• How China’s Great Firewall Can Make Us More Productive

    Aza Raskin on a realization he had while behind China’s ‘great firewall’: The idea is very simple: every time you access a site which is procrastinatory it gets randomly slower. The first time in the day it goes at full speed, but by the fourth time you’ve looked at it, the site crawls sporadically like […]

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  • Parallels Desktop 6: The Ars Review

    Dave Girard: If you work in 3D or want to play Windows game, this is an essential upgrade. I have been using Parallels since it first came out for the Mac, I use it every work day to access our Windows only Property Management software. Parallels is for me a seamless solution, and with every […]

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  • ‘Ice Cream Cone of Happy’

    Frank Chimero on happiness: I don’t know how happiness is measured. It seems silly to ask “How happy are you?” On a scale of what to what? “Oh, you know, on a scale between Found Dime and Three-Day Weekend, I’d say I’m about an Ice Cream Cone of happy.”

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  • Wiretapping the Internet

    Charlie Savage: Essentially, officials want Congress to require all services that enable communications — including encrypted e-mail transmitters like BlackBerry, social networking Web sites like Facebook and software that allows direct “peer to peer” messaging like Skype — to be technically capable of complying if served with a wiretap order. The mandate would include being […]

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  • Segway boss Jimi Heselden dies in scooter cliff fall

    You can’t make this stuff up. On a serious note, my thoughts go out to his family and friends.

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  • Atari 1200 & A300 Concept Sketches

    Some very neat concept sketches for Atari 1200 & A300. [via Core 77]

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  • Six Reasons Why David Rowan’s Not On Facebook

    David Rowan: Some day you should take time to read those 5,830 words: it’s Facebook that owns the rights to do as it pleases with your data, and to sell access to it to whoever is willing to pay. Yes, it’s free to join — but with half a billion of us now using it […]

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  • Plenoptic Lens [Video]

    This is amazing, a camera lens that captures infinite depth of field, meaning that you post production you can set where you want the focus to be. This is very, very cool. [via Matthew Buchanan on Twitter]

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  • Landscape Docking on iPad Coming Soon?

    These pictures show the possibility of Apple adding a dock connector port on the landscape side as well as keeping one where it is. I love the idea, and would love to have the extra port – what I don’t love is how, well how less than attractive this would be. [via iA on Twitter]

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  • ‘Ping Now Works With Your Actual iTunes Library. This Is A Thousand Times Better’

    MG Siegler on the Ping updates in iTunes 10.0.1: So is Ping perfect now? Of course not. There is still a ways to go as a social network. But the first release was laughably anti-social as most people spend time in iTunes listening to music they already own and not shopping for new music — […]

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  • ‘Task Management OverKill’

    Stephen M. Hackett talking about his search for the best task management solution: For me and my simple needs, Things and OmniFocus are overkill. With systems like this, I spend more time entering tasks than doing them. When I was using Things, by the time I was done going over the day’s to-do list, it […]

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  • Got to Love Facebook Commenters

    Facebook posted the linked note about their downtime that lasted 2.5 hours for some (gasp!) – the best part though are the comments (on Facebook I always find the comments to be the best part). Here are some choice ones: Apparently people 814 liked that Facebook went down: The zigging and zagging: It really effected […]

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  • Andrew Sendonaris on Moving to a Mac

    Sendonaris lists a bunch of little things that he did not expect to annoy him upon getting a MacBook Pro, this tidbit though is by far the funniest (to me): There is no equivalent of MS Paint. There is Paintbrush, which you can download for free, but it does not have all the features of […]

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  • Floating Nuclear Power Plants

    Sounds harmless, just throw these things out in the Arctic Ocean – no problem, afterall: “We can guarantee the safety of our units one hundred per cent, all risks are absolutely ruled out,” says Mr Zavyalov. [via Kotkke]

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  • Another Way to Think About Facebook’s Worth

    Mathew Ingram on the Facebook valuation: In reality, of course, every economist knows that things are only worth what people will pay for them, and since no one has actually paid $33 billion for Facebook, we shouldn’t really say that it is worth that much, or that Zuckerberg is worth $6.9 billion. But then, no […]

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  • David Heinemeier Hansson: Facebook is not worth $33,000,000,000 [UPDATED]

    David Heinemeier Hansson: Facebook has been around for seven years. It has 500 million users. If you can’t figure out how to make money off half a billion people in seven years, I’m going to go out on a limb and say you’re unlikely to ever do. Now this was all fun and games until […]

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  • Something That Scrolls Worse than Flash on a Mac

    This HP Slate video should be all the proof you need that Windows does not make a good touch interface. [via Daring Fireball]

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  • Contxts – Mobile Sms Business Cards

    Very neat service. [via Swiss Miss]

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  • Seven-Inch Tablets Are Just Plain Wrong

    There have been a lot of rumors and rampant speculation about the possibility of Apple shipping a seven-inch version of the iPad. We1 know nothing, except that Samsung (with the Samsung Galaxy Tab) is going with seven-inches and various other Android based tablets seem destined to be the same size. This small size sounds great […]

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  • ‘Get With the Program’

    Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg talking to invective about the iPhone on Verizon and their 4G network: Hopefully, at some point Apple will get with the program. Right, because Apple is the one off course, not the fabled wireless industry.

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