Issue 14, The Weekly Rundown

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Dear Fellow ‘Rundown Subscribers,
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I would like to take a second to welcome all the new subscribers. This is the most I’ve ever had in two weeks of time!

Anyway, enjoy this week’s issue of the Weekly Rundown!
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+ The News |
+ The Joke |
+ The Tip |

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+ The News
This week’s top 10 search “eye-openers”, ordered date-wise.

1. AskJeeves Buys Bloglines
As reports Mary Hodder. Its official announcement is set for tomorrow (Monday) but the signs are beginning to show. Congrats Mark!

2. Google Looses Trademark Infringement…Again
..and yes, in the same place: France. It seems that the fact that people are advertising for trademarked keywords is getting Google into lots of trouble. They had to pay $257,000USD this time (200,000 Euros).

3. Findory Launches Neighborhood – One Step Closer To John Battelle’s Suggestion
Back in January John Battelle suggested the we have BlogPlasma — a MusicPlasma for blogs. This is one step closer but ain’t what John was hoping for.

4. Yahoo! Launches Y!Q
…which basically saves you time doing that extra bit of research, highlighting stuff in the page you go to. It isn’t for the web search yet, but it is for news.

5. AskJeeves Launches Blogs
Welcome to the neighborhood, Jeeves!

6. Yahoo! Japan Launches Blogs
Which is basically like MSN Spaces or Blogger for Yahoo! Members, but only those at current living in Japan. Yahoo! has plans for the U.S. too, though, not just yet.

7. Google Now A Certified Icann Registrar
Cool huh? But the buzz is around on what Google’s gonna use “the power” for. I provide some possibilities.

8. MSN Search Officially Launches
It’s out (officially) on msn’s homepage and obviously your country specific page. You can also get the results in RSS now, cool!

9. Interview With A Link Spammer
The Register does an interesting interview with a link spammer. Funny how people can make money out of ya and still be cool about it.

10. No Desktop Search With Longhorn
Man, I’m beginning to think Longhorn’s gonna suck! Microsoft has cut out a few, actually a lot of features from Longhorn. All is left now (figouratively) is the name “Longhorn” 😉

+ The Joke
A joke I got from a friend of mine. Please only read it if you’ve got some time to spare OR if you’re away from your kids (kids are very curious these days ;)). But either ways I can guarantee you it’ll be funny.

In case your frustration level rises today, this is for everyone
who occasionally has a really bad day when you just need to take
it out on someone:

I was sitting at my desk when I remembered a telephone call that
I had to make. I found the number and dialed it. A man answered
nicely saying, “Hello?”

I politely said, “This is Patrick Hanifin and may I please speak
to Robin Carter?” Suddenly the phone was slammed down on me! I
couldn’t believe that anyone could be that rude. I tracked down
Robin’s correct number and called her. She had transposed the
last two digits.

After I hung up with Robin, I spotted the wrong number still
laying on my desk. I decided to call it again. When the same
person once more answered, I yelled, “You’re a jackass!” and
hung up. Next to his phone number I wrote the word “jackass” and
put it in my desk drawer. Every couple of weeks when I was
paying bills or had a really bad day, I’d call him up. He would
answer and I’d yell, “You’re a jackass!” It always cheered me up.

Later in the year the phone company introduced caller ID. This
was a real disappointment for me. I would have to stop calling
the jackass. Then one day I had an idea. I dialed his number and
heard his voice. “Hello?”

I made up a name. “Hi. This is the sales office of the telephone
company and I’m just calling to see if you’re familiar with our
new caller ID program.” He answered, “No!” and slammed down the
receiver. I quickly called him back and said, “That’s because
you’re a jackass!”

The reason I’m taking the time to tell you this story is to show
you how if there’s ever anything bothering you, you can do
something about it. Just dial 555-1212.

(Keep reading, it gets better.)

One day an old lady at the mall was really taking her time
pulling out of her parking space. I didn’t think she was ever
going to leave. Finally, her car began to move ever so slowly
and she began backing out. I backed up a little more to give her
plenty of room. Great, I thought, she’s finally leaving. All of
a sudden this black Camero came flying up the parking aisle in
the wrong direction and pulled into her space. I started honking
my horn and yelling, “You can’t do that, buddy! I was here

The guy got out of his Camero completely ignoring me. He walked
toward the mall as if he didn’t even hear me. I thought to
myself, this guy is a jackass. There sure are a lot of jackasses
in this world. I noticed he had a “For Sale” sign in the back
window of his car. I wrote down the number. Then I hunted for
another place to park.

The next day I was at home sitting at my desk. I had just gotten
off the phone after calling 555-1212 and yelling, “You’re a
jackass!” (It’s really easy to call him now since I have his
number on speed dial.) Then I noticed the phone number of the
guy with the black Camaro and decided to call him too. After a
couple of rings someone answered the phone. I asked, “Are you
the man with the black Camaro for sale?”


“Can you tell me where I can see it?”

“Yes, I live at 1802 West 34th Street. It’s a yellow house and
the car is parked right out front.”

I asked, “What’s your name?”

“My name is Don Hansen.”

“When’s a good time to catch you, Don?”

“I’m home in the evenings.”

“Listen, Don, can I tell you something?”


“Don, you’re a jackass!” And I slammed the phone down.

After I hung up I added Don’s number to my speed dialer. Now I
had two jackasses to call whenever I had a bad day. However this
wasn’t as much fun as it used to be. So I thought about it and
came up with a solution.

First, I had my phone dial jackass #1. The man answered nicely
and I yelled, “You’re a jackass!” But I didn’t hang up.

The jackass said, “Are you still there?”

I said, “Yeah.”

He said, “Stop calling me.”

I said, “No!”

He said, “What’s your name, pal?”

I said, “Don Hansen.”

He said, “Where do you live?”

“1802 West 34th Street. It’s a yellow house and my black Camaro
is parked out front.”

“I’m coming over right now, Don. You’d better start saying your

“Yeah, like I’m really scared, Jackass!” And I hung up.

Then I called Jackass #2. He answered, “Hello.”

I said, “Hello, jackass!”

He said, “If I ever find out who you are…”

“You’ll what?”

“I’ll kick your butt.”

“Well, here’s your chance. I’m coming over right now, jackass!”

And I hung up. Then I picked up the phone and called the police.
I told them I was at 1802 West 34th Street and that I was going
to kill my gay lover as soon as he got home. Another quick call
to Channel 13 news about the gang war going down on West 34th
Street. After that I climbed into my car and headed over to 34th
Street to watch the whole thing. Glorious!

I watched two jackasses kicking the crap out of each other in
front of 6 squad cars and a police helicopter I also taped it
off the evening news!


+ The Tip
Source: Sid Yadav :)
If you have a blog, tell everyone you have it! A blog is like your public diary of your ramblings, and if you don’t tell anyone, what’s the point of it being public! 😉

That’s all for this week folks, see you all next week!

Best Regards,
Sid Yadav

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