Interesting sites from 2000.
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 2000 in descending date order.
Thu, 21 Dec 2000
More tech woes
QXL shares going going gone
Shares in online auctioneer QXL Ricardo hit an all time low yesterday, making it
the first British member of an elite gang of dotcoms which have seen their stock
lose 99 per cent of their value.
If you'd bought £1,000 worth of QXL shares at their peak they now be worth £7.50. The stock slumped by 24 per cent yesterday to 6.5p - eight months ago
they were £8.00.
The Nasdaq index, dominated by high-tech firms, fell more than 7% to the lowest
level since March 1999.
Tue, 19 Dec 2000
"Employee's were told Beenz is closing up shop everywhere but their UK office
and received this email from management."
Catapults me into position 80 on the Top 100 board:
Weapons toting at Berkeley:
[dead link] ai.mit.edu/people/shivers/autoweapons.html
"I think I should say right away an unpleasant fact which is barely if ever mentioned in American school books - the founders were not interested in
founding a democracy."
"great sage Yogi Berra, the philosopher-baseball catcher: "It's déjà vu all over
US electricity power problems
UK internet access rises
Despite a prediction by Mori that 23m Britons would be online within six months,
other recent findings have pointed to a disillusionment with the internet.
Reports from the United States have said that nearly 28m people have stopped using the net.
And research in the UK has shown that fewer teenagers are logging on now than previously.
Mon, 18 Dec 2000
[now dead] dilbert.com/comics/dilbert/archive/images/dilbert2609030001218.gif
Just walking by a whirlpool on display in a home improvement store was enough to
give 23 people legionnaires' disease and kill two of them.
Breathe loses battle for life
Of Martin Dawes, "majority shareholder": "Analysts said he had hoped the free internet access offer would help Breathe build a large subscriber base, which
would then migrate to wireless internet."
Dotcom Entrepreneur of the Year sacks quarter of workforce: "British dotcom consultancy, Rubus - voted CBI Most Promising New Company 1999 - has axed 75
people from it staff."
Tue, 05 Dec 2000
Wooing whales and sissyfights
New tune for wooing whales (also an item on the Channel 5 news I noticed).
"They believe the new song has proved a hit with female whales which had got bored with the old one."
Ben's Top Five (online games)
including Sissyfight - scratch, tease and tell tales, but try not to lose your self-esteem.
Fling the cow
and as previously seen, SF Cave
3D ANT ATTACK page (for those that remember)
My Fake Internet Job
"A reporter from the New Yorker apparently walked into the offices of Luminant and pretended to be an employee for two whole weeks."
"The Open Force Rebellion claims to have improved performance in the latest versions of the Jedix Kernel, however it's clear that Jedix remains inferior to
Mon, 27 Nov 2000
New technology and sexy gadgets are making us less productive
Salespeople at AOL and how AOL took advantage of dot-commers "looking
for the magic bullet that would send their stock price rising" - portal
[deadd link]europe.thestandard.com/article/display/0,1151,12625,00.html Findarticles cache
Express newspaper reviews websites ("none of the sites are remotely
De-subscribe random people from the wine-alley.com mailing list
"so if I just change that id number"...
Mon, 20 Nov 2000
It's Pentium 4 day today, with Intel's chip being exposed for the first time.
Sites across the web have been working hard benchmarking the chip and now
that their non-disclosure agreements have expired they can publish their
To paraphrase from Anand's article, lower speed grades (1.3 GHz) aren't much
of an improvement on existing Pentium 3 chips and in his summary regarding the
current P4 chipset he writes "the i850 platform is doomed because of its
exclusive RDRAM support, the Socket-423 interface will go away pretty soon and
the performance just isn't there".
Anandtech's "Intel Pentium 4 1.4GHz & 1.5GHz"
Tom's spin on the chip
Sharky Extreme's "Intel Pentium 4 Guide and Pentium 4 1.4GHz &
It's P4 day at the Register
If you want to pop along to Tottenham Court Road and buy one yourself, the
retail boxed 1.5Ghz part will be selling at £999.95 Inc VAT theregister.co.uk/content/1/14841.html
..and that's before the expensive RDRAM and chipset.
Fri, 17 Nov 2000
Relative brain eating deprecated.
"Scientists travelled to Papua New Guinea in the South Pacific where a
form of human CJD has killed more than 2,500 members of the Fore tribe in the
The reason behind the swift spread of the disease was the custom of eating
the brains of dead relatives as a sign of respect."
Midlife crisis hits young dot-commers
Noose tightening for dotcoms - 21 deaths in last fortnight
Dotcom share options not incentive they once were.
Tue, 14 Nov 2000
DoCoMo's i-mode enjoys 20-fold sales leap
Japan's NTT DoCoMo has said revenues form[sic] data transmissions over its i-mode
service have leaped 20-fold in the last six months to 117.2 billion yen ($1.1
Fixed wireless auction a complete shambles:
"The hyped auction for broadband fixed wireless access (acronymised to
BFWA) has fallen flat on its face just days after it kicked off, with more than
half of the UK yet to even receive a bid... Considering this is supposed to be
an auction, there are actually only two out of 14 regions that actually have any
-Where is the £1 billion predicted revenue now?
Tue, 14 Nov 2000
Daphne and Celeste secure their SQLServer site.
I'm your number one fan (flash movie).
Children's TV spoof (flash movie).
more available, including opera:
"Leading shares held firmer ground on Wednesday with drugs providing the
impetus on hopes Republican George W. Bush would finally win through in the
closest U.S. presidential election for decades."- uk.news.yahoo.com/001108/80/aoivo.html
...and it wouldn't be the first time...
Tue, 07 Nov 2000
German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder mistakenly extinguished Israel's eternal
memorial flame for the six million Jews killed in the Nazi Holocaust.
The reflex tester
Philip talks about Managing Software Engineers
Discussion of this article on slashdot
Thu, 02 Nov 2000
Dot-com troubles spin revolving door for tech workers
"laid-off workers simply assume they will work somewhere else" -
Latest dot-com bomb: TheMan.com
The company's Web site links to about eight resumes of former company
employees, with more to come.
Dot-com job cuts escalate
U.S. Internet companies cut 4,805 jobs in September
Boxman (UK company, used to sell CDs etc) went under, as F***edcompany said
of boxman.com/ :"Pick a
language, any language".
Kingfisher buys Streets Online
"Kingfisher, the British retail conglomerate, is buying an 85 per cent
stake in Streets Online, the e-tailer of records, CDs, games and books for
"in February [Boxman] sold a 14 per cent stake to BSkyB for £6 million.
This was supposed to be a top-up prior to £150m float planned for the first
half of the year
"Even B2C e-tailers that did get their IPOs away are seeking 'strategic
partners' (read 'new owners'). In recent days, QXL and Letsbuyit have both
announced their interest in such alliances."
Wanted: strategic partner for Letsbuyit.com
Boxman blaims IBM/SAP
QXL in talks with 'prospective buyers'
GUS buys Jungle for £37 million
Wed, 01 Nov 2000
"Welcome to the Joe Queenan Contrition Website.
I have set up this web site in order to publicly apologize to people as well as places I have capriciously mistreated in print in the past 13 years. "
"Rushdie, Salman. In a 1989 American Spectator article, I said that the reason I
was the last American writer to come out in defense of the menaced novelist was not because I was afraid of Islamic terrorists, but because I was out of town at
the time, and also because I thought we were supposed to go in alphabetic order,
so I was waiting for Joyce Carol Oates and the Podhoretzes to weigh in. Making a
fast $250 off the misfortunes of a writer far greater than me is odious, especially when the money comes from a virulently right-wing publication like The American Spectator."
Mon, 23 Oct 2000
20 Ways the World Could End
[dead link] www.discover.com/oct_00/featworld.html
Graphs of the .com.
Ready to buy yet?
"Thompson’s “Dear Marshall,” a parody of Eminem’s “Stan,” [...], has now become
an international phenomenon"
Captain Low-Rez searches for the pixel of destiny
Dot com master upsells chicken
19 Oct 2000
What was no.1 the day you were born?
Something similar here:
Mon, 16 Oct 2000
How Microsoft and Cisco avoid tax (Microsoft by granting stock options to its employees and selling "puts" and Cisco by purchasing companies), a.k.a. How to
make yourself dizzy with figures:
"Microsoft makes much more money from dealing in stock options than from Windows, and as a result paid no tax in fiscal 2000"
"A long-term financial decline at Microsoft is beginning to look more likely than a defeat in the appeal courts."
(IT giants who don't pay tax part 2: how Microsoft does it)
"Despite its profits, Cisco pays no federal income tax, as confirmed in its recent 10K filing with the SEC"
(IT giants who don't pay tax part 1: how Cisco does it)
Mon, 09 Oct 2000
Picking up via ICQ
Gauntlet: the story
Guide to using apostrophes
"emphasis on not leaving individuals alone with NUCLEAR WEAPONS"
Kevin Warwick: Captain Cyborg promises never to fake an orgasm again
Kevin Warwick's CV:
Fri, 06 Oct 2000
Movies of levitating frogs, crickets, strawberries.
One of "The 2000 Ig® Nobel Prize Winners"
Another prize went to:
The British Royal Navy, for ordering its sailors to stop using live cannon shells, and to instead just shout "Bang!"
Fri, 29 Sep 2000 Cherished friends
Bacteria on the surface of the body akin to a "teeming human population during
Your cherished friend has been transformed, as the caterpillar to a butterfly, in the promise of another tomorrow.
The CVN 77, one of the Navy’s nuclear-powered aircraft carriers, will run Microsoft Windows 2000 for a variety of communications and weapons
Register's humourous "How to get a shag online"
Thu, 21 Sep 2000 Concorde transcript
Fairly grim reading. First time I have seen the transcript.
"The crew's last words"
"Stranded Concorde returns home"
Tue, 19 Sep 2000 Dotcomfailures and BBC gems.
More dotcom failures from dotcomfailures. Enjoy the bitterness and "I told you so" of the forums.
For those of you that enjoy BBC radio's "From our own correspondant"
HIV positive women who are trying to prepare their children for the day when their mothers will die.
Swiss anti-tank bicycles looking for trouble.
Also, Alistair Cooke's "Letter from America":
Fri, 15 Sep 2000 Women on the move
My contribution to last week's NTK (I did not contribute the sexist comment) was:
GREENHAM COMMON protesters all set to leave airbase at last:
you know how long it takes women to get ready to go anywhere:
Wed, 13 Sep 2000
Will I survive my next plane trip?
Kitchen: Selecting Blendolini Causes Choco-Banana Shake Hang
Perl near Apach?
Life for killer lecturer
Psychology lecturer Steven Reid has been sentenced to life in jail for battering a colleague to death to "have a friend in the afterlife".
Mr. Hilton: Oh, we use only the finest baby frogs, dew-picked and flown from Iraq, cleansed in the finest quality spring water, lightly killed,
and sealed in a succulent, Swiss, quintuple-smooth, treble-milk chocolate envelope, and lovingly frosted with glucose.
Ellison laughing all the way to the bank
His decision to forgo his £2.7 million a year pay package in favour of the 20 million share options has proved to be an extremely shrewd move.
Ellison made the switch last year just before Oracle's share price went through the roof. The six-fold increase in the share's value now means
that the options package is worth a cool £1 billion.
Ellison is worth around £42 billion - just behind Gate's £43 billion.
My bookmarks - one way to share bookmarks so that everyone can view them.
Mon, 11 Sep 2000
you are finding your connection to f**kedcompany to be a trifle erratic, that is because it has been slashdotted for its sale on
[dead link] cgi.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=434391456
eBay Bid History for F*ckedCompany.com - The Dot-Com Deadpool (Item #434391456)
Currently $9,392,319.00 (reserve price met) First bid $1.00
Ken Cassar, senior analyst at Internet research firm Jupiter Communications Inc., told Reuters he checks the site before making
positive comments about any company. When questioned about FC, Michael Wolff, author of the book Burn Rate, was quoted by Reuters as saying “I
wish I had thought of it.” John Dvorak at Forbes said “It's becoming the site du jour in Silicon Valley.” It’s currently the “Hot Website” in
Rolling Stone’s annual “hot issue”. The accolades and awards go on and on and the site’s founder is a regular at high-profile speaking
engagements including this year’s Fall Internet World and NYNMA’s Super CyberSuds conference.
"I was bored this morning so I put FC on ebay"
I discovered this whilst checking it for the latest news, and thought the site's speed to be so slow that it might have been slashdotted, so I
checked slashdot.org and it was...
My current favourite news article, about about.com:
Employees quitting in droves
Over the last 2 months, About.com employees have been quitting en masse. Rumors abound that hundreds of workers (the only ones left with any
integrity) have been strutting for the door. It's either a changing of the guard, or they are just royally screwed up management-wise. I side
with the latter).
Fri, 08 Sep 2000
You may like:
Building an Online Community
What are you trying to accomplish with your community? What will it do for the users?
"Recall the required elements of a successful online community:"
Also something he says in the strategy chapter
"Educating the general public about how great we are is something that can't be done very effectively by a typical central university news
office putting out annual "we got another Nobel Prize" announcements. We need to harness the writing and communication talents of everyone at
The book is something I discovered relatively recently, from Ars Digita's books:
which including the book "SQL for Web Nerds"
You may not like:
Vomit linked to food poisoning
Web site bans woman with "unacceptable" name
(August 18, 2000) In a new twist on Internet censorship, Los Angeles attorney Sherril Babcock was blocked from joining the BlackPlanet.com
online service — at least until she changes her name.
Sherril Babcock was finally able to register on BlackPlanet.com — using the alias "Babpenis."
iToke was due to start taking orders online for dope in the Amsterdam area last Friday, but after fears that the city's coffee drinking
establishments would kick up a fuss - and of a media circus - the two Americans opted to postpone the launch date.
Tue, 29 Aug 2000
How do Coelacanths swim?
Fri, 04 Aug 2000
Bessemer Venture Partners says it could well be America's oldest venture capital firm, with an unbroken history stretching all the way back to
This "long and storied history has afforded the firm an unparalleled number of opportunities to completely screw up".
[dead link] bvp.com/people/anti/index.asp
- a list of some of the bigger screw-ups.
Tue, 04 Jul 2000
One button game
(the Palm version):
VAMPIRE FICTION.. (spooky stories)
Topical: 17 rounds in a Beretta?
Thu, 06 Jul 2000
"a toy dog resembling a real dog and having a hollow interior in which is mounted a vacuum cleaner."
The device is designed to groom real dogs, the idea being that the animal will be fooled into thinking it is being groomed by another dog
that just happens to sound like a vacuum cleaner. "This enables vacuuming a dog after a hair cut and grooming without causing fear to
the dog," says the patent.
FINALLY, reader Geoff Percival has a new Bosch dishwasher. It came with a manual which, among the many instructions and warnings it offers,
states: "The water inside the dishwasher is not suitable for drinking."
Tue, 27 Jun 2000 How to run a dotcom company
The first thing Wiskowski and his two cohorts heard was the sound of Fenne's voice over the Pixelon public address system. "This is the
master speaking," at least a half dozen people present remember Fenne barking. "George better respond to me immediately, and if he doesn't
have all the answers, I might have to take him out behind the barn for a whooping!"
What a "convicted con artist and fugitive" did when given $30m of VC funding.
From the article about "The Great Internet Con".
Wed, 14 Jun 2000
Lonely sysadmin? Want a lonely sysadmin?
Change webpages for the worse
[dead link] pornolize.com/
Who needs positivity?
I am Icy Sparklefreak
[dead link] qix.lm.com/cgi-bin/fun/glamname.pl
Mon, 05 Jun 2000 Salon on Geek sex.
"Geeks are introverts, we read a lot of science fiction, and we have bizarre socialization," says Muffy Barkocy, a non-monogamous bisexual
working with Apache and Perl at Egreetings.com.
Salon gets down and dirty with some oddball geeks. Free software/free love?
Thu, 01 Jun 2000 Toxic dinoflagellates
You too were attacked by Pfiesteria...
After we linked Pfiesteria to the fish kills in the estuary, we asked people who worked on other toxic dinoflagellates what precautions
we should take when working with this organism. We were told to wear a lab coat and gloves. We didn't realise that the cultures that
were killing fish in our tanks were also apparently emitting neurotoxic aerosols into the air. Of the 12 people exposed in laboratories, five
were seriously affected, including two in my lab. All five suffered severe but fortunately short-term memory loss. While we were
affected we couldn't hold a conversation. We could recognise words but we couldn't put them into sentences. We could add 1 plus 1 but
we couldn't manage 3 plus 4. I was the first affected that way in my lab.
Tue, 30 May 2000
Get in touch with ex-boo employees.
LESSON: An e-commerce project without a development plan will always be "this close" to launch but will never launch.
How to dispose of your excess squirrels:
The price of BOO (according to the Sunday Times):
Mon, 22 May 2000 Boo says bye
Quality Quake dominated Playboy article (Just to prove that Playboy caters for geeks).
Retards give real advice:
Fri, 19 May 2000 BOO is bust.
The Independent spills the beans on how they spent £90m in 6 months
The workers benefited from daily deliveries of organic fruit, free chocolate and soft drinks.
Originally scheduled to launch last May, the company's website was plagued with technical problems and became horribly expensive. It was
supposed to be the most sophisticated site in cyberspace, allowing visitors to "try on" clothes and trainers using 3D images of stock. But
the cost of producing the images alone was £320,000.
A skeleton staff of 25 is keeping the super-sophisticated website ticking over while a bidder is sought for the company's hardware and
Internet base: customers visiting the website and contacting boo.com's call centre in London's Soho were told they could no longer place
orders. The help line phones were not being answered by humans yesterday.
Mon, 15 May 2000 "Work" simulator
Why not try a day working for someone new?
Tue, 09 May 2000 Click and drag satellites
Earth to Moon Experiment
[dead link] timeline.aps.org/multimedia/satellites.html
Classic TV programmes.
For you advertising types, why not add a swoosh to an otherwise boring logo?:
Fri, 05 May 2000 World's Biggest Game of Tetris
Tetris on the side of a building (by lighting up the rooms inside a tower block)
Mon, 17 Apr 2000 Consulting Pikachu on important matters of state.
The Prime Minister, seen below, often consults with his favourite Pokemon "Pikachu", on important matters of state.
Checkout Melissa, one of the Calculus girls [later a dodgy website]
Tue, 04 Apr 2000
Never eat more than you can lift. -- Miss Piggy
The only thing I'd rather own than Windows is English. Then I'd be able to charge you an upgrade fee every time I add new letters like N and T.
-- Scott McNealy, chairman of Sun Microsystems, Inc.
found on the now defunct page: riot9.com/quotes.html
Mon, 27 Mar 2000 Bouncy, springy wireframe walkers
Construct bouncy, springy wireframe walkers
Fri, 24 Mar 2000 On my birthday.....
What occurred when on your birthday:
Tue, 07 Mar 2000 Todays fortune (dead raccoons).
"The thing to remember about love affairs," says Simone, "is that they are all like having raccoons in your chimney. ... We have raccoons
sometimes in our chimney ... And once we tried to smoke them out. We lit a fire, knowing they were there, but we hoped that the smoke would cause
them to scurry out the top and never come back. Instead, they caught on fire and came crashing down into our living room, all charred and in
flames and running madly around until they dropped dead." Simone swallows some wine. "Love affairs are like that," she says. "They all
are like that."
-- Lorrie Moore, in Birds of America
Thu, 27 Jan 2000 Incompetent People Really Have No Clue
Incompetent People Really Have No Clue, Studies Find They're blind to own failings, others' skills
There are many incompetent people in the world. Dr. David A. Dunning is haunted by the fear that he might be one of them.
Dunning, a professor of psychology at Cornell, worries about this because, according to his research, most incompetent people do not know
that they are incompetent.
On the contrary. People who do things badly, Dunning has found in studies conducted with a graduate student, Justin Kruger, are usually
supremely confident of their abilities -- more confident, in fact, than people who do things well.
Thu, 13 Jan 2000 22nd best money manager in the country
Carrying on the smart animal theme, this time a monkey:
Six-year-old Raven delivered a 213 per cent gain on 1999 outperforming most of the yuppies on Wall Street. Indeed, had she been employed at a
Wall Street Mutual Fund, it's claimed her performance would have ranked as the 22nd best money manager in the country -- outperforming more than
6,000 Wall Street pros.
The monkey business began in January of 1999 when Raven lobbed darts at a list of 133 Internet-related stocks, to create her own financial
Thu, 13 Jan 2000 Scientists keep getting brighter.
We tried training another parrot, Griffin, using videos instead of live interactions, but it was
a total failure. Parrots just don't learn from videos.