Monday, March 06, 2006

1st Anniversary Edition!

1st Anniversary Edition!

Let’s talk tech and computing. (And whatever else fits.)

I’ll see your brief and raise you a subpoena.
Google and the Justice Department are fighting over access to millions of Google searches done by folks like you and me. Google says no. The Justice Department says yes. This is a very interesting battle and one with an enormous impact on all of us.
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I’ll see your iPod and raise you an Origami.
I think Bill Gates might have gotten a little tired of seeing all his employees with iPods. Bill must have been saying to himself, “Self, why can’t we design something like it, only better?” They might indeed be giving it a try!
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One billion served.
A Michigan teen ordered the one billionth download from iTunes last week. Sixteen-year-old Alex Ostrovsky ordered Coldplay’s “Speed of Sound” and not only got his tune, but also ten iPods, a new Mac, $10,000 worth of future iTunes orders AND a scholarship in his name at Juilliard. And for you folks who’ve spent thousands to download tunes, Alex has ordered a total of just fifty songs!

iBoom box?
Ok, I’m a little top-heavy this week on the subject of the iPod, but here’s the latest thing you can plug your iPod into. Steve Jobs calls it “home stereo reinvented.” I haven’t heard one yet, but it sure looks good!
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Feel the need for computing speed?
Japan has a new supercomputer. And this one is fast. Very fast. Wonder if they have a laptop version?
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Death, taxes, and scammers.
It’s bad enough that Uncle Sam wants your money. So do scam artists. Tax season is an especially busy time for these cyber crooks. With more and more people filing electronically, some scammers even pretend to be the IRS following up on your “refund.”
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Speaking of speaking.
Ok, this article is a little more technical than I like to share each week, but absolutely fascinating. Speech activated technology in itself is nothing new, but the applications being developed for it are very cool.
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Off topic.
Remember when the Olympics used to be about unknowns becoming stars? Today, it’s the opposite. We declare them stars, then they go to the Olympics. I like the old system better. Take skier Bode Miller, please. He was on “60 Minutes” and the covers of Newsweek and Time before the games. He flopped. Big time.

State o’ the union. D’oh!
A new poll has some disturbing news. If you believe the poll, more people know about “The Simpsons” than the 1st Amendment! I know that makes Homer very happy. But our founding fathers may be spinning in their graves.
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As a public service, here is the text of the 1st Amendment. Honor it. Cherish it.
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”

Quotes o’ the week
“We’ve got to nip it, nip it in the bud!” -Deputy Barney Fife, Mayberry Sheriff’s Department.
“There ya go.” -Marshall Sam McCloud.
Actors Don Knotts and Dennis Weaver, who played these two memorable characters, died this past weekend.

Site o’ the week
Ok, here’s the premise. Microsoft does the packaging for the iPod. If you own an iPod and use Microsoft products, you’ll get it and then some!

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