Stories for Dec. 5, 2008

In professional services, you are only ever as good as your last engagement. Which is to say, if you have no one to vouch for the quality of your work, then you’ll probably have a hard time finding more. Traditionally, the best way to sell to […] Read more »

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Cellulosic ethanol startup Coskata said today it’s closed its Series C round, with peHub reporting that the company raised $40 million. Illinois-based Coskata did not disclose the amount of funding, but the figure from peHub is a step down from earlier estimates of a $50 million […] Read more »

It’s Friday. That’s usually a pretty good day to feature a video of kittens. Plus, it’s got a helpful tip on how to break up a catfight. (You might not choose to use it yourself, though.) And there’s an extraordinary figure in online video who is […] Read more »

As the economy has crumbled and the telcos have watched their customers cut cords and retrench, cable companies have benefited from being perceived as a safer investment option. Since this time last year, shares of Comcast, which trades on the Nasdaq, have fallen by 12 percent […] Read more »

Apple’s Address Book is a clean and concise way to manage all of your contacts. It does what it needs without a bunch of frills, and for the most part, that’s a good thing. My use of Address Book is fairly infrequent — and by infrequent […] Read more »

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In the past, syncing Google Calendar with your iPhone has been a pretty big hassle. After having tried just about every method in the book, I’ve found two solutions that are definitely worth checking out. One is NuevaSync, which is completely free but requires registering for […] Read more »

Earlier in the week, we said that Vista SP2 beta would go public "in the very near-future" and the future is now. Perhaps that’s overly-dramatic, but the beta is open to the public and ready for downloading. You can pull down a 388MB file directly from […] Read more »

Those kooky solar engineers are always up for a good lark! The engineers at eSolar decided to really cut loose for this year’s birthday celebration of the firm’s founder, Bill Gross. They put together this video, which is the equivalent of an all-night drinking binge in […] Read more »

If you’re like most web workers, Google is pretty pervasive in your online life. But how about your physical life – you know, the one full of atoms rather than bits? Well, if you’d like a little bit of Google to stick on your laptop or […] Read more »

Flickr Mobile Adds Video Support; photo-sharing site implements QuickTime-compatible videos encoded in H.264 so they run on iPhones and iPod Touches. (VentureBeat) Netflix Streaming Having Video Issues; strange glitch diminishing video quality for some users of the Roku and Xbox. (CNET) What Is Vidding? Video series […] Read more »

Graphics card maker HIS has issued a warning that netbooks that have appeared in India with HIS branding are counterfeits.  The company does not make netbooks nor do they plan to.  They promise swift retribution to those they find producing netbooks with their branding.  HIS netbooks […] Read more »

New Mission for Iceland’s Geothermal Industry: Engineers in Iceland, where geothermal power provides 30 percent of the nation’s electricity, have learned how to keep a geothermal plant running smoothly at relatively low cost. But startup costs — surveying and extracting heat from below the earth’s surface […] Read more »

I’ve been using ShareThis on my blogs and recommending it to my clients for a while now. I explain to my clients that ShareThis is a “passive broadcaster” of their content, giving their blog and web site visitors handy tools to email posts or articles to […] Read more »

There’s a trusted maxim in the marketing game: cheap razor, expensive blades. It comes from the practice of selling razors like the Mach3 or Fusion for next to nothing, and then selling the disposable blades for said razors at a rather more expensive price. Consumers tend […] Read more »

China’s Yingli Green Energy today announced new supply contracts with Germany’s IBC Solar; it also clarified its 2009 shipment outlook after one of its executives apparently gave out some wrong numbers earlier this week. Reuters reported on Wednesday that Yingli expects its shipments of solar modules […] Read more »

Facebook has postponed its employees’ stock sale, perhaps indefinitely, the Wall Street Journal reports today.  Facebook’s postponement is an understandable bow to market reality — and it prevents the company from setting an official valuation that the social networking site’s investors would consider too low. The […] Read more »

At the $300 price point, the Epson Artisan 800 is a very nice all-in-one (AIO) printer. For most small office/home office users (SoHo’s), it could easily meet their needs. It is very small (18.4″ x 23.0″ x 7.8″) compared to most of the printers in this […] Read more »

One of the downsides of web working is that you’re prone to distractions at home, whether it’s the snacks calling to you from the fridge or a toddler throwing tantrums. I experience these distractions everyday and have found ways around most of them. My most important “weapon against mass distractions”, so to speak, was to wake up at 2:00am and work while the rest of the neighborhood sleeps.

Except for my new neighbors, of course. They moved in last week and, since then, it’s been one loud evening after another. Read more »

At the $400 price point, the Canon Pixma MX7600 is a beautiful all-in-one (AIO) printer. For most small office/home office users (SoHo’s), it could easily meet their needs. It is moderate in size (21.0″ x 19.7″ x 10.1″) and includes wired networking. Full disclosure: I have […] Read more »

Despite decades of effort, troubleshooting applications is still hard. ExtraHop, which comes out of stealth today with the launch of its Application Delivery Assurance Appliance, thinks it’s got the answer. Backed with $1.5 million from Madrona Venture Partners, the 10-person company is capitalizing on recent increases […] Read more »

Updated with Limelight response:  A source of mine just alerted me that Limelight Networks is suffering some kind of outage in Asia and Europe. Their U.S. network is working just fine, and perhaps that’s why I have not heard anything. It is hard to tell from […] Read more »

This week, Stirling Energy Systems submitted an application for certification (AFC) to California’s regulatory body, the California Energy Commission (CEC), for a planned 850 MW solar power plant, dubbed “Solar One,” in the Mojave Desert. This is the second large solar application the startup’s submitted this […] Read more »

I live and die by my Google calendar and have always hated the fact that I could not wirelessly sync it with my iPhone. I’ve tried every method in the book, and finally have found two methods to wirelessly sync your Google calendar to your iPhone. […] Read more »

[qi:058] The UK telecommunication regulatory agency Ofcom has issued its own broadband bill of rights — perhaps we should call it the broadband Magna Carta? Starting today, British Internet service providers that have signed up to the code have to tell customers which speeds they can […] Read more »

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