Jun 19 07 · news, culture, special

Numbr: Need a Disposable Phone #? (0)

Ever have the need for an anonymous phone number for something you’re selling or for your want ads? Numbr, which works in 23 cities in the US, lets you create disposable numbers that can expire in an hour, day, week or month.

Numbr also give you the ability to have calls forwarded to two phones and can record a voice-mail, which will be sent to you on your e-mail. You can also access detailed call logs, set do not disturb times, and reject anonymous callers (Oh the irony!).

Numbr is currently available in beta form for free.

Jun 11 07 · news, mac

Goodbye Firefox,.. Hello Safari? (3)

“They say it is the best. They say it is the fastest. Now they want to prove it to you. Here comes Safari for Windows. Bench marked as 2x faster than IE (the market leader) and faster still than Firefox 2; Safari says it is faster at HTML, Java and opening the application.” But, there’s only one problem with that scenario — Safari sucks. A lot of Mac users won’t run the browser (I’m one of them), so why would anyone run it on Windows?

Safari doesn’t support plug-ins (at least plug-ins that aren’t hacks) and it certainly doesn’t benefit from a thriving community of plug-in developers the way Firefox does.

Is there any real reason to use it besides seeing how your design looks on a mac? I’m just not convinced.

May 26 07 · news

Joox.net: Your source for FREE VOD? (1)

I was browsing the UneasySilence website this morning, and came across a review of the site joox.net. All I can say is, WOW. Free Video-On-Demand with subscriptions; amazingly awesome.

Is it legal? Probably not, but check it out anyway. Definitely a great way to kill some time. I just watched American History X all the way through, and was surprised I had no stream-pauses. Very seamless and uninterrupted.

The list of movies is quite a collection: I’m sure anyone can find a lot of movies to check out.

May 02 07 · news, create, social news

Fighting the Man: The Digg Story (0)

When someone posted the code that decrypts HD-DVD format DRM on the social news site Digg, Digg administrators took down posts and banned accounts over it. Little did anyone know, that was just the beginning of a tremendous uproar.

What’s the big Deal?

The controversy started when a Digg user posted a string of hexadecimal code that is used to decrypt the DRM on the HD-DVD format. That string can be used with certain software to allow the playback of HD-DVD content on Linux systems, which are otherwise unsupported by the movie industry.

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Apr 16 07 · news

OldVersion.com (0)

“Because Newer Isn’t Always Better.”

Sometimes upgrading to a newer version can be a good thing. Other times, your computer may not be compatible with the new version, the new version is bloated, or all the options you liked are no longer available. OldVersion.com has been supplying the online community with old versions of various programs since 2001. The service is utilized by thousands of users every day and has been featured in newspapers and magazines as well as on radio and television.

I remember scouring the net for winamp 2.80 the last time my hard drive crashed; why use the new 5.3* version that is out? It takes like 45 seconds to load? whats up with that? Version 2.80 loads instantly and runs a kazillion times faster. Check out oldversion.com, it has some hard to find versions.

Apr 13 07 · news, politics, scientific

Stem Cell Bill Approved by Senate (0)

A stubborn Senate voted Wednesday to ease restrictions on federally funded embryonic stem cell research, ignoring President Bush’s threat of a second veto on legislation designed to lead to new medical treatments. The 63-34 vote was shy of the margin that would be needed to enact the measure over presidential opposition, despite gains made by supporters in last fall’s elections.

The House, which passed similar legislation earlier in the year, is expected to adopt the Senate’s version in the next several weeks for Bush’s veto.
The Senate’s action marked the latest act in a drama that blends science and politics on an issue that affects millions of disease sufferers and their families.

At least if Bush veto’s this bill again, he won’t have the opportunity to veto it a third time. Sucks to be him. Peter Kiernan, head of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation was quoted, “The one thing we know is we will outlast him.”

I for one, will be glad to see an end to the veto Nazi’s reign.

Apr 09 07 · news, google

Google launches Free 411 Service (1)

Google threw a new product called Goog-411 into Google Labs today - a free telephone based information service that could replace toll 411 calls. About 2.6 billion 411 calls are made in the U.S. each year, and it is a $7 billion/year market.

Goog-411 can be accessed by dialing 1-800-GOOG-411. The product is completely automated and there is no way to talk to a human for additional or clarifying information. You tell it your city and state, and then ask for a specific business or business category. In my tests the product was excellent. Although the voice recognition was only working at about 70% efficiency, I just said “back” and retried when it didn’t understand what I said. Results are spoken back or text messaged back to you, and you are automatically put through to the phone number requested.

GOOG-411 is using Google’s normal local business information available on Google Maps and elsewhere. Businesses that want to add or correct data can do so here.

Feb 17 07 · news, microsoft

Virtual PC 2007 available for free download (0)

Microsoft has made the full version of Virtual PC 2007 available for download from their web site.

The program is available in both 32- and 64-bit versions, and is supported on all versions of Windows XP (except Home and Media Center Edition), Windows Server 2003, and Windows Vista. The file is a 30MB download and requires a 400MHz or faster (1GHz recommended) processor and enough RAM to support the desired configuration for the guest operating system plus the host.

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