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Monday, October 31, 2005

Are You Smart?

I mean are you SCARY smart.

If so, Google's looking for you.

"Top of your class? An innovator in your field? Wicked good at what you do?

If so, maybe we should talk. Right now Google is looking for the brightest minds in sales management. One of our corporate goals is to create an almost spookily entrepreneurial environment, and if you'd like to be a part of that, we'd love to hear from you."

Google is hiring in a bunch of major cities - New York, Chicago, Atlanta, etc.

I'm barely smart enough to drag my ass out of bed and make it to work so I'm not qualified. I was at the office for more than hour this morning before I realized it was daylight savings....

Friday, October 28, 2005

Microsoft to Spammers - We're Coming For You

It was made public today that Microsoft filed the civil suit in August in Washington State's King County Superior Court. The suit is against 13 groups of spammers who have used virus/spyware infected computers to send millions upon millions of spam e-mails.

According to Microsoft, this is case is unique in the fact that this is the first time a case is specifically targeting spammers who use zombie PC's to do their dirty work. The fact that a suit like this is the supposed first of it's kind makes me wonder what the hell Gates and company have been doing oh, for let's say, the last 10 years. People have been using zombie pc's to send spam forever...it's not like it just started last week.

Right now the targets of the lawsuit have not yet been named as Microsoft is trying to get court orders to uncover their identity. It was reported the spammers used multiple online aliases. What a shock huh? If these guys are good I would be surprised if anything can be traced back to them. All depends on where they were trying to send people (the links in the e-mails) and how well they BS'd the site hosting info....assuming they were trying to send people to a site.

I did find it amusing how MS did their research leading up to the suit. They intentionally let a pc get infected with a bunch of crap. Turns out that one computer sent over 18 million pieces of spyware and spam to over 5 million people. Now multiply that number times about 20 million....

God I hate spammers.

Thursday, October 27, 2005

TND has a Worldwide Reader Base

Just in case you ever wondered...here are the countries Tech News Daily readers have come from this month:

United States
Great Britain
Canada
Australia
European Union
China
Germany
France
Spain
Austria
Denmark
Saudi Arabia
Netherlands
Ukraine
Taiwan
Norway
Latvia
India
Hong Kong
Pakistan
Brazil
Italy
Argentina
New Zealand
Sweden

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Google Base

Here's the best Google Base screenshot I could find....

Despite Google's denial that are going to use Google base to compete the likes of Craiglist and eBay...I think the writing is on the wall. Google Base = Free Version of eBay = eBay competitor.

I think eBay is a giant pile of shit and would welcome with open arms a competitor who could smack them around a bit.

Update: It appears that it's live. http://base.google.com/

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Google's PageRank Updating

Noticed late last night that Google's PR (Page Rank) started updating. Most datacenters are showing new PR...if you use the Google Toolbar you'll notice that TND now has a PR 3:-)

Friday, October 14, 2005

Google Adwords Allows Flash Based Ads

I just heard through the grapevine that you can now use flash in image ads when using Google's Adwords program.

This is very good news. I've been using image ads in Adwords for quite some time and have always felt that in some cases flash based ads would help increase the CTR and overall ROI from those campaigns.

Here's some info on the specifications for image ads and here's info on the general editorial guidelines.

Long live Google!

Friday Afternoon and Your Computer


My key of choice for a Friday afternoon.

AMD outsells Intel in desktop chips in the month of Sep?

HA HA HA, … wait are they serious? They are… I have been watching the AMD company for a long time now (like 7 years) and have always been very optimistic on there success. Back then they were lumped in with Cyrix and were considered low quality. They stopped reverse engineering Intel processors and started developing their own designs and with the K7 or Athlon processor they really came into their own.

It is not that I do not like Intel it is just that AMD has made some excellent choices with the consumer in mind. First would be the Rambus debacle, Intel tried to steer the market into using Rambus because Intel held stock in Rambus or an agreement of some sort. Amd went with an open memory standard (DDR) and pretty much forced Intel to abandon its Proprietary, Intellectual Property royalty generating dreams.

Then there is the laughing stock of the whole IT industry…Itainium. Intel tried to again steer the industry to a new instruction set with the Itainum while AMD just tweaked the existing one. We all know how that turned out, A picture is worth 1000 words and my favorite is the Icon the Register uses when there is any Itanium news, the picture is the Titanic headed for an ice burg and they call it the Itanic…how fitting.

Link

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Myspace hacked for fun and, well, hot chicks

Funny, funny shit going on here.

Unless I pretend I'm about 10 years younger myspace isn't my kind of place. You have to admire the guy linked to above - hacking for fun and hot chicks - give me a better reason:-)

Hacking that screws up people's lives, destroys property and causes general distress is something I'll never endorse. Hacking myspace to hook up with hot chicks is another story. That guys should get laid, or at least a trophy, as a reward.

If it's Red...Run Like Hell...The Other Way!

This is just pretty damn cool.

A bio company called Aresa has developed a way to genetically modify plants to turn red in the presence of explosives.

Red plants = you blow up.
Normal plants = walk this way!

Cool stuff.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Yahoo & MSN IM Clients to Play Together

It's about freakin' time...

Word on the street is that Yahoo & Microsoft will announce today that for the first time ever people using the IM clients from each company will be able to talk to each other.

This is big news that I think is a in part, a direct result of Google's "Google Talk" IM app that was released earlier this year. If Yahoo and MSN team up and leave Google out of the mix that will be a blow to Gtalk...no doubt about it.

Imagine a world where you can talk to just about everyone with one mainstream IM app...not Trillian or other 3rd party disaster waiting to happen apps.

This round goes to MS & Yahoo - Google, you're job just got harder.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Real Companies...Unfortunate Domain Names

Makes you wonder just WTF people are thinking sometimes.

Pen Island - penisland.com
Amgen Italia - amgenitalia.com
Who Represents - whorepresents.com
Experts Exchange - expertsexchange.com
Mole Station Nursery - molestationnursery.com

100 Best Products of 2005

PC World just came out with a list of the 100 best tech products from 2005.

Here's the top 10...check out the link above for the complete list.

1. Mozilla Firefox Web Browser
2. Google Gmail Web Mail
3. Apple Mac OS X Version 10.4 (Tiger) Operating System
4. Belkin Wireless Pre-N Router and Notebook Network Card Wireless Networking
5. Dell Ultrasharp 2405FPW 24-Inch Wide-Screen LCD
6. Alienware Aurora 5500 Performance PC
7. Seagate USB 2.0 Pocket Drive Portable Hard Drive
8. Skype VoIP Service
9. Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT Digital SLR Camera
10. PalmOne Treo 650 PDA Phone

Gmail at #2...I love it! I was also pleased to see the Treo 650, my phone/pda of choice, in the top 10.

Coming in at 38 is Valve's Half Life 2 - that game is just plain kick ass.

Anyone see any Microsoft products on that list???

Comments welcome. Anything missing? Anything on that list that shouldn't be?

Monday, October 10, 2005

Google 2084

I often wonder where Google will be in 10, 20 or 30 + years.

There's a cartoon at the New York Times that offers one perspective...

Friday, October 07, 2005

New (Beta) Google RSS Reader

Short and sweet today - have to head out for some damn dinner thing since my bro happens to be getting married tomorrow.

Google RSS Reader

The above is Google's first stab at an RSS reader. I logged in (you can use your Gmail login info) and waited a few minutes for things to load...then said fuck it cause' it was taking so long.

Google always releases things in beta but this is the worst I've seen. I'm sure it will be better in 24 - 48 hours but right now I can take a 20 minute shit and the damn page still be loaded by the time I'm done.

Hope it's working when you see this - I'm sure it will be cool.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Dell Offers Open Source PC

Just this week Dell began to offer a PC called the E510n, which comes with no operating system installed. It comes with a blank hard drive and a copy of FreeDOS(an operating system). This PC was clearly aimed for the Open Source junkies, that would like to install something like Linux rather than Windows.

X1000 Series Unvieled

Today the next generation of ATI video cards were revealed. The new cards range from the X1300 which has 4 piplelines to the X1800 which has 16 pipelines. Although it is yet unsure if the 16 pipelines of the X1800 can keep up with the 24 pipelines of the 7800GTX(NVIDIA). The X1800 supposedly makes up the lack of pipelines by having a 625 MHz core. One of the stock models also comes with 512mb of onboard memory(sadly this is the same as my system memory).

Benchmarks from hothardware.com


Now with this picture from the benchmark you need to keep in mind that the equivilent to the X1800XT is the 7800GTX. Also (SLI) is a technology used by NVIDIA, and Crossfire(ATI). Both of which allow 2 of the same cards to be used in tandom to generate frames. Overall it appears that the new ATI card is more powerful but the 7800GTX has been out for a while now and you can probably get one for a bit cheaper than a X1800XT.

Flock...The New Web Browser

There appears to be a new web browser which is soon to be released called Flock. From an article by buisnessweek.com, "Flock's browser is built specifically for a new, emerging generation of Web users, one that isn't satisfied passively browsing media online. Flock hopes to turn the browser into a dashboard for collaborating, blogging, sharing photos, reveling in a raft of other group activities that have recently caught fire online".

Although some may shy away from a new web browser I fully support it. In my opinion the more browsers, the fewer the number of viruses for a certain browser, unless it dominates the market share *cough* IE *cough*. This being if they are not built off of the same code as the others.

Video on Your iPod

I came across some info this morning about playing videos on your iPod. I haven't messed with it yet but will when I get a minute or two. If anyone else has tried it let us know what you think/how it worked.

Tech News Writers Dead

Seeing as how the rest of the tech News Daily authors seemed to have vanished I decided to start investigating a few theories behind where they may be. Here's where I'm at:

1)They are busy working on their next article...haven't had time to post it yet.

2)Completely overwhelmed by something most of us have to do for living - work.

3)Lazy

4)Working with Google/Sun on moving in on Gate's territory.

5)Involved in a massive conspiracy to limit the spread of tech news.

I'm leaning towards 2/3...although with this group you never know.