The Accident Group, the UK’s largest personal injury insurer, fires 2,500 staff via text messages sent to their mobile phones, the BBC reports.
Call me old-fashioned, but I still prefer the “here, put all your stuff in this plastic garbage bag and get the hell out now” method
“Every day in British newspapers, on television and on the radio, I hear the same tedious stereotypes about loud and stupid American gunslinging bullies.” — the BBC’s Gavin Esler, writing in the Independent. I know how you feel, buddy. Thanks to another Gavin for the pointer.
Here’s Charlie with his new Bob the Builder scooter. It was a Christmas present from our friends Morag and Damien, but owing to mix-ups and other confusions, he’s only just got his hands on it. He absolutely loves it, but we will definitely be getting him a bicycle helmet (and maybe knee and elbow pads) before he is allowed outside with it. We don’t know how we will ever get him back on his tricycle!
The grep of the day from the www.ridey.net web server logs:
188.8.131.52 – – [14/May/2003:20:42:29 +0100] “GET http://www.yahoo.com/ HTTP/1.1” 200 7740
which resolves to: China Telecom: Hunan Province Network .
I’ve always liked Hunan cuisine, and hope whoever was visiting (bot or otherwise) found something tasty on our website.
I’ve sung the praises of Harry Shearer’s Le Show here before. But the 11 May show is even more of a must-hear thanks to Harry’s playing Hiram Bullock’s song Bean Burrito. It appears about 30 minutes into the Le Show. I want a bean burrito! Sure can’t get them in England.
I submitted Charlie Cam to the rather cool collection of webcams on Blur’s there it is middle row, right, on the very first page when you go to the Think Tank! My 15kb of fame, to paraphrase Warhol for the digital age.
OK, so I GREPed my access_log and, sure enough, the Cyveillance bots had been visiting on two consecutive days in March, only accessing about six pages in all. Unfortunately for them, but fortunately for me, most of what is hosted at www.ridey.net is password protected, so the bots got a 403 for their efforts . Then I ssh’d into Chris’s machine, where ridey.net and this weblog are hosted, and found Cyveillance had been to the weblog about 355 times in the matter of a few days. I’m sure they found lots of
interesting stuff. Especially on Charlie, my three year old’s weblog.
I suppose the most worrying thing about all of this is that Cyveillance
is obviously something that lots of people already know about. Just
imagine the things going on that we have yet to uncover, keeping in mind
that the CIA has a venture
capital outfit in Silicon Valley.
And closer to home, there’s Autonomy, once one of Britain’s
dotcom darlings, now, with more than a little help from Doctor Evil (aka
Perle), making profits by helping Dubya & Co trample our civil liberties in the name of fighting terrorism (those terrorists including among others, Seymour Hersh).
Chris has had another unwelcome visitor to his blog. Scary stuff, but I think they’ve definitely met their match in Chris. It appears the Cyveillance bot has been here too. Will have a good grep through /var/log/httpd/access_log.
Maybe you’ve noticed, particularly if you are a Windows PC user, that this weblog sometimes doesn’t display photos and other elements properly. Browser bugs are the reason. And when you work on a Mac and your website looks just fine, you have no way of knowing how it looks on other platforms. Until now, that is. Browsercam let’s you see how your pages will display in just about any combination of operating system and browser you can come up with. I’ve just started a free trial and think it’s a pretty darned good idea that should save me a lot of headaches in future. The screenshot shows how this blog’s navigation disappears in IE 5.5 on Windows 2000. Now all I have to do is figure out why!
US troops kill 3 Iraqis, Rumsfeld in Baghdad A classic howler of a headline that I found via Google News. A case of bad headline writing? Or just wishful thinking at the Palestine Chronicle (or perhaps even within the Pentagon)?