Postcards from the Bleeding Edge
With google being sued for displaying competitors advertising on searches
, I have to wonder what boundries will be drawn.
I've long been disturbed by MicroS$fts policy of plastering advertising on every page that talks about Linux. You read the text, usually praising Linux, and then, smack dab in the middle of it is a slickly produced ad from the evil empire, which, theoretically in the minds of the pap-drowned consumer, sets up some level of cognitive dissonance. The marketeers daydream of pavlovian responses in the markets they target, "a sexy girl holding office 2003 will distract that lovelorn geek from making a rational decision" they must think...
At one level, I'm amused by the ferocity and pervasiveness of the tactic - ad dollars from M$ are supporting technical publication of Linux materials - and at another level, I'm annoyed - I relentlessly filter out marketing statements in search of the truth.
It's been going on for about 3 years now, although I stopped noticing it after I started religiously using the Privoxy
web filter, which in addition to getting rid of most advertisements on the web, amusingly transliterates M$ into "Microsuck". I've also set it up to change incidences of the word "consumer" into "citizen" - and perform "brand bingo" tasks... It really helps to have a tool like this filter out the truth from the marketing and I would suggest that far more IT managers and citizens and politicians would do well by installing it.
In the interim, I look forward to the results of this lawsuit.
The underbird bites the dust
What else can I say other than?
"See you same time next year."
The best (and funniest) after game coverage is here
Rooting for the Underbird
Although I have cable internet, I've never got a signal as far as my TV, yesterday I went looking for a place to watch the superbowl. Turns out that both the local bars that had wireless internet (the only kind of bar I ever go to) are closed - one for the season, and the other just plain went out of business.
I read, elsewhere
, that the Patriots are the odds-on favorites to win.
So, at 3:30 PM today, you'll find me, somewhere in Santa Cruz, helplessly rooting for the underbird. Maybe I'll be online, maybe not. Maybe the ads will be interesting, probably not.
The best rumor about the game I've heard yet: Patriot's and eagles cheerleaders will bare their breasts in a show of solidarity with Janet Jackson
Well, no, I made that up, and the halftime show looks to be about as bland as can possibly be. I will have to continue to wonder why showing acres of artificially enhanced cleavage bouncing around and men pounding each other to a pulp is more moral than briefly exposing a single natural teat.
I know what I'm going to do - sit in the bar, let the babble box ramble, people watch - try to get into the spirit of things - marvel at the ease of crowd control in a so-called terrorist era - and read a book.
I'm currently reading "Prisoners of Progress", which is about the industrialization of America between 1850 and 1920. Lots of choice quotes to be made... later.
PS One prediction likely to come true: Firefox will crack 23 million downloads
... without running a superbowl ad. Go Iggles! Go Firefox!