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Wednesday, December 26, 2007

EBay: The Place for Microfinance

EBay: The Place for Microfinance

On the online auction giant's new MicroPlace site, investors can lend as little as $50 to would-be small business owners around the globe

Tracey Pettengill Turner doesn't want to give handouts to poor people. But she does want to make investments in them. So on Oct. 24, Turner is launching, a Web site that lets small investors provide low-interest "micro" loans, of $50 or more, to would-be small business owners. Her hope is to create sustainable economic growth in the world's most impoverished communities—and do her part to expand the reach of the microfinance industry to more than 1 billion people worldwide, from about 100 million people currently.
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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Huge HIRO Opportunity/Product Launch in Vietnam

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More than 5,000 IPCs recently gathered in Hanoi, Vietnam, to welcome HIRO™ beverages to their exploding market.

The sold-out event included dance performances, music, a play
introducing HIRO, and models showing off the brand new Energy,
Mobility, and Vitality drinks. IPCs came from all over the country,
some traveling overnight in buses and trains for five, seven, and even
12 hours just to be there.

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Monday, December 17, 2007

Woman Married To 10 Men At Same Time

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26-Year-Old Accused Of Being Bigamist
Eunice Lopez is accused of being married to 10 different men at the same time.
A 26-year-old Miami woman was married to 10 men at the same time, prosecutors allege, in a marriage-for-pay scheme to enable the men to remain in the United States.
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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Commodore 64...We miss you!

I really miss my Commodore 64. It opened up a whole new world of possibilities for me. How about you?

I still have my Amiga 500 in the garage and just can't get myself to part with it.
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The Commodore 64 may be gone, but it's certainly not forgotten. Fans turned out in the hundreds Monday night for the PC's 25th anniversary party at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif. CNET's Kara Tsuboi raised a glass and chatted with industry leaders, including Steve Wozniak, Apple's co-founder, and Jack Tramiel, the founder of Commodore International, about the Commodore's impact on the personal-computing market.

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Friday, December 7, 2007

'To your health'; Beer may fight cancer

There is already a company which has isolated the active ingredient in hops ( ) so that you can get all the benefits without having to drink 60-120 gallons of beer. Cool!
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Some day soon, you may be able to buy beer from a health food store. Scientists are developing a new kind of brew that appears to fight cancer. But don't go drinking up just yet.

German researchers are working on a new beer brew that appears to fight cancer. The secret a compound found in hops -- xanthohumol.

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Google Releases Chart Image Generator

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Google released a chart generator service they are calling the Google Chart API. Usage is quite straightforward: you link to an image in the form of a parameterized URL, e.g. (line break added)

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Vista SP1 will deliver big network speed boost

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I downloaded the release candidate of Vista Service Pack 1 yesterday and was prepared to wait till its public debut next week before writing about it. But after upgrading a few machines here and doing some tests, I changed my mind. If Microsoft’s decision to ditch the WGA kill switch in SP1 didn’t convince you, would you be interested in a 300% increase in tripling your network file transfer speeds?

Throughput for file transfer from Windows Home Server

As you can see, the file transfers under Vista SP1 were dramatically faster than the Vista RTM times. For the directory full of many small files, the performance increase throughput was more than 300%; for the large files, the speed increase was roughly 260%. Note that you can expect similar results when transferring files from Vista to systems running Windows XP or Windows Server 2003.

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ZOTERO - a powerful, free online/offline research tool for Firefox 2.0 Web Browser

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Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free, easy-to-use Firefox extension to help you collect, manage, and cite your research sources. It lives right where you do your work — in the web browser itself.

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Thursday, December 6, 2007

New Jaiku Mobile for the Nokia S60 Phone

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Nokia S60


Jaiku Mobile S60 Edition

Version 0.80 Beta

Live contact list

See what your friends are up to right in your phone's contact list

Browse Jaikus from your contacts

Browse the latest updates from your contacts, add comments

Post Jaikus

Post new Jaikus and have them instantly show up on the Web and in your friends' phones

Share presence

Share your availability, location, and calendar publicly or with selected contacts only

Learn more about Jaiku Mobile from the User's Guide [PDF] and Frequently Asked Questions

List of compatible phones

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Wednesday, December 5, 2007

The Magical Minimalism of Microformats

Microformats are a collection of recipes for creating structured markup: consistent HTML structure and class for common useful little things like

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Linux server fits in your palm

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With no moving parts, this server runs cool and weighs only 225 grams.

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Monday, December 3, 2007

Teacher Arrested for Naming Teddy 'Mohammed'

I'm speechless. [sigh].
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Teacher Arrested for Naming Teddy 'Mohammed'
A British teacher at a high school in Sudan, Gillian Gibbons, 54, was arrested on blasphemy charges for allowing her six- and seven-year-old students to name a class teddy bear "Mohammed," says the Telegraph. She was interrogated for five hours, according to the Daily Mail, and the teacher now may face forty lashes and six months in prison. Protests against Ms. Gibbons, a divorced mother of two, have broken out all over Sudan and the school has been closed through January to prevent retaliation.
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Friday, November 23, 2007

Amazing floating house for $4 mil to $5

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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Friday, November 16, 2007

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

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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Thursday, November 15, 2007

Nokia N800 Owners Get More Than They Bargained For

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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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Build a 2.2GHz Hackintosh Mac for Under $800

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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

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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Monday, November 12, 2007

PDAs Helping Smokers Quit

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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Sunday, November 11, 2007

Fast Way to Learn Any Language

Cool tips!
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How to Learn (But Not Master) Any Language in 1 Hour (Plus: A Favor)

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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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