Buzz Out Loud 908: Kids, you're both pretty

To avoid a trademark problem should we call it gnetbook, pnetbook or knetbook? Cooley thinks all the ideas are pretty.

Tom Merritt Former CNET executive editor
4 min read

To avoid a trademark problem should we call it gnetbook, pnetbook or knetbook? Cooley thinks all the ideas are pretty. Google wants to mind your power for you, but if they treat that data like they do your posts on blogger you may find your dryer deleted without notice.

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Government site requiring install

Hey Janato,

Patrick from France here, sharing an idea about what Twitter should do next to help their users, save themselves, and stop global warming in the process. Ok maybe not that last one.

The plan: take hashtags to the next level by making them the second arm of the service.
How it works: users can follow #topics the same way they follow @people, creating a separate feed for all the messages that contain these hashtags.

Undeniable benefits:
1) Topical conversations would be great but Twitter NEEDS (notice the caps) to stay simple and efficient. This does that.
2) Enhanced user experience: you get interesting and relevant info even from people you’re not following.
3) Ads! I don’t think we’d mind an ad an hour in the conversation feed (as long as the regular feed stays clean). They would be extremely targeted, companies would pay solid gold for these spots.

There you go Twitter, problem solved. You’re welcome.

Keep buzzing,

Patrick Beja

PS: I have more details along with ways to tackle the issues that would arise from this on my blog: http://www.patrickbeja.com/2009/02/what-twitter-needs-now/


Long time listener…

Wanted to give you a real world example of how bandwidth caps are a problem today…. After moving from Boston to Charlotte last year I signed up for MLB.com so that I can stream Red Sox games. My only cable option is AOL Time Warner who offers a trimmed down MLB package for cable TV for twice the price as buying directly from MLB.com. This year MLB.com is offering HD streams. Considering that each game is 3+ hrs x 18 games/month if AOL moves bandwidth caps to Charlotte this will be a direct example of AOL-TW using their bandwidth control to prevent you from accessing content which they also sell for a marked up price. Is this legal?

Love the show.



I can’t believe you’ve not thought of who the “powerful backers” of Psystar are, well could be.

Dude you’re getting a Dell!

Think about it; it was just 2 years ago that Michael Dell said “We would offer MacOS,” he wrote, “if customers wanted it and Apple would license it on reasonable terms…It’s Apple’s decision.”


Dell is really trying to find new ways to profit, and this would be HUGE. I would buy a Dell MacOS laptop in an instant. The number one reason… accidental protection. Apple doesn’t offer it, Dell does. I think a partnership between Dell and Apple would be beneficial to all.



Hello Buzz Crew,

Thought you might like to report on the fact that Google maps has a real time map on the natural disaster that is currently occurring in my home state of Victoria, Australia. A massive firestorm hit our bush and wiped out entire towns.

Just another way Google apps can be put to use - There are official sites that travellers can use to check on any dangerous destinations in Victoria but I think they were buckling under load.