A parent’s primer to computer slang – unintentionally hilarious guide from Microsoft to help parents Understand how your kids communicate online to help protect them. Ah, those crazy kids today and their on-line lingo.

  • Numbers are often used as letters. The term “leet” could be written as “1337,” with “1” replacing the letter L, “3” posing as a backwards letter E, and “7” resembling the letter T. “0” (zero) will typically replace the letter “O”.
  • pwn“: A typo-deliberate version of own, a slang term that means to dominate. This could also be spelled “0\/\/n3d” or “pwn3d,” among other variations. Online video game bullies or “griefers” often use this term.
  • kewl“: A common derivation of “cool.”
Jeremy from Pure Pwnage

Jeremy from Pure Pwnage

Pure Pwnage gives a inside look at the world of the Pro Gamer. This Canadian documentary shows that it’s not all about pwning n00bs – there’s also the need to practice your über-micro, the conflict between RTS and FPS, and even … girls!

This very funny gamer parody is available for download from the above site and features a lot of classic moments of recognition for those who are, or have at one time been involved in the practice of online gaming.

“You can take a n00b to water but you can’t make a n00b drink” – Teh Pwnerer

I was recently given an invite from a friend to test the new web-based email service from Google; GMail . Among its main features are 1 Gigabyte (1000 Megabyte) storage space with advanced searching and indexing of all your email, so naturally I jumped at the opportunity. The new service has also received a bit of criticism over accessibility and privacy concerns, so I was keen on finding out what all the fuzz was about.

Trouble is, the excellent Opera is my main browser of choice, which is not supported by Gmail. I soon found out that logging in using Opera was a no-no; I just get a blank screen after typing in my username and password. However, I had no trouble using it in Mozilla or Internet Explorer though, and it looks very nice and fast. On the other hand, having to open another browser just to check email is too much of a hassle, so I doubt my account will be used much until this is fixed.

Before GMail goes public, which is probably soon, I hope they are able to get their act together and start supporting common web standards so it can work with other browsers as well. Apparently they have plans of making a plain HTML version, so I keep my fingers crossed …

Here’s an interesting article from New Scientist about RSS; Google considers instant delivery service:

Internet search giant Google may be considering a popular web publishing format called RSS for some of its services, a leaked internal email has revealed.

This could be very good news – I imagine having access to Google News or a customized search as an RSS or Atom feed, which would be a great resource! And no matter which standard they eventually settle on, my favourite reader FeedDemon will still be able to read it, as it has support for both.

By the way, there’s also a new free RSS aggregator available from Norwegian firm Intellicom. While not as advanced as FeedDemon, it comes with the most common Norwegian news sites already configured, and is a good introduction to the world of RSS.

Here’s a great animation from the French designer team Melon Dezign; this time they’ve taken on The Beatles’ “Come Together” in a wonderfully psychedelic flash version. Warning; a huge download, it clocks in at a little over 8MB … but still highly recommended if you wait it out!

These guys have been making demos and animations for a long time, I remember them from the Commodore Amiga demo scene in the 90s, where they made some excellent stuff. They’ve also made a similar animation for another Beatles song; I Feel Fine, from a couple of years back.

Opera Software today released the latest version of their excellent web browser, Opera 7.50. I’ve used Opera as my primary browser for several years, and completely love it. It works for almost all sites I visit, it has an indispensable pop-up blocker, easy tabbed browsing, cookie manager, and tons of other technical advantages over other browsers.

The security of Opera is also excellent, especially compared to that huge security hole, Internet Explorer. The latest version is a major leap forward in usability and features, with an improved user interface, an RSS reader, IRC chat client, and lots of other improvements – have a look at the Change Log for the full list.

Download it today – I promise it will change your experience browsing the web, for ever!

The Swedish Nobel e-Museum has an interactive Conflict Map of wars and armed struggle around the world in the years from 1900 to 2000. Moving the timeline at the bottom you can see how armed conflicts have erupted all over the world during the 20th century.

The map is an interesting and frightening lesson about one of the most violent centuries in human history. Let’s just hope the 21st will be better for humankind, although I can’t say it looks good at the moment…

The guys at Google sure were in a mood for a joke today, as these two stories show:

I’m just guessing that the webmail story is a joke, although a very well executed one at that. They don’t seem too convinced that it’s a joke over at Slashdot either, and lots of major news sites have the story, including CNN, BBC News and New Scientist. Anyhow, joke or not – it sure is an excellent publicity move, and might be a sort of meta April-fools joke, i.e. they fool people into thinking it’s a joke, and it actually turns out to be true!

Another geek joke of the day is the latest in a long line of prank RFCs, entitled Omniscience Protocol Requirements:

Since the evil-doer may have control of a local firewall or NAT, the OP must be able to communicate with the OP server, even when the firewall or NAT has been configured to block all unused ports. Also, since the evil-doer might try to hide his or her evil-doing by disconnecting the computer from the network, the OP must be able to continue to communicate, even under these circumstances. Meeting this requirement may require that the OP client be able to reconfigure the user’s machine into a cell phone …

The site Ghost Town tells the story of a girl who goes cruising in the restricted zone around the old nuclear reactor at Chernobyl on her motorbike, equipped with a Geiger counter and camera.

The result is pictures and words of a place where time has stood still since that tragic day in late April 1986, and which very few people will get the chance to see.