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Piaggio MP3 250 - 3 wheel scooter

The Piaggio MP3 250 is a 3-wheeled scooter with 2 front wheels, increasing stability.


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Posted February 20, 2008 09:17 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Technology   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)


Amazon reviewers and Web 2.0

I had imagined Amazon's customer reviews as a refuge from the machinations of the publishing industry: "an intelligent and articulate conversation ... conducted by a group of disinterested, disembodied spirits," as James Marcus, a former editor at the company, wrote in his memoir, Amazonia: Five Years at the Epicenter of the Dot.Com Juggernaut.

Given Amazon's lack of greater transparency, it's hard to judge the merits of the vote-swapping claims. What is clear is the corruptibility of democracy, Web 2.0-style.
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This is not to say that a Top 10 ranking doesn't come with some sub rosa incentives for the reviewer. Free books, first and foremost; in an e-mail, Grady Harp told me he was "inundated with books from new writers and from publishers who know I love to read first works." This fall, when it invited select Top Reviewers to join its Vine program--an initiative, still in beta-testing, to generate content about new and prerelease products--Amazon extended the range of perks. "Vine Voices" like Mitchell and Harp can elect to receive items ranging from electronics to appliances to laundry soap. As long as they keep reviewing the products, Amazon's suppliers will keep sending them.

"Who Is Grady Harp? Amazon's Top Reviewers and the fate of the literary amateur." By Garth Risk Hallberg, Slate, January 22, 2008

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Posted January 31, 2008 09:27 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Technology   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

"Wi-Fi Users, Beware"

Next time you are sitting in a hotel lobby checking email on your laptop, be careful: The "businessman" in the next lounge chair may be tracking your every move.

Many Wi-Fi users don't know that hackers posted at hot spots can steal personal information out of the air relatively easily. And savvy criminal hackers aren't settling for just access to credit cards, bank accounts and other personal financial information; they love to sneak into your company's network, too.

Whether you're using a Wi-Fi hot spot at a hotel, airport or cafe, "you've got to assume that anything you are doing is being monitored," says Shawn Henry, deputy assistant director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's cybercrimes division.

"Wi-Fi Users, Beware: Hot Spots Are Weak Spots. That Guy Across the Lobby May Be Invading Your Laptop; How to Go Online More Safely," by Joseph de Avila, The Wall Street Journal, January 16, 2008 ($ - subscription required)




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Posted January 16, 2008 09:47 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Technology   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

Design for the Other 90%

On view in the Arthur Ross Terrace and Garden, this exhibition highlights the growing trend among designers to create affordable and socially responsible objects for the vast majority of the world's population (90 percent) not traditionally serviced by professional designers. Organized by exhibition curator Cynthia E. Smith, along with an eight-member advisory council, the exhibition is divided into sections focusing on water, shelter, health and sanitation, education, energy and transportation and highlights objects developed to empower global populations surviving under the poverty level or recovering from a natural disaster.

Design for the Other 90% is an exhibition at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum.

The Q drum

"The real stars of the show, though, are the stories behind the designs." microscopiq, May 17, 2007
They don't need a handout. What they need is an opportunity.
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A poor person actually only cares about one thing: making more money. If they have more money, they can get ahead, take their family out of poverty.
-- Martin Fischer, Kickstart International
The introductory video also provided an opportunity to explore an additional range of themes that may not be as apparent, running through the exhibition and this area of design: open source options, leapfrog technology, economic impacts, community building, testing and end-user research, low-cost innovations, social enterprise, humanitarian entrepreneurship, improved democracies and multiple calls to action.

"In Their Own Words," Design for the Other 90% blog, May 14, 2007

Design for the Other 90% (web site), an exhibition at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum through September 23, 2007. Cooper-Hewitt, web site, 2 East 91st Street, New York, NY, M-Th 10 am - 5 pm, F 10 am - 9 pm, Sat 10 am - 6 pm, Sun Noon - 6 pm. $ Admission fee.

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Posted May 23, 2007 10:07 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Caught Our Eye , Central Park , Museums and Art , Notes to a Friend , Technology   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

eBay buyers beware

There is a new scam on eBay. Analagous to phishing scams, except these are on eBay itself.

We have seen 2 listings that when clicked, took us off eBay and to an eBay sign in page that looked identical to the eBay sign in. Except the sign in page was hosted on a non-eBay site.

So beware: before signing in to your eBay account after clicking on a listing on eBay itself, check the URL in your browser address line to make sure it is www.ebay.com. Plus, a genuine eBay listing does NOT require that you sign in again to view the listing.

eBay does offer the eBay Toolbar, which has eBay's Account Guard built in.

Bottom line: be careful when looking at listings on eBay and be sure you only sign in to eBay on the eBay web site.

Posted August 7, 2006 12:57 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Technology   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

Google's most expensive words

CyberWyre used Google's Keyword Tool to find the most expensive words in the Google program. Looking at the entire list of the top 300, it's dominated by personal injury lawyers, auto insurance agents, and lasik centers.

Here are the top 25. The figures are in Canadian dollars.

$78.30 chicago personal injury lawyer
$73.01 chicago personal injury attorney
$69.17 lasik new york city
$64.27 new york personal injury lawyer
$64.17 new jersey car insurance
$63.10 new york personal injury attorney
$61.64 chicago personal injury lawyers
$61.17 mesothelioma lawyers
$60.74 atlanta personal injury lawyer
$60.29 new york personal injury lawyers
$59.00 lasik dallas
$58.68 new york personal injury lawyers
$58.38 miami personal injury attorney
$58.25 what is mesothelioma
$58.08 best equity loan
$57.95 lasik new york
$56.88 whole life insurance quote
$56.75 new york car insurance
$56.55 the lasik vision institute
$56.40 what is mesothelioma
$55.98 mesothelioma attorneys
$55.39 peritoneal mesothelioma
$54.81 new york personal injury attorney
$53.74 lasik nyc
$53.46 whole life insurance quotes

Yankee Fog has put together some poems and limericks using the words. We like "A Song Parody On The Theme of 'Lasik New York City'"

Hat tip to BoingBoing

Posted May 12, 2006 06:37 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Technology   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

Back up your data ....

When Linda Cerniglia went back to school, it took her almost seven years to get through all the prerequisites, the labs, the research. And it took a thief just moments to grab her purse, with the only copy of her master's thesis stored on a tiny jump drive inside.

For anyone who's ever obsessed about a project but forgotten to back up the data, watched a computer screen fizzle just before a deadline or left crucial documents in a cab -- here is a story about backing up, and moving forward.

It's about how Cerniglia almost went crazy, then took a deep breath and thought like a crook, acted like a cop and ended up in a big trash bin -- all in pursuit of her master's degree.

"Student Finds a Stolen Thesis by Thinking Like a Thief," by Susan Kinzie, The Washington Post, December 22, 2005

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Posted January 5, 2006 06:17 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Technology   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

Cool Tool - 6GB Creative Zen Micro

The Long Tail explains why he picked a 6GB Creative Zen Micro instead of an iPod Nano ... the Creative Zen Micro has ... removable mini-disk ... a removable and rechargeable lithium-ion battery that gives 12 hours of play per charge ... FM radio ... built-in voice recorder ... personal organizer that synchs with Outlook ... random shuffle ... for under $200 ... Rhapsody to Go is a music service (like iTunes) that works with the Creative Zen Micro ... for $15 per month ...

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Posted November 15, 2005 06:11 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Technology   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

Cool Tool - Egg & Muffin 2-Slice Toaster and Egg Poacher

[T]he idea of being able to have perfect egg mcmuffins (without meat) at home was enticing. After making a couple, I'm hooked. The product does exactly what it's supposed to do, making sure both the egg and the muffins are perfectly done at the same time (it waits a while to toast).

"Awesome, awesome, awesome," by Matthew Haughey, a whole lot of nothing, November 8, 2005 (via A Full Belly)

Toaster, egg cooker, and meat warmer--this innovative unit combines all three functions into one easy-to-use appliance. The unit can be used solely as a full functioning toaster, or it can simultaneously toast bread, poach or steam-scramble an egg, and warm a pre-cooked slice of meat--or any combination of these three functions--to make the ultimate breakfast sandwich at home in just four minutes.

Back to Basics TEM500 Egg & Muffin 2-Slice Toaster and Egg Poacher, Amazon.com

Posted November 10, 2005 05:30 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Technology   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

Free Flight Tracking - FlightAware

FlightAware is "A free and powerful flight tracker that will change how you think about flight status, tracking, and analysis."

Check out this very cool movie ... "Animation of all flight movements tracked by FlightAware during a 24-hour period in September, 2005"

Live Flight Tracking: "View schedule and track activity for any private (IFR) or commercial flight. See scheduled, enroute, and recent flight activity for any airport."

via Lifehacker

Posted November 8, 2005 12:05 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Technology   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (1)

Robot parties!

BoingBoing has a post on Robot Village ... "New boutique for robophiliacs opens in NYC" ... robot parties ... robot rentals ... robot classes ... robot toys ... we want a window crawling Tarantula:

Climb@Tron™ Wild Climbers: Tarantula


... and we all know someone who could benefit from having a few hundred of these around ...

Robot Village, 252 West 81st Street, 212-799-7626

Posted October 17, 2005 08:20 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Technology   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

Times Square web cams

To see what's happening in Times Square ... right now ... see the Times Square Cams .. where you can also see some Times Square Hams hamming it up for the web cams ... from EarthCam.com ...

also check out the 24 hour time lapse view ...

via Lileks

Posted October 11, 2005 06:10 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Technology , Times Square

"Walts" - new unit of measurement from Stay Free!

Stay Free! proposes a new unit of measurement ... the Walt ... "the Walt Scale of Crass Commercialization." .. we'll just call it Walts, as in "Disney World is 100 Walts, Isle Royale National Park is 0 Walts" ...

Posted September 25, 2005 06:20 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Technology   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

"Gamblers Anonymous"

Cornelius Bear at Drone's Club took an online test from "Gamblers Anonymous" and gives his answers ... wonder if he plays online bingo ...

Posted September 21, 2005 03:25 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Technology   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

Missed this ... Internet bingo

mister snitch! says Internet bingo is "The inevitable result of the convergence of online gaming and an aging demographic." ... links in his post ...

Posted September 18, 2005 07:16 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Technology   ·  Comments (2)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

Free wi-fi coming to Central Park ... other parks have had it for years ...

Daily News reports that "Wi-Fi umbrella to cover 10 city parks" (September 13, 2005) ... but Dana Spiegel reminds us that we've had free wi-fi in many parks for the past 3 or 4 years:

Working with other sponsoring organizations such as the Alliance for Downtown New York and the Union Square Partnership, local businesses, and residents, NYCwireless has helped bring Wi-Fi to Bryant Park, Union Square Park, City Hall Park, Tomkins Square Park, the South Street Seaport, and Bowling Green Park, among others. NYCwireless also works with other non-profits, such as Community Access, to bring free Wi-Fi to underserved and underprivileged city residents in Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx.

These Wi-Fi hotspots have been in use by many New Yorkers and visitors to the city for the past 3-4 years, and have been featured in numerous newspaper and magazine articles.

Bryant Park has had free wi-fi since 2002 ...

Posted September 14, 2005 06:54 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Technology   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

The Telecrapper 2000

engadget has a great post on the Telecrapper 2000, which "identifies incoming telemarketer calls and using caller ID (or more specifically, their lack thereof), and is programmed to ensnare the caller in a software-driven conversation in order to keep them on the line as long as possible."

See this flash animation for a "Telecrapper 2000 virtual conversation" ...

Posted September 12, 2005 08:46 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Technology   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

Charge your cell phone with a single AA battery

gizmodo has a post about a cell phone charger that works on a single AA battery ... $24.95 "Includes assortment of connectors to fit virtually all popular cell phone models" ...

Posted September 7, 2005 02:12 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Technology   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

Bloggers - GuestMap

Please add your blog to our GuestMap.

Posted August 24, 2005 06:06 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Technology   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

GoogleTalk

downloadsquad has a Google Talk Review ... "Basic IM capabilities, high-quality and easy to use VoIP, complete integration with Gmail" ... "Google tells us that SIP support is coming soon and are in talks with Skype, AOL, and Yahoo! concerning interoperability. Another big feature they're working on is 'joint search,' which would allow two or more Google Talk buddies using Google and surfing the web together." ... sounds interesting ... but we wonder about security ...

Posted August 24, 2005 01:36 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Technology   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

Phishing, Pharming, and 419 scams

A roundup of information about phishing, pharming, and 419 scams.

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Posted August 20, 2005 10:00 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Technology   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

Blog from MS Word

If your blog is hosted on Blogger, you can now publish to your blog directly from MS Word using the new "Blogger for Word toolbar." ... sure makes spell-checking easier ...

Posted August 16, 2005 05:56 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Technology   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

Subway maps on your iPod Photo

If you have an iPod Photo and want to download the NYC subway map to it, see William Bright's site, iPodSubwayMaps ...

site also has maps for Washington, Boston, London, Hong Kong, San Francisco, and more ...

hat tip, lifehacker

Posted August 13, 2005 09:36 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Subway , Technology   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

Catblogging - Purr Detector

If you're hard of hearing and can't hear your cat purr, engadget has a post about a collar that lights up when your cat purrs. "Detect when your cat purrs with the Purr Detector," August 12, 2005.

Or even if you're not hard of hearing but just love gadgets and want your cat to share the love ...

Posted August 13, 2005 09:27 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Catblogging , Technology   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)