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New Samsung phone Permanent link to this item in the archive.

I got a new Sprint phone today, a freebie.

I posted a picture earlier, and a whole bunch of comments showed up. Maybe we can start a self-help group for clueless people like me. I can see it's got a ton of features, but I can't get started, I don't even know what the number of my phone is.

CNET review of the Samsung SPH-M620 phone.

Politically incorrect questions Permanent link to this item in the archive.

1. How long before Bush connects what happened at Virginia Tech with the global war on terror?

2. How long before a Republican presidential contender says the Democrats want to take your guns away?

3. How long before one of the cable networks runs any story other than Virginia Tech?

3a. What's Don Imus doing during all this michegas?

3b. Anna Nicole Smith?

4. Will anyone notice that while we're venting and emoting about Virginia Tech, hundreds of Iraqis have died.

5. Okay, I suppose some people believe American lives are worth more than Iraqis, so what about the 3300 Americans who have died in Iraq. That's about 100 times the number of people who died at Virginia Tech. What are we doing to prevent another 3300 deaths? Who's responsible? Could those deaths have been prevented?

6. If you're glued to your TV hanging on every word, when was the last time they said anything that even remotely qualified as news? (If you get bored, try playing a game, every time they say Virginia Tech, substitute Iraq.)

7. How long before Lou Dobbs raises the killer's immigrant status?

Local image URL syntax?? Permanent link to this item in the archive.

I have a folder of images on my local disk.

If I drag one onto the Firefox icon in my toolbar, it displays.

The URL in the address bar is:


However, if I use that URL as the src attribute on an img element, I get a broken image.

<img src="file:///flickrPics/pic42688.jpg">

Question: Is there a way to get the browser to display an image coming from the local file system, and if so, what's the syntax for the URL?

Sam Yates says it might be a Firefox security feature.

Via email, Wendy McCully writes: "As long as the HTML file that references the local images is in the same directory as the images themselves, you don't need to indicate any path at all." I tried it -- and it works, without changing the browser's security settings.

Today's links Permanent link to this item in the archive.

NY Times: Corzine's Speed Put at 91 M.P.H. Near Crash Site.

Scoble says always-on isn't for him. Good move.

Michael Gartenberg has a Mac laptop question.

I got a new Sprint phone today -- a freebie! ;->

Worth another look after three years.

Virginia Tech's phones Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Roanoke Times: "When Virginia Tech wanted to alert students to developments in a recent campus manhunt for an accused double murderer it relied on e-mail, the Web and messages sent to dorm phones."

Google search for "Virginia Tech" and "Rave Wireless."

Andy Carvin: "I spoke with a PR rep at Rave Wireless today and she said that they have no relationship with Virginia Tech."

Scoble's cam Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Yesterday at the Web 2.0 Expo, I did a brief interview with Robert Scoble. I wondered what his camera hat looks like.

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Things to revisit:

1.Microsoft patent acid test.
2.What is a weblog?
3.Advertising R.I.P.
4.How to embrace & extend.
5.Bubble Burst 2.0.
6.This I Believe.
7.Most RSS readers are wrong.
8.Who is Phil Jones?
9.Send them away.
10.Negotiate with users.
11.Preserving ideas.
12.Empire of the Air.
13.NPR speech.
14.Russo & Hale.
15.Trouble at the Chronicle.
15.RSS 2.0.
16.Checkbox News.
17.Spreadsheet calls over the Internet.
18.Twitter as coral reef.

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