Laptop Information Heaven


Time for a little Link Love for a site I bookmarked this week-

I recently learned of a laptop reviews and news site called as being almost a one-stop shop for reviews, news and more for laptops and their accessories. They have a blog and forums as well so they have a whole community around their review website. They also link to Pricegrabber if you want to purchase reviewed HW directly. The best part is the quality writing so they appear to use some pretty good editors and/or writers.

One of my favorite articles recently is Top 10 Laptops for Geeky Girls because they showcase some stylish laptops that will fit with many feminine wardrobes like the Pink Prada Leather Laptop and the HP Mini 1000 Vivienne Tam Edition seen below.

Check them out.

Girly Laptops

Dear Obama: Please consider open-source a waste of your time


The Register has an opinion piece counter argument to the recent open source request to President Obama by OSS advocates.

From the article:

Last week, several big names in open source tossed a letter at American President Barack Obama, urging him to mandate that no government IT purchase be made without someone scrutinizing the software license. "Dear President Obama," it read, "please consider open source."

The letter contained all the classic elements of an open source group hug: freedom, interoperability, community, and transparency. This letter was signed by higher-ups at companies we know and love, like Red Hat, Novell, Unisys, and a handful of other smaller players who want to suckle from the teat of a federal contract.

Facebook’s Fine-Print Fiasco

Social Networking

Businessweek is reporting on the Facebook issue of the week and this particular issue has privacy groups up in arms.

When social media site Facebook casually slipped in a clause that gave them rights in perpetuity to users’ content, consumer watchdog groups and privacy experts cried foul.

Essentially Facebook owns everything you upload to the site…forever, no matter what you do with the content after it’s touched their server.


Obama Inauguration Giga-Photo

Okay, so there’s a billion ways to gain fame by riding the coat-tails of Obama.  This photo is just one of the cooler ones that I’ve seen so far :)  This is a gigashot, a culmination of 200 seperate shots taken at one second each with a 1,474 megapixel Cannon robotic camera.  That’s some power!  I had a load of fun zooming in all the way to see the reactions on people’s faces during the event.  Follow the link HERE.


Bonus points if you can find the person in the tinfoil suit 😉

Alien Invasion In Your Home!

My friend Louie, over at the Brando Toy MFG in Hong Kong sent me this little jewel I thought I’d share with you guys.  They have all sorts of cool little games and gadgets there, but this one is one of the niftiest I’d seen in a while.  It’s a small IF RC UFO they you can fly around in your home or office!  Think of all the fun you could have…  Louie promises me that he has one on the way to me, so when I get it, I’ll post a more in depth review.


Here’s the Brando press release:

*It’s the World Smallest Infrared RC Indoor "UFO"*.
You can use the Wide Range IR controller to fly the Tiny & Super Light Weight Design "UFO" around your room. This Tiny "UFO" is rechargeable, while you are operating the "UFO", a LED Light will be flashing on the top of the "UFO". It’s Cool when you Fly it in the dark!* Just get one to join the Super Fun RC "UFO" Group in this New Year!

Check out the product page HERE.  I can’t wait to get my hands on this 😉

Big Blue Supercomputer: The Next Generation


From Channel Web I learned that IBM and the US Dept. Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration announced an agreement this week regarding an order for what will become the most powerful supercomputer in the world. One of the systems will be called ‘Dawn’:

… Dawn is a 500 teraflop-per-second initial delivery BlueGene/P system, scheduled for delivery in the first quarter of 2009. According to the release, Dawn will provide the applications foundation for multipetaflop per second computing on Sequoia.

If all goes according to plan, Sequoia’s 20 petaflops per second speed would make it 10 times faster than any other existing system.

Cloned Pet Comes Home, Looks Can Be Deceiving

Lance - Cloned Puppy

The first cloned pet (above) in North America recently arrived home where version1 of himself used to reside and he’s a spittin’ image of his oldself.

Of course the question still remains on whether long term v2’s personality mimics v1 so there’s some risk to the $155k the family spent was put to good use. This ABC News article covers the homecoming and also some of the pitfalls of cloning for families by recounting issues seen with a cloned bull.

Good news though, as the cloning technology improves, the cost has already come down and may only cost you $55k, possibly this year. I can see this costing just $5k within the next 3-5 years and at that time it will be accessible to the average family.

Across The Ocean in a Pedal-Powered Submarine

Manned Submarine

Having served on fast attack submarines for 8 fun and stressful years, I keep my eyes and ears open to sub news from around the world. Today I found this inspiring New Scientist article:

Some men mark their 40th birthday by buying a flashy new car, changing jobs or finally getting started on that novel. Ted Ciamillo decided he would pedal across the Atlantic in a one-man submarine he has designed and built himself.

If the guy could pull it off, he would truly be a manly-man.


[via Blueflipper Diving]

Bumpy Start for BlackBerry Storm

Blackberry Storm

Like all other iPod posers (aka “iPod Killers”), the Blackberry Storm is having trouble out of the starting gate and that’s nothing new to previous posers to AAPL’s “Jesus Phone”.

Verizon Wireless and Research In Motion Ltd. have high hopes for the BlackBerry Storm, which they spent nearly two years developing as their big response to Apple Inc.’s iPhone.  —  But despite a marketing campaign that cost more than $100 million, the smart phone has gotten off to a bumpy start.

In other Blackberry news:

BlackBerry Storm ‘ideal for social networking’
Leaked BlackBerry Storm 9530 firmware adds portrait QWERTY keyboard