Stephon Marbury’s $15 shoes

August 31, 2006 at 11:25 am | Posted in tech | 3 Comments

the shoeThe Starbury One. Stephon goes up against the Air Jordan with his $15 shoes. He will wear them on the court. He will sell them in a direct effort to counteract the offensive cost of basketball shoes.

Read it here.

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Radio Shack fires employees via email

August 31, 2006 at 9:53 am | Posted in tech | Leave a comment
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ShackIn 2001 I was laid off from a dot com.  Employees were brought into the conference room in small groups to meet with the founder, CEO and VP.  They actually cried as they let us go.  You can only imagine their surprise when we cheered at the news because a) we would get some severance pay and b) we weren’t left behind to do the work of those who were laid off.

Yesterday 400 Radio Shack employees received different treatment.  They opened their email and read:

“The work force reduction notification is currently in progress. Unfortunately your position is one that has been eliminated.”

And then they were fired.  Thirty minutes to clean out their desks and get their mug from the kitchen.  Then goodbye.  Now I was pretty happy to leave dot com but nonetheless appreciated that the bosses made the effort to look us in the eye while laying us off.  Any employee deserves that as a minimum. 

Read more here.

Rumsfeld: war critics need to study history

August 30, 2006 at 10:54 pm | Posted in history, tech | Leave a comment

From the International Herald Tribune: SecDef Rumsfeld said that war critics “seem not to have learned history’s lessons” and went on tompare critics to fashists. 

Read the details here.

Destroyed Gadget Contest=New Gadget Prize

August 30, 2006 at 4:37 pm | Posted in tech | Leave a comment

Thanks Mr. Postman!The folks at gizmodo are having another contest…”either show us your already busted gadget—in JPEG please, no wider than 520 pixels—and include a brief sob story explaining the broken gadget. Or, the other option is to take a gadget you already have, break it—preferably on film—and upload the video over at Youtube.”  The prize a new 2 GB Titanium Flash Drive.  Read more here.

NOTE: do not try anything that you see on YouTube.  I think that the winner will be someone who earned a dead gadget through bad luck. Like the time I left a Palm Pilot on the roof of my car and drove away.  Ouch.

Backpack too heavy?

August 30, 2006 at 4:10 pm | Posted in tech | Leave a comment

HispterToo many books?  Try the Hipster…I guess: http://www.elseware.to/products/hipster.htm

Hurricane Katrina Timeline

August 28, 2006 at 9:24 am | Posted in history, tech | Leave a comment

Thinkprogress.com offers a clean and well-organized timeline of Katrina developments as they happened. Here it is: http://thinkprogress.org/katrina-timeline.

“If it’s on the Internet it’s fair game”

August 25, 2006 at 5:05 pm | Posted in tech | Leave a comment
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Listen to this NPR report about potential employers actively seeking out info about job applicants on myspace and facebook.

As the consultant says, “If it’s on the Internet it’s fair game”.  Meaning that they can look up information about YOU that they are not legally allowed to ask in a job interview.

Interview here: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5695383

9-Pluto=8 Planets!

August 24, 2006 at 11:38 am | Posted in science, tech | Leave a comment

Shocking news-Pluto is no longer a planet. The International Astronomical Union has downgraded Pluto to dwarf planet status. Read more at http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5703014 and http://news.com.com/Images+Its+official-Plutos+out/2300-11397_3-6106240.html

Looks like http://www.nineplanets.com had better buy eightplanets.com before I do!

AOL Digs For Gold

August 16, 2006 at 9:02 pm | Posted in tech | Leave a comment
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AOL is digging for gold in the backyard of a notorious spammer’s family.  The spammer, David Hawke, has disappeared and so has the 12.8 million dollars that AOL hopes to collect per a court decision.  Hawke told his mother that he had purchased gold and other precious metals to preserve his funds instead of investing it in useless consumer luxuries (see MTV CRIBS).

CNN has the rest of the story: http://www.cnn.com/2006/LAW/08/15/spammer.gold.ap/index.html

Maybe if AOL hadn’t sent me one CD a week for the last 12 years they wouldn’t have to dig for gold.

Laptop flambe, sir?

August 15, 2006 at 6:09 pm | Posted in tech | 1 Comment

You heard it here first– Dell’s exploding batteries.  Well, after months of pressure and bad press Dell has decided that it should do something about the problem and is conducting a massive recall.  4.1 million batteries are involved in the recall which will cost the company over $200 million in production, marketing and shipping alone. 

For you Dell haters out there- the batteries were made by Sony.

Check https://www.dellbatteryprogram.com/Default.aspx to see if your Dell has one of the defective batteries.

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