Have you been thinking about buying a Kindle? Amazon’s wireless reading device is gaining in popularity. Right now, you can get $50 off of the price by using a code from the Oprah Winfrey show. All you have to do is enter the promotional code OPRAHWINFREY during the checkout process at Amazon.com to receive the discount.
Sites that I found interesting for October 28th 2008 through October 29th 2008:
PATCH WINDOWS NOW! – Exploit published for Windows worm hole – Reliable exploit code for the remote code execution vulnerability patched with Microsoft's MS08-067 update has been posted to the Internet, prompting a new "patch immediately" advisory from the company.
If you aren't set up to auto update, run windows update now.
Unbloq » A Writer's Block Tool for Everyone – Writer's block happens. Whether you're contributing to the Internet, writing a paper, or creating a literary work, this inescapable phenomenon is always lurking in the corners of your mind waiting to taunt you with it's existence. Stepping away from your work, taking a breather and grabbing a tea or water can help, but sometimes all it takes is a picture, a word, a small quote, or a short paragraph to flip the switch inside you back on.
Do you use LinkedIn? In contrast to Twitter and Facebook, for me, LinkedIn is keeping track of people I really know or have worked with. Guy Kawasaki has put together this 10 slide deck to give you some power tips for LinkedIn. If you are looking for work or researching companies there are some great ideas in here. Slideshow below:
So you are tired of tripping over that tread mill in your bedroom? You know, that thing holding your laundry or dry cleaning. Give it away? Yeah…but it was kind of expensive. Maybe you can make a couple bucks on it? What are your options? The venerable Craigslist has been around for a long time and you are sure to sell it quickly. The only problem is, Craigslist and the like have become hang outs for scammers.
Enter Sell Stuff at Work! It is a brand new site, handy URL too www.sellstuffatwork.com. The man behind the idea for the site, B.J. Schone, was tired of transactions gong sour on Craigslist. Hopes are that people who know each other or at least have their workplace in common are much more apt to treat each other better.
You sign up for the site with your work email address. You can also set up a secondary address but the work address is the one used to parse who works with who. Additionally, you get a verification email to the work address to be sure you really are a widget cranker at Acme Inc….or where ever.
Give it a try and tell your coworkers to sign up too. For a limited time, you’ll get a $5 Amazon gift card if you are the first at your company to sign up.
Videos from 3D Basecamp 2008 – SketchUp Basecamp was in June. Google has posted here all the videos of the event.
Google SketchUp is software that you can use to create, modify and share 3D models. It's easier to learn than other 3D modeling programs, which is why so many people are already using it.
Sites that I found interesting for October 16th 2008 through October 22nd 2008:
A Robot Network Seeks to Enlist Your Computer – In a windowless room on Microsoft's campus here, T. J. Campana, a cybercrime investigator, connects an unprotected computer running an early version of Windows XP to the Internet. In about 30 seconds the computer is “owned.”
DroboApps: exactly what it sounds like – DroboApps, a collection of applications that run on Drobo which have been cooked up by the community since they launched the SDK a couple months ago.
Whether you just bought a new Vista machine or rebuilt your current one, you need a list of the software you had installed. Everyone has their own unique blend of software they just have to have on a machine to make it truly their own. I have been carefully crafting Windows based machines for a long time so I thought I would publish the list of software that I use. You can build a very functional machine and not spend a dime beyond the original purchase price. I do have some commercial software listed here that some people will tell me has free alternatives. I know, I have tried them. The stuff I spend money on just works or saves me a ton of time on configuration because it is the best in its class.
So here is the TecLifeWeb Blend. I’ll try to keep it updated. You’ll find links to all the software so you can build download and blend your own.
Virtual Box – Virtual Box is a general-purpose full virtualizer for x86 hardware. Targeted at server, desktop and embedded use, it is now the only professional-quality virtualization solution that is also Open Source Software.
Sites that I found interesting for October 16th 2008
SanDisk Releases $20 slotMusic Player, Dozens of SD Card Albums – The tracks are 320Kbps, DRM-free MP3 files, the SD cards are reusable and the screenless slotMusic players costs next to nothing. Major label albums are priced at a competitive $15, and can be played without the need for transfer from a computer, though you can load other SD cards with up to 16GB of music and play them, too.
10 interesting Google products you don’t know about – Google has so many different products that it becomes pretty hard to keep track of them over time. Some are worth being reminded of, though, because there are several useful Google products that are flying below the radar, unknown to the vast majority of users out there.
Sites that I found interesting for October 15th 2008
LG BD300: Blu-ray and Netflix in one box – The LG BD300 is "Netflix Internet Streaming Ready," which means it's capable of playing movies, TV shows, and other videos available via Netflix's Watch Now service.
Getting the Best from Your Loudspeakers – Because loudspeakers interact with the acoustics of the room in which they are used, optimizing their positions within that room pays major dividends. Inexpensive speakers, optimally set up, may well outperform more expensive models just plonked down willy-nilly.
Firefox 3.1 beta 1 – an overview of features for web developers – Firefox 3.1 Beta 1 is out and with it comes a huge pile of new features for developers. While those of you who follow Mozilla’s web-tech blog might know about some of them we thought that with the release of the first beta of 3.1 that it would be good to try to summarize just some of the bigger features for web developers that are part of this beta.