The 404 583: Where we're switching back to Hotmail (podcast)

We've always noticed something a little off about our dear Wilson G. Tang, but today's episode finally kicks the door open on the severity of his addiction to technology.


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We've always noticed something a little off about our dear Wilson G. Tang, but today's episode finally kicks the door open on the severity of his addiction to technology. Our frightening discovery begins with a CNN article that exposes the Apple iPad and other brightly lit devices as the reason why some people have trouble sleeping at night. The hypothesis belongs to Oakland resident J.D. Moyer, who set out to prove that using devices with backlit displays in bed can actually reset a person's internal sleep clock and even trick your brain into thinking that it's daytime.

The three of us are in complete agreement with Moyer based on our own nightly rituals of checking e-mail and turning off a million other electronics before hitting the sack, and it's during this conversation that we discover Wilson's secret sleep disorder.

I won't spoil it for you if you haven't listened to the show yet, but rest assured we'll have Sleep Doctor Michael Breus back on the show to officially diagnose our disturbed co-host; you're gonna be just fine, Wilson.

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In other news, Microsoft is introducing a handful of convenient Hotmail upgrades in hopes of reinvigorating the e-mail service it purchased 12 years ago.

Available in late July/early August, the upgraded Web platform will automatically sort incoming messages into organized categories according to registered social networks and contact information, as well as provide previews of incoming media without downloading any attachments...aaaaand that's it.

We'll give Microsoft a break, though- nobody expects them to re-invent Web-based e-mail after just TWELVE YEARS of research. Let's give 'em another decade to see what they come up with--personally, I'm crossing my fingers for color coding.

Finally, thanks to Angela (Angelicious in the chat room) for linking us to a parody commercial for Cupidtino, a new dating service exclusively for Apple fanboys and fangirls. We tried our hardest, but none of us are able to get through the entire 1:25 video without throwing something at the screen--with the exception of Wilson, who had to wear this or risk damaging our sensitive studio equipment.

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