Category Archives: Asides

Quick Bits

Even in this age of satellites & GPS, our feet can still surprise us:

In May 2005, Stefan Ziemendorff went for a hike in the Utcabamba valley. When he crossed into a blind ravine, though, he spied something unexpected: a towering, two-tiered cataract in the distance that hadn’t appeared on any map … he had discovered the third-tallest waterfall in the world.

The CSMonitor going Web-only

The CSMonitor is going to stop printing its weekday edition and go web-only Monday through Friday. I’ve always had a soft spot for the Monitor because of well-written articles and the fact that it continued to maintain its foreign bureaus at a time when the rest of the industry was cutting back and relying on syndicated NYT/AP/Reuters stories. Here’s hoping this experiment succeeds. (Incidentally, the Monitor gets 90% of its revenue from subscriptions and only 10% from ads. Like Wikipedia, it’s a non-profit.)

Flat-Rate 3G Internet

Mobile operator 3 is all set to offer ADSL/Cable-style flat-rate pricing plans for people using their 3G network. UK service will begin next month, other countries are slated to follow soon. This was long overdue; I remember the complete cluelessness on a 3 rep’s face in 2003 when I asked him why I had to pay extra to send email on a network touting its data capabilities. 3 and its cohorts seem to have gotten the religion now, with Sony-Ericsson’s President quoted as saying “Moving to flat rate charging is the key to unlocking the value of the mobile internet”. No kidding.

Don't Use Registry Cleaners

Using Registry Cleaners are a Bad Idea (via S Anand). I agree — if your registry has enough flotsam in it to impair your system’s performance and you don’t know enough to hand-edit the registry, you’re probably better off restoring from backups (you do have backups, right?) than trusting random registry cleaners that promise a sparkly-fresh computer for $29.

If you’re concerned about easily restoring your system, you’d be better off with Windows System Restore or spending money buying Norton Ghost and backing up images of your system.