The Cleverest Ways to Use Dropbox That You're Not... →
Lifehacker and How-To Geek team up to share some novel uses of my favorite free Internet file-sharing application, Dropbox. If you’re just using it like an always-available, super backed-up 2 GB USB Key Drive (that’s also mobile accessible) … well, that’s awesome. Take a look here anyway. You might find something that’ll compel you to splurge for the...
Hewlett-Packard buying Palm for $1.2 billion →
I know many of you are Palm users, and are wondering what HP’s purchase of the company will mean to you. Here’s a good overview of the deal from MarketWatch. Based on the shaky ground Palm is on right now after the Pre turned into a dud, this is a very good thing for current owners. HP isn’t always the best when it comes to innovation or service, but it should continue to...
Boing Boing: Games To Get →
I’m always looking for good new games to play, but the best ones are sometimes obscure unless you’re into the gaming scene. That’s why I try to find reviews by people (or franchises) I like, and BoingBoing is certainly near the top of my quality list. Check out their list of recommended games for yourself, and see if something there grabs you. I’ve found a few to add to...
After iPad, Rivals Offer Hybrid Variations →
Here we go… As predicted, iPad competition is arriving soon, and it looks as though Google will be in the fray with an Android-based slate (pad, whatever) computer. At first blush I’m thinking the 2nd generation Google product might be the way I go, as long as they don’t mess it up. I really like Android as an operating system, and I do my best to steer clear of the first...
35 Unusually Creative Pillows →
Pillows? Yes, pillows. HomeTone shows us some of the coolest pillows out there, and I now live in a world in which I know there are incredibly awesome pillows. These would have to go on the couch, though. To sleep, I much prefer the optimized malleability of a blanket. Seriously, it just works better for me. Next time you see me, be sure to make a dig about my blankie.
Digital Books and Your Rights: A Checklist for... →
The Electronic Frontier Foundation beautifully explains what we need to be aware of as we begin shifting from physical books to e-books. No, I don’t think the meatspace versions are going away entirely. But I do think that it’s only a matter of time before the primary way to store all forms of written information is electronic. This can be a great thing, or it can be a crushing blow...
Best iPhone Apps →
I’ll always take a good app recommendation site, whether it’s Windows, Mac, or iPhone/iPod Touch. This one is from veteran tech publisher O’Reilly, and I particularly like the way it’s organized. With thousands of apps out there (most of them bad, some of them awesome), I definitely appreciate the guidance. [Thanks, Rick!]
Satellite eye on Earth →
The Guardian features monthly satellite views of earth that are breathtaking. This month’s view of Chateaubriant, in “simulated natural colour”, is particularly striking. [via VSL]
Inside WikiLeaks’ Leak Factory →
Mother Jones profiles Julian Assange, the founder of Internet sensation WikiLeaks. There are some good questions raised about using technology like the Internet to distribute information that was supposed to remain private, but is of “political, diplomatic, or ethical” significance, to quote the site. It’s a good read about a fascinating man and his mission. [via The Slatest]
Weathermen, and other climate change skeptics →
I loved Elizabeth Kolbert’s essay in the most recent New Yorker, highlighting how easily we’ve let ourselves become distracted from combating the potential dangers of man-made climate change. More and more, I’m beginning to feel that history will show that we failed to act when we needed to, and that if you really want to get anything done, you can’t leave it up to...
Not satisfied with U.S. history, some... →
McClatchy reports on continuing rewrites of United States history, this time by prominent conservatives. The Texas school board got the ball rolling, but it’s notable that they are by no means the only ones. While history is mutable to an extent, and can be seen through different lenses as ideologies change, there are still objective, undisputed facts out there. Go against those, and...
Free Documentaries →
Freedocumentaries.org hosts a large number of full-length documentary films that the makers have allowed to be distributed freely. Some good stuff here, including Super Size Me and The Fog of War, two personal favorites. [via Lifehacker]