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With so many metropolitan WiFi networks being threatened by lawsuits from local telecoms, it’s a breath of fresh air for those of us with a near addiction-like need for constant Internet connectivity to see a company that is helping put WiFi everywhere. Tropos has announced they are adding yet more cities to their metropolitan coverage area. Tropos offers fast download speeds, unlimited data, and nearly limitless capacity (though heavy saturation of their WiFi hotspots) throughout any city they cover for as little as $25 a month. Cities are encouraged to use Tropos because it also helps insulate the city from lawsuits. Tropos recently announced Tulsa, OK as their next covered city.

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Being that we are interested in all facets of technology, and know that you are as well, we figured it essential to share this slideshow which details the history of the vibrator. Take this bad boy, pictured above, as an example.

By 1917, there were more vibrators than toasters in American homes. Dozens of patents were issued for new designs between 1900 and 1940. Manufactured long before the era of engineered obsolescence, these machines were built to last. Many vibrators of this vintage still survive; at least a dozen are usually for sale on eBay at any given moment.

Good times.

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Perfect Picture WallChalk up a victory for people the world over who spend an hour picking a spot to hang a picture, hammering in the nail, then staring at it to be sure it is even. The Picture Wall Company sells the Perfect Picture Wall - basically a comprised of a one sheet template that you affix to your wall with adhesive. Follow the template instructions which show you where to place ten included frames, and you are set. You can score one for $349 USD shipped.

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iPod colorA new iPod came and went with minimal notice.  Perhaps the market is already saturated, but I doubt that theory.  Perhaps Apple’s minimal upgrades are finally catching up to them?  Who knows.  All we can say is that anyone hoping for significant changes from the 4th generation iPod is in for quite a shock.  Two new models are now available—a 20GB and 60GB model.  Both have color screens and are identical to the phased out iPod Photo line; and oddly enough the 20GB model is the same size as the extinct thicker 30GB iPod photo.

Roomba APIThis just sounds cool, although I think it might be something that I use once or twice, and then never use again. Nonetheless, I am sure there are people out there who could come up with some great uses for a Roomba API:

What sort of add-ons could you have for the Roomba?
Angle: For the Roomba, there is a group that’s working very seriously and looking at the idea of using the Roomba as a physical avatar. I might log into a Web page and see what the robot sees, hear what the robot hears and be able to drive the robot from my Web page. Over time, there’ll be probably more of this type of interest. The rate at which it becomes economically interesting? I’ve no idea. We’re putting up the APIs and doing what we can to encourage people.

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Apple AnnouncementSo, while we were looking forward to Apple making some sort of announcement today, which we had hoped would be along the lines of an official iTunes phone announcement, or maybe something related to the much talked about 14” widescreen iBook. Instead, we get nothing. Gotta love ‘em, they keep us guessing.

World Processor

The World Processor project uses the old classroom-style globes that we all wanted in our room as kids to show various demographic and statistical information in different parts of the world. Think AIDS statistics, refugee populations, acid rain, debt, and more. I personally enjoy the stylized appearance of the different globes, nice balance between statistics and beauty. Seriously.

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One of the keys to a successful site is the text you place on it. Personally, I am a stickler for spelling and grammar. One thing that I liked about this article is that it points out that what you say is just half of it - it’s also how you say it. The way you arrange the text on your site can be the difference between a success and a failure. Here’s a snippet:

Be direct. If you sell software, call it software and describe exactly what it does. Fluff like “The enterprise management solution leading in value, implementation and functionality” tells the reader nothing. (BTW, I pulled that from a real site.)
So true, it hurts. For all seven tips on writing web copy, check out GreenEye Wire.

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A few days ago we posted our first of what we hope to be many podcasts, where we spoke with Box.net founder Aaron Levie. Now, with the release of iTunes 4.9 with podcasting capabilities, we are included in their podcast index. The hard way to find us is to check out the Business category, and look under the Management sub-category for “Venturus”. Of course, if you are more hip than that, just go ahead and use the subscribe link below. If you have any suggestions for the podcast, drop us a line at andru [at] venturus.com.

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Dog Disguise Poodle

Check out this dog, standing there feeling sheepish. All because of a few radical dog lovers

proud dog owners want to make a point that it is unfair to ban a whole breed of dog from a location, rather than doing it on a dog-by-dog basis. So because of this, I guess the way to combat is to punish the dog by dressing them up like idiots? Really, if someone wants a poodle, they will get one - not a freaking black lab. That being said, I wouldn’t mind running into a dog dressed like this at Green Lake. It would certainly make my day. If you want to dress your dog in a similar fashion, check out the link.

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