This Ars Technica article reports the stickers (e.g., Intel Inside, Centrino Mobile Technology, Designed for Windows XP, Mobile Graphics by ATI, etc.) placed on computers and laptops by the major OEMs are not only irritating to some users, but apparently Dell is tired of the branding game, too. Why might Dell object? The king of computer mass production says that the time it takes to put all of these various stickers on products is a bottleneck in their operations.
CNET News.com and The New York Times report that in the crowded, often confusing world of extended service warranties, ambivalence is common. Such product "accessories," as some sales representatives call them, are available for cell phones, home office machines, washers and dryers, exercise equipment, televisions--in short, everything from $9,000 stoves to $20 DVD's.
InformationWeek reports that some of the biggest banks have abandoned the practice of posting their online account log-in screens on SSL-protected pages in an effort to boost page response time and guide users to more memorable URLs, a U.K. Web performance firm said Tuesday.
The Boston Globe says newer equals better according to the world's vendors of home electronics gear, and billions of us have believed them. Yet most of these new gadgets don't work any better than the gadgets they replaced. Often, they're worse.
CNET did a top 10 dot-com flops list. The most astounding thing about the dot-com boom was the obscene amount of money that was spent. Zealous venture capitalists fell over themselves to invest millions in Internet start-ups; dot-coms blew millions on spectacular marketing campaigns; new college graduates became instant millionaires (albeit on paper) and rushed out to spend it; and companies with unproven business models executed massive initial public offerings (IPOs) with sky-high stock prices. Of course, we all know what eventually happened to this world. Few of these companies actually made enough money to recoup that cash, and when their investors fled to the hills, these start-ups died dramatic deaths. These are the celebrity victims of the new-economy bust.
DMusic mentions Robert Hilburn's Los Angeles Times Calendarlive.com interviews with the nation's top music insiders on their opinions on the biggest music stars.
Yahoo! News reports Laura Blackwell's PC World article on the LCD pixel response times, that is supposed to make scrolling, video, and games move more smoothly, that vendors quote aren't particularly useful for comparison shoppers. The lack of standard specifications for measuring pixel response time means that vendors can choose from different ways of reporting--or not reporting--response time. "For the consumer who's trying to make sense of this, it's really a case of buyer beware," says Rhoda Alexander, director of monitor research at the electronics-industry research firm iSuppli.
The New Yorks Times (no registration required) says a new technology being used by produce distributors employs lasers to tattoo fruits and vegetables with their names, identifying numbers, countries of origin and other information that helps speed distribution. The marks are burned onto the outer layer of the skin and are visible to discerning consumers and befuddled cashiers alike. The process, government approved and called safe by the industry, may sound sinister. But it was designed with the consumer in mind: laser coding could mean the end of those tiny stubborn stickers that have to be picked, scraped or yanked off produce.
StupidVideos has a nice television/TV commercial/advertisement/ad/spot of a gal with nice black hair. [grin]
FoxTrot pokes fun at people who play old games for nostalgia times. Haha.
This Wired News article gives answers to questions and tips on avoiding identification/ID theft, and what to do if you are a victim.
This Tom's Hardware Guide PCs & HowTo article is about RenÃ© G., a passionate coffee drinker, who was able to convert a coffee maker into a standard PC shell. Total cost invested was over $3,000 into the components alone, nearly 80 hours, and through laborious and precise work.
Broadband Reports reports a P.C. World article on the best and worst Internet Service Providers (I.S.P.s) in United States (U.S.). More than 6,000 P.C. World readers rated major providers for its speed, technical support, and more. The article also reveals which broadband and dial-up services make the grade and which fall flat.
This BBC News story says parents tend to ignore warnings on games that say they are unsuitable for children, research shows. A study commissioned by the UK games industry found that parents let children play games for adults, even though they knew they were 18-rated. "Most parents think their child is mature enough so that these games will not influence them," Modulum researcher Jurgen Freund told a games conference. The report reflects concerns about children playing violent video games.
ghost16825's Broadband Reports security forum thread mentioned eWeek's article on how shredders used to solve problems to ensure information doesn't fall into the hands of competitors. But not for long... New technologies are making it increasingly easy to reconstruct virtually any document...
/. mentioned a Forbes.com story on people being superheros as humans like Batman. If Batman is to be believed, one can still save the day even if as a human. Unlike Superman or Marvel Comics' X-Men, Batman doesn't have any superpowers. He survives on martial arts training, intense drive and a cave full of pretty serious psychoses.
Viral Videos added nine new television commercials/spots/advertisements today.
According to the Christian Science Monitor's article, big-screen televisions/TVs use more power than older sets, says a new study. With sales expected to skyrocket -- and with only outmoded testing and efficiency standards available to alert people about energy consumption -- digital big-screen TVs are poised to generate big hikes in home energy use and pollution, unless manufacturers act swiftly to adopt more efficient technologies.