Archive for November, 2007

Amazing floating house for $4 mil to $5

November 23, 2007
Wow! This sure looks like fun.
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Popular Mechanics November 2002 Article below
is a semi-submerged
dwelling environment. Reaching 20 metres in length designed by Giancarlo
for habitation by six people at sea. It is ideal for living
in bays, atolls and maritime parks. The main aim of the project
is to allow anyone to live in a unique environment through a self
sufficient, non-polluting dwelling cell in unison with their ocean

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Yipes 101: Over a quarter of college students have “mental illness”

November 16, 2007
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Campus living not the picture of health

America’s college students are in a worrisome state of health, according to a study released yesterday.

Most drink and are sexually active, many have been diagnosed with mental illness, and plenty are fat and in debt, says the University of Minnesota, which surveyed 10,000 students from 14 campuses across the state.

Nearly eight out of 10 students reported being sexually active, while 71 percent drink alcohol. An additional 37 percent described their drinking habits as “high risk,” consuming five or more drinks at one sitting. A quarter of the young respondents smoke or use smokeless tobacco.

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Nokia N800 Owners Get More Than They Bargained For

November 15, 2007
This one is surely on my wishlist!
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Software update for Nokia N800 tablet leaks, fans go gaga

Details of a major operating-system upgrade for Nokia’s Linux-based N800 Internet Tablet device was leaked Wednesday afternoon. Fans of the N800 (and soon-to-be-released N810) have been waiting eagerly for the last few weeks for any word of a final release date.

The new operating system is fantastic (at least from this blogger’s few minutes of playing with it). It’s faster, includes a Mozilla-derived Web browser, and boosts the speed of the N800’s internal processor from 320MHz to 400MHz. After months of waiting, YouTube is finally usable.

While all eyes are on the new N810 Internet Tablet, this operating-system release makes the N800 one of the best buys on the market–and an iPhone competitor. The Internet-enabled wireless device now includes support for video-based chat using the built-in Webcam, Skype, voice over Internet Protocol, or VoIP, service , as well as a very active developer community.

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Build a 2.2GHz Hackintosh Mac for Under $800

November 13, 2007
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Build a Hackintosh Mac for Under $800

If the high price tag for Apple hardware has kept you from buying a Mac but you’re willing to roll up your sleeves and get adventurous, you can build your own “Hackintosh“—a PC that runs a patched version of OS X Leopard.

Right now the cheapest Mac on sale at the Apple store is a $600 Mac Mini sporting a 1.83GHz proc, 1GB of RAM and an 80GB hard drive. For $200 more, your Hackintosh can boast a 2.2GHz proc with 4GB of RAM, a 500GB drive, and a completely upgradeable case for expanding your setup in the future.

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Track Twitter Subjects Via Your Cell Phone

November 13, 2007
This looks like a neat addition to Twitter features.
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Tracking Twitter

You can follow friends on your phone through Twitter, but what about concepts? What if you wanted an update anytime anyone mentioned your name, your favorite band, “NYC,” “earthquake,” or “Steve Jobs?” In real-time? What if you were attending an event and wanted to know who else was there?
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PDAs Helping Smokers Quit

November 12, 2007
Now here’s a good use for technology!
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PDAs Helping Smokers Quit
After smoking for the past 45 years, Dale Marsh thinks it’s finally time to give up his a pack-a-day habit

A pilot program Marsh enrolled in through the University of Nebraska Medical Center provides him with a PDA programmed with smoking cessation tools that help quitters deal with withdrawal symptoms and offer tips to deal with situations that trigger smoking.
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Fast Way to Learn Any Language

November 11, 2007
Cool tips!
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Deconstructing Arabic in 45 Minutes


Before you invest (or waste) hundreds and thousands of hours on a language, you should deconstruct it. During my thesis research at Princeton, which focused on neuroscience and unorthodox acquisition of Japanese by native English speakers, as well as when redesigning curricula for Berlitz, this neglected deconstruction step surfaced as one of the distinguishing habits of the fastest language learners.

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Email Revolution! New MS Outlook Add-on Helps E-mail

November 11, 2007
This looks like a very useful tool for MS Outlook users with cluttered mail boxes. I hope they create a version for Gmail too!
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Xobni is One Impressive Email Tool

The software currently runs as a sidebar within Outlook, providing a much needed enhancement to the popular email client. I’m not an Outlook user, but for that crowd, this should be a hugely popular add-on.

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Mr. Banker, How about giving us virtual bank accounts?

November 8, 2007
I think this is a great idea. It would really help us get a clearer picture of my finances.
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Virtual Bank Accounts

Banks, we all use them, and they (literally) have all the money in the world. Yet, it seems that for the most part, their online banking tools still have a lot of catching up to do in the web world.

Most of the major banks have been slowly trudging along bringing their users tools to better manage their money online. But I’ll tell you one feature that I certainly wish they had: The ability to make pseudo sub-accounts.

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Low-Power, Linux-Based for $198 PC at WalMart

November 1, 2007
A computer for the masses!
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Almost the Google PC: Everex gPC available at Wal-Mart

On Thursday, WalMart begins selling the Everex Green gPC TC2502, a $198, low-power, Linux-based PC designed primarily for running Web 2.0 applications.

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