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GeekSpeak for 2010-05-01

iPhone leak, Internet may fail (DNSSEC), Adobe CS5, HTML5 Video, and much more.


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Why Your Internet Might Fail on May 5

“Network managers are being urged to run a series of checks on their routers and firewalls to ensure their users will still be able to connect to internet sites in the wake of a major change to the internet’s domain name system next week.”

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USB Ashtray

USB Ashtray
Product Code: ULIFE000400
Using it to minimize smoke and odors around your desk.
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  1. Features : USB powered or operate by 2 x “AA” batteries
  2. Minimize smoke and odors
  3. Smoke will pass through the filter and absorb by the carbon
  4. Tray and filter can be removed for easy cleaning
  5. Open/close the cover to turn on/off
  6. Red LED indicator

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Real Wood Keyboard and Optical Mouse Set (USB)

Real Wood Keyboard and Optical Mouse Set (USB)

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Folklore.org: Macintosh Stories: A Message For Adam

The Osborne I was the brain-child of Adam Osborne, who was a well known figure in the world of early microcomputers. Adam was a technical writer who founded a publishing company to publish crucial information about microprocessors and software that was sorely lacking at the time, which was eventually sold to McGraw-Hill. He became a controversial columnist, opining on the industry from his pulpit in InfoWorld and other publications. He had a populist vision of computing, touting a no-frills, low cost, high volume approach to the business.

In 1980, he decided to put his theories into practice, and founded the Osborne Computer Company to design, manufacture and market the Osborne 1, which was a low cost, one-piece, portable computer complete with a suite of bundled applications. He recruited Lee Felsenstein, already a microcomputing legend as the master of ceremonies of the Home Brew Computer Club, to design the hardware. Now, they were introducing the fruits of their labor at the West Coast Computer Faire, as Apple had done four years earlier.

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Oh my God, you can still buy an Osborne!

Mikrolog on kotimainen yritys ja ylpeä siitä. Olemme Suomen suurin tietokoneiden valmistukseen keskittynyt toimija. Palvelemme lähellä asiakkaitamme ja tarjoamme palvelut aina suomen kielellä.

Valmistimme ensimmäiset Osborne-merkkiset tietokoneet vuonna 1986. Siitä lähtien kotimainen Osborne on tullut suomalaisille tutuksi laadukkaana ja monipuolisena laitemerkkinä.

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Video on the Web - Dive Into HTML5

You can embed video in a web page. But prior to HTML5, there was no standards-based way to do this. Virtually all the video you’ve ever watched “on the web” has been funneled through a third-party plugin — maybe QuickTime, maybe RealPlayer, maybe Flash.

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Apple - iPad - 3G version available

The beefed up version of the iPad is now available from Apple.

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Adobe Creative Suite 5 Now Shipping, Free Trials Available - Mac

Adobe announced that it has begun shipping Creative Suite 5, introduced earlier this month.

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Jobs: Why Apple banned Flash from the iPhone

In a rare open letter published Thursday, Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs has detailed the technological reasons behind his company’s refusal to let Adobe Systems’ Flash Player onto the iPhone: he thinks it’s a relic, not the future.

“Flash was created during the PC era—for PCs and mice,” Jobs said in the letter. “New open standards created in the mobile era, such as HTML5, will win on mobile devices (and PCs too). Perhaps Adobe should focus more on creating great HTML5 tools for the future, and less on criticizing Apple for leaving the past behind.”

Jobs also knocked Flash for being proprietary, sapping battery power, not supporting multitouch interfaces, posing security risks, and being unstable. “Flash is the No. 1 reason Macs crash,” Jobs said.

Overall, his message is this: Flash is flawed, Apple doesn’t need it, and the company is using its considerable power and influence to make it obsolete.

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Post-it, the little square that changed lives, turns 30

Post-it, the little square that changed lives, turns 30

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WASHINGTON (AFP) – VHS tapes and walkmans may have been firmly cast into oblivion but another 1980s invention, the Post-it Note, is marking its 30th anniversary this month as popular as ever.
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The little yellow square of paper that changed lives was actually the product of an engineering mistake by 3M scientists who accidentally stumbled upon an adhesive like none other that could stick and be repositioned on just about any surface.

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Should I have bought that Apple Product?

Currently, Apple’s stock is at an all time high. A share today is worth over 40 times its value seven years ago. So, how much would you have today if you purchased stock instead of an Apple product? See for yourself in the table below. A huge thanks to everymac.com for the original prices and release dates. All values are calculated using Apple’s current stock price according to http://brivierestockquotes.appspot.com.

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Osborne effect - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Osborne effect is a term referring to the unintended consequence of the announcement of a future product ahead of its availability and its impact upon the sales of the current product.

Pre-announcement is done for several reasons: to reassure current customers that there is improvement or lower cost coming, to increase the interest of the media and investors in the company’s future prospects, and to intimidate or confuse competitors. When done correctly the sales or cash flow impact to the company is minimal as the revenue drop for the current product is replaced by orders or completed sales of the new product as it becomes available.

The Osborne effect occurs when this pre-announcement is made either unaware of the risks involved or when the timing is misjudged. Customers react immediately by canceling or deferring orders for the current product, knowing that it will soon be obsolete. Inventories increase and the company must react by either discounting or lowering production of the current product. Either of these choices depresses cash flow. In the software industry the Osborne effect can also lead to an increase in sales of current generation hardware if it is upgradeable. In the actual case of Osborne Computer Corporation, the company took more than a year to make its next product available. It ran out of cash and went bankrupt in 1985.12

Pre-announcing products in a way that incurs the Osborne effect is an example of a self-defeating prophecy, as the announcement of the new product is ultimately responsible for its own abandonment. At the very least, any unexpected delays may mean the new product comes to be perceived as vaporware, further damaging the company’s credibility and thus profitability.


! Memristors
We talked about it last year when HP made the first ones, but now there’s a [presentation on memristors|http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKGhvKyjgLY] that fleshes out what exactly they are, how they can be used, and where they fit in to the grand scheme of electronics.