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Computing pioneer Adam Osborne -- who created one of the first 'portable' computers, at 23 pounds (!), in 1981 -- died last week. (PS -- check out that weeny little screen -- yes, that grey square centered above the keyboard! I'm looking at my 21" monitor and thinking, 'no way'...).
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Nice to see that despite the war and falling stock markets, there's room for the really important business news:
Starbucks Coffee to Open Shops in Arkansas AP - A free-standing Starbucks coffee shop that should open in early May in central Arkansas will be only the first of several around the state, according to the Arkansas real estate broker for the company.
Arkansas last year was on a short list of states without a freestanding Starbucks. But, after a store opens in the Little Rock area in May, another in the same region is planned, and then the company has its eye on northwest Arkansas.
NB: In Ireland, we remain Starbuckless -- or is that Starbuck-naked?
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The US is right to complain about treatment of US POWs in Iraq. But on so many levels, in so many cases, the Bush administration doesn't seem to understand that (self)righteous indignation that is directly contradicted by your own actions will fail to win the world's support or sympathy when it is most needed (though the sympathy is certainly, amply there for the individual soldiers). To the list below one might add the many hundreds of people detained within the US, without habeus corpus rights. George Monbiot in the Guardian:
[Rumsfeld's] prison camp in Guantanamo Bay, in Cuba, where 641 men (nine of whom are British citizens) are held, breaches no fewer than 15 articles of the third [Geneva] convention. The US government broke the first of these (article 13) as soon as the prisoners arrived, by displaying them, just as the Iraqis have done, on television. In this case, however, they were not encouraged to address the cameras. They were kneeling on the ground, hands tied behind their backs, wearing blacked-out goggles and earphones. In breach of article 18, they had been stripped of their own clothes and deprived of their possessions. They were then interned in a penitentiary (against article 22), where they were denied proper mess facilities (26), canteens (28), religious premises (34), opportunities for physical exercise (38), access to the text of the convention (41), freedom to write to their families (70 and 71) and parcels of food and books (72).
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Irish Times: Rebel songs dropped by Aer Lingus: "A unionist politician is claiming a musical victory after Aer Lingus removed rousing rebel songs from its entertainment programme on US flights. Ulster Unionist Assembly member, Mr Roy Beggs jnr, was shocked to find ballads honouring Bobby Sands and the IRA listed in a transatlantic in-flight entertainment magazine earlier this month. He tuned in to hear songs from ex-Wolfe Tones member, Mr Derek Warfield, including Ten Dead Men, Remember Bobby Sands, Volunteers of Ireland, Patriots of Erin, Fenian Volunteers and Fighting Irish."
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More from The Shifted Librarian: Web page analyzer. "Enter a URL to calculate page size and download time. The script sizes each individual element and finds the total for each type of web page component. Based on these page characteristics the script then offers advice on how to improve your page download and display time." [via WebWord] An excellent resource from the folks behind the recent Web Site Optimization book. You can catch a full interview with them on this topic courtesy of Sean McManus.
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Al Jazeera now has an english version of its web site, and paying NewsIsFree users can even track it via RSS. Then there's the WorldNews Network, and CyberJournalist.net is maintaining a compilation of Great Iraq Conflict Coverage online. In addition, Dear Raed is back online, and CNN has a story about this Iraqi blogger in Baghdad (even though they've ironically shut down Kevin Sites independent blog).
Karlin's Update on Raed: Speaking of Kevin Sites... CNN seems also to have pulled the Raed story. The CNN link doesn't work, and though an internal search of the CNN site brings up the story and its description, the link is the same as above, and doesn't work. Hmmmm!
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