Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Skipping Verizon Wireless Voicemail Message

Have you ever been annoyed by that default lengthy voicemail message of Verizon Wireless customers you may call? Or possibly even long lengthy annoying voicemail greetings of the customers themselves? Don't fret any longer, there is a solution! When the message begins to play, hit "*" and the message will immediately stop and then you will hear the welcomed "beep" to instruct you to begin your message. Whew!

What a welcomed shortcut this will be, especially for all those housewives calling their husbands when they are late leaving work who conveniently "miss" the call(s). Now they can leave tons more angry voicemails. But I don't know anything about that sort of thing, its just a hypothetical example. ;0)

Oddly enough, I found this out watching Google Current this afternoon. Its a pretty interesting station if you are lucky enough to have it in your area.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

MS Office 12 Beta Screenshot from PDC 05

Office 12 Interface screenshots were released today. Its currently being slashdotted, so you may want to wait a bit before trying. Anyways, they look pretty nice. I like the new way the menus work. Apparently Microsoft is trying to get away from the 'old' hierarchy menus. Hopefully using them will be intuitive. Can't wait to get a hold of this.

Monday, September 12, 2005

MSN and Google in Politics

Over on Scoble's blog he noted how apparently MSN appears to be more conservative and Google more liberal. And to see what he means, plug "failure" into each search engine and see what the top result is in each. Interesting.

For the lazy people, Google's results and MSN results.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

What a sweet site. Its like slashdot but what stories appear on the main page is controlled by the users. If you like a story, you vote for it (digg it). There is also this neat spy page which allows you to see what other users are digging in real time.

Another thing about this site I love, besides the abundence of constantly updated and interesting stories is that fact that alot of it is driven using AJAX. Asynchronous JavaScript and XML is what is stands for and its been around awhile, but just recently has it begun to get some attention. It really got popular when Google started using it in its Google Maps, Gmail, and Google Suggest applications. So anyways, on this site, when you "digg" a story, it does it using AJAX. And the spy page refreshes every 10 seconds using AJAX. Pretty slick. (Thats my word as of late, slick) :0)