Wednesday, May 31, 2006

World Cup Tickets Get RFID Security

World Cup Tickets Get RFID Security
More than 3.5 million tickets for the 64 matches will be sold with an embedded RFID chip containing identification information that will be checked against a database as fans pass through entrance gates at all 12 stadium.

Banning Laptops in Class: It's Academic, Silly

Banning Laptops in Class: It's Academic, Silly

Academics finding hope in blocking technology had better think again, it's a battle that can't win, and it's not the battle they should be fighting.

I took a uc Berkley extension course years back. And the only things students were not allowed was to to watch prOn or Pirated copyrighted software with their notebooks computers while the class was in session. Since I could just Pirated software from my hi speed dsl net access at home. This restrictions for the class was not a hardship for me.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Apple Ibooks Just not than a coffee warmer, You can now Cook your entire meal on it too!

Battery Causes Apple iBook To Go Up In Flames! Pics Included.
I mean, it was five minutes and (the computer) was in flames," Cindy Brown said. "The computer burst into flames. It doesn't seem real that you would have a fire in a computer. We all could have died, and the house could have burned down.

CNET debuts Free Image Hosting no Registration Needed

CNET debuts Free Image Hosting no Registration Needed
Joins the hundreds of Others of services 1. Upload Your Images 2 . Copy the Links 3. Post! Is better late then never.

Squabble over name ruffles a Web utopia | CNET News.com

CMP Media's efforts to keep a nonprofit from using the term "Web 2.0" has created an uproar on the Internet. It Lamecastic! Story of the week.

Squabble over name ruffles a Web utopia | CNET News.com
On Wednesday, a lawyer from CMP Media, which works with Tim O'Reilly, the head of O'Reilly Media, to sponsor an annual conference on technology and business, sent a cease-and-desist letter to IT@cork, a nonprofit industry group in Ireland that is holding its own Web 2.0 conference next month.

Friday, May 26, 2006

The Good Old Nazi RIAA are at it again. And it feel good!!!

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Via TechDirt: 'News.com sat down for an interview with Cary Sherman and Mitch Bainwol, the president and chairman, respectively, of the RIAA, who did little to improve their maligned reputations. Some of their answers to the reporter's questions are such bad non sequitors, you almost wonder if something's gotten screwed up in the transcription. When asked if they regret suing people like 12-year-old girls and grandmothers, Sherman says yes, and that they're 'feeling pretty good'." Now that Good PR for the Evil RIAA No??

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Free Music Recommendation Services

Free Music Recommendation Services
Can a free online music service find new tunes you'll like? We tested out eight of these services: MusicStrands Liveplasma UpTo11.net Audiri Pandora Mercora Yahoo LAUNCHcast Radio Last.fm"

Inexpensive Detector Sees the Invisible, In Color

Inexpensive Detector Sees the Invisible, In Color
An inexpensive detector developed by a NASA-led team can now see invisible infrared light in a range of "colors," or wavelengths. The detector, called a Quantum Well Infrared Photodetector (QWIP) array, was the world's largest (one million-pixel) infrared array when the project was announced in March 2003.

At long last NASA has developed something that can see in that elusive area of the EM spectrum - infrared in the mind boggingly high and unheard of resolution of 1 mexapixel. What next? Freeze Dried Ice Cream? or A dumb joke at 3:31am in the morning so sue me!
What next after that? Sugar free Freeze Dried Ice Cream?

BetaNews | TiVo, EchoStar Court Battle Heats Up

BetaNews | TiVo, EchoStar Court Battle Heats Up

TiVo has filed an injunction in its continuing patent battle with EchoStar, which runs the DISH Network, asking the court to bar the company from manufacturing or selling digital video recorders. The Alviso, Calif., based company had won a jury ruling against EchoStar in April.

However, EchoStar shot back, saying in a statement that the Patent Office had overturned some of TiVo's patent claims. "We are pleased that the United States Patent and Trademark Office yesterday rejected many of TiVo's patent claims as invalid," the company said in a statement.


This is Epth Nation: The Worst Blog Period. End of Story,

This is Epth Nation: This blogger is on National AlertRegistry.com Pedophile List
and as seen on Dateline NBC
'To Catch a Predator'

MPAA accused of hiring a hacker | CNET News.com

MPAA accused of hiring a hacker | CNET News.com

The Motion Picture Association of America hired a hacker to steal information from a company that the MPAA has accused of helping copyright violators, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday.

The lawsuit (click for PDF), filed in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California by Torrentspy.com parent Valence Media, doesn't identify the man the company says was approached by an MPAA executive. But the suit calls the man a former associate of one of the plaintiffs who was asked to retrieve private information on Torrentspy.com, a search engine that directs users to download links.

Well now, I knew somthing was up with the BT site Torrentspy.com,

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Ballmer Hints at Possible Further Vista Delay!

Ballmer Hints at Possible Further Vista Delay!
Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer has played down the recent slide in the software giant's share price but hinted at a possible further delay to the release of its new operating system

Slashdot | What Should One Know to be Truly Computer Literate?

Slashdot | What Should One Know to be Truly Computer Literate?
Computer literacy is becoming an increasingly used term in education, and more and more schools are being asked to set computer literacy goals for their students. Unfortunately for too many, it means being able to use Microsoft products, and that's all. However, I see it much differently, and I cannot help but think that computer literacy is all about using computers to be able to communicate more effectively. With that in mind does anyone have any recommendations for computer literacy goals, and how to measure them?

Now there is uses for that 44 Folder in your inbox

Putting a stop to dumb e-mail jokes | News.blog | CNET News.com
Everyone has a friend who loves to send along jokes, chain letters, deep thoughts of the day or other mass mailings on a regular basis. But how do you get them to stop their compulsive e-mails without appearing to be a humorless jerk? ThanksNo.com provides a convenient form letter crafted just for these occasions.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Making money selling music without DRM: the rise of eMusic : Page 1

Making money selling music without DRM: the rise of eMusic : Page 1
The Holy Grail of online music sales is the ability to offer iPod-compatible tracks. Like the quest for the mythical cup itself, the search for iPod compatibility has been largely fruitless for Apple's competitors, whose DRM schemes are incompatible with the iconic music player. For a music store that wants to succeed, reaching the iPod audience is all but a necessity in the the US market, where Apple products account for 78 percent of the total players sold. Perhaps that's why eMusic CEO David Pakman sounds downright gleeful when he points out that "there's only two companies in the world that can sell to them—Apple and eMusic."

Slashdot | Athlon Socket AM2 Review

Slashdot | Athlon Socket AM2 Review
"Hardware Secrets has just posted an Athlon 64 X2 5000+ review, one of the first AMD CPUs to support the new socket AM2. It runs at 2.4 GHz, has two 512 KB L2 memory caches (one for each core) and supports DDR2 memories." However, many are still predicting an end to AMD's dominance in the market thanks to Intel's Conroe.

Monday, May 22, 2006

BetaNews | AT&T to Expand IPTV Service

BetaNews | AT&T to Expand IPTV Service
AT&T has plans to expand its Internet TV service offering, the company said Friday. By year's end, AT&T will have the service available in 15 to 20 markets. Currently, a pilot service is only offered in the San Antonio market.

Friday, May 19, 2006

Top 10 Strangest DIY Gadgets/Projects

Top 10 Strangest DIY Gadgets/Projects
Why throw out those old hard drives and spare parts you have laying around? Make your own strange gadgets. Our editors have compiled a list of the strangest (or coolest) DIY gadgets that we’ve come across in recent time.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

AMD's Turion gets a second core | CNET News.com

AMD's Turion gets a second core | CNET News.com
Advanced Micro Devices has gone dual-core across the board with the expected release of the Turion 64 X2 processors on Wednesday.

The Turion processor was AMD's first major effort to build a processor designed specifically for notebooks, and it now has two cores, said Matt Mazzantini, an AMD mobile marketing manager. Notebook makers such as Hewlett-Packard, Gateway, Acer and others plan to release notebooks with the chip over the next several weeks, he said.

Magnetic tape Is Back Baby!!

Magnetic tape prototype makes data leap | CNET News.com

Researchers at IBM's Almaden Research Center and at Fuji Photo have devised a prototype storage system utilizing a dual-side magnetic tape that can hold 6.67 billion bits of data per square inch. That's 15 times greater than most popular types of magnetic tape on the market today.

Photos: Storage leap

Apple releases 13-inch MacBook | CNET News.com

Apple releases 13-inch MacBook | CNET News.com

Billed as a replacement to the 12-inch Powerbook, the 13-inch widescreen MacBook, which is on sale now, starts at $1,099 for a 1.83GHz Intel Core Duo processor with a 60GB hard drive. Like the former iBooks, that model--and the next model up, which packs a 2.0GHz processor, a 60GB hard drive and $1,299 price tag--is cased in white.

The top-of-the-line 2.0GHz model, starting at $1,499, comes equipped with a 80GB hard drive and is available only in black.

Yahoo Launches New Homepage | Ajax Blog

Yahoo Launches New Homepage | Ajax Blog: "The new Yahoo homepage has recently launched for public beta! It can be viewed now to anyone using IE or Firefox (up to version 1.5) at www.yahoo.com/preview There are a number of changes too the looks, including a bigger search bar, and intelligent use of Ajax to make the page more interactive (mouse over “mail” in the right sidebar, for example).Key changes include a “personal assistant”, which is a preview area to see recent emails, your online friends list from Yahoo Instant Messenger and other information (traffic, weather, etc.).

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Why Qwest Hung Up On NSA

Why Qwest Hung Up On NSA
When he learned that no such authority had been granted and that there was a disinclination on the part of the authorities to use any legal process, including the Special Court which had been established to handle such matters, Mr. Nacchio concluded that these requests violated the privacy requirements of the Telecommications Act..."

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Apple flaws put both Macs and PCs at risk C|Net News.com

http://tinyurl.com/fln8n
Serious flaws in Mac OS X and QuickTime software could put Macintosh and Windows systems at risk of cyberattack, Apple Computer has warned.

In a pair of security alerts released Thursday, Apple outlined 31 flaws that affect various versions of the operating system and a dozen vulnerabilities in its QuickTime media player software. Security experts have deemed the issues “critical,” but Apple does not provide a severity rating. Fixes are available.

The Mac OS X vulnerabilities lie in various components of the operating system and affect both the server and client versions, Apple said in an advisory. An attack could be launched using some of the bugs by creating a malformed file, or by building a malicious Web site and enticing someone to visit it, the company said.

Friday, May 12, 2006

Slashdot | Examining the New Bubble 2.0

Slashdot | Examining the New Bubble 2.0
Whether or not we're in the midst of another boom-bust cycle in technology is a matter of fierce debate. BusinessWeek discusses what constituted that last bubble and looks at current trends to see if we're on the verge of a new one. From the article: 'The Great Bubble of the late '90s shaped a generation of Internet entrepreneurs and investors much as the Great Depression shaped a generation of economizers in the mid-20th century. 'The bubble generation is much more attuned to the fact that things can get really out of hand,' says Bill Burnham, a former partner at Mobius Venture Capital. 'There's a level of caution that has been ingrained.'

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Drag and drop your Windows taskbar buttons!

Drag and drop your Windows taskbar buttons!
Free program that lets you drag and drop your Windows taskbar buttons to re-order them! No extra hotkey or lame extra steps, just drag 'n drop... sooo useful. It about time someone came up with this program for the pc.

ICANN rejects .xxx domain | CNET News.com

ICANN rejects .xxx domain | CNET News.com
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, the group that sets domain name regulation, has voted down a proposal to create a domain for adult Web sites. ICANN's board on Wednesday voted nine to five against the proposal, which would have led to the creation of a .xxx domain suffix for pornography sites.

HP: We're hurting Dell | CNET News.com

HP: We're hurting Dell | CNET News.com

HP said on Wednesday that larger businesses are increasingly dissatisfied with Dell's sales practices. It also cited Dell's warning earlier this week that its first-quarter earnings will be below analyst expectations.

"We are displacing Dell in most of the bigger and strategic accounts," Alberto Bozzo, vice president of HP's personal systems group, told ZDNet UK at the HP Mobility Summit here.

MySpace bill prompts blogger backlash | News.blog | CNET News.com

MySpace bill prompts blogger backlash | News.blog | CNET News.com: "MySpace bill prompts blogger backlash

A new bill would block off access to a wide variety of web sites, social networking sites and blogs in libraries and schools, in the guise of protecting teens from online predators."

On the another hand Blocking Websites that still has that 1997 era look, Probably would not be a bad idea. Its Now 2006

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Google further expands search capabilities

Google further expands search capabilities
Google Inc. added to its already formidable arsenal of search products Wednesday by unveiling several new features intended to help users find information more easily.

The products span everything from allowing users to take notes while they search the Internet to checking the popularity of specific search terms over time.

"All these products are centered around search. At the end of the day Google is really a search company," said Marissa Mayer, Google's vice president for search experience and products.

Monday, May 08, 2006

High Tech Ticket Unveiled for World Cup '06 to Fight Scalping

High Tech Ticket Unveiled for World Cup '06 to Fight Scalping
The rules are that legally purchased tickets, with unique identification codes contained on individual chips, can be transferred only among relatives or in connection with hardship cases, not excluding assorted events of mass destruction like epidemics, earthquakes, natural catastrophes and acts of war

Sunday, May 07, 2006

IFILM - Viral Video: Mr. Bill's Hurricane PSA -

SNL's Mr. Bill appeared in this eerily prescient PSA to warn New Orleans residents about the danger of hurricanes. It shows the foresight he had in 2004 by showing how New Orleans was unprotected in case of flood. This was not meant as humor. Too bad the right people didn't take position.
IFILM - Mr. Bill's Hurricane PSA

IFILM - Viral Video: Mr. Bill's Hurricane PSA -

IFILM - Viral Video: Mr. Bill's Hurricane PSA -
SNL's Mr. Bill appeared in this eerily prescient PSA to warn New Orleans residents about the danger of hurricanes. It shows the foresight he had in 2004 by showing how New Orleans was unprotected in case of flood. This was not meant as humor.

Slashdot | Gadgets, Then & Now

Slashdot | Gadgets, Then & Now
A funny article about gadgets from the 70's & 80's compared to gadgets of today. Amazing that you can fit 25,000 5 1/4 diskettes on one 8GB compact flash, and phones weighed 11.5 pounds! "

The second coming of Intel's Core Duo | CNET News.com

The second coming of Intel's Core Duo | CNET News.com
Intel has decided to borrow the sequential naming scheme it used for its famous Pentium brand and apply it to the new Core line of chips, the company is expected to announce Sunday. Earlier this year, Intel released the Core Duo processor, and in a few months it will unveil Core 2 Duo processors. The Core 2 Duo name will be used for desktop chips based on the Conroe chip, as well as for notebook chips based on the Merom chip. Merom processors consume less power than Conroe chips, but they're otherwise very similar.

EBgames has started Pre-Orders for Nintendo DS Lite $129.99

EBgames has started Pre-Orders for Nintendo DS Lite $129.99
Cancel your eBay auctions for the Japanese units as you will be able to get it here for $129.99, however the wait may be long. Get your pre-order in early!

Friday, May 05, 2006

foldedspace.org: Sesame Street Video Clips

foldedspace.org: Sesame Street Video Clips: "same Street Video Clips (61)

I state quite confidently that this is the best entry I've made in five years of weblogging. Go away if you have work things to get done. This is an enormous time-waster.

Below you'll find a fantastic collection of Sesame Street video clips. These are great. I remember many of these from when I was a kid. I've tried to organzize them as best I can. If you know of more Muppet/Sesame Street clips, please let me know.

Let's start with a song we all know by heart: 'one two three FOUR five, six seven eight NINE ten, eleven twelve...'

Next we have a random selection of number and alphabet clips, as well as random skits:
Letters versus numbers.
Telephone rock
Look at this
The alligator king and his seven sons
Yakety yak
I remember liking this one as a kid: sounds
My martian cutie (number nine)
Jake the snake — body parts
King Minus
Fishing for the alphabet
Animal department store elevator
Song about riding the subway.
The rhyming song
Count it higher
Robert DeNiro imagines he's Elmo (the spawn of Satan)
For Kris: the mad goat
Funny farm
The ladybug picnic
The number painter (and Stockard Channing! — I always loved this)
Mahna Mahna
We all live in a capital I
Choosing a national bird (hilarious!)
The villain in the panama hat

How about a collection of popular songs done Sesame Street-style?
Johnny Cash and Big Bird: Don't Take Your Ones to Town'
R.E.M. and the Monsters: 'Furry Happy Monsters'
Stevie Wonder: '1-2-3'
Ray Charles (and Patrick Stewart?!?): The Alphabet Song'
The Beetles: 'Letter B'
Norah Jones (and that spawn of Satan, Elmo): 'Don't Know Y'
'Born to Add' (minus Bruce Springsteen)

For Jeff — the 'yip yip' Martians:
The Martians meet a telephone
The Martians meet a computer

Guy Smiley
The Remembering Game
Beat the Time
Mystery Guest

Oscar
It's Not Easy Being Green
I Love Trash

Grover
Grover is surprised
G"

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

KRON 4 Home

KRON 4 Home: "Magnitude 8.0 Quake Hits Off Coast of Tonga
The U.S. Geological Service is monitoring the latest data coming from a Magnitude 8.0 earthquake that hit Wednesday off the South Pacific island of Tonga. Click here to get the latest information about the exact location and severity of the quake. "