WikiLeaks, Word Challenge, Free MSN Calls

A bit of a mixed bag today.


Free MSN phone calls: Just 6 minutes

According to

All users of the Windows Live Messenger 8.1 Beta from Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Spain, The Netherlands, the United Kingdom or the United States are offered two free calls lasting three minutes maximum to almost any fixed line or mobile number in the world. Just click the little telephone icon in your dashboard and you’re off.

It’s not a lot – I remember a while back Skype gave 20 minutes of free calltime every week for a month. But it’s free! You can get free calls on many broadband packages in the UK now and even on the O2 mobile phone network – more on this later.

Microsoft Word Challenge

I first posted this challenge one year ago and I think it’s pretty interesting so I dig it out of the archive. 

It’s possible to select half of a letter in Microsoft Word. The following image has not been altered:


Leave a note if you’ve worked out how to do it. You can’t do cool things like that in OpenOffice.


WikiLeaks is an interesting project. 

Wikileaks is developing an uncensorable Wikipedia for untraceable mass document leaking and analysis. Our primary interests are oppressive regimes in Asia, the former Soviet bloc, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East, but we also expect to be of assistance to those in the west who wish to reveal unethical behavior in their own governments and corporations. We aim for maximum political impact; this means our interface is identical to Wikipedia and usable by non-technical people. We have received over 2.1 million documents so far from dissident communities and anonymous sources.

We believe that transparency in government activities leads to reduced corruption, better government and stronger democracies. Many governments would benefit from increased scrutiny by the world community, as well as their own people. We believe this scrutiny requires information. Historically that information has been costly – in terms of human life and human rights. Wikileaks will facilitate safety in the ethical leaking movement.

Wikileaks encourages the leak of information. It uses the Tor network to protect users who leak information onto it. It’s powered by the same software as Wikipedia but there is no connection between the two.

The Wikileaks page on Wikipedia has a bit more information on how it works. 

In brief…

  • Youtube is considering launching a linear TV channel. The vice president of Youtube says, "We’ve had a lot of conversations with networks that want us to do shows and companies that want us to do linear YouTube channels. At the moment we’re looking at the options, but we’re in more of a strategy mode right now."
  • Does anyone remember the ITV Digital monkey and Al? Well, he’s back and now he sells tea bags! See the PG Tips advert on Youtube.

One thought on “WikiLeaks, Word Challenge, Free MSN Calls

  1. Not tested, but selecting half a letter should be possible in every editor that allows… selecting text… well. How not to spoil this ^^ 

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