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Upgrades …

Haloscan commenting and trackback have been added to this blog.

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Quiet streets

Well, it is now past that magical date of 16 December and it seems like most of Joburg is on holiday and off the roads. It took me half my usual time to get to work today, which was a pleasure. I realised that I don’t have that much of an issue not going away this year. It is quiet in town and peaceful. It almost feels like a holiday town, to boot! I am almost certain that most of the usual holiday spots are packed and not at all conducive to a relaxing holiday (unless you make a point of hiding out somewhere).

That being said, I am still at work and have stuff to do.

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Google Print

Google Print is a Beta offering from Google which looks like it is going to be both very ambitious and an amazing service when it really gains momentum! Take a look at what they have to say about this project:

Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. Since a lot of the world’s information isn’t yet online, we’re helping to get it there. Google Print puts the content of books where you can find it most easily – right in Google search results.

To use Google Print, just do an ordinary Google search. For example, when you search on “Books about Ecuador Trekking” or “Romeo and Juliet,” and we find a book that contains content that matches your search terms, we’ll show links to that book at the top of your search results. Click on the book title and you’ll see the page of the book that contains your search terms, as well as other information about the book. You can also search for other topics within the book. Click “Buy this Book” and you’ll go straight to an online bookstore selling it. If the book was scanned from a library, click the library link to find a local library that has it.

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Suffering

In addition to my many activities I am beginning to share many of the ideas I have picked up on and lessons I have learned. This article was posted on Healing Hearts @ Work, a group I established with my friend and fellow Reiki Master, Michelle –

There is suffering in this world. I don’t believe there would be much debate about that. What is of great interest are the causes of suffering. These include obvious causes such as famine, war, disease, domestic violence and crime. The list does not stop there. You probably have many more that come to mind when you think about it.

What about attachment as a cause of suffering? When we become so attached to things in our lives and those things don’t go the way we would like them to (relationships being a good example, or other
people’s behaviour) then we suffer. We become upset when someone doesn’t greet us or when our relationship doesn’t grow into the kind of relationship we imagined we would be a part of. Mostly we cling to the status quo. When we do that, suffering is inevitable because change is inevitable. Everything changes and one of the few objective truths is that everything is impermanent. So what can you do to limit this form of suffering? Let go. Surrender what you hold so tight to the Universe/God/Higher Power/The Way and let it be what it is. If your relationship isn’t working out the way you would like it to, let go of your idea of how that relationship should be and see it for what it is. It is the same with other people. If they don’t behave the way you would like them to, let go of that notion of how they ought to
behave and accept the way they do behave.

This is not to say that you must like the way things change. Not at all. What I am attempting to convey is that you may be better served by letter do of your expectations and accepting the way things are and
adjusting your behaviour accordingly. If you disapprove of how a friend treats you, perhaps you should re-evaluate that friendship and consider whether remaining in that relationship serves you and is healthy for you both.

What also begins to happen when you let go of your expectations is that you begin to work through your fears. After all, fears are False Expectations Appearing Real as well as False Evidence Appearing Real.

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Google Adsense

Well, I am pretty excited today. My request to participate in the Google Adsense program was approved and there is now a bar on the left (down a bit) with a series of ads for related services and sites. One of the main reasons I am so excited is just because I get to participate in something so cool in my humble estimation. I just love being involved in something so big and innovative and generally cool. It probably explains why I have my Gmail email account and went and upgraded my Yahoo! Mail account to Plus. If it is cool and new, I have this powerful desire to possess it or be part of it.

So please feel free to check out the ads and click on them if they appeal to you. You will be contributing to greater glee on my part and my general wellbeing!

Yay!

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Goodness gracious, great bursting bras

IOL: A Step Beyond reported on a story about a bra called the Deep Plunge Clearly Daring and made for diving necklines and which seems to have a bit of a flaw in that these bras have been snapping under the strain. This appears to be a defect in a small number of bras and the sturdier ones should be on the shelf shortly. I never seem to be around when these things happen …
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Telescopic vision

Every once in a while I look out my office window and look across the road and wish for a telescope or a pair of binoculars so I can watch the people walking past as they go about their business … The voyeur in me peeks out.

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My fav browser surges ahead

Well, yet another article about Firefox has hit the papers. 10% market share in the next year? I hope so!

Firefox gains hints browser wars may heat up

Washington – The Internet browser wars, dormant for several years, shows signs of heating up again as a result of gains from a new program called Firefox, a research report showed on Monday.

Use of Firefox, created by the non-profit Mozilla Foundation, has grown by more than a third over the past month, research firm WebSideStory.

In the period from November 5 to December 3, Firefox’s online usage share grew from 3,03 percent to 4,06 percent, following a 13 percent gain during the previous month.

Microsoft’s Internet Explorer retains its overwhelming dominance with 91,8 percent of the market, the report showed. But that has slipped from over 93 percent two months ago.

Some Web users are concerned about the security of Internet Explorer

Microsoft, by integrating the browser into its Windows operating system crushed Netscape Navigator, which had been the dominant browser in the late 1990s, effectively ending the browser wars at the time.

But some Web users are concerned about the security of Internet Explorer and have been using alternatives.

“Since June 4, when IE’s usage share first began to drop due to security concerns, IE has lost a total of 3,68 percentage points,” WebSideStory said.

“Firefox’s gains are clearly accelerating,” said Rand Schulman, WebSideStory’s chief marketing officer. “Much of it has to do with the release of Firefox’s version 1.0 on November 9, after several months of offering a preview version. Firefox’s stated goal of gaining 10 percent of the market over the next year no longer seems unattainable.”

Netscape, which is now a part of Time Warner’s America Online unit, held a 2,83 percent market share in early December, down from 3,05 percent two months earlier.

Netscape shares some of the same origins of Firefox


Netscape shares some of the same origins of Firefox, and includes some of the same features including “tabbed” browsing to allow several pages to be contained within a single window, accessibility to search engines and pop-up blocking. – Sapa-AFP Quickwire

Published on the Web by IOL on 2004-12-13 18:15:03