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Dell Dude now a New York City waiter

November 08, 2007 at 09:05 PM

Ben Curtis, formerly the Dell Dude, is now a waiter at a probably terrible Tex-Mex restaurant in New York City.

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Microsoft adds ESPN programing to Xbox

November 08, 2007 at 08:33 PM

If I'm going to pay $4.50 for a football game I want it on something more flexible than my Xbox 360. I'm not averse to paying for HD copies of games I could watch on my PC, TV, or something more portable.

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PC Mag Reviews Photo-Printing Services

January 22, 2007 at 08:06 PM

General conclusion: The photo printing kiosks in the chain stores blow and Shutterfly and Snapfish are excellent if you can wait a little.

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Engadget had 10 million page view on iPhone day

January 13, 2007 at 08:14 PM

Even at my crappy Adsense rate per page view that's probably $15,000 in revenue in one day. I wonder how much they were able to rake in?

With how much I was refreshing the Steve Jobs keynote I might have been 1,000 of those page views. (And I didn't click on a single advertisement.)

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Where are all the Xbox 360 games?

December 01, 2006 at 04:49 PM

Gears of War is incredible but where are the rest of the must-have Xbox 360 games? There really aren't any and the exclusives on the horizon aren't exactly calling my name either.

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Texas Longhorns Forums

November 12, 2006 at 03:03 PM

We've been adding new community features over at Bevo Sports, and we are now happy to introduce our Bevo Sports Forums. The forums are powered by BBPress, which is a nice, speedy new bulletin board, and will integrate nicely with the rest of the site.

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How-to transcode and stream videos on Xbox 360

November 08, 2006 at 03:25 PM

Easy to follow write-up from Joystiq on how to take your Divx files and transcode them to WMV so you can play them on your Xbox 360.

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Why Sony Won't Lose the Next-Gen War

October 28, 2006 at 03:10 PM

Pretty good opinion piece on how Sony and the PS3 can still win the next-gen console war over the Nintendo Wii and Xbox 360.

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Rockies use iPods to study game film

June 17, 2006 at 10:01 AM

The Colorado Rockies are putting game film onto video iPods so they're players can study their mechanics and scout their opponents. They've already got all the video, putting it onto portable players was just the next logical step. The screen on the video iPod is a tad small, but it's probably the easiest to use and easiest to get people to carry around.

Video iPods as a business expense, sweet.

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MacBook Pro Burns Woman's Leg

May 20, 2006 at 08:45 AM

I love my Powerbook and I love most of Apple's stuff, but Apple fans bug me. Yeah it's your own fault that you don't notice a laptop burning your lap while it's happening, but to claim a Macbook Pro isn't supposed to be used on your lap is downright laughable. That's what laptops are freaking for! (via)

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Blockbuster Leaks TiVo Partnership

May 15, 2006 at 08:00 PM

Not a huge discount, in fact at my rate for TiVo ($12.99 per month) it's not really a discount at all. Still a good deal for people who don't have either service and possibly a sign of better things to come from the TiVo and Blockbuster Online partnership.

via Zatz Not Funny.

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Why is there no channel 1?

May 13, 2006 at 10:02 PM

Good Wikipedia definition with tons of math/physics/stuff I can't follow explaining why there's never a channel 1 on your US television.

via Digg.

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Everything is bigger in Texas

May 10, 2006 at 10:22 PM

Next season, the Texas Longhorns will have the world's largest high definition monitor at the south end of DKR - Texas Memorial Stadium. The new 7,370 scoreboard is just one of $8 million worth of audio/visual improvements to the stadium.

The new scoreboard is just one big screen and will allow the Horns to show high def video, statistics, and easy to change advertising. Should be a beauty, I can't wait to see it in action.

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Xbox 360 shortages ending soon?

February 13, 2006 at 11:14 AM

According to Microsoft's Peter Moore Xbox 360 supply problems will be over within four to six weeks. Good news for those of us waiting around for our free Xbox 360's to be shipped. Or you could just sign up and wait for a free Playstation 3 instead!

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IE 7 Beta 2 Preview

February 01, 2006 at 08:26 PM

Publicly available and pretty decent. Decent CSS support and support for transparent PNG's. A few bugs that hopefully will fixed by the final release, though I'm not going to hold my breath.

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Marware Sportsuit Basic for iPod nano

January 30, 2006 at 10:34 PM

Really liked the Sportsuit I had for my iPod mini so I ordered one of these for my new nano today. I'll be returning the DLO Action Jacket I bought at Best Buy, it just didn't seem to fit on there right.

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Apple ad rips off The Postal Service

January 22, 2006 at 11:01 AM

Apple makes a TV commercial directly ripping off The Postal Service's video for Such Great Heights. Immediately, Apple fans claim only truly innovative companies steal from other people. Seriously read the comments, they're defending Apple for this.

I've actually become a pretty big Apple fan over the last year or so (I'm on a 12" Powerbook right now) but Apple fans are complete morons.

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So how many XM and Sirius subscribers are there really?

January 14, 2006 at 08:56 PM

I'm loving my Sirius radio Christina got me for Christmas. Looks like both services may end up being a success. (via)

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TiVo Series 3 Video Interview

January 10, 2006 at 08:34 PM

HD-freaking-TiVo!!!

6 tuner, cable card, a year too late. Hopefully it'll be reasonably priced so I can pick one up if I ever get digital cable.

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My Web 2.0 Beta

December 28, 2005 at 10:11 PM

del.icio.us has been down way too much the last two weeks so I've jumped ship. I love it's simplicity and ease of use, but after the trouble I'm trying out some alternatives to see how I like them.

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Yahoo! acquires del.icio.us

December 11, 2005 at 01:45 PM

Yahoo has now bought del.icio.us, Flickr, and Konfabulator in the last year or so, three very cool apps. You have to give them credit for recognizing something big and forking over the cash to get it. I haven't noticed any issues with Flickr since their acquisition, let's hope they don't screw up del.icio.us either.

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Track all the stores that don't have Xbox 360's

December 01, 2005 at 08:35 PM

Completely useless site to keep track of all the sites that don't have any Xbox 360's in stock.

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New TiVo Online Services

December 01, 2005 at 08:19 PM

Yahoo! Weather, Fandango, streaming music, and more.

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Why Monster cables are good...

November 17, 2005 at 10:39 PM

And how to make your own.

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Logitech Harmony remote for Xbox 360

November 14, 2005 at 09:27 PM

Pretty sweet, I've been kind of wishing for a Harmony remote for a while but it's a little useless. I think the simple remote included with the Xbox 360 plus the universal remote from the my receiver should do the job.

Update: Changed the link to a much better article from IGN.

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Xbox 360 kiosk video walkthrough

November 08, 2005 at 09:14 PM

I haven't been to Wal-Mart since I first looked for the Xbox 360 kiosks a couple of weeks ago, but this video shows just what I'm missing. A Microsoft intro to the kiosks, now all I need to do is actually play it.

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Eerie parallels between Xbox 360 and the Dreamcast

November 07, 2005 at 11:10 PM

Some of them are really interesting coincidences. Also see why the Xbox 360 will succeed.

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Online Calendar Thingy

November 05, 2005 at 09:15 PM

MyPIMP (it stands for My Personal Information Management Portal) is a open source free online calendar, tasks, and contacts system that I've been using for a little over a week now. So far it's looking pretty good, easy to use (if you're using a broswer other than Internet Explorer) and full of Ajax-y goodness. Very much still in beta and the groups feature (which I'm looking forward to) isn't active yet, but worth checking out.

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Fruitcast - Podcast advertising

November 03, 2005 at 09:57 PM

I don't have a podcast (though I listen to quite a few), but I'm not sure what I think about turning over that much control to them. It sounds like it makes everything a ton easier.

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Attack of the Blog Bashers

November 03, 2005 at 09:50 PM

In a cover story, Forbes magazine claims blogs destroy brands and wreck lives.

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Senate Sets 2009 Digital TV Dateline

November 03, 2005 at 09:35 PM

Television broadcasters must switch to all-digital transmissions by 2009, I predict that's about when Grande will actually get around to getting HD.

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Get 1 year at Dreamhost for $9.24

November 03, 2005 at 09:25 PM

DreamHost again has a year of hosting and domain registration for $9.24. Be sure to sign up for the Crazy Domain Insane 1 year package and use code 777 to get the discount.

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Tiger 360: A Closer Look

November 02, 2005 at 09:39 PM

There will be thousands of specators along the course. And you can hit them. Awesome.

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Time Warner DVR has a sense of humor

October 26, 2005 at 09:39 PM

If you don't get the joke, be sure to read his post to find out why this is funny.

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Playable Xbox 360's at Wal-Mart

October 19, 2005 at 09:38 PM

They didn't have it here at the Wal-Mart near me (didn't look like they were setting up for it either) but some stores around the country have their display units up and going. Some movies and playable demos of Call of Duty 2, Kameo, and King Kong.

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NES Micro

October 16, 2005 at 12:06 PM

The Game Boy Micro is a dumb idea, this is much cooler. Ben Heckendorn created a tiny NES that's just slightly larger than the cartridge itself. Check out his other projects.

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The iPod (with video)

October 12, 2005 at 09:34 PM

Very sweet, something that size and with that much storage is perfect for video. It looks like I could save TV shows in Divx format on my PC (using my ATI All-In-Wonder) and transfer them right to the iPod, if it's not that easy then someone could create a simple conversion tool to do the job.

I'd never pay $2 per episode to Apple to watch television on the thing.

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Xbox 360 hands-on preview

October 11, 2005 at 08:43 PM

Still looking good, I need to start figuring out what other games I pick up at launch other than Madden.

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Yahoo! Podcasts

October 11, 2005 at 08:13 PM

There's a ton of great stuff out there (especially if you're into sports or tech-related stuff) to listen to on podcasts, if you're not alreadying listening you should definitely check them out.

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Honda unveils vehicle designed for dogs

October 06, 2005 at 08:19 PM

I think Reesey is small enough we could almost just shove her into our existing glove compartment. Though I'm pretty sure she'd throw a fit if we tried to force her to sit anywhere other than my lap.

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Madden 2006 for Xbox 360

October 06, 2005 at 08:05 PM

Some very nice looking screenshots plus the first video footage I've seen. They're obviously upgrading the graphics, but what'll be really interesting to see is how gameplay and the franchise mode will be updated.

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MS demos Xbox 360 to iPod connection

October 04, 2005 at 08:00 PM

We heard and saw before that devices would be able to connect to the Xbox 360, but now Microsoft has officially shown off the feature and released a few more details as well. Biggest tidbit out of this is that it appears you can't transfer files to the Xbox 360, all you can do is play them.

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GTA Liberty City will have wireless multiplayer

October 02, 2005 at 06:59 PM

Sweet. I preordered this way before the PSP even came out because it was originally a launch game. Sounds like it's going to be a blast, sure wish they had Internet play and just ad hoc.

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Playstation bubble wrap

September 27, 2005 at 08:29 PM

Darn good advertising idea, nobody can resist bubble wrap.

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Windows Vista will boot in 2 to 3 seconds

September 27, 2005 at 08:24 PM

I'll believe it when I see it. I'd much rather them reduce the number of reboots needed and fix the Sleep feature to work better, which I think I read somewhere they're working on. Sure hope they don't screw this up.

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Lifehacker’s guide to weblog comments

September 26, 2005 at 08:42 PM

Some common sense, but smart tips for commenting on weblogs.

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Once you go black...

September 21, 2005 at 07:06 PM

Apparently the new black iPod nano is drastically outselling the white one. Probably just pent up demand for a black iPod of any kind. I think they're both slick, but would probably pick the black one as well if I had to choose.

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Opera browser is now free

September 20, 2005 at 10:13 PM

Maybe they realized that no one would choose Opera over Firefox if they were actually charging money for it.

Too bad it still displays CSS so poorly.

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Microsoft Codename Max

September 19, 2005 at 09:19 PM

Very, very slick new photo organizer/sharing app from Microsoft. I haven't had a chance to try it out yet, but I will sometime soon. Reminds me of the Office 12 screenshots from earlier, I have a feeling that all of Microsoft's apps and Vista will share the same nice looking feel.

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Blu-ray vs HD DVD: State of the Union

September 19, 2005 at 08:32 PM

Engadget has a great write up and an even better chart of the technical specs of both Blu-ray and HD DVD.

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Gillette Fusion: 5-bladed razor

September 15, 2005 at 07:14 PM

Gillette is skipping right over four blades and unveiling a 5-bladed razor called the Fusion. It will even have a single blade on the back for trimming sideburns and facial hair. Sounds like it won't be any more expensive than the Mach 3 Turbo is now either.

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MS Office 12 screenshots

September 14, 2005 at 09:54 PM

I like it a lot. Definitely more polished and advanced than Office 2003. Yeah it's a lot of stuff on the screen at the same time, but it looks like it's collapsable or only on the screen when certain tabs are selected.

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Windows Vista to come in 7 versions

September 12, 2005 at 07:58 PM

It could be a little confusing to give the common consumer that many different choices. Though I think retail stores like Best Buy will only carry only the 3 home user version plus maybe a mediacentric version a la Windows Media Center.

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eBay buys Skype

September 12, 2005 at 07:52 PM

Holy cow that's a lot of money, $2.6 million in cash and $1.5 million in eBay stock. I know it's not exactly the same concept, but I wonder if the eBay stockholders know that Google Talk has supposedly much better audio quality.

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The iPod family cemetery

September 08, 2005 at 09:07 PM

The history of the no longer in production iPods, which now includes my iPod mini.

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Samsung’s 19-inch laptop

September 04, 2005 at 09:54 PM
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That is one monster of a laptop. The Samsung M70 is a widescreen behemoth, and they did an ingenius thing and made it possible to use the screen as a monitor for when you're not on the road. Possibly a good idea for people who use their notebooks at their desks 90% of the time or so.

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Katrina Scammers Try To Infect PCs

September 04, 2005 at 09:48 PM

I've decided that a good chunk of people in this world are just complete scum.

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Elevator hacking

September 01, 2005 at 08:24 PM

Press the button of the floor you want and the Close Door button at the same time and you'll turn your trip into an express one on Otis elevators and several other manufacturers as well. Make sure you only do it on your way home from work, no need to get into the office any earlier than you have to!

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Thanksgiving launch for Xbox 360?

September 01, 2005 at 08:15 PM

Sounds like details are still a little sketchy, but retailers believe the Xbox 360 will hit shelves at least by the day after Thanksgiving, the busiest shopping day of the year. Hopefully I'll get my last two referrals by then so I can get my free one as soon as possible.

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Flickr mass suicide

August 30, 2005 at 10:10 PM

People today really would rather bitch and complain than just sit back and enjoy something really cool.

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Sweet Logitech keyboard/mouse/remote

August 20, 2005 at 02:22 PM

Not too ridiculously priced either. I wonder if that's going to be their new keyboard layout and style?

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Cheap nerds trample each other

August 16, 2005 at 06:32 PM

$50 bucks for a four-year-old Apple iBook isn't really even that great of a deal. Laptops are obsolete in about 18 months, these things are ancient.

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Verizon FiOS

August 10, 2005 at 08:41 PM

It's hardly available anywhere, but you should definitely check if it's an option where you live. Fiber optics to the premises allow you to get ridiculous speeds and for some reason Verizon is also offering ridiculous prices. 5 Mbps for $40 or 15 Mbps for $50.

I'm paying $50 for 1.5 Mbps from Grande, I'm getting hosed.

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Robotic hand catches 300km/h fastballs

August 08, 2005 at 09:06 PM

Now if I only knew how fast 300 kilometers per hours was... Damn metric system.

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Treo 670 to run Windows Mobile?

August 06, 2005 at 09:35 PM

I still don't need one, but now I want one ever more than before.

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Xbox 360 release date and price

August 06, 2005 at 09:09 PM

November 4th for $299 or $399. I really must get the more expensive version and then get a Windows Media Center PC.

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PSP on Xbox 360 shots

August 06, 2005 at 09:03 PM

Screenshots of using the Xbox 360 to access files on the PSP. Very cool.

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digg

August 02, 2005 at 08:57 PM

digg is different. In their words...

Digg is a technology news website that combines social bookmarking, dynamic social RSS, and non-hierarchical editorial control.

The most popular stories make it onto the home page so there's always interesting stuff. I just started using it last week, but check out the stories I'm digging.

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Flickr adds new features

August 02, 2005 at 08:45 PM

They've added clustering, which appears to be breaking tags up into more defined terms. Check out turkey, I'm assuming it's looking at the other tags associated with the photo and determining which type of turkey it's talking about.

There's some other interesting stuff too.

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PSP browser review

August 01, 2005 at 11:26 PM

CNET does a quick and dirty review of the new PSP web browser. I'm pretty excited about it, but I have plenty of WiFi enabled crap in this apartment I can browse the web with so I'll wait till the US version of the firmware is released.

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Windows Vista Beta 1 Screenshots

August 01, 2005 at 08:48 PM

First video I've seen.

Definitely looking at least a little promising considering it's the first beta. Hopefully they'll continue to improve things and bring the sidebar back.

My biggest request is instant-on coming out of standby like I get with my Powerbook. It's really amazing to sit down, turn it on and be off and running in a grand total of like 2 seconds. I'm spoiled and want that on all my computers.

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PS3 insider details?

August 01, 2005 at 07:58 PM

MaxConsole.net has some details on the PS3 that I haven't heard before. Pretty interesting if it's true, I'm still a little concerned about the lack of hard drive when it initially ships.

(via Engadget)

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Yahoo buys Konfabulator

July 25, 2005 at 07:10 AM

Konfabulator's creators Pixoria have been purchased by Yahoo. This is fantastic news for everyone at Pixoria, and more importantly for us.

Konfabulator will now be free to everybody, become more stable, gets a new API, Flickr integration, and who knows what else.

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New Windows Longhorn shots

July 10, 2005 at 11:33 AM

Nothing too exciting, still looking like a pretty early beta. Interface looks pretty good, but I wonder what happened to the sidebar I've seen previously.

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Slingbox coming this week

June 28, 2005 at 04:11 PM

The Slingbox, which lets you stream and view TV from your cable, satellite or DVR box on any computer with a high-speed internet connection, is going to be available June 30th at CompUSA and Best Buy.

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Wanted: Free iPod. Will Pay

June 28, 2005 at 12:59 PM

People are paying others to complete referrals at sites for things like free Xbox 360s or free iPods.

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Supreme Court rules against file swapping

June 27, 2005 at 10:14 AM

The Supreme Court has ruled that peer-to-peer companies such as Grokster could be held responsible for the copyright piracy on their networks.

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Dell Says Hed Sell Apples Mac OS

June 16, 2005 at 03:16 PM

Mmmmm Windows and OSX together.

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Tivo beta demo of movie downloading and uploading video to a TiVo

June 15, 2005 at 10:43 PM

It'll be fantastic if they can finally turn my TiVo into the home entertainment server it should already be.

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How to fund your company with online poker

June 13, 2005 at 09:53 AM

If they're good enough to pay the bills with online poker in 10 - 15 hours, maybe they should spend the other 40 hours playing too.

(Brad) Meador, who is head of operations at ClearContext, and Deva Hazarika, the chief executive officer, have been playing poker in lieu of collecting paychecks for the past year while working to get their three-person company off the ground. After logging 50 or more hours a week at the office, each one spends another 10 to 15 hours, usually on weekends and evenings, at their favorite poker sites--mainly Partypoker.com, Ultimatebet.com and Pokerstars.

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PSP stuck pixel fixer?

June 13, 2005 at 08:54 AM

A video to run on your PSP if you have stuck pixels. I need to try it out when I get home.

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DVD Decrypter is no more

June 10, 2005 at 11:14 AM

Well that's a freaking shame, I've been using DVD Decrypter since I first got a DVD burner two years ago and it's a wonderful product. Since the commercial DVD burning software won't let you make back ups of your own movies, you could always use DVD Decrypter to rip your movie so you could then burn it.

R.I.P. DVD Decrypter

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FCC Accelerates Digital TV Compliance Date

June 10, 2005 at 10:36 AM

FCC has notified TV manufacturers that all TV's between 25 and 36 inches must include digital tuners by March 2006 and all TV's larger than 36" must be equipped with the tuners by July 1st of this year.

It may be harder to eBay that Samsung digital tuner I just bought next year than I originally thought.

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T-Mobile tops in customer care

June 09, 2005 at 09:17 AM

Looks like T-Mobile is the top rated wireless carrier in customer care rankings. I never really even thought about it, but I haven't had any problems with them in years. I can almost always get a strong signal even from inside my apartment and inside my office. If I do have any problems (knock on wood), it's good to know their customer service is top notch.

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Apple goes Intel

June 06, 2005 at 05:52 PM

I sure like the idea of having a dual-boot system in a couple of years where I can choose between OSX and Windows Longhorn.

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Xbox and Xbox 360 side by side

June 03, 2005 at 04:35 PM

About the size I thought it was. I'm not sure about that metal disc drive.

(via Joystiq)

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Dell announces premium PC line

June 03, 2005 at 01:20 PM

I think the next desktop computer is either going to be something I put together myself or a Mac, but it'll still be interesting to see what Dell comes up with for the Lexus of their PC lineup.

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Netflix + Wal-Mart = Love

May 19, 2005 at 09:48 AM

Wal-Mart is offering its existing online DVD rental customers the chance to continue their subscriptions with Los Gatos-based Netflix at their current price for the next year. Those who don't sign up with Netflix by June 17 will lose their service. Wal-Mart plans to continue promoting the Netflix service on its Web site.

In return, Netflix will remind its subscribers that they can buy DVDs from Walmart.com.

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Nintendo Revolution images

May 17, 2005 at 09:37 AM

By far the best looking of the three new next-gen systems.

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PS3 links

May 17, 2005 at 08:27 AM

I'm collecting all the Playstation 3 links from the first couple days of E3 in one place on my main weblog.

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UT loses to Germany in robot dog soccer

May 14, 2005 at 09:00 PM

At least we were better than all the other Americans.

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Flickr switches from Flash to Ajax

May 13, 2005 at 08:43 AM

Flickr has dropped their Flash display of photos and notes for an Ajax solution. Pretty snazzy and a little quicker loading too. I wonder how exactly they're doing the image notes now.

They've also made it possible to add a photo to a group or set, or to blog the photo without leaving the page.

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Xbox 360 Official Shots

May 12, 2005 at 04:07 PM

Gizmodo has some Norweigan magazine scans of the Xbox 360 and it's controllers. Thing's I've deduced from the images:

  • Xbox live headset will plug directly into controller
  • The big green orb on the controller is more than a button, it some sort of 4-way thumbstick
  • The system will come with a camera
  • I have no idea what a hukommelseskortporte is, but it's got two of them
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Next-Gen Consoles: Facts and Speculation

May 10, 2005 at 09:34 AM

Everything Gamespot's got on the Xbox 360, PS3, and Nintendo Revolution.

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Peace breaking out between Blu-ray and HD-DVD

May 09, 2005 at 07:47 PM

I wonder if they'll be able to get whatever they decide on into the PS3. It should just be an optical drive swap, I wouldn't think that would be too difficult. It shouldn't effect anything else the way I see it.

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The technology of the Wynn Las Vegas

May 09, 2005 at 06:56 AM

PC Magazine checks out the unfulfilled promise (technology-wise) of the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas.

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Google Web Accelerator

May 06, 2005 at 12:02 PM

No time saved yet, but it's certainly worth a try to see how it works. According to Google...

Google Web Accelerator uses various strategies to make your web pages load faster, including:

  • Sending your page requests through Google machines dedicated to handling Google Web Accelerator traffic.
  • Storing copies of frequently looked at pages to make them quickly accessible.
  • Downloading only the updates if a web page has changed slightly since you last viewed it.
  • Prefetching certain pages onto your computer in advance.
  • Managing your Internet connection to reduce delays.
  • Compressing data before sending it to your computer.

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DashboardWidgets.com

May 04, 2005 at 04:41 PM

Damnit I can't decide if I should upgrade to Tiger (Mac OSX 10.4) or not. Argh...

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New scam: Pharming

May 04, 2005 at 04:31 PM

I read about this when it was first published but I just now found the article on the web and wanted to link to it.

Attention Mom and Dad: Please refrain from using the Internet ever again.

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No IE In Tiger

April 28, 2005 at 08:41 AM

Woohooo! Death to the browser that makes all my sites look like poo!

I doubt it'll actually have much effect on the number of people who use Mac IE though, because I think the majority of those are people who are still using OS 9.

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Most realistic Xbox 360 photo yet

April 26, 2005 at 08:47 PM

I'm behind on this stuff because I was out of town all weekend.

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The Motorola MPx is no more

April 18, 2005 at 02:58 PM

A product that was once at the top of my wishlist is never going to be released (beyond the it's unsuccessful limited release in SE Asia.) It's a damn shame. Good idea and concept, piss poor execution.

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Adobe to acquire Macromedia?

April 18, 2005 at 09:18 AM

Hopefully this is just an internal April Fool's joke that we're just now stumbling onto. It's sort of like if Microsoft bought Apple, not good at all.

For the love of God I hope they don't scrap Fireworks. I prefer it about 100 times to Photoshop.

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Vatican installing cellphone jammers for papal conclave

April 17, 2005 at 12:51 PM

I just can't see the pope texting his homies on his cellphone.

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Reflecting on 10 years of ESPN.com

April 15, 2005 at 12:29 PM

God the Web was freaking fugly back in 1995. I didn't know they've had fantasy baseball since 1996.

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Gmail adds feed reading

April 15, 2005 at 12:07 PM

Some people are now able to read RSS feeds via their Gmail accounts. Pretty cool.

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Windows Longhorn Live?

April 12, 2005 at 03:14 PM

The screenshot appears to show MSN Messenger, DVR features, and Quickbooks all integrated into the bar on the right side.

I really like the sidebar concept, in fact I'm using Desktop Sidebar right now to try to mimic the functionality in XP.

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Forgent Networks is the devil

April 11, 2005 at 08:23 AM

Our good friends from the JPEG patent, Forgent Networks, are now going after TiVo because they have a patent that addresses recording television signals to a computer. These people seriously need to be stopped.

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Google Maps at maximum zoom

April 07, 2005 at 11:12 AM

The zoom level available for New Braunfels sucks, apparently Matt ad defective yeti doesn't have that problem.

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Discs Are So Dead

April 05, 2005 at 11:28 AM

Wired writer claims neither Blu-Ray or HD-DVD will win because the future of content distribution is via the Web. I don't know if I agree because I have my doubts about Hollywood's willingness to distribute content right to your hard drive. I don't really think that makes it any easier to pirate than optical media, but Hollywood is dumb.

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How to Change the Default Browser in Mac OSX

April 01, 2005 at 03:02 PM

I've been wondering how to do this for a while now.

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Google upping storage to infinity + 1

April 01, 2005 at 01:51 PM

Okay the infinity part is just an April Fool's joke, but they are really going up to 2 GB's and beyond.

Gmail storage on it's way to infinity

Also: Google Gulp

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Ars Technica reviews the PSP

March 29, 2005 at 10:33 AM

Another glowing review. Want one yet?

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Forever Geek

March 28, 2005 at 02:20 PM
Forever Geek: Nerds are for Dorks

Good site for links to general geekery. Often overlaps with other sites I visit (probably because they're visiting the same sites I am), but does a much better job of posting cool links from other weblogs and small sites. Often has good links to stuff for programmers that I can't find elsewhere.

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Blog Maverick

March 28, 2005 at 12:55 PM
Blog Maverick: The Mark Cuban weblog

Blog Maverick is a great site for open and honest discussion from a person you wouldn't normally be able to get that from. How many billionaire, CEO, NBA owners have a weblog where they come and talk so frankly about sports, technology, and world events?

His sports posts can sometimes be a little long and whiny, but almost every single post on technology is well-written and spot on. I definitely have a lot more respect for Cuban after reading his thoughts on things. He's really an intelligent and likable guy.

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Engadget

March 28, 2005 at 12:43 PM
Engadget

Engadget has supplanted Gizmodo as my main source for news on gadgets and consumer electronics. Updated almost non-stop during the week, it's an amazing resource for anybody obsessed with knowing about the latest and greatest gadgets that are out there.

Unlike Gizmodo, you can also comment and participate in the discussion that follows. Other readers will often provide more useful info or links. Despite the morons that come out anytime Macs or Microsoft or the Playstation 2 or the Game Boy Advance are mentioned, allowing for this interactivity is one of the reasons the site is so great.

I've turned half the office onto the site and now we're all wasting our days away there.

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Sony responds to PSP dead-pixel reports

March 28, 2005 at 10:38 AM

I really can't decide what to do about the few dead pixels on my PSP. They're not too bothersome when playing games, but they're definitely visible during movies. Of course, for how expensive the thing is and how often/long I plan on using it, I'd rather not have any defects at all.

I guess I'll wait a couple weeks like Sony suggested, and then decide whether or not I should try to get a replacement.

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Sony PSP review

March 28, 2005 at 08:43 AM

I've got to agree with everything, especially the highs and lows. I'm loving it, if Memory Stick Duo's were cheaper I'd definitely would use it for video and pictures. I haven't tried out the audio player yet, but I really don't need one.

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Put TiVo files onto PSP

March 25, 2005 at 03:16 PM
PSP plus TiVo equals love

Actually seems pretty simple. Just install one extra thing, add one line to the 3GP .ini file, and drag and drop. Sweet.

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PlayStation Portable Launch Party

March 23, 2005 at 11:17 PM

Photos and updates from the Joystiq and Engadget peeps at the PSP Launch Party.

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OutlookMT

March 20, 2005 at 10:40 PM

OutlookMT (MagicFolder) is a utility that monitors a designated Outlook 2003 folder for items. An item placed in the magic folder will be posted to the weblog specified in the settings.

Now that's pretty cool. It would seem to be especially useful to someone who uses an Outlook-integrated RSS reader and wants to post an item. See Scoble's linkblog for an example.

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Firefox ad

March 20, 2005 at 10:08 PM

Cool student ad for Firefox.

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Kotaku's rambling, random, very positive thoughts on the PSP

March 18, 2005 at 10:52 PM

I can't wait to get mine next week and tear up some Tiger Woods. I'm also starting to get really interested in Lumines, a very cool looking puzzle game.

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Spammer Sues User

March 17, 2005 at 08:25 AM

Guy gets spam, guy asks them to stop spamming, guy gets more spam, company sues guy, guy gets more spam.

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Comcast and TiVo form partnership

March 15, 2005 at 10:15 AM

Damnit I was seriously thinking about buying TiVo stock last week, and now it's up a full 50%.

Anyways, very good news for TiVo and probably Comcast customers as well. Just one more reason I live in the one small area of Dallas not serviced by Comcast.

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Peerflix gets press, funding

March 11, 2005 at 10:18 AM

I was actually interviewed via email about Peerflix for an article by someone from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism last week. I'll have to check if that makes it up on the web somewhere and whether my statements were coherent enough to use.

Read my full write up on Peerflix here.

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TiVo planning TiVo-branded experience for the PC

March 11, 2005 at 08:48 AM

Would be pretty cool to have TiVo on my PC and in my living room, but I'd only really be interested if there was a ton of interaction between the two. Features like pause in one room and take over in another would be a must-have.

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Blogging on the job FAQ

March 10, 2005 at 03:07 PM

A good write-up on the do's and don'ts of blogging while on the job.

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Customize Google News

March 10, 2005 at 01:04 PM

You can now customize the display of Google News. Rearrange the categories, add new ones, and even create your own custom news searches.

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Click Fraud: Problem and Paranoia

March 10, 2005 at 12:49 PM

I can't believe businesses are paying that much money per click. I wonder how much a click on my site costs them?

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Apple joins Blu-ray Disc Association

March 10, 2005 at 11:05 AM

More positive news for Blu-Ray, it was announced today that Apple will become a member of the Blu-ray Disc Association's Board of Directors.

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Microsoft Office 12 Preview

March 09, 2005 at 11:05 AM
Office 12 calendar prototype

The calendar looks real cool, definitely has an iCal feel to it.

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Google weather

March 06, 2005 at 02:51 PM

Damn, Google is on a roll.

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Airbag interviews Kottke

March 04, 2005 at 04:23 PM

This one is a bit more sarcastic.

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Newsweek interviews Kottke

March 04, 2005 at 02:37 PM

25,000 hits a day. I know Jason doesn't want to put ads on his site, but he could really make a killing with AdSense with that kind of traffic.

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Netscape 8.0 Beta Goes Live

March 04, 2005 at 11:42 AM

It's just an uglier, more bloated version of Firefox.

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Apple wins suit against fan sites

March 04, 2005 at 11:38 AM

That's freaking retarded. I'm sure it'll get appealed, but a moron judge ruled today that the protection that shields journalists from revealing the names of unidentified sources does not apply to websites.

How does that make any sense whatsoever? I don't know.

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Future iPods could have triple the battery life

March 04, 2005 at 08:55 AM

Looks like maybe I should keep waiting before I trade in my current iPod mini. The new chipset that could be in them by Christmas could allow for up to a 54-hour battery life.

Update: Whoops, looks like the new mini's already use the new chipset. Which is why they get eighteen hours out the battery instead of the eight mine does.

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PCMag reviews Flickr

March 03, 2005 at 09:30 AM

They sure seem to have gotten a lot of stuff wrong in their review.

They get the add contacts/friends/family stuff wrong and I don't think I've never seen an ad on the site. I just spent 10 minutes actively looking and couldn't find a one.

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Yahoo! Netrospective

March 02, 2005 at 12:43 PM

100 influential, new, humorous, or otherwise important moments of the Web from the last ten years.

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Windows Media Player A Security Threat

March 02, 2005 at 11:35 AM

I got my ass kicked by a virus/spyware smorgasboard when Windows Media Player 10 tried to acquire a license for a music file. Installed all sorts of fun stuff that even after weeks worth of running spyware cleaners and Norton Anti-Virus was still lingering. I eventually had to reformat and reinstall.

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The NY Times fumbles Bluesnarfing at the Oscars

March 02, 2005 at 09:16 AM

Well the New York Times just sorta made stuff up and ignore 80% of the facts to write this article. Nice work.

Pretty easy to see why the mainstream media is so fearful of bloggers, they make it pretty obvious when a story is made-up, half-assed, and unresearched.

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Segway GT (Golf Transporter)

March 01, 2005 at 09:12 AM

It's a Segway to use at the golf course, complete with golf bag carrier. I see old men falling off these things and breaking a hip immediately.

They could actually speed up play of the people who knew how to drive them, since they're single person vehicles you don't have to wander all over the place because you both suck at golf.

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Google movie searches

February 25, 2005 at 08:47 AM

Search by zip code, movies, actors, directors. Very cool.

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Why would Apple even want TiVo?

February 24, 2005 at 09:33 AM

Good article on what's in it for Apple to buy TiVo. Seems like a logical move for both companies, especially if Apple really is serious about moving into the living room and/or a future video iPod. Recorded television shows are one of the few remotely legal methods to get video onto one of these new PMP's that are popping up all over the place.

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Apple to acquire TiVo??

February 23, 2005 at 04:08 PM

Well that sure would be interesting and good news.

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iPod mini get two more gigs

February 23, 2005 at 08:34 AM

So no color screen, not too big of a deal. It is getting a two gigabyte upgrade and longer battery life. Will check on replacing mine eventually.

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More Xbox 360 details

February 23, 2005 at 08:27 AM

In what I think is another bad move (not including a Blu-Ray or HD-DVD optical drive being the other), it seems the next Xbox will come in two flavors, with and without a harddrive. It'll make it next to impossible for game developers to make games that take advantage of it, since a good portion of owners won't have one.

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Mark Cuban on the broadcast flag

February 22, 2005 at 03:38 PM

I'm almost a Mavericks fan solely based on my sincere respect for Mark Cuban. Almost everything he writes on his weblog is intelligent, well thought out, and in line with my views.

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No free WiFi for you!

February 20, 2005 at 12:24 PM

There is a proposed Texas bill that would outlaw municipal WiFi (cities providing free wireless Internet access.) Nice to see our government is once again working with it's citizens in mind. Didn't I mention before how much I hated politicians?

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iPod mini updates!

February 18, 2005 at 03:26 PM

Up the hard drive size to five or possibly even six gig capacity and give it a color scree. Sweet!

I'll be returning mine to Best Buy soon after it's released.

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Mac mini A/V dock (concept)

February 16, 2005 at 10:02 AM
Mac mini A/V dock

Now this is pretty cool. A nice concept for a Mac mini A/V dock that would add additional harddrive space, component video out, port replicator, flash card reader, IR port for a remote, and a front-panel display. Plus it would be quick and easy to pull the Mac mini out of the dock when you wanted to take it somewhere.

This would be great to go along with the Mac Media Center Project.

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IE7 beta this summer

February 15, 2005 at 06:10 PM

They're developing a new version of Internet Explorer finally, IE7 should be beta released this summer. Interestingly, it will only be available to people using Windows XP Service Pack 2. Hopefully it will finally have support for a transparent alpha channel in PNG's. And you know, fix everything else that makes it a POS.

In equally awesome news, MS Windows AntiSpyware will remain free. Mucho bueno.

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Xbox 360 this October??

February 11, 2005 at 01:51 PM

That's way too soon. There's still enough life in this generation to milk it for more money. Plus by coming out too early they're going to have to skip the HD-DVD or Blu-Ray and put good old fashioned DVD player in the thing.

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Questions Frequently Asked About TiVo, Answered by Someone Who Loves TiVo Too Much

February 10, 2005 at 03:40 PM

Pretty funny Q&A about TiVo.

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Top 7 Myths of the New Cell Processor

February 09, 2005 at 09:49 AM

Dispelling some myths about Sony, Toshiba, and IBM's new processor.

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Magic 8-Ball Answers Your Questions Regarding 'Napster To Go'

February 09, 2005 at 08:41 AM

Pretty funny and pretty on the mark about Napster's new Napster To Go subscription service. Key point: It's gonna bomb.

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Ignite helps deliver big files

February 08, 2005 at 02:43 PM

Christina's place of employment.

I finally know exactly WTF she does. Sorta.

Not really.

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Google Maps

February 08, 2005 at 11:45 AM

Google is officially king of the freaking world. New cool stuff is coming out all the time lately.

Simple to use, works well, and quick to boot. Check it out.

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All Browsers But IE At Risk To New Spoofing Scheme

February 08, 2005 at 08:36 AM

I'm sure a fix will be out soon. In the meantime, don't be a complete friggin' moron.

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PS3 Power: Details on Cell

February 07, 2005 at 10:34 PM

More details on Cell processors and how they might affect the Playstation 3.

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How To Write Unmaintainable Code

February 07, 2005 at 10:57 AM

Now this is funny stuff. Helpful hints like using one letter variable names and lying in the comments. Must read.

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First Cell chip details

February 07, 2005 at 10:54 AM

Sounds like we'll know a lot more about the Cell chip by the end of the day.

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Xbox 360?

February 04, 2005 at 02:19 PM

Still just rumor, but it looks like the next Xbox may be called the Xbox 360. Wonder if that is a reference to some technology or just a big number?

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Password protection

February 04, 2005 at 11:39 AM

Some good ideas from Eric about ways to make hard to crack but easy to remember passwords. More good ones in the comments.

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Sony PSP to launch March 24th!

February 03, 2005 at 02:12 PM

Sweet. Looks like I'll be picking up my brand new PSP on March 24th. I hope since I pre-ordered ages ago I'm considered one of the first million and get Spidey 2 for free.

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TiVo's Home Media Engine launched

January 31, 2005 at 08:52 AM

TiVo has officially launched the Home Media Engine SDK. The kit will allow developers to write their own software to be run on TiVo boxes, things like RSS news feeds and weather updates won't be far behind.

Should be some exciting stuff coming out soon for TiVo owners.

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Firefox Bookmarks Synchronizer

January 26, 2005 at 10:44 AM
Bookmarks Synchronizer

Really cool Firefox extension if you've got a web host somewhere. It allows you to keep your bookmarks synchronized by uploading an XML data file of your bookmarks everytime you make a change. Then everytime you open Firefox it quickly downloads that file and syncs up your favorites. Exceedingly useful.

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Google Video Search

January 25, 2005 at 08:31 AM

I just found out about Google Video Search, I'm not sure how long it's been around but this is the first I'd heard about it.

Pretty dang cool upon first glance. They're only grabbing a few Bay Area and national channels, but it looks like they have plans to expand to other markets. Check out the help page to find out a lot more.

Definitely something I'll be following as it grows.

Update: Want more Texas Longhorn videos? Check out BevoSports.com!

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This thing could use a few more inputs

January 21, 2005 at 02:09 PM

This is the coolest thing I've ever freaking seen. It's got a Video 7 button for Pete's sake. SEVEN! Six digital audio ins. Mmmmmmmm... inputs.

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Basecamp Project Management

January 19, 2005 at 03:30 PM
Basecamp logo

An amazing piece of software. I have heard people (including the creators) talking about Basecamp for a long time now, but I had never noticed there was a free version before. The free version only lets you manage one project at a time, but otherwise it's the full blown app.

Basecamp lets you track a project's major milestons, create to-do lists, send messages, share files, and pretty much everything else you could think of. You even get a unique URL where everyone related to the project can interact and work together.

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Ta-da Lists

January 19, 2005 at 03:18 PM
Ta-da Lists: A part of Basecamp

Really, really handy little web app here. It's like a million times better version of an idea I was wanting to do with PHP, which kinda pisses me off because that's how I wanted to work on my PHP skills. Oh well.

Ta-da List makes it really easy to create, manage, and share a bunch of lists. A really simple, yet powerful task management system. The only thing missing that I'd like is due dates.

I'm going to do a full weblog post on this and Basecamp soon.

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Pepsi and iTunes Join Forces Again

January 19, 2005 at 09:19 AM

I've got to start looking for Pepsi bottles with the Drink. Win. Play. promo. One in three caps gets a free iTunes download.

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Asthma bong for kids

January 18, 2005 at 02:55 PM

It's actually a decent idea, make asthma inhalers more cool for kids to use. I'm not really sure that the Funhaler does that though. Which would be more embarassing, using a normal inhaler or puffing on this thing?

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I don't remember what life was like before I could pause live television

January 17, 2005 at 08:36 AM

A woman who can't live without TiVo, we should all be so lucky.

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UT student sued over spam

January 13, 2005 at 08:44 PM

Wow, I should spam people. These people have made hundreds of thousands if not millions of dollars through this scheme. How many morons are there actually out there that fall for spam?

The dumbest part is that the article says you should look for a Web page to submit contact information. Ummm, all that would do is confirm you're a real sucker and they have your real email address.

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Longhorn May Blend Tablet PC, Media Center

January 13, 2005 at 10:40 AM

Hopefully this is true, but it sounds like Microsoft is thinking about adding the Media Center and Tablet PC features into Longhorn. That would make having a Windows-based laptop very cool.

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Create your own iPod Shuffle

January 12, 2005 at 11:33 AM

A real quick hack to turn your iPod into an iPod Shuffle.

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Sony PSP TV is coming

January 11, 2005 at 08:19 AM

Holy crap this is cool. Sony already released LocationFree TV, and now they're bringing the technology to laptops and the PSP. So you'll be able to stream television across your network to your PSP. That's incredible.

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TiVo at CES

January 08, 2005 at 07:08 PM

PVRblog has a great write up on all the announcements TiVo has made at this week's CES.

Some more details on TiVoToGo but not nothing too new, what really interests me is the news on the standalone HDTivo. It'll have dual tuners and dual cable-cards (which means no need for a cable box), but isn't scheduled for release until 2006. Hopefully I'll have either moved by then or Grande will have burned to the ground.

Grande sucks.

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iHome?

January 08, 2005 at 01:41 PM

Most people are assuming it's fake, but the idea kind of makes sense. Instead of just a headless iMac, why not release more of a home theater Mac for use in the living room?

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Fugitive lived at Circuit City

January 08, 2005 at 01:14 PM

My parents complain I spend too much time and money at Best Buy, well at least I didn't live there!

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Good news, bad news for local HD with DirecTV

January 06, 2005 at 03:40 PM

They're going to start offering local HD channels by the second half of this year, but it's using a different technology that will require a different receiver. Good thing I've put it off this long.

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PSP will probably launch in March

January 05, 2005 at 01:38 PM

Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Ken Kutargi announced that they would probably release the PSP here in March. I've already preordered mine, hopefully they release a grand total of seven of them so I can sell it for a tidy profit.

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BBC talks about being Dooced

January 05, 2005 at 10:05 AM

Wow, talk about big time. The BBC talks about some of the pitfalls of workplace blogging and uses the term dooced.

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SixApart buying LiveJournal

January 05, 2005 at 09:18 AM

Six Apart has purhcased LiveJournal, but what are they going to do with it? They have a ton of free users and some that pay a small fee, but nowhere near what TypePad charges.

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43 Things

January 03, 2005 at 01:19 PM
43 Things logo

Pretty cool site. The main idea behind it is that we can all improve ourselves if we focus on a set of small goals, forty-three to be exact. It's easy to browse through other people's goals, add your own, and make posts about them. You can even have it post all your entries to your MT, Blogger, LiveJournal, or TypePad weblog.

I'm using the site to power the new Goals section of my Doing weblog. It's brand new so it's still a little buggy, but hopefully it'll keep getting better.

(via Signal vs. Noise)

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TiVoToGo launches!!!

January 03, 2005 at 08:16 AM

TiVoToGo is officially available. You can now send recorded shows to your PC, but DVD burning is still not available. Unfortunately the Sonic MyDVD software that's going to be required is going to cost additional money, hopefully not too much.

It's perfect timing, I can send my newly recorded copy of The Rose Bowl and keep it forever.

Update: Looks like your actual TiVo box actually has to have a certain software update for it to work. You need version 7.1.x and I have something like 4.2 or so. Pretty dissappointing if you ask me. I signed up to be on the priority updates list, but it could still be a week or two before I'm ready to go.

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VOOM To Cease Operations?

December 31, 2004 at 05:33 PM

Wow, that would suck big time for a lot of people. I have been thinking of getting Voom on and off for a while now, and I'd probably have it already if they didn't require a land-line phone.

According to online reports, VOOM has about 26,000 subscribers, creating in the neighborhood of $5,900,000 in revenue. Total operating expenses will top out at over $75,000,000 this year creating a virtual black hole of profitability, even for the deep-pocketed Cablevision.

That blows.

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Texas brings WiFi to rest stops

December 30, 2004 at 09:52 AM

The Texas Department of Transportation has signed a deal with Coach Connect to provide WiFi at highway rest stops. Now I never have to go more than fifty miles without checking my email.

Cost for 20 minutes will be $1.99, followed by $3.99 for 24 hours, $7.99 for a week, or $29.99 per month. Coach Connect hopes also to support this network of hotspots with the help of sponsors.

That's not really bad, but having to pay and deal with advertisers is just a little much.

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Make Firefox faster

December 27, 2004 at 09:23 AM

Sweet, this actually appears to work really well. Pages are loading lightning fast.

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So you got a PVR for Christmas...

December 27, 2004 at 09:06 AM

Some helpful links to anyone who got a PVR for Christmas.

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Testing cell phones ties up 911

December 27, 2004 at 08:44 AM

Wow I had no idea people were this stupid. They get a new cell phone and want to test it out so they call 911. Hopefully this is only an issue with California and their liberal inhabitants. Morons.

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Grand Theft Auto 2 for free

December 22, 2004 at 01:48 PM

Rockstar is giving away GTA 2 for free. Merry Christmas to me.

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The Guy Game = kiddie porn

December 22, 2004 at 11:36 AM

I understand why they're taking the game off shelves. What I don't understand is how you can lie about your age, take your clothes off, and then sue the people you lied to. Where's the logic in that?

She's even suing Sony and Microsoft, just because the game appeared on their consoles.

According to the lawsuit:

The plaintiff is still a teenager and wishes to attend college, develop her career and be active in her community and church.

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Mark Cuban tells Chad Pennington to get a blog

December 21, 2004 at 11:48 AM

The NYC media pissed Chad Pennington off and rather than trying to explain why to that very same group of people, Mark Cuban suggests he should start his own weblog. Not a bad idea.

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Norwegian dude proposes via iPod engraving

December 21, 2004 at 10:49 AM

Best part is that some day this guys kids are going to ask him about how he proposed to their mother, and their going to be totally incredulous at the thought of an iPod that can only hold 20GB.

Zing.

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Leaked Royale theme for WinXP

December 20, 2004 at 08:24 PM

Nice looking theme supposedly released by Microsoft themselves. Looks real good.

(via Anil Dash)

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PCMag reviews MSN Spaces

December 20, 2004 at 11:24 AM

I've lost all respect for PC Magazine. God, MSN Spaces freaking blows and they gave it a four out of five. Everyone has said it's horribly difficult to set up and it looks absolutely fugly. If you want a free blogging service, use LiveJournal.

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Suprnova.org shut down

December 20, 2004 at 11:17 AM

This sucks. SuprNova.org was a great source of BitTorrent files. Damn.

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Apple iPhone

December 17, 2004 at 08:27 AM

After tons of speculation, Apple officially let slip that they were partnering with Motorola to release a cellphone that would be an accessory to the iPod.

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Firefox in the NY Times

December 16, 2004 at 10:11 AM

THe Mozilla Foundation has places a two page ad in the New York Times featuring Firefox and all the names of people who donated to the cause. I should've donated, I could've been famous!

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Christmas virus makes the rounds

December 15, 2004 at 12:17 PM

Just FYI.

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Homemade iPod mini ad

December 14, 2004 at 10:40 AM

Pretty sweet iPod mini ad made by a high school teacher from California. I bet the dude is going to have real jobs thrown at him now. I saw it a few days ago, but was too lazy to post it.

Addendum: I hate URI's with freaking commas in them. What's the deal with that?

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SMT 5600 vs. MPx220

December 14, 2004 at 08:27 AM

A nice comparison review of the SMT 5600 I've been wanting and the MPx220. They don't really declare either phone the winner, just compare the two and tell you to choose the one that best fits your usage.

The SMT 5600 is more my style and preference, plus it has better battery life and they complain about the MPx's call quality

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Gmail spam

December 10, 2004 at 03:07 PM

Apparently I'm not the only one who has noticed the appearance of spam in my Gmail account the last couple of weeks. All of us seem to be having the same issue.

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Google Suggest beta

December 10, 2004 at 02:47 PM

Start typing, it offers suggestions. Very cool. Wonder if this will go through a 2 year beta like Gmail is.

I can't tell if it's basing the suggestion off of the number of results, or the popularity of the search strings. Probably both. (via Anil Dash)

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Your laptop might make you infertile

December 09, 2004 at 11:25 AM

Yikes. Um. Crap.

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TiVoToGo finally coming?

December 08, 2004 at 03:50 PM

Wooohooo!!! It looks like TiVoToGo may be about to be released. If you have TiVo, check out this Media Access Page.

Update: PVRblog and even Gizmodo are now guessing the same thing. Keep your fingers crossed.

Update Dos: The http://www.tivo.com/togo/ link that wasn't working before is working now. It essentialy says it's coming soon.

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PSP hands-on impressions

December 08, 2004 at 08:13 AM

Damn this thing is hot. I'll take two please.

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Play Nintendo DS Online

December 05, 2004 at 09:57 PM

Online play should be soon, whether Nintendo ever implements it or not.

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For Sale: Nintendo DS

December 03, 2004 at 07:38 PM
Nintendo DS

I've put one of my two Nintendo DS units up for sale on eBay. I figured I would sell one now and take a little more risk on the other and sell it closer to Christmas. GO BUY IT!

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Nintendo DS supply depleted

December 02, 2004 at 09:47 AM
Nintendo said DS sales were "moving faster than anticipated" and predicted that initial North American supply will be "depleted within days."

Score!! Buy MINE!

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For Sale: MPIO mp3 player

December 01, 2004 at 02:36 PM

In addition to my Nintendo DS, I now have an old mp3 player for sale on eBay. Cheap, 128 MB, good for working out, used by yours truly. Go buy it too.

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GoDogGo Automatic Fetch System

December 01, 2004 at 09:57 AM

Because I'm not lazy enough already, let's automate one more thing in my life.

Of course this won't work for Reesey because she won't chase balls, only her Squeaky. And I'm pretty sure that won't fit in this launcher thing. (via Gizmodo)

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DirecTV creating their own DVR

November 30, 2004 at 09:15 AM

This is probably bad news for TiVo, as 75% of their new subscribers right now come from DirecTV. If they lose that source, they'll have to come up with new ways to increase their customer base.

Grande sucks.

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iPod photo as business expense

November 30, 2004 at 09:05 AM

Seems they've created software that'll take a PowerPoint presentation (for example) and export it as images that you can than import into your iPod photo. Then you can hook the iPod to a projector. Pretty good excuse to pick one up.

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Nintendogs

November 29, 2004 at 01:39 PM

What an adorable and pointless game. At least it's a game that appears to use the touch screen of the Nintendo DS, it doesn't look like any of the ones that were released with the system really do. (via ModernPooch)

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Windows Powered Treo for Dell?

November 29, 2004 at 09:09 AM

Sounds a little like BS to me (and most everyone else too), but there are some rumors that Dell is pressing pressing palmOne to make a Pocket PC Treo. (via Gizmodo)

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PS3 in 2006?

November 29, 2004 at 08:33 AM

Seems there will be new news on the Sony's cell processor soon. The speculated schedule for the processor has people doing some second degree speculation and guessing the Playstation 3 will be targeted for release in 2006.

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Even Microsoft uses Firefox

November 24, 2004 at 01:50 PM

Microsoft is showing off their new search engine and accidentally distributed a screenshot of them using Firefox with the story.

That's pretty freaking funny. (via Jeremy Flint)

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RIAA sues some more people

November 18, 2004 at 03:47 PM

The RIAA issues 761 new lawsuits, and guess what?

I'm not one of them! Wooohooo! Suckers!

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Dock substitutes and other launch utilities for Macs

November 18, 2004 at 03:43 PM

I really need to try out Quicksilver, everyone raves about it and it looks pretty damn useful.

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Own a Sprint Treo 650 Tomorrow

November 17, 2004 at 11:09 AM

Seems like the new Treo 650 is coming out really soon, possibly tomorrow. People are reporting they've been able to order the new smartphone from Sprint today with overnight delivery.

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Hunt via the Internet

November 17, 2004 at 10:55 AM

This is pretty ridiculous. First off, how is it any freaking fun? Either hunt in person or in an actual video game, I'm sure that would provide a more entertaing experience.

As for the morality of hunting, obviously this remote hunting idea is completely screwy. But I generally don't have an issue with hunting for food. My family hunts, but I don't. That's mainly a laziness and hating the cold decision rather than a moral one. I do have issues with people who hunt purely for sport. Those that don't use the animal for food and those who hunt more exotic animals.

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Nintendo to give away gold GBA SP's

November 17, 2004 at 08:17 AM

Stealing a gimmick "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory," Nintendo is giving away six gold GBA SP's to the people that find a golden ticket. Pretty cool looking and bound to sell for a pretty penny on eBay.

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XML Resume Library

November 16, 2004 at 10:08 AM

Pretty cool way to take your resume and create a single XML file, and then use that as a source to create different formats of your resume. You can create HTML, PDF, and plain text output formats of your XML resume.

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Halo 2 goes RSS

November 16, 2004 at 09:15 AM

Freaking sweet. Okay, it's only sweet if you're a complete nerd, but fortunately for me I am.

Bungie.net now gives you the option to access your personal Halo 2 stats via RSS. Now I can be constantly updated on how badly I suck.

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Nintendo reacts to DS demand as orders rise

November 16, 2004 at 09:03 AM

Two million DS units have been pre-ordered and Nintendo is adding a third factory in order to meet demand, hopefully they fail.

Better plan? Make just two, and give them to me. (via Gizmodo)

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Sony PSP on display

November 15, 2004 at 12:40 PM

The PSP appears to be ready, so why don't they just release it yet? (via Engadget)

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Jack Thompson is a jackass

November 15, 2004 at 08:38 AM

This guy is pretty funny. He blames everything in this world on video games. Read his emails in this article along with Kotaku's first exchange with him, he talks in the third person and in one email uses all caps and centers everything as he rambles. Pretty hilarious.

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Konfabulator does do Windows

November 11, 2004 at 10:31 AM

Pretty awesome software that I tried out on my Mac. It makes a lot more sense when using an "always-on" computer, which my isn't how I use my Powerbook. Great looking widgets that range from useful to silly. Definitely worth trying it out.

I have had an issue with it up here at work. I think some other software is screwing with it, but it is working without flaw at home.

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3 new Xboxs?

November 11, 2004 at 08:52 AM

Interesting news. The dubious part is the first line:

A slide from a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) presentation seen by the INQ points towards Microsoft launching three versions of the Xbox 2, one of which is a fully functioning PC.

Ummmm... Why would information about the actual systems be included in the agreement? Would make more sense if it just said "Don't tell anyone about what you learn today." Or something like that.

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Sony Vaio U-70

November 11, 2004 at 08:18 AM
Sony Vaio U-70

Damn this thing is sweet. Not overly practical but really freaking sweet. The U-70 has a 1.1GHz Pentium M processor, a 5-inch, 800 x 600 pixel LCD screen, 512MB of RAM, a 20GB hard drive, and built-in 802.11b/g WiFi. JK added a Bluetooth card and made the damn thing even more mobile and cool. Lots of good images to check out. (via Engadget)

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Cool USB thumb drive

November 10, 2004 at 07:56 PM

It only comes in 128 MB size, but it's a real THUMB drive!!!

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Nintendo DS shipping early?

November 10, 2004 at 08:09 AM

I got an email this morning from Gamestop letting me know the DS would be shipping a week early. Woohoo! This means there will be plenty of time to get it up on eBay for the shopping season.

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Bloglines pimps Firefox

November 09, 2004 at 09:16 AM

Coinciding with the official release of Firefox 1.0, Bloglines has a page just for information on Firefox. Great info on what it is, and even better has links to two crucial extensions for people who use both Bloglines and Firefox. I've been using the Toolkit extension for a couple of months now, it's great and makes it easy to keep tabs on when my feeds are updated. There's also a new one called LiveLines that lets you add feeds to your Bloglines subscriptions with one click using the new Firefox feeds icon.

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Apple doesn't want your opinion

November 05, 2004 at 08:18 AM

Apple sure has been acting like a big arrogant a-hole of a company lately. First they ignored the defect in the 4G iPods, and now they've implemented a customer rating system on the Apple Store that doesn't allow you to actually rate any Apple products. Why?

Why cant customers rate Apple products? Would you trust us to display less than perfect ratings on our own products? We didnt think so!

Here's a nice screenshot of it from Gizmodo.

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Dog seat belts

November 02, 2004 at 09:21 AM
Doggy seat belts

BMW has introduced car safety belts for dogs in Japan. I guess Japanese dogs are more important than ours, bastards.

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Nintendo DS already sold out?

November 02, 2004 at 09:05 AM

IGN is reporting that GameStop has stopped pre-orders on the Nintendo DS. That's good news for me (if I actually receive the two I pre-ordered.) If the supply is that low and the demand is that high, I can screw soccer mom's willing to pay exorbitant amounts for the damn thing on eBay. (via Gizmodo)

Update: Joystiq is also mentioning it and even brings up my dastardly plan: "eBay-gouging".

Update 2: Well, that was short-lived. It appears they're taking preorders again now.

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iPod Photo problems?

November 01, 2004 at 08:16 AM

You know if MS did this kind of crap people would be screaming for the DOJ to break them up.

The new iPod Photo is just a 4G iPod with a color screen so it still suffers from the same audio glitch. So now not only is Apple pretending the glitch didn't exist and not recalling the defective units, but they're releasing a whole new product with the defect in it.

Luckily Christina's iPod doesn't appear to have the issue.

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Normalized data is for sissies

October 27, 2004 at 11:51 AM

Kottke discusses database normalization and when and why it's important, or maybe why it's not important.

Personally it makes some things a pain in the ass, but I believe it's definitely neccessary. Getting the data you need sometimes requires complicated queries, but when you're adding or editing data it only has to go one place.

Wow, it's been forever since I've heard someone (other than me or Christina) actually mention normalization.

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iPod sock

October 27, 2004 at 09:53 AM
The iPod Sock

Okay this is kinda lame and kinda cool at the same time. It's a sock, for your iPod. You get six for $29.

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Sony PSP launch date and price

October 27, 2004 at 09:47 AM
Sony PSP box

Some official news on the Sony PSP finally, it'll be out in Japan on December 12th and will retail for just under $200 US.

No official word on the US release date or price, but it should be early next year and approximately the same price.

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The iPod Photo

October 26, 2004 at 01:44 PM
iPod Photo: Now Playing album art

Apple has surprisingly announced the iPod Photo is ready to be released in the next couple of weeks. I'd link to it but the Apple site blows and won't let you give direct links, here's the section. (what kind of modern site puts a phone number as a folder name in a website?)

The photo displaying capability isn't all that important to me, but it does have a nice looking color screen and supposedly gets 15 hours of battery life. It also display album art if available when playing a song, pretty cool. Unfortunately the 40 GB iPod Photo is heavier and thicker than the 40 GB 4G iPod.

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IGN.com reviews GTA San Andreas

October 26, 2004 at 10:19 AM

IGN gives the game an amazing 9.9 out of 10 and calls it the defining piece of software for the Playstation 2.

It has a production value that's second to none, boasts a faithfulness to '90s source material with an eerie accuracy, and provides more hours of entertainment than all the previous Grand Theft Autos combined.

Gamespot gives it a 9.6 and dishes out the kudos as well. They even have a free video review available.

I must have it.

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Audiovox SMT 5600 review

October 22, 2004 at 07:56 AM

Mmmmm... me want. This phone has been climbing my wishlist lately. They said it's actually about the size of my current phone, which I think is the perfect size for a non-flip phone. Overall they seem to really like it. (via Gizmodo)

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Gizmodo on Blu-Ray discs

October 22, 2004 at 07:31 AM
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Gizmodo has declared Blu-Ray discs the winner of the next-generation format wars with HD-DVD. (I think that may set some sort of record for hyphens in a sentence.) They cover the technical, financial, and commercial differences between the two formats and the reasons Blu-Ray comes out on top.

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DVD player hack list

October 20, 2004 at 02:53 PM

Pretty cool page I found through Hackaday. This is actually a site I found when I first got my DVD burner, but this page gives you a ton of hacks for a ton of different DVD players. I found a region-free hack that will allow me to play DVD's from any region on my new Gateway Connected DVD player. Of course all my DVDs are from the US so it doesn't matter. Pretty cool anyways.

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Bloglines

October 20, 2004 at 01:48 PM
Bloglines.com

Absolutely great service here. Almost every site I visit regularly now has an RSS feed to push out new content to me. Sign up and never be left behind on this site!

During a single day I use anywhere from 3 to 4 different computers so its wonderful to have one central place to check and read all my feeds. Plus with all the different setups theres really only one common denominator, FireFox. The Bloglines Notifier extension works as advertised on both my PC's and Mac.

I tried NewsGator and FeedDemon but didnt like either enough to pay for them. I used an RSS reader extension for FireFox (RSS Reader and then Sage) and liked them but when I would get to a dif computer I had to wade through all the items I had read elsewhere in order to find new stuff.

Bloglines is the most comprehensive, integrated service for searching, subscribing, publishing and sharing news feeds, blogs, and rich Web content. It's free and easy-to-use.

You can even view all of the feeds I subscribe to here!

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Engadget: TiVoToGo

October 15, 2004 at 01:23 PM

They actually got a demo of the thing. They dropped the dongle, woohoo!

The functionality comes in the form of a free automatic update to any and all TiVo series 2 boxes; just add the TiVo Desktop application to your computer, get the two on your home network, and youre ready to roll.
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DigitalLife: Motorola MPx

October 14, 2004 at 03:46 PM

I think I'm going to cry, Gizmodo says the MPx is bigger than he thought and seems awkward to use. Might move the Treo 650 and SMT 5600 up on the old lust list.

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GTA San Andreas mulitplayer?

October 14, 2004 at 01:03 PM

They seem pretty confident that there will be co-op aspects in the new Grand Theft Auto, but I really think they're taking some unfounded logical leaps to get there. Here's hoping.

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More on TiVoToGo

October 14, 2004 at 10:17 AM

Not a ton of new info from Gizmodo, but it's coming out Q4 this year and they also had this little tidbit to share:

One important point, though, is that the initial implementation will be copying files to laptops and burning DVDs of recorded shows, using Windows Media Player to manage the DRM and a certain DVD burning software.

I honestly think I had a dream about TiVoToGo last week. I'm weird, but I love me some TiVo.

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Automatic shower cleaner

October 14, 2004 at 09:54 AM
Automatic shower cleaner from Scrubbing Bubbles

Currently I have to go through the absolutely grueling process of spraying the shower to keep it clean. With the new automatic shower cleaner from Scrubbing Bubbles, I could reduce my effort to the push of a button. Genius! (via Gizmodo)

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Gizmodo

October 13, 2004 at 10:39 AM
Gizmodo: The Gadgets Weblog

Gizmodo calls itself "the gadgets weblog" and deservedly so. A wonderful source for news and info on stuff like cell phones, digital cameras, PDA's, and MP3 players. Updated upwards of fifteen times a day during the week, there's not many things gadget-related it doesn't cover. Visit often and watch as your own personal wishlist grows.

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VooDoo Media Center PC/Xbox

October 13, 2004 at 09:22 AM

Pretty sweet little combo using Microsoft's Windows Media Center 2005 and Media Center Extender software on the Xbox. Looks good, probably works good, costs way too damn much. (via Gizmodo)

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PayPal hit by outages

October 12, 2004 at 01:52 PM

Sold several things on eBay this week and now PayPal is down. Piece of crap. I can't confirm payment and ship anything unless it's up and running.

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New Media Center PCs

October 12, 2004 at 11:44 AM
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They are finally starting to make these Windows XP Media Center PC's look pretty cool. The new HP's running it actually look like something I would put in my living room.

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Roll-up bridge

October 12, 2004 at 09:24 AM

Um, it's a pedestrian bridge that rolls up to get out of the way. Pretty sweet. It actually kind of looks like modern art once it's rolled itself into a ball.

I'd hate to be standing on it when it started it's conversion. (via Gizmodo)

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Philips Streamium HDTV w/WiFi

October 12, 2004 at 08:44 AM

Pretty nice looking 23 inch LCD television with HD as well as ability to stream content off a PC in the network via 802.11g.

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ABCNews.com redesigns

October 11, 2004 at 02:40 PM

Another site redesign from the Disney group and Mike Davidson. Mike writes a little behind the scenes on what went into this major redesign.

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Google SMS

October 08, 2004 at 09:27 AM

Sweet new service from Google where you can send SMS messages from your cell phone to 46645 (GOOGL) and get back information. For example send "Starbucks 78130" and get the lone Starbucks location in New Braunfels. Pretty damn cool. (via Engadget)

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IGN: High-definition basics

October 06, 2004 at 11:35 AM

Great, in-depth article from IGN.com on the world of high-definition entertainment. Covers the basics such as formats, as well as more interesting stuff like how to record HD and play video games in HD.

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New GMail features

October 04, 2004 at 03:42 PM

Some pretty cool new GMail features are on their way (I don't have them yet.) RSS feed of messages and easier access to contacts are the main things I'm interested in.

Although the Firefox GMail Notifier takes care of me pretty well.

Update: Well I've got the "Contacts" option now, but still waiting for the other things.

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MS Access sucks

September 30, 2004 at 03:18 PM

Scrivs reads an article on Microsoft Access vs MySQL. Then he gets mad that no one ever considers PostgreSQL and that the article comparing the two databases goes to pot after a page or two and turns into an advertisement for some product.

Anyways, Access sucks!

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Sony PSP images

September 30, 2004 at 10:14 AM

Damn this thing looks sweet. It's going to cost a buttload, but it's styling and power make me drool.

Buy me one please!

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Final Nintendo DS Box

September 30, 2004 at 10:08 AM

Nothing too exciting, just an image and story about the final retail packaging of the Nintendo DS. Also a suggested retail price of $149.99 was announced, which is big news because rumors are the Sony PSP will be between $300 and $350. Damn the PSP looks sweet though.

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PodUtil

September 28, 2004 at 08:36 AM

Another iPod utility for copying songs from you iPod to your computer. What makes this one stand out is that it compatible with both PC and Mac, and also that it also can rebuild your playlists for you. There has been at least three times when my PC reset my library and I lost all my playlists and ratings (over 1,000 of them!)

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UNC punter steals flash drives

September 27, 2004 at 08:50 AM

The University of North Carolina has sucked at football since Mack Brown left, and now they're kickers are stealing from Wal-Mart. Man, they've really fallen on hard times. What kind of jackass tries to steal a bunch of USB flash drives, they're not that valuable and everyone who wants one has one.

Moron.

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Synergy

September 24, 2004 at 04:15 PM

Wow.

Open-source software that allows you to "easily share a single mouse and keyboard between multiple computers with different operating systems, each with its own display, without special hardware." It even lets you copy and paste from system to the other. Simply amazing and it appears to work as advertised.

Check out some demo videos of the software at work here.

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Fat Fingers

September 22, 2004 at 10:10 AM

Fat Fingers searches eBay for common misspellings of terms. Why is that a good thing? Because if the seller can't spell, no buyers can find the item and you can possibly get a very good deal.

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Sony PStwo announced

September 21, 2004 at 08:30 AM

New slimmer Playstation 2 was announced that'll be essentially exactly like the original but much smaller. It appears to be about one fourth as thick and two thirds as wide. It really is tiny.

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Firefox 1.0PR review

September 17, 2004 at 01:53 PM

ExtremeTech reviews the latest release of Firefox and comes away very impressed.

I've been running version 1.0PR all week and haven't had any issues. Stability has been good and there are several new features. No major new stuff for me (built in RSS reader called Live Bookmarks) and a few of my plugins no longer work (Bloglines notifier for one), but I'm sure they'll be updated soon.

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iPodDownload

September 17, 2004 at 09:00 AM

It's simple to copy songs off your iPod and onto a PC and there's a few programs that'll do this for a Mac, but this plugin looks like the simplest way to do it yet. Here's the original site, and the new mirror that had to be put up because Apple bitched.

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For puppy shutterbugs

September 17, 2004 at 08:48 AM

Well I guess every human has a digital camera now, because now some Japanese company is making one especially for dogs.

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Spread Firefox

September 15, 2004 at 03:41 PM

I use Firefox, you should to.

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Energizer Quick Switch Flashlight

September 15, 2004 at 12:06 PM

The Quick Switch takes two C, D or AA batteries and works by merely adjusting a switch to the proper cell size, automatically locking the batteries into place. The light output is the same no matter the cell size, though operating time will vary.

There really seems to have been some pretty cool technology with flashlights in the last year or so, such as the Energizer Flashlight/Nightlight.

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