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Saturday, February 26, 2005

Urban Legends

Urban Legends Reference Pages is a nice collection of info about many of urban legends and their status (true/false/unkown). They even have a few pages on the guy who had lived in an airport and the movie "The Terminal" is based on.

ps. I just changed the looks of my site, check it out!

pps. Don't miss "Girls Dormitory" playing at Rainbow Cinemas Fairview Mall (North York), see my previous posts for details.

Friday, February 25, 2005

The Free Encyclopedia: 100 Times Bigger than Encarta!

The English version of Wikipedia , aka the free encyclopedia, currently has over 482,320 articles. That is over 100 times the number of articles in Microsoft's Encarta and 4 times the most complete edition of Encyclopædia Britannica with 120,000 articles. I always liked Wikipedia - not just because it is free and allows the
public to view, use and even edit the content - but because every article is edited by people who know so much about the subject. For example computer science stuff are written by experts and they are so detailed I once used Wikipedia instead of my textbook! Or if you want to learn about a country you will get the information from people of that country, not some so called experts who have never even been there. Plus the stuff are up-to-date, in fact there is a news section.
Wikipedia is available in many languages, some with over 100,000 articles. The Farsi (Persian) version has over 5,600 pages but mostly stubs (small articles with very little information created for future editing).

Just in case you're new to the idea, Wiki is a database that allow the public to post and edit the information. Wikipedia is more than just an encyclopedia and if you still haven't heard of it you've got to check it out!

Update: (Octoboer 25) Exactly 8 months later, I rechecked the number of articles and the English version is almost doubled to over 787,000 (that's more than 6 times the most complete Britannica), of course the number of articles in Encarta and others doesn't change. Plus more specialized siblings to Wikipedia (such as Wikitravel) are created.

Thursday, February 17, 2005

25 Million Download of Firefox, Are you one of them?

I just read in the news that Mozilla Firefox, my favorite browser, has
been downloaded 25 million times in just 99 days! If you still aren't
using Firefox you really have to ask yourself why not! I mean if
you're on dialup, fine, but you're on highspeed you're just missing
way too much by not using Firefox!
So if you still don't have the fox, try it today, just go to and get it.
It's small, fast, free, safe, easy to use, expandable and I could just
keep going.
And while you're at it, install adblock, gmail notifier and forecast
extensions. Really cool!

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Let the blog'n begin!

Live feeds and the fact that I can post messages to a blog from my email make it a really cool addition to my web site so I'm gonna start write blogs. I won't start the live feed yet since I don't have much to read in here but you'll see it soon on my web site. In the future I might
replace the what's new section of with this blog. But for now I'll keep the blog in a beta stage so if you're reading this you're one of the first to be here ... so welcome :-)

BTW, The plan is to have a general-purpose blog with tech tips, links, news... just name it... Basically this is were I'll put interesting links and information that I would normally forward to my friends.