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More of the wierd, whacky and wonderful stuff that's hiding out there on the
world wide web.
the contents of Aardvark's "million-dollar ideas" notebook
are revealed for all to see!
Nude Women In The Dominion/Stuff!
An alert and highly observant Aardvark reader spotted the nude woman in this
picture published by news-provider INL. I've made it easier for you to spot.
Turbo Powered Barstool
New Zealand has the distinction of having the world's first
jet-powered beer cooler
and this turbo barstool has to be the ideal accompaniment don't you think?
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Of Frying Pans And Fires
In a much anticipated move, Telstra has purchased Clear Communications
for the paltry sum of less than $500m.
While the spinmeisters are already telling us that this can only mean
good things for NZ consumers and that it will ratchet up the levels of
competition -- I'm not so sure.
One area where we're unlikely to see any improvement is the supply of DSL
If reports are to believed, Telstra's DSL pricing and performance levels are
even worse than Telecom's -- so neither has any real incentive to improve
However -- if you check out Monday's Aardvark, you'll find that there is
a new non-ISP-dependent broadband internet service about to be announced
that could give both Telstra and Telecom a bit of competition.
It's not a new service -- but the offering is new.
While reviewing a long list of local websites recently, I noticed a very frustrating
and annoying flaw.
A huge percentage of sites that offer free email "newsletters" are providing
Signing up to these lists is a bit like playing Russian roulette:
My advice to web-designers is that they should always include a privacy statement.
Even though such things are covered by law in NZ, not all your visitors will be
aware of that -- particularly if they're overseas. Also make it clear exactly
what form and frequency your emailings will take and why not make the point that
you're running a double-opt-in system as part of your responsible anti-spam attitude?
- will your mailbox be deluged by daily MS Word files of several hundred Kbytes in size?
- how easy is it to unsubscribe?
- is this a double-opt-in list or can you sign up your friends/enemies too?
- will your name become part of some larger list sold for a profit to spammers?
My advice to Net users is to avoid handing over any information (including
your email address) to any site that doesn't have a clear and simple privacy
policy -- or which doesn't offer any indication as to what signing up to their
emailing list will expose you to.
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