Banishing intrusive banner ads just got a whole lot easier. GuideScope is a sister product to Internet JunkBuster but has been designed for non-gearheads. JunkBuster requires lots of tweaking with ".ini" files and other stuff that makes techno types feel important. GuideScope has a friendly point-and-click interface and is usable by people without supersize craniums. After a little use, it's pretty effective at blocking ads you don't want to see. Browsing the Web is faster, as you don't have to wait for banner ads to download and your online privacy is enhanced as a byproduct.
Happy birthday, Patrick McGoohan
It seems that Hallmark used to have in-store computers that would provide historical information based on a date, according to reader Gladys Evans in Seminole. I haven't been into a Hallmark in a long time (the court injunction prevents me from going within 500 feet of its stores), so I can't really validate this. However, if you're looking for similar information, this site offers all kinds of goodies for the date obsessed.
A billion pennies for your thoughts
Quick, what does 1-billion pennies look like? I had no idea either until I strolled around this site. It's kind of like a car crash: You just can't stop yourself from looking, and the more you click around, the more addictive it is. Half a quintillion pennies, by the way, would cover the surface of the Earth. If you've got that in a jar somewhere, I'll personally help you lay it down.
The Microsoft soap opera
It's not quite As the World Turns but for us weirdos in the computer industry, it's as good as it gets. The antitrust case against Microsoft has slipped from prime time TV news but still lumbers on in the background. If you're even mildly interested in what's going on, Wired.com seems to have the most complete coverage of the industry news sites.
Five, Seven, Five.
This site might offend,
but Haiku are addictive.
Humorless keep clear!