• Thriving Office for the Non-Thriving Office

    The Internet and Web 2.0 may finally be delivering the promise of telecommuting. Working in pure, golden silence, aside from the occasional twittering bird for me has always been one of my favorite things about working from home. I’ve always hated noisy offices and yet for some, working from home isn’t real work. Presence with others is subliminally viewed as being a form of… Read More

  • Internet Pornography Stats

    Check out this video from Good Magazine that shows a number of stats about the Internet pornography industry, in an “almost” not safe for work format. It is staggering how much actual money flows through porn and how many people are involved in the industry: 89% of porn is created in the U.S. $2.84 billion in revenue was generated from U.S. porn sites in 2006 $89/second is spent… Read More

  • Time For More Live Drive Online Storage Rumors

    Microsoft’s upcoming online storage product, to be called Windows Live Folders (previously known as Live Drive), takes another step towards launch. We’ve been tracking the project for about a year. When the site does launch, look for it at folders.live.com. More details, including screenshots, are at LiveSide, which somehow (briefly) got access to the site. There isn’t much… Read More

  • Social Bookmarking Meets Big Brother: Cluztr

    Ottawa based Cluztr is social bookmarking meets Big Brother. It’s the Del.icio.us Homer Simpson would use. A few years ago clickstreams and attention data was all the rage. In 2005 Michael Arrington covered Attention Trust and a Firefox plugin that tracked every site you visited, the data being stored for private use or opt-in sharing. But not a lot has happened since. The hype never… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Smoking Lounge Edition

    Reverse Paper Shredder Reveals Your Corporate Secrets
    Electronic Cigarettes: All the Nicotine You Can Handle, None of the Cancer
    Petit Jenga: Because Your Day Job Sucks
    iRosary: Worship the Bishop of Rome and Rock Out to Groovy Tunes
    USB Chessboard: Simple = Cool
    Happy Mother’s Day, Ladies Read More

  • YouTube Video Advertising: No Pre-roll, No Context

    Liz Gannes at NewTeeVee profiles YouTube’s move into in-video advertising. We covered the move by YouTube to offer revenue sharing with its top content providers May 4 and I noted at the time that there was no sign then of any pre-roll advertising. There still isn’t. The new in-video Google/ YouTube advertising is immediately comparable to Adbrite’s InVideo service. Text ads… Read More

  • Ratchet-X: XML Based Desktop Integration

    Ratchet-X from Manhasset, NY based RachetSoft is a XML-based desktop integration solution that provides the ability to expand and enhance information access to existing applications by providing cross application support. Anyone who has ever worked in corporate IT support knows the problem. Data across across multiple platforms often lacks interoperability. Fragmented data can result in… Read More

  • iPhone: 20 Questions

    I wrote an article via my 9rules account, on the 9rules site, posing a few opinions and questions about the upcoming Apple iPhone. A few of the questions are, “When your device is ‘dead’ after using the amazing 45 minutes of talk time that is possess, will your iPod still work?” and, “If I don’t pay for a contract, would it still work as an iPod although I… Read More

  • Happy Mother's Day, Ladies

    Here are our two winners for the iPod contest. Perhaps a little of their love will rub off through the screen onto you.
    There’s a great runner-up after the jump. I think mom should have told us all not to wear the shorts with the pale legs. Read More

  • CoCo: Clip Your Way to a Thinner Nose

    Hey, big-nose. Yah, you with the beak. I noticed you in the crowd there. It wasn’t your clothes or your mullet, it was your huge honkin’ honker. That thing’s out of control, man. You should do something about that. No, no. Don’t get all weird about plastic surgery. That costs a fortune. You need a CoCo. Yah, a CoCo. It’s a nose clip made to sculpt your schnoz into… Read More

  • USB Chessboard: Simple = Cool

    I have two seperate chess programs on my Treo (paid for, thanks), but no matter how wicked my knight-moving skillz get in the virtual world, I always get my ass handed to me in a real chess match. I think it’s something to do with the way we percept the physical board relative to the digital. Or maybe I’m making stuff up. This nifty USB chess board might be the answer for me. Read More

  • Mini-Apple Stores In Best Buy: Joe Six Pack's Got Himself OS X

    Best Buy has been selling Apples for quite a while, but now they’re opening official mini-stores within their computer sales area. There are apparently no official Apple Store employees on staff — just the regular Best Buy folks — and you probably won’t be picking up Mac Pro uber-desktops but it’s nice to know now everyone has the chance to drool over a bunch… Read More

  • Another Asian Power Suit: Why They'll Win the War

    Maybe it’s not quite as uber-strong as the HAL-5 exoskeleton, the Tokyo University of Science’s Muscle Suit is still nothing to be laughed at. Exchanging actual muscle usage for gadgetry, the powered suit lets you lift things your normally couldn’t on your own, like Rush Limbaugh. The suit’s not portable, though; an external compressor and air regulation system are… Read More

  • Charles River Ventures' Angel Experiment: First Nine Investments

    When Charles River Ventures announced its Quick Start program last year to provide a few hundred thousand dollars to startups on an expedited basis, it caused minor ripples in the Angel funding market. For entrepreneurs it was another option for raising capital, but more than one angel investor we talked to was a little nervous about the big funds moving in on their very lucrative investments. Read More

  • Beatles Potentially Might Just Want To Hold Your iPod

    The Beatles It seems Sir Paul may have finally decided to let the Beatles become the DigiBeatles. His current album, “Memory Almost Full,” will appear digitally when it is released by Starbucks’ Hear Music label on June 5. It will also appear on iTunes along with the rest of the Beatles’ extensive catalog. I’m not quite sure what all the fuss is about, though. I… Read More

  • Vonage May Skirt Patent Horrors

    Another day, another Vonage store. It seems that there are some workarounds that Vonage is planning on using to let users call landlines over VoIP. For those not in the know, Verizon has been hounding Vonage for infringing on a number of patents dealing with VoIP call transfers. The updates/improvements should be software based and sufficiently obtuse enough to ensure that judges become… Read More

  • Intellectual Property Day: MySpace Anti-Piracy, DRM Name Change, Apple C&D

    Lots of Intellectual Property-related news today: MySpace has announced their implementation of copy protection, aptly named “Take Down and Stay Down”, that promises to knock out user generated piracy like a prize fighter. Now identified copyrighted audio and video content will be taken from the site, fingerprinted, and blocked from reposting. The service will also feature a tool… Read More

  • Reverse Paper Shredder Reveals Your Corporate Secrets

    Paranoid types are going to have to start burning their documents if this thing catches on. Researchers in Germany have developed a software program to undo paper shredding. The project was undertaken to reassemble about 45 million shredded pages of police documents torn to some 600 million scraps 18 years ago. As Bertram Nickolay of the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Systems and… Read More

  • Garmin's 530HCx and 520HCx Two-Way Radios

    Garmin’s built up a lot of good will with its walkie-talkies over the years, and today sees the launch of two more, the Rino 520HCx and 530HCx (that-a-one). Like past Garmin goodies (oh look, alliteration), these two have built-in GPS and enough maps to prevent you and your tribe from spending 40 years wandering around in the desert. Compared to previous models, these two have faster… Read More

  • But Sleep Won't Come the Whole Night Through/Your GPS Will Tell On You

    It’s about time that movie GPS technology has finally hit the mainstream. This odd little device uses 2 AAA batteries and captures GPS tracking data for up to 8 weeks on one charge. The device is great for catching cheating spouses, kids who say they’re going to the library when they’re really going to the malt shop, and Will Smith when government agents steal his identity. Read More