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Drive failure? Yagotta try Knoppix first

There's nothing like spending the day indoors during New England's first hot sunny Saturday in 2006.  But indoors is where I spent it trying to get some valuable data off what, for all intents and purposes, is a failed hard drive.

June 18, 2006 by David Berlind


Are the Net neutralists making unfair hay over a CraigsList snafu?

My fellow blogger George Ou dug around the blogosphere and, if a firewall manufacturer's explanation for what's going wrong is right, it looks like several Net neutrality activists should be eating crow instead of making hay.  Writes Ou:It appears that the Net neutrality proponents have been caught in a flagrant lie in their effort to scare the public (thanks to The Original Blog and The Lippard Blog for pointing this out).

June 18, 2006 by David Berlind


Riya unleashing API to integrate its visual search into apps

Riya CEO Munjal Shah has been blogging about his company's shift in strategy, moving from a focus on face recognition to visual Web search (see also my post from May 16 and recent posts from Mike Arrington and Matt Marshall, among others). "The idea is to do similarity search globally, both in faces and sections of photos," Shah said.

June 16, 2006 by Dan Farber


HP's super cool computer fans

Inspired by radio controlled model airplanes, HP is developing new fan technologies to cool hardware more efficiently. I talked to Wade Vinson, HP's fan man and thermal technologist, about the new fan technology, which he said will consume about a third of the power of current computer fans.

June 16, 2006 by Dan Farber


How to address Bluetooth's braindeath: Market it better

The Bluetooth SIG -- the chaperone of Bluetooth Standards -- has come up with a series of icons that could potentially allay some of the confusion over what it takes for two or more devices with Bluetooth radios in them to wirelessly interoperate with each other.  They appear below.

June 16, 2006 by David Berlind


A guide to email newsletters and RSS usability

Jakob Nielsen and Amy Schade of the Nielsen Norman Group just published a 544-page study on email newsletter usability, including 165 guidelines for subscriptions, content, managing accounts and RSS-based news feeds. It’s the third edition of the study, which the company has done about every two years so far.

June 16, 2006 by Dan Farber

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As the Gates era ends...

With the world's richest man transitioning from his role as chief software architect to full-time philanthropist, ZDNet's special report examines the end of the Gates era from a number of angles.News.

June 15, 2006 by

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Video: Bill Gates' announcement on his future plans

Video: Bill Gates makes the announcement that he will transition out of full-time work at Microsoft in July 2008, and that he is relinquishing his chief software architect role to Ray Ozzie immediately. Gates looks forward to spending more time being the world's greatest philanthropist.

June 15, 2006 by Dan Farber