Monday’s Meander

All the news that's fit to rant aboutAnother week, another news feed.
On this day in 1679 Europe panicked over the close approach of a comet. The first national automobile show debuted in Madison Square Garden in 1900. Laika, the first space dog, was launched by the Soviet Union in 1957. Happy Birthday to the Earl of Sandwich (1718-1792).

Today’s daily productivity killer: The 80’s Lyrics Quiz. “I’ll love you with all the joy of living until the lights go out in ________ __________.”

  1. Mimail.C is on the loose and spreading fast. Subject line: Our private photos. The virus is in an attached .zip file. Now who could resist that? Open the zip and it unpacks photos.jpg.exe and runs it. Once installed the virus launches a DDoS attack against anti-spam sites.

  2. Bill Gates tells ITBusiness that Microsoft code is “closer to perfect” but that if you’d been running a firewall and software updates you wouldn’t have had any problems. In other words, it’s all your fault.
  3. Server shipments show double digit growth for third consecutive quarter. HP is #1, followed by Dell, IBM, and a setting Sun.
  4. Apple’s Panther problems are traced to external Firewire 800 drives with Oxford bridge chips. Apple says eject the drive before installing or using Panther.
  5. Scarier than the Halloween memo, Friday’s rumor that Microsoft planned to acquire Google. With an IPO in the offing I’m sure Larry and Sergei quickly spurned the approach from the Evil Empire. QOTD: Would you trust a Microsoft Google?

21 Replies to “Monday’s Meander”

  1. I’ll love you with all the joy of living until the lights go DOWN in New York City.

  2. A Microsoft-owned Google? Nope, I couldn’t trust it. They’d probably re-code it so you had to use IE as your browser in order to view the page.

  3. re: microsoft owning google…
    your search for “open source” returned with 0 hits.

  4. My score was 68.5. I guess that’s not all that good. Anybody else want to compare scores? I wonder what Leo got.

  5. I would never trust google if microsoft onwed it. They would put the people who own it out on the street and re-name it. Moogle or something.

  6. Everything good about Google (fast, simple, bulletproof) would be tainted by Microsoft if it were to acquire Google. You can bet your ass I’d be uninstalling the Google toolbar from my browser if they did acquire them, if they would make that optional that is.

  7. Sara, Ya did better than I did… 40 something on the 80s lyric quiz. I was so annoyed to be able to hear the songs *after* I read the answers. I blame it on my kids… and their MTV playing in the back ground while I was trying to concentrate 🙂
    And I would also like to know what the fabulous Mr. Laporte’s score was, too.

  8. Let’s see here, Bill Gates says it’s all my fault and Leo says it’s not my fault, who to believe? Ok, now that I’ve stopped laughing I wish all questions were that easy to answer! Ya know, if Billy G is going to continue to try and put positive spins on these things he better get some better spin doctors cause he ain’t getting his money’s worth from the crew he has now!
    As for Microsoft acquiring Google? Sorry that simply does not compute!

  9. Even though I am having my own personnel issues with Google, an MS Google, nah, sounds crappy.

  10. Surely, Leo did better than 103.5 on the lyrics quiz.
    As for MSGoogle, it would take at least three tries to get it right, and I’d lose patience with it after two.

  11. Top Five Bad Things About A Microsoft Google:
    1. will transfer you to
    2. Search Term “Apple” or “Panther OS X” Result: “Wouldn’t you rather buy Windows?
    3. New Logo: Google: Powered By Microsoft
    4. Or New Name MSN + Google = MSoogle (like what they did with msnbc) msoogle? sounds like a bad lunch meat
    5. It would run really sloooooooooooow and crash alot

  12. Im only a bill and im sitting here on capital hill. I still love school house rock. Except for the math one.

  13. although i appear personally addicted to microsoft, i’m trying to save my pop from the evil empire… if they gobbled up google he’d call me every twenty seconds yelping, “why does it keep eating osx?!?” i’m not sure he can afford the long distance bills and i’m not sure i can tolerate trying to explain over and over that microsoft should say, “now corrupting your pc’s soul” everytime you install windows…

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  15. That 80’s thing is tough. Not because I don’t know the lyrics. It’s ’cause I get one of the lines and that song is stuck in my head for the next 10 minutes. I have to fight to get it out so I can hear the next one. I’ll be here all day!

  16. An important-type guy from Google gave a talk this afternoon here at UIUC (, and he was asked about the Microsoft purchase rumor. According to him, it is completely untrue, and he doesn’t know where the rumor started.
    Then again, just because he said that doesn’t mean he was telling the truth. 🙂
    PS – Take the ), off of the end of the link to get it to work. I’ve tried taking it out of the address like 5 times, but the comment thing keeps putting it back for some reason.

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