Archive for 2007

Free Quality Media From The People Who Seem To Know Everything

Wednesday, November 14th, 2007

Free Media

Everyone knows Wikipedia is a great place to find information about nearly any subject. Few people, however, realize the same people behind Wikipedia have a great resource for free media, including photo, video and audio content.

Wikimedia is organized in a similar fashion to its text-only brethren. Content from the site can be used in your website, blog, brochure, or other medium free of charge.

Do a little exploring and you’re sure to find some very interesting photos you can file away and find a use for later.

Don’t Get Caught On Video In A Wired World

Wednesday, November 14th, 2007

These days it’s nearly impossible to go an entire day without being caught on video, whether you’re a celebrity or not. The UK is saturated with cameras, boasting more than four million CCTV connected cameras.

Most people are not even safe from prying eyes at work. I was able to catch a co-worker on video once with a well-placed phone camera, and the results were stunning.

This relatively unknown individual has now been transformed into a YouTube celebrity of sorts, all without his knowledge or consent. I think the moral of the story is clear: if you’re camera shy, it’s best to just stay home under the covers.

Does Your Shirt Detect Wi-Fi?

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

Wi-Fi Detector ShirtBecause it could.

Geek chic is taken to a whole new level with this classy t-shirt, which will let you zone in on the hottest spots for wi-fi without cracking open your laptop — all courtesy of the people at ThinkGeek.

Accessorize with TokyoFlash’s Scope Watch, which tells time in an x-y axis format, some thick tortoise-shell eyeglasses, and you’ll be the envy of your geek posse.

This Holiday Season, Give the Gift of Technology (And Get Some Too)

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

Through November 26, the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) will be handing out two XO laptops per donation – one to a child in a developing country, and one to a child of your choice. The program is called Give 1, Get 1.

Who can resist when Masi Oka is the spokesman?

Additionally, T-Mobile is rewarding donors with one year of HotSpot access, available in about 8,500 locations in the U.S., such as Starbucks, Borders, airports, and Amtrak stations.

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The Real Estate Market Is Alive and Well – At Least Virtually

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

Sick of the current real estate trends? It might be time to turn your eye to the virtual real estate market of Second Life.

For those of you unfamiliar with Second Life, it isn’t a game, per se. It’s an online virtual universe where you can live out an alternate fantasy life — a virtual online universe with millions of registered users.

Meet one of Second Life’s richest land barons, Anshe Chung:


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Brain Training – Managing Memory Volume

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

I have been reading some very interesting things about the brain lately, particularly regarding memory. Memory has always been puzzling to me. Why is it I can remember every Futurama episode ever made, hundreds of IP addresses, and countless CSS tricks, but not all the names of my forty-some cousins?

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iPhone, gPhone, _Phone

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

There have been a lot of rumors about Google releasing a mobile phone. Well folks – they’re not gonna do it, they’re just going to give away the software for you to create your own phone. I’m calling mine the _Phone.

Available as of yesterday, programmers can download Google’s SDK for Android. Android is Google’s open source mobile phone operating system. This is probably a very good strategic move for Google – remove obstacles for accessing its applications, making it very, very easy to work within Google’s burgeoning framework of applications from Google Docs to Google Maps….

Anyway – I’ll let Sergey tell you all about it.

Recording Industry Gets Eviler, Wants To Deny Low Income Kids Education

Monday, November 12th, 2007

I won’t argue that it’s OK to break the law. But I would also say it’s not OK to break the law in order to catch people breaking the law. The RIAA, everyone’s favorite association (racketeering group), has gone to great lengths in the past to prosecute copyright violators.

Lately, however, they are stooping to unheard of depths, even pushing legislation that would pull funding from colleges who don’t comply with their strong arm tactics. This would mean schools that decide not to get in bed with the RIAA would lose federal funding, and important grants that often help pay for low income kids to attend higher education.

If this legislation becomes law, and rampant copyright violations continue, what will RIAA do then? Maybe build some sort of P2P downloader-zapping death star.

Study Finds Office Antics Pay Off For All

Friday, November 9th, 2007

Office Treat time

A new study proves what I have known for a long time: a fun office environment is a productive one. At ArcStone we believe in this so much, it is even part of our core values.

The basic idea is that as people form tighter bonds through fun shared experiences they open up more, trust each other more, and can generally work better as a team.

To all my past bosses who frowned on my antics: I told you so.

The Nerd Vote Counts (At Least In NC)

Thursday, November 8th, 2007

There have been a few nerds who have attained prominent positions in politics, but you rarely hear about the flip side of the coin: the nerd vote.

Chris Knight of North Carolina is clearly vying for the nerd vote with his campaign commercial.

It will be interesting to see who, if anyone, tries to capture the nerd vote in the 2008 presidential race. Without Al Gore running I fear this growing and misunderstood voter group will once again be ignored. [Gizmodo]