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PHP de Luxe (php5 edition) (Chregu Stocker and Hannes Gassert)
PHP für Fortgeschrittene (Harry Fuecks and Sandro Zic)

Update: More pictures from the event in Chregu's gallery


The future of customer service?

The UK broadband provider NTL told their cusomers calling their support call center to fuck off.

Upon calling the support number the following message was played:

"Hello. You are through to NTL customer services. We don't give a f**k about you. We are never here. We just will f**k you about, basically, and we are not going to handle any of your complaints. Just f**k off and leave us alone. Get a life."

Of course it's arguable if this is less polite then torturing a customer with 30 minutes of Muzak to then provide an answer, which is equally helpful, but we still think this is a little rich.

The Register also carries the The Story.


last 2004 etoy.MFO-PARK-EVENTS in zurich

-> last 2004 etoy.MFO-PARK-EVENTS in zurich:

2.10.04: etoy.BYE-BYE-GRILL for our friends!

urgent call! WANTED: space for etoy.TANK /CH


-> 2.10.04: etoy.BYE-BYE-GRILL fuer alle
freunde, freaks und wannabes, die sich noch ein
letztes mal mit der painstation anlegen wollen
oder es bisher verpasst haben die etoy.CREW in
der grandiosen mfo-park-anlage zu besuchen.

diesen samstag ab 18:00 (ende ca. um 11:00)

DJs: etoy.ROCK-DELUXE, etoy.NEWTRON (live from
vienna) and etoy.SILVAN (live from new delhi).

der eintritt ist frei - grillwaren (fleisch/veg)
und drinks fuer 10 sfr (etoy.ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT).

LOCATION: MFO PARK, direkt hinter dem bahnhof
oerlikon (zuege ab zurich HB alle 10 minuten).

kick your own ass - its really a cool location.

host BOOK RELEASE: "PHP de Luxe - php 5 edition"
with contributions from our friends christian
stocker & hannes gassert and "PHP fuer
fortgeschrittene" by h. fuecks / s. zic

PLUS: roaring regexps - a tutorial about regular
expressions by derick rethans, core developer
of PHP, xdebug and much more.


urgent call: etoy sucht eine lagermoeglichkeit
fuer einen etoy.TANK (40 fuss container)
fuer die winterpause 04/05 (ca. 4 monate).

anforderungen: 12m x 2.5m grundflaeche in
zurich / zurich suburb (oerlikon, schlieren,
altstetten etc) zb in werkhof, auf parkplatz,
restparzelle, zwischennutzung fabrikareal...

etoy bezahlt fuer wertvolle tips und hosting
mit etoy.SHARES. contact:


dim forecasts!

economic forecasts look dim if not devastating on the long run! The Coming Generational Storm is a new book by Kotlikoff and Burns about the demographic shifts to come and the economic consequences for the next generation.

Listen to Kotlikoff's lecture and spend some thinking on what YOU can do!



volker & tilman from FUR turned an etoy.TANK-CAMP into a huge PAINTOY.


the art of pain


digitally imported from vienna: etoy.NEWTRON



etoy.NEWTRON in the mix from vienna - sonifying etoy's HOW TO SPEND IT investor relations party.




we invite you to celebrate the
launch of the etoy.ART-COLLECTION
at this season's investor relations

THURSDAY 09-09-2004 6PM TO 11PM.

visit the etoy.TANK-PLANT in the
spectacular MFO park / zurich nord
for a casual etoy.AFTER-WORK-PARTY


cash in on this unique opportunity
to become an etoy.SHAREHOLDER.
...or have an orange etoy.SOUP with
the management, a drink with special
agents, discover new features of the
legendary etoy.TANKS and play the
etoy.PAINSTATION, the first high
value asset in the etoy.ART-COLLECTION.

! fur guys - the masterminds behind
! the painstation - will be present!


MORE INFO: check /
or (MFO webcam!)

kisses from etoy.CORPORATION!


should you not be satisfied with the
event, an etoy.AGENT will perform in
your job on your behalf to compensate
your time loss. etoy.AGENTS qualify
for a broad range of tasks including
social engineering, derivatives
trading, logistics management, sales,
and art production. please contact
investor relations directly:

2004 operations of etoy.CORPORATION are based on strategic alliances with TEC-IT, Debian GNU/Linux, LISTA, la claustra, MIGROS, APPLE COMPUTER, IBM, Pro Helvetia, FUNDACION ALTADIS, Mondriaan Foundation, the Netherlands Architecture Fund, AFK Amsterdams Fund for Art, and the labor and money of 2500 individuals (etoy.SHAREHOLDERS and etoy.AGENTS in Europe, the USA and Asia).


Wanna sign up for a record deal? Think again!

If you are thinking of signing up with a record company you might do well to read an essay by Steve Albini

Some choice quotes to peek your interest:

Whenever I talk to a band who are about to sign with a major label, I always end up thinking of them in a particular context. I imagine a trench, about four feet wide and five feet deep, maybe sixty yards long, filled with runny, decaying shit. I imagine these people, some of them good friends, some of them barely acquaintances, at one end of this trench. I also imagine a faceless industry lackey at the other end holding a fountain pen and a contract waiting to be signed. Nobody can see what's printed on the contract. It's too far away, and besides, the shit stench is making everybody's eyes water. The lackey shouts to everybody that the first one to swim the trench gets to sign the contract. Everybody dives in the trench and they struggle furiously to get to the other end. Two people arrive simultaneously and begin wrestling furiously, clawing each other and dunking each other under the shit. Eventually, one of them capitulates, and there's only one contestant left. He reaches for the pen, but the Lackey says "Actually, I think you need a little more development. Swim again, please. Backstroke". And he does of course.

1-9/9 twisting values since 1994