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Month: December 2006 (page 1 of 3)

Why video pre-rolls are a bad idea.

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

Starseed quiz.

Are you a child of the stars? Apparently I’ve got some ancestral roots in the Pleiades. The Starseed Quiz

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Don’t mess with the banjo player.

Banjo!

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Craigslist Meets the Capitalists.

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

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Networking Vendors Will Invade Your Living Room at CES

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

Skype’s tricky move.

Skype logo with dollar sign SLast 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.)… Read the rest

Video tip: Sync your iPod with Outlook.

In which I make a fool out of myself by pretending to be a headbanger.
Dylan rocks out!
PCMagCast Tech Tips Video: Sync Your iPod with Outlook

More PCMagcast videos

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Foolproof.

“I was a teenage angle trisector.” Mathematical memoir and a surprisingly readable discussion of what it means to prove something: American Scientist Online – Foolproof

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Taxonomies gone wild.

I’m amused by this author “bio” on Harpers.org, which was clearly created by a computer geek in love with taxonomic classifications:

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.

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CEOs in the Slammer

Ah, sweet, sweet schadenfreude. My only regret is that Ken Lay died before he got what was coming to him: CEOs in the Slammer

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