BOL 1071: Falling off the hype cycle

Twitter trades hype for a huge cash infusion, Windows 7 attempts to create hype with a spectacularly awfsome video, and we cover all the hype falling out of the Demo conference. Speaking of falling, Honda's new Segway-style unicycle looks amazingly easy

Twitter trades hype for a huge cash infusion, Windows 7 attempts to create hype with a spectacularly awfsome video, and we cover all the hype falling out of the Demo conference. Speaking of falling, Honda's new Segway-style unicycle looks amazingly easy to fall off of.

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EPISODE 1071

Report: No Palm Pre for Verizon Wireless
http://news.cnet.com/8301-30686_3-10361144-266.html

Twitter Appears Set to Raise $100 Million, Valuing It at $1 Billion
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/25/technology/internet/25twitter.html
http://blog.twitter.com/2009/09/new-twitter-funding.html

Microsoft plays the security card in response to Google’s Chrome Frame
http://blogs.zdnet.com/microsoft/?p=4063
http://arstechnica.com/microsoft/news/2009/09/microsoft-google-chrome-frame-makes-ie-less-secure.ars

Windows 7 PCs to go on sale early
http://arstechnica.com/microsoft/news/2009/09/windows-7-pcs-to-go-on-sale-early.ars

New Phoenix BIOS Starts Windows 7 Boot In 1 Second
http://hardware.slashdot.org/story/09/09/25/0247220/New-Phoenix-BIOS-Starts-Windows-7-Boot-In-1-Second

Intel’s Moblin 2.1 to compete with Windows
http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-10361563-1.html

Google Ordered To Shut Down Gmail Account Of User Who Received Unsolicited Banking Info
http://techdirt.com/articles/20090924/1705386309.shtml

Demo’s best launches (compare to TechCrunch?)
http://news.cnet.com/8301-19882_3-10361288-250.html
http://news.cnet.com/8301-17939_109-10361284-2.html

Experiences with Fitbit?
http://news.cnet.com/8301-17939_109-10037258-2.html

Robot fish swims by doing the wave
http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-10360819-1.html

Honda’s one-wheel Segway
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1215741/Honda-unveils-Segway-style-unicycle-travels-direction-want.html#ixzz0S2lY0hSd

E-MAIL
They have a video now, thought you would want to see how bad it is.

http://gizmodo.com/5366105/this-incredible-windows-7-launch-party-video-is-either-the-best-or-worst-microsoft-ad-this-year
Jeff Price

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Hi Buzz Crew,

I have a small annoyance about Amazon.com to share with you and your listeners. I went to Amazon.com today in an attempt to purchase High on Arrival, the memoir by Mackenzie Phillips. I was going to order the Kindle version, but I discovered that the Kindle version was the exact same price as the hardcover, $14.29.

When I saw that the price was the same, I was extremely annoyed. “Low Book Prices” is listed as a selling point on the Kindle home page, and yet, here is an example where it makes absolutely no sense to buy the e-book. Why would I buy the e-book for the exact same cost as the hardcover? I might as well just buy the hardcover and have the ability to loan it out or sell it later.

I guess the publishers still don’t get it.

Joe AKA dOgBOi

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I read over the article in your show notes, and that article (and each article I’ve read in addition) has said:

3,012 Netflix DVDs, worth about $36,471

http://www.switched.com/2009/09/23/former-postal-worker-admits-stealing-over-3-000-netflix-dvds/

No idea where the 30k number came from, and how it has endured, but might be worth a mention. So what’s that, 10 DVDs a day? Much more reasonable than 100 per day.

Ted the Engineer

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Dear Buzzards,

In episode 1069 you were talking about Picasa’s new facial recognition feature. After installing and scanning for 24 hours, it had gone through processing my photos for faces. How good is it? Pretty dang good.

My wife is an identical twin (yes, I can tell them apart). They have a lot of pictures of eachother. I tagged a couple of each of their faces, and it was 99% accurate for twin-recognition out of a about 200 photos (even when they have the same style glasses).

Insert obligatory “love the show”,

Josh
Des Moines, Iowa

 

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