Internet

Web-Advertised Houses Generate Higher Prices

This is a US story so the differences might not be as stark in Ireland, but there’s no doubt in my mind that if a seller puts some time and imagination into the process, it will still be appreciable. In the example cited. using a realtor rate of 6%, that difference is a whopping $12,225.

(I don’t say “whopping” very often, but that really is whopping.)

Barack Obama supported by the RIAA

I like the guy, but taking money from the RIAA just isn’t on.

(Hilary took money too, but I’m hardly surprised by that.)

UK War drivers arrested

This kind of bollocks drives me demented. In separate incidents, a man and a woman “received a caution for dishonestly obtaining electronic communication services with intent to avoid payment”. How are they avoiding payment when they’re simply using a publicly-available connection? It’s the clueless dickwad that left his or her connection open that should be locked up. Their rig is probably spewing out all sorts of shite anyway, we should at least do them for littering.

Join me in Tangler

Much to the consternation of my old-school techie friends, I’ve always been a big fan of forums. I think I came to the Internet too late – relatively speaking – to appreciate the whole “why download the interface” thing, even in eircom-bitrate Ireland

Of course these days we have AJAX, and we’re rightly reverting to downloading the interface once and only pushing data to users when it’s needed. That’s what Tangler is essentially about, although the lads in charge are trying to peg it more as a social app.

I’d like to spend some time on there and try it out properly, but I’d prefer to do so with people I know, so if you’d like to try it too, send me an email at tmp56@perm.it and I’ll send you an invite. If you’re already there, join me in Ireland please.

Offline AJAX with Zimbra

There’s been a lot of talk about offline AJAX recently, but one of my favourite OSS developers has spent more time writing code than they have talking, and today released the fruits of their labour, Zimbra Desktop. It’s alpha, it’s an evalution, but it’s ready for download and that’s what it’s all about.

Zimbra Desktop

The lads in Google would want to spend more time delivering and less time embracing and extending if they want to keep up, because Gmail is looking increasingly dated these days. Less hiring and more firing Eric. Lose the marketroid dross.

ICANN Terminates RegisterFly Accreditation

ICANN | Termination of RegisterFly.com Registrar Accreditation Agreement

SEC: You Pump, We Dump!

This is one of those rare anti-spam measures that will work, and will continue to work, and fair balls to the SEC for doing it. There is one small problem though, and I hope the SEC has thought of it: the second this item appeared in a ticker on Bloomberg, some scumbag CEO fired off an email to his on-call spammer, and told him to pump his competitor’s stock. So expect a small peak before the tail Justin. ;)

Washington, D.C., March 8, 2007 – The Securities and Exchange Commission this morning suspended trading in the securities of 35 companies that have been the subject of recent and repeated spam email campaigns (see examples). The trading suspensions – the most ever aimed at spammed companies – were ordered because of questions regarding the adequacy and accuracy of information about the companies.

I expect several compliments on my headline btw.