Links for 23 Feb 2006

It’s been a while since I posted links, so here’s an overdose.

Teens at risk on social Web sites (from

On, teenagers can find kindred spirits who share their love of sports, their passion for photography or their crush on a Hollywood star. They can also find out where their online friends live, where they attend school, even what they look like.

And so can adults.

Not appointed, despite selection (by Shailesh Gandhi for India Together)

In all societies, there is a conscious effort to give some advantage to those discriminated against because of their ethnicity or some disability, physical or financial. Even people who do not really subscribe to this view, make an attempt to be politically correct and practise their discrimination without leaving a paper trail of any overt discrimination against the disadvantaged or dispossessed.

My faith in this paradigm took a beating when a blind young man sought my help.

23 real simple steps to making your Internet life much better (Chicago Tribune columnist Eric Zorn explains RSS feeds)

It’s time to take your relationship with the Internet to the next level, and I’m here to tell you how to do it in 23 short, easy steps (see below) with as little jargon as possible. Those who already use “feed” technology should just move on along, as there’s nothing new for you here.

The rest of you, who may have heard of “feeds” but been put off by those geeky letters people throw around when talking about it and felt confused about where and how to start, welcome.

I was like you about a month ago. Then C. Max Magee, a former intern in our dot-com sweatshop, cajoled me into overcoming my reluctance, confusion and dread, and opening a free Bloglines account.

The price of virginity (from the Freaky guys)

An Italian court has found that a man who sexually abused his 14-year-old stepdaughter should receive a lighter sentence because the girl was not a virgin—and, therefore, the damage to her was not as significant as it would have been otherwise.

Was the Y2K threat real, imagined, or invented? (Who else but the Freaky guys?)

My recollection is that programmers were getting paid far above standard wage rates due to the great demand for their services with Y2K. Could it be that there were strong incentives on their part to exaggerate the danger? Sounds logical.

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