News update

April 28, 2009 at 11:10 pm | Posted in tech | Leave a comment
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 Video – Bill Gates on what he learned from his father

Bricked MacBook: TX man claims BestBuy sold him a brick instead of laptop
(always open the box BEFORE you leave store folks)

GMapsMania scrapes data into Google spreadsheet and posts it to Google Map
tools used: data scraping wikipedia from ouseful.wordpress.com and Google Maps spreadsheet wizard

SFGate.com: most bizarre video games of all time

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News roundup and rumor mill

April 27, 2009 at 9:37 pm | Posted in tech | Leave a comment
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News roundup and rumor mill

April 27, 2009 at 9:27 pm | Posted in tech | Leave a comment
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Tearful goodbye to Geocities free hosting and all those animated gifs

Family billed $62K for downloading WALL-E

Verizon/iPhone deal may be in the works for 2010

Video – homebuilt pre-Tumbler Batmobile

now I’ll buy an iSomething to use the remote control USB missile launcher

Case Study: When tech is good enough: Flip Video

April 27, 2009 at 9:18 pm | Posted in tech | Leave a comment
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http://gizmodo.com/5229951/the-new-mantra-of-tech-its-good-enough

Track swine flu on Google Maps

April 27, 2009 at 10:28 am | Posted in tech | Leave a comment
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Follow the link for a Google Map showing real time(?) swine flu diagnoses, deaths and false alarms.

The legend:

Pink markers are suspect
Purple markers are confirmed
Deaths lack a dot in marker
Yellow markers are negative

I’m not certain of the data source – World Health Organization or Centers for Disease Control.

While panic is not the solution some knowledge goes a long way. Here’s how to reduce your chances of catching any flu.

Future domain names will be local and international

April 26, 2009 at 11:04 pm | Posted in tech | Leave a comment
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ICANN, the international body that governs top-level domain names, will increase new domain name endings by 20%.  While the .com ending and U.S. based websites have dominated the Internet since the mid-90’s, the new domain name endings will be written in languages not based on the Roman alphabet. 

You can also look forward to local endings like .berlin and .nyc.  No word yet on .sf.

White House pile o’ cell phones

April 26, 2009 at 10:48 pm | Posted in tech | Leave a comment
The Oval Office “check your cell phone” basket.   Maybe I should put one in my classroom.

Numbers

April 23, 2009 at 9:53 pm | Posted in tech | Leave a comment
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One Billion iPhone apps sold

One Million G1 phones sold

Zero Palm Pre’s sold – but here are more “leaked” photos

New offerings from Google Labs

April 21, 2009 at 3:25 pm | Posted in tech | Leave a comment
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The Google News Timeline feature runs your search term through a news archive that includes Time Mag and many local newspapers.  Goes back to the forties.  History teachers are already giddy about this new tool.

Google Similar Images finds…similar images.  You find a pic of a Space Shuttle launch, click similar images, and view images that are close or exact matches to the original.

If tech development stopped 25 years ago…

April 21, 2009 at 2:36 pm | Posted in tech | Leave a comment
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…this is what life might be like for many of us.  The typewriter picnic shot is my favorite.

Visa Australia: Evolution

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