Archive for January, 2004

just saw the references though…

on Friday, January 30th, 2004 ... ob: pre 2005

Just saw the references (though no invite) to orkut, hint hint. friendster, even if not here and now, your doom is near. Waiting patiently to check the next iteration it out. Meanwhile, shout out to the center man himself.

I happened recently across the remains of VIE’s old multiplayer asteroids-ish game sniper / subspace / continuum, having last seen it in 1995-1996 in the glory days (wink wink) of the betas. What an amazingly entertaining yet simple game. The roots are easily seen in both the well known coin-op Asteroids (<-- check the playable demo) and netrek — the first real-time online game I ever played. This history places the origins loosely around 1972 called Empire alongside the original MUDs. If you ever enjoyed a game of asteroids, I’d recommend popping in briefly as a spectator to check out this latest generation.

Trying to pull the game out of the box — ( bumper boats in the backyard? ) , but how about an ice rink and a few rc controlled fan (rocket) powered oversized pucks.

Mydoom/Novarg traffic remains close to 4 an hour, steadily 3 an hour since first contact. At least half are to nonexistent herebox.org addresses.

average mydoomnovarg traffic is up…

on Tuesday, January 27th, 2004 ... ob: pre 2005

Average mydoom/novarg traffic is up to 4 an hour and climbing… wheee.

plenty of extra overnight email…

on Tuesday, January 27th, 2004 ... ob: pre 2005

Plenty of extra overnight email today. The mydoom/novarg worm has brought me roughly 1 email an hour since at 7:29pm yesterday the 26th. A quick search attempt for a visual model of virus spreading tendencies came up empty (link if you find it) — in the meantime, if you plan on hacking the worm, change the denial of service attack set to begin the 1st against sco to a broadcast detailing infection vectors.

Universal Gift Registry…

on Friday, January 23rd, 2004 ... ob: business + geek

NYSE: NCR : http://www.ncr.com/

Reason for attention: Universal gift registry… a small part of their biz, but nonetheless the only folks I can find who are attempting it so far.

The most notable point taken from Nicola Harper, the REI head designer, at last nights human computer interaction group sig was the overwhelming requests for a competent gift registry from a bunch of users who claim the current systems (for most companies) are absolutely horrible. REI, Amazon, Crate and Barrel, Macy’s, etc. have all been working on their own independent registries/wishlists online, but the market is open for a registry service independent of a single retailer. NCR has installed 400 kiosks and something called the Federated Gift Registry Alliance directly connected with Weddingchannel.com hitting 425 department stores in 33 states including Bloomingdale’s, The Bon Macy’s, Burdines, Goldsmith’s, Lazarus, and Rich’s. While impressive, this is the tip of a potential green iceberg which could and should include a wider variety of options not to mention wedding independant wishlists similar to Amazon’s successful(?) wishlist structure.

Unfortunately(?), NCR has just hit a new 52-week high around $40 and has some analysts worried about overvaluation.

Wouldn’t go for the stock on this note alone — but anyone want to run a startup ;).

looking for a search tool…

on Sunday, January 11th, 2004 ... ob: pre 2005

Looking for a search tool with a decent data source searching only meta data and comments. Suggestions welcome.

btw.. for the new years kids — subgenius ( and don’t forget those wily europeans )