What is Jabber:


1. Rapid and indistinct speech

2. To talk in a noisy, excited, or declamatory manner

3. A streaming XML technology mainly used for instant messaging

Jabber is a set of streaming XML protocols and technologies that enable any two entities on the Internet to exchange messages, presence, and other structured information in close to real time. The first Jabber application is an instant messaging (IM) network that offers functionality similar to legacy IM services such as AIM, ICQ, MSN, and Yahoo. However, Jabber is more than just IM and Jabber technologies offer several key advantages

People flock to baby with ‘tail’

People flock to baby with ‘tail’

August 22, 2004

A CAMBODIAN baby born with a 10cm “tail” has become the breadwinner for a poor family as hundreds of people flock to see her and make offerings, police say.

Yet unnamed, she was born with a spine considerably longer than normal, creating an uncharacteristic protruding tailbone, said Ngil Sophal, the police chief of Svay Chrum district 120km south-east of Phnom Penh.

“But she is healthy,” he said.

“The unusual baby was born to a poor family. Now a lot of locals are going to see her.”

Some were offering up to 2,000 reil (about 70 cents Australian) for a peek at the girl.

“Her physique is starting to earn a lot of money for the family,” Sophal said. “Many locals are lighting incense sticks to pray to her for good luck.”

Local newspaper Koh Santepheap quoted the infant’s mother, Sok Mao, as saying that when she was pregnant she dreamed of an old man who brought “a baby monkey” to her and told her she would have good luck when the baby grew up.

Cambodians are highly superstitious, particularly in the countryside where people continue to meld animist practices with Buddhism.

Agence France-Presse

This report appears on NEWS.com.au.

(I love the fact that the media accuse the Cambodians of superstition, but cover the visit of the pope to a “healing shrine” with straight faces. One person’s faith is another’s wacky superstition…)

Check your Gmail messages without opening your browser

Gmail Notifier: The Gmail Notifier is a downloadable Windows application that alerts you when you have new Gmail messages. It displays an icon in your system tray to let you know if you have unread Gmail messages, and shows you their subjects, senders and snippets, all without your having to open a web browser. The Notifier is in beta. Before you download it, we encourage you to review the system requirements and privacy information.

Red Robin charged with religious discrimination – 2004-06-14 – Puget Sound Business Journal (Seattle)

The Seattle district office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said it has filed a federal suit against Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Inc. for alleged religious discrimination against an employee.

Filed in U.S. District Court in Seattle, the suit charges that Red Robin failed to accommodate and then illegally fired Edward Rangel, a practicing Kemetic, whose ancient Egyptian religion dictates that he wear tattoos on his wrists similar to thin bracelets. Greenwood Village, Colo.-based Red Robin’s dress code prohibits visible tattoos, but the suit claims that it would be sacrilegious for Rangel to cover his tattoos.

The EEOC said Rangel worked as a food server for Red Robin for eight months without complaint, but higher-level management became aware of the tattoos and he was fired.

The lawsuit, filed after the restaurant-chain operator rejected prelitigation conciliation, seeks monetary damages, antidiscrimination training and other injunctive relief, the EEOC said.

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(c) 2004 American City Business Journals Inc.

Kidde Quick-Connect AC Thingee

Today, one of my built-in Kidde smoke alarms started chirping every minute or so. Quickly figured out that the battery must be dying, but on this model, you can’t get into the battery compartment unless you unhook the unit from the AC wire harness. The Kidde site seems to be designed solely to sell these units to contractors; I couldn’t find any instructions on how to unhook the handy-dandy quick-connect plastic unit. Finally, after wasting 30 minutes on Google, I decided to look at it again. Standing on a stool and reaching up as far as I could, I was just able to reach the connector; I finally figured out that you need to squeze the “ears” to get the unit to disconnect. Things were easy after that; swap in a new 9 volt battery, reconnect the AC, and twist the unit back onto the bracket. But you know… a bit of instruction SOMEWHERE on the Kidde site would have been very helpful.

Skype – Phone calls over the internet…

What is Skype?

Hello. We’re Skype and we’ve got something we want to share with you.

We’ve got a simple bit of software we want to give you. It’ll let you make free phone calls to your friends all over the world. And we don’t want any money for it. It’s free.

You could think of us as the big, free Internet telephony company. We prefer to think of ourselves as a big group hug, even a present. Yes… that’s it… we’re a present… but without the ribbon.

Our software’s quick and easy to install. Just download Skype, register, and within minutes you can plug in your headset, speakers or USB phone and call your friends. The calls have excellent sound quality and are highly secure with end-to-end encryption. You don’t even need to reconfigure your firewall or router. It just, you know… works.

Download Skype

(I’m going to try this out. If you are using it and would be willing to let me test it out with you, let me know… or just Skype me…)