NS Newsletter 015: 31 December 2003

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      n a m e s u p p r e s s e d   n e w s l e t t e r   0 1 5

                         december 31st 2003

[this issue]

      *  happy new year
      *  plaid lite / webscriber updates
      *  get a signed copy of vast's new album
      *  2liar - world's longest website project?
      *  chris hoar's icnlu video
      *  search engine, support pages
      *  graphics and audio news
      *  kenny translator updates
      *  comments & feedback
      *  signing off

[happy new year]

i hope you had a great time over the christmas period with family and
loved ones, and i'd like to wish you a safe & refreshing new year.

although 2003 has been a quiet year for namesuppressed, it has also
been a successful one.  the song of the year awards were a nice
surprise, webscriber attracted some impressive customers, and plaid
lite was far more successful than i ever expected.

i'd like to thank you for your support and for being part of the
namesuppressed experience.  without you, things wouldn't have been
quite the same this year.  i have appreciated all your emails and
encouragement.  here's hoping 2004 brings even brighter and better

okay, end of my sappy feelgood monologue....

[plaid lite, webscriber updates]

namesuppressed has been on a bug squashing campaign in the last few
months, and there's been lots of fixes and improvements:

  plaid lite 1.02
  > now over 40% faster 
  > no more flickering on windows xp systems
  > autodetects paint shop pro 8 and photoimpact directories
  > made from 100% recycled bits & bytes!

  webscriber 1.04
  > new debugging system logs debug info to a file
  > fixed some bugs with handling config.txt files
  > improved checking for invalid email addresses
  > now correctly checks for existence of template files

  webscriber mailform 0.20 (registered users only)
  > only loads webscriber when required
  > lets you allow addresses to a whole domain
  > better checking for valid email addresses
  > fixed checking for maximum number of recipients
  > option to enable/disable sending copies of emails
  > improved security measures

you can download the latest versions from the website, or write to
namesuppressed to ask for the new mailform if you are a registered
user of webscriber:

  plaid lite:    https://namesuppressed.com/design/
  webscriber:    https://namesuppressed.com/products/webscriber/
  mailform:      support@namesuppressed.com

[get a signed copy of vast's new album]

vast has released an advance limited edition of their new album
"nude".  odd title for an underground heavy rock album, but the
tracks are sounding good and the first 2500 copies will be signed
personally by frontman jon crosby... although i hear his signature
looks a lot like an anonymous squiggle.  be quick.

  vast:          http://456.suresource.com/vast_cd.asp

[2liar - world's longest website project?]

2 years might not be the longest time for a website project, but it
sure seems like a long time to us.  the website that namesuppressed
helped designed for uk/us band 2liar is finally online, filled with
plenty of free moody electro acoustic mp3s you can grab.  it's been
described as haunting and beautiful, chill out music, a mix of ambient
& trip-hop with the tiniest drop of punk.  2liar's music is fresh and
unique, even two years later.  go grab some mp3s, they're free!

  2liar:         http://www.2liar.com/

[chris hoar's icnlu video]

though not an official video clip, chris hoar recently used the
namesuppressed track "icnlu" (aka i could never love you) as the
soundtrack to a short film for his multimedia course.  he's been kind
enough to let me offer the film for download.

the clip will only be online for a few days, so if you want to check
it out you'll need to be quick.  the file is under 4mb and requires
the flash player to view it.

  parkland:      https://namesuppressed.com/dl/parkland.swf

[search engine & support pages]

more updates to the namesuppressed website, with the addition of a
site search engine.  the support pages have also been updated with
a list of all of namesuppressed's most frequently asked questions.

try out the search engine and support pages, and if you can't find
what you're looking for please let me know.

  search:        https://www.namesuppressed.com/
  support:       https://www.namesuppressed.com/support/
  contact:       support@namesuppressed.com

[graphics and audio news]

* adobe announced that their future web design products will use the
  opera web browser rendering engine, ensuring standards compliance
  across the windows and macintosh platforms.

* universal music announced plans to slash the price of music cds in
  response to rising music piracy.  suggested retail price will drop
  to $13, down from the usual $17 - $19.

* apple hit the audio big time with the launch of itunes for windows.
  unfortunately it only runs on windows 2000 and xp, now might be a
  good time to upgrade if you're using win9x.  that's what i'm doing.

* apple also announced that in conjunction with pepsi, they will be
  giving away 100 million free songs from feb 1st next year through
  apple itunes, apparently to coincide with the superbowl.

* pearl jam have left sony/epic records and are experimenting with
  indie marketing, including amazon's 'advantage for music' program.

* offspring's new album splinter hit the streets just a few days ago.
  it's very short, only 32 minutes and they seem to have lost their
  edge, sadly.  it comes with exclusive video footage on the cd.

  cheap cds:     http://rss.com.com/2100-1027_3-5071138.html
  adobe / opera: http://www.opera.com/pressreleases/en/2003/09/30/
  itunes:        http://www.apple.com/itunes/
  pearl jam:     http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3737639/

[kenny translator updates]

* the kenny translator celebrated its fifth birthday on the 29th
  of october.  amazing how a joke that started between 3 friends
  in the back row of a computer programming lecture now gets over
  200,000 hits in a month.

* nick müller's website logictools.de has gone offline again, which
  means the mac os x version of the kenny translator is unavailable.
  but don't worry, i've mirrored the file on my own site, so there
  is still a mac os x version available until the site comes back.

* doeke zanstra has written a bookmarklet version of the kenny
  translator.  by adding the code as a bookmark in internet explorer
  you can translate any text on any website into kennyspeak.  the
  bookmarklet also works in mozilla and has some support for opera 7.

  kennify:       https://www.namesuppressed.com/kenny/
  bookmarklet:   http://www.xs4all.nl/~zanstra/logs/jsLog.htm#kennify

[signing off]

things have been quiet musically, but now my electric guitar has been
repaired, i have the "revalver live" virtual amplifier, there's even
rumors of a dedicated namesuppressed studio (!?) so things might be
going to get louder, bolder, and grungier.  all dreams?  probably, but
you never know....

  .world came crashing down today / broken in the most peculiar way.

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