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Tuesday Afternoon (5 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 26-January-2010  15:23:24 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Hope you're having a good Australia Day!

As per the last few years around this time, I've made a Motorsport Calendar in the Wiki. A handy bookmark if you find yourself wondering what's coming up each weekend. I've added MotoGP, World Superbike and Formula One, but feel free to add your own favourite championships.

If you want to re-live the bad old days of Windows 3.1, sniper spotted a website that will let you. Michael's website is a way to look back into the days of Windows 3.1 without having to install a thing. It's a site that emulates the operating system, allowing you to explore it as if you had it installed on your own computer. As long as nobody conjurs up the days when I used to support Lotus Notes running on OS/2 Warp, I'm happy.

Something else to celebrate today is the 50th birthday of bubble wrap. It's somewhat remarkable that a love of Bubble Wrap remains alive and well even in an age when the digital world's allure may increasingly substitute for simpler worldly pleasures. Millions of Facebook users have declared themselves fans of Bubble Wrap, and Bandai has rolled out a virtual bubble-popping app for your iPhone or iPod.

Google's founders have indicated they will give up majority control by 2014 by selling some of their stock holdings. "Today, we disclosed that Larry and Sergey have entered into plans to sell 5 million Google shares, each over the next five years--these shares represent about 17 of their overall Google holdings," Google said in an e-mailed statement.

Wired report on a bizarre self-selling artwork on eBay. A Tool to Deceive and Slaughter, 2009, is a black, acrylic box that places itself for sale on eBay every seven days thanks to an internet connection, which, according to the artist's conditions of sale, must be live at all times. Disconnections are only allowed during transportation, says the creator.

A New Zealand school has gone completely open source, slashing its licensing bills. Ditching Microsoft is highly unusual within the NZ education sector, as a long-standing contract with the national government means the software giant is paid for technology for the school even though none has been used.

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