Trips

Peru

a thought…

the key issues for a successful technical assistance programme (under my point of view) are: needs assessment strategy implementation: cooperation with other agencies. if we want impact: only long term projects, in order to give the sufficient inertia for them to run independently (minimum 5 years) only projects above 1.000.000 us. have a reliable full-time […]

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windows live writer

are you a blogger? you should consider downloading the windows live writer a great tool from Microsoft that helps bloggers to easily post to any kind of blog. this is my first post with it.

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let u go, atb

close your eyes and listen to let u go from atb. you will be transported to a dancefloor … “i was wrong to let you go…” I’ve been to all the familiar places I’ve been running like a sentence never begun I’ve been looking for a way to let you know I’ve got nothing left […]

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7 ways to send huge files

(extracted from http://mashable.com/2007/05/23/7-ways-to-send-huge-files-25x-bigger-than-gmail/) Gmail users can now send up to 20MB of attachments to each other. But we want more! Here are 7 awesome services that let you send files of more than 500MB.

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Telepopmusik

telepopmusik. just breathe, just believe I brought you something close to me, Left for something you see though your here. You haunt my dreams Theres nothing to do but believe, Just believe. Just breathe. Another day, just believe, Another day, just breathe Another day, just believe, Another day. just breathe. Im used to it by […]

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summit of the Mount Everest

Mount Everest is the highest mountain on Earth, as measured by the height of its summit above sea level. In May 2005, artist Xu Zhen led an ascent on Everest, and succeeded in removing the summit of the mountain, reducing its height by 186cm, Xu Zhen’s own height. The summit of the Mount Everest has […]

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Istanbul in autumn

Sunny day, huge breakfast with Turkish sausages,  fried tomatoes and eggs, feta cheese, organic jam and real honey. We are ready to go shopping, as dani thought that we were in summer time and came with sandals, shorts and without a pullover…

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George Carlin

paradox The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider Freeways , but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less sense, more […]

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David Sylvian & Ryuichi Sakamoto

World Citizen-I Won’t Be Disappointed/Looped Piano David Sylvian & Ryuichi Sakamoto The air is thick. I have not been thinking about the past, more the future. Rereading Ian McEwan’s Black Dogs brings me to this point. Thinking about living a full life: one to write about. It does not have to be rich in experience, […]

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seoul

i’m in soul’s airport. stuck. my bags where not checked in to destination (daegu) so i had to pick them and now 5 hours waiting to check in again in the departure hall… at least you have cheap internet. 3000 w for 1 hour. …by the way, my cell phone does not work in this […]

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gps in korea

I’m astonished by the amount of gps systems that the cars have here in korea… even the crappiest car in this town (Daegu) has a 7 inches gps with multimedia, 3d maps, video, mp3, … you name it. I went to a shop on sunday and i saw several models. They run on windows. It […]

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seoul yongsan

we went to yongsan, the biggest IT mall you think of. i was looking for the nikon d300 but it comes here tomorrow only, and the price is not better. i continue to be impressed with the gps…

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jazz in itaewon

we went two days ago to "all that jazz" a very nice club where we could enjoy western food (after more than 2 weeks in korea is more than welcome) and cool jazz music. itaewon is the district where americans live. now we are in insadong district. very cool one.

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love

A girl asked a boy if she was pretty. He said no. She asked him if he wanted to be with her forever. He said no. She then asked him if he would cry if she walked away. He again said no. She had heard too much. She needed to leave. As she walked away, […]

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The Bluetooth® Sports Helmet

This is the winter sports helmet with built-in headphones that receive Bluetooth® signals from a remote transmitter that plugs into your iPod® or other MP3 player, providing you with a personal soundtrack while skiing or snowboarding, ensuring no audio wires will impede your mobility. The upper shell is durable injection-molded ABS, while the lower shell […]

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mac OS X leopard

I was invited to participate in the developer’s tech talk from the new apple mac OS X leopard in Geneva (yesterday). Very interesting… …everybody with their apples macbook pro and their iphones (how do they get them here in Switzerland?), and I was with my sony vaio T and my HTC p3300… Black sheep…

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nikon d300

my next camera, that I will most likely buy in Bangkok on the 30th 😉 correction; i did not buy it in Bangkok. My brother bought it in NYC, but i had it for Thailand

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chiang rai, thailand

Here we are, in chiang rai, after driving for a long way. We started from pai today. We rided an elephant in the river and then had a relaxing at a geiser and hot spring… In a couple of days we give our 4×4 back and we take a plane to phuket, then probably ko […]

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ski rando – lac jovet

On Saturday we did an outing to “lac jovet”. See the photos here. Starting altitude (parking): 1210m Top altitude (for those whe did not get to the top): 2322m Difference of altitude: 1122m Starting time:8.32 End time: 15.43 Distance done: 32.9 Km

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dealextreme

dealextreme is an online shop based in hong kong where you can find all the gadgets you might think of… at a price that is hard to believe… and with FREE DELIVERY anywhere in the world.

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google maps

google maps for mobile is now including a very cool feature: my location… yeap! it uses your gsm network to know "more or less" where you are. In cities is better as you have more repeaters.

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http://drop.io/

drop.io enables you to create simple private exchange points called “drops.” The service has no email signup and no “accounts.” Each drop is private, and only as accessible as you choose to deliberately make it. Create multiple drops, add any type of media, and share or subscribe as you want. To make a drop just […]

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iPhone's sdk

  Apple has released the SDK for the iPhone.Honestly, I think that it is going to be the revolution. The iPhone is a MAC OS. Same platform but handheld. Believe me, there will be a before and an after of this.

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Push!!

I have managed to have push email in my HTC phone 🙂 And I have manage to set up a cron to publish post by sending and email from my phone. Cool.

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photo workflow

Since 2001, when I got my first digital camera until today, I have shot a lot of pictures. More than 30.000. Now that I have my nikon d300 there are a couple of fundamental questions that I keep asking to myself: 1.-Should I shot RAW or JPEG.2.-How do I organize my 30.000 files. 1.-Well, I […]

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phone watch

some time ago I plugged a lint to a shop where I buy some stuff because it is incredibly and unbelievably cheap and in addition they do not charge for shipping worldwide even being based in Hong Kong. Well they have a watch which is a phone with: -Triband GSM 900/1800/1900– Bluetooth support (free bluetooth […]

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CERN open doors

CERN opens its doors to the publicOn 6 April 2008, CERN will open its doors to the public, offering a unique chance to visit its newest and largest particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), before it goes into operation later this year. This scientific instrument, the largest and most complex in the world, is […]

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la vida misma

Anoche, mi novia y yo estábamos sentados en la sala, hablando de las muchas cosas de la vida. Estábamos hablando de la idea de vivir o morir.Le dije: ‘Nunca me dejes vivir en estado vegetativo,dependiendo de máquinas y líquidos de una botella, si me ves en ese estado,desenchufa los artefactos que me mantienen vivo, prefiero […]

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homelidays

homelidays is a great service where appartment and houses owners around the world advertise their properties. So if you are traveling to Paris, Ibiza or wherever you will find great appartment and houses in the best places for less than you would pay in a hotel.

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Wine fair

Yes, yesterday night we went with Pep & Carmen to a wine fair in Prevessin. We tasted and bought some boxes of wine. Now Nuria and me are resting, but they were going for a ski rando outing to a 3000 m pic. Good luck.

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Wine fair

Yes, yesterday night we went with Pep & Carmen to a wine fair in Prevessin. We tasted and bought some boxes of wine. Now Nuria and me are resting, but they were going for a ski rando outing to a 3000 m pic. Good luck.

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ze drem vil finali kum tru!

The European Commission have just announced an agreement whereby English will be the official language of the EU rather than German, which was the other  possibility. As part of the negotiations, Her Majesty’s Government conceded that English spelling had some room for improvement and has accepted a 5 year phase-in plan that would be  known […]

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in the news…

China to s(t)eal $9bn DR Congo deal (by John C Dvorak at http://www.dvorak.org/blog) BBC NEWS | Programmes | Newsnight | China to seal $9bn DR Congo deal –This is one of those China-Africa deals I’ve been harping about on the weekly No Agenda podcast. If you read between the lines you can see how the […]

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strida

This is a very cool bike. I saw it the other day. Great for commuting in the big cities. Cool design and easy to fold. http://www.strida.com

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globat sucks

I have had ESAN.biz site at globat.com I got a call from my customer (ESAN) to tell me that the site was offline. I had already several problems with this hosting company… they were down quite often. I took a look… mmm I went to the FTP and all the site was gone!!!! GONE!!I chatted […]

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globat …

Thank you for contacting Globat Chat Support. You are now chatting with Technical Specialist ‘PJ’PJ: Hi and thank you for contacting Globat Signature Support! We have received your question (s) from the pre-chat survey and will answer you momentarily.  Thank you for your patience. Me: helloPJ: hi Me: http://www.esan.biz is not workingMe: I connected to […]

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mobile me

Mobile me is the new service from Apple. Take a look to the video, it is what anybody would dream of: push email, calendar, contacts… but on a @me.com domain… that’s the downside. It would be great to have it like google apps, with your own domain.

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Scribefire

I just installed ubuntu 8.04 in a 10Gb partition of my vaio.I like it a lot. But… 1/2 battery life that I get with windows, no hibernation… and problems (now fixed) with sound.I installed also firefox 3.0 and Scribefire plugin in it. Now I’m trying it to post into the blog. Looks fine, but Windows […]

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Laptops

Laptops… I have my laptop with me at all times. My old vaio vgn-t27GP. Now is getting old. I miss a camera, a mic… but I love it. Now I have ubuntu and apart from the battery life it rocks. I’m looking forward to buying a Macbook pro for home use. Nevertheless like small computers… […]

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drupal

download and install drupal modules from command line wget -q -O – http://ftp.drupal.org/files/projects/modulename.tar.gz | tar zxv

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my next laptop

Two days ago HP annouced what it is going to be my next laptop 😉HP Elitebook 2730p, a 1.5kg tablet pc with a 10hours battery. This has to substitute my sony vaio t.   http://www.notebooks.com/2008/08/17/hp-2730p-hp-tablet-updated-video/2730p_palmrest/

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storm in versoix

This week we moved our offices to Versoix. Yesterday there was an incredible storm…This morning, where I park my car there was a tree… and two smashed cars… incredible… I feel lucky…

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fitbit

http://www.fitbit.com/Did I get enough exercise today? How many calories did I burn? Am I getting good quality sleep? How many steps and miles did I walk today? The Fitbit Tracker helps you answer these questions.

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alternative for groove

http://www.collaber.com/ Collaber brings a Virtual Office Environment for your team to share files, events, tasks, manage projects and get the work done as if they are all located in the same location, no matter where the members are physically located. It keeps your data safe and secure. A great free alternative for Groove

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Tener un hijo

(por Andreu Buenafuente) El verano pasado mi hijo Alejandro, cumplió 4 años, y, cuando sopló las velas, mi mujer y yo le dijimos: -Cariño, pide un deseo. A ver, ¿qué has pedido? Y el niño nos mira así, todo ilusionado, y nos dice: -Una play station o un hermanito. Y mi mujer y yo nos […]

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iio – is it love

iio – is it love beautiful song from iio… beautiful. I never knew a love A love that could be sweeter No matter what my mind says Your music gives me fever The moment that we danced Your arms felt like a cradle And when you took my hand I was no longer able It […]

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no estamos locos

Ketama – no estamos locos no estamos locos que sabemos lo que queremos vive la vida igual que si fuera un sueño pero que nunca termina que se pierde con el tiempo y buscaré, oye pero buscaré me desperté esta mañana y empieza de nuevo un día después de una borrachera me he “tomao” una […]

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robin 2 – show me love

robin s – show me love One of my favourites tracks for dancing… back in 1993… Heartbreaks and promises, I’ve had more than my share I’m tired of giving my love and getting nowhere, nowhere What I need is somebody who really cares I really need a lover, a lover who wants to be there […]

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peek

http://www.getpeek.com/ If the BlackBerry is too techie or pricey for you, check out the Peek. It does one thing and one thing only: e-mail. This slender little device gives you BlackBerry-like portable access to e-mail (it’s not a phone, organizer or anything else), but without the hefty fees; monthly service costs about $20 for unlimited […]

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mino

http://www.theflip.com/ Like the iPod and the BlackBerry before it, the Flip Mino exploded into the mainstream, quickly becoming the most popular video camera in the country in its first year. It stores up to an hour of video clips on its internal drive, meaning you don’t have to buy videotapes or memory cards, or even […]

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tarpipe

http://www.tarpipe.com tarpipe makes it easy to share content across different social media applications. Automate your publishing Create publishing workflows that can be triggered by e-mail messages, instant messaging updates and third-party applications. Share content easily Use our share form to easily publish content on several social media destinations, including twitter, Jaiku, Pownce and FriendFeed. Keep […]

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HDR photos

This a a pipe created with yahoo pipes which takes pictures from flicker with the tag HDR, high dynamic range imaging which is a set of techniques that allows a greater dynamic range of exposures (the range of values between light and dark areas) than normal digital imaging techniques. The intention of HDRI is to […]

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foxmarks

http://www.foxmarks.com/ Foxmarks is a free add-on for your Firefox browser that syncs and backs up your bookmarks and passwords across multiple computers and more.

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ZEITGEIST

ZEITGEIST, The Movie – Remastered / Final Edition – Full Production. What does Christianity, 911 and The Federal Reserve all have in common? It is long buy you have to watch it… believe me.

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Alphawezen – into the stars

A very nice song from Alphawezen, into the stars I am sleeping within fragile skin Dreaming of a brighter flame to wake within Am I free to be here now That‘s everything I have Why do we lose ourselves To fires on the shelf We could feel ourselves And how we break our shells You […]

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snaptell

http://www.snaptell.com/ With SnapTell you take a photo with your phone (iphone or other) and you are involved in a marketing campaign. You send a picture of a product and you get as results info about it, reviews and so.

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Optical Illusions

(From WebUrbanist) Seeing is believing… or is it? Aided by high-tech materials, today’s artists and architects are finding that if it can be imagined, it can also be built. This selection ofarchitectural optical illusions showcases 20 more very public ways to fool the eye, please the mind and satisfy the soul. (image via: Big Illusion) […]

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Interactive Video Object Manipulation Interactive Video Object Manipulation Interactive Video Object Manipulation

Interactive Video Object Manipulation Interactive Video Object Manipulation from Dan Goldman on Vimeo. This demo illustrates our research to bring interactivity to video editing: Our system analyzes videos using computer vision techniques, enabling interactive annotation, browsing, and even drag-and-drop composition of new still images using video footage. This is a joint research project of Adobe […]

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Coach Surfing

http://www.couchsurfing.com Couch Surfing is a huge community of people around 230 countries offering their couch for you to sleep for free. Yeap… if you have a couch and you want to share it, sign in!

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NeatReceipts

http://neatco.com/products/neatreceipts It will make you live easy: NeatReceipts is a mobile scanner and digital filing system that helps you manage all of your paperwork on the computer.  NeatReceipts includes NeatWorks software that identifies and extracts the important information from receipts, business cards and documents and automatically organizes it for you.  All scanned documents can be […]

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a.nnotate

a.nnotate Do you review documents and find existing methods awkward and time consuming? Do you need to gather feedback from several people? Would you like an easier way to keep track of all your documents? A.nnotate.com lets you easily give, collect and store detailed notes on documents and web pages.

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flight cinema

There are really ingenious people…. Are you flighting? Do you have an iPhone with films? Then you will like this… Take an air-sickness bag and cut it down… then insert your iphone and hold it with the tray. voila.

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The Private Lives of Your Favorite Toys

from WebUrbanist by msaleem (sources: doc18, revlimit) After you’ve put on your pajamas, brushed your teeth, turned out the lights and gone to bed, that’s when they get down to business. It’s a secret that has been accidentally exposed to many but never corroborated and proven beyond doubt, until today. The Indian in the Cupboard […]

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Secure your mac

Secure your mac: MacTrak (traking service for mac. Activating it via web. Costs 60USD for life and all machines. It sends pictures and locatation when you activate it. Location in not just IP but wifi hotspot location) iAlertU (free alarm that activates by movement, keyboard, unplugging, mouse. Sends email with picture of person trying to […]

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Touch me

Touch me – Dj Tiesto When I close my eyes while listening to this song, I am teletransported to a dancefloor with tons of feelings. You’ll always be my baby I’m always thinkin of you baby yeaahh Touch me in the mornin and last thing at night keep my body warm baby, u know it […]

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The 11 Coolest Mugs

from WebUrbanist by msaleem Whether you’re a coffee drinker or tea drinker, there’s one thing everyone can agree on: The mug you use to drink your beverage of choice is just as important as the brand you like, the amount of milk and sugar you take, and your favorite biscuits to go with your drink. […]

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"new mail" sound in mac mail

If you have a new mac and you use mac mail, you will notice that “new mail” notification does not work very well. If you have growl you can then play a sound from there but it is not the cool “new mail” sound. The workaround I did is to copy the “new mail” sound […]

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Royksopp – Remind me

Royksopp – Remind me (chorus) Will remind, will remind, will remind me, Will remind, will remind, will remind me, Will remind, will remind, will remind me, Will remind, will remind, will remind me. It’s only been a week, The rush of being home in rapid fading. Prevailing to recall What I was missing, all that […]

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Trip Around the World

We are now 4 days ahead of our trip around the world 😉 We will be starting on Thursday, going to London, for a day, then to San Francisco for 5 days, Taithi, Moorea and Bora Bora for 9 days, Auckland, then 28 days around New Zealand. Catch a flight in Christchurch to Hong Kong, […]

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Day -3

Monday. 3 days to go. I just booked the car for our stay in New Zealand. We will be getting to Auckland on the 28th of February, at 21.35, so we will rent it from the 1st of March until the 26th, when we will drop it in Christchurch The company I used (that I […]

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The Uninvisible Art of Amazing Urban Camouflage

From weburbanist.com Camouflage isn’t just for hunters and the army anymore – it’s being used to make artistic statements, beautify urban environments, make ugly cars look nicer and for shock value. These examples of unusual use of camouflage show how versatile the concept is, from making homes blend into forest environments to creating eerie optical […]

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Day -2

Tuesday.Two days to go. We were trying to get an insurance. We booked everything with the one that we found in the lonely planet forums and routard: http://www.atlasdirect.net but unfortunately they never confirm via email, so I  called them yesterday and they were pretty rude. They said that everything was wrong. We could not be […]

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The Best Seats in the House

 from http://www.weburbanist.com When asked to list essential, life-enhancing furniture around the home, there are not many people who would include their toilet. However, remove it from their home and they’d be aware of it in a very short time. The humblest seat in the house is also the most vital. For that reason, let us […]

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Day -1 (Tomorrow we are leaving!)

Wednesday already…..Tomorrow we are starting our journey!! Yesterday we took Mina (our cat) to ours neighbours’ place, where she will have pretty in very good hands. I’m sure. We are nearly ready. We just have to pack. I have a list of things that I should not forget in the iPhone (things software) and we will follow […]

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Snow storm in Geneva

We are in the easyjet flight to Gatwick. It should have taken off 35 min ago but… snow storm…so we are in the process of icing crock. I have already disconnected the phone so I will probably publish it from London. After nearly one hour we took off. It was curious to take off with […]

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Beth

Beth took the day off to fight her highs-phobia in St paul’s cathedral followed by a great burger with south African wine. Then a bit of history on Elizabethean, Georgian architecture during a short walk to Tatem Modern. Another walk under the rain and back to our hotel which ended up being quite good quality, […]

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Leo

Around 7, just 5 min after we arrived to the hotel, and Nuria fell exhausted in bed, I went to meet my dear friend Leo. We met in Paddington and we went to have a beer and catch up. It was great to see my friend.

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Heathrow… and fly

And again today we got up at 4.20 am with not many hours of sleep and with a break at 12.00pm when someone entered in our room!! That was a shock! Apparently two Torres had booked on the same night, what a coincidence. No raining nor snowing, so the 10 minutes walk to Paddinton train […]

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Flying

Writing with the iPhone again. We are in the plane. It’s a jumbo 400, and the flight will be more than 10 hours. Now I just finished lunch and the movie I was watching: burn after reading. I must recognize that virgin atlantic is prety good. Good service and hi-tech on demand multimedia systems. Nevertheless […]

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San Francisco

Well well…. after more than ten hours we finally made it. Here I am in the USA hostel San Francisco (with free wifi), 6.45pm local time and Nuria just fell KO…. and give me a couple of minutes and I will follow. It is been more than 24h without sleeping. San Francisco? Great. It was […]

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Goood morning San Francico

After more than 12 hours we woke up on this St. Valentine day and went downstairs for breakfast. At the USA hostel San Francisco we have free pancakes in the mornings (you have to cook them yourself though). See the monster pancakes we cooked… I was ashamed of not being able to finish them… Later […]

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Crab crab

We are at Fisherman’s wharf, and even if we have not yet digested the pancakes, we could not miss having seefood lunch. Now the weather is not that good. It rains 10 min per hour. The way here was nice. We saw where the cable cart turns using a rotating platform, we tried the Ghirarselli […]

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After lunch…

We are now back to the hostel. I have noticed that the date of the posts is the date of the server, not our time here, so take into account that for us, now is 8 hours less, so all today’s posts that appear published as the 15 are actually the 14th. Well, after crab […]

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Cable Car museum, China Town and SFMOMA

We started the day again after 12 hours sleep. Today was our second day with pancakes, the result was much better. See the photo. We managed to cook nice pancakes. Once we finished our macro pancakes, all day walking under the rain. Yes, it has been raining all day non-stop. We should be paid by […]

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Alcatraz

This morning, after the pancakes (we are now experts) we went out under the rain towards powell street and then to market street to catch the classical F tram. I took a photo from the inside. It was raining a lot. It was one with everything in Italian. From Milan. We stopped at pier 33 […]

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Golden Gate Bridge

After having lunch at Hard Rock cafe in pier 39 we walked west. We were looking for the stop of the bus number 28. It is the only one taking you to the bridge. Here the bus ride costs $1.5 and you can use the ticket for 90 min. Not bad. Anyway, we got there, […]

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Scenic drive with Dylan

Today we had booked a tour with Dylan. He came at ten and took 10 of us in his van for a great 4.5 hours. We visited most of San Francisco, the golden gate, and the highlights: muir woods, with the amazing redwood trees with 120 m high and some more than 1000 years! One […]

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Bye bye San Francisco

Today is our last day here in SF. Guess what. Sunnnnnny. Yes. Every day raining like hell and today that we leave, sunny… Anyway. This morning we woke up later than usual. We went downstairs and we realized it was rush hour for pancakes. We got our spot and we cooked the worst pancakes of […]

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Hello paradise!

We still cannot believe that yesterday we were in San Francisco having a nice bacon burger at Luci’s diner and today we are in a wood bungalow facing the sea in Huahine in the French Polynesia. Before I must say that we do not have Internet access. I continue to take photos with the iphone […]

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Huahine

Our first night in paradise. We really believed that we were going to wake up at least in Australia… and the reason is that there was such a tropical storm during the night that being lost in the middle of the Pacific ocean you have the feeling that the strong winds and rain was going […]

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Tropical storm

Well yes, it seems like the rain follows us from Geneva. If the first night we thought that we were going to wake up in Australia, tonight I though that we were in the middle of the thunder itself. I woke up several times with the lighting, very nice, I thought, the storm is going […]

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Pora Pora

Rejane gave us a lift to the airport and there we waited with the Polynesian ladies who were in the same flight when we arrived wearing immaculate flower hats. As we wanted to go diving we thought it would be probably better to assure us a place for the following day. So we phoned and […]

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Swimming with the Sharks

Sunday 22nd of February. Bora Bora. After our great evening at the Intercontinental hotel with lobster a go-go and tipical Bora Bora dancing show, we went to bed, latter than usual, and the day after, Sunday, was going to be our first day in the pearl of the ocean. At 7.30am we had the Bora […]

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more sharks, rays and other wonders

This morning sunny! wow!! We booked here at chez Nono a one day trip around the island to experience the most beautiful sites of this piece of paradise. We woke up, walked to the supermarket to buy breakfast. We had breakfast in our table 3 meters from the sea and I went to the hotel […]

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Around Moorea

Wednesday, we woke up at our great bungalow seeing the lagoon. I wish we could wake up with the sound of the sea more often 😉 We had our succulent breakfast on the terrace watching the waves breaking far away. We had bought loads of different things in the supermarket, so actually the 90 minutes […]

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Tahiti again

Thursday and today is our last day in Moorea. At 10am we have to leave Motu Iti bungalow and before 9 we have to give back the car. We asked the lady of the house if she could arrange transport to the airport and she did. 1.35pm and flight is leaving at 2.20pm. So we […]

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Tour around Tahiti and fly again!

  We woke up early. The sun was getting into our hobbit bungalow. In front of the bed we had a huge glass with incredible views. The roof of the bungalow was like a boat upside down, with the peculiarity of having plants and grass on the roof. Nothing was symmetric. We had breakfast. We […]

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Auckland and on the road

We wake up at our little room in the Aspen Lodge in Auckland. Early as usual. We went for breakfast and I updated the blog by buying some Internet wifi time. We have lost one day in our trip from Tahiti to New Zealand. I was even hesitating on the fact that I have booked […]

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Cape Reinga

After a chilly night at Tutukaka holiday park, we woke up for a shower. Me, hating getting up early in the morning, could not see the machine to enter the 50 cents coin to have the 7 minutes hot shower, so I had a quick cold shower. We went to the diving center to check […]

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Bay of Islands

So after our fantastic nice in Whangaroa, we drove back to Paihia so we could do the full day trip around the many islands in this beautiful bay. This time we had booked, so we had two places for Ms. Piez, close. We started the tour following the dolphins, so some people could swim with […]

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Poor Knight Islands? another time…

We went to bed quite late after our dinner and conversation with Dominique ( the Swiss) Adam and Jo the British on a tour for a year. We spent another hour trying to find the key of the cozy room we were given, and could not find it anywhere… The night was terribly windy and […]

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hot beach?

We got up in Thames prepared to go around the Coromandel Peninsula with more than enough time to arrive in Rotorua by mid afternoon. Well, we miscalculated the time and did not consider the roads. The day was very grey, not a single spot of sky was to be seen in the whole day, what […]

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Rotorua, geysers, Taupo and Tongariro

We woke up in the western environment of the cactus backpackers. Our little room was in a patio and the whole hostel was old but cool. We meet some people while having dinner. An Australian guy with an incredible accent and some other. The weather was crap. It has been crap all day. Raining non-stop. […]

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Tongariro Alpine Crossing Tururu!!

Mordor of the Lord of the Rings, the three volcanoes together, the emerald lake and amazing scenery. The lonely planet recommended to do this tramping in one day, exhausting, but we were well prepared with our latest acquisition in Taupo: our Keen sandals, similar to Teva but with a weirder look. This trekking was the […]

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South Island with the right foot

The backpackers place we stayed in Wellington was cool, but a bit noisy.  They were partying all night and our room was close to the party 😉 Wellington was a bit like San Francisco, with hills and little Victorian houses. It is far nicer than Auckland. Anyway, early in the morning we woke up, had […]

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abel tasman trekking

Glorious Sunday ended nicely in Nelson and we went to bed late for again another early morning. We had one hour and 15 minutes drive up to Kaiteriteri the starting point to our Abel Tasman trekking with kayaking. At 8.30 am we were there in the kayak booth queuing to get instructions on the adventure. […]

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17Km of unsynchronized kayaking

Tuesday at 7 we where up, but I did not want to get out of my sleeping bag, as it was freezing cold outside. In the end I had to go to the toilet, so I decided to get everything packed and prepared for the next experience. At 9.30 our guide, Cam, arrived with the […]

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whales? nope… pancakes instead

We overslept, ummmmmm that was nice, warm and with a shower at night and in the morning, so different to the cold hut!! At 9.30 we were driving direction to Kaikourua when I decided to phone just to check if we could advance our booked tour a few hours. Surprise surprise, all day tours had […]

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Franz Josef glacier

We woke up this morning with an outstanding breakfast: eggs, bacon and sausages, all this with orange juice coffee and tea. We felt like marquises. After such a breakfast we had 10 minutes to check out. Normally here check out time is 10am. So we packed everything in our little daihatsu sirion (now we know […]

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Fox Glacier. Sunny experience!

We woke up at 7.00 am for a quick shower and the luxurious full English breakfast without the beans. We literally run to the Fox Guides Company to pay for the half day trot in the glacier and got our numbers to change the boats. Our mountain shoes are not high enough for the experience, […]

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Wanaka

  Waking up to a surprisingly sunny and cold morning, we turned inland direction Wanaka alongside the Haast river, climbing up to Haast Pass and the Mount Aspiring National park. We missed the stunning Blue Pools as they were closed, but we could admired the views from the no so distant inaugurated road (opened in […]

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Embrace the Fear

“I must no fear, fear is killer. Fear is the little death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be […]

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Glenorchy in the way to Paradise (literally)

Today we left Queenstown and we headed to Glenorchy, not very far (around 45 Km) were we are now in a camping site, in a little bungalow. The scenery from Queenstown to Glenorchy is just amazing. Again we had perfect weather. Latter in the afternoon the clouds started to come but the rest of the […]

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Te Anau and the "gusiluz"

After a succulent English breakfast with scrambled eggs, bacon and fantastic beef-tomatoes-something else sausages we started driving back to Queenstown and then to Te anau. I started the routine of phoning 2-3 guesthouses, BBH backpackers to find a place to sleep. Te Anau seemed to be fully booked, so I continued phoning from my list […]

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Piopiotahi (Milford Sound)

Fiordland is sliced by numerous deeply recessed sounds, technically fiords and since 1986 it is one of the 300 World Heritage Areas because of its uniqueness that must be preserved. The famous Milford Track has been described as one of the finest in the world, pity that was fully booked. So we decided that as […]

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Slope Point (4800 km from South Pole)

We overslept today, at 8.15 when the alarm went off, I did not want to get out of bed. I could heard the rain furiously hitting the roof of our nice place. Dani got up complaining about the many bites he had all over his body, saying that he woke up twice cause of the […]

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Catlins and the Sea Lions

We woke up in the house with great views over the ocean (hilltop backpackers) that we had for ourselves. We had breakfast and we took the road in the opposite direction to go to a couple of places that we missed in our way here: two waterfalls (McLean falls and Purakaunui falls) a lake and […]

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No blue, yellow-eyed, black-crested penguins

Saturday morning, raining like hell, good thing we went yesterday to the lovely Otago peninsula. It stopped for 2 minutes just to give us the time to load the car, and continue the road trip. Direction the Mackenzie country, NZ’s treasured highland. On our way, the weather started clearing up and timid sun shone. We […]

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Aoroki (Mount Cook)

After a cold night at Omahau Downs (but with heating in our room 😉 ) in Twitzel we had breakfast and left direction to Mount Cook, around 50 Km of where we where. The earlier evening in the living room we had to light fire. It can get pretty cold here in this area, even […]

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From Tekapu to Akaroa

We woke up in the “Tailor Made Tekapu Backpackers”, had breakfast and put our backpacks in the car, that this time was completely frosted in ice. Tekapo is at 760m of high and is probably the coldest place in NZ. The idea was to go up Mount John where on top there is an observatory […]

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Banks peninsula

After a long sleep for the driver (near 11 hours) in the Queen bedroom we went straight to the kitchen to fry our beef sausages for breakfast. We escaped a fine, as in NZ you have to park your vehicle in the sense of the traffic, and we always have parked where we saw a […]

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Christchurch

  We woke up this morning in our cell in the jail guesthouse and after having breakfast we decided to spend the day in Christchurch, so the car would rest for a day 😉  The original plans were to drive to Hanmer Springs, a thermal village where nuria wanted to go to soak in hot […]

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Last day in New Zealand

Here we are, in Christchurch airport waiting to board. I am now on the iPhone. Looks like we get 15 min of free wifi here. We woke up again in the jail backpackers and this time we had proper breakfast: the sausages that we still had and the beans 😉 We finished the bread and […]

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Hong Kong Phooey

Here we are, in the rainy and foggy Hong Kong. We got here this morning, one hour ahead schedule, so at 5am local time more or less. After 11 hours of flight, 2 films and a failed attempt to sleeping in the economy class air new Zealand, we were fresh as a daisy. We took […]

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10 Intense Public Guerrilla Marketing Posters

From weburbanist.com Guerrilla marketing has perfected the technique of catching people’s eyes and grabbing their attention, targeting consumers in unexpected ways and unconventional places. That, of course, is the point of this once-fringe form of advertising, which has now been taken up even by large corporations like Adidas and Microsoft. These 10 posters show just […]

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dimdim

Dimdim, the world’s easiest web conference delivers synchronized live presentations, whiteboards and web pages while sharing your voice and video over the Internet – with no download. It is open source, so I will be trying to install it in my servers 😉

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laconica or twitter or micro-blogging

Laconica is a Free and Open Source microblogging platform. It helps people in a community, company or group to exchange short (140 character) messages over the Web. Users can choose which people to “follow” and receive only their friends’ or colleagues’ status messages. It provides a similar service to sites like Twitter, Jaiku, and Plurk.

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61 Exceptionally Creative Wine Label Designs

from: weburbanist.com Much of the enjoyment of wine is in the selection. Whether you are a casual drinker or a wine connoisseur, the process of picking a bottle of wine is made more exciting by the packaging. Wine labels that catch our attention are the ones with beautiful artwork, sleek and elegant designs or the […]

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Photos

A selection of the most artistic shots of the TDM (tour du monde) trip is already online at http://norai.net/photos Specific links: San Francisco French Polynesia New Zealand Hong Kong   The selection is not representative of the trip itself. It is an artistic selection.

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qik roam

http://qikroam.com QiK Roam is a solution to set you free from expensive roaming charges when using your mobile device while traveling. Instead of coming home to a nasty shock in the form of a gigantic bill from your cellular service provider, you can take advantage of Qik Roam’s hugely discounted voice and data rates in […]

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gubb

Remember I posted a link to a web based “to do” list called “Remember the Milk“? Remeber the Milk was very good web tool to manage your to do lists. It even has offline mode using google gears. Now we have a new comer in the market: gubb gubb is a free web-based application with […]

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Search Trash folder in a Mac 10.5.6

I was wondering how to search something that was in the trash folder in my macbook…. not easy. This is the way to do it: Go to the Finder, select Go > Go To Folder and type in ~/.Trash to bring up a Finder window showing the contents of your Trash, but this time around, […]

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Sennheiser MM50ip

 I ordered my new set of earphones at internet.ch. If I buy in Switzerland I always compare prices in Switzerland with toppreise. I had the same model without the mic manufactured by creative. I was really happy as the quality sound is superbe with no distortion at all. In addition to this they isolate very well from […]

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event management online

aimado sendomatic eventful ennect evite activeciti spongecell eventwax renkoo pingg ilcu cvent socializr my punch bowl minglenow confabb live events zoji eventsbot eventbrite planyp wevent gydget setdot upcoming youreventhub meeting4 going zvents My favourites are “my punch bowl” for A-Z free event organization, and “eventbrite” which is very professional and free for free events. Then […]

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New look for tokao

tokao.com is washing his face. In fact I am even considering removing the toi and call it just tokao. I have been this theme that I found in internet to display number of comments, tags, and categories. Changed some colors etc… I hope you like it. Also in addition to the new look I am […]

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Now you Can Change What Google Says about you

Google me? I’ll Google you! Google has become the de facto public record these days but most people remain in relative obscurity there and/or fear of what past indiscretions Google will expose to people who search for them. Today Google released a product, called Google Me, that aims to change all of that. For a […]

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Google Product Search for mobile

Google just announced that Google Product Search is now tightly gone mobile. You can search product price comparisons in your iPhone or Android phone. The new interface is tailored for these devices making it easier to read customer reviews.

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Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope released

“Jaunty Jackalope” is the code name for Ubuntu 9.04, which was released on 23 April 2009. See the Jaunty release schedule. See also the Ubuntu Developer Summit for Jaunty, which took place on December 8th to 12th, 2008 on Google Campus, Mountain View, California, USA. And check the technical overview for the latest update link […]

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2d bar codes

Have you ever seen this 2D bar codes? Now you can to to 2d sense and create a free account. You can download a free app for your iphone and start creating links and 2d bar codes, that when you take a photo with your iphone triggers an action: going to a map, sending email, dialing […]

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tokao.com is just tokao.com

When I first bought this domain, the first thing that came to my mind was to call it tokao.com, that in Spanish (slung) would be something like “I’m crazy”. After some years I realised that for the English community and friends, the fact of adding this “toi” to the beginning was just making things more […]

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Brightkite

I would like to talk a bit about a very promising web application and also great iPhone application that has been out there for a while but has not been very successful in terms of people using it.  It is true that we are surrounded by Social Apps. For iPhone, web, such a facebook, twitter, […]

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::norai.net is gone for photos only

During this weekend I have been working on both sites, tokao.com and norai.net. I decided to focus ::norai.net on what is best: photography.  ::norai.net has been up since 2000. The actual domain was bought in early 2002. It has always been a mambo/joomla CMS and a lot of energy went into it at the beginning […]

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Flu

Worried about Swine Flu? Keep this links at hand: Official news on the WHO website: http://www.who.int/csr/don/en/ Online map: http://healthmap.org/en And a very nice wiki that people can update regularly (best resource): http://flu.wikia.com/wiki/Flu_Wiki  And real time google maps: Google maps Swine Flu

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Time to patch Google Chrome

Earlier this month, a problem was discovered in Google’s new web browser, Google Chrome, that would have allowed an attacker to launch and run scripts on a compromised machine. The issue, originally discovered by Roi Saltzman of the IBM Rational Application Security Research Group, had been given a security rating of “high.” Interestingly enough, although the attack takes […]

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Genius G-Shot HD520 HD cam with 720p for less than $150

Are you looking for a low end camera that records pretty good video resolution? Here you have the winner: Genius HD520. It shots 5MB stills and 720p video. It is a high definition video camera, can output on high-resolution flat-panel TVs using the HDMI cable ; it supports high efficient MPEG4/H.264 image compression format and […]

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Photoshop? nope, aviary

Always wanted to have photoshop or software to edit photos? Well, photoshop is very expensive, heavy and very difficult to use. On previous posts I have mentioned several “cloud” software. I do like the “cloud” approach. For those who are not familiar with the term, it would basically mean that you run programs on your […]

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A Mobile App That Saves Lives, Literally

Written by Jolie O’Dell (www.readwriteweb.com) DataDyne‘s EpiSurveyor program, funded by the United Nations Foundation and the Vodafone Foundation, has been implementing mobile technology to track and contain disease in developing nations since 2007. In a recent and potentially devastating polio outbreak in Kenya, EpiSurveyor’s new mobile platform was used to track virus carriers and immunize affected children. The campaign targeted around 2 million […]

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3G portable router

This is the first 3G portable router. LevelOne 3G MobilSpot Portable Wireless HotSpot (WBR-3800) by CP Technologies. Putt your 3G sim card into the router’s CardBus or USB interfaces and you’ve got an instant portable network for sharing to any 802.11b/g WiFi or Ethernet device. A 10/100Mbps WAN jack lets it double as your home […]

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Facebook on your desktop

Facebook has released a desktop application built with Adobe AIR. That means that it is platform independent (Mac, PC, Linux). You will have to have Adobe AIR in your computer and then install the Facebook application. Facebook also announced their Open Stream API technology. With the API now the limit is the sky and you will start seeing […]

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Windows 7 free for one year

Microsoft is giving away Windows 7 free for a year with the launch of the Release Candidate. The ReleaseCandidate is now available to MSDN and TechNet subscribers, and will go on unlimited, general release on 5 May. The software will not expire until 1 June 2010, giving testers more than a year’s free access to […]

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Audit your PC

There is free tool that you can install in your windows PC that will tell you from the serial numbers and model of your motherboard to the serials of your windows license and all installed software. Very handy Belarc Advisor

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Google Search inside gmail

(copied from gmail blog) I used to have a problem. People would ask me questions, over chat or email, and I’d have to leave Gmail to search Google for an answer. Then I’d have to select the answer, copy it, go back to Gmail and paste the answer into the chat window or my reply. […]

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iPhone app for tracking swine flu

  There is an iPhone app, IntuApps, which has Swine Flu Tracker, waiting for approval from Apple before it’s released into the App Store. In it, you can see the current Threat Level for the disease, a map showing confirmed and suspected cases, a symptoms area to inform people, and an alert page for breaking news […]

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Spot satellite messenger

This is a very cool gadget. Basically a gps, with the particularity that has a couple of buttons, one to check in, so it sends communicates your position, and the second one for help. Same thing but you are asking for help. The beauty is that works everywhere, not dependent of GSM or mobile networks. […]

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Pachube

Pachube is a web service available at http://www.pachube.com that enables you to connect, tag and share real time sensor data from objects, devices, buildings and environments around the world.

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hackintosh a dell 9 mini

If you feel that Apple should have a notebook and you are tired of waiting for it, then follow this tutorial and you will have a dell 9 mini running the lates macos 😉 Do you have a different notebook? Check this table to see the limitations when installing macos

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Condoleezza Rice

In a video that surfaced Thursday, Rice said, “The president instructed us that nothing we would do would be outside of our obligation, legal obligations under the convention against torture… I conveyed the authorization of the administration to the agency. And so by definition, if it was authorized by the president, it did not violate […]

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versions of documents

Are you working on a document (or other file) and you did some changes that you regret? Well, Document Management systems allow you to keep versions or history of changes so you can revert to a previous state. Very handy. What you probably don’t know if that if you have Windows Vista Ultimate or Business […]

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New Amazon Kindle DX

Amzon just announced the new Kindly DX with a 9.7″ screen. You can already pre-order one at $489 and will be delivered in summer, when they release it. This screen looks like a nice improvement over the 6″ that they launched recently. It will be capable of displaying not just books, but magazines and newspapers.

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Update facebook without facebook

Competing services hellotxt and Ping.fm both introduced features that let Facebook administrators update Facebook Pages. The pages, which also include the new Public Profiles introduced after the latest Facebook revamp, let companies or individuals promote businesses, products, or even public personas using a page that’s similar to the standard user profiles.

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12 Extremely Effective Guerrilla Marketing Stunts

(from weburbanist) Ad-agencies are finding it more and more difficult today to get through to the average consumer, and marketing saturation only grows with every year. It’s for that reason that guerrilla ad-campaigns are becoming so prevalent in the industry.  Here we take a look at some of the recent, most effective and ingeniously simple […]

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martin jetpack

You know, for a device as potentially bad ass as the Martin Jetpack is — the company boasts a maximum range of 31.5 miles at 63 mph, and the ability to hover at 8,000 feet above ground effect — the video we’ve seen thus far has been pretty lackluster. Of course, you can’t actually get your hands […]

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Google going into social

Google company executive Eric Schmidt said Google was looking at ways to generate money from the surge of social networking activity on the Internet, as well as at ways of integrating microblogging capabilities, such as those popularized by Twitter, into its search product.

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GPS photo finder mini

Now we have plenty of software that use gps location from the photos we take. You take photos with a gps phone, such as the iphone, most of the nokias then you import the photos into iphoto or picasa3 and voila, you know where the photo was shot, using google maps, for instance. Well, if […]

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Glue works automatically as you browse popular sites about books, music, movies, wines, restaurants, gadgets, stocks, actors, tv shows and other everyday things around the web. The Glue Bar appears right on your current page to show you friends who looked at the same things and what they thought! Glue 4.2 Overview from AdaptiveBlue on Vimeo.

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Google voice

Google Voice is coming soon. It is a service that gives you one number for all your phones, voicemail that is easy as email, and many enhanced calling features like call blocking and screening, voicemail transcripts, call conferencing, international calls, and more. Google Voice is currently available for GrandCentral users only, but will be open […]

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FriendFeed

I have previously talked about several alternatives to twitter.  FriendFeed is again, more than twitter, and it is hitting really hard. Personally I like brightkite with the great iphone apps, but friendfeed is growing very fast! Give it a try. You can log in with your twitter account, but you can have videos, photos, etc… […]

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Japan Airlines jet engine sucks up cargo container

A Japan Airlines flight has been grounded at Los Angeles airport after a large object was sucked into one of the plane’s engines, officials say. They say the incident happened as JAL flight 62 was leaving one of the airport’s gates. Television footage showed the object – believed to be a cargo container – wedged […]

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What Is Google Squared?

(by Erick Schonfeld of techcrunch.com)   Google Squared is How Google Will Crush Wolfram Alpha. One of the next frontiers of search is taking all of the unstructured data spread helter-skelter across the Web and treat it like it is sitting in a nice, structured database. It is easier to get answers out of a database where […]

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yoono

Simplify your online social life with a Firefox extension that will bring together all your social network and IM services in one place, from facebook, to twitter, google talk, yahoo, etc… yoono

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COOL-ER Ebook Reader

(Jason Kincaid from crunchgear.com) We’ve gotten our hands on the COOL-ER, a new Ebook reader coming out in two weeks that’s sporting a (relatively) low $250 price tag and a case that looks like an over-sized iPod Nano (it’s also coming in 8 Applesque colors). Interead, the small startup that built Cool-er, is obviously trying to bring […]

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play.fm

PLAY.FM is the most comprehensive audio database for DJ and club culture on the internet. More than 12.000 DJ sets, live recordings and radio sessions can be streamed free of charge and on-demand. Upload, track list wiki, meta-shop DJs can upload and release studio mixes, radio sessions and event recordings themselves and check their audience […]

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Guatemalan Attorney Predicts his Own Murder on YouTube

When Rodrigo Rosenberg turned up dead on Mother’s Day in an upscale neighborhood in Guatemala City, his murder was seen as little more than another execution-style shooting in one of Latin America’s most dangerous countries. Now, after a video emerged in which Rosenberg accused Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom of orchestrating the murder, the killing has sparked civic […]

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Google translates emails

(from readwriteweb.com) Gmail Labs has done it once again. A new feature introduced today allows users to automatically translate emails into English and any other supported language. Sort of. As with any non-human inter-linguistic interpretations, the messages suffer in translation. But thanks to this new feature, you’ll be able to get the gist of the Cyrillic text in […]

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BenQ GP1 pocket projector

The BenQ GP1 Pocket Projector is the first to use LED lights. It weighs 1.5 pounds with a 20,000 hour lamp life. Great little device at a price tag of around $500. Great for travel, or salesman. It uses LED technology and has great specs such as 1000:1 contrast ratio.

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15 Creatively Offbeat Canoes, Kayaks & Boats

(from WebUrbanist) Smokin’ on the water… that’s how hot these cool canoes, krazy kayaks and bodacious boats are! It’s amazing what a little tech know-how and a vivid imagination can do when whipping up wild watercraft. Here are 15 that’ll really float your boat. Pedals, Not Paddles (images via: Life In The Fast Lane) Trampofoil, Hydro-bike, HydroSlide, Hydrothopter, […]

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Chrome has add ons

Finally Google Chrome has been updated to support add ons. Is that the end of firefox advantage? Google Chrome’s extension system. The long-awaited feature will finally deliver what Firefox and IE users have had for ages: a way to add more tools, services, and additional features to the browser.

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Google Wave

Here’s the full video of the Google Wave demo from  Google’s IO conference in San Francisco. Techcrunch review of Google Wave is here. Exclusive interview with the founders is here, and our video and notes from the press conference is here. Google Wave looks to be an integrated communications platform that brings together email, chat, […]

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Shortcuts

Are you a shortcut guy/girl? I am. I like to use keyboard shortcuts to get things done. On my Mac, Linux or Windows machines. This are a couple of site that will help you on this: keyXL Shortcut World

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howcast

I just wanted to mention a very nice app for the iphone: howcast, It is basically a “How-to” video aggregator  which has hit 500,000 downloads of its iPhone app and a quick spin of the service shows why – it’s fabulous. Just six months after launching, HowCast is already the second most popular free app in the Lifestyle category […]

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Hulu from outside the US

Don’t you live in the US? Would you like to watch hulu, abc, and other US TV shows online? Well, every time more, more websites are IP based, so if your IP does not fall under a specific country, you cannot access the content. You could solve this by going to the preferences of your […]

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Introducing EverSave 1.0.2

Introducing EverSave 1.0.2. EverSave is a clever tool which allows you to save all of your documents – if possible – in a specific time interval or by changing the frontmost application. This means no more data loss if applications crash.

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Google: more search options

(from google blog) Google’s first Searchology was two years ago, Google was excited to launch Universal Search, a feature that blended results of different types (web pages, images, videos, books, etc.) on the results page. Since then Universal Search has grown quite a bit, adding new types of results, expanding to new countries, and triggering […]

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Google Releases Dev Version Of Chrome For Mac And Linux. But It Doesn’t Want You To Use It.

(published in techcrunch by Jason Kincaid) Here’s some bittersweet news for those of you eagerly awaiting Google’s Chrome browser for Mac or Linux: tonight Google is publicly releasingdeveloper versions of the Chrome browser for both operating systems, and anyone will be able to download them. Unfortunately you won’t be able to ditch Safari or Firefox just yet […]

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Google Squared: is it like wolfram alpha?

Google Squared is a search tool that helps you quickly build a collection of facts from the Web for any topic you specify. Facts about your topic are organized as a table of items and attributes (we call them “Squares” for fun). Customize these Squares to see just the items and attributes you’re interested in. […]

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Palm pre is out

Palm pre, which is like an iPhone (user interface I mean), was out on the US (with Sprint) last Saturday. Looks like it is looking pretty good: multitasking, elegant, great touch screen experience, great photo quality (3MPx), full keyboard…. We’ll see later today if Apple releases the new iPhone with new hardware, and hopefully adding […]

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WWDC 2009 – new iPhone 3GS

Yesterday it was the Apple’s WWDC 2009 (Development Conference). They announced a new line of laptops (basically all based on the macbook pro). No more macbooks without the “pro” because they added a firewire 800 to the 13 inches model. They have also removed the slot in the left and replaced with an SD card […]

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Google Quick Search Box for Mac

Google just released the Google Quick Search Box for Mac. It is sort of spotlight but that in addition to search for applications, emails and stuff in your computer, also searches de web and can trigger actions such as opening files or sending emails. Also it allows you  to use it as a Twitter status updater.

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itpints beta – home

itpints is the new itpints is a real-time search engine. It’s not like Google, nope, with itpints you wont be able to know the aswer to any question. Instead, with itpints you can know what is people publishing on internet about anything of your interest, at the same time you’re searching for it. The relevancy of any […]

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WHO raised the Pandemic alert level from Phase 5 to 6

WHO has just raised the alert to the maxim level of pandemia. Here the official communication: The new Influenza A (H1N1) virus has continued to spread to many more counties and with increasing numbers of people affected. There is verified community spread in multiple locations. The phase change is not a signal that the virus […]

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bChamp: iPhone app to beatbox

bChamp, drums controlled by voice bChamp offers an exciting new way to drum. bChamp is a voice controlled drum kit for your iPhone. Easily make groovy beats by beatboxing into the iPhone microphone. bChamp instantly translates your beatboxing into impressive drum sounds. Making and practicing beats was never so easy or fun. No talent required. […]

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Wackiest Beds Around The World

(from www.duvetandpillowwarehouse.co.uk) They say that your bedroom says a lot about you as it is the place where all your belongings are kept, where you can shut yourself away from the rest of the world and be your true self…whatever that may be! We have done some scouting and found you the wackiest beds in […]

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Home

We are living in exceptional times. Scientists tell us that we have 10 years to change the way we live, avert the depletion of natural resources and the catastrophic evolution of the Earth’s climate. The stakes are high for us and our children. Everyone should take part in the effort, and HOME has been conceived […]

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New words

TESTICULATING – Waving your arms around and talking b*llocks. BLAMESTORMING – Sitting around in a group, discussing why a deadline was missed or a project failed, and who was responsible SEAGULL MANAGER – A manager who flies in, makes a lot of noise, craps on everything, and then leaves. ASSMOSIS – The process by which […]

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Mouse wheel work wherever the mouse pointer is

WizMouse is a mouse enhancement utility that makes your mouse wheel work on the window currently under the mouse pointer, instead of the currently focused window. This means you no longer have to click on a window before being able to scroll it with the mouse wheel. This is a far more comfortable and practical […]

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Amazon Kindle source code to the world

Amazon is releasing the source code of the kindle devices to the world. It’s fairly basic Linux underneath (kernel 2.6.22 on the latest 2.1 software). What’s unclear without compiling one of these and booting it up (to our untrained eyes, anyway) is whether Amazon stripped out its various DRM and licensed codec support — MP3 […]

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Choosing a font?

Sometimes you want to choose the right font and the preview that the computer gives you is not very good because you have to scroll and do it one by one. The solution is flippling typical, as website that will allow you to type your text and see how it looks like with different fonts.

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The Web 2.0 Bullshit Generator™

This is one of the most valuable resources of keywords that you have to mention in an interview or any conversation 😉 The Web 2.0 Bullshit Generator™ Just click on the button and you will get wise sentences such as: integrate authentic synergies streamline open-source networks engage data-driven wikis

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Opera Unite

Opera Unite is extending what you are able to do online. Opera Unite harnesses the power of today’s fast connections and hardware, allowing all of us to help define the future landscape of the Web, one computer at a time. Read about how Opera Unite is going to change the way we interact on the Web…. […]

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Augmented Reality: Layar browser

Layar is a sort of browser derived from location based services and works on mobile phones that include a camera, GPS and a compass. Layar is first avaliable for handsets with the Android. It works as follows: Starting up the Layar application automatically activates the camera. The embedded GPS automatically knows the location of the […]

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Linux native multitouch support

You can add multitouch support to linux: You need: Linux kernel 2.6.30; a computer with a Broadcom 5974, Stantum, NTrig or DiamondTouch surface (the HP TouchSmart tx2 has a Ntrig surface, but you need to get the appropriate firmware from the NTrig site); our NTrig, Stantum, or DiamondTouch driver, or the Broadcom 5974 driver from Henrik Rydberg; their demo […]

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Firefox find feature

Do you use the CTRL+F to find stuff in the page that you are browsing? If you do, this could help you a lot. Findlist is a add-on for firefox that will add a drop down list in your find bar with the latest searches. It could be very handy.

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Steve Jobs was not just sick but had a liber transplant

(from techcrunch) There really isn’t much to say here beyond what are being reported as the facts. Apparently, Apple CEO Steve Jobs had a liver transplant two months ago, the Wall Street Journal reports tonight. When you read that, it’s pretty shocking — but not that surprising. After Apple initially tried to pass off Jobs’ gaunt […]

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Finally Google Maps tells you "what's here?"

Finally what many people was waiting, to be on a google map, right click and have a “what’s here?” option. When a user clicks on “What’s here?” Google will return as specific a result as possible, be that an address, a “natural entity,” or a place name. When combined with the “At this address” feature, […]

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Iran election on twitter

It has been a very controversial subject. Iran elections and media coverage has proved to the world the power of citizen journalism using twitter. Would you like to see realtime images of people using their phone cameras and uploading them to twitter? This link to twicsy speaks for itself.

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Ping.fm

Ping.fm is a simple and free service that makes updating your social networks a snap, with over 40 social networking sites and adding more all the time. Between ping.fm straight forward posting methods and advanced custom triggers, we make it easy for you to post your messages exactly where you want them to go. Give it a try!

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UK iplug air

UK plugs are bulky. We all know that. For security reason they should have a fuse so when traveling with a macbook air for instance, the adaptor takes more space than the computer. Watch this video because it is a great solution!

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pixelpipe: the best tool for social networking

Pixelpipe is a content distribution gateway that allows users to publish text, photo, video and audio files once through Pixelpipe and have the content distributed across over 75 social networks, photo/video sites and blogs, and online storage. They provide a number of mobile & desktop applications for users, liberating their content and sharing their life. […]

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iWannaSleep

Have you ever wanted to go to bed and get sleep while listening to iTunes? iWannaSleep will stop iTunes when you program to do so, so music does not keep playing all night long. A little freeware program for your mac that will let you programe when to pause iTunes.

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BookFresh Is OpenTable For Everything Else

(from techcrunch) In the online reservation space, you probably know about OpenTable. The restaurant reservation service’s IPO in a time of drought for IPOs, made big headlines. Now imagine OpenTable for just about everything besides restaurants. That’s BookFresh. Who might need such a service? A lot more services and individuals than you may realize. While most services have some […]

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Google city tours

Google has released another product from the labs: Google city tours The new site can build itineraries for brief trips to locations around the globe in a matter of seconds. At this point details on the new product are fairly sparse — it looks like Google hasn’t written its customary blog post yet, but given […]

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Shared Notebooks with Evernote. Finally

Popular web, desktop, and mobile note taking app Evernote has finally added the one feature that power users have wanted for ages: shared notebooks. The update allows you to share your notebooks with the world or select individuals, and grant write/edit access to your notes and notebooks. It’s not a revolutionary update, but the new […]

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Augmented Reality

We have talked about augmented reality in the past. It is the fact of adding layers of information into a real image. The most immediate application would be with new phones. Using the camera, gps, compass and Internet to add a layer to what you see with information or actionable interactions. Here you have some […]

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Compact flash adapter

The new CompactFlash adapter from Photofast can hold four 16GB microSD cards running in RAID. This makes the slower microSD format as fast as CompactFlash by striping data across all four microSD cards at once. For those that don’t need 64GB of storage, the CR-7100 will hold one 16GB microSD, while the CR-7000 holds one […]

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Downgrade to a previous software release?

Sometimes you have installed the latest version of any program and you noticed that dammed, the old one was better, had no ads, was simpler, more stable, etc… and then you go to the program website and the only version you can download is the current one? Well there is a website called oldversion that […]

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Google’s Africa Strategy: Search And Trade Via SMS

Not only does Google want to organize all the world’s information, it also wants to make all that information available to everyone in the world. For the majority of the world’s population, that means making it available on a cell phone, and not a fancy iPhone or Android with a Web browser either. I’m talking […]

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The Pirate Bay Sold For $7.8 Million

Today, Swedish software company Global Gaming Factory X AB has announced it has acquired The Pirate Bay website for 60 million SEK, which is roughly the equivalent of 7.8 million dollars. This was almost immediately confirmed by The Pirate Bay. Although the title of their post is entitled “TPB might change owner,” from the text of the […]

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NASA releases the most complete map of the earth

NASA and Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and industry (METI) released the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) Global Digital Elevation Model (GDEM) to the worldwide public on June 29, 2009. It covers 99% of the earth’s surface and it is available for downloads. The GDEM was created by processing and stereo-correlating the […]

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Google apps sync for Microsoft Outlook

Now businesses can run Microsoft Outlook on Google Apps instead of Microsoft Exchange, so they can achieve the cost savings, security and reliability of Google Apps while employees use the interface they prefer for email, contacts and calendar. Not Quite Gears “Although we use the same protocol as gears, we don’t use gears per se,” […]

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Box.net vs SharePoint

Plenty of enterprise 2.0 companies have set their sights on replacing SharePoint. Based on the premise that “sharing should be simple” and implying that SharePoint is anything but, Box.net‘s campaign is more than a marketing ploy. It’s a bold sign of the growing conflict between hungry young startups and Microsoft over who will dominate business […]

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Pogoplug

The Pogoplug connects your external hard drive to the Internet so you can easily share and access your files from anywhere. So forget about expensive NAS systems, configuring your firewall and router… buy this box, plug your USB Hard Disk and access to it via web from anywere! You have even an iPhone app 😉

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Gmail drag and drop labels

Gmail is constantly adding features to help people become more organized. Today, Google has tweaked its Labels feature to add more functionality to the labels toolkit, helping users implement labels in a more organized way. Your labels will now be located in a new area on your Gmail interface, above your chat list and grouped together […]

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pingdom: free website monitoring

Over the last few years, Pingdom has established itself as a well-regarded uptime monitoring service, but until now, its services were only available to paying customers. Today, however, Pingdom launched a free version of its service. The free service offers all the features of Pingdom’s paid accounts, though users are limited to monitoring just one website or server. […]

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Improvements to Google apps contacts

For starters, they have launched a new API that, when combined with the existing shared contacts API, gives administrators the ability to maintain an updated and detailed global address list in Google Apps. Google has also updated the Contacts interface throughout the Google Apps suite – particularly in Gmail – making it easier for employees […]

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Glims for Safari

Glims is a little add on for your Safari that will allow you to control your search bar and use it with many other engines (amazon, ebay, facebook, etc…) and you get a preview of the most relevant sites while you type.

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gdgt

gdgt (like “gadget” — or g-d-g-t) is a new kind of technology site — a social gadget platform that enables you to connect with the community through your gadgets, and connect with your gadgets through the community. It’s a place for you to engage with your devices and hang out with people who are as […]

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the man wall

Are you a man who likes watching sports, drinking beer and smoking cigars? Then this is the piece of furniture that you NEED! The Man Wall Features include: 52″ Vizio Flat Panel LCD HDTV 2 – 26″ Vizio Flat Panel LCD HDTVs 1200 watt Panasonic 5.1 Home Theater System DVD player with 5-CD changer iPod […]

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Expono

You can’t swing a stick on the Web these days without hitting a photo or media sharing service. Some of the most popular ones like Flickr and Photobuckethave become an indispensable part of our online lives. Among the most recent services to enter the game isExpono, a photo sharing, organizing and protecting service with added features like GPS […]

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Expono: Flickr, Picassa and the Kitchen Sink

You can’t swing a stick on the Web these days without hitting a photo or media sharing service. Some of the most popular ones like Flickr andPhotobucket have become an indispensable part of our online lives. Among the most recent services to enter the game is Expono, a photo sharing, organizing and protecting service with added features […]

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14 iPhone Apps With Push Notification for Productivity

With iPhone 3.0 OS upon us, we’ve finally seen the delivery of much-needed push notifications from Apple. Applications that take advantage of this new feature continue to trickle in, and though the selection is slim right now, there are a handful of apps (some on their way) that should allow you to become more productive […]

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Recommend your favorite apps with appsfire

AppsFire allows you to share with your friends your lists of favorite iPhone Apps. All you have to do is download and install AppsFire app on your Mac (PC coming soon), let is scan your Apps on iTunes. Then it will point you to your private AppsFire page where you can decide which app you […]

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Google Chrome OS

Remember all those whispers about a Google desktop operating system that never seem to go away. You thought they might with the launch of Android, it’s mobile OS, but they persisted. And for good reason, because it’s real. In the second half of 2010, Google plans to launch the Google Chrome OS, an operating system […]

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Facebook Makes Spontaneous Event Planning Easier

Facebook has updated its publisher tool to allow users to create events directly through the Publisher. After clicking on the “Events” icon, you can enter information about what the event is and where and when you want to meet. You can invite friends published event that’s created either on your profile or your news feed by […]

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Update Google calendar with twitter

You can connect your Twitter account and your Google Calendar to add events to your calendar by Direct Message. It’s like having a personal assistant! Step 1: Follow the instructions at Twittercal.com to get set up Step 2: Send a Direct Message to gcal to enter a new calendar appointment. Example: “D gcal meeting with […]

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Powerpoint? Keynote? nope, Prezi

Prezi allows anyone who can sketch an idea on a napkin to create and perform stunning non-linear presentations with relations, zooming into details, and adjusting to the time left without the need to skip slides. The ideology of Prezi is based our natural knowledge on how to coordinate ourselves in space; traditionally all information we […]

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The Four Essential Apps for Distributed Teams

Distributed teams. Virtual work. Placeless offices. Whatever you want to call them, groups who work from geographically separate locations are more common than ever. Despite how widespread this mode of coordinating work has become, there are those still wondering just what tools are absolutely crucial to making a distributed team work. Here’s a list of […]

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Mathematical logic

What Makes 100%? What does it mean to give MORE than 100%? Ever wonder about those people who say they are giving more than 100%? We have all been to those meetings where someone wants you to give over 100%. How about achieving 103%? What makes up 100% in life? Here’s a little mathematical formula […]

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Google Calendar Adds Labs and Opens Up An API

Google Calendar now has its own Labs. Long one of the most popular features of Gmail, at least among the early adopter crowd, Labs is the tab in Settings where users can find and turn on experimental new features. Google Calendar Labs is launching with six features: Background Image (now you can change it) Attach a […]

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Drupal Mavens Unveil Open Atrium: An Intranet in a Box

Proprietary intranet vendors, be scared. Be very scared. Today,Development Seed, the open source shop behind DrupalCon in DC and other endeavors, has released the public beta of Open Atrium. Open Atrium is a free and open source intranet built as a Drupal distribution, with some impressive functionality available out of the box. Not only is this a […]

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Google Brings Location To The Mobile Web On The iPhone

Google’s updates surrounding location are now coming fast and furious. Just a few days ago it added location to Google Maps for the Chrome and Firefox browsers. Today, it brings location to the mobile web on the iPhone. If you have the new iPhone 3.0 software and go to Google’s homepage in Safari, you’ll notice a new […]

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Yammer: an Intranet solution

Yammer is a tool for making companies and organizations more productive through the exchange of short frequent answers to one simple question: ‘What are you working on?’ As employees answer that question, a feed is created in one central location enabling co-workers to discuss ideas, post news, ask questions, and share links and other information. […]

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Going Up? 15 Amazing Elevator Artworks & Ads

You’re crammed into a tiny space with several other people, spending an average of thirty seconds staring at either the floor or the wall. That’s what makes elevator advertisements and art so brilliant – people have little choice but to look. Marketers and artists have taken advantage of this very captive audience in some brilliant […]

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pixlr: free online alternative to photoshop

Pixl brings you advanced online image and photo editing tools, just choose your flavor, jump in and start creating! Jump in n’ get started! Pixlr is the creator of online cloud-based image tools. Today they have two applications in their suite, one they call Pixlr Editor and the other is Pixlr Express. They are built in Flash […]

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7 e-learning and teaching resources

While the down economy continues to hurt funding to our schools, more and more teachers are looking to web-based services to help educate their students. Whether it’s through open resource projects like CK-12, virtual classrooms like those in Second Life, or through therepurposing of tools like Twitter, millions of teachers are finding innovative resources to engage their […]

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Going to Kenya and Liberia

Well, here I am at gate B37 Terminal 5 in London Heathrow airport. This time on my first trip/mission with the ITC, that I joined 2 weeks ago. I am now using my iPhone and we are ready to board. I will be arriving to Nairobi late at night and tomorrow I will be meeting […]

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Nairobi

Nairobi. I am posting this from Monrovia in Liberia because I had no internet in Nairobi. I arrived on Thursday, pretty late at night. There was a guy waiting for me. I had no problems to get into the country without visa with the Laisser-Passer. The hotel was a bit crappy but OK. On Friday […]

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Liberia, day one

Here I am, in Monrovia, in the Corina Hotel. A 5 stars hotel… I’m joking. There are no 5 stars hotels here. This in fact a place with clean sheets, and free wifi. That is good enough. The flight was long. Flying economy within Africa and in a 5 or 6 hours trip, with stop […]

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Monrovia National Holiday

Sunday. We had the day free after a meeting with our local guy here. We did plan the week and then Francis took us with his crappy car to have a tour around the city. What can I say about it. It is a post conflict zone. The few big buildings that are still standing […]

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Monrovia – Meeting the Minister of Trade

Today we had a productive day. We met the Minister of Trade and her Chiefs. Here you have some photos: the toilet in the floor of the Minister (they have no water and no electricity, only own generators), the Ministry of Trade Building and stairs, the bullet hole in the glass in the Minister’s meeting […]

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Great Plug for Globetrotters

Are you a globetrotter with a penchant for vivid colors? Mili’s got your back with its compact and surprisingly practical Universal Charger. Capable of plugging into US, UK, EU or Australian-style sockets, this unit covers quite a bit of ground and can power a pair of devices at once via USB. Technically then, you’re unloading the chargers […]

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Semi Pros: 15 Examples Of Awesome Truck Mod Art

Trucks… cars on steroids or society’s workhorses? Trucks are cool fresh off the assembly line but such huge, mobile canvasses just naturally invite artists to add to their awesomeness. Here are 15 examples of awesome art made for, with and upon trucks. Burning Man’s Big Rig Jig (images via: Laughing Squid and American Steel) One of the visual […]

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iphone 3gs turn by turn software

As you might know with the iPhone 3GS it was announced to have TomTom. Well we have to competitors in the market already offering Europe maps and turn by turn software for 79 and 89 euros. The first is Sygic the Second is iGo my way. There is a third player in the market too: […]

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How to fix a Corrupted Time Machine Backup

The other day time machine decided to stop working for me and kept giving me errors about mounting the backup image. After firing up Console.app I found that the sparsebundle which time machine stores the backup data in was corrupted. This is a bad thing since if I couldn’t find a way to fix the […]

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16 Apps That Make Sharing Large Files A Snap

File sharing services are not as popular today as they were four years ago. It’s not that people are sharing any less. Rather, they just found easier ways to do it. Would you upload a funny video from a friend’s email to any of those services or would you search for it on Youtube and […]

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shoot it app for iPhone

Shoot it! is a very cool app for the iPhone that will enable you to send a real, photo postcard from anywhere to anyone in the world directly from your iPhone. Your personalized postcard will be delivered in just days…not weeks. Easy. Just take a photo (or choose one from yor library) write the text, […]

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yuuguu

Instant screen sharing and real time collaboration. Yuuguu offers cross network instant messaging, instant screen sharing, real time collaboration, web conferencing and remote support. Fast, secure screen sharing Yuuguu uses an instant messenger style interface so you can instantly start a screen sharing session in just one click. And there are no downloads or installs required for […]

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Tell Me Where iPhone app

The other day we went out for dinner with some friends. Seb finally fell for an iPhone and he showed me a pretty nice app: Tell me Where Actually the English site is empty so you have to go to the French one if you want more details: Dis Moi Ou It is a little […]

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Mikogo

Yesterday I posted a link to yuuguu, a sort of adium or multimessenger that would allow you to share your desktop. Well, in the comments I got Andrew from mikogo who was recommending me to try his product. I did and I love it. I got a couple of friends to install it. I tested […]

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fatsecret will help you on your diet for free

Looking for a free internet site that will help you achieve your objectives towards your ideal weight and lifestyle? FatSecret is a new online diet, nutrition and weight loss community that harnesses the collective contributions of the members to generate practical and motivating information so that you can make better decisions to achieve your goals. Fatsecret […]

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Augmented Reality is taking off

Arf (Georgia Tech) a virtual pet you take anywhere ARghhhh (Georgia Tech) first person table-top action game Sekai Camera (Tonchidot) AirTag the real world Kweekies (int13) a portal to creatures in a parallel world Layar (SPRXmobile) Browse the world with an AR browser Artoolkit for the iPhone (Artoolworks) the most popular AR kit now on […]

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Kool Skool: 15 Examples Of Awesome Bus Mod Art

The words Bus and Boring share more than just their initial letter but that hasn’t stopped an assortment of visionary artists from jazzing up this most utilitarian form of transport. These 15 examples epitomize the height of slick transit glorious! C’Mon, Get Hippy! (images via: David Icke, Buses On Screen and Career Capitalist) Bubble gum on a bus? Sure […]

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iPhone 3GS: TomTom, Navigon and iGo my way

There are 3 major players of turn by turn navitiaon for the iPhone now: TomTom Navigon iGo my way Tomtom costs 99.99 euros for the European version.  It has 21 countries. Everybody was expecting this app. There were rumors about the price. We saw photos of the little gadget to put it in the car… […]

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13 Fantastic and Fun Image Generators

Whether you’re artistically inclined or not, sometimes you just need to whip up an illustrative or entertaining image for a blog post or presentation. The tools on this list help you generate respectable graphics in a jiffy — design talent optional! Most of the tools on this list are web-based and as easy to use […]

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Gruml: A Google Reader App For Your Mac Desktop

Google Reader is a very useful service for consuming your news feeds (assuming you still use RSS), but it lives in the browser, which means it doesn’t the responsiveness and polish of a desktop app. For all those Mac users out there looking for the best of both worlds, I present to you Gruml, a new desktop […]

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sixthsense project: integrating information with the real world

‘SixthSense‘ is a wearable gestural interface that augments the physical world around us with digital information and lets us use natural hand gestures to interact with that information. The SixthSense prototype is comprised of a pocket projector, a mirror and a camera. The hardware components are coupled in a pendant like mobile wearable device. Both […]

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Augmented Reality Navigation System

Mobilizy GmbH reveals a preview of it’s augmented reality navigation system, the first fully functional mobile AR navigation system available for the Android platform. Wikitude Drive was developed by the Mobilizy Research & Development group in Salzburg, Austria, to satisfy the curiosity of the developers to see if it was feasible to combine real-time navigation […]

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Montreux

Here I am at the “Eden Palace au Lac” in a balcony in a nice suit in the fifth floor facing the lake. Nuria is working while I relax here listening to the economist with my iPhone.

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7s SevenSnap entertainment shopping for your iPhone

Finally, it is online – the sneak preview explaining the idea behind SevenSnap. Take a look at the guide. SevenSnap in a nutshell: Every 60 minutes, we are offering you a product from the realms of consumer electronics, travel and leisure activities. To see the price of the product, which drops every second, you have […]

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Snow Leopard upgrading

Don’t let Apple’s marketing enchant you – upgrading to Snow Leopard isn’t exactly the hassle-free affair that the Mac maker wants you to believe. You must pick the right cat for you, identify incompatible apps, plan your upgrade path, and customize the installer. Enter Geek’s guide to installing Snow Leopard, the definite resource for Mac […]

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Dropbox

Would you like to make your life easier? Wouldn’t it be nice to have all your files synchronised over your Mac, PC, Linux and web? Being able to share files without sending emails and so? Well a guy like me would use webDAV for that, but there is a particular commercial tool which looks great: […]

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Online Backup Unlimited for $5 per month

We all know how important it is to backup our computers, but studies consistently show that most computer users — even those that know better — don’t. As Internet connections get faster and storage becomes less expensive, online backup services like Backblaze, Mozy and Carbonite have stepped-in to help consumers back up their data. Not […]

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Bilbao

Here we are in Bilbao. Today is Nuria’s dad bithday. 70! And like a kid. No we are at a very nice restaurant that it is listed in the Michelin guide having a nice lunch. Tomorrow we’ll head to Picos de Europa.

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Bing Pops With Visual Search

Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand keywords. Today at TechCrunch50, Microsoft senior vice president Yusuf Mehdi announced a new visual search feature on Bing which returns results as an interactive gallery of images. For instance, if you type in “dog breeds,” it organizes them for you in a grid of images that you can scroll […]

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Home automation

There is a company called Savant who designs, develops and manufacturers deliver home control and automation, multi-room audio/video, advanced digital audio and video processing, extremely flexible and scalable audio/video switching, digital media server and jukebox capabilities, and an array of integrated applications and services. The fact that I mention this company here is because traditionally […]

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Crazy Contortionist Art: Bodies in Urban Spaces

How would you react if you were walking down a crowded city street and 20 people suddenly ran past you and crammed their bodies into the tiny space between two buildings? What if you happened to look up and see someone hanging from a street light, wedged into a window frame, or squeezed into the […]

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PBworks Adds Microblogging And Email Upload Features To Wikis

PBworks (formally known as PBwiki), a startup that specializes in helping businesses, non-profits, and educational institutions collaborate via wikis, today announced its Social Collaboration Update for PBworks Project Edition and Legal Edition, which integrates social media-style user profiles and microblogging to help teams work together more easily. The new user profiles in PBworks allow organizations to […]

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Human Canvas: Body Painting Meets Fine Art

Emma Hack has made a name for herself as one of the most creative and visionary Australian artists to come along in years. But she doesn’t work on canvas or clay; her medium is the beautiful form of the human body. Hack began her career as a makeup artist, hairdresser and children’s face painter. But […]

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WebNotes, a nice web annotation tool

Web annotation services let people add their own virtual Sticky Notes or comments to Web pages for others to see. But Web annotation is back with the launch today of Google’s Sidewiki. To be honest, I don’t have high hopes for Sidewiki. Marking up the Web has limited appeal to the average consumer. A better approach, […]

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Starbucks Goes Mobile: Pay For Coffee With Your iPhone

Starbucks and the iPhone are sort of the perfect combination. You can browse the web for free on the AT&T hotspots, you can buy in-store songs from iTunes right from your phone, and now you can use two new official iPhone apps. Now available in the App Store, myStarbucks (iTunes Link) and Starbucks Card Mobile (iTunes Link) let […]

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Picasa 3.5 with face recognition and google maps

Picasa 3.5, a new version of our free photo editing software for Mac or PC. Picasa 3.5 has name tags and uses the same technology that powers name tags on Picasa Web Albums. With name tags, you can organize your photos based on what matters most: the people in them. When you first launch Picasa […]

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No to all in windows xp

When you drag the files from the source to the target directory, Windows XP alerts you that a file exists in the target location with the same filename as one you’re trying to copy. It also asks you whether it should replace the existing file or not, as shown. If you were working in Windows […]

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iPhone 3GS voice commands in Spanish

Llamar a un contacto Diga “llamar” o “marcar” y, a continuación, el nombre de la persona. Si una persona tiene más de un número de teléfono, puede añadir “fijo” o “móvil”, por ejemplo. Marcar un número Diga “llamar” o “marcar” y, a continuación, el número. Realizar una corrección Diga “error”, “ese no” o “no”. Controlar la reproducción de música […]

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Etze, buying and selling handycrafts online

Etsy is an online marketplace where you can buy and sell items that are handmade, as well as vintage goods and crafting supplies. Etzy mission is to enable people to make a living making things, and to reconnect makers with buyers. Their vision is to build a new economy and present a better choice: Buy, […]

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Iris Notes

IRISnotes is a pen and mobile note taker that can capture handwritten notes and drawings, as well as edit, save and export them. Your handwritten notes can be instantly converted into editable text in a wide range of languages. Turn your handwritten notes into editable text*! Simply write your text using the provided ink pen. […]

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money management

Money management is now easy with moneystrands. If you do not want to monitor multiple bank sites and maintain painful spreadsheets anymore, then moneyStrands automatically pulls together data from your bank, credit card and investment accounts to provide an accurate, up-to-date picture of your financial life broken down by meaningful automatically identified categories along with […]

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Qnap 3.0

Qnap has released the 3.0 firmware for their NAS products. Take a look at the video. I start wondering if I should forget about running a full server at home… with this I could have my blog, my photos, and all my files… and even IP cameras… plus if you buy 2 you could have […]

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Pollux for iTunes

Pollux for iTunes will help you to stop worrying about organizing your music library again ✹ Completely automatic and easy to use ✹ Tags name, artist, album, album art, genre, year, and lyrics ✹ Analyzes the track’s unique fingerprint, so it can never be wrong ✹ No existing track information necessary ✹ Automatically corrects each […]

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Google docs improving

Now there is an equation editor so you can easily complete problem sets online or write papers that include equations. Also a “Go to page based on answer” option in Google forms, making it easy to show participants only those questions that are relevant to them. To make outlining term papers more customizable, Google has […]

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Rovio Robot. The ultimate webcam

Rovio™ is the groundbreaking new Wi-Fi enabled mobile webcam that lets you view and interact with its environment through streaming video and audio, wherever you are! With Rovio, you will always be just a click away from the people and places that are important to you.

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Free iPhone to iPhone text messanging

Quick Pitch: Ping! is simplified iPhone-to-iPhone messaging with push notifications (also works with iPod Touch). It uses a unique Ping! ID, and works similar to Blackberry Messenger so that messages can extend to friends anywhere in the world without text messaging costs. Genius Idea: Although text messaging has come down in cost over the years, […]

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Vue is the coolest wireless webcam network

Vue is the easiest and simplest way to remotely view your family, your home, your business…virtually anything, from anywhere, at anytime. Vue lets you create your own personal video network and delivers live video wirelessly for you to see and share from any web browser or flash-enabled mobile device – no software to load. It’s […]

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The Cement Factory Loft in Barcelona by Ricardo Bofill

LoftLife takes a look into The Cement Factory loft, Spanish architect Ricardo Bofill’s legendary and unusual live/work complex in Barcelona. Originally, the space was, in fact, a cement factory but it also resembles a cathedral with its high, narrow windows and gothic-style arches. Today, the factory serves as Ricardo’s personal home, as well as offices, laboratories, […]

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Create 3D buildings online in Google Earth

Building Maker is a 3D modeling tool for adding buildings to Google Earth. It’s fun to use, and an easy way to get on the 3D map. Here’s how it works: Select a city from around the world. Make a building with photos we provide. Save your building and it will be reviewed. See your […]