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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


LinkedIn down: Proof that 'the offline problem' needs solving

Here's another reason I'd like to see the offline problem solved sooner than later and solved with a technology like JavaDB (Apache Derby) or Flash that can be implemented in thick or thin (well, OK, rich) clients.  It doesn't matter what the reasons for going down are (if it were a planned outage, it would have been nice if I was warned with an email).

June 15, 2006 by David Berlind


The new reality show: Bill Gates' transition

Microsoft announces that Bill Gates is relinquishing his day-to-day duties in July 2008, and will work with Ray Ozzie and Craig Mundie over the next two years to hand over the reigns of sofware power. It sounds like big news, but this transition has been going on for months.

June 15, 2006 by Dan Farber

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