TBTF bits - 5/11/98: Lizard lips
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From: Peter Langston <psl>
Date: Mon, 11 May 98 04:23:43 -0700
Subject: TBTF bits - 5/11/98: Lizard lips
Excerpted-from: TBTF for 5/11/98: Lizard lips
This issue: < http://www.tbtf.com/archive/05-11-98.html >
..Hotmail still running on Solaris and Apache
A leaked report  claims that after purchasing the Hotmail free
email service, which has 10 million subscribers, Microsoft tried and
failed to move it off of Solaris hosts and onto Windows NT. A source
is quoted as saying, "NT couldn't handle it. The issue is being es-
calated." The Web server in use on Solaris is Apache 1.2.1, which
does not run on NT due to technical and other difficulties encoun-
tered by the Apache team. This report first appeared in Network News
(4/22/98), but I could find no online source for it.
..Gaming site opens to Netscape's browser
Microsoft's Internet Gaming Zone  opened its gates to Netscape
users yesterday, rolling out a new version of its software that will
support the Netscape Navigator Web browser. This is the site that
originally inspired the TBTF Exclusionary Sites Hall of Shame .
..Is Microsoft buying academia?
A professor who mentions Microsoft programming tools in a scholarly
presentation, or even just uses the tools, can get a check for $200
from Microsoft. The company extends this offer on the Web page of
the Academic Cooperative , a Microsoft "speakers' bureau" for
computer-science professors. Ethics watchdogs call the program a
baldfaced attempt to turn professors into advertisers. Microsoft
says it's a well-intentioned effort to help faculty members cover
their conference costs, and notes that $200 is not that big a deal,
anyway. But it's a bigger deal for a professor in a public insti-
tution than for a stock-optioned Microsoft employee. "We're so
strapped, we don't look a gift horse in the mouth," says a CS pro-
fessor at U.Mass-Lowell.
Thanks to Jon Callas <jon at worldbenders dot com> for the
How to pronounce http://www
I've long been a fan of pronouncing "www" as "triple-dub," a neo-
logism proposed in one of Wired's first Jargon Watch columns. Sev-
eral other suggestions for verbalizing URLs appeared recently on
the newsgroup alt.religion.kibology, whose chaos is presided over
by James "Kibo" Parry <email@example.com>. The newsgroup sprang
up in the days before the Web out of the conviction that Kibo must
be God. Parry had set up filters on a full Usenet newsfeed and was
known for sending email, posthaste, to anyone who used the word
"Kibo" in any Usenet posting. Kibo's posting is an object lesson
in quoting a discussion thread and running it off a cliff. See why
they think he's God?
>>:>I want to invent a time machine just so I can kill the guy
>>:>who named the letter W and have its named changed to "wee."
>>:You know, I've always been meaning to introduce "wee wee wee"
>>:as a pronunciation of "www", but I've had such little occa-
>>:sion to pronounce an URL aloud.
>>I've gotten a couple of other DJs at the radio station to an-
>>nounce our URL as "hut-up wow", but I haven't heard anyone
>>else say it that way yet.
>My preferred pronounciation is "Hat Tip, Woo Woo" but I can't
>get anyone to use it. Maybe if I actually paid them to do it.
But this skirts the real issue: what's the name of "://"?
I like to call it "lizard lips" because we all know that
sideways lizard faces have diagonal lips. Nowadays most
smileys are too kissable.
:-X <-- DO NOT KISS MY SMILEY
Notice, in the second quoted passage, that the writer appears to
believe that "URL" is pronounced "earl." Must be a newbie. Coming
to you live from hat-top, lizard-lips, triple-dub, tbtf dot com,
I remain, yrs. sincerely, &tc.
[FWIW, I like the idea of using "lizard lips" to mean "http://www." so that
my home page can be reached as "Lizard lips langston dot com" -- catchy, eh?
Wide-spread use of lizard lips might make Dave Yost's campaign to replace
"www" with "web" unnecessary. Of course must browsers supply the lizard lips
for free when you type a URL... A URL... And while we're on the subject of
identifying newbies by their lack of techno-grammar, saying "send an email" is
about as with-it as singing "My baby, she wrote me a mail." Don't get me
started... ... okay, I'm better now. -psl]
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