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.

I’ve used the Internet Archive several times before to find old web sites and articles, but not really browsed around the other stuff. Today I was referred to the site by the new B3ta newsletter, and found out that their collection consists of much more; classic b/w movies, computer animations and non-commercial music among other things.

I think this is a fantastic resource for the Internet community, and deserves all support and attention it can get. They also have an RSS feed, where you can check the latest additions to the site. I’ve put Night of the Living Dead on download, so tonight I’ll enjoy some classic 60s horror.

After all the hype and attention DJ Dangermouse‘s The Grey Album and the Jay-Z Construction Set have gained the last weeks, it was of course inevitable that more bootleg mixes would pop up. Here’s the latest on the scene: Jay-Z + Weezer = Jay-Zeezer.

Now, I’m not a big fan of Jay-Z myself – he’s at best a mediocre rapper – but have been (and still is) a Weezer fan, so I think this is pretty cool stuff. Four songs have been released so far, you can download them by clicking on the note icon beside the song name, and more might come.

Although the musical quality of this type of bootleg mixing not always is the best, it’s an interesting example of how computers and the Internet is changing the way music is perceived and distributed.

Nick Bradbury of Bradsoft has released version 1.0 of the excellent RSS reader FeedDemon.

I’ve been using this great app as a beta for a couple of months, and I highly recommend it. For those who don’t know, an RSS reader allows you to browse your favourite news sources from a single place, and open only the items that interest you, saving a lot of time and bandwidth. The number of sites using RSS feeds increase all the time, and for instance most of the major newspapers here in Norway use them, like Aftenposten, Dagbladet and VG Nett.

I’m using a trial version at the moment, but I’ll probably pay the registration fee (USD 29.95) very soon, since I’m using it to keep updated almost every day. If anyone is interested (which I doubt…), I also have a feed for this site, which gets updated every time a new item is posted, although that is not very often nowadays…

Opera Software today announced the first public beta of the new Opera version 7. It comes with a new email/news-client, support for the W3C DOM, as well as a brand new look and many other features. You can download it here (only for Windows at the moment).

They announced that they were working on this new version several months ago, so the wait has been long, but it looks like it’s been worth it. The final release, as well as versions for other OSs will probably be ready some time closer to christmas. In the meantime I’m really gonna enjoy testing it!