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Space Giant Planets 'Formed in Hundreds of Years' BAR-ENDER
Posted by on Tuesday, November 19, 2002
Giant planets like Jupiter were formed in just a few hundred years, not several million as was previously thought, according to scientists. The research completely contradicts the widely held assumption that it takes at least one million years for gas giant planets like Jupiter and Saturn to evolve....


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Movies Massive Two Towers Battle BAR-ENDER
Posted by on Tuesday, November 26, 2002
In December vast hordes of eager filmgoers will mob cineplexes across the land and witness, at the climax of The Two Towers, one of the most anticipated scenes in recent movie history: the great Battle of Helm's Deep." This article talks about the software, named Massive, used to create this 50,000 creature battle...


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Politics Pirates of the U.S. Naval Academy BAR-ENDER
Posted by on Tuesday, November 26, 2002
Officials at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, confiscate the computers of 100 midshipmen suspected of sharing copyrighted music and movies. The gravest possible consequence: court-martial...


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Internet IBM Delivers WebSphere Application Server 5.0 BAR-ENDER
Posted by on Tuesday, November 19, 2002
IBM on Monday shipped the latest version of its Web application server, with tighter integration with its development tools and a new architecture that lays the ground for its on-demand computing push...


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Internet?! Intel Contracts with Frito-Lay for Chip Production BAR-ENDER
Posted by on Thursday, November 21, 2002
Intel announced today that, in an effort to reduce production costs, they have signed a multimillion dollar deal with Frito-Lay to handle the fabrication of the new low-cost Celeron models. "Their plants are already experienced in larger-diameter wafer production, and at much lower costs than our existing fabrication plants," said an Intel representative.

Industry analysts are uncertain whether the new production techniques will produce reliable chips, and there is some concern that consumers will be confused by the many variations of the new chips. "I'm not sure if the world is ready for the new BBQ and Cheddar Celeron," said one source.


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Georgia Fire Plug Surfing Takes Off in Sumter County BAR-ENDER
Posted by on Thursday, November 21, 2002
Originating in Scottsdale, AZ., it seems a new fad has swept the teen extremes. The cardinal rule of extreme sports - "Don't Let the Pressure Get to You" - has taken on a whole new meaning as Fire Plug Surfing skyrockets to popularity in land-locked suburban communities everywhere.
Called Fplurfing for short (the "F" is silent), it has made the excitement of white water sports available to a whole new audience who might otherwise have to drive for hours or even days to see a gnarly wave. ...


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Mac Fetish BAR-ENDER
Posted by on Tuesday, November 19, 2002
For some people, professing love for their Mac is simple and innocuous. For others, the love of their computer has deeper, different roots...


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Internet Cyberterrorism? Hogwash! Study Makes Less of Hack Threat BAR-ENDER
Posted by on Tuesday, November 19, 2002
With growing talk in Washington about the threat of "cyberterrorism," a new report shows a decrease in attacks on government computer networks worldwidet ...


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Huh?! Elite Coffee Exotic to the Last Dropping BAR-ENDER
Posted by on Tuesday, November 19, 2002
John Martinez gets $300 a pound for coffee beans fermented in a luwak's belly.
There are some places we just won't go, writes Paul Rozin, a University of Pennsylvania psychologist who researches human revulsion. As a species, we by and large stay away from foods that wriggle or writhe, that have come into contact with a cockroach (however briefly) or that have begun to putrefy...


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Politics Tech Brain Drain Pains Military BAR-ENDER
Posted by on Tuesday, November 19, 2002
The U.S. armed forces have thousands of unfilled science and engineering positions. That means fewer experts developing technology to outsmart terrorists and thwart other national security threats...


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Huh?! 'Beltway Sniper' Video-Game Release Delayed Out Of Respect For Victims BAR-ENDER
Posted by on Thursday, November 14, 2002
Video-game developer Pixxel Arts announced Monday that it will delay the release of Beltway Sniper: Silent Strike out of respect for the victims of the recent D.C.-area shootings...


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World Argentina Defaults on $805 Million in World Bank Debt BAR-ENDER
Posted by on Thursday, November 14, 2002
Argentina defaulted today on an $805 million loan installment that it owed the World Bank, and it said it would resume payment of its obligations only when the International Monetary Fund agrees to restore a credit line that was cut ...


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Man's "Free" AOL Trial Costs Him $916 in Phone Charges BAR-ENDER
Posted by on Thursday, November 14, 2002
Terry Thompson typed his area code into the AOL sign-up form to find a local access number. There wasn't an exchange from his city, so he ended up choosing a number from a community some 100 miles away. Thompson knew it was normally a long distance call, but "I just assumed they already had things set up," he says. "It didn't make sense to me that they would give me free AOL and then bill me for the (long-distance) time I was on it." ...


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Huh?! Teen Anxious For Cigarette Addiction To Kick In BAR-ENDER
Posted by on Tuesday, November 12, 2002
Paines Bottom, GA—Drew Dunn, 15, who started smoking three weeks ago, "can't wait" for his cigarette addiction to kick in. "Right now, I'm smoking, like, four or five cigarettes a day, but I definitely don't feel like I'm hooked yet," Dunn said Tuesday. "That's gonna be so cool when the nicotine kicks in, and I have to, like, sneak out of restaurants and stuff for a fix. And hey, with all the lawsuits, can you think of a better retirement plan?" His father was unable to comment as he was in a drunken stupor...


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Politics Harvard Fetes a Pro-Terror Poet? BAR-ENDER
Posted by on Tuesday, November 12, 2002
America's elite universities have a real quality-control problem when it comes to inviting outside speakers. Irish poet Tom Paulin will be delivering the Morris Gray Lecture at Harvard this Thursday. Who is Tom Paulin? As was noted in April, he's the guy who says Jews in the disputed territories "should be shot dead." He added: "I can understand how suicide bombers feel. . . . I think attacks on civilians in fact boost morale."


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Georgia Zell Miller Rips His Party's Leaders BAR-ENDER
Posted by on Tuesday, November 12, 2002
Democrats do not have "much of a national party" if their leaders are too liberal to be able to campaign for candidates in the South, U.S. Sen. Zell Miller said Friday.The 70-year-old conservative Democrat from the Georgia mountains, who often sides with Republicans on key issues, said much of this week's Democratic election debacle can be laid at the feet of party leaders ...


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Huh?! Country Boys Shooting Blanks?! Not Likely... BAR-ENDER
Posted by on Tuesday, November 12, 2002
In findings that renew a debate over whether chemicals or other environmental factors influence sexual development, U.S. researchers said some rural men have lower sperm counts than their big-city counterparts. Yeah, well tell that to my ex...


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Huh?! Teen Cop Impersonators Pull Over Police Chief BAR-ENDER
Posted by on Tuesday, November 12, 2002
A police chief was driving home in his private car when a 1997 black Dodge Intrepid following him flashed a set of strobe lights. The lawman got out, and realized he was dealing with some young police officer imposters. "They were very shocked," he says of their reactions ...


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Huh?! Drinking 101: Easily Raise G.P.A. While Raising Your Glass BAR-ENDER
Posted by on Saturday, November 09, 2002
University bosses have been accused of wasting public money on an "absurd course" on beer drinking. Bradford University has been criticised in the House of Lords over its part-time Drink and Society course ...


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Internet College Students Turning Away From Bits and Bytes BAR-ENDER
Posted by on Saturday, November 09, 2002
If John Yandziak had been entering college a few years ago, he might have sought a stake in the "new" economy. He might have dreamed of becoming an ace code-cracker for the CIA or the National Security Agency, or imagined toppling an empire with revolutionary software ...


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Huh?! Dad Files $300K Lawsuit After Son Doesn't Get MVP Award BAR-ENDER
Posted by on Saturday, November 09, 2002
Michael Crouteau says his 16-year-old hockey-playing son was "so hurt and damaged" after losing the MVP award in front of 250 people that he came home, shoved his hockey equipment into a corner, and said he had no interest in playing again. "He was so sure of himself he took $50 of his own money to buy a nice shirt and tie to look good that night," says the dad. "And he was just humiliated...


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Internet News from the "If you Can't Beat 'em, Join 'em" Dept. BAR-ENDER
Posted by on Thursday, November 07, 2002
Intel may be planning a big surprise next year for PC modders. The company is reportedly working on a new motherboard that caters to the overclocking crowd...


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Georgia Perdue Makes History in Georgia BAR-ENDER
Posted by on Thursday, November 07, 2002
Former state Sen. Sonny Perdue became Georgia's first Republican governor since Reconstruction by promising he wouldn't be another Roy Barnes...


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Huh?! Maybe They'll Throw in a Case of Stoli to the Winner BAR-ENDER
Posted by on Thursday, November 07, 2002
Want to buzz the old neighborhood in your own Russian MIG? Someone is selling a vintage jet fighter on eBay. There are just a few days left in this auction, so better hurry ...


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Internet The American Open Technology Consortium BAR-ENDER
Posted by on Tuesday, November 05, 2002
The American Open Technology Consortium, 'a nonprofit organization of technologists who have joined together to educate lawmakers and regulators about technology — especially in regards to The Internet' has compiled a list of the lawmakers responsible for eight bad internet laws. They say, 'These bad coders and their backers have done more damage to computing, the Internet and freedom than all the virus authors, spammers and crackers combined'.


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Georgia Big Hangover for Whipped Georgia Fans BAR-ENDER
Posted by on Tuesday, November 05, 2002
A 1992 Georgia graduate from Lawrenceville, Martin spent several hours tailgating outside Alltel Stadium on Saturday. But he had one problem: no tickets. Unwilling to pay $150 each for tickets for him, his wife and four friends, Martin headed north. They watched Georgia lose to Florida 20-13 at a St. Simons Island bar...


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The StupidCrook Book; The foils and foibles of dumb criminals BAR-ENDER
Posted by on Tuesday, November 05, 2002
It’s a good thing that crime doesn’t pay — otherwise some of the world’s dumbest criminals would be asking for a refund. In his new book, “The Stupid Crook Book,” Leland Gregory shares his collection of stories — some of them laugh-out-loud funny — about the criminally inane. Read an excerpt from his book below. ...


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Internet Word Up: Keeping Languages Alive BAR-ENDER
Posted by on Tuesday, November 05, 2002
More than half of the world's languages are expected to disappear within the next century. A group of researchers hope to save thousands of them on a single, tiny disk...


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Playboy.com Suspends 35 after Internet Usage Probe BAR-ENDER
Posted by on Saturday, November 02, 2002
Playboy.com, the web portal associated with the famous men's magazine, suspended 35 staffers after firewall monitoring and network scanning revealed that the employees had residual pornographic photos in their browser caches.

Joining the roughly 30% of U.S. companies that have formally disciplined employees for innappropriate Internet use related to pornography, Playboy.com announced its zero tolerance policy for porn surfing.

"Surfing for pornography creates an atmosphere of intimidation and harrassment for employees, many of whom may be reluctant to actually say anything about it." said company chairwoman Christine Heffner.

"The problem came to our attention when some of the models complained of male staffers learing at them during photo shoots. We installed scanning software on the network, and found that some staffers indeed had pornographic material on their computers."
"We've taken the steps required to make Playboy.com a safe, comfortable environment for everyone to work at."


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Girlfriend Suspends IrrationalNoise.com Administrator BAR-ENDER
Posted by on Saturday, November 02, 2002
IrrationalNoise Admin Alex was recently placed on suspension by his girlfriend after she found playboy.com in the history list of his computer's web browser.

Failing to buy into his claim that he was researching a story for IrrationalNoise about playboy.com, she announced a zero tolerance policy for bullshit and relegated him to the couch for an undisclosed period. Alex considered appealing to a higher court, but decided to settle after counsel predicted a low probability of the court buying the story, either, citing as "contemptable and frankly, not very funny" the admin's attempt at a cover up by actually posting a satirical piece about the web site in question.


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