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If You Can See This, Then You Don't Need To Read This

01/11
2010

We had some ISP-related gotchas for a couple of hours, but we're now back up and running. Sorry for any inconvenience.

This is for Zhora ... And This is for Pris

01/11
2010

As I blogged last month, Google has released the Nexus One. I could link to a bazillion articles about it, but the NY Times has a handy roundup of the media coverage. Oh, and the estate of Philip K.

The "Dumbest Idea", 10 Years Later

01/11
2010

The NY Times has a retrospective on the tenth anniversary of the failed AOL-Time Warner merger. According to the Times:

"The trail of despair in subsequent years included countless job losses, the decimation of retirement accounts, investigations by the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Justice Department, and countless executive upheavals. Today, the combined values of the companies, which have been separated, is about one-seventh of their worth on the day of the merger."

Would You QUEue Up To Pay 800 Bucks For An eReader?

01/11
2010

Last week Plastic Logic announced the availability of its previously-introduced eReader, the QUE proReader. It's a cool-looking device, but I'm a liberrian, so price tends to be the bottom-line with me:

Be Honest: You're Still Eating the Peanut Butter From Your Y2K Stash, Right?

12/31
2009

And drinking the leftover bottled water. And we will not speak of the shotgun you got as a looter-deterrent. Anyway, both Wired and the NY Times have a look back at the Armageddon that never materialized 10 years ago.

And for your listening pleasure ...

(Still can't get the lyrics right, even after all this time.)

Time for a "Janus" Post

12/29
2009

Looking back: Engadget has a really meaty post titled "Ten years of BlackBerry". I'm not a BBerry fan -- I'm appalled at the software (including the Web browser) that I see on my boss' Curve -- but I can't wait to finish reading this article.

No Safe Harbor For BitTorrent Search Engine isoHunt

12/29
2009

Wired reports that Judge Stephen V. Wilson of the U.S. District Court for Central California ruled last week that BitTorrent search engine isoHunt, as well as other torrent sites operated by Gary Fung, violates copyright.

(Rick, I’m shocked -- shocked! -- to find that gambling is going on in here!)

City Decides to Buy the Working Bits of Wireless Philadelphia

12/29
2009

Here's something I missed 2 weeks ago: the city has agreed to purchase the hardware from the failed Wireless Philadelphia project for $2 million. That's not a bad price, even considering that EarthLink, the service provider, couldn't even give it all away.

Philly's not going back into the ISP business, however:

Another Thing That May or May Not Ever See the Light of Day

12/28
2009

I recently blogged about the not-so-top-secret Google phone that everyone (but me) seems to have seen and touched and worshipped.

Flying's Becoming More and More Like Riding the El [UPDATED]

12/28
2009

Thanks to a moronic terrorist wannabe, The TSA has enacted more fun rules and regs for your comfort and protection on international flights: