BOL 1069: 80 percent of life is exhaust

We're not real sure about the iRex reader, Microsoft's Courier is a lot of smoke, Palm gets told to sit down and be quiet about iTunes syncing, and a PlayStation2 for you car. And finally, Brian imparts a valuable life lesson for everyone listening.

We're not real sure about the iRex reader, Microsoft's Courier is a lot of smoke, Palm gets told to sit down and be quiet about iTunes syncing, and a PlayStation 2 for you car. And finally, Brian imparts a valuable life lesson for everyone listening.

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EPISODE 1069

New iRex reader
http://www.gearlog.com/2009/09/new_ebook_reader_getting_push.php

Verizon and Best Buy both make moves into e-readers
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/23/technology/internet/23ebooks.html

Microsoft Courier “booklet” computer still just a concept, in spite of “event” in NYC
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13860_3-10359367-56.html
http://gizmodo.com/5365299/courier-first-details-of-microsofts-secret-tablet

USB gods tell Palm it has little claim to sync with iTunes
http://digitaldaily.allthingsd.com/20090922/usb-if-slaps-palm/

In prep for MMS on the iPhone, AT&T has turned off ALL texted picture service.
http://www.macrumors.com/iphone/2009/09/22/atandt-deactivating-view-my-message-service-for-iphone-users-ahead-of-mms-launch/

New Picasa 3.5 has facial recognition
http://news.cnet.com/8301-27076_3-10358662-248.html

Google plug-in turns IE into Chrome
http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/09/22/google-turns-internet-explorer-into-chrome-yes-seriously/

Google SideWiki
http://news.cnet.com/8301-30684_3-10359112-265.html
http://www.buzzmachine.com/2009/09/23/google-sidewiki-danger/

PS2 for the car offered by Audiovox
http://telematicsnews.info/2009/09/22/audiovox-launches-rse-system-with-playstation2/

A few DEMO faves:
http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/gelato_the_friendfeed_of_dating.php
http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/micello_google_maps_for_the_indoors.php

Ray Kurzweil says immortality is just 20 years away
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-news/6217676/Immortality-only-20-years-away-says-scientist.html

VOICE MAIL
Shaun from Boulder: AT&T’s 3G extender vs 4G rollout

E-MAIL
Hi guys,

Did I miss something? Or did Google just roll out push e-mail on the iPhone?
http://www.google.com/mobile/products/sync.html#p=apple
I’ve had push google calendar and contacts on my iPhone for some time, but have been wistfully waiting for my gmail to catch up.
Sure enough if you go into settings –> Mail –> Google contacts & calendar, there’s a slider there that enables… Mail!
I deleted my gmail iMap account on the iPhone, and now I have push e-mail…
Awesome! Instantaeous gmail on my iPhone – my life is complete(how sad)! I assume that it now looks like a full blown exchange server to the iPhone.
(One issue I see now is that the spinning beachball thingy (next to the WiFi symbol) is constantly spinning – not sure how my battery will fair)

Love the show, etc.

Alan

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Every story I’ve read says he stole the 30,000 dvds in a year.. Jan 2007-Feb 2008.

Doing the math…

Speculating the postal worker stole exactly 30,000 dvds and worked 13 months… which would be about 56 weeks… he would have stolen about 535 dvds per week. If he worked 5 days a week that is 107 dvds per day. That is a little more than 13 dvds per hour. (8 hour shift) If he worked 6 days a week, that would be 89 dvds per day with about 13 dvds per hour (6 2/3 hr shift).

Now if the postal worker actually stole the 30,000 dvds in 2 years, which would be about 25 months, which would be roughly 108 weeks, he would have had about 25 months to pull off his heist. He would have stolen about 277 dvds per week. If he worked 5 days a week, that would be 55 dvds per day. That would then be about 7 dvds per hour. If he worked 6 days a week, that would be 46 dvds per day with about 7 dvds per hour (40 hour work week considered).

Netflix shipped approxmiately 638,400,000 dvds in the 13 months.

ccarline

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Massive shake-up to net tax in UK

I actually defended this proposition to begin with (and I think even on BOL last time), but now it's closer to reality, and my over-taxed face feels slapped, pointed and laughed at. It's not good news for anyone in the UK, except for the people who can't afford computers, who can now be sold super-fast Internet.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2009/sep/23/broadband-tax-election

(he later emailed) Although this 'broadband tax' would bring broadband to poorer areas, the real goal is to offer 90% of the UK population broadband speeds of at least 2Mbps - that includes the poorer areas, but as well as the rural areas currently restricted to expensive satellite Internet packages which are priced out of their reach. To do this government plans to tax every single household which has a phone line.

Nate Lanxon (CNET UK)

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Hey Folks,
Thought you might be interested to know that a mobile phone running a GPS app is now considered illegal in my home state of Victoria in Australia. So it seems that the government is either in bed with GPS manufacturers or they consider this as bad a texting while driving. Stand alone devices in cars which are only your GPS unit with no mobile phone attached are still fine. Whats next? Our mobile phones have to be left at home because we cannot have them in the car at all??? I believe this will also apply to the Tom Tom app even when it is in the cradle when they release it would still be illegal.

http://www.smartcompany.com.au/media/20090922-navigation-apps-made-illegal-in-victoria.html

Im a guy, I don’t ask for directions I use my GPS so I can avoid those arguments and get where im going quickly(sometimes too quickly), now it seems they want my girlfriend and I to argue all the time. Thanks government!

Thanks Ladies and Gents

Kelly (Im a dude, just thought I would point that out again as with a name like Kelly I have a phobia of being referred to as a woman, although I guess I can thank my parents for that one.

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Brian Cooley joined CNET in 1995 and always comes at technology from the real consumer's point of view. He brings his high energy, often skeptical style to all avenues of CNET coverage, with an emphasis on car tech. You'll also find him frequently on television, radio and the TV screens at Costco!

 

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