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Exploding Notebook Batteries

Over the past couple months several notebook manufacturers have announced the recall of the batteries as they could over-heat and explode. PcPitStop put together a great video demonstration with a system that they created to purposely instigate a battery explosion. The video below is about 5 minutes and really illustrates the danger of these exploding batteries.

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Windows Vista Updates

Allrightythen, now that both Firefox 1.5.0.8 & Thunderbird 1.5.0.8 have been released there is not much Mozilla news right now. However, there is lots of Microsoft news, including some regarding Windows Vista: On November 8th, Microsoft announced Windows Vista is completed and will be released January 30, 2007. Todd Bishop (Seattle Post Intelligencer) did some checking in the Seattle area and discovered there are some PC retailers are getting orders for Windows Vista Systems, but still not much demand at this time. What Vista Sounds Like (Compared to Windows XP) QuickTime Video Actually, they sound very similar. Vista sounds however…

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YouTube SOLD! to Google

Okay, so I guess it wasn’t a rumor after all…It has been officially announced YouTube has been acquired by Google for the low price of $1.65 billion. Now, according to the press release, everything is going to stay the same. They will as remain two independent services and no one is going to be out of a job. From a marketing stand point, it is good Google as opted to keep the YouTube name and site as is. More folks are familiar with the YouTube experience and community then they would be of that with Google Videos. However, based by…

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Update: YouTube by Google?

Earlier I had reported a possible e-mail rumor about Google in talks of acquiring YouTube. There has been a lot of talk about this from Wall Street Journal to many of the major tech blogs. So, this may be not just be a rumor after all. According to the Yahoo! article: Report: Google in talks to buy YouTube, “Representatives from Google and YouTube did not immediately return calls to The Associated Press.” It would seem to me if this were just a mere ‘rumor’ the AP would have heard back from one these two companies, even if it is just…

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Flock Correction

I had stated in my Browser Smörgåsbord entry… “Flock 0.7.6– Mozilla, the same people who brought you Firefox and Netscape also designed Flock, the social web browser.” Turns out the Guru made a bit of mistake as I learned when I received this comment regarding the entry from Will Pate, Community Ambassador, Flock: “FYI, Flock is entirely separate from Mozilla, although we proudly build our web browser on top of Firefox.“ I guess I should have paid more attention to the pop-up when selecting ‘About Flock’, from the Help Menu… Oh yeah, it does say Flock Inc., not Mozilla. Thanks…

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Wooden USB Memory Sticks

USB memory sticks have become very popular as an easy way to transport your data. There are many creative styles and carrying cases but these are very…um…different. Made by Netherlands based design company OOOMS “manually selected” sticks and had them professionally stuffed with USB drives, making them incredibly unique and killing their pocketability in one fell swoop. Prices start at $57 for 256MB up to $88 for 1GB. CrunchGear » Blog Archive » Stick Your Wood In Your USB Port Blogged with Flock

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What You Could Do With Those Old 3.5 Floppy Disks….

Thanks to Ashley at CyberNet News for finding this geeky but creative solution for what to do with all those old obsolete 3.5 inch floppy disk we have laying around collecting dust. Their article, How To Put The Old 3.5 Floppy Disk To Good Use, includes list of needed supplies as well as link to step-by-step instructions on how to make your own (geeky) computer carrying bag. Blogged with Flock

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University of Phoenix or Pink Taco?

Another slow news day in the Mozilla World. Firefox 2.0 RC1 has been released and Wednesday’s nightly build of Thunderbird fixed bug 354829 (see Thunderbird 2.0b1 (20060926 Nightly Build) Problem). So something different, very different. This season the Arizona Cardinals moved to their brand new stadium in Glendale. Prior they had been playing at my alma mater Arizona State University’s Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe. For the past couple months it has simply been called the Cardinals Stadium. In August, Las Vegas based Pink Taco offered the Cardinals $30 Million for 10 years for the rights to call it ‘Pink…

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