Andrew Sinclair

June 2003

misc

$30 Clicks!

+ (June 23, 2003)

Back in November I reported on my findings that people were paying a whopping $8 for search engine clicks for the term "data recovery". I did a little checking around today and found the most expensive clicks I can comprehend:... more


There was a lot of court activity today, but instead of focusing on these serious US decisions, I’m going to bring your attention to a rather silly decision from the fifty-first state: The United Kingdom apparently has some stronger copyright... more


law

GIF Patent Expired

+ (June 21, 2003)

Explore the rise and fall of the GIF patent. The patent expired yesterday, so we’re all free to create GIF files without paying royalties (Never paid a royalty? Me neither, but the makers of software that creates GIFs probably did.)... more


Apparently I’m a hater for setting up a law school discussion board, fostering a community through participation and promotion, and then being upset when people use my community to promote yahoo groups. I don’t know what part of me wants... more


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Tortfeasor Shirts Profitable

+ (June 19, 2003)

I'm happy to announce that tortfeasor.com is a success. I've sold enough shirts to pay back the site costs and, more importantly, the shirt printing costs. If sales continue at the current rate, there should be more colors and designs... more


DayPop reports that a lot of people are linking to MSN’s information page about their new webcrawler. MSN currently uses Google to produce some of their search results, so this could be seen as the first step in developing their... more


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Law School Discussion Update

+ (June 16, 2003)

I just finished a medium size update of Law School Discussion, but you wouldn’t know it. I moved the whole site over to a new (much less expensive) host. While in the process I decided to rename the directories of... more


technology

Inactive Account Charges

+ (June 14, 2003)

Nick Aster’s PayPal scam spotting reminded me of this: a lot of companies seem to be closing out inactive accounts lately. Half.com emailed me today saying that I hadn’t sold anything in a while and that they’d be closing my... more


technology

Segway Spotted

+ (June 13, 2003)

I spotted someone on a Segway yesterday on Harvard Ave in Brookline. It was like spotting a deer in the wild: I’d seen it before on television, read about it, and find it interesting but not amazing… but I couldn’t... more


Another thing I found interesting about the playing cards spam outbreak was the copyright implications. The original decks were Federal government work, and thus were not protected under copyright law. However, muhahahaha, it turns out that the government used commercial... more


I just read last week’s NYT article about the “Iraq’s Most Wanted” playing cards. Fascinating. GreatUSAFlags.com has apparently sold 1.5 million decks of these cards, and from the tone of the article, it sounds like spam is mostly to blame.... more


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First Day Survived

+ (June 11, 2003)

I survived the first day of my summer job. It was the typical: “there’s the bathroom, here’s your phone, your computer should have been here by now, but it’ll be here soon”, etc. The people are really nice, and the... more


law school

Summer Job Search: Concluded

+ (June 10, 2003)

Tomorrow is the first day of my summer internship. Technically, I’ve been looking for a summer job for over nine months. Of course that’s not all I’ve been doing, there’s always schoolwork, class, exams, the journal, and fun stuff like... more


I took a last minute, one day trip down to New York yesterday to deliver a large order of tortfeasor shirts, and transportation cost me a total of $22. Apparently, competition between rival independent bus companies has brought the price... more


law school

Law School Bible

+ (June 3, 2003)

The law school bible promises to help you become a lawyer even if you’ve been “rejected by every single school”. Look – if you’ve been rejected by every ABA law school, maybe you should start to think about alternative career... more


misc

Best Chair in the World

+ (June 2, 2003)

Another cool discovery at the Mary Baker Eddy library was these really cool stools. These things are a cross between an actual office chair and those spring-loaded horses at the playground. The website markets them as ergonomic and healthy, but... more


I was really impressed by the Mapparium at the Mary Baker Eddy Library last week. It’s one of those things you see in the papers (they recently re-opened it) that you’d probably visit if you were a tourist, but you... more