Snackr equals RSS feast

If you've ever wanted one of those bottom of the screen tickers featured on every cable and local news broadcast for your own desktop, you now can with Snackr. This Adobe AIR-based RSS reader scrolls your feeds across the bottom of...

Compare and contrast: Flash and Silverlight

It's not often that I get to do podcasts on topics I actually have vested interest in (i.e. multimedia applications). But this week, I talked with Christopher Smith, president of the Aquent Graphics Institute, about the differences...

A $1.68: Worth sending the bill?

Got a "revised" final bill from FairPoint Communications (they bought the local phone lines from Verizon in New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont) for a whopping $1.68. Now, technically, I canceled my service before the cutover from...

Comcast's bandwidth caps - should I worry?

As a customer of Comcast (got the full Triple Play from them after moving into a new house), news of their proposed bandwidth caps has me wondering: Should I be worried? For those who haven't heard or read about it yet, Comcast is...

Feeding the Twitter addiction

Okay, after months of dissing Twitter, I finally joined and now I'm becoming an addict. So much so that I find myself hitting refresh on my Twitter home page every five minutes. Well, I've found a better way to feed the addiction:...

Repaginate Web pages on the fly

Not that our publication is annoying when it breaks up articles into a bazillion pages, but if you hate the prospect of clicking "Next" a hundred times to read a story, you might want to give the Firefox extension Repagination a...

Password craziness

Gah! Omniture/Hitbox/what-ever-it's-called-now requires a stronger password than my bank. I can never remember my Hitbox password and resetting it is tougher than calculating Pi to the 100th decimal place. Why such strong security on...

Babbage Engine goes on display

We here at Network World have been way ahead of the curve covering the soon-to-open exhibit of Charles Babbage's Difference Engine No. 2 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif. Now we've got the video of the device in...

I am all a Twitter

I've finally caved and joined Twitter (user: jmeserve - I know, very unique). I've only got a few "followers" right now. I've tried the search interface in Twitter, but find it very frustrating. Unless you enter the username...

Seinfeld episodes streamed on TBS site

Seinfeld fans now have yet another outlet for watching their favorite show: TBS is streaming episodes of the show on its site for free (it's ad supported). The only downside is that you don't get the whole catalog of shows at your...

Blogging to impress women?

While we were out filming a Cool Tools segment near the office, we came up behind this Corvette at a stop light: The questions is: Is it the car or the blogger profession (or both) that impresses the ladies?

Re-inventing the wheel, er, paper

What is the obsession with creating digital paper that's "paper like"? Don't we already have a pretty good handle on the paper manufacturing process? That's not stopping scientists at Epsom who have developed a new chip that, you...

A potential cure for the Monday blues

This news must have been on the collective subconscious mind of a colleague and I as we discussed what a downer it is that today is Monday. But, we came up with a potential cure: The 7-day work week. Think about it. By working every...

Phishers getting trickier with working phone numbers

I received what to me was an obvious phishing attempt to gain bank card information as you can see from the image below. Normally, I just delete these but I thought it was odd that the message carried a phone number instead of...

A must-have Firefox extension: PicLens

One of my favorite new Firefox extensions that I've been spending WAY too much time messing around with is PicLens. This handy add-on from Cooliris is great way to browse through photos on Flickr and other image intensive sites such...

Video on Flickr: Good, bad or indifferent?

Flickr finally unveiled its video service yesterday, allowing Pro users ($24.95/year) to upload up to 90 seconds of video or 150MB at a time. As a Flickr user and fan, I am not sure exactly how I feel about this. I am excited they...

A bad omen for the Sprint Instinct

Hope this isn't a bad omen for Sprint's iPhone killer, the Samsumg-made Instinct: One pull on the Instinct-branded travel mouse, which Sprint was handing out at a CTIA event, and the thing fell apart all over the floor of my...

April Fools - Las Vegas weather style

I guess the weather here in Las Vegas is so predictable the weatherman decide to play April Fools jokes with the forecast. The ticker on the bottom of the CBS affiliate's morning news had a forecast of "water spouts" for one area of...

Construction noise driving me batty

It's been a tough couple of weeks here at Network World Headquarters as a construction company is renovating the office space below our second floor offices. Initially, it sounded like someone was zipping up a super-sized zipper as...

Glad I am flying US Airways next month

After seeing these two headlines on Fark... That bang you heard on the US Airways flight from Denver to North Carolina on Saturday, nothing was wrong with the plane, it was just the pilot's gun going off in the cockpit after he'd...

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