Hello everyone, I'm Tom Merritt and welcome to the CNET mailbag.
Molly Wood is on holiday, so you're stuck with me. Send your complaints to
email@example.com and Molly will read them next week.
On with the show.
I was just watching CNET Top 5 (Best products of the summer 2009, 23/08) and
I saw that Tom was giving out a flash drive with the CNET logo on it. I also
remember that there were CNET stickers at one time. Because I'm just not cool
enough to actually win prizes, is there a way to actually buy CNET stuff? That
would be awesome! Thanks Molly, keep up the great work!
PS: Tell Brian Tong that he's my hero.
I will tell Brian Tong. He'll be flattered. In fact, I'll sing "Did you ever know that
you're Matthew's hero." And then he'll be frightened. Or in pain. Or both.
As to buying CNET stuff. There is, in fact, a CNET store! Point your favorite Web
browser to http://store.cnet.com/ where you can buy notebooks, a mug just like
the one I use on Buzz Out Loud, even a laser-etched USB drive with a full 2GB. Much
better than that crappy 256MB one I gave out on Top 5.
Over to Justin who typed out the following:
What's up with the new e-book readers? Have they never heard of color? A guy needs to
read his digital comics on a COLOR device! With all of the modern tech out in the world,
it seems e-readers are stuck in the 90's. Until I can get a color e-reader, I won't buy one. I
guess I'm stuck with getting a smaller, but bright and colorful ipod touch. Apple, you win
~Justin R. Hall~
As a matter of fact Justin, I believe they're stuck in the 1970s. Nicholas K. Sheridon
developed "electronic reusable paper" at Xerox in the late 1970s and even came up
with a catchy name, Gyricon, Greek for rotating media. That refers to the fact that e-
ink works by having plastic balls that are black on one side and white on the other
rotate in an electrical field, creating the display you see on e-book readers. It's much
easier to deal with white and black than color. However, it's not impossible and E
ink told Wired earlier this summer they should have color displays ready for large-
scale manufacture by the end of next year.
Hope you're not sorry you asked.
On to Anjuan who has a suggestion:
While I admire the push by Buzz Out Loud to gather votes for your live
broadcast at South by Southwest (SXSW), I was wondering why you're not
getting love from the conference organizers? CNET is always well
represented at CES, and you even host a "Best of CES" show. Shouldn't
SXSW fly you in on private jets, set you up in Austin's finest hotel,
and drive you to and from the Austin Convention Center in gold plated
Humvees? Also, will you guys host a "Best of SXSW"?
Humvees in Austin? You haven't been to Austin much have you? But I appreciate
the concern. See, SXSW is a lot different than CES. It is much less corporate and
much more laid back, and frankly more populist. So they like the people attending to
get in on the selection process. panelpicker.sxsw.com is the place to go to vote on
hundreds of panels. But it's not just a popular vote. The SXSW folks work to take the
wishes of the populace and combine that with what makes a good balanced
conference for attendees full of new ideas and good info. So adding your support int
he vote just helps us make the case better for us to be part of the show. But...you
know...if you want to put the gold Humvee thing in the comment section, I know
Molly wouldn't mind.
Finally B. Valentine, your middle name is My isn't it?, writes:
Brain Cooley says in the latest Buzz Report that he doesn't have a Wikipedia
page...Well, Mr. Cooley, I tried creating a page for you a couple years ago when I had
nothing better to do, but those Wikipedia-creeps-who-live-in-their-parents'-
basements deleted it because it wasn't cited correctly or your own website wasn't a
"reliable source" or some garbage like that. I tried! Maybe you might have better
Yes, it's very difficult to prove you exist to Wikipedia, but it can be done. But the
right way is not to create a fake page that will be marked for speedy deletion the
way "somebody" did. Instead, find sources that are independent of Cooley himself,
and show that he is noteworthy, and cite those when you make a bio. I know he'd
appreciate all the hard work, especially because writing your own bio is frowned
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