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Lighten Up 15 June 2001 Edition
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Million $ Ideas
At last, the contents of Aardvark's "million-dollar ideas" notebook are revealed for all to see!
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Time for another weekly dose of really interesting, or really dumb stuff from the web.

Steam Rocket
If you've got US$20 you can build your own environmentally friendly vehicle. Mind you -- I think you'd have to be really crazy to ride this thing!

The Nuke50
For those occasions when you need to fight off an entire 3rd-world army single handed. No banana republic should be without one.

Owchy The Clown WARNING: not for Kids
I have it on good authority that this is NOT Cookie The Clown's night job and is in no way related to the activities of Internet marketing exspurt Mike Masters.

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Shock Horror Probe!
It's another slow news day over at IDG.net.nz today -- well at least that is the only reason I can think of for this story.

Come on guys, this is news?

You build a website, you're dumb enough to put an email address on it and you then act all surprised when you get a single spam???

Now come on Russell, I know you read Aardvark so you must know that putting an email address on a webpage (especially as a mailto: tag) is guaranteed to get that address on the spammers' lists within days of it being published to the Web.

Ah... but perhaps the story was just an excuse to give the site a free plug?

Of course it was!

Damn -- I've been tricked into helping out :-)

Never mind, I'm always glad to help local sites trying to get some traffic.

However, I trust Russell will reciprocate by including Aardvark as a regular part of his Mediawatch program -- after all, as far as I'm aware, it's NZ's longest-running online publication (and one of the longest-running anywhere on the web), now that ought to count for something eh?

Thanks in advance Russell :-)

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    Be Afraid!
    What a fiasco -- Microsoft announces a security hole in the webmail component of its Exchange 2000 and 5.5 mailservers -- then issues a patch that causes systems to lock-up.

    No problem says Microsoft, and they pull the patch -- leaving system admins in a real lurch -- Run an insecure webmail service or shut it down.

    But wait -- just a day or so later, Microsoft apologises for the bugs in the first patch and posts a brand new patch -- which still causes servers to lock up tight.

    This time Microsoft tells all those system administrators that they've got rocks in their heads and that it's not a problem with the patch -- the admins must have goofed up the install process.

    Finally, several days later, after being bombarded with complaints from obviously incompetent system admins, Microsoft fesses up and admits that the second patch really was a dud after all.

    Remember that Exchange 2000 and 5.5 are supposedly reasonably mature and mission-critical products, yet it took Microsoft three tries to fix what was really a relatively trivial problem.

    Now, hands up all those "incompetent admins" who are going to rush out and upgrade their systems to Windows XP when it launches???

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