Stories for Sep. 26, 2008

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A few months back I wrote about PortableApps.com, a site where you can get a whole slew of useful software applications–most of them open source–in one free download. This site has become especially popular with people who like to tote a lot of applications on a […] Read more »

The best part of the annual West Coast Green sustainable building conference is walking the floor and checking out all the innovations — the smart, the novel and the just “out there” ideas. Here’s some sites we saw as we cruised around. Shipping Container Home: SG […] Read more »

Oregon’s Business Energy Tax Credit (BETC) has done it again: SANYO North America said today that it will build a new $80-million, 70MW solar manufacturing facility in Salem, Ore. Construction is slated to begin next month and the plant is expected to open in October 2009, […] Read more »

Magnetic Air Cars Inc says it is working on a prototype car that will not use any gas, fuel, or external recharging device, only air to propel the vehicle. They say they plan to have the Air Car ready by 2010 “or sooner.” Read more »

Recently, Merriam-Webster announced that the Collegiate Dictionary was available for the iPhone and iPod touch, and since then I’ve wanted to explore what kind of dictionary options were out there. After all, everyone needs a dictionary right? The Collegiate Dictionary, although not glamorous in its function, […] Read more »

After months of static, WiMAX news continues to hit the airwaves. Earlier this week, we heard that Sprint’s XOHM commercial service launches on October 8th in Baltimore. I have confirmation of that date now and plan to attend the press event. Baltimore is just a short […] Read more »

When it comes to the fixed-line Internet, the FCC would like you to believe that wireless broadband is going to be the answer, perhaps through schemes such as the D Block auction, spectrum grabs by M2Z Networks and white space initiatives. If you believe that, then you also believe that that you can walk away a winner from a game of three-card monte on a Manhattan sidewalk. Read more »

Over at Technologizer, Harry McCracken is in the midst of an experiment that he calls Operation Foxbook. The idea is simple: to forego desktop applications entirely for a period of time, doing everything on a netbook-class machine using Firefox. McCracken’s initial progress report is encouraging, though […] Read more »

Steve at UMPC Portal jumped on the Ubuntu Mobile image that was released earlier this week and first impressions show that it’s a fine mobile computing environment. The actual image was developed specifically for the Samsung Q1 Ultra UMPC, so you’ll see that all of the […] Read more »

Following a lengthy and dramatic renovation, the California Academy of Sciences is set to reopen its new green gem of a museum to the public on Saturday (if you can’t wait, check out our sneak peak). The Academy is seeking to get the building, designed by […] Read more »

Reuters is reporting that Nokia is going to release a touch-screen phone on October 2nd. The new device is code named “Tube” and will be a cheaper device focused on their hot growth markets such as India. Read the full article on GigaOM → Read more »

I hate carrying business cards. There, I said it. While so much of my work-time is spent on-line or at various Wi-Fi shops with coffee coffee shops with Wi-Fi, carrying business cards is a necessary evil in our world. Seems like each time I don’t have […] Read more »

Netbook, netbook, who’s got the netbook?  Laptop Magazine, it seems.  The netbook is the Lenovo IdeaPad S10 netbook which has a 10.2-inch display and a keyboard that is 85% of full size according to the reviewer.  I would have thought the keyboard would be larger than […] Read more »

Nokia is going to release a touch-screen phone on Oct. 2nd, Reuters is reporting today. Based on comments the company made earlier this summer, the device, code-named “Tube,” will be cheaper than rival models and be aimed at hot growth markets, such as India. In a […] Read more »

If you’re really determined, you can survive as a freelancing web worker. It takes a few months of trial and error, learning all you can, and finding the tools and processes that work for you. After that, most people are glad to find that they’ve survived […] Read more »

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