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Mac OSX Leopard Spaces Hint November 12, 2007

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In Spaces view mode (F8), you can move all windows of an application together (from one space) to another space by dragging them with Control key or Shift key held down. 

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100Mbps fiber optic FIOS love November 12, 2007

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You might have heard about Verizon’s new 20/20 symmetric FiOS—a sweet 20Mbps upstream and down. But 20 ain’t 100, and we’re damn jealous of the Japanese, so we got on the phone and asked the guys managing Verizon’s tubes what’s around the bend. The scoop for city dwellers is that we can expect “not too distant” announcements about FiOS availability in Manhattan thanks to ultra-bendable Corning fiber ideal for labyrinthine build-out in apartment high-rises. So, what’s the holdup on the Japan- style 100Mbps fiber optic love? Doesn’t Verizon have the pipes to supply it? Here are the answers to those questions, and the most important of them all: When is it coming to your house?

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China’s $99 million Ferris wheel November 5, 2007

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bigwheel_keep_on_turnin.jpg Jaws were dropping all around when our own Adam Frucci brought back video of his harrowing 377-foot-high ride in a glass-bottomed car on the Odaiba Ferris Wheel in Tokyo, but now the Chinese are going to top that wheel with the tallest one in the world. Today, construction began on the Great Wheel of China, a $99 million Ferris wheel that will tower over Beijing at a stupendous 680 feet when construction is complete in 2009. This is not just any Ferris wheel, though.ou won’t be sitting in swinging and swaying benches on this baby. Each one of its 48 cars is like a gondola, air-conditioned and holding 40 passengers, for a total of 1920 stomachs pressed against the top of their abdominal cavities as the big wheel keeps on turnin’. Nobody’s talking about how long it’ll take to load this beast. Too bad there was so much bickering over the design of the gigantic wheel, because originally the plan was to complete construction in time for next summer’s Beijing Olympics. [MSNBC, via Spluch] http://gizmodo.com/gadgets/world.s-tallest/china-begins-construction-on-worlds-tallest-ferris-wheel-318855.php 

Gmail + IMAP + Iphone = :) October 24, 2007

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To configure IMAP for your iPhone, just follow these steps:

  1. Enable IMAP in your Gmail account settings.
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Tap Mail.
  4. Tap Add Account.
  5. Tap Other. (Note: don’t tap Gmail; if you do, you’ll set up POP rather than IMAP. We are aware of this issue and are currently working to make setting up Gmail more intuitive for the iPhone.)

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Microsoft Will Buy 20 Companies a Year for 5 Years October 18, 2007

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Steve Ballmer showed up at Thursday morning’s session of the Web 2.0 Summit ready to talk about acquisitions. Starbucks cup in hand, the Microsoft chief executive, told conference host John Battelle that Microsoft is ready to buy twenty companies a year consistently for the next 5 years.

“Those will be good acquisitions, and they’re important to us,” he said. “And they’re of strategic importance. When you say ‘What are you going to buy that’s $15 billion,’ there are not many things at that price range. At that price range, you’re talking about a couple dozen things, and on those I can basically say ‘No comment.’

Ballmer half-jokingly said the purchases will range between 50 or 100 million to a couple hundred million each. He also offered up his e-mail address (steveb@microsoft.com), inviting entrepreneurs to pitch him any products they may want to sell.

“My god, you’re about to get a thousand e-mails,” Battelle said.

“Maybe one will be worth buying,” Ballmer responded.

More highlights from the talk below.

Continue reading “Ballmer: Microsoft Will Buy 20 Companies a Year for 5 Years” »

 http://blog.wired.com/monkeybites/

NYC Construction Boom by the Numbers October 17, 2007

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How does $83 billion worth of condos, apartments, office towers and huge projects over the next three years sound? That’s the projected spending on the ongoing NYC “building boom,” according to a new report from the New York Building Congress. That works out to an increase in construction jobs from 116,000 in 2006 to 130,000 by 2009. The spending works out to $26 billion this year, $27.5 billion next year and $29 billion in 2009. Residential construction is projected to decline from 35,000 units this year to 30,000 in 2009. But, huge projects like the 7 Train extension, Second Avenue subway, West Side Rail Yard development and World Trade Center rebuilding are going to keep the overall numbers up for some time to come.

Extend the life of your flat-screen TV October 11, 2007

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Average life span: Ten years or longer.

Preventive medicine: Keep your fingers off the screen. “The pressure causes pixel burnout,” says Robbie Baldwin, a flat screen–TV salesman at Best Buy in Baltimore. Because parts can fail (read: melt) if a TV overheats, keep the vents clear so they can “pull in air to cool the unit,” says Dan Wiersma, senior vice president of service for Sony Electronics. Dust with a soft, dry cloth, and skip the cleaning spray, which can cloud the screen.

Most common ailment: The screen has a burned-in image that never seems to go away, and the picture is a little fuzzy.

Diagnosis and treatment: Plasma screens, especially older ones, are sensitive to “burn in” problems. Leave Comedy Central on all day and its logo may never disappear. (Newer models don’t have as many burn-in issues, but it’s best to turn off the TV every few hours.) A repair service can recalibrate a slightly hazy picture for as little as $250 or as much as $750, depending on the damage and the shop.

When to pull the plug: A malfunctioning flat-screen TV that’s more than five years old should probably be replaced. Labor and parts run high, so a new model may cost you less than fixing an old one.

Extend the life of your cell phone October 11, 2007

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Average life span: Four years.

Preventive medicine: Do you recharge your cell phone more often than you brush your teeth? Ease up. The battery works most efficiently if you let it drain fully once a week or more. “Avoid exposing a cell phone to very low temperatures, direct sunlight, or excessive heat,” which can damage the battery, adds Muzib Khan, vice president of product development and engineering for Samsung.

Most common ailment: The phone conks out just as your friend is giving you the address of the restaurant where you’re meeting.

Diagnosis and treatment: The battery may not be holding a charge for as long as it should. If you’re sure the charger isn’t broken, the battery needs to be replaced. Buy a new one (about $40) from a reputable source. In rare cases, batteries from unauthorized dealers “can explode” and cause injury, says Grant Clauser, editorial director for E-Gear magazine, in Philadelphia.

When to pull the plug: An inexpensive phone with problems beyond a dead battery should be recycled (ask your service provider for details). Try to save a more costly model, even when it has taken a hard knock. “If you drop it in water, take it apart, let it dry for a day or two, and it may work,” says Kasey Farrar of Nokia. But if the repair estimate tops half the price of the phone, junk it.

Extend the life of your iPod October 11, 2007

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Average life span: Two to three years.

Preventive medicine: Protect an iPod with a hard rubber case. Inspired by those dancing ads on TV? Lest you jar your player senseless, keep it on an armband. The battery will last longer if you let it run down completely once a month before recharging, says Shannon Jean, founder of TechRestore, a repair service in Concord, California. This ensures 12 to 18 months of play before the battery must be replaced.

Most common ailment: You try to tune in and your personal sound track drops out.

Diagnosis and treatment: If your iPod plays dead, try reloading the playlist. (You have a backup file of the playlist, right?) Keep the hard drive running smoothly by updating the software (go to http://www.apple.com/ipod/download http://www.apple.com/itunes/download/?ipod). If your iPod isn’t responding at all, the hard drive may be broken. Replacing it could cost more than buying a new player.

When to pull the plug: A pre-2002 iPod (identifiable by the raised scroll wheel) that has no sign of life is not worth fixing, says Jean. You’ll get more for your money by upgrading to a new model. A later-addition iPod merits salvaging, but not if a repair estimate tops $100.

How to boost your Wifi October 3, 2007

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No doubt you’ve got a home wireless network or you’ve connected to hotspots at the local coffee shop or airport—but are you getting the most out of your Wi-Fi? Whether you want to strengthen, extend, bridge, secure, sniff, detect, or obscure your signal, today we’ve got our top 10 best Wi-Fi utilities and tweaks for the power wireless user. Photo by thms.nl.

10. Improve Coverage with Better Placement

While there are several software and hardware hacks for boosting your Wi-Fi signal (see below), there are also a few simple adjustments you can make to an unmodded access point to get the best coverage. The NY Times says:

  • Place the base station centrally on an upper floor, or atop furniture, because radio waves spread best laterally and down
  • Reception will be better if the signal does not have to travel at steep angles and if it doesn’t have to go through thick walls, mirrors, fish tanks or anything metal
  • Place wireless network components far from other devices in the house that can cause interference, like cordless phones, microwave ovens, baby monitors or halogen lamps
  • Change the default signal channnel (usually set to 6) to avoid interference with neighbors’ network devices

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