Extended warranties come to downloadable software

You know those extended warranties that they always try to sell you at electronics (and other) stores? Remarkably, the concept has just been applied to downloadable software!

What Is eDS?

eSellerate Download Service (eDS) is an extended download service that you can purchase to protect all downloadable software in your order. With eDS, you will be able to re-download exact copies of the software you purchased, for a period of 1 (one) year after the date of purchase.

It looks like they charge 5% for this service. Wow. Isn’t it a better idea to just have backups?

April Fools 2008 on the Web

Gruber wants to be a spoil sport by linking to Your April Fools Day Joke Continues to Suck. While I admit that the old “I changed my stylesheet to someone else’s” joke isn’t that funny any more, I do enjoy the bit of weird stuff that shows up on April 1. Maybe it’s not laugh out loud funny, but it brings a smile to my face, and I’m sure it does the same for others. So, I say bring it on!

The best joke I’ve seen so far is from Tim Ferriss, author of “The 4-Hour Workweek”. If you’re not familiar with Tim or his book, you probably won’t get the joke. If you are familiar with Tim and “personal outsourcing”, you should check out: The Grand Illusion: The Real Tim Ferriss Speaks

The funniest one that I’ve seen so far is that uk.youtube.com is rickrolling people with all of the Featured Videos.

The annual Google main joke was Virgle, a joint venture between Virgin and Google to colonize Mars. Nice graphics. Not absurd enough to be hysterically funny, but good for a little entertainment.

A better joke from Google comes from Google Australia: gDay MATE technology that lets you search 1 day into the future.

Google Calendar has a Wake Up Kit, but even better… they’ve added an “I’m Feeling Lucky” but to the appointment scheduling dialog. Click it, and you schedule a date with a celebrity!

Also better than the main joke: Gmail Custom Time (choose the time that the message should have been sent). Hmm… search in the future, mail in the past. Cool!

ThinkGeek has the awesome Betamax to HD-DVD Converter among other April 1 products.

Google is credited with releasing GWT for JavaScript 2, which uses the existing GWT widgets and compiles JavaScript 2 to cross-browser JavaScript. This is actually not so far fetched (Olav Junker Kjær has written a JavaScript 2->traditional JS translator), but such a thing is also not likely to get much traction.

Not an April Fools joke, but amazing nonetheless, a BBC commercial about flying migratory penguins with footage that looks straight out of Planet Earth.

April Fools Day Roundup

April Fools Day on the web is a time for celebration of new products and new news. Here’s a roundup (that I’ll update from time to time) of the ones I like from today:

Google’s TiSP gives you free internet access via fiber optic cable that is run through your sewage lines. Google’s Gmail service now offers Gmail Paper, where you can have your mail printed out and delivered to you. Gee, thanks, Google!

Who doesn’t remember gliding down in a Stunt Monkey Baby Chute when they were a kid?

One of Woot‘s biggest sellers is their Random Crap item. Today, they had a deal going for one lucky buyer: get three craps in a single bag for just $1,000,001 (plus shipping).

Thinkgeek has trotted out a collection of new products. The WiiHelm for hands free Wii control. The 8-Bit Tie should be a real product. Caffeinated cigarettes. Lonely guy photo frame that inserts you into vacations you wish you had. The Vilcus Plug Dactyloadapter provides an easy (likely one time use) way to see if your electrical outlet is working. They also have an alarm clock that donates to organizations you don’t like while you sleep.

You don’t have to be a World of Warcraft player to appreciate a good Tinfoil Hat.

It turns out that the window transparency features that we’ve come to know and love can actually be a security hazard.

TattooYourToddler sounds oddly realistic.

Python Web Frameworks on the Small Screen

In the madness before EuroPython, Mickey Hadick sent me a copy of his first episode of “All Others Pay Cash”. You can check out a trailer for it on Mickey’s videos page. I finally got around to watching the video this weekend. This episode, “Death By Chocolate”, is funny and worth a watch… for those of us doing Python web stuff, it’s notable for being, by my guess, the only sitcom to mention half a dozen Python web frameworks and even slide in a plug for Fuzzyman. While the chocolate is definitely the key to the episode, it’s fun being a part of a “crazed, desperate internet idea” subplot.

Update: Mick is working on getting the video into a film festival, so it’s not available in its entirety online right now. Wish him luck! As soon as he’s able, I’m sure he’ll make the video available and I’ll post a message here when that happens.