Friday Roundup

One would imagine that when you looked through your site referrer report, and came across “accuweather.com” as one of the domains that a visitor was coming from, that it would be pretty neat. But when you see that the visitor found you while looking for “rss weather news“, then it’s even funnier. Don’t they have their own feeds? I suppose not. Either way, I thought it was nice to see they ended up here, as the lingosphere seems to be the third referred site for that search. The lingosphere is actually the first and second site for “rss weather feeds”, which I also found peculiar, since I just refer people to the RSS weather feed service I use. Oh well – the power of the Internet – traffic is traffic.

I got a second kick today about the gym across the street from the office having their sign outside say “ISABEL WHO”. Turned out not to be quite what they expected, at least in the NY Metro area.

Yes! Verisign’s been sued over “SiteFinder” service that they’ve rolled out this week [referenced earlier this week here] The folks at Netster.com have banged them with a $100MM antitrust lawsuit, so we’ll see if anything else follows, i.e. comments from other affected parties, etc. CNET has some commentary on this and other topics of the week here.

Ready for Number Portability in the USA? November 24th is coming, and the carriers are all over it in their advertising. This article at USA Today says that 9 million cellphone users plan to switch carriers immediately, and 39 million more plan to look around. In case you haven’t heard, this is the deadline when carriers will be forced to let you take your mobile telephone number with you when you switch providers – you’re already paying for the fees associated with this on your bills – probably for a while now. So this all-out blitz is so carriers can lock in their current customers to 1 or 2 year deals in order to keep them around a while and stop the “churn”, as they refer to it.

I’m sorry, I don’t care what Ashcroft says – even if they haven’t “looked into my library reading list” this year with the Patriot Act provisions, there’s a potential for abuse like nothing seen in years. I’m surprised to not see more written about this on the ‘net.

New spam rules in Britain allow for fines and such for spammers who don’t “ask permission”. The big deal here is also that it applies to messages being sent to people’s mobile telephones, which is also terrible.

The Ides of September

Added “Forums” to the site a few days ago, as another place for folks to chat about stuff. I’ve only added a “politics” forum so far, but can add more if people are willing to use them. Feel free to email me if you’d like to have a specific topic added. Perhaps they’ll pick up as the site traffic picks up.

Also – a federal appeals court postponed October 7th’s recall election in California, stating that old-school punch card voting machines need to be replaced by another method in some districts. Great – now we get to have more politicking by Arnold, Mary Carey, and Dave Grayvis.

Don’t you think “Cash to be buried today” was a poor choice for a headline? What if you don’t like Johnny Cash or completely forgot about the fact that he died, or you just came in from a trip in another country or something? Perhaps it’s just me, but I didn’t think it read very well.

There’s a front-page-on-the-Web-article at the Seattle Times today about Sir Mix-a-Lot, which you can read here. Glad to see he’s getting semi-mainstream props from a publication – but then again, it is his hometown. [here’s my post from last Thursday on this topic] It’s a good article. I always wondered what his real name was.

Yahoo! has an article from today’s Washington Post, written by Brian Krebs, about the recent glut of software patch updates, mostly focusing on Microsoft. The article centers mostly around the time it’s taking system administrators and staff to install them. What should be added is the time that users are losing out on their work day, or ending up staying late. If you were to have to give up your computer 15 minutes every couple days, it gets annoying – your techs can’t work everyone’s computers at lunchtime!

Friday roundup

Will hurricane Isabel be the fourth category 5 hurricane to hit the US mainland since 1900? Could be – expectations are that by mid-week next week it’ll be off the coast of Florida – hopefully, it won’t be a direct hit, coming in straight west. [via Drudge]

Moonshine?
Looks like moonshine drinking is on the loose, yet again. Thought it had gone by the wayside? Me too, but according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, lead poisoning deaths are on the rise in Atlanta and other urban communities, caused basically by one thing – moonshine drinking.

Music sharing!
Cindy Rodriguez at the Denver Post has a great article today about file sharing and bullying that I highly recommend. Unlike many other people who just complain about people getting busted, she actually makes recommendations, which at least seem somewhat reasonable, such as new pricing for CDs, etc. Check it out.

Social Health Care?
Good or bad, right or wrong, most nations go by a “welfare” type health care system, cheap for the people, one big provider, but not always efficient. Econopundit’s Steve Antler has a post about it from earlier this week.