Pimp My Gadget: "PimPod"

After seeing governor Ahhnold on MTV's Pimp My Ride, it's clear to me that pimping is now anyone's game. It's time for us gadget geeks to get our pimp on. Rappers' have their grills, celebs their diamond bracelets, and now GGs (yes I gave us a nickname. It's so uncool, it's cool. No? okay, the nickname is optional) have this:
Apple's 24-carat-gold ipod
For a mere $600, you can be the proud owner of this pimpod (that's pimp + ipod, for those not in the know).


Is Silicon Valley Still the Place to Start a Company?

I was at a business dinner organized by Silicon Valley Bank a few nights ago along with a few other CEO clients of theirs. It was good to hear and share thoughts about globalization, wage inflation, innovation and different views about the economy. Everyone shared their frustration about (difficulty in) hiring, wage inflation, on-site vs. offshore development etc. During the course of discussion, one of the CEOs asked me "will you start your next company in Silicon Valley"? "Absolutely" was my answer which surprised many CEOs. However, it shouldn't come as a surprise to mos  read more »


The Week In Woot

This week the folks over at woot.com get hopped up on caffeine, take an interest in health, and avenge their evil electric company (while keepin it green). Plus, they unearth the ultimate gamers MILF.

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Hi-Tech Haiku: Nokia N95


Next Big Cell Phone Thing

I first became aware of DVB-H at this year's CES show. It's a TV broadcast technology that uses UHF frequencies to beam video to your cell phone. That means the transmitter can just as easily be on the television mastsending out broadcasts of sports, news, or soap operas. The video quality I saw at CES was excellent and the standard includes power saving features to extend battery life. The latest announcementshave centered around the recent 3GSM show in Barcelona.  read more »


The DST Countdown Clock is Ticking

With only a few days leftuntil we spring ahead the clocks,the buzz meter is really starting to move. I've been reading a lot of the news and blog postings and they really run the gamut from mini-Y2K to "no big deal." ZDNet just posted something on how much money it's going to cost IT departments and compares that with how much we're going to save in energy costs. They come up with some figures that make it look like a loser for the conservation team.  read more »


Is Cost-Per-Action Good for Consumers?

I have been fascinated by all the debate around the inefficacy of Cost-Per-Click (CPC) model prevalent with search engines and shopping comparison sites. In his December 4 article in the New York Times, Bob Tedeschi highlighted some of the online shopping newcomers who are attempting to differentiate themselves from the three leading, multi-million dollar shopping sites,  read more »


The Strominator

I connected with David Strom, an old friend who I first met when we both worked at Ziff Davis. David is an articulate, knowledgeable, observer and reporter on everything high tech. Here's a link to one of his many sites which has some interesting and useful posts on using tech in your daily life. You can also find him onour blog roll.


Check Out Our DST Resource Page

We just posted an "everything you ever wanted to know about daylight saving time," page. The reason we think this is important is because there are a lot of devices all the way from enterprise servers to camcorders that are going to change time on the wrong date this year. Before you start complaining, just remember that getting the sun to set an hour later really doesoffer some real benefits. It saves energy because more people are outside and not using lights and appliances. It also cuts down on traffic accidents and even reduces crime. That said, it's s  read more »


Cheap International Calls Update

Here's the cheapest and best way I've found for callingmy daughter who'sdoing a semester abroadin Florence.The problem with the no charge call-backservices isshe gets charged about $.38 a minute for local calls while incoming calls are free so the $.32 that rebtel charges seems to be the most reliable and cheap so far. Jajah only charges $.21 but the two times I tried it, I couldn't get it to connect. Allfreecalls.net told me they didn'twork withher number,My hunch isthey don't work with cell phones but I could be wrong.  read more »