Monday, October 31, 2005

New iPods drive QuickTime Pro, AppleCare sales

Apple's new iPod lineup is helping to generate additional revenues through sales of QuickTime Pro and AppleCare extended warranties, according to the company's online store.
  • $29.99 QuickTime Pro licenses for Mac OS X and Windows were the third and fourth most popular items on the Apple online store "Top Sellers" list on Monday afternoon.

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Technology for the year 2005

The end of 2005 is near, and now that most of the big technology products are out for the holidays, (except for the Xbox 360), it's time to look back at the technology that has emerged in 2005.
  1. Podcasting and Blogs
  2. Google Maps and Google Earth
  3. digg.com
  4. Mac OS X: Tiger
  5. The iPod nano/iPod (5th generation)

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Mac OS X 10.4.3 Released

The 10.4.3 Update delivers overall improved reliability and compatibility for Mac OS X v10.4 and is recommended for all users. It includes fixes for: AFP, SMB/CIFS, NFS and FTP network file services, AirPort and Bluetooth wireless access, Core Graphics, Core Audio, Core Image.....

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Google: 'More video to watch!'

"You may have seen this funny bit on Google Video, or this one. But hey, we're not only about funny. We've just added a ton more work from sources you might already know, including the list below. (To join this prestigious roster, add your own video through our Upload Program.)"

Update to an earlier post

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Pluto found to have two more moons

Two small moons have been discovered orbiting Pluto, bringing the planet's retinue of known satellites to three and leaving scientists to wonder how it could be.

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CustomizeGoogle

CustomizeGoogle is a Firefox extension that enhance Google search results by adding extra information (like links to Yahoo, Ask Jeeves, MSN etc) and removing unwanted information (like ads and spam).

Features:

  • Use Google Suggest (suggest words while you're typing)
  • Add links to competitors
  • Rewrite links to point straight to the images in Google Images
  • Removes image copying restrictions in Google Print
  • Anonymize your Google userid
  • Remove click tracking

Plus it comes in different languages.

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ZipCode + Google Maps = CarLocator

Fast and convenient way of finding the right car using Google Maps.

CarLocator

$14 Steadycam

Why build a cheap steadycam?

Steadycams (or camera stabilizers) are attachments used to capture smooth looking video even when the camera and camera operator are in motion. The camera operator may walk (or even jog), move through tight hallways and doorways, and even climb up and down stairs without shaking the camera. Unfortunately, professional steadycams cost around $1500. Even the cheap 3rd party ones cost $600+. Not exactly a bargain considering many of us use cameras in that price range. So, I decided to make my own version. It turns out, it only costs $14.

An awesome guide to a steady cam, and guess what!! If you don't have the resources to make a steady cam you can place an order through his web-site.

del.icio.us front page displays

How del.icio.us can be used in an effective maner.

Helio's First Phone Announced

VK Mobile today announced it will be shipping Helio's first phone for a US launch. The VK Mobile 650c is a stylish spinner EV-DO phone based on the 600c, which is launching in Korea now.

Click here to view the image, and read more on this.

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Greynets Galore Invade AOL IM & Pack a Spyware Punch

It's a worm, it's crude social engineering, it's a rootkit and it packs a heavy adware payload-. If you get this on your system you might turn have to turn to Old Milwaukee Beer to alleviate the pain. Truly this is contextual marketing at its most creative and most disgusting.

So rootkits aren't new, nor are worms, but rootkits flying around IM land are new. To make matters worse this particular work of art packed a nice load of adware/spyware. Perhaps if you were bored with the worm you could take a break and play some games with Zango.

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WOW!! I just played games on an XBOX 360

Okay, so... When Microsoft says the XBOX 360 is a whole new level of gaming machine, they're serious.

I just played a couple shooters on a XBOX 360 game console and that's it, I'm sold. The graphics are GREAT. The visuals make the gameplay amazing, and it's clear the processing and video power is extreme. Add to that the Media Center connections and, well... Wow.

If you want to get your hands on one, go to the Best Buy in Beaverton, Oregon on Cedar Hills Blvd. Apparently, at least according to the sales guy there, that store is the second one to get a working display setup (the first one was a WalMart in California, he said).

All I can say, Sweeeeet!!!!

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Managing Murphy's Law on Mars

A NASA report lays out the risks of exploring Mars and considers how to mitigate them.

The spacecraft door has just clanged shut behind you, locking you and your fellow astronauts into the small cabin that will be your home for the next half-year's journey through interplanetary space--at the end of which you personally will be the first human to set foot on Mars.

As the countdown echoes in your ears and as you feel the boosters rumbling beneath you, you wonder ... Are we ready?

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How this Geek got engaged

Dave Garr, one of PalmSource's early bloggers, got engaged last week in a very unique way.
One of the cool things about his engagement is that he uses Google Maps to show all the stops he and Elizabeth took on their way to court. What a Geeky way to get engaged. Nice!!!

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Website emulating DOS

AJAX website looks and works like DOS. You type commands to 'browse' the site. Pretty cool.

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IPod Smashing Video a "Scam"

Wired reports that this is a scam,

"Yegor Simpson, the 19-year-old student behind SmashMyiPod.com, has finally posted video of his iPod smashing -- but it's not worth watching. About 10 minutes long, the first nine minutes is the deadly-dull documentation of Yegor buying the iPod at an Apple store."

Over at TUAW, there was a similar note of suspicion: "The guy had a destroyed 4G, got the $400, and got a new 5G," wrote one commentator. "

He smashed up the 4G good and is laughing all the way to the Apple store with a new iPod."

Scam.com says it was an "obvious scam."

Simpson didn't respond to a request for comment. But in the video, you can see him buying a new iPod for yourself.

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An Easy Sales System or Mark of the Beast?

Katherine Albrecht and Liz McIntyre waste no time informing readers about who the bad guys are in "Spychips."Their book, which briefly cracked Amazon.com's best-seller list for nonfiction when it was published a month ago, is subtitled "How Major Corporations and Government Plan to Track Your Every Move With RFID."
  • Radio frequency identification, or RFID, is used mainly to track goods and is employed in payment systems like E-ZPass toll tags for cars, although some have been implanted into humans. The "Spychips" authors suggest that a real spiritual threat is presaged in those implants: RFID may evolve into the "mark of the beast" referred to in the Book of Revelation.

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43 Folders has started Podcasts

43 Folders a blog on increasing productivity, time management has a podcast. The creator Merlin Mann is funny, and has some noteworthy topics.

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Google Print -- great debate on Farber's list

On Dave Farber's Interesting People list, a gang of luminaries like EFF's Cindy Cohn, Julian Dibell, Seth Finkelstein and Tim himself have been hashing out the debate over Google Print this weekend.
  • So what are the Authors Guild and the publishers complaining about? They're complaining that Google hasn't offered to share the profits that might accrue thanks to ads Google may someday display, or that are attributable to the marginal increase in general Google traffic.

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In the Spirit of Halloween.

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Harddisk Image Cloning for PCs

g4u ("ghost for unix") is a NetBSD-based bootfloppy/CD-ROM that allows easy cloning of PC harddisks to deploy a common setup on a number of PCs using FTP. The floppy/CD offers two functions. The first is to upload the compressed image of a local harddisk to a FTP server, the other is to restore that image via FTP, uncompress it and write it back to disk.

A few screenshots:

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Order plain coffee you will be out of Starbucks in no time...

Thats always the case, the fancier your coffee is the more time it takes to make it.

"His secret? He ordered coffee. Just plain coffee. Not mochas not latte, not frappuccino.
He paid, they poured, he left."

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Work continues on future Manhattan Apple Store

According to Appleinsider, work is progressing on what will be Apple's new store in Manhattan. Apple has commandeered the General Motors Building at Fifth Avenue, between 57th and 58th in Manhattan, which will presumably be topped with this massive, 32-foot glass cube. If all goes well, the store should be open in time for this year's holiday shopping season, and will blow away all of the other American locations.

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Paperless thinking

Eric Mack talks about thinking through ideas with MindManager--paperlessly.

I wish Tablet PCs were even more paper like--especially thinner. I'd really like to be able to scribble on and shuffle around 10 Tablets while I think through a problem.

Infinite sized digital paper with a sprinkling of windowed or hierarchical views is OK, but I like segmented content that I can move around physically.

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To Battle the Telephone Giants, Small Internet Providers Choose Wi-Fi as a Weapon

By MATT RICHTEL and KEN BELSON write, "With cable providers and the Bell telephone companies dominating the market for residential high-speed Internet service, smaller Internet access providers are desperately trying to find a new way to connect with consumers. They say they may have found it in wireless technology that avoids the need to build expensive underground networks."

The most prominent example is EarthLink, once a leader in dial-up Internet service. The company made a big leap into the wireless market this month when it won the right from Philadelphia to provide inexpensive Wi-Fi Internet connections citywide. Last week, the company also won an exclusive franchise to build a wireless network for the city of Anaheim, Calif.

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The Google Map hunt game

Game using Google Maps

"This classic adventure into the 21st century by merging the game play with Google maps technology*. In the web-based Brewster Jennings Protects America game you race around the globe as a government agent trying to stop a deadly terror attack from taking place...."

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20 Things About Photoshop You Have to Know

Photoshop is, undeniably, one of the greatest software applications around. It has been around in one version or another for the last thirteen years, which is longer than I’ve known what CPU stands for.

Highlights -
  • Layer Sets
  • The Slice Tool
  • Image Maps
  • Web Photo Gallery
  • Paste Into
  • Perspective Function
  • Plugins
  • Styles

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Make a photo gift CD using Picasa

Recently-married Google employee Beth Campbell sent out thank you CDs of photos guests took at her wedding using Google’s photo management software, Picasa.

A quick and easy way to create gift CD's.

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Happy Halloween!

A pumpkin computer! Something to celebrate Halloween.

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Google And Yahoo Logo Creator

If you ever wanted to have your own logo at Google or Yahoo, now you can at GoogleFor.com and YahooFor.com.

The logo will stay even on search results for the Google search variant (it will disappear in the Yahoo search).

Also see the older LoGoogle.com – here, the logo will disappear in the results though.

via, Google Blogoscoped

Apple sells over 1M videos in less than 20 days

Apple today announced that iTunes Music Store customers have purchased and downloaded more than one million videos since they debuted on October 12.

In a statement released today, the iPod maker said top downloads included music videos from Michael Jackson, Fatboy Slim and Kanye West; Pixar's "For the Birds" and "Boundin'"; and episodes of ABC's hit TV shows "Lost" and "Desperate Housewives."

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Windows Vista: Death to Menus?

A user's experience with the New "Vista".

For three months now, I've been cheerfully doing something that virtually nobody, including Microsoft, thinks is a good idea: using beta versions of Windows Vista to do actual work on my primary office PC. Which means that I've already logged hundreds of hours with the new OS.

Up until now, I haven't had much to say about the experience--for the simple reason that much of that time has been spent battling bugs and other quirks. Bugs and quirks are what you expect from very early versions of a product that's still a year or so from release, so a detailed report on them would be pretty dull.

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The RIM Blackberry 8700c from Cingular at $299.00?

Research In Motion could be set to unveil the latest version of its BlackBerry device as early as next week.



The BlackBerry 8700, codenamed Electron, is expected be introduced first by Cingular Wireless. The company is rumored to have booked the Tribute event hall in New York City Tuesday evening for a launch party.

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Defend yourself against the coming robot rebellion

A new book by a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute is poised to make waves behind the cloistered doors of the school's famed robotics labs, and its rights have already been optioned for a Hollywood film.
  • It is not a sexy roman a clef or an investigative look at the school's ties to the U.S. Defense Department, but rather a humorous guidebook for battling a robot takeover of Earth.

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Bill Gates throws 250 Million at Malaria

After already donating a cumulative 250 million USD over the last six years, Bill and Melinda Gates today donated a single lump sum of 258.3 Million USD to continue the search for better treatment methods for Malaria, and major killer in developing countries.

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Ken feels Blogniscient isn't getting a fair shake

Ken Yarmosh feels that Blogniscient isn't getting a fair shake. — Ken, the thing is I've been using Memeorandum ever since early summer. Blogniscient just got on my radar screen in the past month. It takes time to get a fair shake.

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Could the PS3 really be delayed until 2007?

Yesterday, we reported that the BBC believed that the PS3 wouldn't be launching until late 2007. They didn't cite their sources, but the skeptic in us figgers the Beeb fell for Microsoft marketing hype.

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Google Weighs on Madison Avenue

Ad companies are increasingly jittery about signs that Google is contemplating expanding its online ad-placement business into traditional media. Such a move could threaten Madison Avenue's increasingly important media-buying operations.

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SUNDAY READING

  • This piece in the NYT was clearly written with Google's open approval, and that means one thing: Google is using the Times to talk with the folks on Madison Ave - and Wall St. And I have no doubt those folks are reading - closely.

Sunday, October 30, 2005

Meet the Life Hackers

How many times do you get distracted at work!!!

"Gloria Mark was hired as a professor at the University of California at Irvine. Until then, she was working as a researcher, living a life of comparative peace. She would spend her days in her lab, enjoying the sense of serene focus that comes from immersing yourself for hours at a time in a single project. But when her faculty job began, that all ended."

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A year ago today

Take a step back in time and see the most interesting photos from October 30, 2004.

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OPML Validator Beta

It's great to see that Dave Winer is working on an OPML Validator - this is a big help to aggregator developers who wish to ensure OPML import/export compatibility with each other.

I also tested FeedDemon's OPML import with the OPML exported by a wide array of other aggregators, and here are the most common problems I've found (some of which FeedDemon is also guilty of):

  • Using the title rather than text attribute for folder nodes (see first observation below)
  • Failing to include a section
  • Unescaped ampersands (& instead of &) in the text or title attributes
  • Failing to include type="rss" on subscription list nodes

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Let's talk! The computer can translate

Mr. Jou, a graduate student in language technologies at Carnegie Mellon University, was simply mouthing words in his native Mandarin Chinese. But 11 electrodes attached to his face and neck detected his muscle movements, enabling a computer program to figure out what he was trying to say and then translate his Mandarin into English.

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The Extra-Large, Ultra-Small Medium

ON Monday morning, news networks were breathlessly covering two entirely different hurricanes. The first blew off the screen in all its fury, droplets speeding by, stop signs spinning, palm fronds flying and strands of soaked hair clinging to correspondents' foreheads.

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Control Freaks: Modding and the Clash with Law

Modding is childish and eccentric and deeply serious. People are investing major chunks of disposable income and (astonishingly, in a flat-out work-obsessed society where no one has time) untold hours in modding.

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GPS PRO Dog collar with SMS

We've seen a whole lot of crap that people can hang on their dogs, but rarely do we see a genuinely useful product like the GPS PRO Dog collar from Environmental Studies that helps your pet without humiliating her. Simply strap the collar around your beloved's neck …

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Google School: Currency Conversion

Google makes it easy to calculate money conversions from one form of currency to another. For example, you can google for $5 in yen to discover that five dollars is worth about 600 yen.

via, Lifehacker

Daniel Brandt Article is back up

The Wikipedia article on Google-watcher Daniel Brandt – it got deleted, as reported – is now back up. Daniel in this article has a section which calls Google Blogoscoped as a “Google-lapdog blogger”.

I will let you read the rest, Link

Strictly for programmers, developers, IT, and other nerds...

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Redmond Retires Exchange 5.5 by Year's End

Yup, it's finally happening. They are retiring V5.5--along with support for the product--at the end of this year. And they want you to upgrade to E2003.

According to Redmond, the number of E5.5 users dropped by roughly 40% over the past 12 months, which shows that customers have been upgrading, knowing about V5.5's phase-out.

They also reminded customers that E2000 will be moved out of their mainstream tech support and into extended support, end of this year. Once it does, you have to pay for support and non-security-related hotfixes. Ouch. They are serious about it.

They plan to release the next version of Exchange (code-named Exchange 12) to manufacturing late in 2006 or early in 2007.

Big Brother Is REALLY Watching...

A research team led by the Electronic Frontier Foundation recently broke the code behind tiny tracking dots that some color laser printers secretly hide in every document. The U.S. Secret Service admitted that the tracking information is part of a deal struck with selected color laser printer manufacturers, ostensibly to identify counterfeiters.

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Make Firefox Look Like Internet Explorer

Yes, it's true. There are some people that prefer the look of Internet Explorer to the way Firefox looks (though I've never met one). And, yes, there are other explanations on how to accomplish this.

So, I've created this simple How To guide that shows you just what needs to be done to get Firefox looking just like IE. I even have a downloadable pre-built profile that works with Portable Firefox to do it.

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Build a $500 gaming machine

The $500 gaming rig

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Popular del.icio.us MP3's

From Baby Got Back to The Gold Digger, some of the popular mp3's from this website.

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>>Operating Systems Guides

NSA has developed and distributed configuration guidance for operating systems. These guides are currently being used throughout the government and by numerous entities as a security baseline their systems.

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From Your Living Room to the World, via Podcast
  • WHEN Kim Maffin learned that she had multiple sclerosis about a year ago, she decided to use a new technology to reach out to others coping with the disease.

I know very little about Google or Googlebase (but I’m writing this anyway)

  • A tidal wave of speculation washes over the internet every time Google releases, comes close to releasing, or accidentally exposes, a project.

Google Wants to Dominate Madison Avenue, Too

  • IN many ways, Larry Page and Sergey Brin seem an unlikely pair to lead an advertising revolution.

Looks Like Someone Got An Xbox 360 Early

  • This thread started by someone has pictures of Xbox 360 in their living.

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Forbes: Attack of the Blogs?

Some good advice to company's, bloggers and the rest.

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Imagination Cubed

Collaborate, draw, and make your imagination stand out, this is what GE did.

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Google Discovers Appeasement Doesn't Work
  • Google announced that, due to various complaints, they were going to stop scanning books from various libraries to try to come up with a way to make authors and publishers feel more comfortable with the project.

Wired threatens to sue blog over “WiredPod” blog name

  • In yet another case of big business losing the plot, Advance Magazine Publishers, the folks behind Wired Magazine, have sent a cease and desist letter.......

Live Weather on Google Maps

  • Weather Bonk lets you view real time weather information on Google Maps. Information available includes, weather status, temperature, radar overlays and live webcams!

Friday, October 28, 2005

'WiFi before you fly'

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport this week debuted a wireless Internet system throughout all its terminals, outflanking Boston Logan and other major U.S. airports by providing WiFi for travelers from the curb of the cabstand to the tarmac near the departing aircraft.

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Nokia 6282 (will work with Cingular UMTS!) Unveiled

The Nokia 6282 (RM-79) is a GSM/WCDMA Dualmode multimedia device supporting EDGE/GSM 900/1800/1900 & WCDMA 1900. It has a QVGA (320x240) 2,2” 262k colour display, 2Mpix camera, Bluetooth 2.0 +EDR, IR and USB for connectivity.

The picture on top is of the Nokia 6280, but given the similarity and the fact that both are being qualified at the same time, it's likely that the phones are extremely similar.

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Web-based Microsoft Office?

According to ZDNet, Microsoft plans to make Office 13 completely web-based.
  • Microsoft is leaping into hosted applications big time. InformationWeek reports that Microsoft plans to offer hosted implementations of SharePoint, CRM and ERP applications. But the best quote in that article was left till last. A "Microsoft insider" was asked which other products and services Microsoft would host and the reply was: "Everything. Hosted Office. Everything hosted."

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Lost in Translation

What happens when an English phrase is translated (by computer) back and forth between 5 different languages? The resulting half-English, half-foreign, and totally non sequitur response bears almost no resemblance to the original. Remember the old game of "Telephone"? Something is lost, and sometimes something is gained. Try it for yourself!

Enter English Text and "Babelize" it: Link

Cartoon giant launches FREE video podcast

Frederator Studios, the folks originally behind many hit Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network shows, is announcing its latest project: Channel Frederator, the World’s Original Cartoon Podcast. Free cartoons on your iPod each week.

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Nvidia 7800 GT and Power Mac G5 Quad in final testing

Apple's new high-end Power Mac G5 Quad and NVIDIA's GeForce 7800 GT graphics card are both in the final testing stages at Apple and could begin shipping in the second hal...

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Microsoft Fiscal 2006 Q1 Results

This afternoon, Microsoft announced results for its fiscal 2006 first quarter results.

Microsoft reported quarterly revenues of $9.74 billion, up 6 percent from $9.19 billion a year earlier. Operating income rose 16 percent year over year to $4.05 billion and net income was $3.14 billion, or 29 cents a share. Sequential comparison: In the fiscal fourth quarter, revenue was $10.16 billion, with operating income of $2.99 billion and net income of $2.56 billion, or 23 cents a share.

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Cell phones coming to a vending machine near you!!

Vodafone introduces first mobile-vending machines in U.K

Today Vodafone UK unveiled two new pay-as-you-go cellphone mobile phone vending machines in Manchester. These “Quickphone” kiosks are just the beginning of what Vodafone hopes to become a vending empire across all of Britain, and.......

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AOL hit by IM virus

AOL’s instant messaging service has been hit by a virus which downloads spyware onto computers via a special website.
  • The virus spreads via messages on AOL’s AIM software, either saying HILARIOUS!!! Or see thing!!!, with a URL.
  • Clicking on the link takes the user to a web page that attempts to download a Trojan onto the computer using patchable flaws in the browser.

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PSP Video 9

PSP Video 9 is a free PSP video conversion and management application. It can convert regular PC video files (avi, mpeg, etc) into PSP video files, as well as manage/copy these PSP video files between your PC and PSP.

When combined with another application, Videora + PSP Video 9 form the first PSPcasting solution, allowing you to download, convert and copy video to your PSP, automatically using BitTorrent and RSS technology.

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Digg receives Venture Capital

Digg an online startup has received some money from venture capitalists.

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How to speed up Open Office

Both changes involve going into the Tools and then options management sections.
  • In the memory dialogue box, increase graphics cache to 64MB and memory per object to 8MB.
  • It will take Open Office a few openings before this helps.
  • The other is to go to Java options and disable them. Apparently in the time it takes Open Office to open Java you can go read the online newspaper on your thin and light and return to your desktop.

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Why do people switch to Linux?

  1. Price - I got a 1 GHz Duron PC from Walmart for $300in 2002.
  2. All the cool software - User mode linux, Reiserfs,although NetBSD is pretty posix-compliant.
  3. I like Linux because it's unix, it's cheap and for a scientist it's a pleasure to use on the desktop.
  4. I first touched a computer when I was 6 (and that was 23 years ago, when the PC 1512 was still a new thing!).
  5. The challenge to try and alternative (and sticking with it)...had enough off computers troubles (but hey let's try that Red Hat Linux CD out of curiosity)...forced up by a Linux enthusiast.
  6. I was not unhappy with Microsoft or Windows, but I was motivated to learn more about Unix...When the first betas of KDE came out, I installed it. From that point, I began spending more time on the Linux box
  7. I changed to Linux because of the Fiddle factor... I like computers not only for what they can do but I like them intrinsically... I have build my own computers...It is a hobby. I try to wring as much performance out of what I have.

What's your reason???

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iPod users create a buzz

DVGuru points to a study by research firm Intelliseek that credits iPod users with creating a buzz online and being product innovators. The study finds that iPod owners are more likely than others to create and spread consumer-generated media on the Internet. We're twice as likely to have authored a blog than people who don't own an MP3 player, and we put more content online than owners of other MP3 players.

Sweet, way to go iPod owners (That's inclusing myself).

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I'm ready for my next Tablet PC Challenge

Post on how a user will be using his Tablet PC instead of using.......

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Crazy idea! The high-rise mobile

Next BIG Idea -

MILLIONAIRE mobile phone salesman "Crazy" John Ilhan has unveiled his radical design for a $40 million tower in the shape of a phone.

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Einstein a Space Alien

Albert Einstein was exhausted. For the third night in a row, his baby son Hans, crying, kept the household awake until dawn. When Albert finally dozed off … it was time to get up and go to work. He couldn't skip a day. He needed the job to support his young family.

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Taradise: Sorry I Burned Down the Restaurant, Mom!

Taradise

Someone needs to get their act together.

MS meets financials, Xbox division lags

Last quarterly report before Xbox 360 launch shows the company's come a long way in the console market, but still has far to go. — The first generation of Microsoft's foray into console gaming is officially in the books.

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Ergonomic Mouse round-up

A good review of the next gen mouse.

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How to Prototype a Game in Under 7 Days

World Mouseclicking championship

Have you got what it takes to be a Big Fast Finger round town?Or are you a bit of a limp clicker?

Try this throroughly useless game below.Press 'Start' and then click like crazy for ten seconds.

Can you get abouve a 40, leave a post.

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The Use of Computers in Movies

  • Word processors never display a cursor.
  • You never have to use the space-bar when typing long sentences.
  • All monitors display inch-high letters.
  • The most relevant information is displayed in a separate windows right in the middle of the screen, but there's never an Ok button to other way to close it.
  • High-tech computers, such as those used by NASA, the CIA, or some such governmental institution, will have easy to understand graphical interfaces.
  • Likewise, you can infect a computer with a destructive virus by simply typing "UPLOAD VIRUS" (see Fortress).
  • The really advanced ones also emulate the sound of a dot-matrix printer.
  • sending data to a modem/tape drive/printer faster than expected causes it to explode.
  • A hacker can get into the most sensitive computer in the world before intermission and guess the secret password in two tries.
  • Any PERMISSION DENIED error has an OVERRIDE function

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Broken: "Buy 2 Get 2"

Forrest Charnock points out a "Buy 2 Get 2 Sales Event":

The people in the store don't see a problem. I guess it's better than buy 2 get 1.

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Gamers and their online gaming charecters revealed

Photojournalist Robbie Cooper captured images of gamers and their real-life selves. Here are their stories.

"Bae plays a man because she thinks that male avatars have more charisma, she wants to 'project strength', and all the 'masters' in the game have male avatars.

She says if she had to play the game alone she wouldn't bother.

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Scoble On Google Zeitgeist Conference

Scoble blogs what he can about Google’s Zeitgeist 2005, a completely off-the-record no-blogging conference. He's having a lot of fun for sure.

How to Interview a Programmer

Recognizing good programmers among job applicants is not easy. This article contains interview techniques, garnered from a recent summit on writing better code, that can help you can find the most qualified programmers for your project.

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Unison File Synchronizer

Unison is a file-synchronization tool for Unix and Windows. It allows two replicas of a collection of files and directories to be stored on different hosts (or different disks on the same host), modified separately, and then brought up to date by propagating the changes in each replica to the other.

Some Features -
  • Unison runs on both Windows and many flavors of Unix (Solaris, Linux, OS X, etc.) systems.
  • Unlike simple mirroring or backup utilities, Unison can deal with updates to both replicas of a distributed directory structure.
  • Unlike a distributed filesystem, Unison is a user-level program: there is no need to modify the kernel or to have superuser privileges on either host.

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Visual Complexity

VisualComplexity.com intends to be a unified resource space for anyone interested in the visualization of complex networks. The project's main goal is to leverage a critical understanding of different visualization methods, across a series of discipline s, as diverse as Biology, Social Networks or the World Wide Web.

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Why Corporate Blogs Are Boring (and How to Fix Them)

How to make a Corporate Blog appealing to not only the company shareholders, and employees but also to the general public (This includes the blogging community).

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SBC to take AT&T name after marriage

SBC Communications said Thursday it will change its name to AT&T after completing its $16 billion purchase of that company, restoring a 120-year-old brand to what will become the largest U.S. telecommunications company.

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New York Times Targets Bloggers on Site Meter

The New York Times has placed advertising on Site Meter, a website traffic measurement service that most every blogger uses to see how many people visit their blogs, where they come from and what stories they read. its a strategy to get bloggers to simply write about the fact that The New York Times is advertising on Site Meter, as we're doing right now, to gain publicity among bloggers.

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Links for 10/28/2005

Cool! 3-D Imagery of the Moon Now Available via NASA's World Wind
  • Before Google Earth and Google Satellite began receiving the well deserved attention it receives each day, a similar 3-D open source....

Engineers Make Leap in Optical Networks

  • A team of Stanford electrical engineers has discovered how to switch a beam of laser light on and off up to 100 billion times a second with materials that are widely used in the semiconductor industry.

Legendary Apple founder dives into Portland's wi-fi fray

  • WW has learned that Steve Wozniak, the iconic 55-year-old co-founder of Apple Computer, will join the board of VeriLAN, a pioneering Portland-based wireless company.

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Try this on your PC

Try creating a folder named "con" anywhere on your computer.

Thinking with Type



Theory + practice, how + why: a new approach to typographic education.

This site is the on-line companion to the book Thinking with Type: A Critical Guide for Designers, Writers, Editors, & Students

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Email and text drives families apart- survey

Britons are communicating more frequently than ever, but many feel that the rise of text-based digital services has made communication with friends and family less personal, according to a new survey.

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The Ultimate Freeware Package for your iPod

The Mac developer community has given us Mac users a ton of great software for our iPods. Most of these, like Pod2Go and Podlock are shareware and commercial. But what if you wanted the best that freeware had to offer for your iPod? What if you wanted a core of freeware programs that would offer you the ultimate package for your iPod? I decided that I would wade through the freeware programs available and offer you a small group of 5 applications that would make your iPod work for you.

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Medieval Demographics Made Easy

Here is subscribed the inquisition of lands as the barons of the king have made inquiry into them...

A very informative site provides good detailed information on the population density of a kingdom during "year", due to factors such as climate, geography, and political environment.

Take a walk in the past....

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Home Video Arcade Machine

Talk about taking retro gaming to the next level. Target Stores will offer BigGames Home Video Arcade machines that will retail for less than $500 nationwide in November of 2005. Each unit plays 12 of the original arcade versions of the most popular Midway® games including: Defender®, Defender® II,.....

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ASCII Generator

Really cool stuff, type anything you would like in the "Text" field, and click on "Do it", this produces an ASCII of what you typed. You can also choose the type of font from: graphiti, hollywood, invita, and a lot more. You can choose some options like "Reflections, Stretch" etc.

This is what I get for typing in "Nishi"

ASCII Generator

Your Photos - not on Flickr!

For now it is U.S. only (we know! we're working hard on rolling it out everywhere!). You can order prints to be delivered by mail, or pick them up at your local Target store for one hour printing, even. In both cases, you get 10 free 4x6" prints to get started.

Now you can print your photos and have them mailed to you or you can pick them up at Target with 1-hour processing (isn't that cool!), you can put your photos into a printed album, or onto a DVD, or onto a postage stamp. And they have started releasing their commercial API to private businesses to develop even more Flickr features. Cool Stuff!!

Via Flickr Blog

Every File format

Found a site that contains every file format in the world. An awesome list -

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Stanford on iTunes

Download faculty lectures, interviews, music and sports.
Play audio on your iPod, Mac or PC, or burn a CD.
Stay Connected anytime anywhere.
Experience Stanford on iTunes today and continue learning with Stanford.

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Ajax periodic table of the elements

Microsoft Search

People are underestimating what Microsoft is doing with search technology, says Bill Gates.

  • The head of the software giant told the BBC that its ambition is to be bigger than Google in search.
  • He said that competition had ultimately been good for web users because it had pushed search technology. This meant search would be "far better" in a year.

Microsoft always wanting to be better than its competitors, but as times have passed over the years, the trend for Microsoft has been to acquire rather than develop its own product.

Microsoft always trying and focusing on being better than any company out there and we say people point fingers at Microsoft.

You tell me!!

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GoogleBase: Structured/Vertical/Domain Search Ain't The FreeWeb

Google a company that has everyone talking about it's out of the box products, has now set its hands on another company, not for buying but to get it's database and use it for integrating in it's own products. In return the offering company gets traffic, yes lots and lots of traffic!! Sounds to me like a cheap deal, any company that Google goes to should be doing something right. Wouldn't you say so, but theirs a flip side to this? A company like Google which is the most popular company can go out and buy any company that it wants, so if you can't compete them, join them as the saying goes. That would be the best way to go -

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I use my iPod to store medical images

Osman Ratib, professor and chief of nuclear medicine at the University Hospital of Geneva, has co-created a computer software program called Osirix. It enables medical professionals to view medical images on their iPods, saving them and the hospitals they work for thousands of dollars in expensive equipment.

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BSB-I want it that way

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Sony halts CRT production

Forbes is reporting that with lower than expected profits, Sony is halting the production of CRT's for televisions at many of its plants. The restructuring move is meant to catch the company up with other manufacturers who moved to LCD displays more quickly." From the article: " In the second quarter to September, net profit dropped 46.5 pct to 28.5 bln yen, pressured by 32.3 bln yen in restructuring expenses to write down the impaired value of its cathode-ray tube (CRT) plants.

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The case of the 500-mile email

Can you send e-mail further than 500 miles -

"We're having a problem sending email out of the department."

"What's the problem?" I asked.

"We can't send mail more than 500 miles," the chairman explained."

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Halo Enhanced on Xbox 360

Bungie is claiming that Halo and Halo 2 will have an enhanced appearance on the Xbox 360.
  • Bungie's weekly update writer says he is "Counting the days" until the release of Microsoft's next generation console. He went on to write that, "First thing I am going to do is play Halo one on my HDTV... There is a very slight possibility I might play PGR3 or Perfect Dark Zero first. But then, straight onto Halo one."

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Computational Visual Cognition Lab @ MIT

Hundreds of images containing a person at different depth planes were averaged to reveal contextual regularities in the intensity patterns across all the images.

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Argus

The pages below show prints made from processing film found in old cameras. In many cases the exposed films were over fifty years old. You are seeing them for the first time as they were lost by the photographers that took these images.


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A must-see TV archive

Archive of American Television, which is an unequaled collection of videotaped interviews with TV legends.

It's a fantastic resource, which has over 450 interviews. And starting today, anyone in the world can go to Google Video and watch complete and uncut Archive interviews and learn directly from the legends and pioneers on how it all happened. How cool is that?

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search of the One True Layout

Pure CSS-based layouts have come a long way but they still have shortcomings [2] that fail to address certain design goals without compromising the true separation of content and presentation.

In short, the problematic design goals are these:

Total Layout Flexibility

  • That is, the ability to order columns logically in the source while displaying them in any order desired. For any number of columns.

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The Hacker's Diet

The Hacker's Diet, notwithstanding its silly subtitle, is a serious book about how to lose weight and permanently maintain whatever weight you desire. It treats dieting and weight control from an engineering and management standpoint, and provides the tools and an understanding of why they work and how to use them that permit the reader to gain control of their own weight.

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Will Pajamas Media Wake Up Blogs?

Big-name political bloggers are banding together to try to bring order to the sometimes-chaotic blogosphere.
Pajamas Media has signed up 70 bloggers including Instapundit.com's Glenn Reynolds, .....

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TagCloud.com


TagCloud.com allows you to create your own tag clouds by providing a list of RSS feeds. The service then automatically extracts the most popular words from the feeds, and displays them as links of different size and color. Click on a word, and you are taken to snippets of the blogs covering this topic. While I’ve reported on this tool earlier this year I just now played around with it more and think it’s an incredibly cool site & idea.

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Does Visual Studio Rot the Mind?

I have an application on my Mac that asks me when programs are accessing online sites in ways I haven't previously given permission for them to do. This one pops up a lot, but I'm not sure exactly what's happening.

I assume it has something to do with Macromedia Flash apps showing up in a browser window, but before I give it permission I'd like to be certain I'm not doing the wrong thing.
Does anyone know the answer? Please post below. Thanks...

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Spreading the Flickr Wealth

Anil Dash points out a potentially unfair aspect of Flickr’s (i.e. Yahoo’s) business model. Flickr makes the traditional website’s bargain with its users, trading free hosting of their content for the right to splatter it with ads. But the users whose content is most popular get no more benefit (financially, at least) than those who post only crap.

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35 sexiest designed websites you've forgotten

From philrenaud.com.. "What with CSS Reboot right around the corner and fresh designs in short supply given the Nov. 1st deadline is so near, I've decided to refresh your memory, with the sexiest designed websites you may have forgotten about."

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Scoble' son is blogging

Robert Scoble's son, Patrick, has started a blog called Mini Scoblizer. Scoble definitely would have an influence on this.

Links for 10/27/2005

Flickr clicks with Target for photo printing
  • Yahoo has teamed up with Target to offer image printing to members of its online photo-sharing service, Flickr.

Terri Stone: Will Aperture replace Photoshop?

  • Apple says that Aperture, its new photo-editing and -management program, is a boon for photographers shooting Raw files. Creativepro.com looks past the hype to the bare truth.

Japan developing remote control for humans

  • We wield remote controls to turn things on and off, make them advance, make them halt. Ground-bound pilots use remotes to fly drone airplanes, soldiers to maneuver battlefield robots.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Skype addin for skype phone

Skylook, thats the name of this addin service.

  • With Skylook, you can get it together!Skype™ Voice Calls (as MP3), Instant Messages, Email, Appointments, Contacts all organized and under control in Microsoft Outlook!
  • Download your free copy of Skylook now and receive full Business functionality free for 14 days, in addition to the Basic features that are yours to keep, for free, forever.

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Apple to replace any 5G iPods that exhibit hardware failure

In an effort to improve both customer satisfaction and the quality of its music players, Apple for a limited time will replace any fifth-generation iPod (video) player that...

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Bootup Screens

Those old old old boot up screens from those long forgotten operating systems. check it out :)

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New deal brings handwriting abilities to Nintendo DS

The Nintendo DS handheld console has added handwriting recognition to its impressive arsenal of unique features, with a deal being announced this week with Zi Corporation to bring the Decuma handwriting technology to the platform.

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Google Base Comments

google launching a classifieds aggregator and listing service is big exciting news for web 2.0. for me it just hastens the world of free data that we're inevitably headed for.

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Engineers Report Breakthrough in Laser Beam Tech

New York Times is reporting that Standford engineers have discovered a method to modulate a beam of laser light up to 100 billion times a second. The new technology apparently uses materials that are already in wide use throughout the semiconductor industry. From the article: "The vision here is that, with the much stronger physics, we can imagine large numbers - hundreds or even thousands - of optical connections off of chips," said David A.B. Miller, director of the Solid State and Photonics Laboratory at Stanford University.

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PS3 Under $400 in Japan?

In the past months, the Japanese blog CoolGamer has been a dependable source of early information regarding the Japanese game market. Not once has their news turned out to be a false lead, so that's why it was pretty important today when the site updated with a small notice saying "PS3 price set below 40000 Yen," which is about $400 at current exchange rates.

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Shuffle Lego Case

Apple what is this!!! This accessory made for the shuffle seems to me as a worthless accessory, just look at it. Well it's going on sale for $50. My advice don't waist your money.

Via, Gizmodo

Idea Generation Methods

The methods have been drawn not just from the worlds of creative problem solving and innovation, but also from other worlds such as organisational change, strategic planning, psychotherapy, the new sciences and the creative arts.

Brainstorming

This is the classic ideas generation technique, and it is one of the most effective methods when you need to get a large number of ideas from a group of people in a short time.

The process:
  • The facilitator asks the group to restate the problem or outcome as a series of "How to's" (e.g. How to attract more visitors to our website)
  • The facilitator select the most promising "How to"
  • The facilitator asks the group: “In how many ways can we (e.g.) attract more visitors to our website?”

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AOL To Add New RSS Feeds to Video Search Engine

AOL today announced new RSS feeds from partners for its video search engine. These new partners include Blastro.com, EVTV1.com, Forbes.com, GameTrailers.com, PC World and Time4 Media properties including Transworld Skateboarding, Transworld Snowboarding and Transworld Surf.

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Spray on computers

Aren't we getting to dependent on technology -

A group of engineers from the Universities of Glasgow, Edinburgh, St Andrews and Strathclyde plan to develop tiny "Specks" for low power sensor applications.

The Specks are sensors with computational and communications capabilities that can be embedded in objects. They could be used as lighting and temperature sensors in buildings, placed in aircraft wings to detect failures or used to sensitise medicine bottles to ensure that people take their medication at the correct times.

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Cisco Plots Mesh

Cisco Systems Inc. will launch its first wireless LAN mesh products next month, according to various industry and analyst sources.

As Unstrung reported back in April, Cisco has been plotting a mesh launch since it acquired wireless LAN switch startup Airespace for $450 million in December. The startup had originally been planning to launch a two-radio mesh box in March of this year.

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Why Look at the Road When There's So Much Going On Inside?

AS an engineer, Steve Elias loves gadgets. But the dashboard on his 2005 Pontiac GTO is too much for him. It "lights up like a Christmas tree," he said, providing detailed information like average speed and distance traveled, down to the one-hundredth of a mile.

It has become so overwhelming that Mr. Elias, of Amherst, N.H., has resorted to sticking electrical tape over parts of the display. "I kind of miss the old dashboard where the needle just went around," he said. "This one attracts my eye. When I'm driving, I don't want to be looking at the dashboard. I want to be looking at the road."

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base.google.com finally online

Browse away: Google has finally made the service available!

Google Base

How much can you earn through google adsense

Google’s AdSense is a fascinating revenue-sharing opportunity for small, medium and large web sites. Some webmasters are designing brand new sites specifically for serving AdSense text ads.

Let’s say you have a goal of earning $100,000 a year from AdSense. Is that possible? Let’s see … $100,000 divided by 365 = $274 a day.

So your goal is to produce either:
  • 274 pages which earn $1 a day or
  • 548 pages which earn 50 cents a day or
  • 1096 pages which earn 25 cents a day

The following are hypothetical cases. To earn $1 a day per page, you need, per page…

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Xbox 360 humor

Explore a World of Symbols

Symbols.com contains more than 1,600 articles about 2,500 Western signs, arranged into 54 groups according to their graphic characteristics.

Symbol 2:4



This ideogram is a modern sign used in comic strips to denote movement and direction of movement when drawn next to a picture of a figure or an object that is represented as moving.

The sign has similar meaning and uses.

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Internet Archive

The Internet Archive is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper library, we provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, and the general public.

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Google's Flight Information

Google's new innovation "Get flight information", the onebox result type displays a link to flight information from Expedia and other travel sources when you enter the departing and the returning city names.

It for sure saves a lot of time.

Via Google Blogoscoped

According to Starbuck’s policy, they’ll serve you fair trade coffee on request.

According to Starbuck’s policy, they’ll serve you fair trade coffee on request.

So does Starbucks live up to its word?? This blogger has set her mind to put this puzzle into action. She is asking people to test this and report back on their experience.

"Starbucks will make fair trade coffee for you, any day of the week, in the 23 countries it is licensed to including: Australia, Austria, Canada, China, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, the U.K. and the U.S.

But just how easy is it to get a fair trade coffee in a Starbucks in one of those countries?"

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The Starbucks Challenge - Trade Coffee on request

According to Starbuck’s policy, they’ll serve you fair trade coffee on request.

So does Starbucks live up to its word?? This blogger has set her mind to put this puzzle into action.

She is asking people to test this and report back on their experience.

"Starbucks will make fair trade coffee for you, any day of the week, in the 23 countries it is licensed to including: Australia, Austria, Canada, China, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, the U.K. and the U.S.
But just how easy is it to get a fair trade coffee in a Starbucks in one of those countries?"

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Nokia brings Bluetooth technology to a pair of new fold-style CDMA handsets

Addressing the needs of customers seeking a compact, stylish CDMA handset with Bluetooth technology, Nokia today introduced the mid-range Nokia 2855 and 6165 phones. Each weighing under 4 ounces, both the Nokia 2855 and Nokia 6165 phones are compatible with a wide range of popular Bluetooth.........

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Microsoft Joins Yahoo! Book Search Plan

The BBC is reporting that Microsoft has signed on to 'work with the Open Content Alliance (OCA), set up by the Internet Archive, to initially put 150,000 works online. The move comes as Google faces growing legal pressure from publishers over its own global digital library plans.

Can't Concentrate? Try this.

Have a hard time concentrating during work? Try using a tone generator. This tone generator generates pink noise which may help keep your mind on things.

Please comment on how it works for you.
  • The human auditory system, which uses a roughly logarithmic concept of frequency approximated by the Bark scale, does not perceive with equal sensitivity all audible frequencies.

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How Google Earth Works

The newly added howstuffworks.com article for Google Earth.
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Share the Knowledge, Expand the Wealth

Copyright laws protect the lucky and well-connected few at the expense of innovation and opportunity. For all our sakes, this needs to change

In this new millennia, Americans are continuing one of the most important business transitions we have made as a nation -- from an economy dominated by manufacturing and distribution of hard goods to one driven by the conception and sale of ideas. The term "atoms to bits" is often used as shorthand to describe this dichotomy.

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Jagger 2 Update Info

It looks like Jagger2 is starting to be visible. GoogleGuy posted over on WebmasterWorld with what SEOs should expect:

McMohan, good eyes in spotting some changes at 66.102.9.104. I expect Jagger2 to start at 66.102.9.x. It will probably stay at 1-2 data centers for the next several days rather than spreading quickly. But that data center shows the direction that things will be moving in (bear in mind that things are fluxing, and Jagger3 will cause flux as well).

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Find out how your mind works

Some researchers say that men can have 'women's brains' and that women can think more like men.

Find out more about 'brain sex' differences by taking the Sex ID test, a series of visual challenges and questions used by psychologists in the BBC One television series Secrets of the Sexes:
  • Get a brain sex profile and find out if you think like a man or a woman.
  • See if you can gaze into someone's eyes and know what they're thinking.

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Google Describes its Wi-Fi Pitch

Google wrote grandly of the importance of Wi-Fi in its recent proposal for free wireless here, but the search company downplayed its own potential role in delivering Internet service.

Link, via PCWorld.com

Doug Adams' Yahoo! Video Search v1.2

Doug's AppleScripts, It's a cool repository of scripts that can do or control just about everything on your Mac so if you haven't checked it out, you really should.

Doug's Yahoo! Video Search script was just updated to version 1.2. Now it allows only QuickTime or MPEG file types be searched, so you don't waste time on useless results. To use it, you double-click the script, enter a search string and it will use the Yahoo! Video Search to download the results as a Podcast to iTunes.

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Napoleon Dynamite soundboard

A soundboard is a collection of dialog snippets from a movie that you can use to make prank calls. This Napoleon Dynamite soundboard is especially good. Check out the recordings of prank calls made with this sound board and other soundboards.

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Microsoft Excel Yahoo! MapMaker

Yahoo! Maps developer Jeffrey McManus wrote a neat tool that plots a set of points easily on a map using Microsoft Excel.

Download his spreadsheet template, enter a set of addresses, click and voila! Using the Y! Maps API, a linkable, printable map like this one of the San Diego trolley system is yours to share.

Cool Stuff!!

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Google LiveBase

This is photoshopped (and if I’m not mistaken, was available long before Google Base; it’s from Luca’s FutureFeeds sci-fi blog).

via, Google Blogoscoped

The Interesting Economy

Like many great social software applications, Flickr began its life as something else. Flickr was built on a platform for a game called Game Neverending, which had a lot of great features including an in-game economy based on exchanging various totems that had different relative values. There was really only a barter economy, which left the "innate" value of any individual item to be pretty opaque.

Link, via Anil Dash

Google tests potential online ad listings

Google confirmed on Tuesday the creation of Google Base, a service that potentially expands the company's reach into online classifieds -- and into the territory of Internet auctioneer eBay and craigslist.

Though the site was quickly taken down, its brief appearance was enough to quickly spread speculation on the Web, where several blogs posted screen shots of the site.

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The Best Science Photographs of 2005

So, what is a Vision of Science? To the judges of the Awards, a Vision of Science is an attention-grabbing image that gives new insight into the world of science and the workings of nature.

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10 Tips To A Better Form

  1. Remember Your Markup
  2. CSS
  3. AutoTab
  4. Field Information
  5. Error Displays
  6. Postbacks
  7. onFocus
  8. Label Click
  9. Double Submit
  10. Leftovers

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Mr Angry & Mrs Calm

This page of my site is about an amazing perceptual illusion. The purpose of this page is to provide you with a few different ways to appreciate this incredible illusion.

Here's the picture:

If you are near to this picture, Mr Angry is on the left and Mrs Calm is on the right. If you view it from a distance, they switch places!

Option 1. Just look at this picture on your computer screen and vary the distance from which you look at it. For some people, even squinting or narrowing your eyes will work.

Option 2. Using the 'Save As' option (or equivalent) on your computer, save yourself a copy. Open it in Photoshop or any similar photo wrangling application. Use the zoom in and zoom out options to replicate viewing the picture close up or from far away.

There is more, click here

U.S. Passports to Receive Electronic Identification Chips

The State Department yesterday issued final rules for implanting electronic identification chips into all U.S. passports, despite continuing controversy over the security of the system and its impact on personal privacy.

The regulations mean that as of October 2006, all new and renewed U.S. passports will contain radio frequency identification chips that will include a digital photo and all other information currently printed in passports.

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Is Imitation Flattery, Theft or Just Coincidence?

A DISPUTE over the uniqueness of a popular new commercial for the Apple iPod is again raising the issue of what constitutes originality in advertising.

The commercial, featuring the rap artist Eminem, is the most recent in a two-year-old campaign from Apple Computer that uses silhouettes of singers and iPod users to promote the iPod digital jukebox and the iTunes service. From Times Square to Turkey, the Apple commercial has been sending eyebrows skyward among writers and readers of Web logs devoted to advertising.

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Key executives resign from Microsoft

Microsoft lost two key employees in recent days, one who has led several MSN efforts and another who was a top developer for the Office unit.
  • Don Gagne, director of development for Microsoft Office, plans to leave the company in December to pursue a car racing hobby. The 11-year Microsoft veteran gave his notice last week, company spokesman Lou Gellos said Tuesday, confirming a report about Gagne's resignation in a blog.
  • The other executive leaving Microsoft is Hadi Partovi, general manager of the MSN portal. Partovi plans to start his own company, but will remain with Microsoft for a few weeks as a replacement is sought

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What If Marketers and Journalists Published APIs?
  • In the technology and Internet industries, a lot of companies publish what's called an application protocol interface, or an API for short.

Economies of Interest

  • Anil wrote a post about The Interesting Economy in which he wonders why those whose photos are algorithmically deigned to be "interesting" do not receive any money.

Comedy Central Unveils Motherload Network

  • Comedy Central unveiled details on its new broadband network Motherload on Tuesday in New York.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

The new men's bathroom at the Sofitel in Queenstown NZ...

How Google beat Amazon and Ebay to the Semantic Web

It's hard to believe Google - which is now the world's largest single online marketplace - came on the scene only a little more than 8 years ago, back in the days when Amazon and Ebay reigned supreme. So how did Google become the world's single largest marketplace?

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chris jordan photography

A great site dedicated to Portraits of Mass Consumption. That is a big issue facing America, as well as the rest of the world as a whole, but we don't take this very seriously. Well, now we should. Take a look -

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More Google Base Screenshots

Apple execs rake in millions from stock options

With shares of Apple trading near an all-time high, at least four senior company executives in recent months have cashed in 100,000 or more of their stock options to realiz...

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Apple updates homepage for Rosa Parks

Apple has updated its home page to commemorate the life of Rosa Parks. It now features the infamous picture of her on the montgomery bus as the boycott ended. It also features a page about Rosa Parks in Apple's hot news section when you click on the picture.

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Passports to get RFID chip implants

All U.S. passports will be implanted with remotely readable computer chips starting in October 2006, the Bush administration has announced.

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Apple Steps Up Nano Advertising in Tokyo

In the Tokyo subway system you might find a wall filled with Apple iPod Nano's. No, not real ones, but plastic cutouts that you can remove from the wall and take with you. Something like that looks like this -

"Much to my suprise, I later realised that these cutouts weren't made of cardboard but of plastic, and are very rigidly built too. On the reverse side were the URL and QR Codes of a site where you can download iPod nano wallpapers for your mobile phone."

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FBI Net-wiretapping rules face challenges

New federal wiretapping rules forcing Internet service providers and universities to rewire their networks for FBI surveillance of e-mail and Web browsing are being challenged in court.
  • Telecommunications firms, nonprofit organizations and educators are asking the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., to overturn the controversial rules, which dramatically extend the sweep of an 11-year-old surveillance law designed to guarantee police the ability to eavesdrop on telephone calls.

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Google wants your car listings, events, etc.

In a move that could put Google in competition with eBay, the search giant is testing a new service that would allow people to post and make searchable any type of content, a Google spokeswoman confirmed Tuesday.
  • A screenshot of a page for "Google Base" gives as examples of items that can be posted to Google's server: "description of your party planning service," "articles on current events from your Web site," "listing of your used car for sale," and "database of protein structures."

Link, via cnet.com

Frappr

Frappr let's people of a group add themselves to a map. That is, you can add yourself to a map of people with whom you share membership in a group or with whom you share some interest.

via, Eszter's flickr

Laser-etched Powerbooks and iPods

Etchamac.com custom laser etches PowerBooks and iPods. A full PowerBook case (top or bottom) runs $200 while iPods are around $40.

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Flickr Toys

Create billboards, movie posters, magazine covers and more with images you currently have.

You can use your flickr photo page.

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Slideshow Pro

One of the coolest slide show apps out there in the market, just don't take my word for it.

Customer Reviews -
  • One of the nicest Flash apps I've ever seen.
  • Worth every penny. Plus another 200 dollars.
  • I've been searching for months for a gallery tool and none even came halfway. I didn't think twice about spending $20 for such an asset. Thanks much!

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What's Next from Microsoft's Stealth Office Group?

Microsoft Corp. went public on Monday with its end-to-end business intelligence strategy. But company officials still aren't talking much about the team charged with implementing the BI strategy, or what the next deliverables from that team will be.

That team, the OBA (Office Business Applications) group, is the Microsoft entity formerly known as the "Business Intelligence Applications" team. OBA is run by Lewis Levin, the Microsoft Corporate vice president in charge of business intelligence.

via, eWeek

Del.icio.us Expands Search Feature

Del.icio.us has extended its existing user-only search to everyone. Previously search was available only if you were logged in to your del.icio.us account. Check it out on any del.icio.us page, including here.

via, TechCrunch

London scores high for free wi-fi

No it's not Philadelphia, rather Paris, London, Dublin, Barcelona and Brighton.

THE TOP European city for free wireless hot spots is Paris, while London, Dublin, Barcelona and Brighton are also high on the list.

That's what web site Free-Hotspot.com claims.

The web site lets you find free wi-fi hot spots by entering an address, a city and a country, as you can see for yourself by clicking here

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XBox 360 Causing Wireless Interference

In countless Wal-Marts across the country, there are XBox 360 demo machines, giving consumers a first look at Microsoft's next generation of gaming. Apparently, they have all been switched off for the time being.

There is a bug (imagine that) in the software that is causing interference with Wal-Mart's wireless product scanners.
  • Microsoft has admitted that the console is interfering with Wal-Mart's hand held scanners but has also said that the problem is minor and that a software fix is in the works. Wal-Mart's headquarters in Arkansas has instructed all branches to shut down the console until a fix is available.

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BitTorrent user guilty of piracy

BitTorent the software that created so much hype, does have a downside to it.

A Hong Kong man has been convicted of movie internet piracy in what is believed to be the first case involving BitTorrent file-sharing software.

"Chan Nai-ming was found guilty of copyright infringement for distributing three Hollywood blockbusters using BitTorrent, said a court official."

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Cingular pumps up wireless IM, e-mail

Cingular Wireless is bringing mobile e-mail to the masses.

"The company, which is jointly owned by BellSouth and SBC Communications, on Monday announced that it will offer e-mail and instant messaging from America Online, Yahoo and MSN on cell phones."

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Nissan Skyline GT-R unveiled

Car enthusiasts worldwide anticipated one particular unveiling by Nissan at the Tokyo Motor Show: the Skyline GT-R. Although still in concept form and unveiled as the GT-R Proto, Nissan says the design is close to final. Its production launch is in 2007, and it should be available in the United States in 2008.

Link, via cnet.com

How to Exercise While Sitting at Your Computer

  • Sit properly in a good chair designed for desk work. Your back should be straight, and your head should be looking directly into your monitor. If you have to look down or up, you need to adjust the height of either the screen or your chair.
  • Maintain an ergonomic body posture while typing. Keep your legs bent at the knees so that the knees are only slightly higher than your hips.
  • Stand up every half hour. Walk around a few steps, stretch your legs, and give your eyes a break from focusing on your computer screen.
  • Roll your head around your neck periodically. Do the motion slowly clockwise for 1-3 iterations and then repeat in the opposite direction.
  • Roll your wrists regularly (this will help prevent carpal tunnel syndrome if you spend a lot of time typing).
  • Contract your stomach and butt and hold it there for a few seconds, then release. Do this all day long as you are in your chair.

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