Archive for September, 2006

A favorite question with a few new answers. See what you think

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Hurry while it’s there

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What was Kevin Rose’s 1st Digg ?

Posted: September 21, 2006 in Misc Tech

Was this it ?

Judging by the blurry picture below (a screen capture from screen savers 2004) it looks like when Kevin was showing off his user profile this was the 1st story. Mildly interesting at history in the making.

Big Cred goes to WILLIN for the original video story I captured above.

Blogosphere- 7:45am 19 Sepetember 2006 Chicago Time

Jay Mariotti has been kicked off yahoo answers (of all places) the new beta question and answer forum for soliciting readers to his baseball diatribe article for the sun-times. Not sure what was worse the fact he was soliciting readers from the new question and answer beta forum (not aware the demographic is much younger than his articles are written for, or that he claimed it to be a legendary work), his best article yet. Well done yahoo, we don’t need none of his kind round here. Trying to educate people shame on the art of baseball; shame on him.

I am not sure what’s scarier Mr. Maritotti’s false vision of grandeur, or the picture of Roger Ebert when you visit the artice.

By the way

Q: His question was, Did you read my column today, it is an all time great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!… its right up there with the I have a dream speech, read it for yourself!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!…
A: Had any answers been allowed I am sure it would have been a big NO..!. Better luck next time.

If you feel sorry for the bloke, you can visit his article here.

One thing for sure he’s no Mike Downey, Don Person, or Fred Mitchell.

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Senate Vote Will Pardon President Bush

Posted: September 19, 2006 in Misc Tech

“This week, the Senate is planning to quietly hold a vote that would pardon President Bush for breaking the law by illegally wiretapping innocent Americans without warrants. According to Senator Leahy, the bill would ‘…immunize officials who have violated federal law by authorizing such illegal activities.'” That’s from a petition.

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Colbert on 60 minutes

Posted: September 18, 2006 in Misc Tech

The man behind the genius. Truthiness doesn’t get any better than this.

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Enter to win great prizes including new Ultra-Mobile PCs (as no one will buy them) , media players (can you say Zune), and Windows Vista guides (we will need the help)
Winners will be chosen weekly, 2 grand-prize winners chosen each month.
To qualify, complete Windows Vista 101 and fill out the entry form.

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Vista Retailing: All versions On 1 DVD: Color Coded

As you may have heard there are going to be a “few” versions of Microsoft Vista when it is finally released. Redmond this week start to lift some of the details for retailers. Some interesting ones to note are that all versions of Vista will be on the same DVD. This will enable upgrading by customers (and I imagine reduce costs). All customers will do is buy the version they want then and then if needed buy an additional upgrade license as they will already have the DVD.

Due to the confusion already showing of what version is what, all versions of Vista will be color coded.

Light Green-  Home Basic-
Dark Green-  Home Premium
Blue-            Vista Business
Platinum-      Ultimate Version

Europe will get 2 extra versions Home N and Business N offering no media player per the 2004 legal ruling against Microsoft.

The much awaited aero glass makes its debut in the Home Premium Version, Business offers faxing and other features but NOT Media Center. Microsoft is targeting the premium version to have 50% saturation.


loads of fun and good for web sites etc.

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Zune vs Ipod vs Creative

Posted: September 15, 2006 in Misc Tech

Microsoft vs Apple ..again?

Pesonally I do not own an iPod (sad you say) I do have a 60gb Creative Zen NX (hacked), and a 2Gb LED flash one for the gym all play wmv files. I never found the value of paying too much vs cool too over whelming to move my mostly wmv files over to Apple.

So I for one am looking forward to anything but Apple (sorry), that if needed I could move my music to and no Apple until they start actively supporting wmv files (without hacking).

You will know the issues with Apple copying Creative Players (to the cost of $100m).
WHAT !! you say it is now a legal fact. (google-it neysayers..)
So Microsoft is copying Apple design (are they?) The wheels look familiar, and those eyes look even funnier (no on the players not steve or bill)
Who’s on first ?
Creative has always had a good relationship with Microsoft and I think the new Microsoft player will hurt Creative as much or more as it hurts a weakened Apple brand. Espcially with it being made by Toshiba.

Microsoft’s terrible record at restricting users from doing anything they want with their MP3 player is also a concern. They may push DRM to its limits, and make sure that all MP3 will be copyrighted etc. but their recent softening on some DRM issues may mean they may not. Time will tell.

People in the blogosphere are already talking about ZUNE though:

It is no rocket science that the Zune is coming at a great time, when Apple is re-inventing the ipod brand, Miscrosoft has timed it perfectly, and I look forward to my new Zune for Xmas.

Remember the brand war can sometimes go to the one that get’s it right not the one that gets it first. Look at netscpae vs microsoft browser wars, (and perhaps vs. firefox).

Also don’t forget there will likely be some great integration between Zune,, and Vista (all out at xmas or before)

The masterplan from microsfot is getting closer an environment that goes from, home, mobile (car, train etc.) to work, and back again.

Or is that google, or is that yahoo..hmmm

Don’t know about you but I am looking forward to it. BRING IT ON !!

Some things we know:

  • ZUNE is Microsoft’s Media Player.
  • 30gb hard drive
  • Comes in White, Brown, and Black (with blue highlights).
  • out for Xmas/Hanukkah 2006
  • 3in Screen works in prtrait or lanscape modes.
  • Made by Toshiba,
  • FM Tuner
  • Will not be undercut by Apple (per MS)
  • Can communicate with other players
  • Zune software can import audio files in unprotected WMA, MP3, AAC; photos in JPEG; and videos in WMV, MPEG-4, H.264.
  • ZUNE will have Wi-Fi capability, to enable sharing of music between other Zune users via WiFi and perh aps a PC system.
  • ZUNE will play video and audio.
  • ZUNE will interact with an online music store.
  • Zune will feature an expansion port, much like the iPod’s dock connection.
  • every Zune will be preloaded with music from DTS, EMI Music’s Astralwerks Records and Virgin Records, Ninja Tune, Playlouderecordings, Quango Music Group, Sub Pop Records, and V2/Artemis Records.
  • There will be 3 bundles: one each for the car, home, and travel.
  • The Zune Car Pack- includes a Zune Car Charger.
  • The Zune Home– A/V Pack is designed to interoperate with the TV and music speakers, including a Zune
    AV Output Cable, Zune Dock, Zune Sync Cable, Zune AC Adapter and the Zune Wireless Remote for
    Zune Dock. Finally, the
  • Zune Travel Pack– includes the Zune Premium Earphones, Zune Dual Connect Remote, Zune Gear Bag,
    Zune Sync Cable and the Zune AC Adapter.
  • Microsoft also said it was working with a number of leading electronics manufacturers to develop peripherals: Altec Lansing, Belkin, Digital Lifestyle Outfitters (DLO), Dual Electronics, Griffin Technology, Harman Kardon and JBL, Integrated Mobile Electronics, Jamo International, Klipsch Audio Technologies, Logitech, Monster Cable Products, Speck, Targus Group International Inc. and VAF Research.
  • Users will be able to buy individual tracks from the Zune Marketplace, or buy an all-you-can-eat subscription for an undisclosed price.
  • You can plug your Zune device into your Xbox 360 to stream music, pictures, and video, via USB cable. Get all your Zune content on the TV in your living room.
  • Also, when Zune launches, foks who also have a Media Center Edition 2005 PC will be able to access and play any music they downloaded from Zune Marketplace.
  • The Points you have in Xbox 360 Live can transfer to Zune. (same passport account).
  • Input songs from itunes.
  • Finally, don’t forget the new Zune Phone

Other Sites

Look inside a Zune (taken apart)

Hi-Res Pictures Brown, Black, White

In typical Rock-star style
LOS ANGELES — The band from the reality TV show “Rock Star: Supernova” cannot call itself Supernova when it takes its act on the road, a judge has ruled. Read on

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The Next Unexploited Resource.. You

First it was Reality TV, a good idea then it got nuts. Too much reality is boring, we watch TV sometimes to escape it, not find out more about it.

This is starting to be the same with community sites, bless the diggs, and delicious’s of this world but what next?

The problem with community sites is you are seldom immersed in it. That is you visit you whine or vote (or both) then you go away, or worse you stay around but not offer any “value” to the community; loitering if you will, perhaps with a few more whinges on a site then you go away. Not good.

The secret is how to make the community “sticky”. Marketing speak for make them stay around a bit longer but add value to the community. This builds loyalty and loyalty means you buy into the communities other services and become a loyal customer.

But how?

What better way to tap into a community than to ask it loads of questions, not just vote but answer questions then vote.
the result is the golden chalice. Sticky customers that offer value or go away, Loitering is ok as the worse you can do is answer a question stupidly.

Yahoo and Microsoft are tapping into this where you ask a question it costs you, answer a question and you get points. On the surface. The idea seems a bit silly or old. was the 1st one to do this and it was useful (still is for some), but the ability to Google made it unnecessary.

So it makes you wonder why people would trust a bunch of strangers to answer questions about things they may know nothing about. I have seen some of the answers and frankly it’s a bit scary.

Sample Q&A

Q: How do I speed up my computer?
A: Go to start, run, type cmd then type format:c

Q: I have a dog about to give birth what do I do
A: call 911

Q: How do I cope with my father dying of cancer?
A: Ohh that’s tough don’t know

geez, The list goes on. I am sure some good will come out of this and it is a bit addictive, but I cannot see it.

Visit the sites and let me know what you think.


Kill Us Too: We Are All Americans

Posted: September 14, 2006 in Misc Tech

A prominent Muslim American responds to Al-Qaida’s call to kill Americans.

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Why Fox WON’T Buy YouTube

Posted: September 13, 2006 in Misc Tech

If rumors are true and YouTube is valuing itself at $1 billion, they have essentially out-priced themselves for Murdoch. Good article

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Just to show how our Aussie passions can easily border on stupidity sometimes, the recent slaughter of stingrays in south-east Queensland typifies this.

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Microsoft News Aggregator Updated

Posted: September 10, 2006 in Design, Misc Tech


Now taking, HTML, CSS and RSS, the programs allows you to add all your news feeds together.

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Latte Art Made Easy Video

Posted: September 10, 2006 in Misc Tech

I always wondered how they make those great little shapes in my latte at my favorite coffee shop (I know get a life). So here is the video showing all. Enjoy

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Responding to a warning by a US terrorism expert naming Melbourne as Australia’s most likely AL-Qaeda target, Mr Howard said the possibility of an attack was “ever-present” and he could not rule out it could occur on Australian soil.

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Not sure the strategy of Digg in the Netscape wars. I don’t see netscape as a threat at all. If Digg does, perhaps us Digg fans should understand why. Netscape and their users will continue to have “digs” at Digg and their users. If Digg pay attention and bite (as Jay has done), doesn’t it mean they win, (sticks and stones and all that).

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On Werewolf at FOO Camp 06…

Posted: September 7, 2006 in Misc Tech