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January, 2004 | Jason E. Shao

Gateway buys eMachines

The Register – Gateway has said it will buy low-cost PC maker eMachines in a bid to boost its market share around the world and in the US market in particular. [ The Register ] The most amazing quote in the article for me was: bq. Gateway hopes that the cost savings it expects to ...

Professor Popsicle

Professor Popsicle – A researcher known as “Professor Popsicle” has found humans can successfully spend days on end in the bitter cold. Gordon Giesbrecht has spent the past 26 days skiing the isolated, frozen expanse of Lake Winnipeg as part of his research for the University of Manitoba on how the body copes with the ...

Disposable DVDs

Disposable DVDs get thumbs-down from buyers – The disposable DVD concept has never been a popular one with most technology-oriented folk, who generally prefer the concept of ownership of their physical property over that of continuously renting it for example, witness the reservations many have over the DRM restrictions in the iTunes Music Store. ...

My Yahoo RSS

My Yahoo Beta Tests RSS Feeds – Everyone is buzzing about the fact that Yahoo is beta testing the addition of any RSS feed to it’s My Yahoo portal, a move that may signal an inroad to the mainstream. I didn’t want to comment on this until I had a chance to play with it; ...

Bad Spelling Costs $

In Online Auctions, Misspelling in Ads Often Spells Cash – Such is the eBay underworld of misspellers, where the clueless and sometimes just careless sell labtop computers, throwing knifes, Art Deko vases, camras, comferters and saphires. [ “(extlink)NYTimes”:http://www.nytimes.com ] At last some ammunition for the strict spellers among us. Although, admittedly I don’t understand why ...

Flowers Detect Landmines

Flower Power Takes on Land Mines – A Danish biotech company has developed a genetically modified flower that could help detect land mines and it hopes to have a prototype ready for use within a few years. [ “(extlink)Wired News”:http://www.wired.com ] Apparently the scientists have discovered a way to link flowers stress reactions to the ...

RU Snow Pictures

RU Snow Pictures
I just got a “(extlink)T-Mobile”:http://www.tmobile.com camera-phone (a Sony-Ericcson T610 to be exact) so I’ve been snapping some photos here and there. Here are some I took tonight under the snow. Milledoler Hall and the rest of Voorhees Mall covered in snow.

PATH Terminal Design

PATH Terminal Design
I like the new design for the PATH terminal. I think it has to do with a matter of scale. The angular crystal towers and giant latticework on the “Freedom Tower”:177 don’t appeal to me because they are large structures so the details fade out, and leave them looking blocky and unfinished. This terminal on ...

iTunes Music Store RSS

Apple has just unleashed the iTunes Music Store RSS Generator which allows you to build a RSS feed of new releases, top songs, featured items, etc. to read in your Aggregator. This is amazing. Like push except so much better. Now all they need to do is support trackback pings on individual music pages, and ...

Mars Rover Broken?

Mars Rover Broken?
NASA unable to communicate with Mars rover – The Spirit rover has stopped transmitting data from Mars, NASA mission controllers said Thursday, but there were signs it is still operating at a basic level. NASA scientists now have received a basic communication tone from the rover indicating it is alive but the solid flows of ...