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Series on Funny Laws of United States – California

California Funny Laws:-

-Sunshine is guaranteed to the masses.
-Animals are banned from mating publicly within 1,500 feet of a tavern, school, or place of worship.
-Bathhouses are against the law.
-It is a misdemeanor to shoot at any kind of game from a moving vehicle, unless the target is a whale.
-Women may not drive in a house coat.
-No vehicle without a driver may exceed 60 miles per hour.
-Community leaders passed an ordinance that makes it illegal for anyone to try and stop a child from playfully jumping over puddles of water.

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September 10, 2008 Posted by | General, Life | , , , | Leave a comment

Retro Thing – Vintage Gadgets and Technology

Retro thing is an independent vintage gadget website run by a team of renegade elves based in Calgary and Chicago. Each month they present a never-ending stream of classic and almost-classic gizmos and books.

The site was started by James Grahame, a vintage technology addict who appears to have two first names. Bohus Blahut (BOH-hoosh BLAH-hoot) joined the editorial team in early 2006. Giles Perkins from occasionally drops by, as do a few other Retro friends.
These guys are independent bloggers who love to share technology and do the best to share links when they can. Readers can also send in links and hints.


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September 10, 2008 Posted by | Gadgets, Technology | , , , | Leave a comment

A Guide to Etiquette on the Net – “Netiquette”

Internet etiquette, or Netiquette (Wikipedia Definition) guides us in proper behavior on the Internet. There are widely accepted rules of behavior to follow when you’re online. It is very important to learn and follow these rules.

Sometimes the online world can feel “pretend” because you cannot see the person with whom you are communicating. So, it is very important to remember that you are dealing with “real” people online and you should use your very best manners – just as you would at home or at school.

As a newbie (someone new to the Internet) you do not want to venture into cyberspace until you are familiar with the acceptable rules of Internet behavior. There are a few tips that can help you feel more comfortable with the new situations cyberspace will throw at you. With a little practice you can become a responsible Netizen.

Here are some things to remember anytime you are online:

Do unto others, as you’d have others do unto you. Be polite and courteous at all times. Remember that you’re not communicating with a computer screen, but with a human being who has thoughts and feelings just like you. So, always think of the person on the receiving end of your messages.

Do not TYPE ALL IN CAPITAL LETTERS for emphasis. IT LOOKS LIKE YOU ARE SHOUTING. If you need to emphasize a word, use asterisks, like *this* or lines, like _this_.

Remember that the written word is hard to interpret. When you speak to someone, that person can hear the tone of your voice. If they can see you, they can take visual clues from your face and body to better understand your meaning. All of this is lost in text, and sometimes responses can come across as mean or rude, even when you did not intend them this way. This is the reason some people use emoticons (visual clues) in their e-mails, it saves a lot of confusion.

Be careful not to use rude or bad language online. Many providers will terminate your account.

Don’t break any laws. When you’re on the net, follow the same rules of behavior that you would in real life. Remember, if it is against the law in the real world, it is against the law in cyberspace.

Be universal. Other users have different Web browsers, different online services, different e-mail programs etc. So don’t, for example, send out e-mail with text formatting — boldface, italics, indentations, etc. — because many other programs will not be able to read the formatting and the recipients will receive your e-mail filled with muddled codes.

Be brief whenever possible. No one wants to read through a lot of unnecessary information. If you are replying to an e-mail, try editing out unimportant information and anything that is repeated.

Don’t flame. Do not send rude or offensive e-mails or postings. It’s bad manners and can get seriously out of hand (flame wars). So don’t flame others and if you are flamed, do not respond: you will never win. If you are flamed in a forum or chat room, or if you receive hateful e-mail, let your parents or teachers know.

Always identify yourself. If your parents require you to use an online name instead of your real one, that’s fine – use your online name consistently. Never send e-mail without including your name at the bottom of the e-mail. Similarly, don’t post forum messages without identifying yourself, this is seen as rude.

Make a good impression. Remember that the written word is the only way you can represent yourself online, so spelling and grammar count. If you are going to be writing a large amount of text for other people to see, make sure you break it up using paragraphs, it will make it easier on the eye for those that will read it.

Be patient with newcomers. Once you have become an Internet expert, it is easy to forget that you started out as a newbie too. Learning the rules of cyberspace is much like learning a new language; it takes practice, and includes making mistakes. So if you come across someone else’s mistakes on the net, don’t put them down, just politely point them in the right direction for guidance (send them a copy of these rules to get them started on their way!).

Things to remember about your e-mail account:
* Check e-mail regularly… so you can respond quickly
* Delete messages after you read them… frees up storage space for more productive use
* Don’t send confidential information in your mail… others may be able to read/access it
* Don’t be hasty when you send… if you write a message when you’re upset, wait before you send it
* Respect the privacy of others… don’t share someone’s email address without their permission
* Always fill in the subject box so people can see what the mail concerns
* Don’t send chain letters… they’re as annoying on the internet as they are in real life

Things to remember when participating in a discussion group:
* Before asking or responding in a newsgroup, take the time to feel the group out
* Stick to the topic of the discussion group
* When quoting someone, use only the portion of the quote that is absolutely necessary
* Avoid “flame wars”
* Don’t send personal messages to an entire newsgroup, use e-mail

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September 10, 2008 Posted by | General, Internet | , , , , | 1 Comment