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Lighten Up 18 May 2001 Edition
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Here it is -- your weekly dose of all that's wrong with the Web.

The Start Of The Internet?
A few months ago I told you where you could find the end of the Internet, well today I'm showing you where it starts (in New Zealand at least).

Jobs Unveils iGun
Those clever folks over at apple never miss the chance to launch a fancy new product to make our lives better eh?

Bansi Kitten
This one's included for all those who might have missed the story earlier this year.

Air NZ Has Nothing On These Guys
Can you believe that the Aussies grounded Air NZ's Ansett fleet in Australia just because of some itsy-bitsy cracks? I wonder what they'd say about this.

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Dear John
Yesterday I emailed my good friend John Ogbu and asked him for a little proof of his credibility -- suggesting that perhaps a covering fax printed on the letterhead of his government might do the trick.

The fax hasn't turned up yet -- but perhaps he's having as much trouble with his paper-feed as he did with his caps-lock key.

However -- as soon as I get a response, I'll share it with Aardvark's readers.

And thank a big thank you to all those who didn't contact me to share their heart-felt concerns that I might be about to lose my shirt. I had feared that the irony of my story might have been lost on some newer readers unfamiliar with my style ;-)

A New Email Worm (yawn!)
The really stupid Net users who haven't updated their Microsoft Outlook to the latest (less insecure) version and who don't read the news are probably going to get caught by yet another email worm doing the rounds.

This one is a pretty poor attempt to overwhelm the Echelon surveillance system with false alarms. To do this it has hundreds of "keywords" such as bomb, detonator, assassination, etc embedded in comments within the code.

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    Hell, I bet those highly trained Echelon operators are just going crazy with all those bells ringing -- NOT!

    There's more information on this worm over at 7amNews.com -- check the headlines in the red box.

    You Read It Here First
    Yesterday I posted a mid-day update to Aardvark with the news that an Air NZ 747 had been grounded with cracks in its engine.

    For those interested in the full story, the NZ Herald published this story today -- but you heard it here first :-)

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    Open in New Window Telco spins media web with Xtra MSN deal
    The $300 million plan to merge the website of internet service provider Xtra and Microsoft's MSN portal has sailed clear of regulatory hurdles, but the deal has repercussions for local players left out of the party...
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    Open in New Window Online spending to rocket, says IDC
    New Zealand's online spending is set to explode to $21 billion by 2004 according to research firm IDC...


    Open in New Window EU considers Net traffic, e-mail archive
    The European Commission backs the police with a proposal that all e-mails and other Internet traffic be logged and kept for up to seven years...

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    Open in New Window Congress Sees Music's Future
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    Open in New Window Govt slugs mobile carriers
    MORE than 10 million mobile phone users face higher charges after a Federal Government move to hike carriers' licence fees by more than 150 per cent...

    Open in New Window Bankers call for end to electronic fraud
    Australian financiers are banking on a national electronic gateway as the country's best best weapon against the proliferation of identity fraud in the emerging world of virtual commerce...


    Open in New Window Web Giants Draw Battle Lines Over Instant Messages
    Technology giants AOL Time Warner, Microsoft and Yahoo are squaring off for a major new turf war over users of sophisticated new instant messaging services, which hundreds of millions of people worldwide already rely on to chat with friends and work colleagues...

    Open in New Window Instant Web Access Via Phone, a Horror Story
    Alan Weinkrantz's frustrating bid to sign up for instant Internet access service offered by his local phone company in Texas began as an open-eyed descent into a bureaucratic maze, but escalated into a private war...

    Open in New Window Linux takes Hollywood by storm
    'Shrek' may not be a penguin but it was created by Linux software--fueling a trend to replace the likes of Microsoft and Silicon Graphics for creating special effects...

    Open in New Window IT consultant denies 25m Web site blackmail
    IT consultant Graham Browne is to be tried at the Old Bailey in September for attempting to blackmail an unidentified financial institution for 25 million over weak security, Private Eye reports...
    The Register

    Open in New Window Sony Puts TV Features in a PC
    Taking a different approach to the promising market of personal video recording, Sony Electronics Inc. is introducing a personal computer with a built-in TV tuner and capacity to digitally store up to 100 hours of programming...

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