CipherTrust is tracking the number of zombies (infected PCs used to send spam and fishing mails). In May that added up to 172,009 new zombies a day: 20% in the United States, 15% in China (down from 20% of the 157,000 new zombies a day in April), 26% in the EU, 6% in Germany, 5% in France and 3% in the UK. Good to be the last on the list - but not when you think about relative populations (and the 53% PC usage in the UK). If spam is the tragedy of the commons, zombies are undead goats trekking the muddy ruin of the devastated common into your hall...
I use Trillian for IM because I need to talk to people on AIM, Yahoo, MSN, ICQ and IRC (and I don't want five clients running when I can have one that brings everyone together). What I'd like next is for Trillian to cover Skype IM - let me do the text chat conversations just like all my other text chat conversations and if I want to move to talking out loud, have it launch Skype ready to dial them (and maybe copy across the last few lines of the conversation as it's in the log file). There's a Skype API and a Trillian API: surely they can dance together?
Keep making the phone calls - it's good for the economy. The mobile phone sector now contributes as much to GDP as the total oil and gas extraction industry; in 2003 that was a chatty £22.9bn which is 2.3% of the total UK GDP. Construction tops the list of contributing industries at just under 6%; hotels and restaurants are the next, at 3.4% and then oil and gas, mobiles and food manufacturing are neck and neck - and just a little ahead of dead tree dinosaurs (paper, print and publishing at 2.2%).
The mobile sector employs nearly 200,000 people and the average employee is probably feeling underpaid now they know they generated £120,000 in revenue in 2003. Next time a local council is considering an application for a new mobile mast or the government is hoping to raise money by auctioning off frequencies or planning new regulations mobile phone networks, the mobile industry would like them to remember that it contributes £15 billion a year to government finances. Without that we might need an extra 3p on the cost of income tax - although without your mobile phone bill you might have more money to pay it, of course.