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Ubuntu Shared Web Hosting (Minus the Ubuntu)

An outfit calling itself “WebNetHosting” promotes the following web hosting plans on its website:

But when I contacted a representative to sign up for service, I was told that “Ubuntu is not available in shared hosting plans. Ubuntu is only available on a dedicated server.”

Thirty years ago, my dad went to get a [...]

Certified Complete

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The Indecisive Decision Book

I might have bought The Decision Book if its authors had themselves demonstrated the ability to be decisive. [...]

One Enhancement Irregular Times Won’t Make

Adding BuddyStream to our site would make Irregular Times part of the problem. We would be opening up the lives of political activists to increased military surveillance through the NSA. [...]

Review of Two Classroom Response Systems for Instant Student Feedback

Educators: are you looking for instant feedback from your students? Consider one of the following student response systems for your classroom. A brief description of system features is listed below:

The i>clicker interactive student response system relies upon a base unit with proprietary software and dedicated presented remote (hundreds of dollars) plus a remote-controlled “clicker” [...]

Uncle Tong's Cabin

Uncle Tong’s Hunan Cuisine in Houston is operated by racists who use their business to encourage others to embrace racism. Racism makes their food taste like garbage. [...]

The Infinite Vapidity Of Books As Visual Props

This piece of conceptual art is conceptually stunted, going only a short distance beyond the statement of a person who buys Reader’s Digest condensed editions to place on their shelves to add a sense of refinement to their knick knacks. [...]

Review: Independents Rising by Jacqueline Salit

On the first page of the new book Independents Rising, author Jacqueline Salit offers a fair warning: the book is “based on my personal experiences, rather than dictated by a single illuminating and unifying idea.” Independents Rising is not a book about ideas or even about people who are pursuing an idea. It is a [...]

Bedbug Carrying Case From Hammacher Schlemmer

Hammacher Schlemmer is selling a big sleeping bag with a hood, pictured here, saying that it’s made of special fabrics that will thwart bedbugs from crawling up against you during the night and biting you. The company calls it a bedbug cocoon, for use in hotel rooms.

There’s one big hole I can see in [...]

A More Subtle Ragnarok

Part of Byatt’s use of Ragnarok is as an ecological warning of the human destruction of life on Earth. That’s all well and good, but this ecological interpretation seems itself to be a metaphor for a deeper, more honest mourning of the open fields of childhood, and its relevance to the eventual devolution of the pure and beautiful into a black inky nothingness. [...]

A Cup In A Bag

Intercontinental hotels and Courtesy Products seem trapped in a system where profit is squeezed out of every smallest corner of operations. That may seem like smart business, but to see these cheap and cheapening practices makes me feel trapped by association. [...]