How did it happen?

September 17, 2006 at 7:59 am | Posted in tech | Leave a comment

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Time Magazine details how pre-washed, ready to eat produce products are susceptible to E. Coli and other contaminations. Read it but keep eating your veggies: Time article.

Google goes shopping

September 17, 2006 at 7:41 am | Posted in tech | Leave a comment
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Since Google went public in 2004 the company has gone on a quiet shopping spree.While not exclusive, almost all of the companies that the search engine giant has acquired connect with mobile Internet use.

See the list and read the Washington Post article here. Free account required.

Turn your phone into a GPS

September 14, 2006 at 8:19 am | Posted in tech | Leave a comment
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Garmin has introduced a handy gizmo that will transform any (?) Bluetooth equipped device into a GPS.  The Mobile 10 clips anywhere and used Bluetooth to send GPS info to your (laptop, PDA, phone) gadget.  It’s about the size of a big pack of gum.

Learn more here: http://www.garmin.com/products/garminmobile10/

SFGATE.COM: Silicon Valley should be called Storage Valley

September 14, 2006 at 8:11 am | Posted in history, tech | Leave a comment
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The Chronicle tells the tale of the unsung hero of technology – storage. Hard drives, to be precise.

The story starts with the 5MB, 2000 pound RAMAC, the world’s first hard drive. Read the rest here.

Front Pages from September 11th

September 11, 2006 at 8:42 am | Posted in history, tech | Leave a comment

The Newseum has produced an online collection of national and international front pages from September 11th.

http://www.newseum.org/todaysfrontpages/archive.asp?fpArchive=091201

Chronicle podcast: What 9/11 means to four Bay Area teenagers

September 10, 2006 at 10:12 pm | Posted in history, tech | Leave a comment

Quoting sfgate.com “Chronicle reporter Carolyne Zinko talks with four Bay Area teenagers who were between seven and 10 years old on 9/11, to see how they remember the events and how that day has affected their worldview.”

Listen to the audio here: http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/sfgate/detail?blogid=5&entry_id=8716

Finally…could the rumors be true (again)?

September 10, 2006 at 9:58 pm | Posted in Apple, tech | Leave a comment
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The iPod touch screen rumors are flying once again.  This time there may be photographic proof to back it up.

This photo was supposedly taken at the site that will host a big Apple announcement on 9/12.  See it here: http://www.tuaw.com/tag/september12

Amazon Video Downloads

September 8, 2006 at 8:26 am | Posted in video | Leave a comment

Amazon has joined the online video sales fray with unbox.  Here is the short story:

  • tv shows for around $2
  • movies from $10 on up (Office Space for $13.45)
  • DVD quality
  • limited to 2 PC installs, one player per PC.
  • no iPod support
  • if you rent: “After you rent and download an Amazon Unbox Video to your computer, you will have a limited period of time in which to begin viewing it. That period is 30 days unless otherwise specified on the product detail page for the Unbox Video rental. After you begin playing an Amazon Unbox Video, you will have 24 hours to complete viewing it.”
  • if you buy: “The license agreement for the videos you purchase allows you to download an Amazon Unbox video onto a total of 2 different personal computers at one time. Each of those computers will, in turn, be able to transfer that video to one portable (e.g., hand-held) video device.”

Read the Gizmodo review here.

See unbox here.

9-11 Fifth Anniversary: Resources

September 7, 2006 at 4:05 pm | Posted in history | Leave a comment

Growth of Al Qaeda-BBC- http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/3618762.stm 

US War on Terrorism timeline: http://www.mapreport.com/countries/u.s._war_on_terrorism.html 

The Nation- Civil Rights After 9/11: http://www.thenation.com/directory/civil_rights_after_9_11 

The Nation- 9/11 in a Movie-Made World: http://www.thenation.com/doc/20060925/engelhardt

The Nation- A Constitutional Disaster: http://www.thenation.com/doc/20051107/pitts

BBC News – Five graphs documenting: US Defense spending, US air travel, Presidential approval ratings, hate crime statistics and the number of times that Bin Laden is mentioned in news articles- http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_depth/5305868.stm 

BBC News – Five Years Later: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/in_depth/americas/2006/11_september_five_years_on/

From the NYT Learning Connection site http://www.nytimes.com/learning/issues_in_depth/20030911.html

Newsweek: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14323311/

Mainstream Media http://govexec.com/dailyfed/0906/090106nj1.htm

informative yet biased http://www.crisispapers.org/essays6w/twentythings.htm

Lesson plans,worksheets, etc courtesy of the Lehrer NewsHour http://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/teachers/lessonplans/terrorism/sept11.html

The Post’s 9-11 section http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/nation/special/6/index.html – free login required-

NPR collection http://understandingamerica.publicradio.org/

State Dept chat regarding the “Myths of Al Qaeda”  http://usinfo.state.gov/usinfo/USINFO/Products/Webchats/sageman_30_aug_2006.html

CNN Poll: Clinton and Giuliani top choices for 2008

September 7, 2006 at 7:29 am | Posted in politics | Leave a comment

clinton_giuliani.jpgAmerica is ready to line up at the polls for Hillary and Rudy.  They are the top choices in a recent CNN poll.  Not as a team, mind you.

You could say that New York is producing great candidates.

You could say we have really limited choices.

Enjoy the full poll results here (pdf).

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