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Web Worker Daily Et Al

Web Worker Daily remains a source of great content, but I hate their new design enough that I’m not sure I can call it my favorite anymore. Not only does it not fit the name neatly as the old design did, but as is so common, the featured content panel across the top feels like an obstruction getting in the way of my perusal of the posts.

I got over the redesign of Ars Technica that I disliked almost as much, but in their case the content has also slipped a bit since.

I also like to check out The Register, which for me predates almost everything I read online, and ZDNet Tech Blogs daily. Once in a while I also peruse ITtoolbox Blogs. Everything else is on a no more than once a week basis.

Come to the Middleboro Craft Fair

You would never know it by the Middleboro PTA’s current online calendar, but there will be a craft fair this Saturday, December 1st, at the Burkland School cafeteria. The school is on Mayflower Avenue, which is right off the main drag of route 105, near the lights at route 28. SouthCoastToday.com actually does have mention of it buried here:

HOLLY DAYS CRAFT FAIR: Sponsored by the Middleboro Elementary P.T.A., 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Burkland School cafeteria. Proceeds from the fair and sales of the ornaments made by the children will be used to purchase books for the elementary schools libraries.

Deb will be in it, so if you’re local enough, you should go buy stuff from her there. Heck, you might see stuff you like at one of the other tables too. The proceeds they mention above are the table fees. We’d love to make back the table fee (which is an amusing term given that you have to supply your own table), though that shouldn’t be that hard.

If you’re not local, now is the time for Christmas shopping online. Deb has created the coolest snowmen to put in the shop, including so far Kris K. Snowperson and Monica Snowperson, with more to come. Including Jeremy Snowperson, who came to life while I was typing this post.

Bookmarks make great little gifts. So do her popular coasters. There are also dishcloths and towels, facecloths, creatures and aliens in addition to the snowpeople, coin purses and card wallets, and you can make a gift card extra special by using a gift card cozy (holder).

Deb has made a pile of awesome stuff you won’t see in the online shop unless it doesn’t sell in the fair, after which it will filter onto the site. Some of what is currently in the shop may be available at the fair.

It’s worth remembering that Deb does custom orders or variants on existing products. For instance, this tic-tac-toe game was inspired by the original. This drawstring pouch was inspired by this blue drawstring pouch and this small rainbow drawstring pouch. This custom set of eight coasters was inspired by other coasters done in sets of four. I know I’m showing you a lot of sold items, but they are great examples of what is possible.

So if you are in the area Saturday, come on by the fair and see some of Deb’s cool stuff in person, but otherwise check it out online.

Crossposted from Blogblivion.

Carnival of Computing

Andrew Hughes, who hosted the May 16, 2005 CotC, has proposed a new carnival:

Carnival of Computing

This strikes me as an excellent idea.

The idea is still fluid, though as his post says, he’d like to have the first one as soon as possible. Some possible topic areas include:

Software Design/Reviews
Hardware Design/Reviews
Open Source Commentary
Industry related Business
Etc.

Send your entries to andrewhughes.1 -at- gmail -dot- com.

http://anyletter.blogspot.com/2005/09/lets-have-carnival.html

Imposter

It seems there is someone selling computers and parts on eBay under the name of “Xtreme Computing and Parts.” They’ve been doing so since 2004, and have an impressive number of positive ratings from buyers.

They should not be confused with us, XTreme Computing, operating under the name since 1996, with an online presence since 1997.

Apparently this has been the source of calls recently, regarding computers people think they purchased from us. The seller in question has no means of contact via their eBay store other than a contact form. Presumably when they make a sale, the buyer at least gets an e-mail address.

However, it makes sense that people assume this is a business they can find more complete contact info for by searching online. That turns us up instead, as apparently the people using a variant of our name have no presence outside of eBay. Doh.

Odd, too, that this has only come up recently. They’ve been around long enough that if people were calling about not receiving a computer, or with questions, or wanting support, it should have happened sooner.

It’s also possible the problem is not “Xtreme Computing and Parts,” but I am making a logical extrapolation.