Thursday, May 20, 2004

Free Trade Agreement

I was listening to the radio on the way in to work this morning and they were talking about the so called "Free Trade Agreement" and if Australia's involvement in Iraq might have lead to it's "favourable" conditions. Lets give the FTA a bit of a look over and see who it favours-

Is it good for the environment? No, No and No.

Is it good for Australian intelectual property laws? No, No, No, and No.

OK but it must be good for the economy? A very resounding No.

So when you hear the FTA discussed remember just who it favours; Uncle Sam, there is no good for Australia in this agreement.

There is an online petition here and another coming here or write to your local MP!

Update: Academics claim FTA will push medicine costs higher.

Chaotic Good Elf Ranger Bard

Alignment:
Chaotic Good characters are independent types with a strong belief in the value of goodness. They have little use for governments and other forces of order, and will generally do their own things, without heed to such groups.

Race:
Elves are the eldest of all races, although they are generally a bit smaller than humans. They are generally well-cultured, artistic, easy-going, and because of their long lives, unconcerned with day-to-day activities that other races frequently concern themselves with. Elves are, effectively, immortal, although they can be killed. After a thousand years or so, they simply pass on to the next plane of existance.

Primary Class:
Rangers are the defenders of nature and the elements. They are in tune with the Earth, and work to keep it safe and healthy.

Secondary Class:
Bards are the entertainers. They sing, dance, and play instruments to make other people happy, and, frequently, make money. They also tend to dabble in magic a bit.

Deity:
Solonor Thelandria is the Chaotic Good elven god of archery and the hunt. He is also known as the Keen Eye, the Great Archer, and the Forest Hunter. His followers respect nature, and only hunt when needed, but are quick to defend the forest from intruders. Their favorite weapon is the bow, and they tend to be extremely talented with it. Solonor Thelandria's symbol is an arrow with green fletchings.

Find out What D&D Character Are You?, courtesy of NeppyMan.

Monday, May 10, 2004

Google Wishlist

I like Google. A lot. At my work I am quite often heard to say "Google is your friend" :) If I could talk in CAPITALS like Terry Pratchett's Death I would say "Google" and people would hear "Google" :) So here is my quick Google wishlist:

0 In Google preference's I want to be able to exclude sites selling stuff from all searches. A sort of anti- Froogle if you like.

0 Same as 1. except for training courses, training course overviews or synopses usually contain lots of key words and no actual information. If I want to find a training course I will put that in my search query thanks :)

0 It is just a suspicion and I can't back it up at all (though I am not alone in thinking this see here for example) but I think that Google does not do so well on indexing script generated content. Specifically in relation to Wiki's I think that Google needs to add weighting to the inner links of a Wiki, an inner link in a Wiki is not like an individual or organisation pointing to themselves it is the reflection of that pages worth by that Wiki community. There is a lot of good information in Wiki's which never makes it to your search radar and I think this will only get worse as collaborative content becomes more popular.

I will drop all this into an email to Google, look out for changes soon :)

Monday, May 3, 2004

Firefox


Aside from the fact that it's light, fast and has great support for W3C standards here are 10 more reasons to love Firefox:

Update 2004-05-03: I have started using SwitchProxy at work. It is a must have if you use multiple proxy servers.