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In an IM mode

Instant messaging is gaining in popularity for recreational and business use. But there are so many standards to pick from. Some people are on ICQ, others AIM, some Yahoo and so forth. If you're using Windows or Linux and want to consolidate things a bit, the Jabber client might be right up your street. It puts Yahoo, ICQ, MSN and Jabber's native messaging all in one client. The glaring omission is, of course, AOL's AIM, but running two clients instead of possibly five is a good thing. The site says the software runs with the major operating systems, including the Mac OS, but sadly, the Java browser version wouldn't work with Mac OS X.

New computer tricks

What could be finer than taking the weight off your feet on a $350,000 bench with hardly a cushion in sight? Okay, the figure is a wild exaggeration by today's prices. But if you had created this computer sculpture in 1990, you would have needed to trash 35 Macintosh IIfx computers. Much more fun than the trite Mac aquarium, no?

Got Pibb?

During a recent therapy session, I was reminded how horrible my parents were to me. They fed me, sent me to school, steadfastly refused to beat me and made me drink vile liquids such as Mr. Pibb. Second only to Tab, I think you'll find. Take a sip down memory lane with all that's fit to send you to the dentist.

Head of the tech class

I'm a self-admitted techno weenie, and hanging around at is somewhat troublesome for me. What if my friends catch me? I'll never be able to strut my stuff at another Perl Mongers meeting. I know, I'll call it "research." I was researching this article on the nation's top 100 wired schools, and while I was disappointed not to see any Tampa Bay area schools in the list, a couple of Sarasota ones made it.

Space, the final frontier

Coming from a land where the dentistry is as inspired as the cuisine, it's easy to pick up a rock and hurl it at this glass house. Here you'll find a parade of celebs who can poke a little tongue through their teeth as well as in their cheek. If that wasn't enough, wag Noel Franus has whipped out the photo-editing software and put an opening where none was before. Inspired.

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