt-out provisions unfairly
exclude those without access to electron microscopes and
sophisticated atom-manipulation technology.
Tuesday, July 18, 2000
7/18/2000 1:08:35 PM
Get your NY Times bestseller lists a week early.
The Times is now publishing their best-seller lists a week
in advance on the Web. The list you read in the Sunday Times is two
weeks old, and now the
will be available only a week behind the calendar.
As expected, this week (on the Web, or next week in print) the Times
bestseller list. Guess which book is number 1 there. That was
pretty easy. Guess which four books are numbers 1 - 4. Um hmm.
Monday, July 17, 2000
7/17/2000 8:22:32 AM
Sunday, July 16, 2000
7/16/2000 6:41:20 PM
Text messaging in modern warfare.
Philippine guerrillas are
insults to their opponents via SMS, using the address books of
captured cellphones. The US Marines who played loud rock-n-roll at
Gen. Noreiga are looking positively grown-up by comparison.
7/16/2000 12:58:49 PM
Magnetoresistive microscope may recover erased data.
from Science News describes work by NIST in Colorado Springs on
a new technique for recovering magnetic data. The device was designed
in cooperation with the FBI and the National Transportation Safety
Board. The researchers hope it will find applications in forensics and
in accident investigations. The article hints that the National Archive
may try it out on the infamous Nixon tape with the 18-minute gap.