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Wikihistory (via) International Association of Time Travellers: Members’ Forum. # 19th March 2008, 12:17 am

Javascript CSS Selector Engine Timeline. It’s not every day you see a piece of code you wrote compared to a Ford Pinto :) # 14th January 2008, 1:25 pm

xkcd: Python. Just type “import antigravity”. # 5th December 2007, 6:09 am

“The web is fundamentally better when it’s social, and we’re only just starting to see what’s possible when you bring social information into different contexts on the web,” said XXXX.

Google's unreleased OpenSocial Press Release # 31st October 2007, 6:39 pm

Roy Orbison in Cling-film, the novel. If you missed the original internet meme you might be a bit baffled by this one, but I picked up a copy of the novel today and it completely lives up to the standard set by the short stories. # 17th October 2007, 3:58 pm

Amazon guide to ripping your CDs. “Many of our customers have already figured out that one cheap way to get DRM-free MP3 files is to buy them on CD and rip them themselves.” # 21st September 2007, 11:20 pm

LOLTHULHU (via) Outstanding. # 20th September 2007, 8:42 pm

Silly MS-DOS 5 Promo Video. I can’t decide if this is better or worse than the Windows 386 rap. # 13th September 2007, 10:10 am

A study of the Galaxy Song by Eric Idle. More than twenty years later, the science of the Galaxy Song from Monty Python’s Meaning of Life mostly still holds. # 19th August 2007, 11:18 am

The World Beard and Moustache Championships 2007. In Brighton on the 1st of September, tickets are a fiver. Unfortunately we’re moving that day so we probably can’t make it. # 15th August 2007, 7:11 pm

Introduction to Abject-Oriented Programming. The best part is the comments, where several people completely fail to get the joke. # 8th July 2007, 6:24 am

3rd Annual Nigerian EMail Conference. “Registration is via a confidential money transfer.” # 26th June 2007, 1:27 am

The Sarcastic Gamer: MS Surface. “Your next computer will be a big-ass table.” # 21st June 2007, 11:42 am

The movie that time forgot (via) The tragically unmade “Zeppelin vs Pterodactyls”. # 27th May 2007, 11:58 pm

The Truth About Wireless Devices. “After eating babies, the WiFi Routers will grow to enormous size and attack our cities.” # 27th May 2007, 2:09 pm

I’d like to ask readers of this site which you’re more interested in, Sun’s JavaFX or signing up for TissueWorld 2008, the Premiere Exhibition and Conference for the International Tissue Industry.

Stuart Langridge # 9th May 2007, 7:46 pm

I just cut my thumb opening the clear plastic Fortress of Solitude in which you’ve packed the cordless presenter. [...] You forced me into stabbing your product with a carving knife. Is that really the sort of “initial user experience” you were hoping for?

David Weinberger # 24th March 2007, 5:04 pm

i’m Home. “Every time you start a conversation using i’m, Microsoft shares a portion of the program’s advertising revenue with some of the world’s most effective organisations dedicated to social causes.” Microsoft are now getting their marketing ideas from spam e-mail forwards. # 2nd March 2007, 10:43 am

Blanket Fort. xkcd on why you still want one. # 10th February 2007, 4:30 pm

Useless Account. “Change your password 1000 times a day... For Free!” # 7th February 2007, 1:29 pm

As ICD head analyst Walter Dickweed put it: "Releasing a new kernel on Superbowl Sunday means that the important ’pasty white nerd’ constituency finally has something to do while the rest of the country sits comatose in front of their 65" plasma screens".

Linus Torvalds # 4th February 2007, 10:33 pm

Linux Genuine Advantage. As with all the best parodies, this one ships with source code. # 2nd February 2007, 5:29 pm

Microsoft confirms Vista Speech Recognition remote execution flaw. “I have verified that I can create a sound file that can wake Vista speech recognition, open Windows Explorer, delete the documents folder, and then empty the trash.” # 1st February 2007, 5:19 pm

Two hosts are considered equivalent if both host names can be resolved into the same IP addresses [...] Note: The defined behavior for equals is known to be inconsistent with virtual hosting in HTTP.

java.net.URL documentation # 31st January 2007, 9:13 pm

Wow! Fantastic photo. # 31st January 2007, 9:36 am

Web 2.0 domain name generating shell script. ... sed “s/er$/r.com/g” ... # 26th January 2007, 11:29 pm

Web 2.0 Company Name Generator. I talked to a company recently who had actually used this to come up with a name for one of their products. # 26th January 2007, 6:38 pm