That’s right ladies and germs - Gear Live has now been ruining the minds of people everywhere for one full year. Looking back, it has gone by amazingly fast and has grown in readership just as quickly. Here are a few fun facts:
- Our first article article was an interview with Scott Jordan, CEO and Founder of SCOTTeVEST.
- Gear Live started as a hobby site that I did in my spare time, and over the last year, morphed into my full-time job.
- We had 5653 unique visitors in our first month. Last month, we had over 350,000.
- There was a time when the message boards received more traffic than the blog.
- We started the site on MovableType, and switch to Expression Engine after about six months due to its immense flexibility.
- We have posted 1176 articles, received 4582 comments and 92 trackbacks, and have gotten 1372 members in the last year.
- If you weren’t around back then, here is a peek at what Gear Live used to look like.
- A couple of months ago, Playfeed was born.
These are some of our most popular articles:
- Why Apple Makes A One Buttoned Mouse
- Total Immersion’s D’Fusion Technology
- Why Sony’s PSP Will Suck
- The Top Ten Things You Need To Know About Sony’s PSP
- SLEEPTRACKER Watch Review
- Mod Your Xbox Without A Mod Chip
- HOW TO: Back Up and Upgrade The Mac mini Hard Drive
- Legal Concert Downloads: A Look At The Tech
- Samsung SCH-a670 Review
What about gifts? Glad you asked. To celebrate, we have a bunch of stuff we will be giving away - starting with a SCOTTeVEST TEC T-Shirt, which isn’t even available to the public yet. To win, simply tell us what your favorite Gear Live article has been from the past year in our comments section. Remember, as far as the U.S. goes, you have to be in it to win it - and a winner will be selected randomly.
This has to win some sort of award for innovation in widget-making, or something. Now you can watch classic movies in quicktime from Dashboard, courtesy of streams provided by Archive.org‘s library of classic flicks that are in the Public Domain (that is, uncopyrighted). The dashboard widget provides links to 7 movie streams per week and changes to 7 different movies every Monday. This is awesome - check it out.
Read More | Apple Dashboard Widget Download
Who needs to buy a car when that $30,000 can be spent on a bed? The Bim Bam Banana Ultimate TV bed is simply a bed with a 22” LCD screen embedded into it, no pun intended. They describe it as follows:
A super luxury bed that with a single press of the wireless remote, the end of the bed opens and a silent 22’’ flatscreen glides out and you can enjoy your favourite all your favourite programmes. The bed is delivered with in-built, electronic levelling. You are never alone - sweet dreams!
Super luxury? How about I spend $3,000 on a bed with a nice frame, and maybe $3,000 on a super top of the line LCD screen, and save myself…oh…$26,000? Ah, why bother? With this thing what you are really paying for is the convenience.
Read More | Ultimate TV Bed Product Page
Mariko Mori’s Wave UFO combines real-time computer graphics and brainwave sensory technology to produce and audio/visual show like no other. Three viewers enter the contraption and are fitted with electrodes to monitor their brain waves. The data gathered is used to produce a one of a kind show:
This information is transformed into visual imagery and projected onto the screen: six undulating bio-amorphous cells represent the left and right lobes of each of the participants’ brains, and a waving line moves in correspondence with blinks and other facial movements. The forms change shape and color in response to three types of brainwaves. Alpha (blue) waves indicate wakeful relaxation, Beta (pink) waves indicate alertness or agitation, and Theta (yellow) waves indicate a dreamlike state. Two cells coming together demonstrate “coherence” between the two lobes of the brain. Mental functions such as thinking in other languages or doing math problems immediately transform the characteristics of the graphics.
There are dozens of reasons why you should look up the forums that are related to your market and post to them often. Here are 3 to get you started, after the jump.
Linksys (Cisco) and Vonage have announced a deal that allows those who currently own a router of any type to get a new WRTP54G combo 802.11g router/switch/hub/TA if they sign up for a new Vonage VOIP account. The router drops the black and blue Linksys look in exchange for the more modern silver style seen in the WRT54GX Pre-N MIMO router. While it looks good on paper, there are a couple of things you should know. First, this only works on Vonage for now - so if you get this router, you shouldn’t expect the ability to switch VOIP providers and maintain its usability. The other thing is that it can take up to three mail in rebates before the router is actually considered free.
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While talking with Tiffiniy Cheng of Participatory Culture earlier today for our next Gear Live Podcast, she mentioned the website put out by them called iTunes Per iPod. Essentially, it aims to show that while many people walk around with iPods filled to the brim with their favorite tracks, barely any of them are from the iTunes Music Store. Granted, the data is a bit outdated as it is from April 2004, I think it is safe to say that the data probably hasn’t changed all that much. Based on their calculations, in April 2004, if you divided the number of songs sold on iTunes by the number of iPods out there, you would find an average of 21 iTunes songs per iPod. Now I understand that many people rip CD’s that they have purchased legally to their computers as well, and this accounts for a percentage of the music on iPods - but I will go out on a limb and say that is a small percentage as well. Gotta love Bittorrent.
Read More | iTunesPeriPod
Take some dating lessons from Will Smith in this week’s DVD and UMD release of Hitch. The story of an ordinary guy who sets out to learn the ins and outs of the dating game to help nice guys get the girl. This one is sure to entertain you and make you laugh – who knows maybe even pick up a few tips. Be sure to pick this one up with this weekend along with one of your favorite TV on DVD series.
- Hitch ~ Will Smith
- The Eagles - Farewell 1 Tour - Live From Melbourne
- Northern Exposure - The Complete Third Season ~ Rob Morrow
- Little House on the Prairie - The Complete Season 8 ~ Maury Dexter
- The King of Queens - The Complete Fourth Season ~ Kevin James
- Casino (Widescreen 10th Anniversary Edition) ~ Robert De Niro
- Reno 911 - The Complete Second Season (Uncensored) ~ Michael Patrick Jann
- Paul McCartney - Live in Red Square ~ Mark Haefeli
- Jaws (Widescreen 30th Anniversary Edition) ~ Roy Scheider
- Good Neighbors - The Complete Series 1-3 ~ Richard Briers
Did you know that while most startups fail, a major corporation is more likely to hire someone who pioneered a failed startup over someone who has had a successful corporate entry-level career? Starting your own company is obviously a huge risk, but with that risk comes the possibility of great reward. A large company could purchase your venture, making you a nice profit. It could tank, but you are now smarter and more marketable to companies - or it is a success and you reap the reward. Check out this article which takes a look at an excellent point of view as to why Internet startups are a fantastic idea, and how regardless of the outcome, you will come out better for it.
Read More | Hiring is Obsolete
If you are a blogger, or plan on getting into blogging, check out this guide recently put out by the Electronic Frontier Foundation. It details all of the legal aspects of blogging, and gives you an idea of how to go about posting certain information or stories.
The difference between you and the reporter at your local newspaper is that in many cases, you may not have the benefit of training or resources to help you determine whether what you’re doing is legal. And on top of that, sometimes knowing the law doesn’t help - in many cases it was written for traditional journalists, and the courts haven’t yet decided how it applies to bloggers.
They have information on all sorts of different aspects of blogging as journalism - from securing press passes, to printing information deemed as confidential. It is definitely worth a look.
Read More | EFF Legal Guide for Bloggers
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