Pre-rolls — the short 10-15 second commercials that some video sites often make you watch before you get to the actual content you want to watch — are a bad idea. Here’s why: When you’re flipping the channels on the TV and you come to a channel with a commercial, do you stop and wait for it to play out, just so you can see what’s coming next?… Read the rest
Are you a child of the stars? Apparently I’ve got some ancestral roots in the Pleiades. The Starseed Quiz… Read the rest
Banker “doesn’t quite get the concept of serving customers first, and worrying about revenues later” — and for this Craigslist is called a communist operation? What has capitalism come to? Craigslist Meets the Capitalists… Read the rest
Networking vendors are lusting after the lucrative consumer electronics market, and at next month’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, they’ll highlight the latest enticements they’ve concocted in order to draw home users into an ever-more networked world.
Key to that strategy for many vendors is the emerging home media and entertainment market – what PC vendors used to call “convergence” devices.… Read the rest
Last week EBay’s Skype announced a new “unlimited calling” plan. Starting in January, the company will charge $30 for a year of unlimited SkypeOut calls to any phone numbers in the U.S. and Canada. (They’re offering an introductory rate of $15 if you sign up before the end of January.)
This brings an end to about 8 months of free SkypeOut calling to all numbers in North America, and it’s not a surprise — since last May, Skype has said that these calls would only be free through the end of 2006.… Read the rest
In which I make a fool out of myself by pretending to be a headbanger.
PCMagCast Tech Tips Video: Sync Your iPod with Outlook
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“I was a teenage angle trisector.” Mathematical memoir and a surprisingly readable discussion of what it means to prove something: American Scientist Online – Foolproof… Read the rest
I’m amused by this author “bio” on Harpers.org, which was clearly created by a computer geek in love with taxonomic classifications:
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This is Ford, Paul, an author and a human being. He is part of Authors, which is part of Human Beings, which is part of Connections, which is part of Harpers.org.
Ah, sweet, sweet schadenfreude. My only regret is that Ken Lay died before he got what was coming to him: CEOs in the Slammer… Read the rest