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#1 OFFLINE   LilBambi

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Posted 27 March 2003 - 03:32 PM

With April Fool's Day coming up, I thought we could look at some fun sites:April Fool's Day The Museum of HoaxesOn this Day: April 1, 1864
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Posted 27 March 2003 - 03:57 PM

Hate to be the pessimist, but also a time to watch yourself for online hoaxes.

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Posted 27 March 2003 - 04:39 PM

Stryder, on Mar 27 2003, 02:57 PM, said:

Hate to be the pessimist, but also a time to watch yourself for online hoaxes.
Excellent point!   <_<
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Posted 28 March 2003 - 01:38 AM

FYI - Leo Laporte's 2003 Technology Almanac (he's from TechTV) has a lot of funky 4/1 tricks, gags and sites listed starting on the page of that date.  Check it out, some are really cruel  :)

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Posted 28 March 2003 - 10:07 AM

Jeber, on Mar 28 2003, 12:38 AM, said:

FYI - Leo Laporte's 2003 Technology Almanac (he's from TechTV) has a lot of funky 4/1 tricks, gags and sites listed starting on the page of that date.  Check it out, some are really cruel  :blink:
I have been wanting to get a copy of that book Jeber. Sounds like I will have to do it soon!  B)
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Posted 28 March 2003 - 12:06 PM

It's "chock full of fun" for sure.  But you'll have to speed read to catch up, we're almost into chapter 4.  :blink:

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Posted 28 March 2003 - 12:22 PM

I have Leo's Almanac, and it's full of sort of... basic... information. Its worth it though. I'm not organised enough to do the page a day thing, so i just read it all at once, when i get a chance. Computer tricks are always fun to play on co-workers....

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Posted 28 March 2003 - 12:44 PM

Actually, I've been debating doing something for April Fool's day in the newsletter. The next one is scheduled for Wednesday, but I could come out on Tuesday. But I haven't had time to really think about what I would do. I wouldn't want to do something funny at anyone's expense. Just something genuinely funny. Very tough to do something like that. If there are funny sites that don't help you do something to other people that anyone knows about, I might do something with that.-- Scot
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Posted 28 March 2003 - 04:56 PM

Jeber and SonicDragon -I would probably read the whole thing in a day or two ... I love reading! :)Scot - I agree ...Genuinely funny is always better  :D
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Posted 29 March 2003 - 03:45 AM

Yupper, that's a hoot...the "newsletter on wrong day" gag.  Never heard of that one.  :D  :D Seriously (?), if Iwere you, I'd post a one day new topic with some fantastic title like "Loose 50 lbs. in less than a week surfing the web" or "Free cash for emails".  Add a question mark to increase the seduction.  Have it link to a page of 1) the B.S.O.D.  2) a "start defrag" imitation  3) a loop to make the same page reload over and over.  I dunno, just a thought.  If you're going to do something, go for the gusto.

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Posted 29 March 2003 - 11:03 AM

How about sending what would appear to be the SNL (same normal subject line) on Tuesday, and when we open it, it saysGotcha!  Happy April Fool's Day!The actual newsletter will be coming out tomorrow as scheduled :D
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Posted 31 March 2003 - 02:08 PM

Only one more day (here in the states) to see what Scot comes up with!  Hope it's a good one.  Scot - the pressure's on.  :D

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Posted 31 March 2003 - 08:37 PM

heh you guys are quite creative :D

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Posted 01 April 2003 - 02:49 AM

Hi ...If there are any PC Mag forum members, or subscribers, here... or anyone who has used one of the famous old PC Mag free utilities... you might get a chuckle from a little April Fool prank I wrote at the following link (if I can post a link correctly) April Fool Post at PC MagP.S. It is a shame that the utilities will no longer be truly "free." I remember my first one: SuperPad :rolleyes:  (a NotePad replacement for Win 3.1!)...and there have been some great ones, too... InCtrl5 and CookieCop. Sigh.

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Posted 01 April 2003 - 03:04 AM

Wow, this sucks!  I have quite a few PC Mag (to which I subscribe) programs on all my computers.  I know I haven't visited the download area for a while, but I never was aware they started charging.  Man, did I miss something major.  Not that I really fault them for charging, but to make such a change and not making more noise about it...how could I have missed this?  :rolleyes:  :lol:

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Posted 01 April 2003 - 12:41 PM

FWIW, all, I came down with a mild flu on Friday which has delayed the newsletter until Thursday, and with it, dashed all my mad plans of some sort of April Fool's issue. Drat it! (Actually, it's an writer's worst nightmare, trying to come up with something good for April Fool's day, so I'm secretly relieved in a writer's block sort of way.)Maybe next year, though?And, yeah, PC Mag charging. Times have changed.--  Scot
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Posted 01 April 2003 - 01:17 PM

Hmmmm, I am a PCMag/ZiffDavis member, and it's only been a month or two since I downloaded a utility from PCMag and had no problem. When did they institute this?  :lol:  :rolleyes:
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Posted 01 April 2003 - 03:16 PM

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...but to make such a change and not making more noise about it... (Jeber)
I don't have any complaint with the decision to start charging for utilities... I understand. Times are tough. Even for big corporations. But for users and members just like Bambi, Jeber, and me... the change in policy was sudden. Rudely abrupt, and handled very poorly, in my opinion.First, the Utilities Editor and her crew of programmers were promptly downsized. But they have bounced back very resourcefully, I think, to form a software development consortium here: Permutations Software They will be launching today in fact... no joke! I wholeheartedly hope they will be successful.Second, access to the download library now requires a fee. I will not complain about the decision to charge for future utilities. But to prevent access to the previously free utilities seems very petty to me. Not a nice way to reward long-time subscribers.The change in policy has generated much irritation and also some anger in the community. Some of the posts in the forum are unreasonably whiny, but most are well thought out and presented. The reactions can be reviewed in the following thread:Changes To the PC Mag UtilitiesAs for me... I don't like the "subscription" model for software. I want to be able to individually preview and purchase software based on its merit and value to me personally.Anyway, I hope some people over there will get some chuckles, or at least a pained grin from my attempt at an April Fool. :unsure:

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Posted 01 April 2003 - 04:22 PM

benhenry --Well, I thank you for the heads up  :unsure: Were all the PCMag folks that are now at Permutations Software part of the downsizing of PCMag's Utility division, or are some of them still working with the PCMag Utility division as well as with Permutations?
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Posted 01 April 2003 - 11:52 PM

Jeber, on Apr 1 2003, 02:04 AM, said:

Wow, this sucks!  I have quite a few PC Mag (to which I subscribe) programs on all my computers.  I know I haven't visited the download area for a while, but I never was aware they started charging.  Man, did I miss something major.  Not that I really fault them for charging, but to make such a change and not making more noise about it...how could I have missed this?  :)  :)
oh my gosh.. I need to go check that out soon! It is outrageous if they really start charging free programs!

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Posted 02 April 2003 - 02:17 AM

OK, ThunderRiver, that's the second time (that I've seen) you've posted that Dilbert cartoon, and I just have to know...because I'm an engineer (draftsman):  who paid you to post these?  They're patently false.  It's a characterization invented by very senior members of a secret cabal of theorists who want to discredit anyone who works with real materials.  You're a pawn of these evil tyrants.  Free yourself.   :huh:You know, I'll bet between us and our friends, we have nearly every program posted by PCMag before the change.  Would P2P be a sign of protest, or an illegal sharing of "shareware"?

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Posted 02 April 2003 - 02:26 AM

LilBambi, on Apr 1 2003, 02:22 PM, said:

benhenry --Well, I thank you for the heads up  :) Were all the PCMag folks that are now at Permutations Software part of the downsizing of PCMag's Utility division, or are some of them still working with the PCMag Utility division as well as with Permutations?
I think that most of the team has left for Permutations. The website has a listing of the team members that was in flux for awhile but lately has remained steady. NJR remains at PC Mag, although he is now called "Project Leader"... it is unclear what project he is leading. It is also unclear what direction the new utilities will take, and what quality can be expected from a "sideline."Greg Wolking may be one programmer who can be in both places at one time... I'm not sure.Frankly, NJR (Neil J. Rubenking) "The King of Batch and Delphi" is PC Mag's greatest resource. I can't imagine they would ever be foolish enough to let him go.This is totally unrelated, but amusing:Free Windows to Linux Convertor :)




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