Here are some of the periodicals I find most interesting.
David also maintains related files:
- Gmail http://gmail.google.com/gmail
apparently updated almost every hour (!)
Millennium Weekend Ministries > WEDG Forums
-- recc. Debora C.
and several other wikis ... [FIXME: copy from index page ?]
Robotic Nation Evidence: Evidence of the developing Robotic Nation
Dr. Clifford A. Pickover
"Calculus and Pizza" book by Dr. Clifford A. Pickover
"Dr. Cliff Pickover has published nearly a book a year in which he stretches the limit of computers, art, and
thought." - Los Angeles Times
has news in
and many other languages.
The latest discussions on nanotechnology occur over on
Embedded Systems Programming
Yahoo ! News
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Wide Open News
"a summary of 1,500 of the most dynamic pages on the web".
(What happened ? It looks like it's been taken offline; the URL redirects to a inferior version as of 2005-03-26 )
(formerly known as the "Idea Futures game") is a fascinating way of "betting"
on the future, reaching a consensus on what everyone feels is the "most probable"
date of future events.
It has some similarities to a stock market.
Computer Currents magazine:
Linux News & Editorial
Computer Currents Magazine
Try clicking "Internet" (no, not Networking),
then scrolling down to the
"Open Source Software" section.
news and references to
Ars Technica: The PC enthusiast's resource
[laptop ? ... computer building ...]
"Slashdot.org: News for Nerds. Stuff That Matters."
has a interesting
``EDN's Technical Press Review''
where they review
especially interesting articles
in *other* magazines.
TransDot: Emerging Trends and Technologies
short articles and your comments --
similar to Slashdot,
but with issues relevant to transhumans.
UseNet news, magazines, newspapers, zines,
and other periodically-updated news sources.
Many traditions and customs have grown up around Usenet News.
One interesting one is
David's favorite Usenet Newsgroups:
because I've always wanted to write my own
with lots of high-speed, dynamic visuals.
I keep thinking that I just need a few more
It seems that all the high-speed games
are written in C, with the occasional
assembly language thrown in.
Since I've used so many different machines
(I've done assembly language on
machines based on the
6502, 68000, 80386, ARM,
and done higher-level programming
on others based on none of the above
I've become processor-agnostic --
I try to do as much stuff as possible
in portable C (maybe even higher-level),
so I can easily switch machines
and only have to rewrite a small amount
because I had a lot of fun with
Dr. Scott Acton in his
"Oklahoma Imaging Laboratory".
Video games are about rapidly creating images
for people to look at,
but Acton helped me become interested
in the problem of getting machines
to accept images and try to "look"
at them and understand them.
to try to combine my interests in
I did all my machine vision software
, strangely enough, in Matlab.
Although image compression
is one of the more popular areas of machine vision,
I've been interested in all kinds of compression
for many years.
I find it fascinating to read summaries
of things that fascinate humans.
For a long time I've wanted to build a robot
In the last few years
I've become more interested
in computer architecture
I'm currently learning ARM assembly language,
and I think it's the coolest one I know.
I think that Chuck Moore's MISC
is the cleverest I've seen, though.
I subscribed to the f-CPU mailing list
of people trying to develop a
"free" (and hopefully better)
I'm interested in computer architectures
that are designed to be "embedded"
(which covers both robots (see above)
as opposed to sitting on a desktop
plugged in all the time.
Desktop machines have basically unlimited
embedded machines generally have limited power,
which makes a subtle shift in the
"mass energy speed" tradeoffs
making things much more challenging.
FPGAs are one of the cleverest ideas in electronics.
Rather than manually wire up lots of discrete components,
or design a gate-array with it's long lag
between design and having the chip in hand
and high NRE costs
(or full-custom with even longer lag
before first silicon and even higher NRE,
albeit the only way to get the
highest possible performance
per uW and mm^2),
one can plug in a FPGA
and make it simulate practically
any possible digital circuit
(some of them are even infringing
on traditionally analog circuits).
If you mess up your design, no biggie,
most FPGAs can be re-programmed in circuit
The original concept was that
this would be great for prototyping circuits,
and once the prototype went through
enough iterations of
adding features and removing bugs and testing,
one would move the design to gate-array.
But some people have the radical idea
of selling boxes with FPGAs in the field,
re-programming themselves whenever desired.
But software and digital logic
are only part of designing a robot.
Hey, I think hacking up a clever circuit is fun.
That's why I'm in electronic engineering.
because this is the technology that's going
to make nearly all my electronic design skills
"mass energy speed" tradeoffs.
Newspapers on the web:
San Jose Mercury News,
The Wall Street Journal,
Bangkok Post Newspaper,
New York Times,
The (London) Times,
Le Monde or the
Sydney Morning Herald.
Newspaper Association of America
paper magazines on the web
[FIXME: move chain letter, hoax info to:
for some spam-resistant mail boxes and email forwarding services.
[FIXME: do I really need to maintain this section,
or can I just give all this info to the maintainer of this web page ?]
has a spam article in
(no link ?)
"Habeas Sues Haiku Abusers"
is used by David Cary and many other people on rdrop.com
There's a Wiki dedicated to SpamAssassin at
"What you should do when you receive SPAM"
Tagged Message Delivery Agent
You maintain a "whitelist" of trusted contacts which are allowed directly into your mailbox.
Messages from unknown senders are held in a pending queue until they respond to a one-time confirmation request sent by TMDA.
Once they respond to the confirmation, their original message is deemed legitimate and is delivered to you.
TMDA then adds their address to your whitelist so they won't have to confirm future messages.
"JamSpam: It just might save the Internet:
You asked David Berlind to organize an industry-wide anti-spam consortium, and now
it looks like you're going to get it. Can the SMTP network be saved?"
by David Berlind, Enterprise
Microsoft, New York launch spam lawsuits
Microsoft and New York's attorney general took aim at spam Thursday with a series of lawsuits. In
conjunction with New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer's office, the software giant filed
several lawsuits against a New York-based spamming ring ...
- Spam that is fraudulent - offering products that don't work or don't
exist, pyramid schemes and so on - can be sent to the US Federal Trade
Commission at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Spam that promotes stocks can be sent to the US Securities and Exchange
Commission at email@example.com.
links to "Spam Hater" and a few other anti-spam tips.
Pete Beim's [Unofficial] Eudora FAQs & Links
claims to be able to block spam and email viruses.
Iowa anti-spam law
Declude JunkMail ... anti-spam product
Why handle my own spam instead of just using a fake email reply to address?
2) You will CAUSE EXTRA WORK FOR OTHERS who must sift through your clever email address simply to reply to you.
First, use the built in filters in your browser.
report particularly obnoxious spammers by:
``Uncle spam wants you to join the battle''
article by Stefanie Olsen 2002-02-05
CAUCE, The Coalition Against Unsolicited Commercial Email
Anti-UBE/UCE ("E-mail spam") page
has some tips for sysadmins on how to set up spam blockers / spammer poison.
A Genealogy War Against Spam !
has a dozen good anti-spam links
If you're a sysadmin for a News server, check out Clean Feed
"Figuring out fake E-Mail & Posts"
"describes how to find out where a fake post or e-mail originated from."
by Ken Hollis
Responding to Unsolicited Commercial Email (UCE, "email spam")
and more at
``Wpoison Sets Trap for Spam Weasel'' article by James Glave
wpoison, a simple CGI script designed to trap and clog up the bots
that traverse the Net gathering email addresses.
... spambots ...
WpoisonTM Web Poisoning Tool
a technological solution to the problem of spam.
E-Scrub reccommends that you download your own completely free copy of wpoison.
``Sugarplum is an automated spam-poisoner.
Its purpose is to feed realistic and enticing, but
totally useless or hazardous data to wandering address harvesters
Sugarplum is free software, distributed under terms of the GPL.''
(example program running here)
lists quite a few poison tools similar to Wpoison,
and a long list of sites that have those programs running.
lists quite a few poison tools similar to Wpoison,
and a long list of sites that have those programs running.
Also a list of address munging tips.
Static undeliverable addresses:
Fixed lists of email addresses which won't deliver.
FAQ: How do spammers get people's email addresses ?
WD Baseley's Address Munging FAQ
and several other sites
suggest expanding email addresses
(and the mailto: in front of them) on web pages using the
``Unicode'' (actually SGML character references) expansions.
They focus on the decimal version
( a = a = a ) but DAV prefers the hex version ( a = a = a )
whenever ``character entity references'' are unavailable.
( @ = @ = @ = @ = @ ).
lists a few more ways of munging email addresses, and recommends
``NEVER, ever put your email address directly in a mailto tag anywhere on the internet.''
Protect Your Webserver From Spam Harvesters
Hivelogic Email Address Encoder
converts your email address to
but will be nearly-indecipherable by most email harvesting robots.''
useful information on
UCE - Unsolicited Commercial Email
Pyramid Schemes, Ponzi Schemes, and Other Frauds.
"rfc-ignorant.org is the clearinghouse for sites who think that the rules of the internet don't apply to them."
Used by some anti-spam products such as
[FIXME: read ?]
anti-hoax and anti-chain-letter resources
hoaxes, urban legends, misleading chain letters, email scams ...
and similar annoyances.
for urban legends such as ``pi in the Bible''.
for antivirus tools.
for anti-spam information.
"Though frequently forwarded with good intentions, e-mail chain letters spread lies and half-truths"
the Straight Dope
"Fighting Ignorance since 1973 (it's taking longer than we thought)"
good reference on email chain letters --
is it too good to be true ?
Once in a long while, it *is* true --
this site researches and documents both kinds.
official chain letter info:
"Hoaxes & Hypes"
by Sarah Gordon, Richard Ford, and Joe Wells
hoaxes ... have certain characteristics ...
Using these characteristics, it is possible to create a set of rules
which will help to distinguish fabrication from fact.
Similarly, virus hype, ...
portrays real but insignificant viruses as doomsday threats.
We show how such hype is almost always wrong.
Finally, we discuss corporate policies that have been proven to minimize the disruption of hoaxes and hype, and
to which they can turn as new hoaxes and hype come to light.
"Feds want Internet fraud complaints:
FBI, FTC and NW3C want notification of e-mail and Web site scams."
article by Rick Lee, 2003-08-06
The Internet Fraud Complaint Center (IFCC)
(this is for fraud, such as the Nigerian 419 fraud, not scam).
chain letter from Betelgeuse
Better Business Bureau
certifies Web businesses that meet its standards.
the Competition Bureau
(I think this is the Canadian counterpart to the Better Business Bureau)
National Fraud Information Center, run by the National Consumers League
A pyramid scheme is the name for a scam that coerces people to
both contribute money and
help promote the program.
Pyramid selling is a multi-level marketing plan that incorporates various deceptive marketing practices, which makes it a criminal offense
Women Helping Women (WHW) is the name of the latest scheme making its way across the country.
But how many recruits are told when they join WHW that
6.7 per cent of those who join will get a 700 per cent return on their investment
($35,000 on a $5,000 investment)
as long as 93.3 per cent get nothing at all?
punishable under the Criminal Code of Canada ...
allow the court to impose a fine of up to $200,000,
a prison term of up to one year, or both.
Scam o Rama, or The Lads from Lagos
makes fun of the classic scam emails from Nigeria ...
The Museum of Hoaxes
by Alex Boese
is a good collection of historical hoaxes
(and a few historical legends that no one knows whether they are true or not)
archive of urban legends from alt.folklore.urban (AFU)
'Class Project' Chain Letters
Not a good idea.
Sniggle.net: the Culture Jammer's Encyclopedia
lists some of the biggest hoaxes of all time, for example:
Includes a search tool.
TOKYO, May 28, 1947 (UPI)
``An Army radio station described for a gag today a 'battle'
between American soldiers and a 'twenty-foot sea monster' in the streets of Tokyo.
The description was so vivid
that Gen. Douglas MacArthur was reported to have been fooled,
as well as thousands of Americans and Britons.
``computer virus myths, hoaxes, urban legends, hysteria, and
the implications if you believe in them.
You can also search a list of computer virus hoaxes & virus hysteria''
links to several of the above resources.
Urban Legends Reference Pages
ant-hoax; anti-chain letters
[links to urban legends]
[FIXME: there are many others ... TV]
"Everyone is welcome to read, but Advogato limits posting to members of the free software development community."
Open Source News
[FIXME: tell him exactly why his so-called "tooltips" are misguided.]
"divided four ways between
internet culture/ hypertext design, and
(I learned something I didn't know about the
L. Frank Baum Oz books
"First Monday is one of the first peer-reviewed journals on the Internet,
solely devoted to the Internet. Since its start in May 1996 ..."
Steve Mann has written a couple of articles here.
apparently a science news site that lets everyone
comment on the stories, slashdot-style.
has lots of Macintosh news.
Reports on the MacHax.
_Computer Reseller News_
(is this the correct URI ?)
``Your Daily Dose of Science News''
Technology Computer Aided Design (TCAD)
an electronic journal
hosts *many* electronics-industry print magazines
search tool ?
the student magazine of the Association for Computing Machinery.
information technology news
EE Times Online's Smart Technologies Special Interest Group.
EE Times Online
electrical engineering news
Mocking Web Commentary
with Ian Shoales
Programmer to Programmer(TM)
to discuss stuff, in English, Deutsch, Spanish, French, and other natural languages.
_Integrated System Design_ magazine
_Smart Computing ... in plain English_
Society of Amateur Scientists
The voice of the
Nerd Liberation Movement_
smart, and proud of it.
Spinsanity - Countering rhetoric with reason
``Spinsanity exposes and analyzes the increasingly pervasive use of manipulative and subrational rhetoric in American politics.''
Lots of links:
Writings on free software,
free software news, etc.
[FIXME: give him more links to free books]
``A place in cyberspace where ideas and community intersect''
[FIXME: should I seperate out places like cafe Utne and Slashdot
that have interactive forums,
vs. those that do not ?]
by Jon Rappoport.
A little bit paranoid.
But I like what he says about Buckminster Fuller.
Access Research Network
Carla Schroder writes good stuff.
Likes the Alps printer.
recommends some online periodicals.
recommended reading list -- periodicals
Cool Tool of the Day -- Shareware, Freeware, Downloads
``information regarding technology and its effects on society,
dedicated to cutting through the self-serving hype, spin,
regarding technological issues.''
Ray Kurzweil : Accelerating Intelligence
The Latest Accelerating-Intelligence News
[FIXME: read. looks very cool. Spiritual Machines, the singularity, nanotech,
The 2002 Hype Cycle of Emerging Technologies
from the Gartner Group
lists several new technologies and estimates how long before they actually become usable.
Dr. Dobb's Journal
The Idaho Statesman
the FoRK "required reading" list
has a list of recommended news sources ...
[pages like this one]
Salon's Free Software Project
``Read Andrew Leonard's book-in-progress, and post your comments.''
has a Wiki ...
The one cause to which you can justify a donation. none / 0 (#5)
by Anonymous Hero on Wed Jan 8th, 2003 at 02:05:18 AM GMT
Suppose that given two causes, you can always tell which one is more worthy of a donation.
Suppose that if one cause is more worthy of a donation than another,
then you cannot justify donating to the lesser cause.
Given this, there is only one cause, above all others, to which all donations must go.
Other causes must wait for that one problem to be solved before anyone can donate to them
without feeling guilty about not donating to the one ultimately worthy cause.
I think I'd rather give my money to dogs than believe that.
This reminds me somehow of
, which lists "AIDS" as worse than "children with cancer," which is worse than "terrorism."
Science Site Of The Day
Print Media Explained - (source unknown)
1. The Wall Street Journal is read by the people who run the country.
2. The New York Times is read by people who think they run the country.
3. The Washington Post is read by people who think they ought to run the country.
4. USA Today is read by people who think they ought to run the country but don't understand the Washington Post.
5. The Los Angeles Times is read by people who wouldn't mind running the country, if they could spare the time.
6. The Boston Globe is read by people whose parents used to run the country.
7. The New York Daily News is read by people who aren't too sure who's running the country.
8. The New York Post is read by people who don't care who's running the country, as long as they do something scandalous.
9. The San Francisco Chronicle is read by people who aren't sure there is a country, or that anyone is running it.
10. The Miami Herald is read by people who are running another country.
"BBspot - Satire for Smart People"
"Evangelical Times ... a monthly newspaper ...
mechanical engineering magazine
Scientific American magazine
[ engineering design forum ?]
"All the News that Fits in 30K"
Macintosh and PalmPilot.
The Embedded Muse is an occasional newsletter sent via email by Jack Ganssle.
Floating Point Approximations
Guidelines For the Use of The C Language in Vehicle Based Software
Just because you *can* do something
does not mean you *should*!
The Trouble with Open Source
More Dumb Mistakes
the World's Last C Bug
ISN news: The Zocalo today
lists several uncommon words (and their definitions) every day
"TheMacMind - inside teenage macheads"
visual design ... architecture ... macintosh ...
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
news from Phoenix AZ.
Embedded Star - Resources for Embedded Systems and Software Development
Phil Plait's Bad Astronomy
SpaceRef - Space News As It Happens
"Embedded software development solutions: Mentor Graphics Embedded Software Division"
Bob and Tommie Jean Seitz: HIQ news
seems to have a discussion board at
"Gateway to the best scientific research news sources"
Kim Heise: "Tomorrow's News Today"
PalmOS, Linux, hard drives, etc.
demo and game development
game development news and resources
code of the day;
screen shot of the day;
now publishes a magazine called
News of the Weird
by Chuck Shepherd
St. Catharines Standard
"ComputerUser.com: technology trends and tools"
Steven C. Den Beste: USS Clueless
engineering and history
CD-Recordable discs unreadable in less than two years
has a couple of daily cartoons.
"RedNova - Space, Science, Health, and Technology News and Information"
"TCS: Tech Central Station - Where Free Markets Meet Technology"
"Fair trade, political consumerism and moral purchasing trends are coming together to create what we call moral purchasing power"
??? wiki ??? free software
lists the web sites of a bunch of newspapers in AL, SC, CA, and a few other states.
the MozillaZine Knowledge Base
(the Mozilla wiki)
EXN.ca | Discovery Channel Canada's Web site
gizmos: wearable computers,
The Oklahoman (daily newspaper): NewsOK.com
The New Scientist guide to the Quantum World
Cloning: A Special Report
lots of info on the technical details, politics, and ethics of cloning.
Roy Frieden ...
has an international reputation in the more practical field
of optical image enhancement.
The similarity between the Cramer-Rao inequality and the
uncertainty principle started Frieden wondering whether
information--and Fisher information in particular--had a much deeper
role in physics.
Take turbulence, the roiling
motion of fast-moving fluids whose understanding Einstein himself
regarded as the biggest challenge to classical physics. In 1996, John
Cocke at the University of Arizona showed that using Frieden's
approach on the question of what is the flow of mass at a particular
time and place leads to a law governing the size of density
fluctuations in turbulent fluids. This law makes sense of otherwise
baffling results from studies of fluid behaviour.
Physics from Fisher Information by Roy Frieden, Cambridge
includes "End Time News Bites"
and the "Rapture Index: The prophetic speedometer of end-time activity"
... and has some interesting timelines.
(split off from search_tools)
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