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Stuff by Paul Graham.

"Companies that sell stuff have spent huge sums training us to think stuff is still valuable.  But it would be closer to the truth to treat stuff as worthless."

This is so good. We've got fully half of our possessions in storage (readying for a move) and it's been there for almost 2 months. I haven't missed a single thing. I don't even know what's in there. Maybe I'll just haul it all to Goodwill instead into the new house.

Google changes how it digests robots.txt files

An improvement really.

It'll now properly read relative url designations. (e.g. /archives).

And there's a new directive
"sitemap: http://www.example.com/sitemap.xml"

So you can tell Google where to find your sitemap. That's nice.

Also - news of a new meta tag where you can tell Googlebot to ignore a page after a certain date and time.

Link: Official Google Webmaster Central Blog: New robots.txt feature and REP Meta Tags.

Cloudmark crashes Outlook around the world

Yesterday afternoon it looks like Cloudmark pushed a patch down that crashed scads of users on Outlook. However, because it crashed Outlook proper, unless you're clever, you'd never know it was Cloudmark's fault. Around the world calls were made to Microsoft, curse words were uttered, Outlook files were needlessly discarded, deleted, renamed. Un-installation and re-installations were made. Turns out that Cloudmark is the culprit.

I'm a huge fan of Cloudmark. Huge. But someone in QA needs to pack up their stuff and go home. This is a monstrous screw up.

To fix it (from the forum link above):

Uninstall Cloudmark

Rename the folder c:\documents and settings\yourusername\Local Settings\Application Data\Cloudmark


c:\documents and settings\yourusername\Local Settings\Application Data\Cloudmark.bad.

Reinstall Cloudmark