On today's show, we discuss the Halloween weekend, our escapades into Hasidism, and a few very poor costume choices. The whole time, Wilson just can't stop looking at his self-made portraits, so we concentrate our efforts in welcoming up-and-coming videographer Marvic Paulo to the show. He joins us in discussing our apathy toward Circuit City, defends the heavenly burritos from Chipotle, and we each reveal the shrouded secrets of our tragically bullied childhoods. TOO REAL!
Good friend and dedicated 404 listener Marvic Paulo helps us figure out a few stories on today's show, one of which involves a Web site that gives children the opportunity to report school bullies and other deviants in complete anonymity online. The site, School Tip Line, is designed to give young people a voice to report information about thefts, drugs, and harassment. Wait, what?! I think I've heard of this site, it's made by the founders of narc.com, jabroni.com, and howtogetyourbuttkicked.com, right? Don't get me wrong, I definitely got bullied in middle school, but I did what everyone else did: enrolled in a karate class, watched a bunch of Ninja Turtles episodes, and befriended the biggest kid I could find. What happened to good ol' American ingenuity? You wonder why our nation breeds socially inept hermits, it starts when they can weasel their way out of facing real life scenarios such as these! While you're here, why don't you check out my site, www.stopSNITCHING2009.com.
Don't forget about this week's Video game contest! You have a week to send in your custom LittleBigPlanet or MotorStorm: Pacific Rift box art submissions; the covers must feature The 404 in some capacity and this time, try and keep them PG-13. Need pics of The 404? Try our Flickr or the Facebook Group!EPISODE 219 Download today's podcast … Read more
A few days ago I blogged about the Open It, a package opener. I thought it was a pretty good product, partially because it was designed by a group of women.
Soon after I posted the blog, I was solicited to review the OpenX opener. On Tuesday, I received a few samples.
The OpenX comes in a box that you can open without any tools, which is a good start. It has an ergonomic shape with a good grip and two cutting blades. The first blade stays retracted, and you need to push it out with your right thumb to … Read more
Update: We fixed the video. Thanks for your patience.
The maker of Natralock packaging has a new take on the traditional clamshell enclosures in which most of our favorite gadgets are sold.
Packaging company MeadWestvaco sent us this pretty much out of the blue. But it's a neat idea, so we thought we'd try it out here at Crave. The company says Natralock is better for the environment (half the plastic of clamshell); isn't totally impossible to open; and won't put you in danger of slicing yourself when it comes time for presents this December. As … Read more
One of the things I hate about my job, and there aren't many of them, is opening packages. Especially when I receive one of those products that comes in an annoying airtight clamshell plastic case that requires brute force and a sharp knife to open. I don't like sharp knives, nor do I like the sharp edges of the plastic cases.
For this reason, I was very excited to find out about the new Open It Zibra introduced on Tuesday. It's not rocket science, just a tool designed to open all types of hard plastic cases while … Read more
As Oracle heads into 2009, CEO Larry Ellison has a $13.6 million carrot dangling in front of him.
That's the maximum bonus award the billionaire will be eligible for under the company's 2009 bonus plan, which was approved by shareholders during Oracle's annual meeting last week.
According to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing:
Under the Bonus Plan, participants will be eligible to receive awards based upon the attainment, in fiscal 2009, and certification of, certain performance criteria established by the Compensation Committee. For fiscal 2009:
(a) Mr. Ellison, our Chief Executive Officer; Mr. (Jeff) Henley, … Read more
To get TV shows from NBC Universal back on iTunes, Apple yielded to some demands on pricing and packaging made by the media conglomerate, NBC executives said Tuesday.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced at the company's "Let's Rock" press event on Tuesday that NBC shows such as 30 Rock and The Office would return to iTunes a year after the entertainment company pulled out of iTunes.
Examples of how NBC can set its own prices on some shows came after the event. NBC announced that it would offer some catalog titles for 99 cents rather than … Read more
Updated 2:30 p.m., with comment from Microsoft.
It had become a ritual for Microsoft's consumer unit. Every year it came out with a new version of Microsoft Money and sent new boxes to retail stores.
That tradition is now dead.
Microsoft, via a newsgroup posting from one of its enthusiasts, announced it will no longer update Money each year and, more importantly, it will stop selling the product at retail stores.
It's the latest indication that Microsoft is seeing a shift in the way people, particularly consumers and small businesses, buy their software.
"More and … Read more