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Lighten Up 5 January 2001 Edition
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Thanks to the many readers who rallied to yesterday's call for good links, I'm able to provide you with the following site-suggestions if you want to marvel at the wonders of the World Wide Web:

Morgan and Banks
Now these guys really have a grip on this new technology -- or is this some kind of intelligence test? Maybe they've just never heard of a redirect, meta-refresh, or even good old hypertext linking.
Rating: Duh!

A Crazy Drunk Guy
What do you do when a drunk repeatedly annoys you by repeatedly calling you on the phone? Well, you put up a web-page of course!
Rating: Wierd!

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From Yesterday

Internet Business... - Peter

There are Profits Online... - Mike

Payment methods not appropriate... - David

Who needs a faster PC?... - Donald

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Wedding Cam
It seems as if voyeurism is one of the Web's biggest attractions -- and now even the somewhat conservative Discovery Channel has gotten in on the act -- making it easy for people to join in the kind of festive celebrations that can only be found in a Las Vegas quickie wedding.
Rating: Get A Life Of Your Own!

The Corporation
Do you ever wonder why those big corporate websites are so dull and boring? Well here's an about-face -- a humour site built as a parody of those chilling wads of corporate HTML.
Rating: A Good Chuckle If You're (Management) Board :-)

Nobody Killed The Kumara
Earlier in the week I pointed out that TheKumara.com was carrying a message which suggested that it had been slapped with a court order preventing it from publishing its usual menu of parody and satire.

Well it seems the whole thing was just a cheap publicity stunt -- a humorous way of filling the space while the site's owner/operator took a break over the holiday period.

So, the mystery is solved.

I wonder, however, if we'll see this little tactic used by other sites in an attempt to get people talking and boost traffic levels? Of course I couldn't possibly speculate... because of this court order you see ;-)

Spam News
Good news broke yesterday when it was announced that AOL would be suing the pants of a porno spammer who sent junk email to its subscribers. Maybe if more ISPs decide to get behind such actions the spammers will find their life a little less comfortable and millions of kids around the world won't find their mailboxes filled with solicitations to visit rather unsuitable websites.

And on the subject of spam -- I came across an interesting site the other day called SpamMotel.

It claims to allow you to track down who's been selling your email address or breaching their own privacy code. It does this by issuing you with a unique email address each time you use the service and allowing you to attach notes to that address so that if spam is received, you can check which site was involved.

It's a good idea -- but I suspect that only the most hardened anti-spammers will bother.

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4  Barnes&Noble.com lures big-name authors with digital imprint
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4  eBay goes back online after prolonged outages
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4  Airline Travelers Check In Via WAP
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4  Millions Pay Not to Log On
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4  OzEmail suffers mid-morning outage
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4  Digital sends viewers mixed signals
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4  'Lousy' demand stings Pentium 4
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4  AOL sues over sex-related spam
In an effort to show that it's serious about junk email, the Net titan accuses an adult Web site operator of conspiring with spammers....

4  Will the Web follow Yahoo's charge?
Is the Web's free ride nearly over? Now that Yahoo is charging auction fees, analysts say other free services could follow suit...

4  Rough Road Ahead for Internet Stocks??
Investors who expect Internet stocks to post a comeback this year will be disappointed, a report by International Data Corp. said on Thursday...

4  Why Wap is not woeful
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