Apple Gets the Anti-Monopoly Microsoft Treatment

Looks like Apple is getting the Microsoft-treatment from Germany, France and likely more. I’m actually happy to see this for two reasons: It is incredibly frustrating that using an iPod requires iTunes. On Linux? Tough luck. I think it’s fair that a company that completely dominates a market needs to play by some different rules [...]

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Super Mr. Friendly the Cat

Everyone, meet Super Mr. Friendly the Cat:

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This is hilarious AND scary… Wonderland has the poop:

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Why Windows Vista Sucks

IntelliAdmin put up a pretty good review of 5 things that are maddening about Vista and why it still sucks and I agree with every single one of them. I’ve ran Vista since Beta 2, and RC2 and now RTM and I will sum up the entire Vista experience for you in a nutshell: Vista [...]

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Addictive Flash Game: Flash Element TD (Strategy)

Ok I’m sorry to do this to any of you that are having productive days, but this game just has me hooked and I can’t stop playing. The way it works is you build towers (a-la Warcraft) using the buttons on the right, and perform upgrades to them, and can also research new technology along [...]

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The Samsung Saga

This is a great blog setup by this guy that has been, for 2 months, given the run-around by Samsung. It seems that he got a Samsung HPS-5073 that was dead on arrival, it just flickered strange images, a high pitched squeal and from what I could tell, wouldn’t display a picture: After calling his [...]

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IBM, Intel, HP + Community Form 'Linux Foundation'

Interesting… it looks like the big commercial Linux folks are getting together and forming the Linux Foundation, not unlike what happened with IBM and the Eclipse Foundation. It will be nice to see more competition on this front for everyone.

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Netflix Throttling

So we’ve been customers of Netflix for a while now and always liked the service. In fact, we bumped our plan from the 3-at-a-time to the 5-at-a-time just because we were consistently not having movies for the weekend and were getting angry about it. Now after having the 5-at-a-time for a little over a year [...]

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Who Will Win the HD Media Wars?

HD-DVD or BluRay? I have no idea. But ‘zzap64‘ over on AVS has an awesomely detailed analysis of the current situation including all announced movies for both formats and declares BluRay the winner. Check out a snippet: Blu-ray has 72 movies scheduled to be released with 60 of those being exclusive HD DVD has 24 [...]

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Google Switch (iPhone-like Device)

Engadget has the scoop as usual… the idea being that we are all skeptical at this point and are assuming this is a photoshoped hoax, but if it’s not… that’s a slick device! Lemmings HO! They also mention that the device has GPS built in (for Google Maps) and also streams apps, contacts, information, etc. [...]

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Flash Player 9 for Linux Arrives

I completely blanked on covering this yesterday. It seems that Adobe came through and released Flash 9 for Linux which has apparently been quite an undertaking for about a team of 3 or 4 guys internally for the last year to do. We appreciate it Adobe! Here is a tutorial on how to install it [...]

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Applied Geometry: Costco Shopping Carts

How long does something like this even TAKE to put together? It’s not just a circle, but a damn nice looking one too:

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Wii Sports: Golf, Strange Congratulations for Hole-In-One

This is apparently the German version of Wii Sports: Golf, but still… what does “Ass” mean in German? Update #1: I’ve been spelling “Congratulations” wrong for about 6 years now… I need to get smarter…

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Nokia Aeon: iPhone Sexiness With RAZR-ish Form Factor

Techfresh has the scoop on this story. It looks like Nokia unveiled a concept phone called the “Aeon” recently, but have a look at this beauty: The key thing to recognize in the screenshots above is in the green version of the phone, notice how you have a “keypad” on the bottom then on the [...]

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Best Buy Scams More Customers

In my years reading AVS I have seen time and time and time again the basic theme of “Best Buy screwed me…” reiterated throughout the posts. Wether it’s a service call that they won’t honor, or a warranty (most popular), or a unit replacement or anything else, this store runs on the corporate policy of [...]

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MySQL Windows Binaries No Longer Free

Interesting. It seems the MySQL group is continuing to shrink the binaries they provide for platforms, now Windows, with the excuse of “Hey, it’s open source, go build your own binary”. I think this will give a much-deserved shot in the arm to the PostgreSQL folks for the hell of a Oracle-clone database they have [...]

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