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keyboard.jpgJust like The Jeffersons, we're movin' on up.

But we're not heading to the East Side, but rather a new spot on networkworld.com and new blogging software.

After 2.5+ years of Moveable Type, using new software is like typing on a Cyrillic keyboard - we think we know what we're doing, but we're not sure. So when you head over our new home if you notice anything awry, please let us know: layer8@nww.com.

Thanks!

Posted: September 06, 2006 | Comments (0) | Permanent link

Latest contest winner

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"If somebody doesn't get this @&*# demo to work, I'm coming over there with a chair!"

Dale Worley wins a very difficult tilt this week. Kudos to Dale and the runners-up after the jump.

Now, there was a whole host of Too-Hot-For-TV captions we wish we could run. But then tomorrow this space would be occupied by some boring story on grids -and we know you don't want that. Maybe some day we can con convince The Powers That Be for a Layer 8 After Dark section.

Due to the short week and the fact you're probably still reeling from that fourth burger at the BBQ, we're holding off on a caption contest for this week. Next one's up Monday, Sept. 11.

Go on, read the whole thing ...

Posted: September 05, 2006 | Permanent link

Amish build their own phone booths

payphonebrown.jpgPhone booths are going the way of the 8-track tape.

But what do you down when your religion forbids phones in homes, yet you need to access a private phone? If you're the Amish or Mennonites, you build your own phone booths.

The Washington Post examines how community members are adapting to the changing technological times.

Posted: September 05, 2006 | Comments (0) | Permanent link

Funny cell story or guerilla marketing?

cellphonenew.jpgWeb designer Ben Clemens says his cell phone was stolen on an Amtrak commuter train in California last month.

On the phone Clemens had software installed that automatically uploaded any pictures taken by his camera phone to his Flickr account.

So you can imagine his surprise when the theif started taking pictures and unknowingly uploading them to Clemens' Flickr site. Despite the photos, not much is known about the thief, except he really loves his Chihuahua.

Cute story, right? Some say it's too cute and is probably a guerilla marketing campaign by Clemens and/or the photo-uploading software folks. You decide.

Posted: September 05, 2006 | Comments (0) | Permanent link

Worst robot ever

wrenchbrown.jpgRegular Layer 8 readers know we don't like robots. Didn't like 'em in "Lost In Space" and we don't want 'em vaccuuming our floors. Because the next step is world domination.

So you won't be surprised to here we're not excited about the "Winebot" coming out of Japan.

Coming out of The Land of the Exploding Laptop, the robot can identify wines, cheeses and hors d'oeuvres.

"There are all kinds of robots out there doing many different things," said Hideo Shimazu, joint-leader of the robot project. "But we decided to focus on wine because that seemed like a real challenge."

What? A real challenge is curing cancer, not telling us that pigs in a blanket do not complement shiraz. The world already has enough wine snobs, we don't need robot wine snobs, too.

Via USA Today

Posted: September 05, 2006 | Comments (0) | Permanent link

Adult sues teen over iPod Nano

ipodnanoclose.jpgAn Illinois woman is suing her daughter's classmate for allegedly losing her daughter's iPod Nano.

Melanie McCarthy is taking 14-year-old Stephanie Eick to small-claims court, seeking $475 for the cost of the iPod and case and $50 in iTunes.

Disgusted? Oh, just wait.

A Good Samaritan has anonymously donated a new Nano, case and a $50 iTunes gift certificate for McCarthy's daughter, Shannon.

"Although I know neither Shannon or Stephanie's families, the media coverage of this unfortunate turn of events over an iPod has compelled me to take action," wrote the donor in a letter. "I am repaying the debt that I believe the Eicks owe to Shannon. ... I am appalled that this issue has blown into such a big deal."

Case closed, right? No, Melanie McCarthy wants to "proceed with the litigation."

Ugh.

Via Obscure Store

Posted: September 01, 2006 | Comments (5) | Permanent link

Wi-Fi group to IEEE: Shove off

Network World Twisted PairYou're going to be in a lot of traffic this weekend. Why not pass the time productively and listen to NW's most popular podcast Network World Twisted Pair.

Jason and Keith discuss big news on the wireless front where the Wi-Fi Alliance is moving head with certification plans for 802.11n gear despite there being no ratified standard; more data theft, this time AT&T customers are on the lookout; AOL 9.0 ends up on the naughty list; getting laid off by e-mail; SMiShing; and of course, news from the small companies known as Apple, Google and Microsoft.

Posted: September 01, 2006 | Comments (0) | Permanent link

Cell phone of the year

wirelessbrown.jpgOh, man, do we want this for Christmas.

Sick of a cell phone you can accidentally run through the wash? Or one that has a bleating, wimpy "La Cucaracha" ring tone?

You need a portable Rotary Cell Phone with the trademark heart-attack-inducing "RIIIIIIIIIIING." Although it looks like it could take down a rhino, it only weighs 2 pounds and works on GSM networks.

Posted: September 01, 2006 | Comments (0) | Permanent link

Federal whistleblower uses YouTube to get message out

monitor.jpgLockheed Martin project manager Michael DeKort was concerned about serious flaws in Coast Guard vessels.

He alerted his company, Navy and Congress and no one paid attention. So he videotaped his information and put it up on YouTube. People are paying attention now.

According to CBS News: "DeKort says he didn't really expect much to come of it. But, someone from the Navy Times saw his video, wrote about it, and now his story has gotten more public attention in just a few weeks than in all the months he spent rattling the cage through traditional means."

Posted: September 01, 2006 | Comments (0) | Permanent link

Ding! You've been laid off

emailicon.jpgGood news and bad news for 400 Radio Shack employees.

The bad news? You've been laid off.

The good news? You no longer have to admit you work at Radio Shack.

Radio Shack set a new corporate low by laying off the 400 via e-mail. Wow, Radio Shack management practices are just as poor as their customer service and their sales associates' technical knowledge!

Company officials defended the move by noting they told employees ahead of time that the layoffs would come via their inbox.

Here's the most amazing part of the story: "Laid-off workers got one to three weeks pay for each year of service, up to 16 weeks for hourly employees and 36 weeks for those with base pay of at least $90,000, the company said," writes USA Today.

Somebody at Radio Shack makes $90,000?

Via USA Today

Posted: August 31, 2006 | Comments (0) | Permanent link

YouTube: 45T of storage and counting

monitor2.jpgInterested in what makes YouTube tick?

Well, YouTube won't tell you, but enterprising people, such as Lee Gomes of The Wall Street Journal, scraped the site to find out info the company normally won't share.

Get this: "YouTube videos take up an estimated 45 terabytes of storage - about 5,000 home computers' worth - and require several million dollars' worth of bandwidth a month to transmit."

And you think you have storage management issues?

Click here to read more info YouTube won't share.

Via Obscure Store

Posted: August 31, 2006 | Comments (0) | Permanent link

Soldier shoots up HP printer

americanflag.jpgIt may be time for us to get out of Iraq. Because in addition to terrorists, our soldiers are taking on broken HP printers.

Enjoy this 1:12 YouTube video, in which one of our finest shoots the hell out of an HP 5510 all-in-one office printer after HP customer service asked for money to help fix the problem.

And while the video has been around for a while, we gotta admit, watching a professional shoot up a piece of office equipment is oddly satisfying.

Imagine if they were shooting up Dells and Apples. This war would be over! Over I say!

Via The Register

Posted: August 31, 2006 | Comments (0) | Permanent link

Deleted cell info isn't always deleted

cellphonenew.jpgWhen you upgrade your PDA, BlackBerry or Treo you always delete the address book, text messages, call log, e-mails and everything, right? Turns out that's not enough.

A company out of Virginia bought 10 used phones on eBay recently and using "specialized yet inexpensive software found on the Internet," unearthed a treasure trove of secrets, such as passwords, bank account numbers, trade secrets and even adultery.

The company, Trend Digital, warns that following manufacturer's reset instructions isn't enough to nuke all info off a mobile device.

Now Trend Digital just happens to be a mobile security vendor, and even though it's got a horse in this race, the story's still a fun read.

In the end, you could buy a security solution like that of Trend Digital or follow the patented Layer 8 Mobile Recycling Solution: Chuck it in the ocean.

Via My Way News

Posted: August 31, 2006 | Comments (0) | Permanent link

Apple, Schmidt poised for world domination

schmidt.jpgWe feel a disturbance in the Force.

Oh, this may be it:

Google CEO Dr. Eric Schmidt Joins Apple's Board of Directors

Dr.? Aren't we fancy?

"Eric is obviously doing a terrific job as CEO of Google, and we look forward to his contributions as a member of Apple's board of directors," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. "Like Apple, Google is very focused on innovation and we think Eric's insights and experience will be very valuable in helping to guide Apple in the years ahead. taking over the free world."

Wonder how good Schmidt is with a fire extinguisher.

This line from the release boilerplate at the bottom is funny: " Apple ignited the personal computer revolution in the 1970s with the Apple II and reinvented the personal computer in the 1980s with the Macintosh."

And it's still igniting today.

Posted: August 30, 2006 | Comments (0) | Permanent link

UK's boring wireless fantasies

wirelessbrown.jpgAOL asked more than 2,000 U.K. Internet users: What is your dream location for surfing wirelessly?

Half chose their own garden. How...boring. Fifteen percent chose the beach and 25% wanted wireless in their bedroom, causing The Register to note: "to check their stock portfolio during the night, obviously)"

The site also notes:

"Bedroom surfing was more popular amongst the 18-to-24-year-old group who obviously have more stocks to check as 41% of that age group wanted under-the-duvet connectivity."

Via The Register

Posted: August 30, 2006 | Comments (0) | Permanent link

So, this Google office apps thing...

keyboard2.jpgOne of the things we love about you - yes, you - is that you have an opinion and you're not afraid to share it. Especially when you tell us how great we are. And not so much when you tell us we're dopes because we didn't know the HP guys are dead.

Anyway, we encourage you to hop on over to our forum and share your thoughts on Google's free suite of office apps (lowercase "o") that most likely will get Microsoft's panties in a bunch. " Microsoft's panties in a bunch" - wow, there's something you don't get to type every day.

Posted: August 30, 2006 | Comments (0) | Permanent link

Japan: Land of the flaming laptop

laptopbrown.jpgDell laptop explodes in Japan. Dell recalls Sony laptop batteries.

Apple recalls Sony laptop batteries. Apple laptop explodes in Japan.

Why are all these laptops exploding in Japan?

The AP reports on the Baked Apple, but annoyingly doesn't note which model it was, we typed, suspiciously eyeing our MacBook Pro.

Via My Way News

Posted: August 30, 2006 | Comments (0) | Permanent link

PBS to put ads on its Web site

moneysm1Brown.jpgSo you didn't buy a tote bag. Thanks for nothing, now we have to put up with ads on the PBS Web site.

Due to a fundraising gap, starting Oct. 1 the site will be accepting ads for anything save for "tobacco, alcohol, weapons, illegal drugs, pornography/adult content, gambling and political lobbying," notes Variety.

Drawing "strict review" will be ads for "R-rated movies, prescription drugs and 'controversial topics'." Controversial topics? Must be R-rated moves about prescription drugs. If Elmo starts shilling Cialis, we're outta here.

PBS promises the ad money "will be reinvested in the television programs, educational services, Web sites and more that PBS provides."

Via tvtattle

Posted: August 29, 2006 | Comments (1) | Permanent link

You won't believe what college students can get via their cell

cellphonenew.jpgNot to sound like an old fart, but when we went to college - not that long ago - we weren't even wired for telephones in our rooms.

Today's collegians have it made, as they can find laundromats, check bus schedules, grades or the dinner menu, and get pretty much anything else from their phone or their laptop.

Several wireless services and Web sites are popping up around campuses to service their students. Here's one: "At DCsnacks.com, students at George Washington University and Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., can order Ben & Jerry's ice cream, DVDs, condoms or any other late-night needs with the click of a mouse." Or all of the above?

USA Today has more to make you jealous.

Via USA Today

Posted: August 29, 2006 | Comments (0) | Permanent link

Online memorial sites: Poignant or dangerous?

monitor.jpgDo online memorial sites help teens work through the grieving process or drive them to suicide?

That's what University of South Florida researchers are hoping to find out as they examine sites such as MyDeathSpace.com, which lists the MySpace blogs of members who have died and provides a forum. Researchers want to design a computer algorithm to see if MySpace members who kill themselves have been linked online to other suicidal members.

Writes the St. Petersburg Times: "Researchers would design a computer algorithm to see if MySpace members who kill themselves have been linked online to other suicidal members. They will also tap into MyDeathSpace, which as of Friday, registered 55 suicides and 457 other deaths."

Founder Mike Patterson says he gets hate mail ever day, but notes: "MyDeathSpace has helped countless teens. While you can mouth off about how pathetic I am and how miserable my life is, other people send e-mails thanking me for what I have done."

Via Obscure Store

Posted: August 29, 2006 | Comments (0) | Permanent link

Sexy networking headlines, Part 1

biometricfingerscan.jpgTraditionally we couldn't give a fig about finance stories, but if it's titled Bankers giving the finger to network security we're there.

(Ed. - It's about biometrics.) Well, damn. Now we don't care again.

Posted: August 29, 2006 | Comments (0) | Permanent link


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