International CAPS LOCK Day

Dear Reader,

We dispute a lot on diablog, see Glynsky’s recent post calling Pete Rumpelstiltskin or something like this. One thing we don’t use – luckily – is writing in all caps.

In internet chats writing in caps is the equivalent of screaming or yelling. Civilized people that we are, we don’t yell or scream at each other. Raising an eyebrow is as rough as it gets.

But today is International caps lock day. My favorite caps lock joke is from here:

CAPS LOCK – Preventing Login Since 1980

All wiyht. Rho sritched mg kegtops awound?

Happy caps lock day,
Engine Room

strawberries anyone,3…

Dear diablog,

Pete must be so glued to Wimbledon (as earlier mentioned) his fingers have gummed up as well.

Oh well, am I the only one who thinks Andy Murray

 looks like a
basking shark!
Wake up Rumpledpeteskin!
Yours, diablog, open mouthed

MS Patent-Application: Tapping Skype

Dear Reader,

Do you use Skype? Or Google Talk?  We at diablog do.
For quite a long time, Skype and other VoIP sevices were considered safe against wire tapping, against anyone listening in on your conversation.

A few weeks ago rumors started, that some governments had developed ways to intercept voice over IP conversations. But there was no proof.

Now we have it.
Only days after buying Skype, Microsoft filed the patent application no. 20110153809 on June 23, 2011 (Quote):

“Aspects of the subject matter described herein relate to silently recording communications. …”

In other words, the patent is about intercepting and recording communication.
And further down it specifically mentions Skype and VoIP (Quote):

As mentioned previously, traditional techniques for silently recording telephone communication may not work correctly with VoIP and other network-based communication technology. As used hereafter, the term VoIP is used to refer to standard VoIP as well as any other form of packet-based communication that may be used to transmit audio over a wireless and/or wired network. For example, VoIP may include audio messages transmitted via gaming systems, instant messaging protocols that transmit audio, Skype and Skype-like applications, meeting software, video conferencing software, and the like.

Your government will be happy and for the concerned it is back to pigeons.

Stay sane,
Engine Room

One more thing …

Dear Reader,

You will never again hear the famous quote, which I used in the title of this diablog post, from the man who said it for 35 (!) years on TV as Columbo, first name Lieutenant.

Last Thursday, Peter Falk died at the age of 84.

What a great actor, a native NYer, heavy smoker and – supposedly – a real mensch.

And no, Glynsky, he wasn’t Italian, he was American of Eastern European Jewish ancestry.

I’ll go an watch Murder, Inc. again soon.

Stay tuned,
Engine Room

another bit from the found archive 10, i know who i am…

Dear diablog,

We have, as you know, been telling you all about the ‘gold’ found in the Sasha Fisher Treasure Chest. Maybe it is time to show him in full glory, and ‘on the set’, we think in Rome as he spent nearly 20 years there from the mid ’50’s working in Cinecitta.

Those cobbles look wet which must have made outdoor working (when linked to Italian wiring) very interesting indeed!

His catch phrase, as noted by Peter Sellers on his signed photo we found, was  ‘ why, why, why, can’t we have some silence – please‘ which in an open location like Rome with Giovanni’s

Vespa (in hundreds!) going passed must have taken some doing! But better than that, diablog, this is the real thing… Continue reading “another bit from the found archive 10, i know who i am…”

New York Stories – Subway Reading

Dear Reader,

Since both, Glynsky and Pete, did not like my NY stories on diablog, (see the comments here), you’ll get another one.

Every sensible NYer uses the subway, our Mayor Bloomberg is known to ride it too.
Have a look at the subway map and you’ll understand why:

You can reach every spot in Manhattan by subway easily and much quicker then above ground with a bus, cap or – most stupid – a car. Here is the full map:

Up until a few years ago, riding the subway made me proud. Because almost everybody on the train was reading. People either had a book or a newspaper and spent their commute reading.
How can you not like a city, where almost everyone is reading?

How is the picture different today? Continue reading “New York Stories – Subway Reading”

Thank you to all readers and commentators

Dear Readers,

We at diablog enjoy what we are doing and having you as readers already is a huge compliment. What really makes a day special are your comments, good or bad.

So, this is a big thank you to all readers and those, who take the additional time to leave a comment.

Thanks a lot,
Engine Room