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IPhone on my Mind.

Posted by David on February 24, 2007

IPhone email on eBay

Audio/Podcast: Episode 2 -Midnight TechBrief

Recently I did a search on eBay for IPhone just to see what I would get. I should have remembered all of the crazy auctions revolving around the release of the latest gaming consoles. Just like before it appears that people are successfully selling domain names and email addresses for sometimes hundreds of dollars, this time touting the IPhone name and various combinations of it with other words like store, direct, center, buy, get, sell, etc. First of all, the sale of email addresses from Google, Yahoo, and I’m sure any email service is against the terms of service agreement and therefore against the TOS of eBay. Somehow this activity is slipping under the radar of the giants all the while confusing people like myself. Digg users always display a large variety of opinion so I like to get an idea of what people are thinking there. Check out this Digg post describing one of the sales and the user comments below, one of the commentators claims to be the auctioneer and states that the person has sent money via PayPal. Another comment points out that all of the bidders had 0 feed back in reply to a comment that the winner was a new eBay account with no feedback. I have noticed that for all of the auctions like this I’ve looked at, one bidder at the most has any positive feedback (sometimes they have negative) and at the most I’ve seen a feedback rating of 7.

My belief like a few of the Digg commentators is that the creators of these auctions and most if not all of the bidders on these items are somehow related. Looking at the bidding history and feedback of those bidders does lend credibility to this theory, but another theory that the people buying these email addresses are spammers would also explain the new accounts and little feedback on them (a spammer probably wouldn’t want to buy these addresses under their usual eBay account). It shouldn’t be left out that every successful auction like this that I’ve seen had a photo of the IPhone as the product image and elsewhere on the auction page. The idea of making hundreds of dollars from an investment of little to nothing is salivating, but what I want to know is why these email addresses and domain names are actually selling. It must be either that future IPhone retailers want these addresses without having to find them themselves, spammers are looking for attractive emails to snare victims, or these auctioneers are setting up multiple accounts to drive prices up in hopes of tricking unsuspecting users looking for actual IPhones.

I guess the question now is how do we find out what is really happening on these auctions. I’m going to give you some references to look at, various auctions on eBay and other articles about this story, and you tell me what you think. Leave your comments here on this post, email me at monaghan.david@gmail.com, or call/IM me on Skype @ WilliaMonaghan. I’m going to send an email to eBay, PayPal, Google, Yahoo, and Hotmail to ask them the same answer. Hopefully I’ll have an answer for you soon.

NEWS:

Recently Google opened doors to GMail for the public, previously the service was available only through invitation by another user or by giving a cellular phone number with text messaging. Now anyone can benefit from the many services that Google has to offer, having a GMail account gets you into nearly every Google web service.

Fluorescent light bulbs use one third of the power of traditional lighting. According to EPA every American swapping out one standard bulb with a CFL bulb would save $8 billion in energy and prevent burning of 30 billion pounds of coal in about the lifetime of a bulb. This information and more at 18seconds.org.

A medical journal published last Friday states that circumcision greatly reduces a man’s chance of getting HIV during intercourse. The reduction can be up to 60 percent says a recent study.

From Digg, ‘Classic Texts in Computer Science’ actually contains a very nice list of freely available articles on the internet rather than a list of text-books. The list includes works from authors including but not limited to; Donald Knuth, C. A. R. Hoare, Sergey Brin and Lawrence Page, and John McCarthy.

A video on YouTube I watched focused on some of the hidden features not mentioned or elaborated on during Steve Jobs’ keynote. Interesting ways of contact navigation, music ring tones through iTunes, and Google Maps traffic view were among the topics. My interest lies in the ability of the iPhone to act as a truly integrated music and phone device as well as it’s business functionality. I personally need a phone with service allowing me to make and receive calls to and from more than just two people. I would like to have the access to at least five lines in the phone with the ability to easily switch between callers, join lines, hold lines, etc. I would also like to see features like customizable hold music and the ability to transfer a caller to any number at any time. Will the iPhone be able to play any song from your library as a ring-tone? I doubt it. Why you ask? First of all a full song isn’t a good ring tone choice, most songs don’t start out the way a ring tone should start, not to mention that any time that song starts on the radio confusion can set in (this actually is somewhat of a problem with any song as a ring tone). Second of all iTunes can’t offer an edited version of the same song without licensing rights from the copyright owner which is going to cost them. This is why I believe Apple will start selling tones in iTunes. Maybe they’ll call em’ ringtunes (don’t even think about it Apple it’s mine!)

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I finally started a Podcast.

Posted by David on December 12, 2006

Not very long ago I heard about a service called TalkShoe. After a little while I listened to a recording done with TalkShoe and was impressed enough to want to try it out.

What is TalkShoe? It’s a free podcasting service which sets up a conference room which you call into and other can join in on as well. It’s a long distance call for most people unfortunately but I use either Skype or a cell phone which both currently give me free long distance within the US and Canada. Using the downloadable client a show host can unmute new callers so they can participate on the show and be recorded, and anyone who has joined the show using the client can see and type their own chat messages.

Something I found to be extremely nice about TalkShoe is their easy way to monetize your efforts. You make money off of your podcasts depending on how many listeners you get, so far I’ve created one show and already I have a few bucks on there. So I’ve got more incentive to create more and I will be soon. Right now I’m working on show-notes which will also serve as my guide throughout the recording, and I may have one or more small interviews lined up. I may take on a partner as another host and I definitely hope to enlist more staff if the income increases enough.

Check out the description of the show “Programming Programming” on the TalkShoe website and give it a listen, that’s the one I created. You can listen right on the page or download the mp3. Also if you tune in while a show is being recorded you can participate with your phone or by downloading the client, either way you’ll be able to listen in. In any case you can stream the show live right from the website without having to download the client.

If you want to call in the number is (724) 444-7444 and the Talkcast ID is 6846 but you will need a PIN from TalkShoe to get in. More info later!

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Humorous Evaluation of Windows Vista RC1

Posted by David on November 22, 2006

25% CPU usage running Windows Vista RC1 Remote Desktop, MySQL, WEBrick, Photoshop and Firefox on a Compaq v2406US (upgraded to 638mb, 60gb 7200rpm 8mb)

I was just chatting with a friend – Lee – about my experiences running Windows Vista RC1 32bit build 5600. I acquired this version through the public release about a couple of months ago and have been running it on a couple computers since. One a desktop and one a laptop. Everything is going alright so far although I’m cramped for resources after Firefox has been open for a while. In any case I can usually get through about a week of having the computer on 24 hours a day before having to reboot due complete loss of computer control. In fact I could probably wait for the system to come back to life after killing Firefox and a few other programs but I’m often impatient and rebooting seems to work faster (not manually shutting down by holding the power button but just pushing on the power button will actually shut down the computer after about two minutes at this point).

Anyway this isn’t a real evaluation of the operating system, though I hope the above gives everyone a good idea of the stability I’m experiencing so far… In summary it’s about the same as XP but it’s a bit faster and looks way prettier, not to mention has a ton of cool extras like search (that works) etc. Should you upgrade… in my opinion not yet, for one it’s not been released to residential yet… The reason I started typing this was to share my friend Lee’s reaction to my experience with the voice recognition features in Windows Vista. I explained to him that there was a lot of potential in it and that it does work some of the time for me, but I seem to have a problem with the speed of my computer and the quality of my mic (Compaq 2405US with Motorola HS820). Also I remembered vaguely having problems getting it to switch to dictation in Firefox.

Lee had the following reply which I found quite funny;

“Open the pod bay doors, Windows.”

“Windows cannot do that, Dave…”

I’ve always been a fan of quoting that movie, I especially enjoyed having a sound byte for some time saying “I’m sorry Dave, I’m afraid I can’t do that” upon Windows errors. Ha ha ha, very funny, well I’m sure it’s better if you were there, and are me…

Besides a few minor problems I’m actually surprised at how well Windows Vista is working for me. I wouldn’t say it’s near the stage that XP is at now for stability and compatibility but surely it’s a step in the right direction and during this stage XP was about the same. I’m ecstatic that I can finally search for files on the computer and get results quickly, I’m a huge fan of the search box in the start menu (though I wish more things would appear in the results and later they may), and I’ve got some experiences to share that have made running Vista all the worthwhile for me. I would have run Vista for at least this long even if things would have been worse, mainly because I like to see the current state of technology which will impact my life in a large way. Fortunately Vista runs the programs I need; Photoshop, FL Studio, Audacity, Firefox, Google Talk, Skype, Yahoo Messenger, AIM, C++, Perl, Ruby, and PHP. Some things have improved from XP, for instance I have a Linksys USB Bluetooth adapter and a Motorola Bluetooth headset. In XP it took me about a day to get the headset functionality out of the thing and then every time I wanted to switch from the Bluetooth to my built in or visa versa the application(s) in use would have to be restarted. Not anymore, in fact I never had to install a driver. The first time I plugged in the USB adapter and connected the headset Skype was running and without restarting it just worked. It took probably a minute to get drivers online from Microsoft I assume and in no time I was back to talking. Today I did this again, only this time it was simply to listen to a podcast I was listening to (net@nite) in Firefox (using Netvibes, gotta love it). I believe the audio does have to be stopped, but I just pause music, plug in USB Bluetooth adapter, turn on and connect headset, then hit play and enjoy the show!

I love having a laptop and now with Vista it’s even better. My battery doesn’t die very often but for some reason lately I don’t seem to be getting a big warning about battery life (need to go check settings but this could be a bug). So a couple of times now the battery has gotten to the point where the computer turned itself “off” and pushing the power button would only give the blinking power light saying “Plug me in or suffer without a computer, your choice”. The beautiful part is that once plugging back in and powering up an unfamiliar screen pops up, it says Resuming Windows. The computer comes back to whatever you were doing, it’s like the computer was asleep, only it was actually turned off. It does take longer than coming out of sleep (especially this new sleep) but it’s a God-send for laptops and actually fairly quick. I just did it now by hitting the hibernate button, the audio show I was listening to came back to life, this post I’m writing, and it tool I’d say less than a minute tops, this is all very nice if you ask me.

I’ve used Remote Desktop through vista with some varying results. Obviously the Aero interface doesn’t work over it but it’s still quick enough to do simple things. Every now and again the connection gets dropped and it doesn’t reconnect, but restarting the client app seems to fix it every time.

Right now I’m listening to TWiT 77 talk about speed problems with Vista’s Aero Glass interface, I’m not having any huge problems here with every feature turned on even though I don’t have a GB or ram, while I do have more than the 128mb the computer came with I’ve only added 512 mb. I did also upgrade my hard drive from a 4200rpm 2mb cache hard drive to a 7200rpm 8mb cache hard drive. This laptop is last years low end model, nothing fancy. If this laptop will run Vista like this I can’t wait to see what something like my Mom’s desktop replacement HP…

I did hear on Security Now! that there are some problems with the 64bit version, but I’ve yet to see anything myself.

Until next time, I think I’m going to go play with WordPress some, I vaguely remember seeing a new feature I’ve been waiting for for what seems to have been an eternity.

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Microsoft Windows PowerShell RC1.

Posted by David on July 2, 2006

This is old news I’m sure (well a couple of months old at least) but I just ran across it by chance and had to publish a link and some advice.

If you’re using Windows and want to control your computer easier and faster I highly recommend taking a look at Microsoft’s Windows PowerShell. You may have already heard of it by one of it’s many titles; Monad, Microsoft Shell, or MSH. If you want to know what it’s all about I recommend checking out the Wikipedia’s Windows PowerShell article.

I just installed it (after installing the required .NET 2) and haven’t learned anything about it with exception to the video I watched on Channel 9 which showed a demonstration of some of the abilities it had at the time. That video was enough to keep the name Monad in my head and keep me eagerly awaiting a chance to try it first hand. That chance has come and I’m taking it with the RC1 released 5/5/06 on an XP machine. I’d like to mention that I don’t have any subscription to Microsoft other than a standard Hotmail account so anyone can easily check it out.

Hopefully that’s news to someone, otherwise this is just another woot for another cool tool.

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Net Neutrality, Moore’s Law and Podcasts.

Posted by David on June 10, 2006

Three things I’ve been focusing on recently and want to share, they’re all things that people interested in technology should take a look at.

Network neutrality, it’s about the way our technology handles various information. There’s a lot of movement revolving around this term so I recommend checking this out above all else.

Moore’s law is about the way computer technology is progressing, there are various interpretations but the Wikipedia article provides some insight.

Podcasts are probably the most popular of the three things I’m pointing out today so I wouldn’t be surprised if you’ve heard of them. While the term comes from the combination of iPod and broadcasting the idea actually stems from many other technologies not related to Apple. RSS or feeds and audio file formats (mainly mp3) among many other things make it possible for users to ‘subscribe’ to a feed which delivers the content in enclosures which make downloading easy to the user and more importantly to software. While the technology combination is extremely valuable the end users wouldn’t benefit from it without the great many sources of content which produce and host the audio to be retrieved. I don’t listen to very many podcasts because I focus my time on technology information (or information technology) but I’d like to share some of those on my list. Before I do so I’ll point you over to Netvibes which I use to aggregate and read all of my feeds including podcasts (Netvibes has a built-in audio player) and recommend that you check out iTunes if you’re seeking the easiest solution. The first podcasts I started listening to was TWiT (This Week in Tech) which mainly features ex-hosts from The Screensavers – a show I got hooked on to feed my tech fix. I also frequent the following technology shows in podcast format; Inside the Net, Security Now!, Cranky Geeks, Drunk and Retired, TalkCrunch, Ruby on Rails Podcast, some of the many course podcasts on Berkeley.edu, and Harvard’s Computer Science E-259. I should mention all of these are free and there are more if you’re willing to pay.

Side Note: This post would have been longer if A) Firefox didn’t crash in the middle of writing the original B) I saved the post on WordPress.com after having more content than I’d be willing to use C) I didn’t open up so many tags with Flash, or D) WordPress.com had an auto-save on the post editor. So this hopefully won’t be happening again and the cool thing is nothing above has to change; Writely.com has auto-save and will upload the posts to WordPress.com. I’ll be making an effort to start writing posts in Writely which I hope will at least match the WordPress experience if not enhance it, wish me luck in the process. Besides auto-save Writely also has RCS, will write and read Word doc files, and allows more than one person to edit the same document at the same time. Want to come and edit files with me but don’t have an account? Worry not, I can get you in there, besides I’d love to start collaborating more with others interested in similar topics.

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Computer Shopping.

Posted by David on June 6, 2006

I wrote up this email to my friend (you know who you are) and just before I hit the send button I realized I should post it here instead. I'm not really doing any shopping at the moment but I always have a list of what I'd get running. I use it when I do shop for computers as an end goal and comparison. Perhaps now I'll keep this updated here rather than in my head, no promises.

Here's the message (BTW I refer to a computer as a machine many times, trust me a computer is just a complicated machine);
http://pricewatch.com is really good for finding a good price on equipment though it's sometimes hard to make out what's what.

One of the best retail websites for computer parts is Tiger Direct at http://tigerdirect.com of course.

There's also http://outpost.com which is Fry's Electronics' site but it lacks a full view of what is in the store.

Tiger Direct has a selection and price comparable to going in to Fry's from what I remember. A better deal can always be found but the risk is often in the retailer; Often won't get the part, will get a wrong part, or will get damaged parts.

My Dream Desktop Multimedia Machine

  • CPU: Dual+ Intel 2.5ghz+ 64Bit Processors w/ 1mb+ of L1 or L2 cache and 800mhz+ bus speeds
  • MTB: Supporting processors and with little built on and many PCI, AGP, and PCI Express
  • PWR: 500W+ supporting MB, quiet if possible.
  • HDD: 500G+ SATA or SCSI (8mb+ cache 7200rpm+ 9ms- seek time) (Seagate if possible) and supporting controller card
  • RAM: 2G+ per stick (or one stick) w/ 800mhz+ bus speed (Any brand w/ 1yr+ warranty)
  • GFX: 512mb+ AGP or PCI Express w/ VGA, an optional DVI would be optimal (NVidia if possible) + Obviously the largest screen with the lowest depth and best quality affordable (ViewSonic is good for computer monitors, Sony is good all around, see also Apple's flat-panel monitors), oh yeah and you want two or more if possible
  • PTS: at least one USB and Firewire in the back and likewise in the front
  • ROM: DVD and CD at least, anything better than bottom line would be a bonus (Sony if possible)
  • SND: 5.1 or more w/ optical out and remote (SoundBlaster or better if possible, see also MAudio, and DigiDesign at http://musiciansfriend.com) + Bluetooth w/ headset and audio profiles and bluetooth headset/headphones
  • INP: Optical mouse, quiet keyboard w/ media keys, wireless if possible (Logitech if possible) + drawing tablet
  • FLP: SuperDisk floppy combo drive or just a floppy, if possible.
  • NET: 802.11g/a/b (perhaps n?) w/ MIMO and SpeedBooster + Ethernet 10/100/1000 (Linksys or Intel if possible)

My Dream Mutimedia Server Machine

  • CPU: Dual+ 2.5ghz+ 64Bit Processors w/ 1mb+ of L1 or L2 cache and 800mhz+ bus speeds
  • MTB: Supporting processors and with little built on and many PCI
  • PWR: Redundant 500W+ supporting MB, quiet if possible, battery backup if possible
  • HDD: 4T+ SATA or SCSI RAID (8mb+ cache 7200rpm+ 9ms- seek time) (Seagate if possible) and supporting controller card
  • RAM: 4G+ per stick (or one stick) w/ 800mhz+ bus speed (Any brand w/ 1yr+ warranty)
  • GFX: 2+ Video Input w/ S-Video, DVI/VGA/RCA/Component Video if possible + matching digital video receiver/tuners.
  • PTS: At least one USB and Firewire in the back and likewise in the front
  • ROM: Not needed
  • SND: 5.1+ channel audio input w/ optical if possible + digital video/audio receiver/amplifier/tuner/distributor (combo or separate units) with 5+ video/audio outs
  • INP: Infrared and/or RF and/or Bluetooth remote functionality (all if possible)
  • FLP: Not needed
  • NET: Dual 802.11g/a/b (perhaps n?) w/ MIMO and SpeedBooster and/or dual Ethernet 10/100/1000 (Linksys or Intel if possible) and/or dual fiber channel and Bluetooth w/ headset, audio and video profiles

My Dream Multimedia Laptop

Okay, the laptops a huge dream, otherwise it's pretty obvious… as close to that as you can get…

Hope I didn't miss anything too obvious or important…

I recommend also looking at the current Mac lineup, they have a computer as cheap as $600 that is pretty powerful and insanely small (see the Mac Mini) as well as much more expensive and powerful machines.

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Columnist or Reporter?

Posted by David on May 21, 2006

My journalism background. I walked backwards into writing, one day I decided to start up a website and later a blog. Now I've got a history of many various blogs, none of which have really taken off but I never started writing to be popular. You could say that blogging became an addiction for me. Once I realized that not only do I like writing but that some people might actually enjoy reading it I began analyzing my writing and what I do on my blogs so that I could be more effective.

Columnist or reporter? This is probably entirely obvious to people with a background in journalism but as I explained I have very little and I just started to ask myself, "Am I a columnist or a reporter?" Hopefully even the highest level professional journalists will agree that the difference between these two types of journalists are a bit difficult to distinguish from one another especially to the untrained (not to mention the rapidly changing technologies). From what I can tell the major differences between a columnist and a reporter are; First the motivation behind the content and second the process of acquiring and presenting the information. A columnist is the driving force behind their content and isn't expected to follow the same process of acquiring information from official or creditable sources in an unbiased way, while a reporter is expected to acquire their information from sources they can cite and is usually motivated by something like popular demand (mass media) and the search for unbiased information. Now the lines are blurry here according to some, blogs are being considered a sort of mix between these two styles of journalism and it seems that many of the people contributing content to blogs are completely unaware of this looming question.

So what am I? That't the question I've been asking myself, "Am I a columnist or a reporter?" I think the answer is obvious and I consider myself at this moment to be a columnist (at least on this blog) but now I'm starting to research what I would have to change to be considered a reporter. In any case I enjoy writing for the public and it's enhanced my writing skills (one of the real reasons I started writing material to publish). Recently I've wondered a lot how journalism might be changed by blogging and how journalism as a whole will end up in the next five, ten, twenty, etc. years. It's very interesting to me, everything that has to do with communication is under rapid evolution at an always accelerating pace. Anyway thanks for listening to my short ramblings on this, uh, column? Okay yeah, hope everyone had a good Sunday and I'll talk to you soon.

Post Scriptum. I've been thinking about the possibility of publishing in audio form, if I have something to publish but I don't really feel like writing at the time, or if I can get some friends together to talk about technology, I may even think of some other reason(s) but I'd be happy to hear what anyone thinks about such a publication here. I know one advantage to the readers or listeners in this case would be the ability to obtain the information I'm publishing while doing something which requires the use of their eyes or hands. I should also mention that obtaining information for the blind would probably be much smoother in such a format rather than through the use of a speech synthesis application. Anyway, lemme know if you have an opinion, as usual you can contact me at monaghan.david@gmail.com and don't forget that you can leave a comment for others to see. I'd also be interested in starting up a podcast with someone else, if you've got broadband and Skype we're half way there, I'm a hobbyist producer using FL Studio and Audacity and I know may way around enough of the technology to find anything we need. Don't forget to tune in later for a link to a cooking blog and podcast I'm going to start up with my good friend Scott and my Mom Jaimie (two excellent self-taught chefs) which I'll be producing, editing and writing for.

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TFFA

Posted by David on May 13, 2006

OMG TISVF. Sorry, I almost got stuck there. See folks, acronyms can be dangerous and addictive, as a friend and I just found out today. Okay I'm kidding…

In all honesty; My friend Scott and I were text-chatting today over Google Talk (which I should warn you sometimes yields language which might be considered to be inappropriate for people younger than a certain age) and found ourselves on the subject of Internet Slang or terms used, manipulated and invented for use on the internet (which actually sometimes come from and are used in oral conversation but that's besides this point). So we ended up on this subject because I was looking at Answer.com's article (cited from Wikipedia) about the acronym LOL or lol. The first sentence I read was "LOL is a TLA" and I had to lol pretty hard myself. Because I was already having a conversation with him I sent over the link, we both got a good chuckle out of it. Later Scott told me he was checking out the Internet Slang article from Wikipedia and was amazed at the content, which I later decided to take another look at (we had both checked it out a little less than a month ago). After a while he mentioned something which got us both ROTFLOAO.

Here's the point of this article, our conversation over Google Talk via text messages which I have only edited to bold our names for clarity (which by the way I'm sorry if there's any I missed);

 

Scott: its funny, noe that i look at "lol", of all the things it says about it on the site, it never mentions anything about the fact that "lol" looks like a person laughing

l-l =straight face lol = laughing face

b

oops

dob HA! now it has ears

 

 

 

monaghan: that's odd, I never saw that but you're right. I thought at first when I started trying to see it that perhaps it was o = head and ll = arms raised up, but that didn't make much sense

 

 

 

Scott: l-l

 

 

 

monaghan: I never raise my arms to laugh but you know

 

 

 

Scott: lol

dob

hell yeah, i raise my arms and flail them around just to talk regularly

 

 

 

monaghan: rotfl

 

 

 

Scott: l-l

dob

l-l

dob

hhhmmmmm

 

 

 

monaghan: lol, that's how we should do it…

 

 

 

Scott: what, like this: dob

 

 

 

monaghan: l-l.. lol……..l-l

to show, I wasn't laughing, then I was for a while, then I stopped

 

 

 

Scott: yeah, then if someone is trying to be funny and they are not actually funny, you could just give them a

 

 

 

monaghan: dob

 

 

 

Scott: ………………………………………..l-l

like that

 

 

 

monaghan: lol

heall yeah

 

 

 

Scott: thats great

 

 

 

monaghan: too funny for acronyms, I mean tffa

which could be a spin off on tff (too fukin funny)

man we are good at this internet slang shit

I'm so going to add what we're talking about here to the WP IS article

wsjatis

awsjtia

(we should just always talk in slang)

(actually we should just talk in acronyms)

lol tff miggp

(man I gotta go piss) actually I don't I just thought it sounded funny

 

 

 

Scott: TFG

 

 

 

monaghan: rotflmao

 

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Sex, porn, XXX, and Korea.

Posted by David on May 11, 2006

Google Trends, that's what brought me to use these words together. I was just testing out the service after reading TechCrunch.com's article about it and started trying out all sorts of things, a few out of interest for what gets searched for but most just to get an idea about how well it works. So far I'm pleased and I bet it's pretty accurate as far as Google's records go. I haven't spent more than five minutes using it, I just wanted to mention it for those who haven't taken a look.

See this search I did for "Sex, porn, XXX, and Korea" which I thought was interesting.

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Woot Blog Podcast, Candy for Your Bluetooth Headset.

Posted by David on April 22, 2006

I know most of you probably don't listen to your podcasts via bluetooth, but I do and some others must as well. Regardless of how you listen this audio show about technological products is a riot, my Mom referred me to it knowing im in to anything technology related and especially those which incorporate humor. More and more humor is being used as a teaching aid, I hope this trend continues because I feel it's easier and faster to learn something using tools which make the information more interesting and therefore more memorable and humor is one of those tools in my opinion.

The shows I've heard have all taken the technology product at hand (I believe it is a product which they are offering on their service, the one product they are offering at the time) and created what seems to be a spoof song with comical lyrics about it. If you haven't already seen and heard this I recommend you take the time to at least give it a try, the blog which has podcast links embed in it is at http://woot.com/blog. This brings up my love of podcasts again, learning via audio recordings is extremely efficient for me, and having automatically retrieved information is almost too good, I am talking about podcasts which are becoming more and more popular because of these and many other reasons.

If you're wondering where the podcast links are on the page I referred to; They are located at the bottom of each post with the text, "Click here to listen to the podcast"

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