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Lighten Up 10 May 2002 Edition
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Here's your weekly instalment of flotsam and jetsam from the web.

"Looking for that extra special gift? Looking for something different?" Or are you just one very lonely and confused puppy? Answer "yes" to any of these questions and you'll just love Shy Kids.

If you're a bit of a philanderer then make sure your spouse never stumbles across this site

Here's proof that the Egyptians had contacts in high places. How else would they be able to get secret pictures of attack helicopters and submarines?

Whatever Happened To?
About a year or so ago I started developing a new type of pulsejet engine which takes aim fair and square at the defense and recreation markets.

To find out how things are going, check out the X-Jet page on this site.

Awards, Part Two
Last Friday I wrote a piece about Internet awards. This prompted a response from Denis Dutton, editor of Arts & Letters Daily.

He writes:

"For the record, neither Arts & Letters Daily nor SciTech Daily Review paid for their nomination for this year's Webby Awards, which came to us as a pleasant but complete surprise. So far as we understand, each of us was nominated by members of the Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. Other nominees in our categories include NASA and BBC News, and I doubt if they paid for nomination, either. Your editor is quite correct that the Web is clogged with meaningless "top site" prizes. The Webby Awards do not fall into this category. Both Vicki Hyde and I will be flying to San Francisco to join the glitterati for the event. Why not?"

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A few days later I received an email from Vicki Hyde who is the managing editor of SciTechDaily Review.

Now Vicki is showing a level of intelligence not often seen in the online community. She's created a web page designed to rally support for the site amongst NZ web surfers.

One thing's for sure -- if you don't blow your own horn on the Net then it's really hard to get someone else to do the job for you.

As regular readers know, I'm always in favour of getting in behind local content producers -- so I fully endorse this campaign to recruit voters in the "People's Voice" category.

Go and vote now!

Why Is He Smiling?
Once again, Telecom/Xtra's DSL service seems to have been a little "intermittent" in recent days. What I never cease to find amazing is that the dork whose face features on the "Xtra Network Status Summary" is always smiling -- regardless of the bad news he has to deliver to customers on that page.

Perhaps he has an account with some other ISP?

Come on Xtra -- get creative -- wipe that smile off his face when you're delivering bad news!

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Security Alerts
Security flaw in Microsoft Office for Mac (CNet - 18/04/2002)

A trio of MS-Office security vulns (TheReg - 10/04/2002)

Two new "critical" bugs patched in IE (ZDNet - 01/04/2002)

Second Java hole poses Windows risk (CNet - 20/03/2002)

Microsoft offers patch for Java software (CNet - 06/03/2002)

Virus Alerts
New Klez worm squirms across Internet (CNet - 18/04/2002)

Aphex E-mail Worm Has A Way With IRC, Instant Messenger (NewsBytes - 11/04/2002)

'Bill Clinton' Worm Gets Around (NewsBytes - 22/03/2002)

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