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Sunday, October 24, 2021

Type out all 26 letters in the English alphabet.

Now type it out again.

Now start typing it out again, but stop at “K”.

Finally, tack on a “.com” to all that.

What does that give you? One long-ass domain name, and an email address to which no one will ever send.

Why stop at “K”? Because 63 characters is the maximum number allowed for domain names (not including the dot-com/org/net/whatever extension).

(Via A Load of Bollocks)

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 10/24/2004 09:42pm
Category: Internet
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The latest change on this pretty page: I’ve dropped BlogSnob as my link referral/webring tool. In it’s place is BlogExplosion, a new kid on the block.

Why drop BlogSnob (or whatever they’re calling it now), which I’ve had since the old days? The recent rollout of paid advertisers in the rotation prompted plenty of protests and defections, so you could assume that I’m joining that exodus. But that’s not the case. I didn’t mind the ads. Truthfully, I didn’t notice them much.

What I did notice was that there was very little variance in which blogs appeared in BlogSnob’s rotation. It seemed to be the same relatively small handful everytime. On top of that, BlogSnob’s whole system is buggy: From my vantage point, its links wouldn’t even render on my blog half the time. And despite the infrequent announcements about how the system was being upgraded and refined, I got the strong feeling that it was very much a part-time concern for current owner Adam Kalsey, and so was never going to get the attention it needed to grow (all the defections probably didn’t help).

To top it off, BlogSnob generated pretty much zero traffic for me. I found absolutely no evidence in my site logs that all those alleged hits being registered on my BlogSnob account were really bringing any visitors to my site — leading me to believe that the BlogSnob stats were fiction. By contrast, I’m already seeing hits coming in from the BlogExplosion exchange, in just the first day of being on it.

BlogExplosion has its share of critics, but I see little risk in trying it. If something amiss develops, I can always drop it. I’m not going to give it a thumbs-up or -down after less than a day on it, but so far, it’s looking promising.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 10/24/2004 08:31pm
Category: Bloggin'
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Does cohabitation, or even steady couplehood, entitle one to non-stop groping privileges?

He said. She said.

Call me a prude, but when it comes to gropage of a loved one, I believe in quality over quantity. ;)

What I find even more amusing, aside from the topic of discussion, is how Mikey and Joelle are using their respective blogs to air their sides of the argument. It’s cute, in an aw-shucks kinda way.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 10/24/2004 02:50pm
Category: Bloggin', Society
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If you could pick your very own last name, what would you choose? Something memorable, even flattering, I’d think. (No matter how appropos it might be, it would be the rare individual who christens himself “Billy Bigbutt”.)

A couple of million Mongolians are struggling with this decision right now, as a modernization initiative in the isolated country is seeking to establish surnames among the citizenry.

I’d love to be a fly on the wall during a family meeting to decide on a last name.

Too bad Mongolia is still a Communist country. Think of the corporate naming-rights possiblities here! Celebrities could sell themselves to the highest bidder.

I didn’t know about the historical development of surnames around the world:

Throughout history, surnames have been adopted at different times by different cultures. One of the first references dates back to 2852 B.C., when a Chinese emperor decreed the use of hereditary family names.

England, motivated by a shortage of first names, introduced surnames over a 600-year period starting around 1000 A.D. Japan made the push after 1870 as part of a modernization drive, and Turkey was as late as 1935. Some nations, including Indonesia and some Pacific Islands, still rely on one name.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 10/24/2004 02:35pm
Category: Society
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Mobile phones mean you never have to be away from your telephone lifeline every again (as long as your network coverage, and battery, hold up).

Come next year, Texas Instruments’ “Hollywood” chip will enable wireless phones to carry digital television content. So you never have to be away from your boob tube lifeline again.

Now, if they could find a way to put a refrigerator into my cellphone…

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 10/24/2004 02:17pm
Category: Tech
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When Bloomba came out in March, I noticed how much like an email-only version of Google this installed-program mail client was.

With the subsequent releases of Gmail and, more recently, Google Desktop Search, Bloomba’s business model seemed to be getting bulldozed by Google. When you can get the same functionality for free, why pay for it?

So it’s not surprising that Bloomba’s parent company, Stata Labs, has sold itself to Yahoo!, getting out while the getting’s still good.

It’s also not surprising that Yahoo!’s only after the Bloomba technology, and nothing else that Stata might have cooked up:

However, the $60 product will be discontinued and Yahoo has no plans to sell Bloomba or its accompanying spam filter software, SA Proxy Pro, Stata Labs said on its Web site.

That could indicate plans to incorporate the underlying technology in an e-mail client that could compete with Gmail, which Google launched in April and which offers users full searching of their own e-mail boxes and 1 gigabyte of space to store messages.

So it looks like Google has changed the game once again. Just as competing search engines started imitating adopting Google’s interface and results presentation, other Webmail clients are going to start looking more and more like Gmail. Bloomba, as an established product, represents a way for Yahoo! to get there a little quicker; other providers will have to start from scratch.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 10/24/2004 02:09pm
Category: Business, Internet
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I could easily rant for a while here about how much certain elements of WordPress, the software that powers this blog, fall short.

Like how the [!-more-] tag, which is designed to hide some post text until you click on the “more” link to read the whole thing, doesn’t actually reveal the hidden text on the same page. That would be the standard for Movable Type-powered blogs, and therefore has become standard for most blogs. Instead, WP uses the [!-more-] tag to just take you to the permalinked, single-post page. Which is not what I want, and therefore pretty useless.

In other words: WP sucks.

Thankfully, there’s Scriptygoddess’ plugin to make this tag behave the way it should (more or less). Thanks, Jennifer.

Actually, I’m not a huge fan of the “hide/show” post. I think it’s way overused on most blogs. I guess some bloggers feel a need to present all their posts with the smallest wordcount possible, therefore reducing their front pages to a series of teasers. That’s a turnoff to me: I don’t want to clickthru multiple times when my intent is to just browse.

So why did I use it here (not that you can see it on the permalink)? Partly just to try it out. I think it does have utility, like, for instance, if I’m writing about a movie currently in theaters and I’m dropping loads of spoilers. It’s nice to have, but I don’t see using it very often.

In a spasm of cuteness, I’ve named the functional links “Pop it!” (to show the rest of the text) and “Unpop it!” (to hide it). It’s an attempt at a play on the “Population Statistic” title. I may or may not change it (“populate” and “depopulate” suddenly come to mind). Again, I won’t be using this much, so it’s not a high priority.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 10/24/2004 01:32pm
Category: Bloggin'
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Be forewarned: If you read the following, I may have to kill you.



by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 10/24/2004 10:27am
Category: Comedy, Internet
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