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Month: February 2007 (page 2 of 3)

GOP strategist gives advice to enviros.

Frank Luntz has some excellent advice for the environmental movement – seriously: GOP strategist Frank Luntz argues enviros are failing — and they’re mean to boot

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The Earth Prize.

Richard Branson has set up a $25 million prize for the first person who can come up with a workable way of removing a billion tons of CO2 from the atmosphere every year.

It’s a clever idea, offering a big prize as an incentive to spur innovative research.… Read the rest

Made in China.

Doing some research into the global PC industry, I discovered that 82.6% of notebooks are made by Taiwanese companies. By 2010, it will be 92.5%, according to a mid-2006 press release from iSuppli. These Taiwanese companies, known as original design manufacturers, don’t just build notebooks–they design them.… Read the rest

Free Julie Amero!

Julie Amero is the Connecticut teacher facing a possible 40 year prison sentence because the PC in her classroom got hit by a porn popup storm. This appears to be her site: Julie Amero

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Jobs on DRM: The record labels made me do it.

Apple: “In 2006, under 2 billion DRM-protected songs were sold worldwide by online stores, while over 20 billion songs were sold completely DRM-free and unprotected on CDs by the music companies themselves.” Apple – Thoughts on Music

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Guardian Unlimited | Comment is free | I hate Macs

Charlie Brooker: “The only way to have fun with a Mac is to poke its insufferable owner in the eye.” Guardian Unlimited | Comment is free | I hate Macs (reminds me of a review I once wrote of Picasa)

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Banjo uke players, les Chauds Lapins.

Banjo fan? Ukulele fan? You really owe it to yourself to click here: Midnight Ukulele Disco: Video of Il m’a vu nue performed by Kurt Hoffman and Meg Reichardt (thanks India)

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Pilotless drone.

I think I speak for all editors when I say we love nutcase feedback like this: Chronicle Podcasts : “Pilotless Drone”

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Broadband as a labor issue.

download speed graphI’m happy to see that the Communications Workers of America (that’s a trade union, for all of you Silicon Valley readers who have never heard of such a thing) is launching a campaign to push for faster broadband for all US citizens.… Read the rest

Firefox 2.0.

Firefox 2.0, which I finally upgraded to this week, offers two standout advantages relative to 1.5.

  • It’s faster. Pages load noticeably quicker — in some cases, as little as 50% of the time they took under 1.5, judging by the performance I’ve seen on Bloglines, Gmail, and an assortment of websites.
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