Journal: News & Comment

Wednesday, July 23, 2003
# 11:55:00 PM:

Fighting the bad

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Let's say you were a B.C. resident interested in buying some outdoor clothing. Go visit the sites for Westbeach and Mountain Equipment Co-op. Which firm would you buy from? The one whose new website is "under construction" and won't be online until August 15, or the one with a vast and useful site that's always available?

Why on earth would anyone take a site offline while they built a new one, and replace it with a Flash-based page where you can't click on anything? There's not even an e-mail address!


Speaking of B.C.-based businesses, ActiveState has a useful field guide to spammers' e-mail tricks.


And while we're discussing tricks, here is some high-voltage advice on how to disable RFID (radio frequency identification) tags, tiny tracking chips that are beginning to be placed in retail packaging, clothing, and other items.


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