I’m all about breaking records, especially when they involve not choosing Internet Explorer. Tomorrow is Firefox Download Day. They’re releasing version 3.0 of the FF browser and want to break the Guinness World Record for ‘Most Software Downloaded in 24 Hours’. Firefox is a great browser; I switch between it and Safari and I’d like to think my browser situation is pretty well-covered. Anyway, pick it up tomorrow. Unlike most stuff on this site, it’s free. And you’ll be part of history. Just think, years from now, you can tell your grandkids that you and 1,460,148 friends helped break the world record for… Yeah, nevermind, your grandkids will have probably left the room by now.
Starbucks announced a new partnership with AT&T this morning to provide WiFi access at some 7,000 locations, replacing the service previously offered by T-Mobile. It used to be you could pay T-Mobile $9.99 per day or $19.99-$39.99 (depending on your relationship with T-mobile) a month for access at Starbucks. Now, with AT&T, it’ll be $3.99 for two hours, and $19.99 a month – but there are a couple ways to get it for free:
1) Use a Starbucks card and get two hours free. (e.g. Gift Card, Prepaid Card…)
2) Be an AT&T Broadband or U-Verse subscriber and get unlimited free access.
Unfortunately there isn’t any love for iPhone owners, at least not yet – though there are plans to express some “soon.” The iTunes WiFi Music Store rollout will continue as planned under the new partnership, and T-Mobile customers under contract for Starbucks WiFi access will retain their access for the duration of their agreement with T-Mobile – in other words, nothing changes if you already subscribe for access at Starbucks. But for those of us who don’t, this is good news.
Source: Ars Technica
This may be one of the sexist external hard drives I’ve ever seen. It reminds me of a slick flask. In fact, I dare say external hard drives shouldn’t be this cool. Gone are the days, where buying hard drives made you a geek (okay, maybe you’re still a little nerdy). Now you can buy, stylish functional hard drives, and they don’t even cost you an arm an a leg.
Continue reading I’ll take that HDD shaken, not stirred
Why do all the designs I love always have to turn out to be concepts? This is yet another concept that I really dig. I think it’s a great idea that really utilizes some creativity to help reduce the footprint of printers that usually end up occupying a fair amount of that precious desk space.
Continue reading Slim, sexy, and stylish – it’s the Hanging Printer
ThinkGeek has started to sell a USB webcam fashioned in the shape of The Simpsons most infamous Mr. Burns designed to clip on to the top of your laptop (in case you didn’t have one built-in there already). I love it, although my obsession with The Simpsons may make me a bit biased! This is the second webcam I’ve posted about in the past couple weeks. The unfortunate thing is that I don’t really know anyone who currently uses a webcam. At the same time people keep coming up with the greatest ideas for webcam designs!
Now if it only played clips of Mr. Burns to help manage you through the day.
Well that didn’t take long. We are 15 days into this year and I already have a product to obsess about for irrational reasons. Girls and boys, easily the biggest news out of MacWorld 2008, the MacBook Air:
I’m not going to waste my time typing or your time reading by listing its feature set. You can find that elsewhere. Now, I have never loved the word “fanboy”; I think it implies a lack of impartiality. But I will say that I am an Apple enthusiast. I love their products, their positioning and their focus on avoiding the also-ran territory controlled by the other big players in the space. But no one is perfect. Steve Jobs’ ability to bend space-time is, unfortunately, finite and you can’t expect him to fit everything in a package as diminutive as the housing of the MacBook Air. Regardless, when a product like this enters the market, people like me across the interwebs respond with fanfare. It is a largely involuntary response, kind of like an aluminum-induced gag reflex. An $1,800 one. Instead, let me tell you what’s wrong with the MacBook Air:
Continue reading I Want One: MacBook Air