Showing posts from August, 2009

cambridge cakes & ale

Here is a true story someone found regarding exams at Cambridge University. It seems that during an examination one day a bright young student popped up and asked the proctor to bring him Cakes and Ale. The following dialog ensued:Proctor: I beg your pardon?
Student: Sir, I request that you bring me Cakes and Ale.
Proctor: Sorry, no.
Student: Sir, I really must insist. I request and require that you bring me Cakes and Ale.
At this point, the student produced a copy of the four hundred year old Laws of Cambridge, written in Latin and still nominally in effect, and pointed to the section which read (rough translation from the Latin):Gentlemen sitting examinations may request and require Cakes and Ale.Pepsi and hamburgers were judged the modern equivalent, and the student sat there, writing his examination and happily slurping away.Three weeks later the student was fined five pounds for not wearing a sword to the examination.

to pay or not to pay

Software costs money, that is, the really great ones. And they should too, because countless programmers sit for long hours to bring you competent tools for your productivity. Take Photoshop for instance, or Flash, Windows, Mac OS, 3D Max, Avast!, Oracle – the examples are endless.However, not all software cost money except download charges. There’s a team at osalt that believes, if you want success, open source is the way to go. They have a massive list of alternatives to paid software, and some of them are really good ones! Categorized into specific units, you can find alternatives of software related to business, database, networking, utilities, multimedia, et al.

legal guide for bloggers

Whether you're a newly minted blogger or a relative old-timer, you've been seeing more and more stories pop up every day about bloggers getting in trouble for what they post. Like all journalists and publishers, bloggers sometimes publish information that other people don't want published. You might, for example, publish something that someone considers defamatory, republish an AP news story that's under copyright, or write a lengthy piece detailing the alleged crimes of a candidate for public office. The difference between you and the reporter at your local newspaper is that in many cases, you may not have the benefit of training or resources to help you determine whether what you're doing is legal. And on top of that, sometimes knowing the law doesn't help - in many cases it was written for traditional journalists, and the courts haven't yet decided how it applies to bloggers. via