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    The Unreasonable Stance: Linux sucks for desktops

    Welcome to the Unreasonable Stance, a weekly column starting right here, where our ever-popular Vince takes an unpopular opinion and defends it to the death. This week, why Linux isn’t ready for desktops. Enjoy! – Ed.
    Linux is great. Really, it is. I used to use it all the time as a teenager when I got into programming. But now that I’ve matured (a little) and fallen into… Read More

  • Pleo as a lamb

    Pleo is a little robotic dinosaur by UGOBE that responds to touch, light, and sound. Well, the folks at UGOBE decided to wrap it in fur and see if it still responded to stimuli. Apparently it did and now they have a weird furry dinosaur to play with. What won’t those kids think of! Interview with on the upcoming Pleo SDK [Robotsrule] Read More

  • LAPTOP Magazine reviews the new Asus Eee PC 701

    Those lucky pants-wearing geeks over at LAPTOP got their grubby mitts on the new Asus Eee PC 701 and gave it a full review. The verdict? Four out of five stars and an Editors’ Choice award. Not bad, huh? There will be many who say that for $400 you could buy a full-sized basic laptop running Vista and that to spend the same amount of money on this thing would be downright foolish. Read More

  • CNET Sells Webshots For $45 Million; Other News

    Ok, the CNET news we hinted at is starting to roll in. They’ve sold Webshots, a photo sharing site, for $45 million in cash to American Greetings. The reason, says CNET Neil Ashe, is to allow CNET to “focus on key areas of growth.” Webshots seemed to be growing pretty fast, though. The site attracted 7.2 million visitors in the U.S. in September, up 25 percent from last… Read More

  • E-Commerce Sales Up 23 Percent in Third Quarter

    We tend to focus so much on online advertising that it is easy to forget there are other ways to make money online. Like good old-fashioned sales. Online sales in the third quarter across all categories (excluding travel) rise 23 percent to $28.4 billion, according to comScore. (Including travel, e-commerce sales are up 18 percent to $48.6 billion). Total e-commerce sales for the year are… Read More

  • Email flight simulator: When drugs aren't enough

    WHAT IF THERE WAS A PLACE BEYOND YOUR IMAGINATION? I probably wouldn’t imaging a freaking email program that simulates a LAX and assigns a jumbo jet to all of your emails. “Email meets flight sim. In Level 2 of 3D Mailbox, each of your emails is represented by a jumbo jet. Based on the country of origin/destination, over 80 national airlines are employed, along with thousands of… Read More

  • Deutsche Telekom gets ready for tiered Internet access aka hates net neutrality

    She’s actually holding the wrong sign Deutsche Telekom plans to charge companies for the ability to use its network to deliver video to its customers. Net Neutrality and all that jazz. The German company, which has little to no competition (apparently), says it has to charge because all that bandwidth costs entirely too much. No, this doesn’t affect us Americans per se, but… Read More

  • OiNK admin says users safe from prosecution

    OiNK users don’t have to worry about being prosecuted, according to the site’s admin. OiNK, the man, the myth, the legend, gave an impromptu IRC interview following his release from custody. In it, he tries to reassure fans, saying that the authorities had little to no technical knowledge (neither, it seems, does the mainstream media, judging by its reporting of the… Read More

  • Collection of the worst PC case mods

    Every so often, Web sites, magazines, The Today Show, etc. all run “best PC case mods” features. Thanks to Wired, we can now see some of the worst case mods, like this one here. Yes, it’s an homage to Goatse, that stupid image that ruined so many lives over the years. There’s 12 truly dumb mods in the full Wired piece. Check it out if you want to shake your head in… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: ScottEVest Secret Sale

    We like our SeV so, in order to share our love, we’d like to mention their secret sale going on now until monday. Their Fleece 4.0 jacket is $100 and their 237D Jacket/Vest is $98. Not a big deal, but it might be a good chance to check them out for cheap. Trust us. You won’t look as douchey as this guy here. Read More

  • Facebook coming to Blackberry OS

    Yesterday, RIM and Facebook joined forces to announce a new dedicated Blackberry application that would bring Facebook functionality to the business world of handheld devices. The new application is available to download by all, but will also be included on T-Mobile RIM devices. As expected, you’ll be able to take photos and upload them to your Facebook profile, add and remove friends… Read More

  • World of Warcraft action figures sell out

    I just came across these beauties on ThinkGeek and boy am I ticked off. Looks like ThinkGeek is completely sold out of the World of Warcraft action figure set. For $49.99, you get an Orc Shaman, a Blood Elf, a Dwarf Warrior and an Undead Warlock. Each figurine is around 7-inches tall (minus the Dwarf) and is incredibly detailed, much like a Games Workshop piece. The first shipment of these… Read More

  • CNET's Shiny New $250 Million Credit Line: What Will They Use It For?

    Update: See announcements here. CNET has sold Webshots for $45 million in cash as well as other announcements. They have not announced a stock buyback or any acquisitions, but its clear that they are preparing to make some moves with all this cash. CNET Networks has $250 million burning a hole in its pocket. The Internet media company secured a line of credit for that amount on October 16… Read More

  • Bill Clinton sends first text message

    Apparently a couple of days ago at CTIA, former president Bill Clinton sent his first text message to his wife Hillary. ZDNet’s Russell Shaw says, "Another example of how most politicians are clueless about tech. Bill Clinton’s first tech message? This is October 2007?" Maybe, but the idea of a politician pecking away at a cell phone is kind of a silly visual to me. Read More

  • Turn your car into a joystick

    Those crafty bastards from the Netherlands are back again with cool DIY gadgets. This time, a gentleman named Thijs Eerens has turned an old, parked car into a joystick for playing video games. He calls his invention Park To Play and it allows any car to be transformed into a joystick so that you can play titles like Tetris by turning the steering wheel and flashing the headlights. Not sure… Read More

  • Americans say the darndest things: Government should control web video, no to brain implants

    463 Communications and Zogby International ran a poll asking Americans what they thought of the Internet. The results, obviously, are not surprising. First, 24% found that the Internet could replace their sig. other, which is just fine. The Internet, for example, has already replace my aunts and uncles. It’s only a matter of time before it replaces Maw Maw and Pap Pap. Some other… Read More

  • Wubi = super easy Linux installation

    Linux, to me, is like all the girls in college when you’re still dating a girl from back home. Free, good looking, easy to use, and with a lot of cool, unique features and abilities. After a while, though, you end up missing what’s familiar to you so you head back to what’s comfortable even though it’s expensive, unstable, and needs constant tweaking to keep things… Read More

  • Woot Off!

    Woot is having another one of its Woot Offs. You know the drill: keep buying until sold out, repeat. Right now it looks like you can score a SanDisk Sansa 4GB MP3 player for $60 + $5 shipping. Woot! Read More

  • Rejoice Japan! 1Seg TV Tuner coming to DS Lite

    Nintendo of Japan knows that if the ability to watch TV on a portable console is possible, it must happen. Thus, it should come as no surprise that a 1seg TV Tuner is coming to the Nintendo DS Lite November 8th. It’ll cost 41€ or about $58 and allows the use to watch digital television on the top display, while controlling the channels, volume, etc. via the touch-screen. A New 1Seg… Read More

  • Facebook Taps Into Hedge Funds For $500 Million More?

    Consider this a rumor at this point. Forbes’ Elizabeth Corcoran is reporting that two NYC hedge funds have each matched Microsoft’s investment in Facebook for about $250 million each, at the same $15 billion valuation. If true, that would give Facebook a $750 million war chest, which is more than most companies make in an IPO. That should be more than enough to pay for those… Read More

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