Name Marco Von Ballmoos
Member since
Email [hidden]
Home page http://earthli.com/users/marco

The (only) developer at earthli.com.


2516 Articles

20 years Ago

Polls available

Published on in earthli.com

Added the first earthli poll.

DMCA takes over the world

Published on in Technology

A (biased) description of a recent meeting of the Hague Convention on Jurisdiction and
Foreign Judgments, discussing globalizing copyright laws.


Christmas 2000 Photo Album

Published on in earthli.com

Added Christmas 2000 pictures to the photo album.

Suck takes on the music industry

Published on in Public Policy & Politics

A look at what ‘big media’ is trying to get away with these days…

Grizz vs. dur

Published on in earthli.com

Grizz vs. dur quake battle.

Mark III Complete

Published on in earthli.com

Mark III ready for delivery.

Mark II Delivered

Published on in earthli.com

Quake Battle Added

Published on in earthli.com

New Quake battle

New Server

Published on in earthli.com

earthli moves to a dedicated server and gets mail service.

New Logos

Published on in earthli.com

Updated logos for earthli.

SDMI − copyrighted music

Published on in Technology

SDMI is the secure digital music initiative. They issued a challenge last year to any comers to crack their protection. Anyone who agreed to enter the contest was bound to secrecy, though and not allowed to reveal any details of how they cracked it, if indeed they could. Once group from Princeton declined because of this proviso and cracked it anyway. Turns out they can now be prosecuted under the DMCA (Digital Millenium Copyright Act) which purports to disallow reverse-engineering of software... [More]

Quake III Battles added

Published on in earthli.com

Battle statistics added to quake site.

Test Engine Build History

Published on in earthli.com

Logicat Test Engine build history transferred to earthli.

The Golf Game

Published on in Fun

Stevie Wonder and Tiger Woods are in a bar. Woods turns to Wonder and says, “How’s the singing career going?”

Stevie Wonder replies, “Not too bad. How’s the golf?”

Woods replies, “Not too bad, I’ve had some problems with my swing, but I think I’ve got that right now.”

Stevie says, “I always find that when my swing goes wrong, I need to stop playing for a while and not think about it. Then, the next time I play, it seems to be all right.”

Tiger says, “You play golf?”

Wonder says, “Oh, yes,... [More]

Pop or Soda?

Published on in Miscellaneous

Here’s a web site that lets you see who says pop and who says soda. This is only of interest if you have ever left your hometown and you’ve ordered a ‘soda’ only to get soda water.

You can even participate.


Stupid people deserve bags of money

Published on in Miscellaneous

Seanbaby takes on the world while defending Jackass (MTV):


Hainan Island (Bush Daily Journal)

Published on in Fun

This is George Bush’s daily journal as recorded by SatireWire. The note for April 9, 2001 is really nice:


Mark I shipped

Published on in earthli.com

earthli systems offers the Mark I.

Home of the Blame

Published on in Miscellaneous

Another Presidential Joke

Published on in Fun

George Bush was invited to a get acquainted tour of the White House.

After drinking several glasses of iced tea, he asked Bill Clinton if he could use his personal bathroom. He was astonished to see that the
President had a solid gold urinal.

That afternoon, George told his wife, Laura, about the urinal. “Just think,” he said,“ when I am President, I’ll get to have a gold urinal!”

Later, when Laura had lunch with Hillary at her tour of the White House, she told  Hillary how impressed Dubya... [More]

More kids kill themselves than other kids

Published on in Public Policy & Politics

This is an interesting article focussing child suicide rates and why they are ignored in favor of reporting child murder rates.

Another pick-me-up article:


New Look

Published on in earthli.com

A new look for earthli.


Published on in Miscellaneous

The growing trend of speaking like the president.

Badass Hacker

Published on in Technology

This guy forged identities of most of the richest people on the Forbes 400. He almost got away with it too…

read on…


More on Windows XP Product Activation

Published on in Technology

Apparently, the Beta testers are somewhat upset about it already. There’s a good alternative suggestion culled from the newsgroups, and an all-too-real and all-too-expected reason why it probably won’t get done.


Survivor − Texas Style

Published on in Fun

A major network is planning the show “Survivor 2” this winter. In response, Texas is planning “Survivor, Texas Style”.

The contestants will start in Dallas, travel through Waco, Austin, San Antonio, down to Houston and Brownsville. They will proceed up to Del Rio, on to El Paso, then to Midland/Odessa, up to Lubbock and Amarillo.

From there, they proceed to Abilene, and on to Ft. Worth and back to Dallas.

Each will be driving a pink Volvo, with a bumper sticker that reads:

“I’m gay, I... [More]

The uni-screw (not a joke)

Published on in Miscellaneous

This is an interesting one on the manufacturing of a new type of screw head.