July 14, 2006

Link Dump

Filed under: web — ted @ 4:25 pm

Although, as Senator Stevens has informed us, “the internet is not something you just dump something on,” this blog, like a big truck, is a good place to dump three days worth of excellence.

Biggest news (well, apart from the end-times) first: the U.S. army has been accused of kidnapping in Iraq. Not content with simply torturing its prisoners, our men and women in uniform have been kidnapping and torturing their prisoner’s family members. This is, of course, a violation of the Geneva conventions, and nearly every reasonable person’s notion of justice.

Web news:

Speaking of Microsoft, here’s a sneak peak of what they’re “iPod killer” (NOT!), codenamed “Argo,” might look like:

You can color me unimpressed. Plus, it will probably go with Windows Media Player, an application which is nothing short of an unmitigated disaster — and, from what I’ve seen from Beta screenshots, will be ten times worse in Vista.

Have a good weekend. Stay off the Ritalin.



  1. You know, I trusted you when you said heartbreaking. But I was still utterly unprepared. I feel like I got the wind knocked out of me.

    Comment by Daniel — July 14, 2006 @ 4:47 pm

  2. There was this company, I’m not sure you remember of years ago. It was called Netscape. It had this browser that owned the internet. Microsoft had nothing. Then it did this thing called Explorer. And everyone laughted, especially the cool kids with Netscape. A few years later, Netscape was done and this Explorer started to own the internet….

    Want another example? Xbox. Stick to what you know. Do not even try to pretend that it is hipsters that determine what works and what does not.

    Comment by Alex — July 27, 2006 @ 4:11 pm

  3. I would have to concur with my S.O. that this Microsoft Zune (unfortunate name…maybe they’ll reconsider) could very well prove to be a considerable threat to the iPod empire. First of all, they’ll be courting ipod users aggressively, allowing them to transfer their entire iTunes library for free. They’re going to eat the cost of that, and then what do you want to bet they are going to undercut iTUNEs substantially when it comes to song pricing? The thing with Microsoft is, as they demonstrated with the Xbox, they are willing to take time and eat costs up front to crush a market that they’ve entered late in the game. This strategy of theirs proved successful, and there is no reason why it wouldn’t be again.

    Comment by sarah — July 28, 2006 @ 4:43 pm

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