To say having an extra hand in the kitchen is a benefit would be an understatement. The daily dinner preparation can, at the best of times, turn into a finely orchestrated ballet of twisting and turning (not to mention slicing and dicing) and dancing about the kitchen trying to make it all work just so. And it all starts with the prep work. Having uniformly cut vegetables not only enhances the appearance of dishes, it also helps the cooking process itself as everything cooks evenly. Even in the simple case of French fries, unevenly cut potatoes can lead to disastrous … Read more
Now you can get your weekend 404 fix with throwback episodes coming at ya every Saturday! We're always open to suggestions on which episodes you guys want to hear, so hit us up at th404(at)cnet[dot]com and let us know your favorites.
This episode is dedicated to you and your far-reaching obsession with foodstuffs. Oh and speaking of ugly things, today we talk about Michelle Malkin and take an in-depth look at the miracle of personal deep frying, kooky Japanese space beer, the marketing morons at Blockbuster, and "Sex and the City" again! One … Read more
Now that I have gotten a chance to try out Project Natal, Microsoft's gesture recognition technology, I have the same question as everyone else. When is it going to be on the market?
While Microsoft isn't saying, one game maker has spilled the beans. In its recent earnings conference call, game maker THQ said to expect it late next year.
"We have for example, Natal from Microsoft, a platform addition coming late next year," THQ chief Brian Farrell said on last week's conference call.
Like tortilla chips with a burrito, or soup with a sandwich, french fries served with a burger pair together perfectly. However, just because fries and a burger go so well together doesn't always mean I have one with the other. If I'm just making a burger for myself, chances are I'll pass on the fries all together--it's just not worth it to heat up a large vat of oil for a single meal. Therefore, as perfect as my burger may be, its complement is usually noticeably missing. (Still, sometimes I cheat and run down to the … Read more
PASADENA, Calif.--Twitter co-founder Biz Stone said that, for all its success, the company is still 1 percent of where it wants to be. Oh, yeah and it still doesn't have a head of sales.
"We have a lot of growing still to do," Stone said Thursday at the Brainstorm: Tech conference here. The company has managed to grow its staff to 55 workers. (That's up from 43 in May.) Stone said the company is trying to keep focused on the longer term.
"We don't want to be that child actor...that grew up … Read more
Bill Gates may not be showing up at Microsoft headquarters every day, but he's certainly staying busy.
In an interview with CNET News, the Microsoft chairman talks about just a few of the things on his plate, including an effort to make a series of classic physics lectures available for free over the Internet.
Although it's unlikely to garner the audience of say, a sneezing panda, Gates said that putting great educational content online is an important part of getting people interested in science.
"When a lecture is presented as well as this, it draws more people … Read more
It's been a year since Bill Gates left full-time work at Microsoft, but he's found plenty to keep him busy.
In between trying to eradicate polio, tame malaria, and fix the broken U.S. education system, Gates has managed to fulfill a dream of taking some classic physics lectures and making them available free over the Web. The lectures, done in 1964 by noted scientist (and Manhattan Project collaborator) Richard Feynman, take notions such as gravity and explains how they work and the broad implications they have in understanding the ways of the universe.
Gates first saw the … Read more
Going to a retail store for consumer electronics purchases can be both exciting and frustrating. After working at Best Buy for two years, I have a few opinions to share that you might want to consider before your next shopping trip.
1. We have no formal training in the field of consumer electronics. Upon transferring to the computer department from home theater, I expressed concern to the manager: "Will there be time for someone to train me on laptops/desktops? What do these specifications mean?" His reply was simple: "Just do your best. A good salesperson can just read the labels and compare specs." Ouch.
Salespeople are not necessarily experts in the products sold in their departments, even if they are expert salespeople. Though many express a strong interest in the products they sell, your time spent at a retail store fishing for information about a future TV purchase could be better spent online researching the products yourself (I heard CNET has pretty great reviews).
2. We make little off the big-ticket items, so we smother you with accessories. Remember the story "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie"? Well, if you tell a salesman you're going to buy a TV, he's going to want to sell you a DVD player to go with it. Once he sells you the DVD player, he's going to want to get you to buy an HDMI cable, too.
Managers at Best Buy (and possibly all retailers) tell employees that the store profits surprisingly little from video game consoles and computers. Cables, accessories, mice, and other components, however, have a huge profit margin-- stores can make about $120 from a $150 Monster HDMI cable. Angry yet? The point is, we're going to work really hard to convince you to purchase that big item, but once you've said "OK" you've opened Pandora's Box.
Here's my advice: Grab the big item, and run. Purchase all accessories online, including memory cards, cables, traveling cases, and so on. Amazon, Monoprice, and Newegg are all reputable discount Web sites. You'll find what you need at a much lower price.… Read more
SOMEWHERE OVER PENNSYLVANIA--I know in-flight Wi-Fi isn't really new anymore. But, it's my first time and, like many before me, I can't resist using the opportunity to send my missives out to the world.
It's particularly liberating after spending the last two hours trapped on the tarmac at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport. OK--perhaps trapped isn't the fairest verb to describe any existence where there is water, sanitation facilities, and live satellite TV. Still, as we waited for a runway to clear, we had no way to get food or connect to … Read more
CNET News' Ina Fried reported on Wednesday morning about a new version of Windows geared toward very small businesses.
Unlike Windows Small Business Server, which comes bundled with applications, Windows Server 2008 Foundation "is only the operating system and is aimed at single-processor servers with fewer than 15 users."
I have to wonder what the point is. If Microsoft really wants small businesses to get addicted to Windows Server, the offering should be free (like Linux), or provide some kind of cloud connection services as more small business reduce reliance on on-site IT.
Perhaps a better idea would … Read more