Daily Archives:May 17th, 2005

Two more cute Tiger features

1. Safari can now save ‘Web Archive’ files. A single file that captures a page with all its images, links etc intact. Useful for anything that you suspect may become premium content in a little while! IE on Windows has had this for a while, of course, but on the Mac, as you save it on disk, it gets indexed by Spotlight…

2. The Mail app can now resize images. This is a great timesaver for me; I’m always creating small versions of my pictures using PhotoShop or ImageWell before dropping them on a mail message. Now, if your message has images in, a menu appears at the bottom of the window allowing you to select the size and telling you how big the resulting message will be. Very handy.

Floored by lottery fraud?

Extract from a nice NYT story by Jennifer Lee:

Powerball lottery officials suspected fraud: how could 110 players in the March 30 drawing get five of the six numbers right? That made them all second-prize winners, and considering the number of tickets sold in the 29 states where the game is played, there should have been only four or five.

But from state after state they kept coming in, the one-in-three-million combination of 22, 28, 32, 33, 39.

It took some time before they had their answer: the players got their numbers inside fortune cookies, and all the cookies came from the same factory in Long Island City, Queens.

Chuck Strutt, executive director of the Multi-State Lottery Association, which runs Powerball, said on Monday that the panic began at 11:30 p.m. March 30 when he got a call from a worried staff member.

The second-place winners were due $100,000 to $500,000 each, depending on how much they had bet, so paying all 110 meant almost $19 million in unexpected payouts, Mr. Strutt said. (The lottery keeps a $25 million reserve for odd situations.)

Of course, it could have been worse. The 110 had picked the wrong sixth number – 40, not 42 – and would have been first-place winners if they did.

Great inventions

In the early 80s, a new device suddenly became an indispensable part of office life and revolutionised corporate communications. And no, I don’t mean the PC.

A wonderful article on the history of the Post-It Note.

Many thanks to David Orange for the link

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