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ATPM 8.11
November 2002



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About This Particular Web Site

by Paul Fatula,

The Source for All Things .Mac

I’ve got to admit, the thing I find most interesting about this site is its URL. I typed it into my browser fully expecting some sort of error, only to find a page full of information and news for subscribers to .Mac. In addition to news, there are links to homepages and pictures, with viewer ratings, providing a central place from which to show off your Web site.


Just for balance, here’s a page for people who aren’t .Mac users. If like most people (myself included, can ya tell?) you find $50-$100 a little steep for an e-mail address that offers no support to balance out the unscheduled downtime, this is the place to go. You can obtain an e-mail account that offers Web access as well as POP and IMAP servers, and an SMTP server for sending. There’s even a calendar feature, though I’ve not used that. The best part is that it’s free. The next best part is that in the two months I’ve been using it, my address has attracted no spam and experienced less downtime than my (free) address did.

Farscape Cancelled

I expect this falls in the “I’m always the last to know” department, and most of you will either find this old news or irrelevant, but just in case: Farscape, the only show on the SciFi Channel worth watching, has been axed; the channel has decided not to renew the series for a fifth season. In the noble and probably hopeless tradition of the original Star Trek series, fans are fighting to save the show. This site gives the mailing addresses, e-mail addresses, and phone numbers for the network and some of its advertisers. If you like the show, make yourself heard.

No More AOL CDs

Aesthetically, this site is pretty bad. Rather than designing a decent looking page, they put “Join the world’s ugliest petition” up near the top of the page, adding redundancy to injury. So why am I writing about it? Am I just in a mood for bashing? No. Well, OK, maybe. But here’s the idea: AOL CDs are spreading like the flu, just as ubiquitous and just as unwanted. The creators of this page aim (ha!) to collect a million of them and send ’em all back home. Pictures of things to do with unwanted CDs (wall papering, dog food) decorate the site.

Self-Injury Information and Support

On a more serious note, I’ve seen all sorts of statistics about how common self-injuries are: which age groups they most greatly affect, how many people die of them each year, how many people will try it at least once in their lifetimes…but statistics are just that. This site offers help. If you or someone you care about is prone to self-injury, you should visit this page. It offers information about why people do it and how to help yourself or someone you care about get better. There’s a message board and a link to an IRC channel where you can find someone who cares and, just as importantly, doesn’t judge.

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