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Cha-ching hits 1.2.1
Filed under: Software, Software Update
In the Leopard onslaught, Cha-Ching 1.2 slipped under our radar - however today sees the release of yet another (minor) update: version 1.2.1. For those of you not familiar with Cha-Ching, it's an easy-to-use money-management tool whose import options (such as Quicken and Microsoft Money formats) and slick interface mean that you might not need something such as Quicken to balance your books.Of course, you're all clamouring for the details of what's new and exciting in this update. There's plenty of enhancements, not least of which are a number of Leopard fixes to ensure that Leopard-running folks can start budgeting (for MacWorld San Francisco?) in style with:

the ability to backup vaults locally (in addition to the existing .Mac backup option)
the ability to pay bills directly from the Master Vault
plenty of graphical enhancements for the new big-cat

Cha-Ching sells for $40, with version 1.2.1 a free update for existing registered users. Version 1.2.1 is available now from the Midnight Apps website or via the built-in software update.Read
december 2007
News CorpFox Close To Deal With Apple For iTunes Movies: Report
News Corp and its studio Twentieth Century Fox are close to a deal with Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) to begin offering new releases and catalog movie titles through iTunes beginning in early 2008, reports Pali analyst Richard Greenfield, in a blog post (reg. req.) He said the two sides are waiting till early 2008 prevents any impact to the all-important holiday DVD selling season. Disney (NYSE: DIS) is the only major studio with full catalog within iTunes for now, while Paramount, Lionsgate and MGM have partial catalog deals.

The post outlines some reasons for this possible change. The major one: Apple appears willing to modestly increase the wholesale price paid above the $14.00-$14.50 that Disney has been receiving. Others may follow suit if Fox comes into the fold. Also, studios want to sell premium priced DVDs that include a digital copy of a movie..if they add a premium to the digital copy which can play on an iPod, it may become attractive to consumers. One thing that remains unclear: whether the studios will allow iTunes to rent movies or create a subscription service? There has been rising speculation that an upcoming version of iTunes will enable that feature.

NYT's Bits blog: Another force may be Amazon.com, (NSDQ: AMZN) which is selling downloads from Fox and other studios. Remember that Amazon's entry into the MP3 business put pressure on Apple to lower the price of its unprotected downloads.
december 2007
Do Democrats prefer Apple Macs?
As MacDailyNews reported this weekend, Aliso Viejo, CA-based Net Applications announced November 2007...
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december 2007
Vint Cerf: "Twitter Is The Future!"
The Guardian asked Vint Cerf, one of the founding fathers of the Internet and current Chief Internet Evangelist at Google, to tell readers what the future holds. That's easy: Twitter!Twitter has emerged to create a seamless layer of social connectivity across SMS, IM, and the web...The potential for this simple form of hybrid communication technology is strong.Cerf believes Twitter to be one of the most exciting areas of development on the web. That's exciting to us. Read the article here: Tell me the future | Media | The Guardian.
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december 2007
BMW Using Internet Protocol Inside Cars
Cars are getting more computer systems, and those systems need to talk to each other. To manage this electronic chatter, BMW R&D is reportedly now using IP -- the same protocol used to move bits around on the Internet. Looking at it another way, each of these BMWs has its own private Internet inside. (props to Autoblog)
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december 2007
Bug Labs is so cool
How things have changed. A year ago, just about every device was closed and locked behind closed doors and proprietary information. Now were seeing Android, the Chumby, and now Bug Labs. Its exciting that people are waking up to the power of allowing people to hack - and to have a device as platform. Bug Labs in particular is getting me very excited. Fred Wilson has been blogging a bit about these guys (theyre a part of the Union Square Ventures portfolio) for a while, but this morning hes posted a video by Robert Scoble that got me begging for one of these: Im not even going to ramble about how this project is going to create a whole bunch of new hardware hackers (which is fantastic) and getting people to try out new ideas and prototypes for future devices - because thats all obvious if you watch Roberts video (or read his post). I just want our team here to get one of these and hack away at some ideas we have. Bug Labs guys - please dont pull a Chumby on me. I was on the initial list for the Chumby prototypes but because I moved back to Europe, I never got one. Not one of the first limited few (which they kept emailing me about), not one now that theyve launched. I cant order the damn thing. Be smart about this, please?
december 2007
Will OpenID Really Deliver?
This is a question I am hoping to get your input on. I would love to hear what you think about the technology and what you think it will take for it to be a broad success.

I have only followed OpenID peripherally, but yesterday I spoke with Larry Drebes of JanRain, a startup that's contributed a lot to the OpenID effort.

OpenID is a set of open source technologies that creates a universal login and an authentication system. It's an idea that companies have tried to populariaze--without success--over the years. Why? Mainly because when one company or a camp of companies tried to control the idea, it was doomed to fail. The open source nature of OpenID, though, sets this project apart.

Now on Monday, OpenID is getting a new kickstart. After around 18 months of work, the 2.0 spec is being locked down and launched. According to Drebes, the main differences in version 2.0 are that it has beefed up security and added Identifier recycling and directed identity. Identifier recycling is a big deal for large companies that have millions of users and so can run out of names. This allows them to reassign names if someone isn't using it. Directed Identity lets you use the same password but change your identity if you're commenting on a blog, for instance.

Part of what's important, says Drebes, is that with OpenID you can create a reputation that's associated with one ID. And you can authenticate that a person is who they really say they are, helping to do away with spam.

So this sounds all well and good. And if the new specs deliver, then the 150,000 people who are now using OpenID could explode, right? Well, that's where I would love to hear from you to help me understand more about this.

The marketing part I get. Apparently there already are 160 million enabled OpenID users. That's because a couple of huge providers, AOL and France Telecom, have enabled their subscribers' accounts. If more big service providers, search engines, and portals sign up and start marketing this (Marshall Kirkpatrick has one good suggestion on how), then suddenly you could see an explosion.
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november 2007
Attack of the interns: recommendations and drag-and-drop
One of the great things about Reader, and feed readers in general, is that they let you follow sites much more efficiently than you could just by visiting them directly. This means that once you get into the flow of it, you can subscribe and keep track of many more sites than before. The problem then becomes: what should you subscribe to? For example, there are millions of blogs, and while a few are well known, there are many more interesting (micro) niche blogs that would be great to subscribe to, if only you could find them.

To help with the discovery of interesting sites to subscribe to, we just released personalized recommendations in Reader. When you visit our discovery page, you'll see quite a few feeds that we think you may find interesting. "Interesting" here is determined by what other feeds you subscribe to, as well as your Web History data, all taken into account in an automated, anonymized fashion. (To learn more about how our recommendations work, see our help article about them). Hopefully you'll find your recommendations interesting and helpful in getting your information-triggered dopamine squirt.

Recommendations make it even easier to subscribe to lots of feeds, so then the question becomes: how do you organize those feeds better? As luck would have it, one of the other features we're announcing today is drag-and-drop support for your subscriptions and folders. You can now easily move feeds between folders, as well as reorder things up and down within the list.

On the right, you can see Mihai's subscription list as he uses drag-and-drop to reorganize his froworkers folder. (Though you may not want to let your friends know how you're ranking then, lest it become a competition.) Of course, we can't take too much credit for drag-and-drop subscription management -- desktop aggregators have had it for a while, as have online feed readers like Bloglines and NewsGator.

What these two features have in common is that (ex-)interns played a significant role in delivering both of them. Nitin Shantharam (UC Irvine) helped create the user interface for recommendations, while Olga Stroilova (MIT) had a hand in the algorithms that generate them. Meanwhile, drag-and-drop was the brainchild of Brad Hawkes (UMass Amherst), who was our intern the summer of 2006, and returned to join the Reader team full-time earlier this year. As RIE (Reader Intern Emeritus), Brad paved the way for the great student help that we've had this year. Also to be mentioned is Jason Hall (Kent State), who was behind many interface improvements that have been live for a few months already. All told, our interns (and ex-interns) have done great work this year!
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november 2007
New in Highrise: Inline editing of notes and emails
Here's a new feature that will make editing and deleting Highrise notes and emails a lot faster: Inline editing.
Now when you hover over a note or an email in expanded view you'll see an "edit and trashcan" link appear to the left of the note. Clicking "Edit" will allow you to edit the note or email inline. This saves two page reloads and a good 10 seconds of back and forth.
Here's what it looks like after you've clicked edit
You'll see that you didn't have to leave the page to edit the note. It's a big time saver.
Watch a movie for the full effect Watch this 20 second quicktime movie of inline editing to see how it all works together.
We hope you find this improvement as useful as we do. Thanks again for your continued support!
november 2007
What's Up With the Market? Watch This
Oh, this is too funny -- a British television skit on understanding financial markets. I've never felt that embedding funny YouTube videos was something I needed to do in this venue, but this one made me change my mind.

Unless your securities portfolio consists entirely of Apple stock, you have to be wondering what the hell is going on in the market today, and seriously questioning whether you have the cajones to stay in it. Well, watch this -- talk about comic relief! Man, does everyone need a little of this right now. (Tip of the hat to Paul Kedrosky of Infectious Greed for the heads-up to this one.)
november 2007
Sneak-a-peek inside Final Cut Express 4
Filed under: Multimedia, Software, Video
A lot has changed in the video production realm over the past year, and thankfully, Apple's recent Final Cut Express 4 addresses these new advancements in camcorder capture and post-production technology. It's been a full year and a half since Final Cut Express 3.5, and there's a number of notable updates and enhancements that make the latest version 4 worth a look. Thankfully, Jeff Carlson at Macworld gives us a nice look at some of the new additions in Final Cut Express 4, which was released less than two weeks ago. The software now includes AVCHD support, mixed video format timeline functionality, 50 new FxPlug plug-ins, the new ability to import iMovie '08 projects, and more. Give his advance look a read to learn more about this important inclusions. Sounds like this one will be worth the update. Expect a full review from the Macworld folks soon.Read
november 2007
Twitter and the Twits
We've all seen the stories about people calling in sick and posting party pictures on Facebook. My best friend over at York University tells me students come in with sad stories about mom dying last week while on their MySpace/Facebook page, we have current "tell your mom I loved the dinner last night" postings.
november 2007
AOL Gets Serious About Finance
AOL Money and Finance has been around almost as long as AOL itself - forever in Internet time. But theyve sat on the sidelines as Yahoo periodically updated their own property, and Google launched their own competing site.

Even though AOL has not kept its service as cutting edge as the competition, they still move a lot of traffic. Recent worldwide comscore stats put them third behind Yahoo Finance and MSN Money with 12.2 million unique monthly visits. Thats well ahead of CNN Money (6.7 m) and, surprisingly, Google Finance, which is dead last among the large finance sites (1.5 m).

Third place doesnt suit AOLs SVP Money and Finance Martin Moe very well, and his team is making a run for more users. This morning at 6 am EST they are launching an entirely redone AOL Finance - complete redesign and a lot of new features. Moe gave me a demo of the new site and explained some of the key features. Ive put the old site next to the new site for an example company (Walmart) - see the image here.

News Via Relegence

First of all, theyve tightly integrated financial news about companies from Relegence, a company AOL acquired last year. This is the first time Relegence has been integrated into an AOL property, Moe says.

The result is a deep browsing engine for news related to the company you are viewing. Blogs, analyst reports, press releases, etc. can be added or removed to filter results. And users can also choose to have news included that merely mentions the company v. articles that really focus on that particular business - see the slider in the image to the right.

Charts & Graphs

Historical stock data, which goes back as far as 25 years, is on display via Flash graphs. This is significantly better than the current Yahoo and Google are offering. The charts, which are large and easy to read, can be easily manipulated to see different time frames. Other companies and indexes can be added to the chart for comparison purposes, a feature I particularly liked. A basic chart is included on the overview page. Simply click Go To Interactive Chart to see the deeper functionality.

The chart below shows Apples stock price compared to Microsoft and Dell over the same period.

Another feature that I havent seen elsewhere is a simple return-on-investment table that shows investment returns for given periods. Or simply set the calendar to whatever dates you like. Again, this is a fairly simple feature but one that you cant currently find on Google or Yahoo (wow! Apple stock has sure done well the last three years).

This is a significant upgrade, and will raise the bar for Yahoo, Google and the other competitors. Congrats to the AOL Money & Finance team for releasing a great product.

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november 2007
Towards more renewable energy
Posted by Larry Page, Co-Founder and President of ProductsClean and affordable energy is a growing need for our company, and were excited about the opportunity to help create competitive green alternatives. Our new initiative isnt just about Googles energy needs; we're seeking to accelerate the pace at which clean energy technologies are developing, so they can rival the economics of coal quickly. We've gained expertise in designing and building large-scale, energy-intensive facilities by building data centers that lead the industry in efficiency. We want to apply the same creativity and innovation to the challenge of generating inexpensive renewable electricity at scale.Promising technologies already exist that could be developed to deliver renewable energy cheaper than coal. We think the time is ripe to build rapidly on the tremendous work on renewable energy. For example, I believe that solar thermal technology provides a very plausible path to generating cheaper electricity. By combining talented technologists, great partners and large investments, we have an opportunity to quickly push this technology forward. Our goal is to build 1 gigawatt of renewable energy capacity that is cheaper than coal. We are optimistic that this can be done within years, not decades. If we succeed, it would likely provide a path to replacing a substantial portion of the worlds electricity needs with renewable energy sources.To lead this effort, we're looking for a world-class team. We need creative and motivated entrepreneurs and technologists with expertise in a broad range of areas, including materials science, physics, chemistry, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, land acquisition and management, power transmission and substations, construction, and regulatory issues. Join us. And if you're interested, read about our previous work toward a clean energy future.
november 2007
You can't always judge an eBook by its cover: a review of the Amazon Kindle
Amazon wants to change how you shop for and read books with its new device, the Kindle. Does its 1980s design aesthetic hide the heart of a true revolution in books?
november 2007
News Corp Gets Serious On Online Advertising: Fox Interactive Ad Network To Power Other Sites
Fox Interactive Media (FIM), the online arm of News Corp has plans to become a full service online advertising agency that provides advertising to non-News Corp sites.
november 2007
Early iPhone SDK; T-Mobile iPhone unlock in iTunes; more
Apple may not be waiting to get developers started on writing programs for the iPhone. Also, the first official unlock method for the iPhone is active and only requires iTunes -- plus the right phone ID -- to work.

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november 2007
View the Contents of a Zip File in Quick Look with Zip Quick Look
Mac OS X only: View the contents of zipped files in Leopard's Quick Look without unzipping the archive with freeware plug-in Zip Quick Look. Just download the plug-in, drag it to /Library/QuickLook/,...
november 2007
iSMARTtrain from OTAG Technologies Ltd
iSMARTtrain is our training solution for Macintosh and Windows computers.
november 2007
Video - Breaking News Videos from CNN.com
CNN's Gary Tuchman reports on a Texan who shot and killed two men allegedly burglarizing a neighbor's home.
november 2007
On Starting a Long-Term Company
A lecture given at the Y Combinator Startup School held at Harvard University, October 15, 2005
november 2007
Lightroom Journal: Use Worklist Keywords to Help Your Keywording in Lightroom
So you want to make sure you've identified all of the people you know in your Lightroom catalog, but ... you have several thousand photos in your catalog and you don't want to spend time reviewing photos you've already keyworded. How to avoid that?
november 2007
News Corp (NWS): Launching An Ad Network, Too - Silicon Alley Insider
FIM is building out it own ad network, designed to sell inventory across its MySpace, IGN and Photobucket properties.
november 2007
Code Freeze 2008
The theme for Code Freeze 2008 is "innovation." In one action packed day, we will discuss business innovations for 4 hours in the morning and technology innovations for 4 hours in the afternoon. Topics will range from how to rethink or change your busines
november 2007
YouTube - OpenID According to Dave
A short video explaining OpenID, brought to you by myVidoop.com
november 2007
EarthClassMail.com - Moving from LAMP to .NET 3.5
Scott chats with Matt Davis, architect at EarthClassMail.com, about their move from a LAMP stack (Linux/Apache/mysql/PHP) to .NET 3.5. What's working, what's not, and what kinds of issues are they running into as their architect their solution.
november 2007
How Dennis Kucinich Landed Smoking Hot Liz, In 8 Minutes
Elizabeth Kucinich dishes to MSNBC today about how it exactly happened that she got engaged to neo-Nader presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich the second time they met.
november 2007
Artist reaches new peak with Bloomington mural
Artist Erik Pearson likes to do big paintings. His best-known work, a piece seen by hundreds and perhaps thousands of people each day, required 13 gallons of primer and about 25 gallons of paint.
october 2007
Quick Look: Mac OS X Desktop Blog Authoring Clients
If you want the ability to create your blog posts off-line, later posting them quickly to a single or multiple blogs, a desktop blog authoring client may be the right fit for you. An off-line blog authoring client can also give you enhanced spell-checkin
october 2007
Service Oriented Architecture and Mainframe SOA
The role of the mainframe has dramatically changed with the advent of Web services and Service-Oriented Architectures (SOA). Organizations that rely on mainframe technology now have powerful new tools that simplify SOA and the development of Web services
october 2007
Hardening WordPress with htaccess
This article will discuss some security techniques to better harden and secure your WordPress blog; this is especially effective in a hosted environment.
october 2007
Automattic Acquires Gravatar Gravatar Blog
The best ideas are often the simplest. (At least in hindsight.) The idea of globally-recognized avatar, or Gravatar, struck me from the first time I heard it. Of course I should be able to have my avatar wherever I go! Of course email is a great way to ke
october 2007
Apple OS X Leopard: A beautiful upgrade
Finally, a PC Unix that everyone can love. OS X Leopard is a triumph of customer-focused engineering Apple's announcement of the impending delivery of OS X Leopard (release 10.5 of Mac and Xserve operating systems) marks the public debut of an engineering achievement that dwarfs iPhone, iPod, Windows, and Linux.
october 2007
Surveys and Conversation Starters
Two more great videos from the Digital Ethnography crew at Kansas State University
october 2007
As it turns 10, what will MarketWatch's future be under Murdoch?
The San Francisco financial news Web site that Kramer had co-founded 10 years ago this month is about to become part of Murdoch's News Corp., as part of the deal announced in August in which News Corp. is acquiring Dow Jones and Co. for $5.6 billion. Dow
october 2007
Magnetosphere
Here is this thing that does stuff in iTunes. There is magnetism, there is gravity, but on top of all of that, there is awesomeness. Watch as all the dots and ribbons go bouncy bouncy when you play music and trigger this mo-fo of a visualizer. This is the
october 2007
Synergy
Synergy lets you easily share a single mouse and keyboard between multiple computers with different operating systems, each with its own display, without special hardware. It's intended for users with multiple computers on their desk since each system use
october 2007
This Sucks!…Try This: Only In America, Volume 2
And so begins what will hopefully be a continuing series between myself and Jeff, and perhaps some of my other favorite bloggers: This Sucks!…Try This. You know what I’m talking about. You eat or smell something awful, and just have to share it wit
october 2007
BBC - Science & Nature - Human Body and Mind - Sleep Profiler
The Profiler takes about 10 minutes and includes the Epworth Test - an assessment tool used by sleep experts worldwide.
september 2007
FLEX - US punk & hardcore discography
FLEX discography of US punk & hardcore
september 2007
Can Your Team Pass The Elevator Test?
Software developers do love to code. But very few of them, in my experience, can explain why they're coding. Try this exercise on one of your teammates if you don't believe me. Ask them what they're doing. Then ask them why they're doing it, and keep aski
september 2007
Architosh: News > Will AppleTV Pay Off in Era of New Net Media: Prominent VC says AppleTV Experience Amazing
Last week a NPR radio show spotlighted the expansion of new media headed to the Internet rather than just the TV, and in some cases forgoing the TV altogether. The show was noteworthy for Apple watchers because the Cupertino company's AppleTV device was b
september 2007
Moving On
As a boy, Randy Pausch painted an elevator door, a submarine and mathematical formulas on his bedroom walls. His parents let him do it, encouraging his creativity.
september 2007
A2 Web Hosting : : PHP 5.2.x Hosting, MySQL 5.0.x/4.1.x Hosting, Postgres/PostgreSQL 8.2.x Hosting, Ruby on Rails, Linux cPanel Hosting
A2 Hosting, Inc is a Linux based web hosting company focused on meeting and exceeding our customers' needs. Our range of services include affordable, developer friendly hosting for personal homepages up to full service solutions for businesses of all size
september 2007
Website Monitoring & Web Server Monitoring Service by WebSitePulse
WebSitePulse is a leading provider of advanced, independent and remote monitoring services that enable clients to increase the efficiency of their mission-critical e-business operations, and to reduce their risk of failed Internet transactions and loss of
september 2007
Enlightened outsourcing, Part 1: The psychology | 43 Folders
However, I recently encountered a weirdly tantalizing idea in Tim Ferriss’s The 4-Hour Workweek, which would ultimately disrupt my addiction to the extraneous. The book advocates farming out the more mundane tasks of your existence to outside firms and
september 2007
GreenDisk
Now there is one place to responsibly and securely dispose of all your computer-related waste, spent supplies and obsolete accessories. GreenDisk handles all your technotrash disposal needs from a CD to a PC and just about everything in between.
september 2007
Principles and Guidelines for the Modern Photowalker
Photowalking. A passion? An obsession? A disease? Maybe a combination of all of the above. I think of it more as a lifestyle, but when it gets into your blood it runs strong. Like an ex-cigarette smoker 5 days into their quitting, I get anxious and worry
september 2007
Ambrosia Software, Inc. -- utilities/itoner
iToner enables you to quickly transfer custom ringtones for your iPhone - without modifying, hacking or having to reset your iPhone. Simply drag and drop your MP3 or AAC audio files on iToner's window, click the Sync button, and you're done. Even better,
september 2007
Quicksilver: Universal Access and Action
Quicksilver hides almost unbounded power beneath the interface of a keyboard-driven ... all launcher. Using a basic grammatical model, it allows you to move beyond basic search and work effortlessly with applications, data, and the web. Quickilver is
september 2007
Apcupsd, a daemon for controlling APC UPSes
Apcupsd can be used for power mangement and controlling most of APC's UPS models on Unix and Windows machines. Apcupsd works with most of APC's Smart-UPS models as well as most simple signalling models such a Back-UPS, and BackUPS-Office. During a power f
september 2007
The Evolution of Green Data Centres: a practical guide
“It is almost certain that over the next 12 - 24 months a range of Data Centre related environmental standards and laws will be released in most developed countries.”
september 2007
Top ten laughably bad tech ads
The tech industry has a rich and hilarious history of being unable to promote itself as anything other than unutterably dorky. Originally we were going to call this 'The top ten worst tech ads', but as we hunted around we discovered these are pure gold. T
september 2007
SEO Job Interview: Ten Tips For Corporate Search Engine Optimization Jobs Search
Over the past year I've interviewed for a half dozen SEO jobs at substantial companies where they've decided to stop out-sourcing and bring the SEO position in-house. While I have not yet decided to take any of those jobs, I have noticed some things that
september 2007
A List of Amazon S3 Backup Tools (by Jeremy Zawodny)
In an effort to replace my home backup server with Amazon's S3, I've been collecting a list of Amazon S3 compatible backup tools to look at. Here's what I've discovered, followed by my requirements.
september 2007
Replacing my home backup server with Amazon's S3 (by Jeremy Zawodny)
My home server is a 2.4GHz Pentium 4 that contains 3 250GB SATA disks in a RAID configuration, plus an 80GB boot and OS disk. I decided to measure its power use using my Kill A Watt and found that it consumes roughly 120 watts of power with the CPU idle a
september 2007
OSXplanet Project - Main
OSXplanet is a cocoa program that is based on the popular program, xplanet (by Hari Nair). It is able to generate live images of the earth as well as other planets in the solar system with additional informations such as the current clouds, storms, satell
september 2007
Streetcards - Gaping Void
"blog cards" - printed bizcards with a Hugh MacLeod cartoon on front, your personal details on the back.
september 2007
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