Interesting sites from 2002
Many, many sites, many courtesy of Need to Know,
the Register, also Techdirt and the Arts
and Letters Daily.
Archive of interesting sites from the year 2002 in descending date order.
Highlight: A section on Red Hat's purchase of Ars Digita's
Tues 31 Dec 2002
Sending odd items by post experiment.
Football keepy-uppy game (taken down for exceeding bandwidth?)
Cool skateboarders answer back
Sun 1 Dec 2002
Random personal pictures from across the web - the mundane nature of people's
lives laid bare
Local airport delivers boxes of bounty to charity store - items taken from passengers boarding
[dead link] www.cockeyed.com/photos/airport/airport.html
Mon 4 Nov 2002
Referral spam, as seen in my logs
"So many people are dependent on Google's free editorial traffic that
it's like food out of their mouths to lose ranking," - Google changes
prompt complaints from their dependents.
Blow up tank blown away by winds
Inflatable hamburger blown onto trainlines
How IBM caught Oracle in the database market - triumphalist IBM PR
Fri 25 Oct 2002
Cisco decides on software company rather than a fan for their new offices.
Cisco buy Psionic for IDS skills
"Cisco will exchange common stock worth $12 for all outstanding shares
and options of Psionic."
Sodium party man throws chunks of sodium into water for fun
[dead link] cheapflights.com/misc/space.html
meets [dead link] adventureplanet.com/ap_home/ap_trips_tcr.asp
on flight to moon
The Register's last year's April the first makeover archive
And why not?
[dead link] web.mit.edu/aram/Public/godkills.jpg
Sun 22 Sept 2002
Marty the dot-com liquidator doing well, on track for 100 liquidations this
Why not support NTK (Need to Know)?
Thu 12 Sept 2002
Poor choice of name thankfully no longer imminent
Something for the internet marketeers: Commission Junction talk about their
"Forget banner ads," Ms Iapino says. "The best performing ads
are always simple text links."
A 78 year-old woman talks about her sex life.
Pretty Internet Traffic Report Graphs (is Asia on red right now?)
Eve's archive of Ars Digita documents
Mon 26 Aug 2002
The Wayback machine's archives of paler.com go back only to Oct 2000 (I have
copies back to 31 Jan 2000).
Sat 17 Aug 2002
Smooth-talking American Gulf-war veteran charms six friends online,
persuading one to leave her husband for him.
Company not offering me job has a hard time
All but 16-20 go at Silicon.com - theregister.co.uk/content/7/26511.html
"Independent", "not mired in newsprint" were words I
heard when I went for an interview with the company. My interviewer complained
that the system was creaky when under load. Site looks to be down after the news
F***edCompany's longest threads
Fri 12 July 2002
How popular is this site?
Pretty browser of related URLs
Tue 2 July 2002
Columbia's drug barons into IT, submarines and murdering informants.
Top 50 IRC quotes
Anna Kournikova's post-Wimbledon BBC interview:
South Korea beat Italy in the world cup. "I have no intention of paying
a salary to someone who has ruined Italian soccer." says the manager of
Perugia, Italy, not renewing the contract of the Korean who scored the winning
US army creates free net-based multi-player computer army simulation to
attract new recruits.
Sun, 23 June 2002
My friend Darren's extensive site including a brief travelogue and large
collection of photographs he took whilst in the USA
Sun, 9 June 2002
Multimap overviews of UK MoD/listening establishments (some taken from Need
Firstly Menwith Hill listening station
Morwenstowe, Cornwall NSA monitoring station
See also Echelon (fas.org/irp/program/process/echelon.htm).
Aldermaston Atomic Weapons Establishment
Flyingdales Early Warning System
An hour of looking brought me:
Jodrell Bank not quite as sizeable as I had thought
Sizewell (note conveniently situated campsite)
Bye sports.com (not that I ever visited you)
Sun, 19 May 2002
Bottom dropped out of web designer job market?
Tom covers all 3D graphics cards since the TNT 2, how much faster would your
games run with a new card?
Wed, 24 April 2002
PayPal not all that secure?
Mon, 22 April 2002
Internet web agency Razorfish in shock "Making money" revelation
[link dead] biz.yahoo.com/ri/020417/tech_razorfish_1.html
Fri, 5 April 2002
Ah, that sweet two-headed snake.
Celine Dion's music drives computers over the edge
Adverts to "enhance" your browser's toolbar
Web matures, fun harder to find [registration required]
With 32 "beverage occasions" per day, Coke tries hard to fill them
all [registration required]
Fri, 22 March 2002
Waxwork programmer wanted?
"Must have 3yrs+ of solid C++ development, a good Degree and not have
moved around too much."
As NTK says: "it's THE CHRISTIAN FOLK ART IRONIC-OR-NOT FACE OFF!"
Corporation covers amusing corporate anthems, blog pastime acquired by mass
[dead link] zdnet.co.uk/specials/2002/it-anthems/
The Great Google Xenu Debacle (wrapped up
Scientology seems distinctly amusing from my perspective
Secrets of Scientology
Xenu, "The head of the Galactic Confederation", hmm
Town/Region gets new Vodafone store (according to company template).
Thu, 21 March 2002
The end of free (services on the internet). It seems that everyone wants
their site to pay its way.
Wed, 13 March 2002
Red Hat speaks about Ars Digita deal.
Public resources and bulletin boards are safe, but ACS (the free
software they develop) licensing and development are under review.
Tue, 5 March 2002
Puzzled over Panasonic's Hi-Ho? Maybe this'll explain it to you.
[dead link] newtown.hi-ho.ne.jp/raibo/raidersei/image/agency/cm/mail.swf
Slashdot to start premium service
Sat, 23 Feb 2002
Meme recognition tests
Burning man can-can
"The world of the laid-off techie" speaks volumes for the
Red Hat's purchase of Ars Digita confirmed by VCs Greylock
Thu, 14 Feb 2002
Miscellaneous Ars Digita farewells
Another mirror of the litigation page
Mon, 11 Feb 2002
Eve's Diary of a Start-Up, puts Philip's pay-off from Ars Digita at $7.6m and
bitches about VCs and Michael Yoon (michael.yoon.org).
[dead link] eveander.com/arsdigita-history
Tells how she was accidentally sent details of employees to made redundant [dead link]eveander.com/arsdigita-history-exhibit-a
Slashdot's discussion of Eve's diary
Another mirror of the litigation page
Fri, 8 Feb 2002
Ars Digita's closing is covered by slashdot
Mass High Tech confirms Ars Digita shutdown
Pics from Ars Digita
[dead link] onkyo.dhs.org/~mark/arsdigita.html
Seems to be a good time to point out the litigation archives:
of the litigation:
Story from the bulletin boards:
Thu, 7 Feb 2002
Ars Digita sold to Red Hat?
Super bitter comments from ex-employees and never-employees.
[dead link] forum.fuckedcompany.com/phpcomments/index.php?newsid=82497&page=1&parentid=0&crapfilter=1
From page 13 onwards the never-employees start to dwindle and the discussion
becomes dominated by Ars Digita memories.
Pretty much confirmed by comments on this board
Philip Greenspun denies prior knowledge of purchase/layoffs
Eve Anderson, ex-girlfriend of Philip, speaks, countering earlier bitter
comments about her (see the main thread)
[dead link] forum.fuckedcompany.com/phpcomments/index.php?newsid=82497&page=1&parentid=403870&crapfilter=1
All in all, a real ex-arsdigita get-together.
Tue, 29 Jan 2002
Independent women speak highly of Alf Garnet
Probably also useful for web designers/developers whose sites have been
superceded/dotgone and yet still want a portfolio of their sites.
Mon, 21 Jan 2002
Archive.org caches since removed Ars Digita litigation story (see April 2001)
Gnutella's architecture savaged by Napster author
Borland history part 2 (read part 1, below, Tue, 15 Jan 2002 first)
Tue, 15 Jan 2002
Well-paid social workers earn £28 per annum.
For those that know something of the software company Borland's history
Mon, 7 Jan 2002
Arts and Letters Daily (aldaily.com/)
B-52s to be in use for 80 years
English benefits from a free-trade in words
Presents are best bought with thought