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Sunday, January 08, 2006

CES TidBits

Sonos has announced a cheaper version of their amazing multi-room digital music systems. The new version is going to cost $350 and is setup to be on the market this spring. Press release with more details. If you can't afford a big Audio Request system this is the next best thing.


CES TidBits

Parrot has a nice bluetooth car stereo that it appears to have all the bells and whistles you would want. Voice activation, bluetooth, plays MP3s, reads ID3 tags, displays last calls and much more. Did not search to see where you could purchase one but one was on Ebay for $350. Crutchfield stepup and start carrying this.


Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Digital Magazines

There is talk of digital paper and these sites are the precursor to physical digital magazines.

Magwerk - is a free site but only has 3 magazines at the moment.

Zinio - They appear to be the main player in the field. All the majors are with this site like Business Week, Readers Digest, Playboy etc... They have a huge catalog of magazines and also have text books stated as being cheaper. Checkout the free trail. You actually subscribe to these magazines or can buy one time issues.

The subscription cost seems to be close to the cost of a physical subscription. You would think the digital cost should be extremely cheap seeing as no paper, ink or shipping was used. Plus the added value to advertisers is huge. You can click on ads to get more info and such. Which allows advertisers to know who is clicking, how long they are on their ads and I am sure a bunch of other added value. I hope the cost either comes down or becomes free.

I am a subscriber to MIT Technology Review and they recently announced a shift in publishing more of their content online and will have more in depth content in the physical print. They have a long explanantion of their reasons on their website.

All in all a great start for digital magazines.


Tuesday, January 03, 2006


For those of you in the "know" these companies are old (always good to refresh your memory), but they are companies I have wanted to post on but have not had the time.

Meetro - It is tricky to explain but it is a social networking tool that tells you who is in your radius. It literally tells you who is in close proximity to you and then you can start instant messaging with those people. All by choice and most people have a profile.

Linkedin - I have used this in the past and have actually had great results. It is a networking tool but more business oriented. So lets say you needed to meet someone that knows about widgets. This is the place to go. They recently added a job listing that is great because it tells you if you know someone that works at that company or are networked through someone else who works at that company. Best way to start here is by getting your network (friends, family etc) to signup and the rest flows from there.

Meetup - A great place to find people interested in the same things you are and then actually meeting them face to face. I am not sure how popular the groups are but I have been to the Chicago Bulldog Meetups and they are great.


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