InSuggest, the recommendation engine I took a look at back in February, has just launched a service that scans your bookmarks to give you links for related reading. The new tool is a derivative of the Web site analyzer which would take any link you dropped in and give you recommendations of similar sites. In that case, users could add up to three sites to get more narrowed results, whereas this tool is focused simply on where you've been.
The HP Photosmart C8180 isn't cheap, so we wouldn't recommend you throwing down $400 for this multifunction unless you're an amateur photographer who needs a top-notch printer and won't mind waiting more than a minute for each photo.
We just finished testing the C8180 (full review), and we were impressed by its built-in LightScribe drive. LightScribe is a direct disc-labeling system that uses lasers to burn an image directly onto the disc. The LightScribe system is meant to eliminate the smudges and peeling that inevitably happens with sticker labels, and the fact that Hewlett-Packard decided to … Read more
The Jenn-Air 30-inch slide-in electric range offers modular flexibility on the stovetop so you can grill chicken while you are boiling pasta.
One side of this stove provides the option to grill with 1,900 watts of cooking power. The stove ships with an open double electric bay on the other side. To use it, you'll need to buy a separate cartridge, which costs between $150 and $299, depending on whether you want coil or radiant heat.
The oven on this model has 4.3 cubic feet of cooking space and menu-driven touch pad controls that offer high and … Read more
Pictures of the Eee Monitor, the upcoming all-in-one desktop PC from Asus, have surfaced.
A PC World reporter at the Computex trade show in Taipei snapped a few photos of a company slide showing the Eee Monitor. Head here for the images.
It appears quite iMac-esque--shiny and white with a minimalist design. And although Asus isn't confirming a price just yet, it's a fair assumption that the Monitor, part of Asus' low-cost Eee line, won't have an iMac-esque price tag.
JetBlue passengers, rejoice. Now there is yet another way to pass the time during flights. JetBlue's free in-flight Wi-Fi will no longer require Yahoo or BlackBerry accounts to check e-mail and chat with friends.
Starting Wednesday, JetBlue's plane equipped with in-flight Wi-Fi will let users with Gmail, AOL, Hotmail, and Windows Live Mail addresses check their e-mail while onboard. It also will offer Microsoft Exchange so travelers can communicate with their office on the ground. No Web surfing is available, but thanks to a deal with Amazon, passengers on the so-called BetaBlue plane can log on to the … Read more
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.--You can't have the Web without content. The companies presenting at this morning's content group at Under the Radar here are trying to scrape together things for people to look at and enjoy--from stand-up comedy to a search engine that tells you how to beat the Serpentshrine Cavern raid in World of Warcraft.
Comedy.com better be funny. Luckily its CEO and founder Dean Valentine is. Valentine's a longtime content creator, and just happens to be the same guy who helped create the mid-'90s TV dud Homeboys in Outer Space, so go figure. … Read more
Regular readers know I have a thing for wireless printers, like the $99 Wi-Fi laser I posted last month. Here's a more versatile model that costs even less: The Lexmark X4580 printer/copier/scanner, which Circuit City has on sale for $79.99 shipped (plus sales tax in most states).
Designed with home offices and small businesses in mind, the X4580 is a color inkjet that can churn out 26 pages per minute (black). It scans in 48-bit color and comes with OCR software. And it makes one-touch copies. There's no sheet feeder--it's a flatbed model--and there'… Read more
In talking with a large enterprise buyer today, I was struck by an argument he used against subscription models, open source and otherwise. Granted, he was negotiating and I've heard the inverse argument from others, but he had a good point.
The point? That an upfront proprietary license might actually work better for some IT buyers.
Subscription value is clear: The vendor is tasked with delivering constant software and support to earn the customer's business on a daily basis. No sell-them-and-run deals. It completely changes the way vendors engage with their customers.
But on the IT buyer's side, a subscription's price is likely to be higher on an annual basis than the maintenance on a proprietary license. In the first year, a subscription is dramatically cheaper. But over five years...? Or how about just in the second year, or third? It's no longer so clear-cut.
What is clear is when the vendor takes their profit: Upfront in the case of license-based businesses, and in the future in the case of subscription-based businesses. It's that niggling question of the future that may be problematic for open-source businesses.… Read more
Alfresco, my employer, is based in London, so I go over once per quarter for management meetings. Because I'm there so often, I took the time to get an Oyster card, which manages payments while riding on London's public transport. Little did I know that Linux enables my transfers from Paddington to Arsenal Tube Station....
As ZDNet reports, Transport for London opted for Linux to remove its fetters to proprietary systems that had been crimping its ability to innovate:The Oyster contactless card system...[previously] suffered from lock-in to proprietary systems, which hindered developments to the online payment … Read more
Is it just me, or is the world getting smaller? In a matter of a few short decades, cellular phones have shrunk down from that ridiculous clunker that Zack Morris made famous to an earpiece so small that it's impossible to tell whether a person is talking to you or to someone else. And what about portable music devices? The bulky Discman has given way to MP3 players with mini- and nano- prefixes that say it all. Am I the only one crossing her fingers for the Picopod? With any luck, it'll be the size of a stamp, … Read more