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Start Up Services Snake Oil

I’ve been so well entrenched in the journalistic world of entrepreneurship that I haven’t lifted my head out of the mess of funding stories and launch posts to actually pay attention to what is ha

Killing Your Startup On A Thursday Night

This is what you do when you close down your startup: you call Rackspace and cancel the Windows SQL server plan. You email SendGrid and give them notice on your Silver SMTP Service Package. You close

How Entrepreneurs Can Create Their Own Luck

I'm in even worse trouble now. A few weeks ago I had to speak at Barry Ritholz's conference but that turned out to be "only" a panel. It was a great panel but I knew I would only have ten minutes of t

Why Products Suck (And How To Make Them Suck Less)

<img src="http://tctechcrunch.files.wordpress.com/2010/11/office-space.jpeg"> Now, you might think that making a product that isn’t terrible should be so obvious to every company on the planet as t

Don’t Waste Money on a New Computer for College

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/used-laptops.jpg" />Heading off to college? Here's my suggestion: buy a used laptop from Craigslist and install Ubuntu onto it. Seriously

Ask Dr Fitness and the Fat Guy

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/Screen-shot-2010-05-04-at-11.05.07-AM.jpg"><i><a HREF="http://drfitnessandthefatguy.com/">Dr. Fitness and the Fat Guy</a> are Dr. Adam Sh

Why the little guy can't get a break in consumer electronics and 5 ways to find a leg up

Every few months we get a press release about some great device from a no-name manufacturer who promises to change the world. One example was the TXTR reader from Germany last January. Another is zzzP

Back-to-School: Useful travel gear and other assorted bits of wisdom

Tired of your boring home town? Want to “see the world” like you’re the star of a Disney Channel movie? Do what I and countless others have done—go abroad for a few months, experience

Where are the smartphones for seniors?

A TC/CG reader Teresa asks we, the gadget-nation, a question: where are the good smartphones for seniors? Sure, they have ClarityLife and the Jitterbug but neither of those work as real smartphones. T

Have to get an iPhone on back order? Get the 16GB white

Super sly reader Ken had to get a back-ordered iPhone and when faced with the choice of black or white, 16 or 8, he chose wisely. Just got my direct fulfillment order and seem to be no backups or back

Locking down laptops from the TSACustoms

Thanks to the wisdom of Homeland Security and customs, travellers may now be asked to allow screeners access to your laptops when you fly. While this is pretty shitty for obvious reasons, CNET is offe

iPhone-Codes says don't unlock your iPhone, we say pshaw

This just in from a BFF poster: Unlocking the iPhone is getting popular in the undergrounds and AT&T is lossing millions dollars because of this activity. What with Jailbreak and Metasploit, peopl

Help Key: How to Idiot-Proof Your Parents' Computer

This is something that may be near and dear to your hearts: Mom and Dad are calling to ask about this porn pop-up phishing thing they just typed all their credit card info into. Or maybe Grandma wants

Holidays 2006: Must Have Wii and PS3 Accessories

If you were one of the tens of thousands (possibly hundreds of thousands) of people who lined for hours, or even days, for a chance to get a Sony PlayStation 3 or Nintendo Wii, and actually scored a s