The other day I saw a cell phone commercial featuring Whoopi Goldberg, Phil Jackson and Jesse James. The sight of Jesse made me think of an episode of his fun little show on Spike TV, "Jesse James is a Dead Man", where he was the co-pilot for a sidecar race where it was as much his responsibility for guiding the vehicle as it was for the guy officially steering the damn thing. (Trust me, these are not the same sidecars you saw in reruns of "Batman" from the 60s - these cars are high tech and … Read more
I'm at the Facebook Fund Demo Day event in Palo Alto, listening to COO Cheryl Sandberg blithely dismiss the entire Facebook Platform that the company launched in 2007. Since 2008 the big thing has been Facebook Connect, the utility that allows developers to build sites that can be logged in to using Facebook IDs. More importantly, Facebook Connect allows developers to access Facebook users' social networks in their own Web sites.
In other words, the Facebook app is nearly dead, and good riddance to it. Users don't like adding entire apps to their profile anymore just because some … Read more
Real Time Desktop Currency Converter is a basic currency conversion program that allows users to convert between numerous different currencies. The program is short on features but is great for quick, real-time conversions.
The program's interface is attractive, uncluttered, and couldn't be simpler. Using drop-down menus, users select the two currencies they wish to convert from among 51 choices. Users enter the amount of the original currency, click Convert, and the program shows the conversion. The program also shows the conversion rate and the change from the previous day. And that's it. This converter is pretty bare … Read more
Treat this right now as very likely, but still a rumor--a photo of a catalog page posted to Kotaku shows the 120GB hard drive-and-HDMI Xbox 360 Elite going for $299. The Meijer catalog (a Midwest store chain) in question is slated for August 30, which would mean a nice holiday surprise for future Xbox 360 buyers.
Other rumors have it that the price-dropped Elite and the bare-bones, hard-drive-free Arcade system will be the only 360s left on the market. It's a move that makes sense, since 120GB is not exactly a luxurious amount of storage space anymore, and is … Read more
Number 119. It could be from anything. Or from anywhere.
But one thing's for sure: It's from a location I passed through during Road Trip 2009, during which I drove more than 5,600 miles and extensively covered Colorado, Utah, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming--and a tiny little bit of Arizona and Nevada.
For today's last Road Trip picture of the day challenge (until Road Trip 2010, that is), your task is to tell me what this is from, and where that's located. If you've been there, or followed my stories and photo galleries from Road … Read more
MB Kabbalah Tarot gives users a Kabbalah and tarot reading based on their sun sign. Although the program delivers what it promises, users who want to know how any of this works or what it means would do well to look elsewhere.
The program's interface is simple in the beginning--the only information a user needs to enter is name and birth date--but a substantial amount of it is devoted to advertising for the program's publisher, Mystic Board. Once users proceed to the results page, the interface becomes a jumble of text boxes, images, and diagrams. The information is … Read more
Lucky Days is an astrology-based program that helps users determine the days that they are most likely to win at gambling or have luck with other pursuits. Although we're not sure how it works--or if it works, when it comes finding lucky days--the program itself is easy to use.
The program's interface is simple and attractive, although reading the program's report will take some practice. Users enter their personal information using drop-down menus, and a series of buttons across the bottom let users control the program's functions. Although the program's readout--the part that actually contains … Read more
Update (Monday, 10:25 a.m.): The answer is Independence Rock, in central Wyoming. It is significance because of a Fourth of July celebration first held there in 1830, and it is (or has been, as many have worn off) covered with names and dates of travelers crossing its path on a journey to a new life in the west.
LARAMIE, Wyo.--During more than a month on Road Trip 2009 across Colorado, Utah, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming, I've seen more than my share of impressive rock formations.
Update (Monday, 10:18 a.m.): The answer is the Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Falconry Heritage Wing at the Archives of Falconry at the World Center for Birds of Prey, in Boise, Idaho.
So far, pretty much all of the challenges have been solved in less than an hour. Some of them haven't even lasted 10 minutes. And while I'm tempted … Read more
Hearts, Roses, Love offers to help users make their computer a more romantic place. With an elegant design and lovely graphics, this screensaver is perfect for Valentine's Day or any time of love.
The program's interface will be easy for anyone who has used a screensaver on Windows. Users navigate the display choices to their liking and are done. Utilizing this screensaver is simple enough for all users and doesn't offer a Help file. The screensaver consists of well-shot images of roses, hearts, and the word "love." These three fade in and out of the … Read more