Here's more stuff that's worth at least a casual browse if you're in need
of a chortle or two:
the contents of Aardvark's "million-dollar ideas" notebook
are revealed for all to see!
A great article from The Observer which documents some of people's absolute
worst restaurant experiences. Perhaps not for the squeemish reader. There
more detail available
Barbra Streisand's Energy Tips
My goodness, some Broadway and Hollywood stars are just bottomless pits
of altruism eh? Take Barbra Streisand for instance -- she has gone to
great lengths to help out the poor Californians who are suffering from
a dwindling power supply. Her energy-saving tips are so thoughtful and
I'm sure they will have saved the state from total blackout. I can just
imagine Ms Streisand hanging out her clothes on a washing line to save power,
or replacing her own air conditioning filters.
Napster -- I Have The Answer!
Napster's hopes of restarting its file-swapping service received another
blow yesterday when a federal judge said they must keep the service offline
until they can prove that there's absolutely no way that people can use
it to exchange copyrighted music.
Napster says that its new filtering system is 99% foolproof -- but that's not
good enough for the law, so it looks as if they're stuffed.
In one of my "million dollar idea" fits of inspiration I came up with a
deceptively simple solution that could dispense with all that cutting-edge electronic
fingerprinting stuff they're currently having trouble with.
Naturally I emailed Napster and invited them to contact me if they were
interested in the idea -- but so far I've received no response (why
aren't I surprised?).
Suffice to say that while no system can provide a 100% guarantee of protection
against piracy, what I've devised is a whole lot better than the 99%
Napster currently claims. I'm sure my method would convince a judge that
it was close enough to perfect for the service to be restarted.
Don't Call Us, We'll Call You
So what is it with these people -- and so many other companies which
make the Net their chosen business environment but then make it hard
for people to contact them or don't respond to their email in a timely
Now I admit that I'm not without fault -- there are times when I miss
the odd email due to my "sophisticated filtering system" (not!) that
occasionally thinks some genuine message is spam -- but my hit rate isn't
too bad, and each page on my sites has a contact link.
I'm still surprised by the number of mainstream websites that seem to go
out of their way not to want to hear from you.
See how long it takes for you to find a simple contact address or form on
Okay, so these are high-traffic sites and perhaps they don't want to encourage
large numbers of people to email them regularly -- but why make it so difficult
for those who have a genuine need to talk directly with someone?
Is it any wonder that so many dot-coms are floundering when they fail to
embrace the single most powerful advantage that the Net has over print
or broadcast: interactivity and the ability to receive direct feedback
from your audience.
If you're not listening, how can you tell what people need or want?
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