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Archive for March, 2007

April Fools: John Chow Stops Blogging

Saturday, March 31st, 2007

John Chow has decided to stop Blogging and sold his company TTZ Media Inc. Nice April Fools joke, but not really believable, and I’m sure it’s been done hundreds of times before.

April Fools: Gmail Paper

Saturday, March 31st, 2007

Gmail PaperGmail Paper, a nice Gmail/Google April Fools joke. Also on Gmail’s 3rd Birthday (well, tomorrows Gmail’s Birthday, but they released this joke early).

New! Introducing Gmail Paper
Everyone loves Gmail. But not everyone loves email, or the digital era. What ever happened to stamps, filing cabinets, and the mailman? Well, you asked for it, and it’s here. We’re bringing it back.

A New Button
Now in Gmail, you can request a physical copy of any message with the click of a button, and we’ll send it to you in the mail.

Simplicity Squared
Google will print all messages instantly and prepare them for delivery. Allow 2-4 business days for a parcel to arrive via post.

Total Control
A stack of Gmail Paper arrives in a box at your doorstep, and it’s yours to keep forever. You can read it, sort it, search it, touch it. Or even move it to the trash—the real trash. (Recycling is encouraged.)

Keep it Secret, Keep it Safe
Google takes privacy very seriously. But once your email is physically in your hands, it’s as secure as you want to make it.

Learn more about Gmail Paper

So basically, you’d hit the “Paper Archive” Button and in 2-4 business days, you’ll receive all your emails printed out. All this for free because of relevant Advertisements printed on the back of the Papers in Red, Bold, 36pt Helvetica font. Ya, reeeeeeal believable, Google. Still funny, though.

April Fools: Matt Cutts’ Blog Hacked, Shoemoney Shut Down, TechCrunch Acquires FuckedCompany

Saturday, March 31st, 2007

Matt Cutts’ Blog Hacked, ShoeMoney Shut Down and TechCrunch Acquiring Fucked Company. All good April Fools jokes. Of course, you may not have suspected these to be April Fools jokes, since April Fools is tomorrow. 😛

Matt Cutts’ Blog being “Hacked” might have been a little less obvious as an April Fools Joke if not just /blog/ had been “Hacked”.

ShoeMoney being Shut Down, less obvious, but a simple refresh gets you back to the normal site.

TechCrunch Acquiring FuckedCompany actually does seem like it could be real, but still suspicious.

Google’s April Fools jokes are usually good, so look out for that.

I’ll probably post more April Fools jokes tomorrow/later.

Back Up to Speed

Thursday, March 29th, 2007

I installed a WordPress Plugin about a week ago that required me to turn off GZIP Compression for this Blog. But I didn’t really like the Plugin, so I disabled it, but forgot to turn GZIP back on. Then I was noticing that this Blog was loading really slowly. Well, I thought to myself, there are 2 videos and more image then usually on the front page, that must be it. But, when I came over here today and noticed it took 5 seconds to process the page, I knew something was wrong. So, I went into the Options and decided to try to lower the amount of Posts shown on the front page. Then, I saw it, sitting unchecked staring at me was the GZIP option. Then it hit me, my Blog was loading so slowly because I never turned GZIP back on.

I never really knew that GZIP made such a difference to loading times. So, if your Blog, Forum, Site or whatever is loading slowly, go enable GZIP, you’ll be glad you did.

So, now I have GZIP enabled and the Blog’s loading at it’s average rate of about 0.200 seconds.

Video: Bugatti Veyron Going 407 KM/H

Sunday, March 25th, 2007

I found this Video at John Chow’s Blog. It’s pretty sweet, the world’s fastest production car, faster then Formula 1 Cars, going it’s top speed of 407 KM/H (253 MPH).